Technology archive for 2011-11-19

Human Survival Depends On Space Exploration, Says Hawking

(3 years ago)
thomst writes "The Winnipeg Free Press posts a story by Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press about an email interview with Stephen Hawking in which the astrophysicist and geek hero opines, 'Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space.' The story also covers the upcoming Canadian debut of Hawking's new TV series 'Brave New World With Stephen Hawking,' and his excitement about ongoing work at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ont. investigating quantum theory and gravity." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How-to: use Google Music from anywhere (yes, outside of the United States)

(3 years ago)
Now that Google Music has finally clawed its way out of the realm of beta-ware, anybody in the US can sign up to play without an invitation. Of course, that leaves many folks out of the equation, so we thought it a good time to point out at least one other route to let you get involved in the service, no matter where you live. See, the rub seems to be that Google checks your IP address on your first attempt to log in, and accept its terms of use -- only the first time, and yeah, you're definitely going to be ignoring that doc by following this guide.So, in essence all we need to do is find a way to gently tiptoe past that gatekeeper and we're home free. Keep in mind that while you can upload your music, buying new tracks isn't going to happen until it rolls out in your neck of the woods in a more official way -- but hey, most of a good thing is still a good thing. There are various means to get this done, and we've found a pretty straightforward route, and if you're up to it click on through to the guide.Continue reading How-to: use Google Music from anywhere (yes, outside of the United States)How-to: use Google Music from anywhere (yes, outside of the United States) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

France To Tax the Internet To Pay For Music

(3 years ago)
bs0d3 writes "A new tax in France is aimed at ISPs. The new government tax on ISPs is to help pay for the CNM (Centre National de la Musique). Already in France there is a tax on TV, to pay for public access channels. It's similar to the tax in the United kingdom which pays for the BBC. This ISP tax will be the musical equivalent to that. President Sarkozy comments, 'Globalization is now, and the giants of the internet earn lot of money on the French market. Good for them, but they do not pay a penny in tax to France.' This all began after the music industry accused French ISPs of making billions of dollars on their backs. Now the music industry must also get their hands in their pockets." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Buy a new Windows Phone, get $25 worth of apps (Michael Stroh/The Windows Blog)

(3 years ago)
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:Buy a new Windows Phone, get $25 worth of apps  —  Pssst!  Pass it on: Through the end of the year, we're giving a prepaid $25 app card to anybody who buys one of the great new Windows Phones now on sale.  The prepaid card makes it easy to jump start a new app or game collection.

Didn't get the AppleCare+ with your iPhone? Worry not, you now have 30 days to change your mind

(3 years ago)
AppleCare+, Cupertino's latest protection plan, debuted on the same day the iPhone 4S was unveiled, but anyone wanting to take advantage of the two-year warranty and accidental damage coverage was required to fork out an extra $99 at the same time they bought their phone. While Apple allowed early adopters to buy the service until November 14th because they weren't offered it upon pre-ordering, it appears the company's extended that window until December 15th, according to an internal memo leaked to SprintFeed. What's better, it seems that Apple's softening up its policy for everyone else during the holidays, as the company now offers a 30-day window just in case you walk out of the store with your glass-laden treasure unprotected and change your mind later. Apple's site confirms the policy (shown below), but as always, there's a catch: if you choose to get it after point of purchase, you'll need to either call up Apple directly or schedule a Genius Bar appointment, bring your receipt in and have the phone inspected to ensure it's not already damaged. Seems like a lot to do, but just make sure you use that Reminders app to keep track of it all.Continue reading Didn't get the AppleCare+ with your iPhone? Worry not, you now have 30 days to change your mindDidn't get the AppleCare+ with your iPhone? Worry not, you now have 30 days to change your mind originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink [..]

