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  • The flying cars are here! Sorta…

    The flying cars are here! Sorta... 100629 tch terrafugia airborne.grid 6x2The Terrafugia Transition flying car has generated buzz recently after completing flight tests and getting a favorable ruling from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). But the Transition is just the latest manifestation of a long-running fantasy. Almost as long as there have been automobiles, drivers have wished their cars could fly. Whether it was to avoid a traffic jam or just get to a destination faster, the idea of combining cars and planes has always been appealing. But the two modes of transport don’t necessarily blend well.

    The Terrafugia, a small airplane that can drive on roads and has been billed as the first “flying car,” is now one step closer to becoming street- and sky-legal. The vehicle has cleared a FAA regulatory hurdle for craft classification by weight. A full-fledged production prototype might be just around the corner, according to multiple reports.

    At issue was Mass.-based company Terrafugia wanting its Transition vehicle to be classified as a “Light Sport Aircraft” by the FAA so people eager to fly it would need only 20 hours of flying time. Yet the two-seater vehicle came in 110 pounds (50 kilograms) overweight in accommodating roadworthy-assuring safety items such as crumple zones. The FAA said that so long as customers are advised about this extra weight, the car-plane hybrid can be sold.

    The flying cars are here! Sorta... OB JB990 terra E 20100630140003The Terrafugia completed its maiden voyage last March in upstate New York. According to its maker, the Terrafugia can transform from a roadable vehicle that can hit a highway speed of 65 mph to a winged aircraft in 30 seconds. The plane version can cruise at about 115 mph (185 kph) and cover about 400 miles (644 kilometers) worth of turf before needing a refill of regular unleaded gas .The price of a Terrafugia is expected to be around $200,000 and deliveries could start next year, assuming the vehicle passes crash tests. The company has envisioned its vehicle as finding a home with amateur pilots who live near air fields, but as any Jetsons’ fan knows, flying cars might well be the wave of the future.

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  • LeBron James going to the Lakers?

    LeBron James going to the Lakers? tigerbasketballNo, but that’s Tiger Woods’ pipedream. He may just be throwing this out there to distract us from other stuff, but Tiger Woods, for some reason, believes that LeBron James should end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to some reports, James is currently talking with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh about possibly going to the Miami Heat, as you know if you get your up-to-the-minute Verizon LeBron James rumors text messages like I do. But then, a voice came from the clouds. And Tiger said:

    Yeah, actually I would love to see him go to the Lakers,” the world’s top golfer said. “I’m an L.A. guy, can’t help it. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it?

    Erhm. No, it wouldn’t be interesting. At all. Either way, LeBron makes his decision tomorrow, as July 1st is the NBA’s cutoff time.

  • Verizon? January? iPhone?

    Verizon? January? iPhone? verizon wireless iphone1Verizon Wireless will be selling the iPhone in January, according to a report filed by Bloomberg. Representatives from both Apple and Verizon did not comment on the matter, but Bloomberg is extremely confident about this one having verified it with two sources “who declined to be named because the information isn’t public.” Let’s just hope this Verizon iPhone has a better antenna system than the iPhone 4 as we know it.

    The iPhone, which has been the sole domain of rival AT&T in the U.S. since June 2007, will give Verizon a boost in its competition for smartphone customers, UBS AG analyst John Hodulik said in an interview. Verizon customers, who numbered 92.8 million at the end of the first quarter, may buy 3 million iPhones a quarter, he estimates. “Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T ends,” said Hodulik, who is based in New York and rates Verizon shares “neutral.” “It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced.”

  • 49ers’ Anthony Davis making a good rookie impression

    49ers Anthony Davis making a good rookie impression 062810 Davis HeaderIn a recent writeup, Anthony Davis was named the #2 Rookie in an Ideal Situation, with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Don’t mess with Mike Singletary. Just ask Vernon Davis, the former sure-bet draft prospect that had bust written all over him before getting verbally undressed by his new coach. Davis bought into Singletary’s program and rebounded in a huge way, bettering his previous career high in receptions by 26 (up to 78), yards by 456 (up to 965), and touchdowns by nine (up to 13). Given an ultimatum – the Singletary Way or the highway – Davis chose the path to NFL stardom.

    Mike Singletary is a culture unto himself, and he’s molded his 49ers team in his image. This is one of the brightest young teams in the league, and they play hard, they play physically, and they’re going to win a lot of games in the very near future.

    Singletary’s presence, and the culture he’s quickly established in San Francisco, was really driven home when the team made Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati and Taylor Mays its first three draft picks this past April. Iupati is a road-grading guard that will start immediately and will have an instant impact on the team’s rushing attack. Mays is the most uniquely gifted and physical defensive back to emerge in quite some time, and at a bare minimum adds explosive hitting to a defense that could use more physicality.

    But that culture means the most when talking about Davis, the No. 11 overall pick out of Rutgers. No one questions Davis’ talents, as many scouts believed that Davis was the most gifted offensive lineman available this past year. Despite serious questions about his maturity (he’s only 21 years old) and work ethic, he was still the third lineman off the board. He’s in a fantastic situation. Singletary is the perfect coach to get the most out of Davis between Sundays. The rookie enters an offense that made serious strides during the 2009 season behind quarterback Alex Smith.

    There is a lot of talent offensively in San Fran, but better line play – and more consistency from Smith – are required. Davis will get a chance to start right away. Under Singletary, he’ll have an opportunity to develop alongside some of the league’s best young skill players (Davis and Michael Crabtree come to mind). Things are looking up in San Francisco, and this young tackle could really solidify a promising young team’s offensive fortunes.

  • I want the one with the bigger geebees!

    I want the one with the bigger geebees! screenshot 02 2010 06 29 12.46.18 300x177View this cute text-to-speech video about how good the new iPhone 4 is. I got a kick out of it, my coworker got a kick out of it, and I’m about to listen to it again.

    There’s some pretty hilarious quotes. See how ignorant some Apple-lovers can be!