• Follow us

Technology

SparkyLinux Incinerates the Hassle Factor | Reviews

SparkyLinux Incinerates the Hassle Factor

SparkyLinux is a Linux distro that can ignite your daily computing experience. Its spark is pushing me to rethink my computing priorities.

Regularly reviewing so many Linux operating systems for Linux Picks and Pans has a serious consequence for my computing sanity. Normally, I have a flirtatious episode with a new release each week. I'm always on the lookout for something new and shiny.

Then my flash-in-the-pan relationship flames out in favor of some other newly released rival a week later. I love the freedom of choice that open source Linux OSes offer with each visit. I like the routine of downloading several promising weekly review candidates. I adore putting them through their paces and selecting the one with the best potential, thanks to some innovation or tweak.

On the other hand, I fervently dislike dealing with the sheer number of distros that try to reinvent the OS marketplace and fall flat in the process. Let's face reality here. Open source Linux software offers so many options and design characteristics -- Debian, Gentoo, Slackware, Arch, and desktop environments galore, ad nauseum -- that it can be boring and repetitive.

All of those choices, I suspect, lure typical users to latch onto one favorite distro that works for them. Having found it, they stay with it.

Many base their decision on usability, performance and the hassle factor -- you know, the glitches and anomalies that make a particular distro frustrating or overly bothersome to install and maintain. The challenge is finding a distro that lets you compute without getting in the way.

Enter SparkyLinux, an alternative to the myriad of options and trial runs into the world of Linux. In general, SparkyLinux does not target Linux beginners, although new users will find it easy to use and hassle-free. This distro is an ideal choice for those in the middle -- neither Linux newbies nor yet Linux pros.

 SparkyLinux 5.7 System Tools menu

SparkyLinux 5.7 is uncluttered and has an intuitive user interface. It is surprisingly spry whether run from a USB or a hard drive installation.

- click image to enlarge -

What It Is

SparkyLinux is a GNU/Linux distribution built on top of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system. It is a fast, lightweight and fully customizable OS that utilizes the Openbox window manager and the LXQt desktop.

SparkyLinux is available in three primary editions. The Stable releases are based on the stable line of the Debian family and should be the starting point for new Linux users. The Rolling release is based on the Debian testing branch and offers frequent updates of fresh software packages that can make the OS a little less stable. The Development release is strictly for experienced Linux testers and is not a choice for typical users.

The developer also offers four specialty editions for different tasks, all with Openbox as default. GameOver is for gamers. Multimedia is for creating audio, video and HTML pages. The Rescue edition is for fixing broken OSes. The MinimalCLI edition has no X server, so advanced users can build and configure their desktops their own way.

Fits the Bill

Over the years, I have reviewed several of the SparkyLinux special editions. Among the three primary editions, the developer provides a variety of window lightweight desktop versions for different users and different tasks.

A few weeks ago, I grabbed the latest edition of the Rolling release of version 5.7 posted on March 6. The series 5 version, the Nibiru releases, began rolling out last July. It is a new snapshot of the project's Rolling branch, which is based on Debian Testing.

This is the first of this year's ISO images of the Rolling line, which is based on Debian Testing "Buster." It is a full-featured OS that works out of the box and contains a selection of preinstalled common use software applications for home users.

I had not planned on reviewing version 5.7. Instead, I was looking for a quick replacement for the discontinued Quirky Linux. I had been using Quirky on a USB drive for convenience and portability when bouncing around computers on various work projects. However, my positive experience led to this review.

Why the glee over rolling releases? This upgrade method pushes the latest packages and edition upgrades as they are ready, without requiring a complete reinstallation. This approach is a big convenience, especially if you're running SparkyLinux from the USB drive.

Rolling Update and Portability Too

Quirky Linux was a Linux-on-a stick derivative of Puppy Linux. Although Puppy Linux and other offshoot distros still exist, I was drawn to the rolling release potential on a USB drive installation.

Being able to pop a USB stick into any computer I use remains part of my work routine. It is a workable solution and better alternative to carrying around my own hardware when my location deadheads to a room filled with other people's gear.

