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Hal 9000 meets premium sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker

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first_img Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Editors’ Recommendations When it comes to classic speaker designs, few are as iconic and distinctive as Stig Carlsson’s OD-11, a solid block of sound from the 70’s that offered performance, and aesthetic sensibilities that were far ahead of its time. Recently, Carlsson’s fellow Swedes at Teenage Engineering decided it was time for the famed “Carlsson Cube” to stage a comeback, morphing the vintage-yet-futuristic design into modern wireless block of sound in the new OD-11 Cloud Speaker.One of the things that made the original OD-11 such a great performer was its omni-directional sound pattern, which allowed the cubic cabinet to disperse powerful sound throughout room. The new OD-11 Cloud holds on to that design with the configuration of its dual premium drivers, including a long throw pulp cone woofer, and a ferrofluid-cooled cone tweeter. The speaker also packs 100 watts of class D analog power on board to blast sound from a low 28Hz, up to 20kHz.The speaker is also built for the new age of audio, and that means wireless streaming and more. An on-board “brain” in the form of a processor called the Ortho Engine allows the speaker to do some fancy tricks, including controlling DSP, streaming via Wi-Fi with Airplay support as well as Bluetooth, and even reading your Twitter feed via a built-in voice synthesizer – if you’re into that sort of thing.Of course, the cloud also comes into play via an iPhone app that allows the speaker to source music from your preferred cloud-based service, with the ability to add more services through future updates. And once you’ve set the OD-11 up for cloud playback, the speaker’s Ortho Engine is designed to remember “everything you have played since the day you first turned on the OD-11,” and will also source sound from the cloud with or without your phone connected.We don’t know about you, but this speaker is the kind of device that reminds us we’re planted deeply into the future these days – and damned if the future isn’t awesome. If you’d like a piece of that state-of-the-art feeling – with a neo-retro twist – you can order up your own OD-11 Cloud Speaker from Teenage Engineer’s website today for a cool $900. For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019 last_img read more

Metso Truck Body hits the heights at Terrafame Sotkamo mine

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first_imgMetso may have only just released its new Metso Truck Body, but it has already proven its worth during tests at Terrafame’s multi-metal mine in Sotkamo, Finland.The mine has been the first one in the world to test the Metso-designed, light-weight body, which can hold almost nine tonnes more payload, improving the efficiency of the mine’s hauling operations.As an added benefit, the rubber lining of the body cuts the perceived noise in half during loading and significantly reduces vibration.Metso officially launched the new truck body at the Bauma fair, in Munich, earlier this month.Esa-Tapani Leinonen, Head of Mining Department at the Terrafame Sotkamo mine, said: “The experience we’ve had during the first few months of testing the body is positive. The capacity and the durability of the body match Metso’s promises. Higher payload and driver comfort are both top priorities for us. The feedback from the drivers has been very positive.“Metso seems to have done a great job in designing this light-weight body. Despite the higher, 325-t total load, the elevated rear flange manages to keep the boulders on-board without problems,” he continued.The rubber-lined, light-weight body was installed on Terrafame’s oldest haul truck, a Hitachi EH3500, in December 2018. Prior to installation, the truck already had an impressive track record of 50,000 hours of operation, according to Metso. The new body hauled its first loads from the Kuusilampi open pit just before Christmas.The mine’s truck fleet is in operation 24/7. Currently, the ore is loaded from the 60-m-deep pit on to the trucks with a Caterpillar 910 Series excavator. One truck drives approximately 40 rounds in a day, equivalent to around 6,500 t of payload.Timo Sarvijärvi, Head of Mining Sales, Metso Finland, said: “A light weight without compromising durability was our driver in designing the Metso Truck Body. During the test period, we are keeping track of the hauled tonnage and collecting driver feedback.“In addition to the higher payload, the body is lighter to carry when empty, which further increases cost efficiency. Moreover, we have recorded a reduction of around 10 dB in the noise level on a rubber-lined standard body, which means that rubber is 50% quieter compared to steel. We expect at least a similar reduction in the Terrafame trial.”Kristiina Karjalainen, Haul Truck Driver at the Sotkamo mine, was among the first drivers to have tested the new Metso Truck Body. She said: “The new rubber-lined truck body has indeed cut noise significantly. Now the loading sounds I hear in my cabin resemble more of a whiz than a loud rumble. There’s been a noticeable reduction in vibration as well.”According to Karjalainen, the first 40-t bucket load has always been the hardest for the driver. After that, the rock bed smoothes out the noise.“The side shields of the new light-weight body work as they should, too, protecting the side view mirrors from falling boulders. I would definitely like to see a rubber-lined body installed on truck number 10, the one that I usually drive,” she added.The Terrafame Sotkamo multi-metal mine, which produces nickel, zinc, copper and cobalt, reached its intended production level during last year. Yet, there’s plenty of material left to haul, with the mine recently applying for a permit to process 18 Mt of ore and 45 Mt of overburden annually.Esa-Tapani Leinonen said: “In 2021, the amount of overburden to excavate will double, as we proceed with the Kuusilampi pit expansion and remove the large layer of rock covering the orebody.“Before that, we will have to rethink the responsibilities and the composition of both our own as well as our contractor’s hauling processes. As the amount of hauled material grows, maintaining cost efficiency throughout our truck operations becomes more and more important.”last_img read more

