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SpaceX considering a new 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' in Texas

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 5:31 pm

It appears to be all good news for space enthusiasts today especially for those who want to go into space eventually. SpaceX has filed a notice of intent with the FAA regarding building a new spaceport in Cameron County, Texas. Cameron County, Texas is very close to the Mexican border and is right on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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The filing reads:

 

Under the Proposed Action, SpaceX proposes to construct a vertical launch area and a control center area to support up to 12 commercial launches per year. The vehicles to be launched include the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy (up to two per year), and a variety of smaller reusable suborbital launch vehicles...All launch trajectories would be to the east over the Gulf of Mexico.

 

SpaceX currently uses NASA's Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral for its Falcon 9 rocket. They have also been interested in gaining access to NASA's Complex 39A for heavy loads, although it's unclear whether or not they are still interested in that.

 

The founder of SpaceX spoke last year about this "commercial Cape Canaveral" and would like to launch 4 Falcon Heavies a year in order to keep the price below $1000 per pound, a price that China has said they can't beat. However, Congressional support may not be behind the effort and could possibly delay the construction. More as it comes.

Microsoft building $112 million data center in Wyoming, as the state looks to boost such projects

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 4:31 pm

The economy can not still be as bad as every seems to think it is. Apple's building a new data center and even spending the extra cash to power it with an alternative fuel. Now, Microsoft has joined into the party. Microsoft is building a new data center in Wyoming at a cost north of $100 million.

 

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Wyoming is hoping that this new project will bring other new data centers to the state. Microsoft has been quite busy with its construction projects as of late. Just recently, Microsoft has turned on two new data centers for its cloud service Azure. It's not clear if this new data center is for Azure or not.

 

Microsoft announced the construction this way:

 

To keep pace with growing demand, we are announcing two new datacenter options for Windows Azure. Effective immediately, compute and storage resources are now available in "West US" and "East US", with SQL Azure coming online in the coming months. These new options add to our worldwide presence and significantly expand our US footprint.

 

It's been floating around that Microsoft is trying to find customers to fill its capacity, but it could be that Microsoft has found enough demand to warrant the continued roll out of. For right now, it's clear that Microsoft is laying out some serious capacity and betting on cloud computing continuing to grow. And I think that's a pretty good bet.

RumorTT: Microsoft to Bring Kinect UI with Windows Phone 8?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 3:33 pm

"We (Microsoft) know we don't have anything to lose. But, our competitors have a whole lot (to lose)." Apparently, Microsoft has been backed into a corner and, like an animal backed into a corner, is going to fight. This rumor says that Microsoft is trying to bring Kinect UI to Windows Phone 8 at launch, or shortly there after.

 

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Right now, bringing Kinect UI to Windows Phone is purely a developmental effort, however, it has been receiving more and more resources as time has passed. Company execs have been encouraged by the massive support for Apple's Siri, even though it's only in beta stage. People seem to like the idea of talking to a phone.

 

However, before this can be brought to the mainstream, several challenges still await Microsoft such as where to place the 3 cameras required. "Kinect has three cameras, one of which his infrared. We can't put an IR camera on a smartphone, and without it, NUI won't work in dark." So Kinect UI could end up being a daytime toy only.

 

Kinect NUI is going to be closely tied to Microsoft's TellMe since Kinect can already, allegedly, understand more voice patterns than the competing Siri. If Microsoft pulls this off, they will receive massive amounts of attention, even if it is only daylight capable. Time to play the waiting game and see what happens. More as it comes.

Tuesday Morning Roundup for April 10, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 2:29 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 10th, 2012.

 

Motherboards, CPU & RAM:

 

VisionTek Ultimate Red 8GB DDR3-2133 - PureOverclock

Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H - PureOverclock

Corsair Vengeance 16GB Quad Channel 1600 MHz - HCW

Cooler Master TPC 812 Vertical Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler - Pro-Clockers

Scythe Kaze Master II Fan Controller - Madshrimps

 

Peripherals:

 

Roccat Kone[+] - Techreaction.net

Corsair Vengeance K90 & M90 MMO/RTS Keyboard and Mouse - Legit Reviews

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Toshiba to make quad-core Android 4.0 tablets in 7, 10, and 13 inch sizes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:59 pm

I always love new product announcements because they give me something to look forward to. Tuesday, Toshiba obliged me by announcing a new line of tablets dubbed the "Excite" family. These new tablets will come in 7.7-inch, 10-inch, and 13-inch sizes, and all will have Tegra 3 quad-core processors.

 

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All of the WiFi-only Excite tablets will sport 1GB of RAM. They will come with the now common place front and rear camera, which are 2-megapixels and 5-megapixels, respectively. The 13-inch tablet will weigh in at 2.2 pounds and feature a 1600x900 screen and provide a respectable 13 hours of battery life. It is only 0.4-inches thick.

 

The lesser Excite 10 will sport a 1280x800 screen, weigh in at 1.32 pounds, and is only 0.35-inches thick. It is said that it will get 10 hours of battery life, but we all know how those rated times go. The two bigger tablets will both get an SD card slot and the smallest will get a microSD slot.

