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NASA demos how 3-D printers will work in space in new video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 4:16 pm

A newly released video from NASA is showing us how astronauts will soon be able to create replacement parts for the space station using a 3-D printer while in orbit. The video elaborates on why 3-D printing in space is an important achievement and how it can be used to lessen the cost of space exploration.



The prototype printer shown in the video appears to be of the normal added-deposition style much like consumer level, hobbyist grade printers we have here on earth. The hot end appears to be of similar design to that used on many of the RepRap derivatives such as the Lulzbot, Mendel, and Prusa 3-D printers. A spokeswoman for NASA says that the first 3-D printer to travel to space is scheduled to launch in June 2014 aboard the SpaceX 5 ISS resupply mission.

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SanDisk announces nimble and power-efficient X210 SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 3:04 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - SanDisk announced that it would be enhancing its solid state drive lineup for businesses with the addition of a new power-efficient SSD. The SanDisk X210 SSD is a SATA-based SSD that SanDisk says is an ideal solution for IT professionals looking to maximize performance or enhance the responsiveness of the company's PCs and notebooks.




"Since launching SanDisk's commercial SSD channel earlier this year, we havereceived a tremendous response from businesses that have seen significant advantages from incorporating SanDisk solid state technology into their data center and workplace PCs and notebooks," said Tarun Loomba, vice president of Storage Solutions marketing at SanDisk. "Leveraging SanDisk's most advanced flash memory technology and smart power-saving capabilities, the X210 SSD is an exceptionally fast and cost-effective storage solution for this growing market, and a great addition to our SanDisk SSD portfolio."


The company says that the X210 SSD is optimized for businesses that need fast, consistent access to data, such as search engines and cloud storage providers. The company says that when used in micro- and entry-level servers, this new SSD offers increased responsiveness and sustainable performance in intensive environments, which notably reduces I/O bottlenecks. SanDisk says that the new 2.5-inch X210 SSD is available large quantities through the SanDisk Commercial Business Channel.

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20 injured after LG promotional event goes horribly wrong

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 2:10 pm

On Friday, LG held an event called LG In The Clouds in one of the outdoor parks in Seoul, South Korea, to promote its new G2 smartphone launch. During the event, LG released 100 helium filled balloons with a voucher for a free G2 inside each balloon.




Guests arrived with BB guns, knives, sticks, and pointed staffs that would be used to shoot down the balloons containing the vouchers that are worth about KRW 950,000 or $851 USD. As you can expect, things did not go as planned and at least 20 attendees were injured in the mad dash to grab one of the vouchers.


LG has agreed to cover the medical costs of those injured who went to the hospital on Friday and in a statement said that similar planned events have been canceled due to safety concerns. One TV channel in Seoul dubbed the event "World War G," making a comparison to the movie World War Z in which zombies climb over each other in order to reach a wall.

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Elon Musk unveils his plans for the Hyperloop transport system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 11:25 am

The man behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has just unveiled his plans for the "Hyperloop" transport system that he one day hopes to see passengers take from Los Angeles to San Francisco, faster than the speed of sound.




Musk unveiled a 57-page PDF, which you can read here, which explains that Hyperloop would transport people and cars between cities in aluminum pods that travel up to 800 miles per hour, inside elevated tubes. Musk said he was inspired by the pneumatic tubes that transport mail around some buildings as his inspiration for Hyperloop.


Musk is a big fan of transport, using his billions of dollars he's made from his various ventures such as PayPal to develop the electric car company, Tesla. He didn't stop there, as he also spent money on a private spaceflight company, SpaceX. Musk has said that the Hyperloop would be a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table."

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RumorTT: Nokia to release Windows-based tablet, Lumia 'phablet', too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 10:29 am

If the current rumors are true, Finnish-based Nokia is set to release a Windows 8.1-based tablet in the future, as well as a slew of new devices, including a phablet.




There has been a leaked Nokia roadmap, which points to a new tablet being launched next month, followed by more than one dual-SIM Lumia device the month after. Nokia will also unveil a phablet in November, with more devices reaching consumers in December.