SparkyLinux Nibiru's rolling update capability adds to the convenience by eliminating the need to create updated versions of the portable OS periodically. Installing Linux distros to a USB drive can have its drawbacks.

One of the big ones is the need to use special frugal installation tactics. Another is having to create and use multiple partitions on the USB drive to save personal data and configuration changes as persistent memory.

Usually, the USB installation merely creates a live session environment much like using a DVD session. That eliminates the ability to save configurations and personal data. Not so with SparkyLinux.

Best of Two Linux Worlds

SparkyLinux is not a Puppy Linux wanna-be distro. Like Puppy Linux-style distros, you can run it from a thumb drive, and like Puppy Linux, SparkyLinux initially loads into available RAM on the host computer for speedy performance. Unlike Puppy Linux strategies, SparkyLinux does not use a frugal installation or require special antics to provide persistent memory on the USB storage device.

SparkyLinux is intended to be fully hard-drive based. Regardless, I was curious to see how well the rolling updates, paired with a full installation on a USB drive, would solve my need for a reliable portable Linux OS. The fact that I could do a full installation to hard drive was merely a huge added benefit.

I installed SparkyLinux 5.7 to an 8GB USB drive, unsure of the storage size adequacy and the performance. That process involved installing GRUB on the USB drive.

I already had my computers configured to boot from DVD or USB drives, so all I had to do was turn on the computer, press the appropriate key to not boot from the hard drive, and press the enter key to boot the SparkyLinux option I wanted directly from the USB drive.

No matter what changes I made to the configuration -- add/remove software, change desktop backgrounds, alter system preferences, or save files to the USB drive -- those changes were retained on the USB drive on subsequent reboots. Even better, regardless of whatever computer I booted that SparkyLinux USB drive from, SparkyLinux appeared on the screen exactly the way it appeared in my last session on a different computer.

Unlike with other distro options, no tweaking was required. There was no need to make screen resolution adjustments or re-establish Internet connection settings each time I booted from the USB drive placed in another computer.

What's Next?

That was a pleasant surprise. SparkyLinux performed with the USB installation far better than any other portable Linux-on-a-stick distros I've used over the years. SparkyLinux's USB installation worked so well, I used it on multiple computers for weeks without missing a beat.

The takeaway from that USB-based performance is that SparkyLinux installed on a hard drive can compute circles around many other Linux distros, and at least keep an even track record with the rest.

I know that from actually putting SparkyLinux 5.7 Testing release on an aging computer. The LXQt and Openbox combination runs fine on legacy gear with at least 256MB of RAM and 10 GB hard drive space.

Remember, the intent of the developer is to use SparkyLinux as a normal, full installation on the hard drive. I may very well put SparkyLinux on the hard drives of several computers, but right now, I am getting all the functionality I need from the USB installation.

I will dual-boot some Sparky installations rather than replace other existing distros dedicated on those machines, but I definitely will burn a new SparkyLinux installation to a 32GB USB drive to ensure that I do not run into storage limitations down the road.

My bigger personal dilemma now, as I hinted at the beginning of this review, is how to handle my mainstream computing platforms.

Streamlined Inventory

Until last year, SparkyLinux offered many editions and development branches with a wide range of desktop environments. This provided users with a dozen or more different download options.

However, due to time constraints and a refocusing on a core product, the developer retired most of the choices. The result is a trimmed-down inventory, based solely on one main, Openbox-based desktop in combination with two similar lightweight desktops.

The first option is with LXQt for the Rolling edition or LXDE for the Stable edition. A second option is MinimalGUI (Openbox)/MinimalCLI as a text-based edition that lets you install a desktop with a small set of apps. The third choice is the Special Editions with Openbox, as noted above.

I installed the Google Chrome browser. Much of my work routine is embedded in the Google infrastructure. I was pleased to discover that even with an 8GB USB drive to hold it, Chrome did not tax the performance.

I was additionally pleased to discover that I did not have to compromise on performance or other restrictions in my regular daily computing routine with SparkyLinux. It comes with my needed essentials preinstalled:

LibreOffice version 6.1.5.2 Skanlite, a KDE-based scanning application based on libksane Take a Screenshot app

It also comes with a bevy of system tools and accessory apps.

