22 May 2012
The Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at Cape Canaveral in Floriday early Tuesday, May 22, 2012. This is the first time a private company sends its own rocket to deliver supplies on the International Space Station. (CREDIT: AP Photo/John Raoux)

At 3:44 a.m. the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket basted off from Cape Canaveral Florida with 1300 pounds of food, clothing and science experiments in route to the International Space Station (ISS) making history and opening up a new era in private space travel.   Falcon 9 becomes the first private rocket to deliver supplies to ISS.

21 May 2012

So you want that special car that can do it all.  One that goes fast and can transform into a boat in mere seconds.  The Sea Lion is the car you seek - the world's fastest amphibious "land speed" vehicle and you can buy it for $259,500 (USD).

21 May 2012

There is a new motion control startup in town called Leap Motion.  Leap Motion demoed its Leap 3D motion control system that is capable of tracking motion to about 0.01mm accuracy.  This is 100 times more accurate than Kinect.  Leap creates a 3D space of about four cubic feet.  It consists of a small USB device with sensors and cameras that work in tandem with the company's software to track multiple objects and recognize gestures.  Leap Motion states that their software can be embedded into almost anything with an onboard computer from phones to refrigerators.  Users can also customize their needs with custom gestures and sensitivities as well as chain multiple leap devices to create a larger 3D workspace.

16 May 2012


Facebook messages now feature the ability to determine if the message you sent a friend has been read.

Every message you send now has this turned on by default.  The message gets marked as "seen" if the person is actively chatting or checking their messages.  No matter where you send the message from, whether your phone or the web it is enabled.

16 May 2012

Verizon has revealed from their communications CFO, Fran Shammo that they will be getting rid of any grandfathered unlimited data plans.  This came from a presentation given by Shammo at the JP Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom conference.  Yet another anti-consumer move by communications companies.

Shammo said, "Everyone will be on data share," and everyone will be forced onto Verizon's new shared data plans once the upgrade cycle comes.

16 May 2012

In 2011, Cathy Hutchinson, a paralyzed woman, lifted a cup for the first time in 15 years using a robotic arm that was controlled by her thoughts.  This was thanks to a project called BrainGate2, which is getting us closer to where prosthetic or robotic arms can allow people to re-gain their limbs.

16 May 2012

Researchers at the Tokyo University have achieved 3Gbps transfers over a 542GHz wireless connection, part of the 300GHz-3THz terahertz band.  This is twice the speed record held by chip producer Rohm which was set back in November which achieved 1.5Gbps transfers on a 300GHz connection.

15 May 2012

Google is reportedly working on a version of the Chrome web browser for iOS devices. 

Apparently the launch of Chrome for iOS on the App Store may come as soon as this quarter.  This debut is being viewed as a browser war on mobile devices much like Internet Explorer and Netscape were at war in the 1990s.

In order to design a browser for iOS, the browser must be based on WebKit.   WebKit is Apple's open source browser engine.  Existing versions of Google Chrome for Mac, Windows and Android are already based on WebKit.

Google Chrome has already been a major success on PCs as it significantly reduced desktop traffic acquisition costs for Google.

Google has run previous ad campaigns for Chrome for PC's with major celebrities so we should expect the same for the iOS version in the near future.

Third-party browsers first began appearing in the App Store back in 2009.  Previous to this date, any new browsers that would have rivaled Safari were rejected by the App Store.

Source:  AppleInsider

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