 

The Excite 7.7 will start at $499.99, the Excite 10 at $449.99, and the Excite 13 at $649.99, all for 16GB of storage. The Excite 10 will launch first on May 6, followed by the Excites 7.7 and 13 on June 10. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition. More as it comes.

Deal of the Day: 11.6" HP Pavilion dm1z UltraPortable Laptop w/AMD Fusion E-300 CPU - $349.99 Shipped Free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 11.6" HP Pavilion dm1z UltraPortable Laptop w/ AMD Fusion E-300 CPU, Radeon HD 6310M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD - $349.99 Shipped Free!

 

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HP's $150 off instant discount brings the HP Pavilion dm1z 11.6" UltraPortable Laptop to just $349.99 shipped free. This system is positioned somewhere in between netbooks and ultraportables. 1.3GHz AMD Dual-Core Processor E-30011.6" High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)AMD Radeon HD 6310M Discrete-Class Graphics4GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm)320GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 10.0 hours of battery lifeWebcam with Integrated Digital Microphone802.11b/g/n WLAN and BluetoothGenuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit The 1.3GHz AMD Fusion E-300 CPU performs twice as fast as the Intel Atom Z530 netbook processor and is on par with the venerable Intel Core 2 Duo T6670. For almost the same price as a netbook, you are getting a much better performing system.

 

11.6" HP PAVILION DM1Z AMD FUSION E-300 ULTRAPORTABLE LAPTOP PC DEAL

 

Use coupon code: NBG3246 for the $150 instant discount. Expires after 150 uses or on 04/14/2012.

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Download of the Day: Wireshark 1.6.7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Download of the Day is Wireshark 1.6.7.

 

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Wireshark is the world's most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

 

What's New

Bug Fixes

The following bugs have been fixed:

 

Wireshark could crash while reading SSL decryption keys on 64-bit Windows.

 

Malformed Packets H263-1996 (RFC2190). (Bug 6996)

 

Wireshark could crash while trying to open an rpcap: URL. (Bug 6922)

 

New and Updated Features

There are no new features in this release.

 

New Protocol Support

There are no new protocols in this release.

 

Updated Protocol Support

H.263

 

New and Updated Capture File Support

There are no updates in this release.

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Apple could be the world's first $1 trillion company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 11:22 am

Apple are definitely on their way toward quite an amazing milestone: becoming the world's first $1 trillion company, according to a Wall Street analyst. Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets recently predicted that Apple stock would push past the $1,000 per share barrier in the next twelve months, which would tip the company very close to the $1 trillion mark.

 

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Apple stock has been quite popular over the last few years, with no signs of it stopping. Share prices topped Google's for the first time last week, a milestone that the late Steve Jobs was rumored to be working toward. How could Apple hit $1,000 in share value? Well, it's not that hard at all, really.

 

Apple's new iPhone could really boost their value, a new iPad that smashes the previous third-gen iPad, iOS 6.0, new MacBooks, iMacs, they're all coming this year alone. On top of this, Apple is opening up in the Chinese market, which is until now, nearly untapped for Apple. It's a huge market, and sure to boost their share prices considerably as iDevices start flooding into the hands of China-based customers.

 

Next year should see the release of an iTV, with television being a gigantic market in itself, if Apple could do something... magical... or revolutionary... in television, this would surely catapult them past $1,000 per share, and even inching over the $1 trillion value milestone.

Samsung intros pink-colored GALAXY Note in Korea, Hong Kong

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 10:26 am

Samsung's 5-inch stylus-sporting GALAXY Note is now available in a color that will appeal to the ladies out there, pink. The pink GALAXY Note smartphone is rolling out to South Korea, and slowly in Hong Kong. The pink GALAXY Note will be retaking in Hong Kong for HK$5998 (approx. US$772) and comes with the original protective case.

 

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Samsung have enjoyed success with the GALAXY Note smartphone, as it has pushed past five million units sold, which would be why Samsung have let loose with a pink-colored phone. We all know this is going to sell well, and not bomb. Ladies love the GALAXY-branded phones, and when its in pink, how will it be resisted?

 

Will you pick up a pink GALAXY Note for yourself (if you're a female reader), or for a loved one or friend, if you're a male reader? It looks quite nice in pink, if my wife didn't already have the GALAXY S II, I'd most likely buy her one of these.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109, Android 4.0 ICS-powered 9.7-inch tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:32 am

Lenovo have just unveiled their latest Android-powered tablet, the 9.7-inch IdeaPad S2109. The tablet rocks Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a 9.7-inch 1024x768 IPS-based screen, which doesn't beat the new iPad, but keeps up with the iPad 2.

 

 

The S2109 does however, sport micro-HDMI, micro-SD expandable memory card slot, as well as a micro-USB port. What is weird here, is that Lenovo have given the S2109 a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, but no rear-facing camera. Yes, no rear-facing camera is present on the IdeaPad S2109.

 

Lenovo are claiming a respectable 10-hour battery life on the new tablet, and they've also thrown in four SRS TruMedia-branded speakers on the S2109. At the moment, we don't know what SoC or onboard memory for the S2109, these specs should float out in a few weeks time.

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