Day: September 2, 2020

JEA wants to redevelop St. Johns River Power Park site in Jacksonville

The detonation teams have done the spectacular work of demolishing the St. Johns River Power Park. It’s just clean-up time now at the sprawling site where convoys of dump trucks haul away mangled metal remnants of the old coal-fired plant.

Each dump truck load gets JEA closer to turning 1,200 acres back into a blank canvas for what might happen next on the Northside land. One possibility would be some kind of redevelopment that ties into JaxPort’s nearby Blount Island marine terminal, but JEA has not yet decided.

“This is almost a once in a generation opportunity for Jacksonville,” JEA interim CEO Paul McElroy said at last week’s board meeting.

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He said the next step will be to find a deep-pocketed partner by the end of the year “that has a global presence and is looking

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Surface clean-up technology won’t solve ocean plastic problem

Surface clean-up technology won't solve ocean plastic problem
Plastic bag in the ocean. Credit: Making Oceans Plastic Free

Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won’t solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.

Researchers compared estimates of current and future plastic waste with the ability of floating clean-up devices to collect it—and found the impact of such devices was “very modest”.However, river barriers could be more effective and—though they have no impact on plastic already in the oceans—they could reduce pollution “significantly” if used in tandem with surface clean-up technology.

The study—by the University of Exeter, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Jacobs University and Making Oceans Plastic Free—focusses on floating plastic, as sunk waste is difficult or impossible to remove depending on size and location.

The authors estimate that the amount of plastic reaching the ocean will peak in 2029, and surface plastic will

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Intel’s ‘Client 2.0’ computer of the future is a device customized to your needs

If Intel’s view of the future is right, you may one day be shopping for a compute device that’s custom-tailored for you, rather than a device that’s one-size-fits-all.

The company detailed its long view of the future of computing devices called “Client 2.0” where the monolithic core and multi-die approaches are shed for a far more granular and personalized approach to personal computing.

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People have expectations of rich computing at every turn, and that can’t be addressed with the old models of monolithic designs, Intel said.

The company believes this Client 2.0 era will occur as we leave today’s cloud-everything approach and expect immersive, “life-like” computing experiences at every turn, said Brijesh Tripathi, Chief Client Architect for Intel.

Tripathi said Intel has been moving toward this vision for years, and its approach with EMIB, memory, and stacked dies will help it happen.

“Our purpose has changed from building monolithic

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OrCam Launches Voice-Activated ‘Smart Reading’ Tech For Visually Impaired

When developers of the OrCam MyEye, a wearable artificial vision device that enables visually impaired people to understand text and identify objects through audio feedback, asked users for feedback on how to improve the assistive technology, they responded that voice-activation and an even more discreet size would be helpful.

At the end of July, the Jerusalem-based OrCam Technologies announced the US release of a new, voice-activated, interactive Smart Reading feature. It gives users who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading challenges, including dyslexia, the ability to use voice commands for a clearer reading experience. 

The Smart Reading feature integrates into the wearable OrCam MyEye device and the handheld OrCam Read gadget. It is available in the US and Canada only at the moment. 

“Our users wanted the device to be wireless and more discreet, so we packed all the tech into the tiny second generation OrCam MyEye, which is

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