 SparkyLinux 5.7 cascading menu

SparkyLinux 5.7 has a second menu launched with a right-click anywhere on the desktop. Shown here is the cascading menu filled with an abundant inventory of system tools.

- click image to enlarge -

Adding to the Mix

SparkyLinux comes with a few basic tools, along with some of the most popular productivity applications. The text editor is FeatherPad, a lightweight plain-text app with a tabbed interface. Also included are the file manager (PCManFM), a screenshot utility, an image viewer (LXImage-QT), Firefox Web browser, and several terminal emulators (gExec, XTerm and UXTerm).

I had to install only two applications essential to my workflow: GIMP image editor and Geany IDE Editor. Both up and running from the USB drive to RAM did not impair the OS' performance.

SparkyLinux uses the Synaptic Package Manager to add/remove non-system applications. For rolling update and system maintenance, SparkyLinux has Sparky APTus.

This is is a collection of small scripts to manage the system's packages. It is basically a front end that automates the process of downloading and installing system packages.

Highlighting the Sparky Experience

Installing SparkyLinux to the 8GB USB stick took nearly 45 minutes. The suggested time frame is 15-30 minutes. The process was straightforward. Ample videos and Wiki documentation are available on the developer's website to walk you through the installation.

For what it is worth, the online documentation about how to install SparkyLinux to a USB drive may be a bit outdated for this latest release. Even though the directions tell you to create three partitions on the USB drive -- one for the OS, one for the home directory, and one for the swap space -- I deliberately did not do that.

The installer includes a partitioning tool, but I did not use it. Everything worked fine using the USB installer tool in the live session DVD I burned from the downloaded SparkyLinux ISO file.

When I rebooted after installation, the system asked if I wanted to do an upgrade. That process using APTus went smoothly but took another 30 minutes. The installation and upgrade intervals are the result of the slower writing speeds to the USB drive.

Subsequent logons brought fewer upgrades. The shorter download and install list made for quicker completion.

No setup was required other than clicking on the clock applet in the bottom panel to select 12-hour and change the orientation of the date and time in the panel display. The hardwired Internet connection was automatic. Same for the mouse.

Settings tips:

Go to the Main Menu/Preferences/LXQt Settings to make selections; Go to Firewall Configuration to enable the firewall; Go to Openbox Configuration Manager to finish setting up the look and feel of the OS; and Go to Desktop Preferences panel and click the Advanced tab to select which system icons to display on the desktop. Look and Feel

The developer modified the LXQt desktop environment in SparkyLinux to provide a clean, simple and traditional graphical session. The bottom panel is pleasantly uncluttered.

The show desktop icon is on the far right. To its left is the date/time display. Further left are the audio control, an applet to manage media devices, an applet for Internet access status, and the Qlipper clipboard icon.

The desktop switcher and the main menu button hug the left end of the panel. The switcher is preconfigured with only two virtual workspaces. You can change this default setting in Openbox Configuration Manager.

Scrolling the mouse wheel on the desktop switches workspaces. Or you can click the workplace switcher applet on the panel. Even better, you can spin the mouse wheel with the pointer on any open area of the desktop to cycle through workspaces.

 SparkyLinux 5.7 wallpaper selection tool

You must manually point the wallpaper changer tool to the default location (/opt/artwork). The file manager browser window does not point to this location by default.

- click image to enlarge -

Changing desktop background images is not intuitive. Images are stored in /opt/artwork. You must navigate through system folders to get there from within the desktop preferences panel. An easier configuration would be to have the browse button within this panel default to that location. Instead, you must do this manually.

Bottom Line

SparkyLinux gives you an operating system that is out-of-the-box ready for use. It comes with multimedia plugins, selected sets of apps, and its own custom tools to ease different tasks.

SparkyLinux is a well-thought-out Linux OS. It has straightforward controls that let you get your work done without distractions. The user interface is friendly, intuitive and efficient.

