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You can now watch a livestream broadcast of the Earth from the ISS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 5, 2014 7:48 am

On April 18, 2014, the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment was launched. HDEV was launched in the "trunk" of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that has been setup outside of the International Space Station (ISS).

 

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There are four commercial HD video cameras on-board, which were installed on the External Payload Facility of the ESA Columbus module a few days ago. The cameras and electronics require a pressurized box in order to protect them from the dark beyond that is space. Anyone can connect to this and watch a livestream of Earth from UStream, something you can do here.

 

There will be moments of blackness when the ISS is in orbital night, which happens every 90 minutes, and lasts for around 40 minutes. Downtime is something that happens too, but this could be due to early problems of the new setup. The biggest point here is that it is all part of a student project, and not the government or NASA doing this - many years ago.

Sony can now store 185TB on tape cartridges

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 5, 2014 5:51 am

Just when I was getting used to the idea of 8TB and 16TB SSDs, Sony comes out an teases that it is capable of storing a massive 185TB of data on a new magnetic tape material. The company can now store data at 148 gigabits per square inch, which is a massive 74 times the density of standard tapes.

 

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Sony has said that this now represents the highest recording density for the medium, where it can now begin making tape cartridges that could store 185TB of data. Comparing this to what is currently used, the LTO-6 (Linear Tape-Open) which has a density of 2 gigabits per square inch, equating to just 2.5TB per cartridge.

 

The newly developed technology is made possible by Sony using a kind of vacuum thin film-forming technology called sputter deposition. This process involves shooting ions at a polymer film substrate, which produces layers of magnetic crystal particles. After which tweaks are down to sputter conditions, developing a soft magnetic underlayer on the film.

 

This allowed the Japanese giant to create a layer of fine magnetic particles, with an average size of just 7.7nm. Sony wants to advance the thin-layer deposition technologies, where it hopes to commercialize its new storage product in the future.

HTC One Mini 2 leaked, would come in gunmetal, silver and gold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2014 5:02 am

The HTC One M8 is here, but before we know any serious sales numbers on it, the smaller One Mini 2 is being teased. The shrunken down One M8 would reportedly arrive in brushed metal, silver, and gold.

 

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The One Mini 2 would not feature the dual-sensor Duo Camera that the bigger One M8 does, and it'll also drop the dual LED flash. The metal body from the One M8 will be used once again for the smaller One Mini 2, but it won't be metal up front like the M8. There will be a plastic rim around the screen, and up the top.

 

HTC will be shifting around the sensors and power button, but at the end of the day it'll resemble the One M8 in many more ways. We should hear more about the One Mini 2 in the coming weeks and months.

Epic Games teases that Unreal Tournament is making a comeback

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2014 2:11 am

Unreal Tournament was one of the biggest first-person shooters before the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises began taking over, but now we're hearing rumblings of Epic Games' first-person shooter making a comeback.

 

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Paul Meegan, VP of Product Development for Epic Games suggested fans of the franchise should tune in to the UnrealEngine channel on Twitch on Thursday, May 8 at 2PM ET. Epic Games' Marketing Manager, Dana Cowley, teased us even more, posting a link to a YouTube sound clip of the iconic UT phrase "first blood".

 

I think if Epic Games could release a new Unreal Tournament game powered by its Unreal Engine 4 could be a real big hit, especially if it stays close to the UT roots, while changing it up at the same time. If we had some true, ground level support for Oculus Rift, we could be in for a very, very big treat. Especially now that Epic Games don't have to worry about making anymore Gears of War games since it sold the rights to Microsoft.

IDC: Tablet market with single-digit growth during Q1 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 4, 2014 7:22 pm

The demand for tablets has slowed down, with tablet sales during Q1 2014 dropping 3.9 percent year-over-year and a whopping 35.7 percent slide from the previous quarter. Considering Q4 2013 was the Christmas shopping season, it's not a surprise to hear sales dropped - but single-digit growth year-over-year is a troubling sign.

 

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Apple shipped 16.4 million tablet units, and the company now controls 32.5 percent of the global market. Meanwhile, Samsung grabbed 22.3 percent of the market, enticing customers by bundling its tablets with smartphones.

