A Johns Hopkins University-led group of international astrophysicists have just published a new report in the journal Science about the first ever witnessing of a star being swallowed by a black hole. The scientists monitored the event, describing a star that was about the size of our sun, getting pulled from its course by the massive black hole's gravitational pull, and then being swallowed whole.
If you haven't purchased your tickets to see Star Wars The Force Awakens yet, odds are you won't be seeing the flick on opening weekend. We are only a few weeks for the new Star Wars flick hitting theaters and all many old school Star Wars fans are hoping for is that Abrams and Disney don't mess things up with the new film.
Star Wars fans are eagerly awaiting the day of December 18th, when The Force Awakens will be set free at movie theaters across the country, but what about on Christmas Day? How can the Force make its presence known while families are gathered around their Christmas tree? With new official Star Wars Christmas ornaments, that's how. Four new sets have just been announced by Merchoid, each with six baubles, and are available now on their website.
It was way back in February that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative and its partner One Education announced a modular laptop/tablet hybrid, dubbed the XO-Infinity, promising a debut in the following weeks. Well, it's a bit later than expected, but One Education finally has working prototypes, and, after dropping the XO part of the name, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the Infinity.
As part of Google engineer Benson Leung's crusade against sub par USB Type-C accessories in the market, he reviewed OnePlus' own blessed accessories and found them not complying with the most recent USB specifications. The Chinese startup has finally replied and, to some extent, did admit to the technical findings. However, it also defends its choice in the matter. Nonetheless, it will offer refunds for the USB cable or adapter, but only for those who bought the accessories separately from a OnePlus 2 for use with other devices.
OnePlus concedes that its accessories only uses almost a fifth of the resistor required by the latest USB Type-C 1.1 standard, 10k ohms vs 56k. The purpose of this design was so that the cable could draw more power from a 2 amp power source for fast charging. While that may be fine and dandy for OnePlus, it could be fatal for others.
The crux of OnePlus' argument is this: it designed the USB Type-C cable and adapter for use with the OnePlus 2 specifically. That it could be used with other devices and power sources is only a side effect of the overall USB-C design. As such, they cannot guarantee that it will work well with third party power sources or USB ports. In fact, they might damage those.
The problem is that many seem to have bought the accessories for the purpose of using them on something other than the OnePlus 2, which is actually what happened in Leung's tests. Being a Googler, he was of course more interested in how these accessories behaved with the Nexus smartphones. Although there might be instances when the accessories will work without issue, the rule of thumb is not to use OnePlus' cables with other devices.
And so OnePlus is offering those buyers of those two Type-C accessories a chance to return and refund their products before December 31 this year. The one caveat is that those who got their cable as part of the OnePlus 2 package, since that was specifically designed for use with the smartphone.
HTC once admitted that it didn't have the massive marketing budget the likes of Samsung has at its disposal. So instead, they relied more on word of mouth, viral marketing, and the power of the crowd to get their message, and their products, across. Now they seem to be once again trying to harness that resource when it comes to quality testing and design feedback not just for new software but even for upcoming hardware by launching the new HTC Preview program for loyal fans to join.
Just last week, NVIDIA put out a new SHIELD Tablet, this time with "K1" appended to its name. It might have disappointed many who have been expecting, or at least wishing for, a refreshed gaming tablet with more up-to-date specs. Sadly, the K1 was but a mild change over the first SHIELD Tablet, but carrying a more affordable price tag. But if leaked details, which has already been taken down, found on GFXBench are any indication, NVIDIA might indeed have a Tegra X1 powered model coming soon.
Gone are the days when Chinese smartphones will be accused of being cheap and plastic. At least not the flagships from major OEMs these days. As the West moves towards metal, so do China's finest. The Huawei Mate 8, which was just partially revealed, joins that new trend as well. But more than just the metallic body, the smartphone also rocks what might be one of the most performant hardware in the region. The one drawback? The Mate 8 is huge. Good thing then, that it's almost all screen.
Although development boards, like Beagle Board and Arduino, have been in existence far longer than it, the Raspberry Pi ushered in a revolution by bringing down the price without compromising (too much) on features. Plus, it has been committed to open source and open hardware from the get go. Now it's trying to do that magic again, but this time in a new form factor. With the popularity of HDMI PC sticks, it's not surprising that the new Raspberry Pi Zero would come in that size. What's surprising, however, is its $5 price tag.
The days of sound-leaking, heavy, and tinny headphones are long gone. In their place is an array of affordable wireless headphones that come in at a budget rates while offering audio quality more than suitable for most consumers' needs. We recently got our hands on a pair of iClever QY8 Bluetooth earbuds, and at $19.99 USD, they certainly fall into the budget category. Does the quality suffer as a result? Read our mini review to find out!
Thanksgiving: there's festivities and friends and football, and if you're fortunate, lots and lots of food. Someone has to cook that food, though, and that someone is probably getting really tired of being inside a kitchen right about now. Fortunately, we live in the modern age and the modern age includes appliances as smart as they are efficient. There are many to choose form, such as these five lifesavers that'll make next Thanksgiving's prep work much easier.