SparkyLinux is a very functional Linux OS. It is a solid choice for use as an all-purpose home edition with all the tools, codecs, plugins and drivers preinstalled.

You may not need the USB installation. However, if your computer runs Microsoft Windows or another Linux distro, putting SparkyLinux on a USB stick is much easier than setting up a dual boot on the hard drive or replacing whatever is running on that computer already.

Want to Suggest a Review?

Is there a Linux software application or distro you'd like to suggest for review? Something you love or would like to get to know?

Please email your ideas to me, and I'll consider them for a future Linux Picks and Pans column.

And use the Reader Comments feature below to provide your input!

Jack M. Germain has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2003. His main areas of focus are enterprise IT, Linux and open source technologies. He has written numerous reviews of Linux distros and other open source software. Email Jack.

Read More



Leave A Comment

More News

TechNewsWorld

Condres OS Conjures Up Pleasing Arch Linux Transition 2019-04-18 15:00:37Condres OS, a distro much like the defunct Apricity OS, could be a speedier replacement for Linux OSes that have turned slow to no-go in recent new re

Everyone's a Winner in Apple-Qualcomm Settlement 2019-04-18 08:00:00Apple and Qualcomm unexpectedly announced a settlement as their case entered the second day of a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern D

Apple to Focus on Productivity With Next macOS, 2019-04-17 13:14:22The ramp-up to Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference this June has begun, with reports circulating about the goodies the company will include in

EU's New Copyright Directive Could Break the Internet 2019-04-16 08:00:00A copyright directive that some fear could break the Internet has cleared the final hurdle in the European Union. The directive makes platforms for us

Qualcomm: Rethinking AI in a 5G Quantum World 2019-04-15 14:45:33It is expected that 5G will move aggressively into the market, with near-complete major metropolitan coverage by the end of the year. This technology

Google Presents a Cornucopia of Cloud Goodies 2019-04-11 15:40:27Google announced a host of new services, features and partners at Google Cloud Next '19 Day 2 in San Francisco. The new unveilings followed its annou

Report: Apple Is Gearing Up to Debut Mini-LED 2019-04-10 13:02:06Apple plans to introduce a number of new products in the next two years that will sport a new display technology, according to master Apple watcher M

Microsoft's Edge Goes With the Chromium Flow 2019-04-10 08:00:00Microsoft has released the first Dev and Canary channel builds of the next version of Microsoft Edge, based on the Chromium open source project. The c

Snapchat Refreshes App to Revive Prospects 2019-04-09 10:00:00New augmented reality features, an SDK for Stories, and a games platform highlighted Snapchat's first developer's conference. AR features announced

Cisco's Broader Take on Diversity 2019-04-08 13:32:28There should be no argument that we live in a diverse world, and that the technology industry doesn't reflect that diversity. The lack of diversity

What Lies Beneath Facebook's Sudden Embrace of Government 2019-04-05 12:27:03Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for greater government oversight and even regulation of the Internet in an op-ed piece published last weekend. Zuc

Following Protests, Google Cuts Temps, Vendors, Contractors a 2019-04-04 08:00:00Google has unveiled new minimum standards for temps, vendors and contractors in the United States, in response to demands from an employee coalition

PCWorld

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice 2019-04-19 13:56:00There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs 2019-04-19 11:00:00Acer CEO Jason Chen thinks his company can get bigger if it thinks small. As the fourth- or fifth-largest PC vendor worldwide by shipments (per IDC an

How to transform your laptop into a gaming 2019-04-19 10:18:00My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved past

Dude, this 24-inch Dell monitor is down to 2019-04-19 10:03:00It would be great if we all could afford 4K G-Sync monitors, but sadly that's not the case. So if you're looking for a fantastic deal on a much more

Cooler Master SK630 review: Low-profile gaming keyboards are 2019-04-19 06:30:00Here’s the rule with peripherals: Once is a gimmick, twice is a trend, and thrice is a category. And our latest category? Low-profile mechanical

Primephonic app review: The unrivaled classical music 2019-04-19 06:00:00Primephonic's mobile app for iOS and Android delivers the best parts of its classical music service to smart devices—with one glaring omission.

