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  • NASA's Opportunity set for another record

    NASA’s Opportunity set for another record

    Lunokhod 2 rover sent to our moon by the then USSR, held the record for off-Earth rovering distance on an alien surface; it landed on the surface of the moon on 15th January, 1973 and traveled 24.2 miles. In the recent past, on 21st July, 2011, NASA’s rover “Opportunity” broke that record by exceeding 25 miles of traveling on the surface of Mars. Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004. It has so far traveled farther than any other vehicle on the surface of another world other than the Earth. In its slow paced continuous movement, it has collected invaluable information…

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NASA's Opportunity set for another record

NASA’s Opportunity set for another record

Sep 2, 2014

Lunokhod 2 rover sent to our moon by the then USSR, held the record for off-Earth rovering distance on an alien surface; it landed on the surface of the moon on 15th January, 1973 and traveled 24.2 miles. In the recent past, on 21st July, 2011, NASA’s rover “Opportunity” broke that record by exceeding 25 miles of traveling on the surface of Mars. Opportunity landed on Mars in 2004. It has so far traveled farther than any other vehicle on the surface of another world other than the Earth. In its slow paced continuous movement, it has collected invaluable information…

One more year before Pluto is breached

One more year before Pluto is breached

Sep 2, 2014

We don’t know much about Pluto other than its name and that it is a dwarf planet far away from the Earth; even NASA’s signature telescope, “Hubble Space Telescope” allows us to merely see its spherical shape and reddish color. It orbits the sun from an approximate distance of 3.65 billion miles and takes 248 years to orbit the sun once. Pluto is shrouded in mystery, but the good news is that we have to wait only one more year before Pluto is breached; NASA’s spacecraft “New Horizons” is scheduled to make a close flyby of the distant planet on…

iPhone 6 could come bundled with mobile payment

iPhone 6 could come bundled with mobile payment

Sep 2, 2014

Even though Apple has not issued any statement on the subject, Christina Bonnington of Wired disclosed last Thursday that the iPhone 6 will include NFC (near-field communication) technology. This will be the main attraction of the next iPhone and could come bundled with mobile payment system. Apple will pair NFC chip with its Touch ID fingerprint security system that will enhance the user’s capability from merely being able to purchase iTunes products to be able to make any purchase at the malls. It is the iWallet that enables the customer to control all financial accounts and transactions on his/her iPhone….

US experiences Hypersonic failure within seconds after launch

US experiences Hypersonic failure within seconds after launch

Aug 30, 2014

A recently developed US Military hypersonic missile weapon was destroyed in just four seconds after it was launched. The incident took place last Monday at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. This is not the first time the US Military experienced a hypersonic failure after launch; a similar incident happened back in 2001, which took just 56 seconds. Unlike the previous incident where the rocket blew itself up, in this case, the defense personnel at the launching station decided to destroy it. The weapon system was designed to destroy any target anywhere around the globe within an hour after being…

Business

Amazon’s attempt to kill the iPhone backfires with only 35,000 Fire Phones sold

Amazon’s attempt to kill the iPhone backfires with only 35,000 Fire Phones sold

Jeff Bezos may possess a business intellect to turn a small business into one of the world’s largest e-commerce website, but he might need to take some lessons when it comes to the mobile industry, because his first attempt to snare the mobile OS market share resulted in an abysmal failure. While Amazon’s Fire Phone is great with unique features, its mediocre technical features that juice the phone, combined with an unpopular modified Linux mobile operating system (Fire OS), led to only 35,000 Fire Phones being sold since the device made its debut back in July. Although the e-commerce company…

Google acquires Gecko Design to augment its special projects

Google acquires Gecko Design to augment its special projects

Out of the several startups and well established companies that Google has acquired over the course of many years, Gecko Design gets added to that list. Gecko Design is a firm which operates out of Los Gatos, California. The reason for the acquisition is simple and straight forward; Google requires help in its Google X special projects laboratory and according to the advertising giant, Gecko Design is the perfect company to get help from. The firm has done design work for a number of companies. Some of them include Aliph (Jawbone), Dell, HP, Slingmedia, OLPC and FitBit. To be specific…

Microsoft and iFixit have formed a team to provide a device repair workshop for users

Microsoft and iFixit have formed a team to provide a device repair workshop for users

There is good news for gadget, PC and other hardware users who have a layman’s knowledge of how things work. Microsoft and iFixit have joined hands to offer a training program called the Pro Tech Network. The training program will allow students and other individuals of different age groups to be educated on how to service different peripherals and devices, ranging from laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. The program is sponsored by Microsoft’s Registered Refurbisher Program and is completely free. iFixit is a very popular website that is notorious for ripping apart gadgets and other hardware peripherals. The website also…

Apple patent could bury physical keyboards

Apple patent could bury physical keyboards

Touchscreen devices these days have become so inextricably intertwined with mobile technology and computers that if we retrospect, how things were couple of years back, solid keyboards attached on surfaces used to be in vogue. Nevertheless, thanks to the introduction of smartphones, tablets and hybrids, touchscreens have become ubiquitous, at least in a number of applications. But for other applications and functionality, such as gaming, it sure leaves the mobile gamer coveting for the original, comfortable and enjoyable experience through keyboards, controllers and joysticks. Gaming on smartphones and tablets is usually restricted to gestures. In order to enjoy a timeless…