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

(3 years ago)
If you'd rather keep your data private, take heart: disk encryption is a lot harder to break than techno-thriller movies and TV shows make it out to be, to the chagrin of some branches of law enforcement.MrSeb writes with word of a paper titled "The growing impact of full disk encryption on digital forensics" [abstract here to paywalled article] that illustrates just how difficult it is. According to the paper, co-authored by a member of US-CERT, "[T]here are three main problems with full disk encryption (FDE): First, evidence-gathering goons can turn off the computer (for transportation) without realizing it's encrypted, and thus can't get back at the data (unless the arrestee gives up his password, which he doesn't have to do); second, if the analysis team doesn't know that the disk is encrypted, it can waste hours trying to read something that's ultimately unreadable; and finally, in the case of hardware-level disk encryption, tampering with the device can trigger self-destruction of the data. The paper does go on to suggest some ways to ameliorate these issues, but ultimately the researchers aren't hopeful: 'Research is needed to develop new techniques and technology for breaking or bypassing full disk encryption.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Android.com easter egg has the robot doing the moonwalk (video)

(3 years ago)
It's Easter in November! At least over at Android.com. The website's latest refresh brought us a whole lot of Ice Cream Sandwich, but the real treat's a bit of a hidden gem. Google's new site's packing an easter egg in the lower-left hand corner that has the little green robot doing the moonwalk, waving hello and juggling among other things. You can check it out in the video after the break, but the real fun awaits you at the source link below.Continue reading Android.com easter egg has the robot doing the moonwalk (video)Android.com easter egg has the robot doing the moonwalk (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 15:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink 4Android  |  Android.com  | Email this | Comments

Wave Glider robots set out to explore the seven seas, break the Guinness record

(3 years ago)
It's a bird, it's a plane, nope, it's Liquid Robotic's four Wave Gliders on a mission to snag the Guinness World Record for longest distance traveled on Earth by an automaton. Setting out today from the San Francisco Bay, the autonomous sea-faring crafts will travel far and wide to gather data about the world's oceans. Powered by the water's movement, the vessels are fuel-free, using "flapping" wings to move forward without human command. Tricked out with various solar-powered sensors, the robots can capture location, weather, temperature, wave height, barometric pressure and more throughout their travels. The 198.4 pound machines cost between $250,000 and $500,000 each depending on how many sensors are built-in -- a small price for scientists or commandeering pirates hoping to learn more about the 95 percent of ocean that has yet to be explored. Let's just hope they don't run into one of these guys.Wave Glider robots set out to explore the seven seas, break the Guinness record originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 15:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET  |  Liquid Robotics  | Email this | Comments

2-Year Study Shows Mac Users Downloading More Open Source Software

(3 years ago)
AmyVernon writes "We combed through about two years' worth of data on SourceForge, looking at the platforms of the users who downloaded projects, and millions more Mac users are downloading open source projects now than were in February 2010. In the same time, Windows downloads have increased by a much smaller percentage and Linux downloads have actually declined." I wonder how much of this last part can be chalked up to the ever-better download infrastructure that the various Linux distros have. (Note: SourceForge and Slashdot are both part of Geeknet.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Harvard makes foray into start-up scene with i-lab (Mary Carmichael/The Boston Globe)

(3 years ago)
Mary Carmichael / The Boston Globe:Harvard makes foray into start-up scene with i-lab  —  Eamonn McLain relaxed in front of a projection installation in the community lobby of Harvard University's innovation lab in Allston.  The lab opens today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  —  A microphone dangles from the ceiling …

T-Mobile Vivacity unveiled for the UK, appears to be an adopted ZTE handset

(3 years ago)
G'morning there good lady, and who might you be? Why, she's the UK-bound T-Mobile Vivacity, which, while pretty likely to be a ZTE-born smartphone, is still keeping her specification cards close to its chest. We do know, however, that she'll arrive with a 3.5-inch touchscreen and five megapixel camera on the back. A front-facing shooter, slightly larger body and a distinct lack of ZTE branding all help to differentiate the Vivacity from her sister, the previously announced (and US-destined) ZTE Score. We predict she probably won't be a woman of expensive tastes, and we look forward to meeting her in the flesh next month. While T-Mobile may not have got the memo about phone naming, interested parties can stake their claim to more info at the sign-up link below.T-Mobile Vivacity unveiled for the UK, appears to be an adopted ZTE handset originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Unwired View  |  T-Mobile  | Email this | Comments

More Black Friday HDTV deals from Kmart, hhgregg ads

(3 years ago)
As we approach Black Friday, the final ads are being leaked, with a few more TV deals for you to consider. The big guys -- including Best Buy and Walmart -- have already seen their ads released,...

Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive Anti-Theft Vehicle Tracking System?

(3 years ago)
New submitter Chuckles08 writes "I'm about to complete the purchase of an electric scooter that is worth over $5,000. Since I'll be parking it on a college campus, it will be vulnerable to theft. I'd like to install some kind of tracking device on it but the solutions I've seen so far seem quite expensive. Are there any reasonably priced and effective solutions out there? Ideally, I'd like to be informed by text message if my scooter moves without my knowing. I'd like to then track the scooter's movements." And anything small enough to work for a scooter might be very useful for car owners, too. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

How Facebook is ruining sharing (Molly Wood/CNET News)

(3 years ago)
Molly Wood / CNET News:How Facebook is ruining sharing  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg describes how Facebook will connect people to media based on the strengths of their connections to other people.  —  I'm afraid to click any links on Facebook these days.  —  No, it's got nothing to do with the spam attack and the flood …

Acer Boosts Specs for Aspire S3 Ultrabook to Compete with the MacBook Air

(3 years ago)
Acer Friday introduced a new, pumped-up model of its Aspire S3 Ultrabook. Acer upgraded the processor and the hard drive in the new Aspire S3; unfortunately, that upgraded the $899 price tag on the older model to $1,299.

Give Your Kid the Building Blocks of Life: Giant DNA Plush Dolls

(3 years ago)
Didn't get an A-grade in biology when you were a child? Yeah, neither did I. Sometimes kids (or adults) just need a push in the right direction, and that's where Biochemies plush dolls come in--they make science fun!

Google+ Could Grow Thanks to New Feature, Small Change in Android OS

(3 years ago)
Google's social networking service could see bigger growth thanks to a new feature that lets businesses build profiles to promote their brands and a small change in the Internet search leader’s newest mobile operating system, Android 4.0.

Sony's HMZ-T1 headset gets a DIY VR upgrade (video)

(3 years ago)
Sony's new HMZ-T1 headset may look like the virtual reality headset you always dreamed of back in the 1990s, but it's not -- at least, not out of the box. It's simply a wearable 3D display, with none of the head-tracking capabilities necessary for a truly immersive experience. Of course, that little drawback isn't going to stop the more DIY-minded individuals among us, one of whom has now paired the headset with a TrackIR 5 head-tracking device and demonstrated the results on YouTube. Check out some VR-ified World of Warcraft and Skyrim after the break.Continue reading Sony's HMZ-T1 headset gets a DIY VR upgrade (video)Sony's HMZ-T1 headset gets a DIY VR upgrade (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  YouTube (1), (2)  | Email this | Comments

The unexpected impact of Facebook's "seamless sharing" on newspaper sites (Tim Bradshaw/FT Tech Hub)

(3 years ago)
Tim Bradshaw / FT Tech Hub:The unexpected impact of Facebook's “seamless sharing” on newspaper sites  —  Mark Zuckerberg said in September that Facebook's new sharing tools for music, video and news would “transform” the media world, with the social network “rethinking the whole way the news industry works”.

'Arrested Development' Comes Exclusively To Netflix

(3 years ago)
First time accepted submitter Xondak writes "The cult series 'Arrested Development' is being resurrected and brought exclusively to Netflix streaming subscribers. This marks the first time a major studio has produced first-run content for the streaming service and perhaps this will afford other opportunities for cancelled Fox series. Firefly, anyone?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Higgs Range Narrowed; Hunt Enters Final Stage

