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SpaceTT: Coolant leak on the International Space Station poses no threat to astronauts, says NASA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 10, 2013 6:30 pm

Yesterday, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) discovered an ammonia leak in a coolant loop that cools the power system attached to one of the large solar arrays on the ISS. NASA officials say that the crew of six is in no danger and that this leak will most likely result in the array being shut down until the leak is fixed.

 

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This same system has had leaks before, in 2007 a leak in the same spot was discovered, but was much smaller then and was such that it did not warrant an immediate repair. It was so small that the system was recharged with just eight pounds of ammonia in 2011 during a visit from the Space Shuttle Endeavor. Last November, an attempt to repair the leak was made during spacewalks made by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese space flyer Akihiko Hoshide. The fix was only temporary though and now it has reared its ugly head again.

 

"It is a serious situation, but between crew and experts on the ground, it appears to have been stabilized. Tomorrow we find out for certain," space station commander Chris Hadfield of Canada wrote Thursday via Twitter, where he posts updates as @Cmdr_Hadfield.

Nokia announces Lumia 928, on sale exclusively at Verizon next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 5:25 pm

This morning we are getting more information on Nokia's upcoming Lumia 928 smartphone. The company just released a new video on YouTube detailing the key highlights and features of the new Windows Phone 8 device.

 

 

It features a full HD Super AMOLED screen and an 8.7MP PureView Carl Zeiss branded camera. Nokia has integrated a true xenon flash, which is a traditional flash like seen on DSLR and point and shoot cameras. The phone's camera is also capable of taking 1080p with optical image stabilization, and high amplitude audio capture thanks to three microphones located on the device.

 

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We will know more information next week when Nokia officially launched the Lumia 928 at a press event in London. Until then, we want to know what your initial take is on the Lumia 928, and Lumia phones in general. Drop us a comment here or on Facebook why you love or hate the Lumia phones.

Microsoft says not to expect a Windows 8 iTunes app anytime soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 10, 2013 4:20 pm

While iTunes has been available for Windows 8 in desktop mode for some time now, there still is no app for the Metro UI and things look like they will stay that way for a while into the future. Microsoft says it has rolled out the red carpet, but Apple has yet to walk down it.

 

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"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division. "ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." This presents a major problem for Microsoft Surface RT users who cannot install or run any non-Microsoft desktop software.

 

Apple really has no incentive to build a Windows 8 iTunes app, as this would give users yet another reason to ditch their iPad's and switch to other non-Apple hardware. Apple is fine with coding desktop apps, but their Mac line is still a very niche market when you look at the big picture, while on the other hand, their iPad is the bestselling tablet by leaps and bounds.

LG's 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro lands on AT&T shelves for $550

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 3:22 pm

It has been a few months since we last saw a larger smartphone go on sale in the US that was not a Samsung product, but this morning that slump is over. LG has released its Optimus G Pro to the retail shelves of AT&T.

 

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The 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro features a 1080p True HD-IPS+ display, alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera will handle all of the selfies you can handle, while the 2.1MP front facing camera will take care of all of your Skype needs.

 

A massive 3,140mAh battery serves up uncanny uptime and the 32GB of internal storage will keep you downloading apps for a long time before needing to add an additional SD card. AT&T is retailing the LG Optimus G Pro for $200 with a two-year contract or $550 up front.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smart-camera shows up on Bluetooth SIG website

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: May 10, 2013 3:03 pm

Samsung has submitted a new camera to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Allegedly called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it appears to be a new "smart-camera", like the previously released Galaxy Camera.

 

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While it is listed on the Bluetooth SIG website as a "Samsung Mobile Phone", the 3G capable smart-camera focuses more on getting a good shot than making a phone call. Featuring 10x optical zoom and an imaging sensor of unknown size, it also includes a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

 

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Samsung has also packed in 8GB of internal storage and support for a micro-SD card. Despite all of the information that has been released, any images of the device have yet to surface, and there is also no information on what processor is used for image handling. If you believe the rumor mill, we should see an official launch in June.

Teenager discovers iPad Smart Cover magnets can turn off pacemakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 10:35 am

The tiny magnets inside of the iPad are capable of turning off implanted defibrillators if the iPad is left on the chest, something that was discovered by a fourteen-year-old.

 

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This isn't a problem for most, and even those with pacemakers, but if you were using your iPad in bed and had a pacemaker, and fell asleep - well, ther could be a serious issue. Gianna Chen discovered the problem as part of a science fair project that didn't win first place, instead, she'll be presenting her findings to 8,000 doctors at a meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver. Bloomberg reported the news, adding:

 

The research offers a valuable warning for people with implanted defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to restart a stopped heart, said John Day, head of heart-rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and chairman of the panel that reviews scientific papers to be presented at the Denver meeting.

 

If a person falls asleep with the iPad2 on the chest, the magnets in the cover can "accidentally turn off" the heart device, said Chien, a high school freshman in Stockton, California, whose father is a doctor. "I definitely think people should be aware. That's why I am presenting the study."

John Carpenter 'would love to make' a Dead Space movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 10, 2013 9:26 am

Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games out there, and now it looks like we might actually see a movie based on the game. The director of horrors such as Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter, has recently expressed interest in making a Dead Space movie.

 

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Carpenter said during an interview with GameInformer: "I would love to make Dead Space [into a film]. I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something's on board. It's just great stuff".

 

When Dead Space 3 launched earlier this year, Carpenter took to Twitter, tweeting "Dead Space 3 is the first great game of 2013". Carpenter got into games thanks to his son, where he explains: "My son got me involved in games when he was growing up. He and I spent time together playing. He got me hooked on it".

Canalys' reports that Android has 75% of smartphone shipments in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 10, 2013 8:32 am

Canalys' latest report states that Android made up 75.6% of all smartphone shipments during Q1 2013, an increase from the 69.2% for the previous quarter.

 

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Canalys estimates that 216.3 million smartphones were shipped in the three-month period, which is around the same number shipped for the previous three-month period ending 2012. Samsung leads the shipment, making up around one-third of all smartphone shipments, with Apple making up 17% of the lot. Huawei, LG and ZTE are all next, with less than 5% of the market each.

Department of Defense forces 3D-printed gun plans off the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 10, 2013 7:24 am

The Liberator, the world's first 3D-printed guns has had its plans of construction removed from the Internet. The Department of Defense (DoD) had the plans removed from Defense Distributed.

 

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Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson, had plans for The Liberator on his website, allowing anyone to access the plans and if they owned a 3D printer, to make the firearm from plastic. Over 100,000 copies of the plans were downloaded before the DoD slammed the ban hammer down. A banner on the website says:

 

[Defense Distributed's] files are being removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.

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EA registers the domains to Battlefield13.com through to Battlefield20.com

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 10, 2013 6:31 am

It seems as though EA are planning to have Battlefield around for quite sometime, as they've secured the rights to the domains for http://www.battlefield13.com all the way through to http://www.battlefield20.com.

 

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But, EA doesn't own the domain rights to http://www.battlefield10.com, 11.com or 12.com, but it has the numbers secured to http://www.battlefield2.com right up to http://www.battlefield9.com. EA only secured the rights to Battlefield4.com last month for $9000, and they paid a hefty $80,000 for the numberless Battlefield.com.

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