Mysa Smart Thermostat review: Rendering electric heat 2019-04-19 06:00:00A beautifull smart thermostat for baseboard, radiant, and fan-forced convector heaters.

Update: Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of 2019-04-18 15:30:00April 18, 2019: Updated to add new information about how many Instagram user passwords were exposed internally at Facebook.Facebook confirmed March 21

Add 200GB of space to your phone or 2019-04-18 10:54:00No matter whether it’s on your phone, tablet, PC, or Nintendo Switch, running out of space always sucks, especially if it means deleting games a

The Full Nerd ep. 91: PlayStation 5 vs. 2019-04-18 10:26:00In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos,  Adam Patrick Murray and special guest Melissa Riofrio discuss some

Pay what you want for this Java course 2019-04-18 10:05:00Java is among the easiest programming languages to learn, making it perfect for those just starting out. And, now virtually anyone can become an exper

The smarter, better Ring Video Doorbell Pro is 2019-04-18 09:37:00Amazon’s got an unstoppable deal right now for a smart doorbell: The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $199. That’s the usual $50 dis

TechCrunch

New hack challenge from Eramet for the TC New! 2019-04-23 04:00:25There’s no question that springtime in Paris is the stuff of legend. TechCrunch is returning to the City of Lights to continue building another

Le Wagon launches part-time coding bootcamps New! 2019-04-23 03:10:21Le Wagon has been steadily growing for the past few years. The bootstrapped French company now has 34 campuses across 22 countries. And now, Le Wagon

Douyu, China’s Twitch backed by Tencent, files for New! 2019-04-23 01:07:52Douyu, a Chinese live streaming service focused on video games, has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as it prepares to raise up

Smartcar accuses $50M-funded rival Otonomo of API plagiarism New! 2019-04-22 21:22:52Ruthless copying is common in tech. Just ask Snapchat. However, it’s typically more conceptual than literal. But car API startup Smartcar claims

India’s ZestMoney raises $20M to grow its digital New! 2019-04-22 20:30:06Fintech is very much still hot in Asia. ZestMoney, a startup that helps consumers with no credit history get loans to buy online, announced today it h

Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing 2019-04-22 18:01:18Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman a

Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2019-04-22 17:38:02Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the co

Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in 2019-04-22 16:37:58At its "Autonomy Day" today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles. Elon Musk rather per

China’s fast-growing Starbucks competitor Luckin Coffee just filed 2019-04-22 16:15:29China’s Luckin Coffee has registered plans with the SEC to go public on the Nasdaq, setting a placeholder amount of $100 million, shows its fili

Tesla’s full self-driving computer is now in all 2019-04-22 16:00:23The Tesla computer, a new custom chip designed to enable full self-driving capabilities, is now in all new Model 3, X and S vehicles, CEO Elon Musk sa

‘Anyone relying on lidar is doomed,’ Elon Musk 2019-04-22 15:43:28Today at Tesla’s first Autonomy Day event, Elon Musk took questions from the press but didn’t have time for questions about lidar. Histori

Streaming TV service Philo gets a little more 2019-04-22 15:38:28As the internet TV services have matured, their pricing has as well. The majority have raised their price points — some have even done so multip

FOX News

Samsung delays Galaxy Fold rollout amid malfunctions 2019-04-22 13:33:00Samsung is delaying the launch of $1,980 Galaxy Fold device until at least next month, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Instagram change could seriously upset influencers 2019-04-22 12:01:10It’s a sad state of affairs that so many social media users tend to base self-worth on how many “likes” their post garners, but Inst

Army and Air Force draft new combined 'war 2019-04-22 10:42:57The Army and the Air Force are crafting a new combined air-ground combat attack strategy to improve warfare networks, perform long-range sensing of ta

Facebook stored millions of Instagram passwords in plain 2019-04-22 08:20:00Facebook on Thursday revealed that it accidentally stored "millions" of Instagram user passwords in plain text.

Internet bots are getting smarter and imitating people 2019-04-21 08:00:17Bots are becoming a bigger threat as they get smarter, a new report says.