(3 years ago)
gbrumfiel writes "For forty years, the Higgs boson has remained a theoretical construct, but by Christmas, scientists may have a pretty good idea of whether it's real or not. Nature News reports that a new analysis has further narrowed the Higgs range, and data gathered this autumn at the LHC should be enough to show a faint signal from a Higgs, if it's there. (Already one signal has disappeared earlier in the year.) Physicists hope to finish their analysis of the autumn data by the year's end, but even if they come up empty-handed it won't be the end of the story. The Higgs is commonly referred to as the particle that endows others with mass, but its real appeal is the ability to unify the weak nuclear force with electromagnetism. If there is no Higgs, some other mechanism for creating a unified 'electroweak' force should be found inside the LHC." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mobile Miscellany: week of November 14, 2011

(3 years ago)
This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here's some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of November 14, 2011: Sony Ericsson has teamed up with Ingram Micro, a distributor that ships phones to Amazon, Buy.com, Best Buy and Newegg, to expand the distribution of its Android lineup in the US. The deal will include a healthy chunk of the Xperia series, including the arc S. [PRNewswire] Like the Motorola Defy+ but it's just not tough enough? Check out the limited-edition JCB version of the rugged device, which adds a hardcore JCB case, a special app with handyman tools and a two-year extended warranty. And it can be yours through Clove on December 6th for £219. [TechDigest] Verizon introduced the LG Extrovert, a prepaid device with a slide-out four-row QWERTY, 2.8-inch WQVGA (400 x 240) touchscreen display, 2MP camera and expandable storage. It, however, lacks 3G data. It's all yours on Verizon's prepaid site for $110. [PhoneArena] Speaking of Big Red, the rugged Casio Gz'One Ravine 2 was launched this week, and can be yours for $150 with a two-year contract. [PhoneScoop] The BlackBerry Bold 9790, announced this week, is confirmed to show up in the UK on Vodafone and O2, likely sometime in January. [Unwired View] SFR is selling the ZTE Tania, but it appears to be sold as a carrier-branded Windows Phone. You can purchase it without a contract for €269, or[..]

American Express teams with foursquare to promote Small Business Saturday (Chris Thompson/About Foursquare)

(3 years ago)
Chris Thompson / About Foursquare:American Express teams with foursquare to promote Small Business Saturday  —  Squeezed between the traditional holiday-shopping kickoff days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the newer and lesser known Small Business Saturday.  It's an initiative sponsored by American Express that aims …

Are SOPA Sponsors Violating SOPA Rules? Not So Fast, Says Ars Technica

(3 years ago)
TheNextCorner writes "Remember how the Stop Online Piracy Act would make streaming of copyrighted material a felony? Many of these lawmakers actually stream copyrighted videos on their websites." However, that's not the whole story. according to a followup at Ars Technica to the tweeted claims about streaming and SOPA. From which:"The Electronic Frontier Foundation tweeted the post, and it was re-tweeted more than 100 times. So are the sponsors of SOPA hypocrites? We're not fans of SOPA, so we'd love to have this story check out. But we're also a news site, so we contacted James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at New York Law School, (and judging from his tweets, not a SOPA supporter) to get his expert opinion. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Wolfram Alpha search engine now tracks flight paths, trajectory information

(3 years ago)
If you've ever looked up in the sky and wondered where a plane might be headed, Wolfram Alpha might just know the answer. The search engine, which recently began incorporating data from the FAA can now, with a five-minute delay from real-time data, use a flight's speed, heading and altitude to offer a projection of a plane's position. A search for 'flights overhead' via the Wolfram Alpha web site or app will use your location to pinpoint flights that should be visible to you. That string currently only works if the flight has at least one endpoint in the United States, so tracking international flights might be limited. Even so, this should allow you to look up flight delays, check when the next flight will be, see a cool interactive sky map and track a specific flight, of course. You'll have no valid excuse for being late to pick a friend up from the airport ever again.Wolfram Alpha search engine now tracks flight paths, trajectory information originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 08:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink The Verge  |  Wolfram Alpha Blog  | Email this | Comments

