Author Archives: JC Torres


Gliese 832c possibly habitable but has extreme seasons

Gliese 832c possibly habitable but has extreme seasons

Don't get your hopes up yet for galactic colonization, but a new planet has just been added to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog. Gliese 832 c of the Gliese 832 star system is theorized to have temperatures close to Earth's, making it possibly habitable except for one glaring flaw: it has large seasonal shifts.

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Quickoffice closing down, replaced by Google Drive

Quickoffice closing down, replaced by Google Drive

The latest updates to Google Drive's document editing features might have been a welcome announcement, but for Quickoffice, it was practically the writing on the wall. Now Google is formally putting a timer on the mobile office suite's life, giving users of the app a few weeks notice before it finally takes down the app from Google Play Store.

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LG G3 Beat could be the G3 mini for China

LG G3 Beat could be the G3 mini for China

LG has just unveiled in China what could very well be the LG G3 mini, though it is really stretching what the word "mini" really means. While the LG G3 Beat is indeed smaller than the current LG G3 flagship, it still sports a 5.5-inch display that comes close to crossing that very thin line that separates a smartphone from what most would call a phablet.

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Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook psych experiment explained, Andreessen chimes in

Facebook is, unsurprisingly, embroiled in yet another scandal. Surprisingly, it isn't directly related to privacy but comes quite close. The social networking giant has been revealed to have manipulated their news feed ever so slightly in order to see the effects on the moods of its users. Sounds almost harmless until you learn that the findings were recently published in a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) paper.

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Pacific Rim 2 headed for cinemas April 2017

Pacific Rim 2 headed for cinemas April 2017

Pacific Rim and Del Toro fans should mark their calendars as early as now, or first get a 2017 calender in advance. The director has just announced the the sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi hit will be hitting theaters in April three years from now. Oh, and it will be preceded by an animated series as well.

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White dwarf star could be Earth-sized diamond

White dwarf star could be Earth-sized diamond

If people here on earth already fight over diamonds, imagine what they would do over one the size of the planet itself. That might actually be what David Kaplan and astronomers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have discovered, a dead star so cold that it might have crystalized over to become a literal gem in the sky.

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