Begin-up commercialises AI that may detect leaks immediately in fuel pipelines

Credit score: Petr Kratochvil/Public Area

A sensor community powered by a synthetic intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by scientists from Nanyang Technological College, Singapore (NTU Singapore) can precisely detect, in real-time, fuel leaks and undesirable water seepage into fuel pipeline networks.

Profitable in discipline trials performed on Singapore’s fuel pipeline networks, the algorithm has been patented and spun off right into a start-up named Vigti, which is now commercializing the expertise. It has just lately raised early start-up funding from Artesian Capital and Brinc, Hong Kong.

The NTU start-up is incubated by the College’s EcoLabs Middle of Innovation for Power, a nationwide heart launched in April 2019 to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups innovate, develop and thrive within the vitality sector.

A sensible warning system that may detect fuel leaks and damaged fuel pipes in real-time has been a long-term aim for the general public utility business, as the present business finest follow for inspecting pipes is for staff to undertake guide surveillance at common intervals.

Whereas large leaks could be simply detected through standard sensors because the fuel quantity and stress variations will fluctuate sharply within the pipe networks, small leaks are a lot tougher to detect.

Read More View More Begin-up commercialises AI that may detect leaks immediately in fuel pipelines

How to buy, return, or repair an Apple product amid Apple Store closures

What do you do if your local Apple Store is closed or booked up for appointments? Luckily, Apple provides multiple ways to achieve your goals. Some might be faster than others.

Your local Apple Store has traditionally been an ideal spot for buying, browsing, requesting support, or getting repairs on any Apple product. But with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, many stores have closed or are limiting their interaction with the public. That leaves buyers and users in a conundrum.

SEE: 10 MacOS tune-up tricks for your Mac (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Maybe you need technical service or repairs on an iPhone, iPad, or other Apple product. Perhaps you’re considering an Apple Watch or other product that you want to physically see and try on. Maybe you need to return an item purchased at an Apple Store before the return deadline is up. How can you handle any of these tasks if your nearest stores aren’t accessible?

How to search for Apple Stores

First, check the status of your closest stores. Apple’s US retail store website helps you search for your local stores by state and city. At the Apple Store List site, you can browse for stores

Read More View More How to buy, return, or repair an Apple product amid Apple Store closures

2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 review: A rough-and-tumble midsize truck

Not everyone loves the Colorado ZR2’s updated grille, but it’s certainly more aggressive than before.


Craig Cole/Roadshow

The Chevrolet Colorado is an oldie but a goodie. Yeah, this midsize truck feels outdated, but despite a few deficits here and there it remains a solid option in a segment rife with less-than-stellar competitors. If you need enhanced off-road capability or the open-bed hauling convenience only a pickup truck can offer, but don’t want or need a full-size rig, this Chevy is a decent choice.

Like

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Decent performance
  • Off-road hardware

Don’t Like

  • Full-size pickup fuel economy
  • V6 could be smoother
  • Annoying rock rails

To keep things fresh, the Colorado received a few enhancements for 2021. Mainline models gain a reworked — and arguably more handsome — front end, an 8-inch infotainment screen is standard on the LT trim and higher and 17-inch wheels are now included at no extra charge. The off-road-ready ZR2 model features similar improvements, though its face is noticeably more aggressive, looking somewhat like the boxy Silverado 1500’s prow, for better or worse. Finally, three new exterior colors are available across the range including Cherry Red Tintcoat, which is what you see here.

What sets the ZR2

Read More View More 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 review: A rough-and-tumble midsize truck

$1.9T stimulus proposal: Biden pushes for a third check, $400 unemployment money, more

The Biden administration plant to hit the ground running on COVID-19 relief and economic recovery.


Sarah Tew/CNET

With President Joe Biden now officially in the White House, Washington can start to turn its attention from the second stimulus check to a third round of payments as part of a $1.9 trillion proposal to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

In his American Rescue Plan, Biden is proposing a third round of stimulus checks, funding for a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort and more. Not waiting for Congress to act, on his first day in office, Biden signed a collection of executive orders shortly after being sworn in.

Working to win Congressional support for a larger proposal is a key goal for his administration: Biden has repeatedly referred to December’s bill — and the $600 stimulus checks that came with it — as a “down payment” on more aid this year. However, it will be up to the new Congress to negotiate, craft and ultimately pass Biden’s relief package, or a version of it. Here’s what Biden wants.

A $1,400 third stimulus payment, not $2,000

The IRS has hit the deadline on Jan. 15 to

Read More View More $1.9T stimulus proposal: Biden pushes for a third check, $400 unemployment money, more

Want a new MacBook Pro? Answer these 6 questions before buying the Apple laptop

Is now the best time for you to buy a new MacBook Pro? Erik Eckel presents six questions that will help you determine whether you can justify making this purchase.

Image: Apple

People, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, are making long-delayed purchases and splurging on everything from vacation homes to automobiles to hobby-related endeavors. The prevailing sentiment is life is finite, so why not treat yourself, especially when pandemic-related reminders are everywhere?

While prudence is always important, particularly during a pandemic when business expenses must carefully be managed, don’t overlook the importance of having capable tools, too. They aren’t just wish-list items.

SEE: How to migrate to a new iPad, iPhone, or Mac (TechRepublic Premium)

Business owners are often reluctant to invest in needed new technologies when, in fact, the investments enhance efficiencies, improve operations, and boost performance. It’s the old penny-wise and pound-foolish argument, once again.

With so many businesses pivoting to enable remote work, better service, and changing customer needs, it’s possible your previously purchased laptop was never intended to be used in the way you are relying on it. All of a sudden, system performance, Wi-Fi reliability, available storage, ports and expandability, and display size are potentially

Read More View More Want a new MacBook Pro? Answer these 6 questions before buying the Apple laptop