Hidden AirBnB cameras, viruses attack Apple and more: 2019-04-21 07:00:22I keep hearing about hidden cameras in AirBnb rentals. Is there a trick to spotting hidden spy cameras?

Millennials and men are more often fooled by 2019-04-20 08:00:31Phone scammers are making make more money than ever and their easiest targets are millennials and men, a new report says.

Stop Facebook’s targeted advertising by changing your account 2019-04-20 07:00:35Let me be frank: I only keep a Facebook account to engage with listeners of my national radio show. I don’t use my personal account. I stepped a

How 'Assassin's Creed' could help rebuilding efforts at 2019-04-19 14:48:29Some experts say the detailed digital model of Notre Dame in 'Assassin's Creed Unity' could represent the best chance for architects to study the c

Russian news anchor robot sparks 'propaganda' controversy: report 2019-04-19 00:18:26A Russian news channel has reportedly started using a robot to anchor some of its newscast - but not everyone is impressed. ‘Alex,’ which

Developer in Miami adds 'skydeck' for flying cars 2019-04-18 15:28:39Paramount Miami World Center, a 60-story residential apartment building, will be topped with an unusual feature.

New 40mm cannon on Marine Corp amphibious combat 2019-04-18 11:26:47Navy and Marine Corps interest in up-gunning its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle with a stronger, longer-range 40mm cannon may have taken a step forward

Thetechhacker

Few Galaxy Fold devices are already broken; Samsung 2019-04-18 02:44:48You must be aware that the foldable smartphones were announced at the MWC 2019. These foldable smartphone were from the likes of Samsung and Huawei. A

5 Features Your Wireframe Tool Needs To Have 2019-04-17 12:02:50When it comes to wireframing tools, not all are equal. Some tools have the bare minimum of features, which if you’re paying to use the tool, can

Some features of iOS 13 have been revealed 2019-04-17 09:47:09We know that Apple and Google announce their latest versions of iOS and Android every year. For Google, the announcement will be at Google I/O later n

OnePlus 7 Pro to feature a Quad HD+ 2019-04-17 09:03:46It is known that OnePlus will release their next flagship smartphone later this year. Also, the launch is most likely going to take place next month,

You might soon be not allowed to take 2019-04-17 03:51:11WhatsApp has been here for more than a decade in the social messaging sector. And it is obvious that the application is extremely popular among people

TikTok blocked by Google on Indian Play Store 2019-04-17 03:05:37TikTok, formally known as Musically, has been a sensation from last few years worldwide. Although the app started from China, it has caught up in popu

Microsoft will release Surface Buds to challenge Apple 2019-04-16 10:01:22Most of us have realized the fact that the beloved 3.5-mm headphone jack is gone. And we have to accept that wireless is the future. All the major tec

Google might launch the Pixel 3a series at 2019-04-16 09:28:56We have been hearing about Google’s plans of launching an upper mid-range Pixel smartphone. However, those are just the reports and we have neve

FastestVPN Review 2019-04-16 07:44:07Contrary to their popularity, free VPNs do not work. When we say that we mean that they don’t provide the essential benefits of using a VPN in t

List of Google Chrome Commands to Access Features 2019-04-16 02:56:15Google Chrome is everyone’s favorite browser. Chrome is very easy to install, supports multiple platforms, cross-platform sync feature, bookmark

Microsoft says it found that some Outlook accounts 2019-04-15 08:47:50Microsoft is majorly known for its popular OS, Windows, worldwide. However, the company also has various other popular products such as Xbox, Outlook

OnePlus 7 series will launch on May 14, 2019-04-15 08:34:32We have been seeing the OnePlus 7 being leaked day in and day out. This is also expected as OnePlus 7 is the highly anticipated smartphone right now.

