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Monday, July 21, 2014

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45 Years Ago, Humans Took One Small Step On The Moon

45 years ago today - that is, July 20th - the human race left its first bootprint on a planetary body other than the Earth we'd been treading for the last few million years, as Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle lunar module's ladder and onto the dusty regolith of the Moon.

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong insisted he said, although the message back to Earth was slightly garbled.
It was an astounding achievement - coming less than 66 years after the Wright Brothers had made their first powered flight and less than a decade after President Kennedy had made his famous declaration at Rice University that the US would put a man on the Moon. It was such an achievement that even now some refuse to believe it took place.

Buzz Aldrin takes a hands-on approach to a Moon hoax moron.
If truth be told the Apollo 11 crew took risks that would probably not even be allowed by NASA today. On its way to the landing site Eagle missed its target, the guidance computer overloaded, and landed just within the allowable limits for fuel. Even getting out of the module was a squeeze, since the engineers hadn't taken into account the width of a redesigned spacesuit.
The Apollo missions took men further from Earth than they'd ever traveled before. Only men mind you – despite female pilots like Jerrie Cobb showing just as much proficiency in tests as the male astronauts NASA insisted that only military pilots could become astronauts back then. We've not sent humans of any gender any further since.
At the time of the Apollo 11 landing science fictions authors like Arthur C. Clarke were predicting lunar colonies by the 1980s and manned missions to Mars at the turn of the millennium. But these failed to come off thanks to a mixture of budget cuts, politics and advances in robotics.
One of the things NASA learned from the Apollo program was how difficult and costly it is to put humans into space and get them back safely. At the same time advances in computer technology and robotics made it cheaper than ever to replace fleshy explorers with digital ones, and that has been the path NASA has taken ever since for exploration.
Sure we had the space shuttle, and astronauts have been orbiting the Earth in low orbit on the International Space Station for nearly 14 years, and on US and Russian space stations before that. But that's been it for humans in space, now the machines have taken over.
There's a certain amount of sense in this approach. You can get a lot more science for your buck using machinery to do your exploring and there have been some notable successes, most recently the Curiosity rover that is currently meandering across Mars. Sending manned missions means less time on the surface than a robot, and a hell of a lot more risk.
It's unlikely that NASA will be putting men back on the Moon any time soon. It would be massively expensive to set up and even more so to supply, and there's not a lot of support for spending a few billion dollars on the project when we could be having foreign wars or banking bailouts delivering vital infrastructure on Earth instead.
That could change if China is serious about setting up a moon base. It's possible that's just chest puffing, but if it is true US politicians are likely to stump up the funding in the spirit of geopolitical competition. The same is true for Mars, particularly with players like Elon Musk getting in the game.
Musk said recently that SpaceX wouldn't exist without NASA and isn’t in competition with the agency. He wants to walk on the sands of Mars himself, and looks likely to do so. But he'll be relying on data from NASA to both land safely and stay alive once there.
The big advantage private operators like Musk have is that they can take a more relaxed view of human life. NASA will not countenance one-way missions, but the private sector will and there's a long list of people willing to make the trip already, not least former Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
You'd think that 45 years after the Moon landings humanity would have taken further strides into space, but 45 years from now it is perfectly possible that mankind will have established a colony on another planet or planetoid. It's certainly needed - you can't have a long-term civilization that stays on one planet after all – but it looks likely that the driving force behind such exploration won’t come from NASA. ®

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Jaguar Introduces Virtual Windscreen Concept With Ghost Cars And Virtual Driving Lanes

What are the differences between real driving and the driving you do in a video game? Well, for starters; the way that you look at the road varies greatly. Take out your car for a ride and then compare it to driving a car in Gran Turismo. What feels cooler and more interactive? Yeah, we thought so and so did Jaguar when they started working on what is being termed as ‘virtual windscreen concept’.

So what is this concept really about? In a nutshell; this will allow you to experience real life driving from a gamer’s perspective. The concept entails hazards cautions, speed and navigation icons all displayed on the screen. However, the best part of this concept comes into play when the performance drivers employ this technology on the track to enjoy the privileges of virtual racing lines, brake guidance, ghost cars and virtual cones all being projected on the windscreen for the driver to use.

Research and Technology Director at Jaguar, Dr. Wolfgang Epple, says; ‘Showing virtual images that allow the driver to accurately judge speed and distance will enable better decision-making and offer real benefits for everyday driving on the road or the track.’

Sounds cool, right? Well check this awesome feature out too; gesture control system to free the driver from remembering the controls and reaching for them. The concept employs a technology known as e-field sensing that relies on capacitive discharge touch screens. The e-field sensing is responsive to a distance of 15 cm and for comparison’s sake; a smartphone’s screen is responsive to a distance of 5mm.

