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World’s first jet suit race turns flying humans into an extreme sport

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World’s first jet suit race turns flying humans into an extreme sport

How cool would it be to fly like Iron Man? Wouldn’t it be awesome to soar above the ground and feel the wind in your face? Well, guess what? 

A group of competitors is about to experience that exact sensation very soon. How? As part of the world’s first jet suit race. 

It’s happening Feb. 28 during the Dubai Boat Show at the Dubai Harbour. 

You’re probably wondering what a jet suit race is. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s a new sport that’s taking off (literally).

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Pilot in jet suit  (Gravity Industries)

What is a jet suit race?

Jet suit racing is a sport that Gravity Industries has been working toward since its first race in Bermuda in 2020. It features pilots wearing 1500 horsepower jet suits and racing against each other on a specially designed course. The course consists of various obstacles and checkpoints that the pilots have to navigate. The races are timed and judged based on speed, accuracy and style.

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Multiple pilots in jet suits  (Gravity Industries)

How does a jet suit work?

Gravity’s jet suits are unlike any other flying machines you’ve seen before. They consist of three jet turbines integrated with its fuel tank backpack and four more turbines attached to the pilot’s arms. 

The pilot controls the thrust and direction of the suit by moving his arms, making it a very physical and agile way to fly. The suit can reach a maximum speed of 85 mph and normally fly 10 feet off hard terrain and 13 feet off water for safety reasons. The average flight time is five minutes for a full tank.

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Pilot in jet suit  (Gravity Industries)

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What will the jet suit race be like?

Seven to eight pilots will compete in a circuit race, and it will be a test of skill, stamina and nerve for the pilots, who will have to navigate a challenging course that includes obstacles, turns and elevation changes. The race will also be a spectacle for the spectators, who will get to witness the incredible sight and sound of pilots flying through the air with jet engines.

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Pilot in jet suit  (Gravity Industries)

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Who is behind the jet suit race?

The jet suit race is the brainchild of Richard Browning, the founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries. He says he wants to create a new sport that showcases the potential of human flight and inspires people to pursue their dreams.

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“Our Gravity Race Series promises high-octane visceral excitement and drama akin to Formula One,” Browning said. “We will not be satisfied with organizing a flying and racing display only; we also seek to increase the intensity of competition and excitement in the event through the flight path that includes challenges for the competitors that require maneuverability, accuracy and flight speed to determine the four best competitors who will then vie for the top three places and take the podium.”

Gravity Industries offers various opportunities for people to experience flying in a jet suit, such as flight training, flight experiences and custom jet suits. This will be able to be experienced from Skydive Dubai later this year.

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Richard Browning (Gravity Industries)

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How can I watch or try a jet suit?

If you’re interested in watching the Jet Suit Race live, it will be held Feb. 28 in the area between Dubai Harbor and Skydive Dubai as part of the Dubai Boat Show. Check out Gravity Industries’ social media for more details. 

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Or if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try flying a jet suit yourself, you can book a full flight training day with Gravity for $8,500 or a half day for $3,500. And if you’re really serious about owning a jet suit, you can buy one for $483,000, plus tax.

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Jet Suit Race ad  (Gravity Industries)

Kurt’s key takeaways

Jet suit racing is a new, heart-pounding sport that’s like nothing you’ve seen before. Picture daredevil pilots strapping on jet suits, ready to defy gravity and race against one another. They’ll twist and turn through obstacles, pushing the boundaries of what humans can do in midair. We’re talking adrenaline, speed and a whole lot of “wow.” Will this sport soar to new heights?  It’ll be interesting to see if it takes off and where it goes from here.

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Definitely don’t start your Final Fantasy VII experience with Rebirth

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is an excellent game and an important evolution for the franchise. It mashes together a traditional RPG with a large open world, managing to feel both modern and like it’s sticking to its 32-bit roots. What it is not, however, is a good place to get started with the multipart story that is Final Fantasy VII — despite what its creators might say.

Prior to Rebirth’s launch, creative director and zipper aficionado Tetsuya Nomura talked about how the game was designed in part to be welcoming to newcomers (always a commendable goal). “In fact,” he said in 2022, “new players might even enjoy starting their Final Fantasy VII journey with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.” Meanwhile, on launch day, producer Yoshinori Kitase said the game would be “welcoming in newcomers to begin their Final Fantasy adventure here.”

Unfortunately, that’s not quite right.

Let’s start with the obvious: Rebirth is the second chapter of a story. Square Enix’s plan is to take the original 1997 version of Final Fantasy VII and expand it into a trilogy of modern games. That started with the aptly named Final Fantasy VII Remake in 2020, which told the beginning of the story. It introduces many elements crucial to Rebirth — the state of the dying world you’re trying to save; the relationships between hero Cloud Strife and every major character; the machinations of the evil Shinra corporation; and the motivation of antagonist Sephiroth.

On a purely technical level, you can play Rebirth first. And in some ways, the game stands on its own, telling a story about a group of friends heading out into the big wide world to track down a villain intent on destroying it. There’s a solid recap video you can watch before playing to catch up on some of what happened. The new games, Rebirth in particular, also do a great job of expanding on and clarifying the convoluted story of the original, which — despite its length — felt lacking in a lot of areas.

