Another solution for making money on the Web comes from AT&T, which unveiled the PrePaid Web Cents Service. Disney Online and Speedway SuperAmerica are among the consumer companies using these prepaid cards to pay for Web services such as games. For example, cards for $14.95 or $24.95 can buy two- or six-month subscriptions to Shockwave.com Gameblast. Similar to prepaid phone cards, Web Cents cards are activated at the point of sale. When consumers go to participating websites, they enter the card's serial number and a personal ID number that's printed on the card, and fees are deducted from that card. The technique is designed for small purchases and for consumers who don't want to use credit cards on the Net.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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