America’s Cup yachts pose new challenges for graphics crew

By Greg Stutchbury

Ineos Team UK's new America's Cup AC75 yacht is seen outside the British team's base in Portsmouth

Ineos Team UK’s new America’s Cup AC75 yacht is seen outside the British team’s base in Portsmouth

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Ian Taylor has helped bring the America’s Cup to life for TV viewers since 1992 but he is slightly worried that the secret designs and sheer speed of the boats for next year’s regatta may have left his computer graphics company in the dark.


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The high-tech AC75 foiling monohulls are so fast, and their design and builds so secret, that Taylor is unsure how it will impact the graphics package his firm provides.

And with the first practice races for defenders Team New Zealand and the challengers set for next week, time is of the essence.

“We’re testing all the data and software from next week,” Animation Research’s Taylor told Reuters by telephone from Dunedin.

“Nobody has seen the boats (in race

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One of America’s great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre

Hidden away in the heart of the Deep South, one of the nation’s greatest wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre.

a close up of a flower garden: A field of pitcher plants in a bog in Alabama's Mobile River basin, where thousands of species are under threat and many have gone extinct. (Ben Raines)

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A field of pitcher plants in a bog in Alabama’s Mobile River basin, where thousands of species are under threat and many have gone extinct. (Ben Raines)

You won’t find people chaining themselves to trees to protect this place, or national environmental groups using pictures of it to sign up new members, because few know it exists. And yet, here it is — the Mobile River Basin, one of the richest in the world in terms of the sheer number of species and types of habitat. The major rivers and thousands of creeks feeding into this basin together form the largest inland delta system in the United States, second only to the Mississippi in how much water it dumps into the Gulf

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America’s unique brand of entrepreneurism is, and always has been, a source of hope for the future

Many of us started the new decade with high hopes and renewed aspirations, and instead, this year delivered a devastating blow. For all the setbacks and losses we’ve experienced, a brighter future remains. We can still look forward to a thriving entrepreneurial environment and fruitful innovations that can continue to improve lives and open new opportunities and horizons.

From afar, the state of American entrepreneurialism seems like a Jackson Pollock painting — messy, disorganized and without a central intent or focus. In one slice of the country, there may be a new and flourishing entrepreneurial endeavor, and yet that same company and idea might be illegal in a different part of the country. America has one the of the highest startup failure rates across the globe, yet we produce the greatest share of the world’s “unicorn startups” — private companies that are deemed highly-valued and successful, such as Facebook, Amazon

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Will IIC technology save America’s 5G?

Meet the newest 5G acronym: incumbent-informing capability (IIC).

It’s a new technological concept that might – just might – propel the American 5G industry into the stratosphere by potentially releasing roughly 1GHz of valuable midband spectrum for 5G operations. It would do so by allowing the US military to relinquish some of the midband spectrum it’s currently using to commercial 5G operators, while still being able to use that spectrum when soldiers need it.

Specifically, IIC would allow US military commanders to tell operators like AT&T and Verizon when they can – and can’t – use government spectrum for 5G.

And why is that important? Midband licenses have been described as “Goldilocks spectrum” because they create an ideal balance between broad geographic coverage and blazing-fast speeds. Indeed, those are the spectrum bands that form the backbone of a wide number of international 5G

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America’s Cup 2021: Team New Zealand win global recognition for sports technology, innovation

“When you think about it, maybe it is not entirely surprising, because as an organisation, if we don’t lead the wave of innovation and technology, we simply will not win the sport event on the water – it’s as simple as that.”

Among those ranked behind Team NZ are esteemed sporting brands like the NBA (basketball), Wimbledon (tennis), PGA (golf), Barcelona FC (football), Nike (sportswear) and ESPN (media).

Using pedal power to win the ‘Auld Mug’ in Bermuda three years ago, they have again tweaked the design specifications for their defence in March, launching their second-generation Te Rehutai boat last week. 

