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July 2016 Tech Roundup

Posted on 29th July, 2016 in

Looking back, it inevitably seems that July 2016 will go down in history as the month of the Pokemon.

This month seems to have been commandeered by Pikachu and his garden variety of adorable friends with the release of the new Pokemon Go app but there was lots of other tech and science events that went by with less fanfare. So to remedy that we’re here to bring you our first ever Cargo tech news roundup!

Juno probe reaches Jupiter

This July saw the 47th anniversary of the famed Apollo 11 moon landing, in which the first manned spacecraft landed on the moon on July 20,1969. As Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the moon, he spoke his famous quote, “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  While much progress has happened in the nearly 5 decades since then, there’s still a lot we don’t know about space.

Which is why the Juno probe is still another fascinating feat. The probe was launched almost 5 years ago in August 2011 (5 years!) and has reached Jupiter at the start of July.  The probe will gather data on Jupiter’s composition, gravity and magnetic fields as well as how the planet was formed. 

Further reading: Juno probe closes in on Jupiter after five-year journey from Earth

Robot Wars is back on telly

Robots Wars might not be what everyone would clear their Sunday night schedule for, but we have to admit it is pretty cool and luckily for us it’s back on telly! Having gone off the air 12 years ago, it is now back and the robots are bigger and better than ever. Here’s to more inspiration for the next generation of scientists and engineers!

Further reading: The legacy of TV's Robot Wars

We’re here to bring you our first ever Cargo tech news roundup!

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Tesla: Elon Musk reveals the next steps

Like him or loathe him, Elon Musk is one of the most fascinating minds of our generation and he keeps on surprising. Earlier this month, he revealed the next steps in his plans for the innovative electric car brand, Tesla. Most notable are his intentions to purchase Solar City in order to develop a “smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works”. While all eyes have been on Musk for awhile, it will be interesting to see what happens next with Tesla.

Further reading: Elon Musk reveals his new master plan for Tesla  

Google Ads will load faster


Good news for mobile users that are being served ads by Google - those ads are now going to load faster! While there is controversy over the ethics of customers not being able to opt out of seeing ads and thus forcing them to use up their mobile data and essentially "pay" to see ads, Google is taking steps to address concerns. While this might not be enough to stop people using ad blocking software in growing numbers, hopefully this will generate some goodwill towards the tech giant. 

Further Reading: Google tests ads that load faster and use less power  

Amazon to trial drone delivery in the UK


In the pursuit of becoming ever most cost effective, businesses are hoping that delivery by drone will be the way of the future. Amazon in particular is a champion of this, and is paying for a programme which will test how drones can be used to deliver parcels. The current concerns around this are mostly to do with privacy and the fact that current legislation requires that drone pilots must be within sight of the drone, making it difficult for drones to go further afield. While we'll have to wait and see, drone delivery may indeed become a reality soon!

Further reading: New trials for delivering goods by drones 

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