How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens

(3 years ago)
gManZboy writes "'Sometime early next year, Ford will mail USB sticks to about 250,000 owners of vehicles with its advanced touchscreen control panel. The stick will contain a major upgrade to the software for that screen. With it, Ford breaks the model in which the technology in a car essentially stayed unchanged from assembly line to junk yard' — and Ford becomes a software company. This shift created a hot new tech job at Ford: human-machine interface engineers — people who come from a range of backgrounds, from software development to mechanical engineers, and who can live in the worlds of art and science at once." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Clearwire's growing financial problems threaten Sprint's 4G plans (Kevin Fitchard/GigaOM)

(3 years ago)
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:Clearwire's growing financial problems threaten Sprint's 4G plans  —  Clearwire is thinking about skipping out on a $237 million loan payment due in two weeks, which could make things very uncomfortable for its primary shareholder and WiMAX bandwidth customer Sprint.

Coda lowers price of electric sedan, sends it into production ahead of 2012 launch

(3 years ago)
Coda Automotive has set some lofty goals for its forthcoming all-electric sedan, and this week, it began pursuing them. On Tuesday, the upstart manufacturer confirmed that production of its 2012 Coda Sedan is already underway, with the first deliveries scheduled to roll out in January. With an estimated range of 150 miles, the sedan will also be powered by a 36-kWh battery pack, providing it with 134 horsepower. Most intriguing, however, is the car's new price, which now sits at $39,900, compared with the $44,900 price tag announced earlier. That puts it well within range of competitors like the Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf, though as Coda's Thomas Hausch explained to AutoblogGreen, the change isn't exactly a "price drop," since the Sedan hasn't actually been sold at its earlier price point. Technicalities aside, it's now cheaper than previously expected, which is all that really matters for your bottom line. Full PR after the break.Continue reading Coda lowers price of electric sedan, sends it into production ahead of 2012 launchCoda lowers price of electric sedan, sends it into production ahead of 2012 launch originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 07:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Autoblog Green  |   | Email this | Comments

Controlling a Robot From a Smartphone's Headphone Jack

(3 years ago)
RedEaredSlider passes along this excerpt about what looks like a smart advance in controlling hobbyist robots:"The concept is quite simple: put a wheeled chassis on a smart phone or iPod Touch that allows for using the device as the 'brain.' But that simplicity is what makes the robot, called Romo, powerful. Since the controls are contained entirely within the phone, they can be downloaded as apps. One can add new physical capabilities to Romo -– a claw, or a scoop -– but that doesn't require any new additions to the phone. Also, the controls are through the headphone jack. That simplifies the design and means that the robot doesn't need to be linked with only one brand of smart phone." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sprint rides the Express to Budget Town, available now for $20

(3 years ago)
Do you choo-choo-choose the Sprint Express, or does it choose you? The Now Network's mixing things up this holiday season by adding its own branded device -- in reality, a reworked Huawei Boulder that Sprint slapped its name on -- to the low end of its smartphone lineup. Known simply as the Express, it's a portrait QWERTY Android 2.3 handset that will set you back $20 with a two-year contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate). What you'll get in return for that hard-earned Jackson is a 2.6-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display, 3.2MP camera, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of internal storage (with expandable microSD slot), a 1,500mAh battery and a 3G mobile hotspot that supports up to five devices. We doubt it'll be the first stop on anybody's Black Friday shopping list, but we think it may actually get penciled into the schedule somewhere.Continue reading Sprint rides the Express to Budget Town, available now for $20Sprint rides the Express to Budget Town, available now for $20 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

TV broadcasters hope to dominate the second screen with ConnecTV

(3 years ago)
No one has quite figured it out yet, but there seems to be little doubt that tablet devices have their place on the couch to serve as a second screen while American's enjoy their favorite past time -- watching TV. In addition to many independent startups we've discussed in the past, the old guard, that already owns most of broadcast TV stateside, has a startup of its own called ConnecTV. In development for two years already, ConnecTV is currently in beta and has the hopes to go live in January. The idea is of course to put what you might want to see on your second screen while you watch the main action on the big screen. This includes sports scores, statistics, as well as what your friends may or may-not be saying on Twitter or Facebook -- and of course advertising. We'd be shocked if most tablet owners weren't already using their slate in front of the TV and can imagine how many more might if there was a great app that brought it all together.TV broadcasters hope to dominate the second screen with ConnecTV originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 05:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  LA Times Blog  | Email this | Comments