“The power list debate about inclusions and rankings was lively and enjoyable,” says Sports Technology Awards chief executive Rebecca Hopkins. “Seeing the way brands understand and embrace a tech-led approach is exciting, but more than that, the ones that do it well are clearly far more robust entities.


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America’s Internet Has China Envy

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One of the big questions about the future of the internet is whether the world’s digital habits will eventually look like China’s.

For some time, fresh digital trends — both dystopian and useful ones — have gotten started and become big in China. The country was one of the first places where digital payments and loans on smartphones transformed finance, online video streamers became superstars, food delivery apps swept cities, and online misinformation eroded people’s faith in facts.

In the United States and some other countries, technology watchers have tried to borrow from some of China’s internet habits in the belief that they’re a preview of the future everywhere.

The nagging question, though, is whether borrowing from China’s digital world can work. Is China a peek at the future of technology, or

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Trump honors America’s veterans at first event since election called

This is a rush transcript from “Special Report” November 11, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Good evening. Welcome to Washington. I’m Bret Baier.

Breaking tonight, as his legal challenges continue in several states contesting election results, President Trump attended a Veterans Day ceremony today. The president didn’t talk to reporters but continued his Twitter offensive against the media and politicians who are not supporting his challenge to the election results. 

That effort includes a new voter fraud lawsuit in Michigan tonight. Chief White House correspondent John Robert starts us off live from the North Lawn. Good evening, John.

JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Bret, good evening. More than a week after the election, President Trump still has not found a path to turnaround the vote count, but sources tell Fox News he

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ePlus Honored with Multiple Awards Including Americas Technology Excellence Partner of the Year for Data Center at Cisco Partner Summit Digital 2020

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS – news) today announced that it is the recipient of a Cisco® Partner Summit Digital Geographical Region award for Americas Technology Excellence Partner of the Year: Data Center. ePlus also received area awards in the East region for Software Partner of the Year and Commercial Partner of the Year. Cisco announced the winners during its annual partner conference, this year held digitally.

Awarded to channel partners who rise to business challenges, the Cisco Partner Summit Digital Global awards are designed to recognize superior business practices and reward best-in-class methodologies. Areas of consideration include innovative processes, architecture-led successes, strategic business outcome-focused programs, seizing new opportunities, and sales approaches.

“Cisco is proud to work together with leading partners to drive digital transformation, creating powerful solutions and fresh approaches to meet the needs of our customers,” said John Moses, vice president, Americas Partner Organization at

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Mark Cuban on America’s future: 5G, healthcare, and Biden’s presidency

Today we’re publishing the first episode of Decoder with Nilay Patel, a new weekly podcast where I’ll be interviewing executives, policymakers, academics, and some other assorted troublemakers about what it takes to build the businesses of the future. After over a decade covering tech, it’s become very clear to me that every business is a tech business — and tech businesses have some very familiar problems, while creating very new kinds of opportunities.

To kick off the show, I couldn’t think of anyone better than Dallas Mavericks owner and tech investor Mark Cuban. Mark and I have known each other for a little while, and one of the reasons I was excited to have him as my first guest is because we disagree on some things — and we enjoy disagreeing with each other. One of my goals with this show is to have my own beliefs challenged, and

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In the Early Americas, Female Hunters Pursued Big Game, Study Suggests

In 1878 in Sweden, a 10th-century Viking warrior was discovered in a grave packed with weapons, hinting at high military status. The assumption for the next century was that this individual was male. Questions about the warrior’s sex arose in 1970s, and DNA analysis conclusively upended the belief in 2017, showing that the grave’s occupant was female. The sex determination took so long largely because modern assumptions about gender roles—in this case, that all high-status warriors are men–got in the way of the science.

Across the Atlantic in the Americas, early human burial sites are revealing a similar pattern: applying modern assumptions about gender roles can lead to misconceptions. In findings published on November 4 in Science Advances, Randall Haas, an anthropologist at the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues describe a 9,000-year-old burial site for a young female individual interred with big-game-hunting tools. When the researchers analyzed

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