Friday, February 28, 2014

Things I learned lately - 28 February

  • Apparently Hollywood needs subsidies from the State of California to survive. I thought they were doing OK. Maybe they could just make better product.
  • Elon Musk of Tesla Motors is creating a buzz after admitting to having met with Apple. He won't say what it was about.
  • Tesla will soon produce the Model X, an all-electric SUV. 8,000 orders have already been placed.
  • The governor of Colorado has indicated that tax revenue from legal marijuana sales are much higher than first predicted.
  • Subway users in Queens will soon have cellphone service and Wi-Fi at all of the borough's 29 underground subway stations. Manhattan's 36 stations already have it.
  • Google fibre may soon be offered in Portland OR; San Jose CA; Phoenix AZ; Salt Lake City UT; San Antonio TX; Atlanta GA; Nashville TN and Charlotte & Raleigh-Durham NC.
  • Being pregnant 100 years ago was almost as dangerous as having breast cancer is today.
  • The new International Concourse at the Calgary International Airport will include 588 geothermal wells to help heat and cool the terminal.
  • Sao Paulo, dubbed the city with the world's worst traffic jams, recorded its longest traffic jam ever November 2013, stretching over 192 miles (309 km). The city regularly gets 100 mile-plus traffic jams on Friday evenings.
  • On 20 Jan 2014 the observatory at Crown Point near Corbett Oregon recorded wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph). This place is known for extremely high winds and people come to film the power of the wind. A meteorologist recorded a gust of 185 km/h.
  • Goodbye 'Got milk?', hello 'Milk life'.
  • 500 billion. That's how many Microsoft Office documents were created last year. According to Microsoft.
  • Office is supposedly coming to the iPad later in 2014. This will eliminate much of the argument that the iPad can't be used for anything productive.
  • This year's Oscar gift basket contains more than 50 gifts worth a total of more than $85,000. All nominees get one.

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