SlashGear

CDC warns measles cases will reach new record 2019-04-22 20:01:16Following last week’s report from the World Health Organization comes an advisory on measles cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prev

The CIA plans to launch its own official 2019-04-22 19:17:50The Central Intelligence Agency plans to launch its own presence on Instagram, the intelligence service revealed late last week. The agency hasn&rsquo

FDA approves nerve stimulation device to treat kids 2019-04-22 18:17:14The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device designed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. The devi

Tesla’s 2020 Robotaxi plan is peak Elon Musk 2019-04-22 17:42:54Tesla believes it can have a Robotaxi service operating as soon as 2020, with owners of the company’s EVs able to add their cars to a ride-shari

Lime launches electric scooter reservation feature in three 2019-04-22 17:16:38Electric scooter rental company Lime has announced a new feature test that enables riders to reserve a scooter before they’re ready to take it.

Asteroid 16 Psyche: A quick primer as NASA 2019-04-22 17:15:20Information on the NASA mission to 16 Psyche just became a whole lot more relevant, as we’re less than a month away from a key bit of official r

Tesla Autopilot is getting aggression settings 2019-04-22 16:32:41Tesla plans to allow drivers to make Autopilot more aggressive on the road, Elon Musk has revealed, even if doing so also dials up the risk of acciden

Suddenly, OnePlus is a top 5 phone brand 2019-04-22 16:29:14OnePlus appeared as number five in the top five brands in premium smartphone market share for the year 2018. This is according to Counterpoint Researc

Fire extinguisher made for space works by sucking 2019-04-22 16:07:59Increasing human activity in space will result in unique situations and open the door for new related innovations. Fire-related accidents are one exam

With Galaxy Fold late, Samsung tries to pacify 2019-04-22 15:59:05Samsung is delaying the Galaxy Fold, offering preorder customers the option to cancel rather than wait for the troubled smartphone, amid questions abo

Fortnite is getting another Avengers crossover 2019-04-22 15:41:26The next Avengers movie is on the horizon, and it looks like Fortnite wants some of the action once again. Epic has begun teasing an Avengers/Fortnite

Popular pesticide leaves honey bees vulnerable to deadly 2019-04-22 15:13:02A commonly used class of pesticides may be preventing bees from properly grooming themselves, leaving them vulnerable to deadly mites, according to a

Electrek

Portland’s new electric buses run on wind energy, 2019-04-22 13:57:04 Portland’s public mass transit agency TriMet started transitioning to a clean energy bus fleet last week with the introduction of its first all

New study claiming electric cars are dirtier than 2019-04-22 13:44:20 Electric vehicle detractors are rejoicing after a new study from the Munich-based IFO Institute for Economic Research is claiming electric cars are d

Home Depot’s 1-day outdoor electric power tool sale 2019-04-22 13:33:05 Today’s best Earth Day deals are highlighted by a notable sale at Home Depot, which takes up to 20% off outdoor power equipment from Sun J

Earth Day 2019 — reasons for optimism through 2019-04-22 11:50:09 We know our planet is in deep trouble — but that’s not what this particular Earth Day post is about. This is about what we can do to impr

Watch Honda’s new CR Electric dirt bike in 2019-04-22 11:39:27 Honda recently took their new CR Electric dirt bike concept to the track. It was captured on video displaying some impressive performance. Check out

Tesla Autonomy Event news hub 2019-04-22 10:45:51 Tesla is holding an event today called ‘Tesla Autonomy Investor Day’ at its headquarters in Palo Alto. Follow along here to get all the d

Review: GOTRAX Shift S1 folding e-bike is a 2019-04-22 09:43:16 GOTRAX is more commonly known for their popular and inexpensive line of electric scooters. But the company has recently moved into the electric bicyc

EGEB: Disney’s solar farm, Mount Rushmore’s solar carport, 2019-04-22 08:51:24 In today’s EGEB: Walt Disney World’s new solar farm takes up more space than two Magic Kingdom parks. Mount Rushmore is unveiling a solar

EVs are blowing up on Turo, showing strong 2019-04-22 07:00:32 We’ve written before about car sharing platforms being used by EV owners, particularly Tesla owners, to make a little side money with their car

Tesla Model S-based electric motorhome unveiled – disappointment? 2019-04-22 06:23:05 The idea of an all-electric Tesla motorhome is getting a lot of people excited and inspired an entrepreneur to build Tesla Model S-based electric mot

New belt-drive 28 mph electric bicycle from Electra 2019-04-21 15:54:36 Electra is back with a new electric bicycle, and this one is based on the classic cafe racer design. The new Café Moto Go electric bicycle has

Tesla Model S caught on video bursting into 2019-04-21 14:21:53 Another Tesla vehicle has caught on fire without being involved in a crash. A Tesla Model S parked in a garage was filmed bursting into flames seemin

Ars Technica UK

Time travel and Black Lives Matter mix in 2019-04-22 14:20:26Director Stefon Bristol: "I don't want the conversation on police brutality to slow down."

