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Cappuccino and fuel among items heading to ISS on ESA resupply ship

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 2:02 pm

The International Space Station requires a constant stream of new components, food, and water to remain in operation. Sometimes the US send up supplies and scientific gear and sometimes the resupply ships come from Europe. A new supply mission is underway from the ESA that sent an Ariane 5 rocket into space with a cargo ship aboard to resupply the ISS.

 

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This particular resupply mission had something onboard that astronauts on the ISS will really appreciate, cappuccino and tiramisu. The resupply ship is set to dock with the ISS on August 12 at about 9:30 am. This is the last resupply mission that the ESA will perform.

 

After this resupply mission all future resupply will be handled by Russian Progress spacecraft and the Japanese HTC cargo ships. In the US resupply, missions will be handled by SpaceX and Orbital Sciences. Among the 5941 pounds of material on the resupply ship are cappuccino, water, oxygen, air, research gear, and spare parts. The cargo ship also contains 1896 pounds of fuel to be used by the Russian thrusters aboard the ISS.

Detailed Moon analysis determines it to be slightly lemon-shaped

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 1:00 pm

There has been a bit of debate over the years amongst scientists and astronomers on how exactly the Moon was formed. A detailed study of the shape of the moon has revealed some new details on its shape, which in turn shed a bit of light on how the moon may have formed.

 

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When you look at the night sky, the moon appears to be a sphere. However, the analysis of the shape of the moon shows that it is actually slightly lemon-shaped. This study looked at the Moon as it would be if millions of meteorites hadn't hit the surface and knocked chunks off it.

 

"If you imagine spinning a water balloon, it will start to flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator," Ian Garrick-Bethell said. "On top of that you have tides due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, and that creates sort of a lemon shape with the long axis of the lemon pointing at the Earth."

 

"The moon that faced us a long time ago has shifted, so we're no longer looking at the primordial face of the moon," Garrick-Bethell said. "Changes in the mass distribution shifted the orientation of the moon. The craters removed some mass, and there were also internal changes, probably related to when the moon became volcanically active."

64-bit version of Chrome for Windows hits beta channel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 12:07 pm

Fans of Chrome for Windows have something new to check out on the beta channel for the software. The 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows is finally available to download and try. As a beta product, you can expect there to be issues with the software right now.

 

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There are a couple caveats to the software as well; one of those caveats is that the 64-bit version only works with Windows 7 and Windows 8 or higher machines. You will also need a 64-bit version of those operating systems.

 

The 64-bit version of the software brings some improvements to the mix that provide better performance and fewer crashes. "To try it out, download the 64-bit installer from our Beta download pages. The new version replaces the existing version while preserving all your settings and bookmarks, so there's no need to uninstall a current installation of Chrome," Google wrote in a blog post.

Apple to shed workers at Beats Electronics after acquisition

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 11:00 am

Apple has announced that it plans to shed about 200 workers from Beats Electronics after it takes over. Apple gobbled up Beats in a deal worth about $3 billion this year. A person familiar with the restructuring plans says that Beats workers in human resources, finance, and other roles with overlap between Beats and Apple will be let go.

 

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The source claiming to know Apple's plans didn't want to be identified since the plans aren't public at this time. Beats was the largest purchase in Apple history and gains Apple a line of high-end headphones and a streaming music service.

 

No official comment has been made by Apple or Beats at this time on the layoffs. The Beats headphones often sell for hundreds of dollars per set making them high-end and a good fit with Apple's high-end product mix.

HTC tipped to launch Windows Phone version of HTC One Aug 19

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 10:25 am

HTC has been rumored to be working on a new Windows Phone 8.1 device that is said to be a version of the flagship HTC One M8 smartphone. New rumors are now suggesting that the Windows Phone version of the M8 will hit stores next month.

 

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The rumors were substantiated when HTC began sending out invites to a media event in New York on August 19. The media invites don't say exactly what the event is about, so it could be unrelated to the Windows Phone device.