Dr. Epple says; ‘Gesture control has become an accepted form of controlling anything from TV sets to games consoles. The system is currently being tested on a number of features including sun blinds, rear wipers and sat nav maps. It has the potential to be on sale within the next few years.’
There are also plans to introduce technology that will replace rear view mirrors along with external mirrors by making use of virtual displays coupled with cameras. However, although it may look like a video game, but remember; you won’t be able to hit retry and start over if you hit the car into another car or a barrier!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Bill Gates Is Backing A Microchip Birth Control That You Can Turn Off & On That Lasts For 16 YEARS! Welcome To The Future!

"You’re still on the Pill?? That is SO 2014!”
A glimpse into what girls are going to be talking about in the future, especially after this incredible medical breakthrough hits the market!
Bill Gates is backing a new birth control microchip that is implanted into women and can be turned off and on with a remote control!
How rad is that?!
The invention comes from a Massachusetts-based startup called MicroCHIPS. The company received a $4.6 million check from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in January in order to move the project along.
So how does it work?
The chip, which is placed under the skin, contains tiny reservoirs filled with pregnancy-preventing hormone levonorgestrel. An electric current melts through the hermetic seal and releases 30 micrograms of the drug per day.
If a woman decides she wants to have baby, she can easily flip a switch and start trying!
MicroCHIPS offers a diagram to show the step-by-step process (below)
Dr. Robert Farra discussed how easy this contraceptive is to use, explaining:
"The ability to turn the device on and off provides a certain convenience factor for those who are planning their family.”
The chip is also expected to last up to 16 years, longer than any other implantable contraceptive on the market today!
With the clinical trials still being arranged, MicroCHIPS says this futuristic contraceptive contraption should be available to purchase in 2018!
Thanks, Mr. Gates! First you give us computers, and now you’re giving us safer sex!
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iWatch price, release date, rumours and features

APPLE IS WIDELY EXPECTED to make its first foray into the wearables market this year with the launch of the so-called Apple iWatch.
The iWatch will look to challenge the Samsung Gear 2 and Moto G, and if speculation is anything to go by, Apple's debut smartwatch may just do that. 
We've rounded up everything we know so far about the device, including its rumoured specificatons, release date and pricing details. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked as we'll be updating it as soon as we learn more.
Release date
No release date for the iWatch has been leaked yet, but multiple sources have claimed that the device will make its debut at an Apple launch event in October.
While no details are yet known, Apple is expected to release the iWatch before Christmas, with analysts claiming that the firm hopes to sell 15 to 20 million units before the year is out.
Speculation regarding the iWatch’s pricing is mixed. Last year, we heard that the wearable will be priced at $199, but since, one analyst has since claimed that the most expensive iWatch model could fetch "several thousands of dollars." However, we'd take that remark with a hefty pinch of salt.
If anything like competing smartwatches, the Apple iWatch likely will arrive in the UK priced between £200 and £300.
Much like details regarding its pricing, specifications details for the iWatch are mixed.
Most recently, Reuters claimed that the Apple iWatch will launch with a "2.5in, rectangular screen", which when compared to the 1.84in display on the Samsung Gear 2, seems absurdly large for a wearable.
However, previous speculation - from multiple trusted sources - have said that the iWatch will launch in two versions, one with a 1.3in display, and the other with a 1.5in offering. These rumours have also claimed that the screen, much like that on the Moto 360, will be rounded, but adds that the device will be thinner than its Motorola rival. Other rumours have also claimed that the iWatch display will also be curved.
It seems the rumour mill cannot make its mind up, as new speculation out of Taiwan claims the iWatch will launch in three different versions - a 1.6in model, a 1.8in model, and a top-end 1.8in version with a sapphire display. 
It's likely the iWatch will be "Swiss-made" too, with Apple having poached Tag Heuer VP of sales Patrick Pruniax, who reportedly will head up marketing of the smartwatch device.
Under the hood, the iWatch is expected to feature a multiple sensors, with the WSJ noting recently that it will feature 10 different sensors, including some focused around health and fitness. It's presently unclear what the other sensors are, although some rumours have claimed that a UV sensor will feature in the watch.
Beyond that, not much is known about the iWatch hardware. There is chatter however that the device will feature a battery sized between 200mAh and 250mAh that will "outperform" rival smartwatch batteries, along with support for wireless charging.
It's thought that the iWatch will run a custom version of iOS 8, with a large focus placed on Siri and iCloud, along with Apple's Healthbook feature.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Now You Can Board The World’s Largest Cruise Ship With Google Street View

World’s Largest Cruise Ship
From the World Cup Stadia in Brazil to the temples of Angkor Wat, from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, Google Street View has been letting you travel to beautiful places from the comforts of your sofa. And now, it welcomes you aboard the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise, Allure of the Seas.

