The US Navy is now capable of launching drones from submarines, using their torpedo tubes, while under the water - incredible, isn't it? The US Naval Research Laboratory announced the news, stating it can now launch a drone into the air from a submerged submarine.
The drone itself will fly around for around an hour, which isn't too bad for reconnaissance missions. Obviously this is just the beginning, and this technology will continue to improve as time goes on. The future of this technology will be exciting for military applications, which I'm sure the military is getting a big grin on their face about right about now.
Google spent around $500 million marketing its Moto X smartphone, but it looks like this hasn't done much to help the Moto X penetrate into the US smartphone market, according to comScore's new numbers.
comScore's numbers show that Motorola's US smartphone market jumped ever so slightly between July and October, from 6.9% to 7%. In that time, Motorola launched multiple devices, but didn't gain any much market share at all in the US. Motorola is battling all sides of the Android war right now, and with Google behind it using LG and ASUS to build its Nexus devices, it's really just shooting itself in the foot with its multi-billion-dollar acquisition, and now $500 million marketing bill for the Moto X.
Apple has updated its developer website for the iOS App Store, which shows some great adoption rates for iOS 7. Apple's latest mobile OS is on 74% of devices, which is a 10% increase over October's numbers.
22% of active App Store users are running iOS 6, which means that if we combined the numbers, we're looking at 96% of iOS users being on the latest two operating systems from Apple. This is something that Apple excels in - iOS adoption rates. Compared to Android, where there are still 25.8% of its users on versions of Google's mobile OS older than Android 4.x.
You probably thought I was smoking something exotic when I wrote that title, but no - this isn't bait - Samsung has just launched the Prelude, the world's largest floating vessel. Samsung, a company known for its Galaxy devices and various electronic devices, will use its Prelude for offshore gas extraction.
The Prelude is truly massive in scale, where it is 12x the size of the already-gigantic Titanic, nearly as big as the Taipei 101 - which is a massive building in its own right. The Prelude is 488m long, and is the first platform on Earth that can liquefy natural gas on-board, and then pipe it directly into liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships for delivery into neighboring countries. It will be stationed just north of Australia, where it will be parked for 25 years.
Liquefying natural gas isn't easy, but the Prelude can do this - and shrinks it up 600x, which requires an incredible amount of energy to get the gas to -260F, which makes it nice and compact for easy transportation. Samsung has reportedly spend $12 billion to create the Prelude, and was built for Shell, by Samsung Heavy Industries, a Samsung affiliate. Samsung Heavy Industries has an annual revenue of around $13 billion, so this is quite the investment.
The Prelude can withstand hurricanes that are up to Category 5, which goes to show the engineering efforts Samsung put into this behemoth.
It looks like Spotify could be unleashing a free mobile version of its streaming music service, something that The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The free version would be an ad-supported app, focusing around playing personalized radio.
Users would be allowed to play a certain amount of songs on demand, which isn't bad considering it would be pushed out as a free app. At the moment, Spotify's on-demand mobile service is only available to paying consumers through its Premium service, with the free service limited to PCs. The Journal is reporting that the music streaming outfit has inked deals with Sony, Universal, and Warner for the free service.
The issues weighing in on the deal were the rates that the company would pay the label, as well as the level of on-demand control that users would have. We should hear more details on the service at the Spotify event being held in New York City next week.
The full trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is here, the sequel to the reboot of Spider-Man from Sony starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. The sequel takes on a few enemies, which you can see below.
We have Harry Osborne featured in the sequel, which is played by Dane DeHaan, and then we have Jamie Foxx who plays Max Dillon, or Electro. There's a lot happening in this trailer, and at times it could feel like too much - but if there wasn't enough action, people will complain too. I won't make judgement until I see it, but it does look good.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
British start-up, PiixL, is showing off its beautiful Jetpack PC, which is a Steam Machine. What makes it stand out from the crowd, is that it has a unique form factor.
It slides behind your TV, so that you'll never see it, making your TV into a Steam TV - awesome, right? We have a thin PC, with an overclocked Intel Core i7 processor, and a decent NVIDIA video card. Because the Jetpack is customizable, we should see some great specifications baked into the Jetpack. The Jetpack will attach to TVs of varying sizes - from 32-inch TVs to 70-inch beasts.
The Jetpack will start at $1000, which is expensive when compared to iBuyPower's Steam Machine, but this thing should have far better specifications, as well as its interesting form factor. We should see the Jetpack take flight in early 2014, and you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be checking it out when it's released.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Robert from the US wanting to know which CPU he should grab for his video editing workstation.
Q: What CPU/MB do you think would be best for a video editing workstation?
I will be running the Adobe tool set. From my reading it seems that video editing benefits from more cores/threads that does gaming. Would an 8-core AMD CPU be better than a 4-core Intel part, for example? What other factors, besides the obvious like lots of RAM, should I consider?
Thanks for your help.
A: You can view the answer to Robert's question right here.
If you want to support independent games, and didn't want to use that pesky fiat-based, central bank currency - well, this is music to your anti-mainstream ears!
Bitcoins can now be used to purchase Ouya consoles, which is great because it means you don't need to use a credit card. Unfortunately, if you want to purchase games on the Ouya console, you'll still need your credit card - which I don't get. If you're going to support Bitcoin, do it all the way, or not at all. Ouya does state that PayPal support is coming soon.
Yesterday we reported that Apple had inked a deal with China Mobile for the iPhone, but now China Mobile itself has denied the report. This is strange, especially given that it was The Wall Street Journal's sources who were talking about the deal.
China Mobile spokeswoman, Rainie Lei said: "Talks between China Mobile and Apple on cooperation are still going on and we currently do not have anything to announce." I'm sure we'll hear something in the coming days, but for now there is no deal reached between the two giants.