Top 10 Apps on Mexican Smartphones

Top 10 Apps on Mexican Smartphones

Jul 17, 2017

Are you one of those who spends all day checking their Whatsapp messages at all times anywhere? Well, you’re not the only one. According to comScore’s audience measurement firm, more than 34.7 million unique users in Mexico use this messaging platform each month, making it the most widely used application in our country. But it is not the only app that Mexicans use. Here is a list of the 10 most popular, according to the Snapchat study in Mexico, which results were presented by the company on Monday July 17. The figures show data updated in March 2017.   Mexico presented by the company on Monday July 17. The figures show data updated in March 2017. 1. Whatsapp (34 million 720,000 unique users) 2. YouTube (32 million 558,000 unique users) 3. Facebook (29 million 308,000 unique users) 4. Messenger (26 million 106,000 unique users) 5. Instagram (10 million 237,000 unique users) 6. Google+ (7 million 391,000 unique users) 7. Twitter (5 million 638,000 unique users) 8. Skout (4 million 649,000 unique users) 9. Snapchat (2 million 924,000 unique users) 10. Pinterest (2 million 157,000 unique users)   Source:...

CFE cancels Baja California Sur natural gas project

CFE cancels Baja California Sur natural gas project

Jul 3, 2017

Mexican state-run utility CFE has canceled its auction to bring natural gas into the Pacific state of Baja California Sur, the company said. CFE said the gas project isn’t necessary as its new underwater transmission line project will fulfill the electricity needs of the state. “By opting for this alternative to strengthen the reliability of the Baja California Sur electrical system, CFE will no longer continue with the auction for the provision of natural gas transportation to the entity,” it said in a statement Thursday. The $600 million natural gas project would have provided up to 227 MMcf/d of fuel to transform CFE’s fuel oil generation fleet in Baja California Sur, according to CFE’s auction documents. The $1 billion underwater transmission line will cross the Sea of Cortez, connecting Bahia de Kino, Sonora, and Infernito, Baja California Sur, according to Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) National Electric System Development Program (PRODESEN) 2017-2031. The transmission line is expected to be operational by 2022, and it will connect the state with the rest of the country for the first time through a 105-km, 400 kV underwater direct transmission cable. The underwater transmission line will connect the state with CFE’s growing combined-cycle natural gas plant fleet in the states of Sonora and Sinaloa, thus displacing expensive diesel- and fuel oil-generated power in Baja California Sur. Click here for full article on platts.com...

Trump administration plans to build border-wall prototypes this summer

Trump administration plans to build border-wall prototypes this summer

Jun 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico later this summer, the Associated Press reported. Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, said this week that four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border. Companies will have 30 days to complete the models. Vitiello says it’s impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles (209 kilometers) of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons. Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 includes $1.6 billion for 74 miles (118 kilometers) of wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego. There are currently 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) of fencing....

UCSD and Baja California schools to launch science education consortium

UCSD and Baja California schools to launch science education consortium

Jun 15, 2017

Acoording to the San Diego Union Tribune, a science education initiative that pairs students and faculty from San Diego and Baja California was launched on Friday June 9th, at UC San Diego. The CaliBaja Education Consortium “will allow researchers and students to work together across borders,” according to a statement. The program will be housed on the UC San Diego campus at the Jacobs School of Engineering. It will involve UC San Diego and 13 educational institutions in Baja California, both public and private. “Building this connectivity on both sides of the border can promote economic development for the entire region,” said Olivia Graeve, a UC San Diego professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who is spearheading the effort. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla is expected to lead the signing of the agreement with educators from Baja California. The consortium builds on a summer program launched by Graeve in 2013 that has brought promising high school students from San Diego and Baja California to the UC San Diego campus. Now preparing for a fifth year with 102 students, the seven-week program exposes students to scientific research, pairing them up with faculty members. Known as Enlace, the program for the first time this year will include college undergraduates. Graeve hopes to add high school teachers in the program next summer, and she envisions eventually expanding exchanges to include graduate students, researchers and faculty members. Funding this year comes from a variety of sources, including foundations, UC San Diego and the participating Baja California institutions.   Colegio La Paz, a private school in Tijuana, has been sending students to the Enlace program since its inception and expects to have five this year, said principal Moises Camarena Lew. “The students already have a talent,” Camarena said. “What this program does is help them focus this talent, to help them choose a career.” By Sandra Dibble Source:...