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But things are still pretty complex, and that would only be exacerbated by skipping the first chapter. So while you could start with Rebirth, the experience would probably be a lot like when I jumped into Kingdom Hearts with the third one — which is to say, confusing as hell.

Then there’s the experiential and emotional side. A large part of the appeal of this franchise is its characters, and Rebirth even introduces a new system where you can track how someone feels about Cloud and help improve those relationships through conversations and optional side missions. If you skip out on Remake, you’ll be missing a whole lot of context covering the often complicated history between characters and why you’d want to connect with them at all. Going on a date with Tifa isn’t quite the same if you haven’t experienced their journey together.

Look, I can’t tell you what to do. But if you really want to get the most out of this collection of games, it’s best to start at the beginning. In fact, I’ll go a step further: if you really want to experience all that Final Fantasy VII has to offer, you should play the original before Remake and Rebirth. That’s because not only do the remakes expand the story but they also change things in notable ways, and understanding those changes can be powerful.

Yes, that means a lot of hours spent fighting monsters and fiddling with Materia. (Hey, at least I’m not saying you should watch Advent Children.) But the franchise also gets very meta in pivotal moments, using ingrained memories of the original to subvert player expectations. Nowhere is that more pronounced than with the ending of Rebirth which… actually, I’m not going to say anything about it. Go play the original first.

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Three easy ways to clear out the junk on your phone

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It used to be that you bought a new phone and got a fresh start. Now we just copy over all the junk from the old model onto the new one. 

Sure, it’s faster and shinier, but it’s packed with files you don’t need, contacts you haven’t talked to in years and photos you don’t remember taking — or want to see again.

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It doesn’t take much effort to clear things out if you know what to do. I’ve got your back. Set aside a few minutes. You’ll thank yourself (and me) later.

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Use your phone’s built-in tools

The iPhone has a handy hidden folder most people don’t know about: Duplicates. The Photos app identifies when you have multiple versions of a picture or video so you can clear all but the highest-quality version.

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  • In the Photos app, tap Albums > Duplicates. Duplicate photos and videos will appear next to each other.
  • Tap Merge to combine the duplicates, then tap Merge [number] Items.

Anything you merge will go to your Recently Deleted folder in case you want to get it back. Just hurry.

On Android, the Files app from Google does something similar. 

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  • Open Files. At the bottom, you’ll see Clean. Tap that to see a list of junk clogging up your phone — old screenshots, downloaded files and lots more.
  • Choose a category, then hit Select files.
  • Tap All items, then Delete. Click Confirm to finish the job.

Want to dive deeper into your photos? These apps do the hard work of clearing out the junk for you.

Clear the inbox you forget about

Nope, not your old Yahoo account. I’m talking about texts. All those messages — and the photos and videos you’ve sent and received — take up space and make it hard to find whom you really want to talk to.

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Just swipe on a chat to bring up the option to delete. You can also hold down on the chat to bring up options. 

  • On iPhone, long-press a texting thread and a menu will appear. Select Delete > Delete.
  • On Android, hold down on a thread, then hit the trash can icon.

Be sure to clear marketing texts, spam, one-time codes and anything else that’s just taking up space.

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Pro tip: You can pin a conversation at the top of your text inbox so it’s always right there at the top. 

  • On an iPhone or Android, it works the same way. Open your text messages, then tap and hold a conversation thread. You should see the option to Pin or a pushpin icon. Tap one and you’re good to go.

The nuclear option

No kidding, one IT genius at Komando HQ wipes his phone once a year. It seems like a pain (and it is a bit), but it can keep yours running fast and smooth. Think about it — there’s so much less junk piled up if you clear it all out regularly.

Be sure to back your phone up first, and then a factory reset makes it easy to on-board all your important info.

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On iPhone:

  • Open Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset.
  • Select Erase All Content and Settings.
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On Samsung:

  • Open Settings > General management.
  • Swipe to and tap Reset, then Factory data reset > Reset.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm, then tap Delete all.

On Google Pixel:

  • Open Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset).
  • To erase all data from your phone’s internal storage, tap Erase all data.

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Microsoft is working with Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to improve upscaling support in PC games

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Microsoft has outlined a new Windows API designed to offer a seamless way for game developers to integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. In a new blog post, program manager Joshua Tucker describes Microsoft’s new DirectSR API as the “missing link” between games and super resolution technologies, and says it should provide “a smoother, more efficient experience that scales across hardware.”

“This API enables multi-vendor SR [super resolution] through a common set of inputs and outputs, allowing a single code path to activate a variety of solutions including Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, and Intel XeSS,” the post reads. The pitch seems to be that developers will be able to support this DirectSR API, rather than having to write code for each and every upscaling technology.

The blog post comes a couple of weeks after an “Automatic Super Resolution” feature was spotted in a test version of Windows 11, which promised to “use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details.” Now, it seems the feature will plug into existing super resolution technologies like DLSS, FSR, and XeSS rather than offering a Windows-level alternative. 

Microsoft says that the new API will be available soon via a preview version of its Agility SDK. It plans to offer a “sneak peek” of how DirectSR can be used during a developer session at the forthcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC). The session will take place on March 21st, and will include representatives from both Microsoft as well as Nvidia and AMD.

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