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Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, sets off on journey across the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:33 pm

The Solar Impulse is a plane powered completely by the sun. Its wings, which are the size of a Boeing 747's, are covered in solar panels which generate and store electricity in batteries so the plane can fly 24/7 without ever needing to stop to refuel. The plane is currently on a journey across the United States, with the first leg being from Mountain View, CA to Phoenix, AZ.




The first leg of the journey will take about 20 hours to complete due to the plane being rather slow moving. In fact, the plane only moves at around 40 MPH. You can track the Solar Impulse on its journey via the live stream and site set up by the creators. The stream shows a Google Earth view of the terrain below the plane, while the site has current speed, direction, temperature, engine settings, and battery status.

Google Glass shoots video of LHC in new Explorer Story

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:03 pm

Happy Friday, everyone! Time to get your geek on. Google has released a new "Explorer Story" video in which a physics teacher heads 500 feet underground to tour the Large Hadron Collider, all the while teaching to a physics class thousands of miles away. How awesome!



The video really speaks for itself. But just in case it doesn't, Andrew Vanden Heuvel, the star of the video, has authored a blog post with his thoughts and experiences. I know that I can't wait to buy my own pair of Google Glass.

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Acer's 8-inch Windows 8 tablet pops up on Amazon, gets removed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 10:29 pm

Earlier today, Acer's upcoming, yet still unannounced, W3-810 tablet popped up on Amazon. It was then pulled down in short order, but not before pictures, specifications, and pricing information was grabbed. The W3-810 was originally seen in a leak that took place last month.




The W3-810 will set back potential buyers a total of $379.99 and is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor. The 8.1-inch tablet runs Windows 8 and has a screen resolution of 1280x800. The device features 2GB of RAM, which should be enough to keep up with the slightly under powered Atom processor.


The device was listed with 32GB of storage, a 2MP front and rear camera, one micro USB 2.0 port, and one micro-HDMI port. Amazon listed the weight at 1. 1 pounds and battery life as 8 hours.

ReportTT: BlackBerry Q10 seeing strong sales in Canada

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 10:04 pm

It looks as though BlackBerry might have some hope left as an analyst says the new BlackBerry Q10 is seeing strong sales in Canada. Peter Misek of Jefferies claims several "store checks" in Toronto show the "BlackBerry Q10 has been selling extremely well and has been sold out or seeing limited availability."




This is good news for BlackBerry who has been losing market share in recent years. It also goes to show that there are plenty of users who still want or need a physical keyboard. Misek has a Buy rating on BlackBerry stock with a price target of $22, around $6 higher than the current stock price.


The Q10 features a physical QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch display, and 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It's definitely not the fastest device out there, but one of the few remaining with a physical keyboard.

RumorTT: Nokia working on 6-inch phablet with 1080p display, quad-core CPU

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 9:33 pm

A rumor has surfaced today that Nokia is working on a 6-inch phablet. This would mark the largest device that Nokia has ever built, a record currently held by the Lumia 920's 4.5-inch screen. The rumor says the phablet would come with a 1080p display and a quad-core CPU, making the device decently competitive with other phablets on the market.




The device is said to be launching in Q4 2013, meaning it should be coming out in time for holiday shopping. It's said that the device will cost between 400 and 500 pounds, which could be as much as $775 dollars. The release timeframe is consistent with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update currently scheduled for late summer.


GDR3 will bring support for 1080p displays and quad-core processors, along with numerous other features and improvements. As with all rumors, take this one with a grain of salt until more information is available.

Google Glass has potential security issues, could lead to industrial espionage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 3, 2013 9:02 pm

Everyone's favorite iOS hacker, Jay Freeman, or saurik, has discovered an exploit for Google Glass. The exploit is rather scary due to just how easy it is to implement. The exploit can be loaded onto Google Glass using any Android device, theoretically allowing people to quickly exploit devices while out and about.




More importantly, the exploit allows the hacker full access to the camera and microphone. All a hacker has to do is load a couple of files, which is simple due to Google Glass not having any sort of security protection. Glass has no pin lock, gesture lock, or other method of keeping it secure when not being worn.


If a hacker has full access to a camera and microphone, the device could easily be used to spy on a user's life, collect bank pins, or conduct industrial espionage. Of course, Google Glass Explorer Edition is a bit removed from what we will see in the final consumer version next year. One thing is clear, Google needs to make sure to add some sort of security to the device.

Google Glass will add support for text and navigation for iPhone users

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:33 pm

iPhone users rejoice! Google Glass will soon add more support for iPhones, allowing the iOS-powered smartphone to be paired with Glass in more ways. The important support coming to Glass will allow the headset to access your iPhone's text messages and navigation, two useful features of Glass.




While Glass will happily work with any iPhone over Bluetooth or use any Wi-Fi connection to get online, iPhone users are currently unable to get turn-by-turn directions through Glass - one of its killer features. Those direction are pretty useful while you are navigating a new city and they do show off the power of location-based apps on Glass, but the software will currently balk if you ask it to give you directions while it's connected to an iPhone.


Current Glass compatibility with iPhone is rather limited; Glass can pair up with an iPhone through Bluetooth for data tethering, but that's about it. Bringing support for text messages and navigation is a huge boost and will open up the potential Glass market when they launch sometime next year.

Australian hacker produces Google Glass clone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:04 pm

The Explorer Edition of Google Glass was not an easy thing to get your hands on. One Australian hacker couldn't wait for the consumer version to be released, so he did what any self-respecting maker would do: he produced his own cloned version of Google Glass and called it Flass. Flass is a combination of 'fake' and 'glass.'




Flass certainly isn't as refined as Google Glass, but it does get the job done. Ash_Williams, the creator of Flass, has gone through four iterations of the clone, each one becoming more refined. Flass, however, isn't quite as wireless as Google Glass. Currently, the system is controlled by a small keyboard.


He is currently working on another prototype, hopefully with an integrated camera. Ash_Williams also has a 3D-printed version of the Google Glass frame on its way, meaning this clone could soon look a lot more like Google Glass.

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Mophie releases Juice Pack for HTC One, provides an extra 2,500mAh of battery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:33 pm

The battery life of the HTC One is rather bad and it doesn't help that you can't remove the battery. Enter Mophie. Mophie is the maker of popular cases for many of the popular smartphones available. These cases feature extended batteries to increase the battery life of devices, especially ones without removable batteries.




Mophie has released an HTC One compatible extended battery case to help with the poor battery life. This does mean you'll have to sacrifice some weight and size, but most will generally accept this in exchange for more battery life. With the case, the phone becomes 0.67 inches thick, 6.06 inches tall, and 2.88 inches wide.


However, you'll get about 100 percent more battery life thanks to the built-in 2,500mAh battery. The case will start shipping in mid-May and will set you back $99.95.

Acer Iconia A1 Android tablet video hands-on from New York press event

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:08 pm

Johannes Knapp's final video today from the Acer press event in New York is of the new Acer 7.9-inch Iconia A1 Android tablet.



This tablet comes installed with Android 4.2.2, and maybe the best of all is that it will only set you back $169, for what Johannes considers a solid and well-built unit, which he likens to the Apple iPad.




The screen features an XGA resolution which means 1024 x 768 and it comes with a quad-core CPU from Mediatek which is clocked at 1.2GHz. Other features include a microHDMI and microSD memory slot. It's not going to break any records for performance, but you can't argue with the asking price, either.

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