Caterpillar Baja competition will ‘keep driving until the wheels fall off’

Caterpillar Baja competition will ‘keep driving until the wheels fall off’

Jun 14, 2017

EDWARDS — The Clemson University team arrived this week at the Caterpillar Demonstration and Learning Center with a prototype designed for road — or lack of road, to be more precise — and driver. The six-member engineering team from the South Carolina school spent the academic year designing and building a single-occupant off-road Baja vehicle that can withstand the rigors of an endurance test that kicks off Saturday morning at the sprawling Caterpillar Inc. facility in Edwards. More than 100 teams from throughout the United States and beyond — one traveling from as far as India — undertook the same project to compete this week in the annual event that provides real-world experience to students and, potentially, students with valuable skill sets to an employer that can put them to work. “It’s critical for our people, for Caterpillar, to have these skills,” said Caterpillar Chief Technology Officer Jean Savage, who kicked off the opening ceremony of the Baja SAE Illinois competition Wednesday. “We’ve got to find a way to get kids excited and interested to get into these fields.” To that end, Caterpillar has sponsored the Illinois competition for several years, building the course on the demonstration center grounds using the expertise of its equipment operators and assisting throughout the event. Engineering college students from across the continent gather at Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center as they prepare to push their off-road vehicle designs to the limit in competitions that test acceleration, hill climbing, maneuverability and the ability to rock crawl. Baja SAE consists of competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects where teams build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle whose structure contains the driver. FRED ZWICKY/JOURNAL STAR Guillermo Depool from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario gets strapped into the team vehicle as engineering college students gather at Caterpillar Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center as they prepare to push their off-road vehicle designs to the limit in competitions that test acceleration, hill climbing, maneuverability and the ability to rock crawl. Baja SAE consists of competitions that simulate real-world engineering design projects where teams build a single-seat, all-terrain, sporting vehicle whose structure contains the driver. Bryan Wiggers, one of the Clemson team members, said...

Mexican inventor wants to develop Eco-friendly Micro-refinery

Mexican inventor wants to develop Eco-friendly Micro-refinery

Jan 4, 2017

Gerardo Nungaray Benítez, better known as “el Güero Bombas”, is an inventor from Zacateas who’s won awards worldwide for inventing a catalyst that produces diesel and gasoline using recycled plastics. He is now working towards receiving the permits needed to set up a micro-refinery in his state that produces gas and diesel using trash from local landfills. The inventor set up a booth in the Zacatecas state capital in order to collect the signatures needed for the state government to approve his startup project, which he says would require an initial 18-million-peso (around 840,000 dollars) investment to produce 9,000 liters (around 2,380 gallons) of gasoline per day. According to “el Güero Bombas”, he collected over 8,000 physical signatures at his booth over a course of two days and another 10,000 digital signatures on the popular Change.org platform. Nungaray says he was surprised with how well people have reacted to his project, and that more and more written signatures keep pouring in from all over the country, especially in light of the recent and widely reported spike in fuel prices in Mexico. Many people have even attempted to donate money, but he says that’s not a feasible option since under current Mexican law, the state-owned company Pemex has exclusive rights over all oil production in Mexico. This is why Gerardo says it’s important for this project to move forward with the government’s full support and approval, and that the future micro-refinery be publicly owned, especially since it has three main benefits: economic, social and environmental. 46 years old Gerardo, says his interest as a chemist and inventor started when he was only 11 years old, at which time he managed to create his own microbrewery and even invented his own electric shower. Source:...