Archive for March, 2013

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

SpaceX Dragon version 2 will look like an alien spaceship

Elon Musk discussed the design layout of SpaceX's next version of the Dragon spacecraft and it's definitely going to attract stares. The second version of Dragon will be designed to land on the ground rather than in the water like its predecessor. Because of all of the design changes, Musk states that the next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will look "like a real alien spaceship".

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FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

FCC looks into cell phone radiation, decides to keep limitations same as before

Our cell phones go with us just about everywhere: at school, work, in our pocket, in bed. Those who have been around long enough will have heard ever-changing stances on the health safety of the handsets, with some claiming that the radiation causes brain tumors and others claiming that there are no health problems associated with phone use. All was quiet on the health front until last year, when the government said it was time to take another look at acceptable RF levels.

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Ford hit with class action lawsuit over spontaneous acceleration

Ford hit with class action lawsuit over spontaneous acceleration

Ford has been hit with a class action lawsuit by its customers across fourteen states due to an issue with certain models subject to spontaneous acceleration with no way to stop. The lawsuit specifically concerns Ford cars from 2002 to 2010, with claims that the manufacturer deliberately hid the issue from buyers, resulting in the sale of vehicles that aren't worth as much as the consumers paid.

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HDC clones HTC One with new smartphone, offers it for $160

HDC clones HTC One with new smartphone, offers it for $160

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but imitators usually have a degree of separation between their clone and the authentic product. Such is the case with HDC, which has cloned the HTC One with its own handset named - you guessed it - the HDC One. The handset is priced at $160, and at a quick glance is the same in appearance to its counterpart, but the hardware doesn't live up to the real deal.

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Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

New Jersey Institute of Technology's Simon Garnier and other researchers have used tiny robots called "Alices" to mimic the behavior of ants, something they say could help improve modern transportation. Ants are notorious for their colony-wide behavior, acting as one when assembled in groups and using the shortest paths to navigate to their food, forming a so-called superorganism.

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The Mill LA teams with Sonos Studio for “Bugs” interactive multimedia experience

The Mill LA teams with Sonos Studio for “Bugs” interactive multimedia experience

This week the folks behind VFX studio The Mill LA have joined with Sonos Studio for an interactive multimedia installation event that'll be going by the name of "Bugs!" This installation will be living in Sonos Studio from the 5th of April until the 5th of May. This installation will mash together the greatness that both groups can provide: six massive displays combined with six Sonos PLAYBAR units, each of them depicting a Bug that'll blow your mind.

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Verizon BlackBerry Z10 hands-on and unboxing

Verizon BlackBerry Z10 hands-on and unboxing

It's finally time to take a peek at BlackBerry 10's first big smartphone presentation here in the United States with the Verizon iteration of the BlackBerry Z10. This device is an all-touch smartphone - that feature a given on most other mobile operating systems, but a relatively new concept for BlackBerry - and works with Verizon's rather speedy 4G LTE network. What we're looking at here on day 1 are just the basics: what's different from the international edition?

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iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

iPhone 5S event tipped for June 20 while Apple patent suggests ceramics

Take today's latest iPhone news with a grain of salt, folks, but it looks like Apple's next iPhone could be announced on June 20, and be released a couple weeks later sometime in early July. This isn't an odd time frame for Apple, however, as they've made announcements in June in the past. This would then point to a fall launch of a possible lower-cost iPhone that, according to a new patent, could come with a ceramic body.

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Diablo III’s next big “oops”

Diablo III’s next big “oops”

This week it's been revealed that Blizzard Entertainment's own Diablo III will be coming to the PlayStation 4 without access to the Real Money Auction House still present in the desktop PC iteration. Though this might have some odd effects on those hoping to play the game with access to weapons, armor, and everything in-between with their own real-world cash, Blizzard is presenting a firm "not a chance" as they suggest that, if they could, they'd take the whole mess out of the game entirely.

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