 

"The rise of large-screen phones and consumers who are holding on to their existing tablets for ever longer periods of time were both contributing factors to a weaker-than-anticipated quarter for tablets and 2-in-1s," said Tom Mainelli, IDC Devices and Displays Vice President, in a press release. "In addition, commercial growth has not been robust enough to offset the slowing of consumer shipments."

Killzone developer rumored to be unveiling new IP for PS4 at E3 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2014 4:28 am

The studio behind the successful Killzone franchise on the PlayStation, Guerrilla Games, will reportedly unveil new IP at E3 2014. The new IP will be for the PlayStation 4.

 

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Tidux, a well-known insider, has teased on Twitter: "Guerrilla Games are ready, are you? #PS4". Tidux was then asked about the game, and whether it was new IP he was referring to, to which he replied with: "Yes, new IP". He was then asked whether we would see this new IP unveiled at E3 2014, where he said "Yes!".

 

When asked about how the game looks, he said: "1080P great looking". We know that Guerrilla Games has been working on new IP for a couple of years now, but it will be interesting to see if both Guerrilla and Sony show off some incredible new IP using the increased horsepower on the PS4 at E3 next month.

Microsoft talking with Showtime for its Halo series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2014 3:29 am

It looks like Microsoft could air its live-action Halo series on Showtime before it hits the Xbox according to a new report from Variety. The Xbox giant is reportedly in "deep negotiations" with Showtime to air its Halo series.

 

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The companies are "close to a deal" with showrunners, including Steven Spielberg, to an agreement that would have episodes air on Showtime before the Xbox. The new live-action Halo series of part of the new content Microsoft is making with its Xbox Entertainment Studios, something that Nancy Tellem says is focused on making "premium television experiences".

Tony Hawk developer Neversoft rumored to merge with Infinity Ward

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2014 2:34 am

Neversoft, the studio behind the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games, is rumored to be closing up shop and moving its staff over to Infinity Ward. The Neversoft name will reportedly be retired, with a full merger with the Call of Duty developer.

 

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The news is coming from an internal memo from Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshburg, which fell into the hands of Giant Bomb. The single, bigger studio will keep the Infinity Ward name, as it has the closest ties with one of Activision's biggest franchises: Call of Duty. Neversoft co-founder and studio boss Joel Jewett and Studio Director Scott Pease will reportedly step down from game development after the merger, but will stay on in an assisting capacity during the merger.

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SanDisk teases 8TB SSDs for next year, 16TB SSDs in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 4, 2014 1:43 am

It wasn't long ago when SanDisk unveiled the world's first SSD with 4TB capacity, but now we're hearing about 8TB and 16TB SSDs - things that should really begin to excite everyone.

 

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The storage giant believes that flash-based storage devices will begin leaving mechanically driven HDDs for dust when it comes to both performance, and capacity - in at least one market segment. Mission-critical storage applications are very important, as is the entire enterprise storage market. SanDisk now plans 6TB and 8TB drives by next year.

 

SanDisk has confirmed 6TB and 8TB Optimus Max SSDs for next year, but even better, we have 16TB drives on the map for 2016. Right now, the price per GB is still higher than most would like it - sitting at around $2 per GB for consumer SSDs. But by 2017, this will drop to close to $0.50, which is when we should see some gigantic, and much cheaper SSDs.

Apple rumored to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 4, 2014 1:00 am

We are expected to see Apple unveil its next iteration of iOS at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but what exactly should we expect? Rumor has it that we won't see a visual redesign in iOS 8, as that is something Apple took care of last year with the release of iOS 7.

 

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Instead, the iPhone maker is going to polish existing features and apps such as Maps, Siri, iCloud and more. iOS 8 should also see much more support built-in for future products and services such as the rumored iWatch, as well as a "Healthbook" application which would be similar to the Passport app. Healthbook would provide iOS 8 users with health-related data, with multiple sources of information.

 

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Maps is another part of iOS that Apple wants to finally get right, after the company received significant backlash after ditching Google back with iOS 6. We should see Apple provide indoor mapping functions, as well as public transport directions with iOS 8. We should also see Siri receive some increased abilities, as it'll need to begin catching up to Google's incredibly powerful Google Now service.

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