02 Aug 2012

Scientists drilling into the seabed off Antarctica revealed that a rainforest grew in the icy continent 52 million years ago.  Scientists warn that Antarctica could be ice-free again within decades.  This new discovery is published in the journal Nature.

02 Aug 2012

As we know Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing the other day, but in the meantime one blogger has gotten his hands on the bits before the August 15th MSDN/Technet date and has documented a tutorial that will be included in Windows 8.

02 Aug 2012

Star Wars the Old Republic, developed by Electronic Arts and Bioware has announced via their blog that the game would have a free to play option sometime this fall.

02 Aug 2012

So far 3D printers have been used to make guitars, keys, shoes and other items, but now one firearms hobbyist has used the technology to build a working rifle from 3D-printed parts. 

01 Aug 2012

Microsoft has officially confirmed that Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) with the final build of 9200.  The company outlined when the OS will be available to various channels, the biggest being MSDN on August 15th.

  • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions.
  • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
  • August 16th: Customers with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
  • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
  • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
  • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers.

This now gives developers a final locked RTM to test and evaluate software before the general availability date of October 26th.  This also means the Windows Store is open to accept paid applications.

On August 15th, developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get the tools and resources needed as well as the final build of Visual Studio 2012.

Windows 8 Pro will be available from an upgrade price of $39.99 or with the purchase of a new PC.  If you were to buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you have the option of upgrading to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 after release.

Source:  Microsoft


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31 Jul 2012

 

Microsoft has today announced the beta of a new free e-mail service called Outlook.com.  The design of the interface takes design features from the Windows 8 Mail app and Outlook 2013.  This new interface is to be a fresh and clean functioning design that will also be touch-friendly and adhere to privacy concerns as well as be accessible from any device.

31 Jul 2012

Boldly listen to narration of the Mars landing like no one has done before.  Touchdown of Curiosity is scheduled for August 6th at 1:31 a.m. EDT.  NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover will make one of the most complex and dangerous landings ever attempted by a spacecraft.  Previous versions of spacecrafts have used airbag type landings but due to the immense size of Curiosity it is using a multi-stage landing in its seven minutes of terror.  To help make the public aware of this mission, NASA has produced two videos to inform the world about the mission, narrated by William Shatner and Wil Wheaton.  Both videos are the same, just the narrators differ.  You decide TOS or TNG.

30 Jul 2012
A giant landslide on Iapetus stretches halfway across a 75-mile (120 km) crater. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Scientists are hoping that long landslides visible on Saturn's moon Iapetus may provide clues to understand similar movements here on Earth, in particular how earthquake fault lines often slip farther than expected.  Scientists have concluded that flash heating could cause the falling ice to move 10 to 15 times farther than expected.

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