The tablet that Nokia will release was meant to be unveiled this month, but was pushed back to be released side-by-side with Windows 8.1 from Microsoft. It looks like Nokia has more faith in Windows 8.1 than it does in Windows RT, with multiple vendors slowly but surely leaving Microsoft's side. The new slate from Nokia will feature 4G LTE connectivity, and will be announced in the last week of September.

SwiftKey Cloud beta updated, includes a bunch of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 9:29 am

SwiftKey has updated its SwiftKey Cloud app, which fixes up a bunch of problems that the first release had. It is now sitting on version, which includes some big improvements.




These improvements include the ability to personalize with multiple Gmail accounts, remove Android's own backup service if Cloud is enabled and removing redundant SwiftKey account entries in the Android settings menu. Gmail personlization is said to not crash with the latest beta, Flow predictions are reportedly more responsive, Cloud preferences crashes have been fixed and emoji input Handcent has been fixed.


You can grab the latest beta version of SwiftKey Cloud, here.

Microsoft will allow the Xbox One controller to work on PC next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 8:28 am

The Xbox One will be unleashed in just a few months time, but will the Xbox One controllers work on our PCs? No, not for now at least. Microsoft has confirmed that they will work on the PC, but in 2014.




Microsoft confirmed the news during an interview with Kotaku, where a Microsoft spokesperson said: "There is some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it's actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too--we expect to have the functionality available in 2014."


Sure, it's good that Microsoft will give consumers the ability to use the Xbox One controller on the PC, but why wait? Surely they have the staff and development time to write a simple driver and get it working since the controller isn't that much different when next to the Xbox 360 controller that is already available and working on the PC.

Google Glass update includes new Google Now cards and voice commands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 7:39 am

Google Glass users receive monthly updates to their wearable device, with the latest "XE8" update including new Google Now cards, new voice commands, and a better video player application.




The new voice actions on Glass include "post an update" and "take a note" which work well with applications like Path and Evernote, letting Glass users use these services much easier, and more on-the-go thanks to wearing the device, and using your voice to add notes. The new Google Now cards include Reservations and Events, Movies and Public Alerts, as well as more commonly-used Now cards like Weather, Sports and Traffic.


These cards will now be shown to the left of your timeline, and will become available as needed after the update has pushed to your Glass unit. There's a new Volume card in the settings, hashtag in captions and a new "send a birthday message" card available in the XE8 update.

Get ready for League of Legends themed American Express cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 6:25 am

League of Legends is getting bigger by the day, and now American Express are jumping on the bandwagon with a new line of League of Legends themed credit cards. The financial services company will launch the new credit cards on Wednesday, which is all part of a partnership between American Express and Riot Games. In the new lineup of cards, we'll see pre-paid debit cards that will reward cardholders with Riot Points, which is the in-game currency of League of Legends.




Just for signing up for the card, the future League of Legends AMEX owner will receive 1000 Riot Pionds, and will earn an additional 1000 Riot Points for adding $20 to it. After the first 10 purchases on the new AMEX card, the cardholder will receive 1000 more Points. After linking the new AMEX card to a checking account, 10,000 Riot Points will be given to the cardholder.


American Express' general manager for online and mobile in the United States, Stefan Happ, told the New York Times that the new partnership was established to "expand our traditional reach beyond the mass affluent." One of the primary reasons American Express teamed up with Riot Games was because League of Legends features a very strong 32 million player base, and a "staggering one billion hours of game play a month."

Kim Dotcom to launch encrypted e-mail service through Mega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 13, 2013 5:38 am

It looks like Edward Snowden might have another e-mail service to use in a little while, as Kim Dotcom is working on a secure, encrypted e-mail service that will launch under his Mega service.




The new Mega e-mail service will include most of the luxuries of modern cloud-based e-mail services, all while your data and e-mails are kept safe. Mega's CEO, Vikram Kumar, has confirmed rumors that Mega is working on an encrypted e-mail service, where he told ZDNet that the service is still a work-in-progress, and that it's difficult to provide the same functionalities of something like Gmail, but keep it encrypted.


He continued: "The biggest tech hurdle is providing email functionality that people expect, such as searching emails, that are trivial to provide if emails are stored in plain text (or available in plain text) on the server side. If all the server can see is encrypted text, as is the case with true end-to-end encryption, then all the functionality has to be built client side. [That's] not quite impossible, but very, very hard. That's why even Silent Circle didn't go there."