You can tour the exciting ship with its ravishing dinning hall, swimming pool, ice skating rink and sun deck.

The ship can accommodate 54,000 passengers apart from the crew for restaurants and shopping street.
It’s a treat to see some unique activities happening on the ship including the acrobat training in Aqua theatre and a trip across the zip line. There’s also a 200ft rock wall in the ship and boasts a merry-go-round. How exciting is that!
The virtual tour around the ship excites and enthralls the onlookers to pay a real visit and this was the strategic reason for the collaboration between Google Maps Business View – the commercial arm of Google’s Street View- and the RoyalCaribbean.
Viewers can take a sneak-peak into the rooms, but they can’t wander around just anywhere.
The boarders will now better expect as to what are they going to experience and what their money is going to buy them.
“Consumers go online to research their holidays and this is the closest they can get to actually being on board.”, Jo Briody of the cruise line said.
The 1184 ft long and 222,900 tonnes heavy Allure of the Seas is a compaction of enormous fun and entertainment.
Take the tour here. 
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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

A group of top NASA scientists told the space agency's chief yesterday that the forthcoming generation of space telescopes are likely to discover habitable Earth-like worlds and probably alien life – perhaps within 20 years.

"Sometime in the near future, people will be able to point to a star and say, 'that star has a planet like Earth'," said Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at MIT.
"Just imagine the moment, when we find potential signatures of life," concurred Matt Mountain, a top space telescope boffin. "Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over - the possibility we're no longer alone in the universe."
“I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” added NASA astronomer Kevin Hand.
The assembled boffins were excited about the near future, in particular at the prospect of the James Webb Space Telescope's deployment to the Earth-Sun L2 point, far beyond the Moon's orbit, where – among other things – it will be able to probe the atmospheres of far-flung exoplanets circling other suns. The mighty JWST, a collaboration between NASA and international allies, is currently planned to lift off in 2018.
Other exciting developments in the field of exoplanetology are to include the proposed Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope - Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA) early in the next decade, and the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS) in 2017.
These various space observatories will to a large extent be carrying out in-depth investigation of exoplanets previously discovered by other means such as the Kepler spacecraft.
"This technology we are using to explore exoplanets is real," enthused John Grunsfeld, a physics PhD and veteran astronaut with five Shuttle flights logged, now employed as a NASA science chief. "The James Webb Space Telescope and the next advances are happening now. These are not dreams - this is what we do at NASA."
The head of NASA himself, Charles Bolden (a former shuttle pilot and US Marine general) ranged himself firmly alongside his top boffins in the aliens-are-surely-out-there camp.
"It's highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone," he stated. ®
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Apple and IBM join forces to push iPhones and iPads into the enterprise

SURPRISE, Apple and IBM have announced a mutual embrace that will give the world's large enterprises better mobility.
We hear better mobility and we think mobile phones. We aren't wrong, The firms said that they have "forged a global partnership" that will bring tried and tested IBM enterprise services to the shiny pocket botherers iPhone and iPad.
We are in solid press release territory here, and the talk is of "transforming" enterprise mobility.
This will happen on a few fronts, for example the plan is to release 100 enterprise tools, including apps, and build up cloud services for iOS including device management and security features.
As part of the deal Big Blue will sell enterprise flavoured iThings to its customers, while the two companies will work on business specific software. IBM and Apple do not appear to have much in common, but the two are convinced that they will make the marriage work, if only for the sake of the enterprise.
"iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
"For the first time ever we're putting IBM's renowned big data analytics at iOS users' fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple. This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver."
IBM chairman, CEO and president Ginni Rometty agreed and issued some kind words toward Cupertino.
"This alliance with Apple will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to our clients globally, and leverages IBM's leadership in analytics, cloud, software and services. We are delighted to be teaming with Apple, whose innovations have transformed our lives in ways we take for granted, but can't imagine living without," Rometty said.
"Our alliance will bring the same kind of transformation to the way people work, industries operate and companies perform."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Frebble Brings Long Distance Lovers Together: Now Feel Your Lover's Hand via Gadget

If you're the mother who works far away from home and kids, or if you are one of those innumerable long distance lovers who always wished being able to feel your love despite being online, guess what? Your prayers have been answered!

As per the IANS, scientists have created a wireless accessory - Frebble - which lets you hold your partner's hand from anywhere in the world, Daily Mail reported Monday. Frebble can be used alongside video chat services such as Skype, Facetime and Hangout so that people can see, hear and feel each other.

