News Article | September 29, 2016
On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a list you can restrict to family members, for example. Of course, because of the way it needs to interact with your phone’s operating system in order to restrict access, Luna Launcher is only available on Android. One of Android’s advantages over iPhone is that it permits the use of launchers, which allow you to entirely customize the Android experience, whether that’s access to apps, as with these kid launchers, or just with new themes and layouts. iPhone, on the other hand, requires parents to look down apps and other activities using parental controls. Today, there are a good handful of kid-friendly launchers for Android smartphones. However, some are focused on littler children or providing access to educational content or games, instead of just being a smart utility. Luna Launcher, on the other hand, is appropriate for toddlers to preteens, as all it does is lock down access to apps and actions, like who they can call and text. In other words, if you don’t want your 10-year old spending all day texting friends, but want them to have a way to reach mom or dad in an emergency, Luna could be a good fit. To get started, you create your child’s profile, pick the apps you’ll allow them to use, then choose the shortcuts you want to add, like those to message mom, call dad, etc., by selecting from your contact list. These actions can also including calls and texts from third-party apps like WhatsApp, Skype or Messenger. When setup is complete, you can further customize the launcher experience by turning on or off the weather, picking a color for your theme, or choosing to disable access to the status bar and notification area. You can also set daily quotes in Luna, and track usage. One especially nice feature is the custom YouTube player that’s built-in. From the settings, you can configure very limited access to YouTube by adding only individual videos to the launcher’s homescreen, playlists, or favorite YouTube channels. This prevents the child from being able to surf across YouTube, where they might encounter more adult content. (You could also add the YouTube Kids app as one of your applications, if you’d rather not take the time to customize access so specifically.) “The product comes from my real problem,” explains Hoa Le, one of Luna’s two indie developers, based in Vietnam. He says when he bought a new tablet, he decided to hand down his old Nexus 7 tablet to his son since. “A few months later, I found out that my 5 year-old son spent too much time on the device, mostly playing games. I was struggling to find an app that helps me to set up a kind of ‘parental control’ on the device,” he says. He and a college friend decided to build Luna as a side project for their own use, which is why the app is currently free. Unfortunately, during testing, I found that after exiting the parental control screens, Luna would sometimes stop responding to presses. This was only fixed by rebooting the phone. Others don’t seem to have the same issue, so your mileage may vary. Hopefully, it’s a bug that will be addressed in a future update. Luna Launcher is live now on Google Play and will be available on the Amazon Appstore soon.
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Acta Astronautica | Year: 2013
According to all available findings at international level, the Kessler syndrome, increase of the number of space debris in Low Earth Orbits due to mutual collisions, appears now to be a fact, triggered mainly by several major break-ups in orbit which occurred since 2007. The time may have come to study how to clean this fundamentally useful orbital region in an active way. CNES has studied potential solutions for more than 12 years! The paper aims at reviewing the current status of these activities. The high level requirements are fundamental, and have to be properly justified. The working basis, as confirmed through IADC studies consists in the removal of 5-10 integer objects from the overcrowded orbits, spent upper stages or old satellites, as identified by NASA. The logic of CNES activities consider a stepped approach aiming at progressively gaining the required Technological Readiness Level on the features required for Active Debris Removal which have not yet been demonstrated in orbit. The rendezvous with a non-cooperative, un-prepared, tumbling debris is essential. Following maturation gained with Research and Technology programs, a set of small orbital demonstrators could enable a confidence high enough to perform a full end to end demonstration performing the de-orbiting of a large debris and paving the way for the development of a first generation operational de-orbiter. The internal CNES studies, led together by the Toulouse Space Centre and the Paris Launcher Directorate, have started in 2008 and led to a detailed System Requirements Document used for the Industrial studies. Three industrial teams did work under CNES contract during 2011, led by Thales Alenia Space, Bertin Technologies and Astrium Space Transportation, with numerous sub-contractors. Their approaches were very rich, complementary, and innovative. The second phase of studies began mid-2012. Some key questions nevertheless have to be resolved, and correspond generally to current IADC actions: The casualty risk associated to a passive de-orbitation is of paramount importance, major driver between passive and active re-entry, The residual movement of debris is crucial for the interfacing phase, whichever the solution is, The debris physical state in orbit is a major question, Some solutions increase the collision risk, but for a limited time period; we may not have yet the appropriate tools. The paper gives a status of where we stand, of the cooperation with the international partners, and raises the questions which remain open and have to be dealt with in the coming months. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Acta Astronautica | Year: 2010
The paper describes the vision and potential roadmap alternatives of an ultrafast intercontinental passenger transport based on a rocket powered two-stage reusable vehicle. An operational scenario and the latest technical lay-out of the configuration's preliminary design including flight performance are described. The question of how the revolutionary ultrafast transport can be realized is addressed by an assessment of the different technological and programmatic roadmap alternatives. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Launcher | Date: 2013-05-30
A line launcher (110) capable of firing a projectile (117) and an attached line (125) up to about 70 metres. It has a barrel (113) large enough for a resilient projectile attached to a line. It has a pre-charge chamber capable of storing a pressurised gas from a pressurised gas cartridge. A trigger mechanism vents the gases in this pre-charge chamber into the barrel to expel the projectile and line. Gas from the pressurised gas cartridge (e.g. a CO_(2 )bulb) is released slowly enough to pressurise the pre-charge chamber but without the cartridge freezing as might occur if the gas was discharged directly from the cartridge into the barrel to directly propel the projectile.