Google: 200 million Android devices now active worldwide (Lance Whitney/CNET News)

(3 years ago)
Lance Whitney / CNET News:Google: 200 million Android devices now active worldwide  —  Google's grip of the mobile market has tightened even further.  —  More than 200 million Android devices have now been activated around the world, the search giant announced yesterday.  The figure was revealed at yesterday's …

Jay Leno's Chevy Volt still has original tank of gas, 11,000 miles later

(3 years ago)
What daily driver do you pick when you're rockin' a warehouse with over a hundred enviable whips? Well, if you happen to be a famous comedian named Jay Leno, apparently it's the Chevy Volt. Since procuring the plug-in chariot last year, the late night star has "yet to put gas in it," despite accumulating over 11,000 miles driving to and from what we'll assume is The Tonight Show. Not all of that has been gasoline-free automotive bliss, as Leno's exceeded the car's electric 40-ish mile range more than a few times, burning through around half of the vehicle's original tank. At that rate, the Volt will need refueling by this time next year -- or not, barring any further timeslot kerfuffles.Jay Leno's Chevy Volt still has original tank of gas, 11,000 miles later originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 04:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Autoblog Green  |  The New York Times  | Email this | Comments

Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather

(3 years ago)
Layzej writes "Extreme weather, such as the 2010 Russian heat wave or the drought in the horn of Africa, will become more frequent and severe as the planet warms, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in a report released today. Some areas could become 'increasingly marginal as places to live in,' the report concludes. Critics of the report note that 'Governments have in the past considerably weakened the language of IPCC summaries for policymakers,' and that the IPCC process tends to water down even the most obvious conclusions." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Red Incredible 2 to hit Verizon on November 24th?

(3 years ago)
Did you avoid the black original and the white redux of the Droid Incredible 2, because you wanted something just a little bit more spicy? Well, your patience may be rewarded as those dead-set on avoiding those colorless handsets may have another option come November 24th. That's when, per Droid Life, a red-hot edition of the existing incroyable goes on sale. Besides outwardly showing your affinity for Big Red, the third variant of Verizon's Incredible S will likely carry the same specs and price tag as the original. Either way, it won't be long until we'll find out for sure, but until then, reacquaint yourself with the Incredible 2's innards at the source link below.Red Incredible 2 to hit Verizon on November 24th? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 03:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Droid Life  | Email this | Comments

Bezos' New Shepard takes off and escorts itself back to the landing pad (video)

(3 years ago)
Since being awarded $22 million from NASA to develop a commercial space vehicle, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has been relatively quiet. There's been a couple of test flights, one of which didn't end so well for the water tank-shaped ship, but we haven't actually gotten to see the New Shepard (a nod to Alan Shepard) in action. Well friends, take a gander after the break to see the reusable, suborbital launch vehicle climb a short distance into the air then gracefully settle back down with the aid its landing thrusters. This particular craft is meant to launch a separate passenger capsule on short suborbital flights, but Blue Origin is also working on an orbital vehicle. But, please, don't waste any more time -- go watch the take off and landing below.Continue reading Bezos' New Shepard takes off and escorts itself back to the landing pad (video)Bezos' New Shepard takes off and escorts itself back to the landing pad (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 02:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |  Wired  | Email this | Comments

BlackBerry 7 sales sputter after strong start (Roger Cheng/CNET News)

(3 years ago)
Roger Cheng / CNET News:BlackBerry 7 sales sputter after strong start  —  It's not looking good for RIM and its BlackBerry smartphones.  —  Research in Motion is stuck between an Apple and an Ice Cream Sandwich.  —  After some initial excitement for the new line of BlackBerry 7 smartphones and a strong launch …

