Author: Michael Kwan

Space
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World Space Walk Sees Martian Space Suits Demonstrated

Last week was World Space Week and as part of those activities, three teams tested out space suits that may one day be used by human explorers of the Red Planet. The event, dubbed World Space Walk, had its tests coordinated from Innsbruck with an additional team in Marseille monitoring the telemetry data.

Android
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Vivo XPlay 3S Android Smartphone Debuts 2560×1440 2K Display

hile not quite reaching the mind-blowing resolutions of 4K TVs, the Vivo XPlay 3S just might be the world’s first smartphone with a 2K display. That’s an effective resolution of 2560 x 1440, which (aside from the difference in aspect ratio) is roughly the same resolution as a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Science & Tech
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Carbyne Is Twice as Strong as Carbon Nanotubes

In the ongoing search for the world’s strongest materials, Rice University reseachers may have found the discovery of the century in what is being called carbyne. It’s a monodimensional chain of carbon atoms that is reportedly twice as strong as the already very strong carbon nanotubes and it has three times the stiffness of a […]

IPAD
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Leaked: Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner for iPad 5 Too

Apple debuted its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S last month, so it would make sense that they’d continue to implement that technology in future devices too. And what we see here is the Touch ID indeed making its way over to the tablet side with implementation in the upcoming iPad 5.

Apple
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Early Demand for iPhone 5C Vastly Over-Estimated?

Before the launch of the colorful iPhone 5C, KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo estimated that Apple would ship approximately 17 million units in September. The early figures are in and they’re several million shy of that estimate. In fact, Kuo is now saying that Apple shipped “only” 11.4 million iPhone 5C handsets last month. That’s still […]

Sony
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US Market a Low Priority for Sony Smartphones

This decision comes from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who recognizes that the company’s “biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it… But getting into the US market requires a lot of resources and marketing, so we have to go one step at a time.”

Apple
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Launch Day Crowds for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

There are going to be a lot of people who will tell you that the iPhone 5S is such a small, incremental improvement over the iPhone 5 that it’s not worth getting. And then you are going to have those huddled masses who will line up for hours on end to be among the first with the new iPhone and, well, there are a lot of huddled masses.

Android
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IFA 2013: LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet

Over in Berlin at IFA, LG is showcasing the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. This is the first 8-inch tablet to offer a full HD display, boasting a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. To put that in perspective, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is 1280×800.