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Presentation created by Investment Manager from the Slovak startup and innovation studio. Experienced Launcher's team member, Michal Nešpor, held the speech at Startup Pirates event in Bratislava: worthful overview and explanation from the investment universe. The important aim of the presentation was to show aspiring entrepreneurs what is the business side of startups and how to understand terms as pitch, crowdfunding and investor's mindset. The worldwide event Startup Pirates is focused on such topics, at most to show new projects how to develop a business idea successfully.
News Article | May 28, 2015
CEO of the startup studio Launcher, Viktor Mikulasek, presented at the Mobcon conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. The aim was to clarify all opportunities for potential startups where to look for reliable investors.
News Article | February 15, 2017
One of the mainstays for the Android home screen, Google Now Launcher, is reportedly saying "Goodbye World." It is rumored that, as of March 1, 2017, the popular home screen launcher will no longer be available on the Google Play Store. The reasons why Google is discontinuing this outstanding launcher are unclear. An anonymous tipster from within Google posted this on the email@example.com mailing list: The email (which you can see below) explains that the Search Launcher Services library for OEMs that has been in testing is now available. This library is that same one used by certain OEMs (such as Sony) to integrate Google Now into their own home screen launchers. Now that the Search Launcher Services library is available, all OEMs can add Google Now to their home screen launchers...so the need to have the official Google Now Launcher available might be seen as a redundancy by Google. Couple that with the release of the Pixel Launcher, and Google feels it's time to let go of their aging Launcher. If you ask the public, this is a mistake. The Google Now Launcher is one of the best ways to get a pure Google experience on Android. If you own one of the much-lauded Google Pixel phones, you know the native home screen launcher is fantastic and is also one of the most elegant-looking launchers for Android. The key features for Pixel Launcher include: If you don't own a Pixel phone and open the Google Play Store on your non-Pixel device and search for Pixel Launcher, you'll see that your device isn't supported. It seems Google is leaving everyone else out, but there's a way around this: You can side-load Pixel Launcher on a non-Pixel device. Before doing that, please note: Even though all of the features will not work, Pixel Launcher is still worth installing, especially if you're a fan of Google Now Launcher. It's very rare for me to encourage side-loading an application; it's not a best practice, and it should only be done with applications you're certain are okay. The source for the apk to be installed is APKMirror, a site run by the reputable and highly respected Android Police, so the Pixel Launcher apk is good to go. Download the apk file on your Android device. While the file is downloading, open Settings and go to Security. Within the Security window, enable Unknown Sources (Figure A). Swipe down your notification shade and tap the entry that indicates the download has completed. If you don't see that, open your device's file manager app and navigate to Downloads. Locate and tap the file com.google.android.nexuslauncher_XXX_apkmirror.apk (XXX is the release number). When prompted, tap Install (Figure B), and the apk file installation will complete. The next time you press the Home button you'll be asked which launcher to use—tap Pixel Launcher and tap ALWAYS. You'll be greeted by your new Google-powered launcher (Figure C). You're ready to start working with this worthy replacement for the Google Now Launcher. Although it doesn't offer all the features found when used in conjunction with the Pixel phone, it does a great job as a drop-in replacement for the launcher Google is leaving behind. Pixel Launcher will not show up in the Play Store on your device. If you want to check for updates, you must head back over to the APKMirror site, search for Pixel Launcher, and download any newer files.