Anger rises against Brazils President after their thrashing last night

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first_imgBRAZILIANS CRIED, CURSED their president and covered their faces in shame after their beloved football team’s humiliating 7-1 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals last night.After the fifth goal, well before half-time, hundreds of people left their expensive seats at the stadium in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.A section of the crowd chanted obscenities against the players and President Dilma Rousseff, who during the cup had mostly enjoyed a reprieve from protests over the record $11 billion spent to host the tournament.The tears began well before the final whistle, with the third German goal in the first half causing children and adults to start bawling in the stadium and in public screenings across the continent-sized nation.As people streamed out, police reinforced security inside and around the stadium, but no incidents were reported there.Others around the country shouted at their televisions and abandoned public screenings as the Selecao suffered the biggest defeat of its 100-year history.“Neymar must be vomiting at home watching this disaster. The horror,” said Marina Genova, 54, watching at a popular bar district in Sao Paulo, referring to Brazil’s injured star.Amid the deluge of goals, a downpour only added to the already gloomy mood of thousands of fans in Brazil’s canary-yellow jersey at the official “Fan Fest” on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.Two dozen fans scuffled, forcing police to intervene.In Sao Paulo, several buses were torched in a parking lot but police could not confirm whether the attack was linked to the defeat.Brazilians were already concerned about the team’s chances after Neymar broke a vertebra in the quarter-final victory over Colombia.But they never thought it would be this bad.Beth Araujo is a 24-year-old a biology student, she said:This is a terrible match and Brazil without Neymar are terrible. I hate this match. It’s embarrassing to lose like this. “The only good thing is I think it will affect President Dilma in the election. But all our politicians are even worse than the team.”Rousseff said she was “very sad” and “sorry” about the result.Shame of ShamesBrazil had hoped to exorcise the ghost of its defeat to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro; a national trauma dubbed the “Maracanazo” because it was played in the Maracana Stadium.This time, TV commentators were talking of the “Mineirazo,” after the Mineirao Stadium, with the sports website globoesporte.com calling the defeat the “Shame of Shames.”But Jessica Santos, a 23-year-old photo student, was taking the massacre in her stride.“The cup is back in Brazil for the first time in 64 years so of course we’ll cheer until the end.If Brazil wins, we party, if Brazil loses, we still party. It would have been worse to lose to Argentina in the final.Others turned to social media jokes to ease the pain, posting pictures of Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue covering its face in shame – or even replaced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.It’s a disaster The insults against Rousseff, who is seeking re-election in October, showed that tensions remain following massive demonstrations that rocked the country last year when Brazilians demanded better health care and education.Some Brazilians have voiced concerns that Brazil’s failure to win the World Cup could spark more protests and clashes.Karina Marques, a 17-year-old footballer who watched the game at a street screening in Rio attended by 30,000 people, said:It’s a disaster. It will be chaos. People will break everything. They’re going to be furious.At a squatter camp of homes made of wooden planks outside Brasilia, people turned off their televisions in disgust before the end.In tears, Maria Jose Costa Almeida, 35, asked: “Why spend so much on stadiums, bring the cup to Brazil, to win nothing?”- © AFP, 2014Read: ‘The most extraordinary, staggering, bewildering game’: The reaction to Brazil’s night of shame>last_img read more