17 Jul 2012
SKYLON, a concept space-plane from Reaction Engines Ltd., is a reusable single stage-to-orbit launch vehicle that uses revolutionary new engine technology.

Astrium Space Transportation and OHB AG will lead the design of a new heavy-lift vehicle for the European Space Agency (ESA).  This following a bidding war that included a third bidder, Reaction Engines Ltd. of Britain according to ESA director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.  This British bidder is a company that for more than 10 years has been designing a space plane called Skylon using a radical new single-stage engine design.

17 Jul 2012

In what could be viewed as an odd move, Autodesk, known for CAD software has agreed to buy Socialcam.  The deal is worth about $60 million according to both companies.  The deal is expected to close within 30 days.

17 Jul 2012

We are now reaching that point in time where we are beginning to see more devices that help the blind see, particularly in the area of bionics.  Such implants restore vision to blind individuals but only if the blindness was due to a faulty retina, such as with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other degenerative eye disease.  Examples of these bionics are the Argus II and Bio-Retina.

16 Jul 2012

Microsoft is holding a press conference on Microsoft Office 2013 and related products.

Watch the event below (and archive of it).

16 Jul 2012

If you are getting excited for the forthcoming Mars Curiosity rover landing and the Seven Minutes of Terror that will precede the touchdown, then head over to your Xbox 360 and get Mars Rover Landing.  The free game requires a Kinect Motion controller and will test your skills on safely landing the Curiosity rover.

12 Jul 2012

Previously we outlined the details of NASA's Curiosity rover mission to Mars.  We are now inching closer to the August 5th landing.  This landing will be the most intense planetary landing in the history of space travel.  It is also so unique and technically ambitious that even NASA engineers have called it crazy.  They say this mainly because its incredible.  The video below outlines why NASA engineers call the seven minutes to descend Mars in this landing as the "Seven Minutes of Terror."

12 Jul 2012

If you had previously performed an upgrade of Windows 8 with a different browser set as default, other than IE; Or if you ran a fresh install of Windows 8 and changed the default browser to something other than Internet Explorer then you have ran into the missing Metro IE version issue.  The solution is pretty simple and I actually covered it as part of my Windows 8 Upgrade article, but I am also including it here for ease of reading.

12 Jul 2012

We can now officially add Yahoo to the list of companies compromised due to hackers.  Yahoo has confirmed that the usernames and passwords of more than 400,000 Yahoo Voices accounts were stolen from their servers earlier this week and that data was posted online.  Indications were the information has since been removed, but a direct link to the original source seems to still exist and is accessible whenever the load is low enough.  The breach wasn't just credentials for Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, MSN, SBC Global, BellSouth, Verizon and Live.com as well.

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