Apple's spaceship campus project hasn't even broken ground yet, but the 175 acre project does exist in miniature thanks to a scale model of the proposed headquarters shown off for the first time. The ring-like building, officially known as Campus 2, was snapped by the Mercury News at Apple HQ ahead of a Cupertino City Council hearing next Tuesday, October 15.
What took humans millions of years to achieve, Germany's robotic ape has done in moments, with a research project into artificial spines showing how a quadrupedal 'bot can evolve into a bipedal one. Three months ago, DFKI's iStruct robo-ape was wandering around on all-fours as engineers experimented with human-inspired skeletal systems for potential space exploration. Now, it's able to stand up and move around on two legs.
In Los Angeles, California, there's a film location called YouTube Space, one where users are able to rent the floor for free - just so long as the product heads to YouTube. Here we've got one of a wide variety of videos shot at this lovely location, presented here by Colin and Connor McGuire and centering in on the Valve video game series Portal. This story is part of a grand scheme which involves both the Portal video game and the tie-in comic "Portal 2: Lab Rat."
Back in August of 2011, NASA launched a spacecraft called Juno on a mission to study Jupiter. With the vast distance between the Earth and Jupiter, NASA scientists had to devise a way to get the spacecraft up to an incredible rate of speed. To achieve the high velocity required scientists used the gravity of the Earth and the sun to slingshot Juno into space at speed ultimately at around 165,000 mph.
Disney Mobile announced this weekend that it is collaborating with LucasArts and Nimblebit to create a new Star Wars-themed version of Tiny Tower, the multi-platinum 8-bit game for Android and iOS that lets you build little towers with little people while your real house crumbles under long-term neglect. The new game is called Tiny Death Star, and it represents the first time in history in which Darth Vader looks adorable and squeezable.
Ofcom, the U.K. counterpart to the U.S.'s FCC, has commenced the largest exploration of "white space" frequencies the world has ever seen. Google, Microsoft, Spectrum Bridge, and upwards of 17 other private and public organizations over the next six months will test a wide variety of white space applications, including rural broadband delivery, HDTV broadcasting, automobile traffic management, early flood assessments, utility monitoring, and the "Internet of things" (a.k.a. machine-to-machine or M2M). The experiments will blaze a trail for future white space applications in "smart cities", environmental management, medical telemetry, and personal electronics like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems.
CEO Tim Cook discussed Apple's beautiful and ambitious "spaceship" campus during the company's shareholders meeting back in February, saying it was aiming for a grand opening in 2016. Such ambitions have been contingent on city approval, however, something it is closer to gaining via a thumbs-up vote from the Cupertino planning commission it received today.
Today a collection of images has appeared - with specifications attached - of both the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 in Space Gray. Up-close photos and inspections of the individual parts of Apple mobile smart products like the iPhone and the iPad have become somewhat commonplace over the past few months, particularly with devices that've not technically been revealed to the public by the manufacturer. Both the 5th generation iPad and the iPad mini 2nd generation models have been showing up here and there over the past couple of weeks - here they're inspected for a higher grade of detail.
The crowd-centric startup company JumpStartFund has been busy with ambitions to bring Elon Musk's Hyperloop to reality, something that is now well under way with an announcement that former SpaceX Director of Mission Operations Dr. Marco Villa and ASCE President Dr. Patricia Galloway have stepped on board. In addition, JumpStartFund is now accepting applications from those interested in working on the project fulltime.
You'll find the same clues appearing for the iPad's 5th generation release as we saw with the iPhone 5s this week, with parts from upstream coming on in several tones. What you're seeing here is a collection of parts acquired from the secondhand repair and replacement market in China, coming through the likes of Sonny Dickson, a fellow that's appeared quite a few times over the past several weeks and months. Here you'll find the next-generation iPad coming in with the look and feel of the first-generation iPad mini, as well.