Archive for Nov 29, 2012

Japan unveils prototype of new 310 MPH maglev train

Japan unveils prototype of new 310 MPH maglev train

Japan has unveiled the prototype to their new maglev train that promises speeds of around 310 MPH. After more than five months of beginning work on the new train, the Central Japan Railway Company has finished the prototype and are ready to begin testing. Due to go into service in 2027, the train will be first used on a route between Tokyo and Nagoya, where it will travel 160 miles in just around 40 minutes.

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Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

Scanadu SCOUT Medical Tricorder recalls Star Trek – and it’s real

For those of you waiting for the real-deal collection of Star Trek gadgets and gizmos, you'll find that today is a great day - the tricorder has arrived. The folks at Scanadu have been developing a handheld device that, while not exactly service the same function as the 60's series tech, is certainly Star Trek-worthy in its abilities. This device has been in development for less than a year and will be prototype ready by the end of 2012 - so says the NASA-Ames Research Center-based startup team themselves.

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Microsoft takes on trolls with new Internet Explorer advertisement

Microsoft takes on trolls with new Internet Explorer advertisement

In a new advertisement focused on Internet Explorer, Microsoft addresses the elephant in the room, which is that the company's web browser hasn't been up to snuff in recent years, but Microsoft is slowly changing that by introducing new features that appeal to those who use competitors like Firefox or Chrome. Specifically, the add features a persistant internet troll who bashes Internet Explorer, but eventually comes around to accept that it's getting better.

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South Korean rocket launch called off during countdown

South Korean rocket launch called off during countdown

South Korean officials were set to launch their first rocket into space today, but were forced to call off the launch with only minutes to spare. The launch was South Korea's third attempt to shoot a rocket into orbit and this was the second failed launch for this particular project. The launch was called off due to a glitch in the rocket propulsion system.

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Nintendo’s president apologizes for Wii U update nightmare

Nintendo’s president apologizes for Wii U update nightmare

Nintendo's president has apologized for the poor out-of-box experience new Wii U owners experienced, saying that in his opinion a console should deliver the goods without demanding an update first. "Personally I think that users should be able to use all the functions of a console video game machine as soon as they open the box" Satoru Iwata admitted to IGN. "So I feel very sorry for the fact that purchasers of Wii U have to experience a network update which takes such a long time, and that there are the services which were not available at the hardware’s launch."

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Hyundai shows off Veloster C3 concept

Hyundai shows off Veloster C3 concept

Hyundai has unveiled a new concept car at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is called the Veloster C3 Concept and it's sort of a convertible. I say it's sort of a convertible because it maintains its fixed roofline and only the center section of the car's roof opens in a manner similar to what Fiat does with the new 500 Abarth Cabriolet.

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