Tesla has three of the 11 most popular 2019-04-22 13:50:10EV supply grew 1.6x faster than hybrid or internal combustion engine vehicles in 2018.

NIH, FBI accuse scientists in US of sending 2019-04-22 13:40:43Federal officials say there's "systematic" meddling by foreign entities.

Charter avoids getting kicked out of New York, 2019-04-22 13:35:59Charter must expand its own network and pay $12 million to fund more broadband.

Google cuts the Pixel 3 price in half 2019-04-22 13:20:03Google's running the best deal ever for the Pixel 3, for US residents only.

Microsoft engineer complains that company is biased against 2019-04-22 13:12:22Internal memo suggests that women don't think the right way to be engineers.

A Model S burst in flames in a 2019-04-22 12:40:48No one was injured in the fire.

Another judge sets back Trump attempts to open 2019-04-22 12:25:34Coal mine leases require more study from the government before they're approved.

After the Galaxy Fold breaks in the hands 2019-04-22 12:00:25Samsung hits "pause" on the Galaxy Fold to figure out the display issues.

There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination 2019-04-22 11:16:31And we still don’t know where a huge portion of our plastic waste even ends up.

This semi-autonomous truck tech could seriously boost fuel 2019-04-22 10:23:44Peloton's system keeps a driver in the loop and uses truck-to-truck communication.

Here’s what we know, and what we don’t, 2019-04-22 09:53:07The company undoubtedly had a busy Easter weekend.

Top Technology News --

Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three 2019-04-22 13:15:39Researchers have deployed chemicals to individuals on three continents, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the s

Geomagnetic jerks finally reproduced and explained 2019-04-22 11:28:06The Earth's magnetic field experiences unpredictable, rapid, and intense anomalies that are known as geomagnetic jerks. The mechanisms behind this ph

From coal to gas: How the shift can 2019-04-22 11:27:59A transition from coal-based energy to cleaner-burning gas has long been viewed as a staple of many climate action plans, despite concerns over leakag

New technique produces longer-lasting lithium batteries 2019-04-22 11:27:49Researchers have developed a new method for safely prolonging battery life by inserting a nano-coating of boron nitride (BN) to stabilize solid electr

Catalyst renders nerve agents harmless 2019-04-22 10:09:55A team of scientists has studied a catalyst that decomposes nerve agents, eliminating their harmful and lethal effects.

Repelling charges prevent Cooper pairs from 'island hopping' 2019-04-22 09:48:29New research shows how Cooper pairs -- quasiparticles that make superconductivity possible -- can also play an opposite role in an exotic type of insu

Photonics: The curious case of the disappearing cylinders 2019-04-22 09:08:52A pair of researchers describes a way of making a submicron-sized cylinder disappear without using any specialized coating. Their findings could enabl

Biomimetics: Artificial receptor distinguishes between male and female 2019-04-22 08:22:46Researchers at Tokyo Tech have revealed that an artificial receptor preferentially binds male steroid hormones from a mixture of male and female hormo

Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices 2019-04-22 08:22:32A specially designed computer program can help to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices.

From 2D to 1D: Atomically quasi '1D' wires 2019-04-20 09:05:31Researchers have used carbon nanotube templates to produce nanowires of transition metal monochalcogenide (TMM), which are only 3 atoms wide in diamet

High performance solid-state sodium-ion battery 2019-04-19 16:55:34Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are far safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performanc

Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption 2019-04-19 16:55:31Physicists have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power suppl


Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.