 

Rumors suggest that the Windows Phone device will be called the HTC One W8. Previous rumors claimed that the device would hit Verizon stores by Q3 of this year and that it would use the same hardware as the Android version on the market already.

Samsung to launch two new smartphones in the next six months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 9:27 am

According to Samsung's Senior Vice President of Mobile Communications, Kim Hyun-joon, the South Korean giant will be launching two new smartphones within the next six months to fight off the competition.

 

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One of these new smartphones will be built using "new materials," which should arrive as the new flagship smartphone from Samsung, the premium Galaxy S5 we've all been waiting for, while the other one will be a large-screen model according to analysts. This large-screen smartphone should materialize into the Galaxy Note 4, which should rock some pretty serious specifications. The Samsung executive also said that the company will be launching new models into the mid-to-low-end market with enhanced specifications.

 

These teases of new devices are thanks to the company seeing its net profit drop 19.6% from the previous year due to "mismanagement of inventory, stiff competition and a strong Korean won that made its products less competitive overseas" reports The Wall Street Journal. Samsung's mobile division saw profits drop 30%, which is the company's biggest profit generator. The company said in a statement: "Prospects for growth remain unclear as competition over global market share intensifies in the mobile industry".

Samsung's Milk Music Premium service now has offline listening

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 8:07 am

For users of the Slacker-based Milk Music Premium service from Samsung, you'll be delighted to hear that Samsung is now offering offline listening for its $4 per month Premium option.

 

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The free and paid tiers both remain ad-free, for now, so there's no need to push for the Premium option right now unless you want access to the offline listening side of things. But for $4 per month, you can't complain too much. Samsung will most likely start pumping ads into the free version of Milk Music in the near future, making the Premium option look a little better.

Logitech's 'fastest gaming mouse ever made' is the G402 Hyperion Fury

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 6:29 am

Logitech has announced something that it is calling the 'fastest gaming mouse ever made' in its new G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS gaming mouse. A new gaming moue that has tracking speeds of an insane 500 inches per second.

 

 

The company spent three years in research and development, according to Ehtisham Rabbani, who is the General Manager of the Logitech Gaming Business. Logitech's new G402 Hyperion Fury has an on-board 32-bit ARM-based processor, and Delta Zero sensor technology that helps it drive toward this new title. It also sports eight fully programmable buttons with 1ms report rates, and on-the-fly DPI switching between four different settings.

 

Each and every button supports a single keystroke or complex macros using Logitech's gaming software, with configurations saved to the mouse itself, meaning that you can bring your configurations with you to a new system. Logitech is expected to launch the mouse sometime in August across the US and Europe for $59.99.

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The Xbox One is getting the Neverwinter MMO in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 5:39 am

If you're a fan of the Neverwinter MMO on PC, then you might be surprised to hear that the developer has partnered up with Cryptic Studios to deliver Neverwinter on the Xbox One.

 

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Neverwinter on the Xbox One will launch in the first half of next year in the US and Europe, and will still continue its free-to-play goodness if you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. The game will also be launching in China later this year, under the name of Neverwinter Online. The game itself is based in the world of Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons franchise, where players can create a character, and go off to explore the Forgotten Realms.

 

There's an expansion coming on August 14, known as Tyranny of Dragons, too. Neverwinter will be Cryptic and Perfect World's first free-to-play title to launch on both the PC, and consoles. Perfect World Entertainment CEO, Alan Chen, said in a press statement: "Neverwinter is our premier title to bring to console players. Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market."

Watch Dogs DLC will have you hacking New Jersey

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 4:27 am

We should be expecting some Watch Dogs DLC to be coming soon, with a tease on the official Watch Dogs Twitter account stating: "Our data indicates surveillance has become more prominent in high-crime areas."

 

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Attached to that post, was an image that noted that Camden, New Jersey was experiencing a higher crime rate than anywhere else in the US in 2012. The image ends with: "A 24/7 surveillance program is now in effect." When is the new Watch Dogs DLC coming? We should expect it to arrive in the fall, according to the post.

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