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Technically Speaking: Stories of the Week – July 1

Each week we scour the internet to find the best stories on technology, digital living and news of note. This week features an electric car that can go 186 MPH, video on Instagram, and the FAA considering more lenient rules on using electronics during flights. All that and more in this edition of Mozy’s Technically Speaking.

Nissan Announces the World’s Fastest Electronic Car


Imagine cruising around in this beauty. It’s the Nissan ZEOD RC, the world’s fastest electric car, able to travel at a speed of 186 MPH. The next stop for the ZEOD RC (“zero-emmissions on-demand racing car”) will be next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race, reports Charlie White of Mashable.The car uses the same lithium-ion batteries as the Nissan Leaf, another electric car made by the automaker. Nissan plans to test out several combinations of electric motors and gasoline engines before the car takes to the race track in 2014.

Good News for Frequent Flyers: Some Electronics May Be Allowed During Takeoff and Landing

The FAA is looking into easing its restrictions on in-flight gadget use, reports Sara Gates of the Huffington Post. This may take some time, however, because current FAA rules state that before a gadget can be approved for use the airline must test each iteration of a device on each type of plane. Last year a panel of experts was assembled to review the current rules and regulations and plans to release its report in late September. Currently the FAA allows certain devices, like tablets and iPods, once the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet. Although the FAA is hopeful that it may be able to ease some of the restrictions, it looks like full use of mobile phones will still be prohibited.

Instagram Launches 15-Second Video Feature


Popular photo-sharing social network Instagram now lets users share video as well.Video On Instagram allows users to create 15-second videos to share on the site. It includes simple editing capabilities and 13 new filters created just for video. Video On Instagram is available on both iOS and Android and is aimed to increase the company’s already impressive numbers of 130 million monthly users, 16 billion shared photos, and over a billion “likes.” The launch comes at the heels of Vine, the Twitter-owned app that lets users share 6-second videos, which launched earlier this year.

Tablet Shipments to Increase by 68 Percent this Year

A recent study by Gartner shows that the tech industry is alive and well, with shipments of tablets, smartphones and PCs expected to increase by 6 percent worldwide this year. According to CNET, the main reason for the increase in shipment percentage is due to the massive amount of tablets being sold. Tablet shipments alone will jump 68 percent to 202 million–plenty of make up for the lag in PC shipments (desktops and laptops), which will drop 10.6 percent to 305 million. Meanwhile mobile phone sales are still huge and will increase by 4.3 percent to 1.8 billion.