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SpyMeSat spy satellite tracking app lets you watch the watchers

SpyMeSat spy satellite tracking app lets you watch the watchers

A new consumer app tells you when spy satellites are overhead and potentially taking pictures of your area. SpyMeSat collates publicly available information about low-orbit spy satellites, issues alerts when one is overhead, and delivers technical information about the specific models of satellite that might be checking you out. It also tells you which nation owns a given satellite and who made it.

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Canadian government to require TV providers to unbundle channels

Canadian government to require TV providers to unbundle channels

The Canadian government has announced that it will soon require TV providers within the country to offer viewers the ability to pick and choose television channels. Lawmakers in Canada believe that cable and satellite TV subscribers should be able to purchase only the channels they watch, rather than being forced to buy bundles.

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Lockheed Martin GPS III and OCX satellite launch and early orbit exercises demo successful

Lockheed Martin GPS III and OCX satellite launch and early orbit exercises demo successful

Lockheed Martin may be a name more closely tied with aircraft than anything else, but the company plays a significant role in the nation's space program. Lockheed and Raytheon have announced that they have successfully completed the third of five planned launch and early orbit exercises in a program to demonstrate that the GPS III satellite is ready for launch.

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NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

Many stunning objects in our solar system have tails. We see them most often in comets, meteoroids, asteroids, etc. Tails are formed when dust and ice on these objects burn up as they heat up, which results in debris letting loose and leaving a trail behind the comet. As it turns out, even our own solar system has a tail.

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IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

Last night, India successfully sent the satellite IRNSS-1A into space on one of its own rockets, making it the first of seven that will provide the country with a GPS-like navigation system. The rocket - called the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C22 - was sent into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Center a little before midnight, marking "a new era of space applications [in India]," according to the Indian Space Research Organization.

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NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

NASA IRIS satellite sets off on voyage to study sun’s atmosphere

Earlier this month, NASA announced that they would be sending a probe into orbit later this month to study the sun's lower atmosphere. As promised, the space agency has launched the satellite into space to begin its two year mission to study the mysteries of the sun and the odd lower atmosphere that has many scientists puzzled.

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O3b Network launches first satellites in bid to offer Internet in poorly-connected countries

O3b Network launches first satellites in bid to offer Internet in poorly-connected countries

Earlier this month we heard about Google's Project Loon, which was touched on in a leak back in May. Under the project, the company plans to offer inexpensive Internet in areas where connectivity is poor or unavailable, doing so at a reasonable rate. While its plans are certainly ambitious, another company has already taken the first step in its project to accomplish the same goal, launching the first four of a dozen small satellites into space.

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NASA crafts 160-megapixel image of our closest galaxy

NASA crafts 160-megapixel image of our closest galaxy

There's really nothing better than an insanely large image, and NASA created a large one of their own, except this isn't an panorama of a landscape here on Earth. It's an image of our nearest galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University used NASA's Swift satellite to create the magnificent imagery.

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Toshiba rolls out entertainment PCs and redesigned Haswell-based Satellite laptops

Toshiba rolls out entertainment PCs and redesigned Haswell-based Satellite laptops

In addition to the Tegra 4-based Android tablets Toshiba announced today, the company also unveiled several new entertainment PCs and refreshed Satellite laptops, which run on "Haswell" fourth-generation Intel Core processors. The Satellite laptops will be available from Toshiba online June 9, while the entertainment systems have a more vague date of "mid-June".

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NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

NASA ramps up search for habitable planets near Earth

We've written several times about recent habitable planet findings, such as the discovery of three such planets on April 18 via the Kepler space telescope. Such planets exist within the habitable zone, but aren't necessarily capable of supporting life, and we won't know for sure without studying each one individually. The distance at which many of these exo-planets are located from our planet makes this a problem, with current technology being able to do little more than recognize their existence and potential habitability. That is where NASA's upcoming TESS telescope will come in.

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Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot unveils Global Phone satellite handset for near-global coverage

Spot has introduced a satellite-powered global cell phone called - quite aptly - the Spot Global Phone. The handset offers connectivity almost anywhere in the world, making it ideal for trekkers, frequent travelers, sailors, or anyone else who ventures off into places unknown - or unserviced by your regular cell phone provider. As you might suspect, the candy-bar style phone comes with a hefty price tag, in this case a dollar shy of $500, with the monthly plans starting at $25 for 10 minutes of talk time.

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BMW and Adaia team up for rugged, satellite-connected Android phone

BMW and Adaia team up for rugged, satellite-connected Android phone

After being fed up with constantly breaking their smartphones due to a lack of ruggedness, a small group of people, including a couple folks from Nokia, started up Adaia to develop a rugged smartphone with satellite capabilities called the Blackcomb. It's a collaboration between Adaia and BMW, where the German auto company is handling the design of the phone.

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