Author Archives: Elise Moreau


Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

It was exactly 40 years ago today when the first Landsat satellite—the ERTS-1—was launched into orbit by NASA to provide global coverage of large-scale human activity like building cities and farming over the long term. The very first Landsat satellite was sent into orbit on July 23, 1972 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and marks the world’s longest-running Earth observation satellite program.

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iGills waterproof case lets you go diving with your iPhone

iGills waterproof case lets you go diving with your iPhone

People who have a fear of being separated from their iPhones can pretty much rest easy with the iGills SE-35 waterproof case, for those moments you need to go diving to depths of 40 minutes with an iPhone. The polycarbonate case actually turns any iPhone into an underwater video camera or still camera and can keep track of how long you need before it’s time to get back to the surface.

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Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Fox films now available through iTunes in the Cloud

Following the big international roll out of iTunes movies in the Cloud, it looks like Apple and Twentieth Century Fox have finally made films available for U.S. users via iTunes in the Cloud after months of waiting around for it. iTunes movies in the Cloud was initially launched back in March, but Fox and Universal had agreements in place with HBO that restricted films from being included. It had been said that the studios were in negotiations to work something out.

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Zite news app moves to Windows Phone

Zite news app moves to Windows Phone

It was a bit of a rough day for Microsoft and even Nokia following the earnings announcements from Thursday, but Zite CEO Mark Johnson is a huge fan of both companies and thinks it was time to bring the popular news app over to Windows Phone. The Zite team was able to receive support from Microsoft and Nokia to get the technical training they needed along with code and design clinics to help with the development.

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Scientists try to develop smudge-free touchscreens

Scientists try to develop smudge-free touchscreens

Anyone who owns a smartphone almost certainly has smudges all over its touchscreen. Most of us have learned to live with it, but scientists are trying to come up with a solution that involves using the same ingredient that goes into sunlight-activated plastic for keeping lawn furniture clean for long periods while kept outdoors. The same sort of thing could potentially be realistically worked into a coating for touchscreens to create a smudge-resistant surface.

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Astronomers make sharpest observation ever of distant galaxy

Astronomers make sharpest observation ever of distant galaxy

Astronomers just captured the sharpest and most direct look at a faraway galaxy, the bright quasar 3C 279, containing a supermassive black whole with a mass that’s about one billion times the mass of our own Sun. The international team used three telescopes located thousands of miles apart from one another and was able to observe the galaxy at a sharpness of more than two million times finer than what the human eye can see. The galaxy is so far away, it takes more than 5 billion years for its light to reach Earth.

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NASA’s Cassini captures daytime lightning on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini captures daytime lightning on Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was able to capture some incredible pictures of bright blue daytime lightning on Saturn. Cassini has been visiting the ringed planet for about eight years now and came across the lightning strike on March 6, 2011 during a massive storm that had been occurring around the northern hemisphere for most of 2011. NASA had only unveiled the images yesterday and admitted that the discovery was a pretty big surprise.

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Apple prepares to bring Retina-quality graphics to its online store

Apple prepares to bring Retina-quality graphics to its online store

Apple is planning to roll out high resolution graphics on its online store to welcome those who have the new iPad and new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple started upgrading graphics on the website back in March before the third-generation iPad with Retina display was released, but parts of the online store still have older graphics that don’t look so great on the latest devices.

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