Frebble uses haptic technology to mimic the sensation of someone giving you a reassuring squeeze of the hand, using a pair of two small devices.When the Frebble is squeezed by one person, the corresponding gadget will apply pressure to the back of a partner's hand, to simulate holding hands. The device can be used with video chat services Skype and Google Hangouts. A multicolour LED will indicate connection status and when a squeeze is waiting. The gadgets will be able to be recharged using a micro-USB cable and will work with Google Chrome version24 or higher and Firefox version 16 and higher.

Frebble is the brainchild of entrepreneur Frederic Petrignani, of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to put the devices into production.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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How to Become a Software Engineer

Software engineering is a fast-growing occupation with a high salary potential. From computer operating systems to video games, many of the products we rely upon today are supported by software. Software engineers specialize in either computer software applications or computer software systems. They analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software by applying the theories and principles of computer science and mathematical analysis. Computers and information technology play a prominent role in our daily lives and in the business world, so there is a constant need to develop new software.

Software Engineer Education Degree Requirements

Depending on the employer, software engineer education degree requirements range from an associate’s degree to a master’s degree. An associate’s degree might be sufficient for some entry-level positions, but a bachelor’s degree is required for most software engineering jobs, while more complex jobs might require a master’s degree. Employers place a high value on relevant experience, so it is recommended that you participate in internships while pursuing your degree.
Aspiring software engineers usually major in computer science, computer information systems, software engineering or mathematics. Some students take programming and software engineering classes to supplement a degree in another field, such as accounting, business or finance. You can also pursue relevant certifications offered by software vendors and training institutions.
Software engineers must have strong problem-solving and communication skills and an aptitude for math and science. They should also possess good programming capability; an in-depth knowledge of programming languages, like C++, C#, and Java; an attention to detail; and an ability to handle multiple tasks at once.

Becoming a Software Engineer: Career Outlook

Software engineers are involved in all aspects of software creation, from writing code to debugging programs to overseeing the launch of new software. They often start out writing code but eventually advance to senior positions, working as software architects or project managers. In a software engineer career, it’s essential to keep up with the latest advancements, because technology is constantly evolving. Having strong interpersonal and management skills is also crucial since software engineers often collaborate with marketing, manufacturing, and design professionals in creating new software.
Job opportunities for software engineers are expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of computer software developers is expected to increase by 30% percent from 2010 to 2020. The demand for software engineers is increasing because of the Internet’s expansion and the growing complexity of data-processing systems used in business, telecommunications, healthcare, and government. Some worry that offshore outsourcing may put a damper on employment growth for software engineers, but there will still likely be a need for skilled software developers domestically, because the job requires significant research, development, and innovation.
Software engineering sometimes involves long hours and tight deadlines, so it can be stressful. Software engineers work in comfortable settings, however, and telecommuting is becoming increasingly common. The salaries of software engineers vary depending on education, experience, and skill level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of computer applications software developers was $89,280 in 2011, while computer systems software developers earned $96,600.
Named one of the 50 Best Careers by US News and World Report, software engineering is a fast-growing occupation with a promising future. Consider becoming a software engineer if you like computers and want to work in a well-compensated field with excellent career prospects.
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Another leak confirms that Windows 8 is a goner, Windows 9 coming this year

MICROSOFT WILL ANNOUNCE Windows 9 before the year is out, according to the latest leak from reliable Russian mole Wzor.
According to the rumour, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be released in August, drawing a line under Windows 8, with Windows 9 - assuming that will be its moniker - to be announced within a couple of months. Beyond that, Windows 8 will be patched, but not enhanced.
The Wzor rumour echoes that of ZDNet analyst Mary Jo Foley, who made nearly identical claims last month, further fueling its credibility.
Wzor was among the first to confirm the return of the Start Menu and Microsoft climb downs over the Modern or Metro interface in Windows 8.
According to a translation on the My Digital Life forum, Wzor said, "Windows 9 will be announced this fall, Microsoft's advertising budget this time will be fantastic. The slogan of a promotional campaign will be "You want Start button and new menu and you will get that".

"On the advice of marketing experts, flaws of Windows 8 will be accepted and used as lessons for developers while releasing Windows 9."
This is the first major leak from Wzor after the closure of his website, following the reprimand of a Microsoft employee for being the source of such leaks, and shows that despite this, the well has not completely dried up.
Wzor also suggested that development has been delayed as Microsoft overhauls its product activation systems, primarily to stem the traffic in illicit versions of Windows in China.
The Chinese government has denounced Windows 8 as spyware and ordered its government departments not to use it.

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