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SpaceTT: Watch SpaceX launch next rocket to ISS live at 9:30am US Eastern time (this morning)

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 1:31 pm

It's that time again folks - Science Friday is here, and today's post is coming a little early thanks to SpaceX. At 10:10am EST, Elon Musk's successful space flight company will be launching its next Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station and we can all watch it live!




Beginning at 9:30am EST, SpaceX will begin streaming live from the launch pad located at NASA's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Dragon capsule is scheduled to dock with the ISS on March 2nd and is filled with about 1,200 pounds of supplies including materials for about 160 new experiments.


When it returns to Earth three weeks later, on March 25th, it will be carrying about 2,300 pounds of spent cargo, trash and completed experiments. If everything goes as planned, this will be SpaceX's third successful trip to the ISS. For the true space geeks out there, each Falcon 9 rocket weighs 735,000 pounds, generates a thrust of 1,320,000 foot-pounds and cost roughly $133 million each mission.

ReportTT: FCC will be investigating cell phone unlocking ban

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 6:02 am

Earlier this year, the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock cell phones. Previously, this had been specifically exempted from Digital Millennium Copyright Act, much like the specific exemption for jailbreaking smartphones. Interestingly enough, it was decided that jailbreaking tablets is illegal.




According to TechCrunch, who spoke to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC will be investigating the matter of smartphone unlocking because the "ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns." He added, "It's something that we will look at it at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones."


Obviously, most consumers believe that they should be able to unlock their devices, though the carriers have their own arguments about why unlocking should be illegal. They subsidize the purchase of the phone so that it is cheaper to start with, but they earn back the money over the life of the contract. This is also the reason they have early termination fees.


What do you think about the legality of unlocking phones?

Microsoft makes Surface RT and Surface Pro available in Japan, UK, others

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 5:02 am

The Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT will be available in more countries. Microsoft has expanded the list of countries in which the Surface Pro and RT are available, confirming earlier leaks that this would be happening. Microsoft has confirmed that they are committed to meeting demand in the current markets.




The following new markets are being added for the Surface Pro: Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The following new markets are being added for the Surface RT: Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Samsung hires UK judge who forced Apple to apologize to Samsung

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 4:14 am

In an interesting move, Samsung has hired the UK judge who forced Apple to issue a public apology to the firm. Samsung has brought the judge onto their legal team to help them fight claims of infringement levied by Ericsson. Clearly this could end up being a conflict of interest, though it is apparently not illegal.




Sir Robin Jacob is reportedly not working on any projects that relate to Apple. If judges continue to be hired by companies they ruled in favor of, some legislation will have to be passed as this has the potential to create some serious conflicts of interest. What do you think? Should it be illegal already?

HTC says the One will be their only flagship device this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 3:04 am

Don't go expecting anymore mind blowing phones out of HTC this year as they have confirmed that the One will be their only flagship device to be released this year. "We just said, let's just create one flagship device this year," Phil Roberson said. "This is The One."




HTC's One flagship device is quite a good looking device and comes with specs that also satisfy. We'll see if this single flagship model will work for HTC. However, this doesn't preclude HTC from releasing other devices. It just means that they won't be in the One brand and they shouldn't have higher specs or prices than the HTC One.

Apple censoring iCloud emails that contain phrase 'barely legal teens'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 2:07 am

Apple, as part of its culture, takes a serious stand against pornography. It's banned from the App Store, even if it only has a little to with it. This is fine for Apple to do in its App Store, but the argument for censoring private iCloud e-mails isn't nearly as strong.




One writer was attempting to send an e-mail to his director from an iCloud account. He ended up cutting the script up into pieces so he could figure out which part was getting blocked:


AND THEN I SAW IT - a line in the script, describing a character viewing an advertisement for a pornographic site on his computer screen. Upon modifying this line, the entire document was delivered with no problem.


Apple's terms of service do state that they can "pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, if such Content is found to be in violation of this Agreement or is otherwise objectionable."


Now, is this something Apple should be doing? What do you think?

HTC confirms Sense 5.0 will be coming to HTC One X, One X+, One S and Butterfly

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 12:32 am

HTC has confirmed that the global versions of the HTC One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly will be receiving an update to HTC's new Sense 5.0. Sense 5.0 was just recently launched for the HTC One, HTC's current flagship device. The news was confirmed through the company's Facebook page and was then followed up with a statement by the company.




Some of this hardware isn't quite up to snuff to run the latest UI, so not all of the features of the new Sense 5.0 will be available.


HTC will be offering upgrades to some of its existing devices in the next few months, including global variants of HTC One X, One X+, One S and the HTC Butterfly. Also, note that some features enabled by the new HTC One hardware will not be available in the software updates.


Note that the statement provided by the company doesn't specifically say Sense 5.0, so HTC could be pulling a fast one, though we don't think that'd be wise for the company to do.

Ouya consoles will ship to Kickstarter backers starting March 28

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 12:04 am

The creators behind the Ouya console will begin shipping the consoles to Kickstarter backers on March 28. That's right, just one more month until you will be able to get your hands onto your very own Ouya console. The consoles are currently being produced with full launch still set for June.




OUYAs will begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on March 28. That's right. Parts are in the factory and assembly lines are buzzing. We'll gradually ramp up production as we make sure things are working. (Our full launch is still set for June, which is when OUYA will be available in stores!)


Meanwhile, tens of thousands of you will receive your OUYA, and you'll get to start playing right away. You will also get to watch OUYA evolve over the coming weeks and months. We'll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games. As always, we appreciate your feedback (and apply it), so keep it coming.


Keep a lookout in your inbox for an email from us. It will have your tracking number and estimated delivery date. Might take a few weeks to get to everyone. We have a lot of OUYAs to ship!


Ouya is the console that everyone is looking forward to. It blew through its $950k funding goal by raising nearly $8.6m. It will be available in stores for around $100 with extra controllers coming in at $50. They expect to release new versions every year, likely featuring new hardware.

avast! antivirus releases version 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 28, 2013 11:31 pm

avast! antivirus has announced that the latest version of their award-winning antivirus software is now available. Version 8 brings with it numerous new technologies to improve virus detection as well as detection speed. "As an antivirus should remain focused on the virus spreads," said the CEO of AVAST Vince Steckler. "And we have managed to achieve this by leveraging our unique advantage: A strong base of 177 million users worldwide."




You can download the latest version of avast! antivirus free version from avast!'s website.

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During FTC investigation, Google donated $25,000 to group throwing party for FTC's chairman

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 28, 2013 11:03 pm

While there isn't anything that can be proven to be nefarious about Google's actions, it does open up the possibility for posts calling the action into question. Google donated $25,000 to Common Sense Media for a party that the group was throwing in honor of the FTC's chairman's work for kids.




Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but the fact they did it while they were undergoing an investigation by the FTC could bring unwanted or unwarranted scrutiny of the company's actions. This isn't the first Google has done something like this. Previously, Google reportedly spent $80,000 honoring FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.


Of course, these actions could be coincidental. We'll likely never know for sure, but there will be plenty of people alleging that they were done to try and buy favor.