The AOC Aire Pro: a 23-inch IPS monitor for $199

(3 years ago)
If your battalion of bargain-hunting web bots is doing its job properly, then you should already have been alerted to AOC's new sub-$200 IPS monitor. Oh, hold on, we're the bots? Right then, here are the key specs: you get Full HD at 60Hz spread over 23 inches, a meaninglessly high 50 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, twin HDMI sockets and built-in speakers, all housed in brushed aluminum shell that's less than 0.4 inches thick. The Aire Pro is available from today and there's further info in the PR after the break. Will that be all?Continue reading The AOC Aire Pro: a 23-inch IPS monitor for $199The AOC Aire Pro: a 23-inch IPS monitor for $199 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 19 Nov 2011 01:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

NASA creates high-res Moon map, taunts you about your terrestrial tethers

(3 years ago)
Chances are you will never set foot on the Moon. Sorry, we don't mean to rain on your parade (alright, maybe we do), but the closest you'll ever get is looking at pictures or traipsing around Google Moon. NASA's LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) has been circling our rocky satellite capturing such images, and now 69,000 of them have been stitched together to create the highest resolution topographic map of the lunar surface ever. The Global Lunar DTM 100 m topographic model has a scale of roughly 100 meters per-pixel, allowing researchers to better understand how the crust is formed and accurately scout landing sites for future missions -- be they robotic or manned. Check out the source for a larger image and a few more details.NASA creates high-res Moon map, taunts you about your terrestrial tethers originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Nov 2011 23:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Tecca, Gizmodo  |  NASA  | Email this | Comments

One on One: Walter Isaacson, Biographer of Steve Jobs (Nick Bilton/Bits)

(3 years ago)
Nick Bilton / Bits:One on One: Walter Isaacson, Biographer of Steve Jobs  —  Walter Isaacson is the author of “Steve Jobs,” the best-selling biography published last month.  The following is an edited version of our interview.  —  When did you first meet Steve Jobs?  —  I've known Steve off and on since 1984.

Nintendo GameCube turns ten years dead, still in denial about the whole color purple thing

(3 years ago)
For many hardcore gamers, it wasn't so hard to say goodbye to the Big N's purple box of yesteryear. But for those of us who stuck by Nintendo's side in 2001 and embraced the quirky StarCube GameCube, today's 10th anniversary is all too bittersweet. Sure, the house that Mario built may have misfired when it slapped the wrong coat of paint on an otherwise competent chunk of hardware, yet let us not overlook the legacy of top-tier, first-party titles that led us bleary-eyed into the wee hours of the morning. Who could forget that first mischievous sacrifice, when you willfully slung a gaggle of Pikmin into the eager mouth of a Bulbor? Or the time you thought your TV was possessed when those insanity effects from Eternal Darkness kicked in? Surely, we have this 6th generation console to thank for Samus Aran's second act. So, the next time you gaze upon your dust-collecting Wii, think admirably of the machine that came before it. Think appreciatively of the machine that lives still inside it.Nintendo GameCube turns ten years dead, still in denial about the whole color purple thing originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Kotaku  |   | Email this | Comments

US Gives Raytheon $10.5M For 'Serious Games'

(3 years ago)
coondoggie writes "These aren't your basic video gaming systems here. The U.S. government gave Raytheon BBN Technologies $10.5 million today to develop what it called 'serious games' that feature an international detective theme developed by game designers, cognitive psychologists and experts in intelligence analysis." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?

(3 years ago)
First time accepted submitter Jeng writes "I'm planning on sending flash drives to friends and family as stocking stuffers. Rather than just send a blank drive, I'm looking for what good useful free software that I can load on it — from system utilities and encryption software to fun little games." We've asked similar questions before, but software keeps getting better, and so do the prices on flash drives. So what would you give as a gift this holiday season? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Netflix to resurrect Arrested Development in 2013 as part of content play (Drew Olanoff/The Next Web)

(3 years ago)
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:Netflix to resurrect Arrested Development in 2013 as part of content play  —  In a serious content play, Netflix has announced that it is bringing the wildly popular show Arrested Development back exclusively on its platform.  —  Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer said this about the news:
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