Batteries feel like one of the least upgraded devices, but are featured in virtually all electronic devices. NASA, as advanced as the US space agency may be, needs some help designing and making new batteries for its travels into the dark beyond.
NASA is now asking public institutions and companies to submit their proposals for battery alternatives, where it will want to see a new low-level energy cell design. This will include chemistry and packaging, as well as advanced devices that would really outperform the current lithium cell-based batteries.
The US space agency will hand out cash awards to the four most promising candidates, from the first phase of its selection process. NASA might not even find the new power source it is looking for, and if that's the case, maybe it should look at working with Tesla, failing that - Tony Stark?
Google isn't seeing massive adoption rates no Android 4.4 KitKat, even though the updated mobile OS is capable of working on more devices than the OS it succeeded on. KitKat's adoption rate is sitting at a lower point than Jelly Bean was when it first launched.
Chitika's number crunching abilities see that Android 4.4 KitKat is on around 10% of devices, six months after it was launched. After six months of Jelly Bean being available, it was on 14% of devices. Chitika explains: "[L]ooking beyond the device type breakdown, on a wider scale, KitKat has not progressed quite as quickly as Jelly Bean in North America from an adoption perspective. We previously observed Jelly Bean users generating 13.6% of North American Android Web traffic approximately 24 weeks following its debut on the Nexus 7. This overall number is 10.1% for KitKat as of this study, close to 22 weeks following its release on the Nexus 5".
Chitika has analyzed just North American numbers here, with its ad impressions blasting onto tens of millions of US and Canadian Android-based devices between March 31, and April 6, 2014. When it comes to the US, around 61.8% of devices are running a version of Jelly Bean. 20.3% of traffic is coming from Gingerbread-based devices, while Ice Cream Sandwich sits on 21.3% devices.
Samsung may have just launched its new Galaxy S5 in over 125 countries around the world, but if you want to use a Galaxy S5 from one country in another - region locking has been stamped into the new flagship smartphone.
Samsung now requires a user to make a five-minute phone call on the Galaxy S5 with a local SIM card before the device can be used with SIM cards from other regions. A warning message on the European version of the Galaxy S5 reads: "This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.)"
The South Korean electronics giant adds: "To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators". This isn't something that Samsung is doing to hurt its consumers, but it is trying to stop "grey" imports of its products, which will stop it from bleeding unnecessary lost profits around the world.
There's a game coming to the Xbox One called Soda Drinker Pro, made by Will Brierly, that will see gamers versing each other in challenges that will see you chugging bottles of soda.
Soda Drinker Pro works with the Kinect on the Xbox One, with various levels exclusive to Microsoft's console, one of them called "Drinking Soda Through Time". The game will run at 1920x1080 at the full 60FPS, where Brierly said: "It's important. We need a pixel perfect experience with complete fluid dynamics".
Samsung has launched its new flagship smartphone around the world, with over 125 countries receiving the Galaxy S5. ZDNet Korea has reported that the launch day sales of the Galaxy S5 have been quite strong.
Samsung has reportedly moved around 1.3 times as many Galaxy S5's on April 11 than it did with its Galaxy S4 last year. Some European countries are seeing over 100% more demand for the Galaxy S5 versus the S4 from last year. In the UK, there were some massive lines outside of the new Samsung Experience Stories, where launch day sales were double that of the S4.
There has been talk of the premium handset market being saturated, but it looks like Samsung has proven them wrong yet again with the launch of the Galaxy S5.
To celebrate this week's release of the middle entry in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug on home video formats, our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on 3D Blu-ray to give away to three lucky readers. Filled with extra features including a documentary, featurettes, trailers and a music video, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a must have for Tolkien and adventure fans alike.
To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:
How would you defend your hometown from a dragon attack?
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on April 17th. The total prize pool is approximately $134.85.
The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug is available on 3D, 2D +UltraViolet Blu-ray, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray and DVD + UltraViolet combo packs from Australian retailers on April 16th.
Watch Dogs is one of the most anticipated games of 2014, but it will be hitting the Microsoft and Sony consoles as well as the PC, but not much has been said about the Nintendo Wii U.
Well, according to Ubisoft's official storefront, Watch Dogs will be hitting the Wii U in the Fall. Nintendo Enthusiast, which spotted it on the Ubisoft storefront, has said it has confirmed through an Ubisoft rep that Watch Dogs is indeed coming to Nintendo's console in the Fall. Ubisoft Montreal is working hands-on with every version of the game for all platforms, except the Wii U versiojn.
Ubisoft's studio over in Bucharest, Romania, is working on the Wii U version of the game.
A late solo attack from Niki Terpstra gave Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step another Paris-Roubaix victory, with the Dutch rider breaking free of the lead pack on the last sector of cobblestones six kilometers before the finish.
Terpstra explains when he was given the order to attack: "As soon as I heard that, I didn't wait 20 seconds. I just went full gas, like I like to do. It was not clear how much of a margin I had. I knew I was in the front, and when I looked behind, I saw I had a good gap. I didn't look backagain, because you know they're coming. I wasn't sure I was going to win until reaching the velodrome."
The 2013 Paris-Roubaix winner, Fabian Cancellara, had to settle for third place in the finale of the cycling spring classics season.
The US government is increasingly concerned that cybercriminals will use Heartbleed to steal personal information, with the Department of Homeland Security asking corporate victims to step forward and report breaches.
The OpenSSL issue involved impacts two-thirds of all websites, with many companies frantically improving security to negate the threat.
"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems," said Larry Zelvin, Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director, in a blog post.
The UK government signed a multi-million-dollar contract to continue receiving Microsoft Windows XP support, and will receive critical software security updates for one-year. As part of the deal, Microsoft will receive $9.2 million to provide support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 until next April.
"We have made an agreement with the Crown Commercial Service to provide eligible UK public sector organizations with the ability to download security upgrades to Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 for one year until April 8, 2015,"Microsoft said in a statement to ComputerWeekly. "Agreements such as these do not remove the need to move off Windows XP as soon as possible."
Public sector organizations have a plan to begin migrating from XP, and all necessary changes should be made before the one-year support contract is up.