NASA is always working on some sort of project to get the masses interested in science and space. About a year and a half ago, NASA rolled out an app for iPad users called NASA Visualization Explorer. The app was designed to share articles, images, and visualizations of satellite data with users.
The problem for users on iOS devices other than the iPad was that the app didn't support other devices. NASA has now announced that the app is available for all iOS devices. That means that iPhone and iPod touch users can now check out the app and its cool images and content.
Users will be able to access the 274 stories that have been published on the app and are in the archives. New stores will be added on Tuesday and Thursday. NASA says that the original app had about a million unique downloads.
Health company Healbe recently unveiled the GoBe, a 100 percent automatic body manager, streamlining calories consumed and burned.
The system uses three sensors to measure intake by checking the amount of glucose in cells, along with monitoring heart rate, providing a more accurate caloric intake.
"We live in an age of information, and yet 98% of diets fail," said Artem Shipitsyn, Healbe founder and CEO, in a press statement. "Wearable technologies are trying to solve this problem, but I found that none had succeeded in making it easy for people to know whether they're getting the right amount of food, water, exercise and sleep."
Pioneer Electronics has been making audio gear for years. The company has a full line of home theater receivers that run the gamut from entry-level models up to high-end offerings that can cost thousands of dollars. Pioneer has rolled out a new home theater receiver aimed at custom installers called the VSX-80.
This receiver will ship at the end of the month for $700. The VSX-80 has a lot to offer for the price. It features seven HDMI 2.0 ports allowing you to connect a lot of sources to the receiver. It is Roku Ready certified so all the user has to do is plug in a Streaming Stick to get access to all sorts of streaming content.
Pioneer built-in support for 4K UHD video pass through. The best feature if the VSX-80 is that it is able to upscale standard HD content to 4K resolution on-the-fly. Using the receiver, you can set up a 7.2 channel audio system or use a normal 5.1 set up with the other channels for multiroom audio.
Tabu is a company that makes some very interesting LED light bulbs that are controlled via an app on your smartphone and Bluetooth. The Bulb is green since it uses LEDs that consume less power. The coolest part about the bulb is that you can use the smartphone app to control the color of the light.
With RGB LEDs inside and a fourth white LED, the original Lumen smart bulb can make any color you can think of. Tabu has announced a new project that is on Kickstarter right now. This project is for a smaller version of the original Lumen called the LuMini.
The goal with this smaller light bulb is to be able to fit it inside a lamp or other small fixture where the original couldn't go. Other than the size and the lack of a white LED inside, the LuMini is the same as the original.
If you spend a lot of time on your computer with a lot of tabs or programs open that consume memory, you know you can never have enough RAM. If you use a new round Mac Pro that debuted last year and are in need of a RAM update, a new product has launched you will want to check out.
A company called Transcend has rolled out some new RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro that can bring the total amount of memory in the machine to 128GB. RAM modules are available in 16GB and 32GB capacity. Apple puts four upgradable RAM slots inside the machine.
Transcend says that while the Mac Pro is advertised to support only 64GB of RAM, it has tested the machine to work with up to 128GB. The 16GB modules are DDR3-1866 units with the 32GB modules being DDR3-1333. Both RAM configurations are RDIMMS and are guaranteed 100% to work with the Mac Pro. Pricing is unannounced at this time.
Of all the tech in my home, the thing I would be least willing to give up is the DVR. I like my DVR even more now that it use a Dish Hopper Whole home DVR. With that DVR, I can watch any show on any TV in the house and it has three tuners for recording lots of stuff at once.
I still have conflicts on occasion with three tuners because we record lots of shows. Dish has announced that the Super Joey that goes with the Hopper Whole Home DVR system is now available. The Super Joey only works with the Hopper DVR and adds two more tuners to the mix.
With the Super Joey, you get a total of five tuners to use. Between those five turners you can record eight shows at once. If you are wondering how that happens, one tuner is dedicated to Primetime shows and they all come across a single feed letting one tuner record four primetime shows at once.
What do you do when a volcano is going off? Well, you'd whip your smartphone out and start recording it, right? Probably not, because of the mass amounts of heat - oh and mortal danger - but what about flying in a drone? This is what Shaun O'Callaghan did, in the video below.
O'Callaghan used a DJI Phantom 2, which is a ready-to-fly (RTF) quadropter, with a gimbal mount and GoPro camera attached. The drone has a flight time of around 25 minutes, enough to capture some gorgeous footage from the exploding volcano. This is an incredible feat, as a normal helicopter could never get this close to an active volcano thanks to the mass heat being pumped out of it, with lava pouring out of vents at temperatures of up to 2192F, or 1200C.
O'Callaghan filmed the footage in Vanuatu, which is a two-hour flight off of the coast of Australia. It's home to some pretty incredible volcano activity.
VideoLAN has released its VLC media player for Windows 8, which features a 'modern UI' for the touch-capable OS. The company raised $78,136 through Kickstarter, with a beta version of VLC now available for Windows-powered PCs, laptops and tablets.
The beta version of the app has some limitations, with Windows RT devices not currently supported. Subtitle support is limited right now, and the software itself is a little slower than the VLC desktop app, especially when it comes to video decoding. The team at VideoLAN is still working on VLC for Windows 8, so expect the final version to scruff up much better.
Samsung already has a massive range of Galaxy-branded smartphones, but SamMobile's latest report indicates that the South Korean giant could be working on a new giant smartphone, with a massive 21:9 aspect ratio.
Samsung has filed a patent for a smartphone with a 21:9 aspect ratio. SamMobile is quick to point out fellow South Korean giant LG and its 2009 LG BL40 smartphone, the New Chocolate, which featured the same 21:9 aspect ratio. This is back in a time when LG and Samsung were struggling against Apple, and consumers didn't want big smartphones. Times are different now, so should we expect Samsung to unveil a massive smartphone sometime in the future?
We know that Watch Dogs has been delayed until May this year, with the studio needing more time to work on it. With each day that passes, we're finding out more information on the game - where today, it has been revealed that Ubisoft Montreal was "forced" to unveil the game at E3 2012 by Ubisoft.
Jonathan Morin, Creative Director on Watch Dogs, talked with Edge, where he said: "They forced us to go at E3 2012. Yves [Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft] was the one who wanted us to go at that E3, even though we felt it was a bit early." Morin believes that the CEO of Ubisoft was actually correct, where he said: "in the end I think he was right."
Dominic Guay, Senior Producer on Watch Dogs, talked with Polygon in a recent interview, where he said that the studio began development on the PC because at the time, the PS4 and Xbox One didn't exist. When referring to the next-gen consoles, he said: "We kind of suspected, maybe, there might be other platforms eventually. So, because we thought that would happen, we chose the PC as our first target to have when we started developing Watch Dogs, so that we [would] have the flexibility to adapt to a different platform."