Archive for April, 2013



The usually overflowing well of Apple rumors has been oddly quiet when it comes to iOS 7. We have heard a few whispers here and there around development, but we’re in the dark as far as what specific features will make it to the finished product. It would seem that Jony Ive is a much better secret keeper than previous iOS helmer Scott Forstall. With a new version of the OS scheduled to debut in June, it’s high time we try and figure out what might be coming, and what we want from, the next iOS. Continue reading
I’ve been looking with some lust at the new 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega Phone, which got me thinking about how quickly we’ve gone from 4 inches being the ideal phone size to the S4’s 5 inch screen. With the Galaxy Mega Phone coming, it’s entirely likely that 7 inches – the size of a Kindle or an iPad Mini – is in the works somewhere. These are the devices people talk about when referring to “phablets,” and it appears that we’re getting more comfortable with the idea of massive phones. Continue reading

Any good smartphone fanboy has likely had an argument over which mobile OS is best, but there’s a good chance that those fights focused on the dominant players: Android vs. iOS. In its latest commercial (below), Microsoft takes a page from Samsung and makes fun of its competitors, positioning Windows Phone as the more civilized choice. No need to argue; just switch to Windows. Continue reading

With flagship phones coming to market at around the same time on many of the same carriers, Samsung and HTC are gearing up for another fight. Last year, the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X battled for supremacy and this year the HTC One and Galaxy S4 are duking it out. Continue reading


The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best Android smartphone on the market right now. It is a quad-core beast with a gorgeous screen and it can do all sorts of wondrous things. Sadly, not all of those things are immediately obvious, and some handy features are turned off by default. Let’s run through some Samsung Galaxy S3 tips and find out how to get the most from this delectable device. Continue reading



Following the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8.0 at MWC 2013, and this week, the refreshed Galaxy Tab 3, a roadmap of Samsung’s next tablet releases has now been leaked. The list shows four new slates potentially on the horizon from the prolific manufacturer, with all but one being Galaxy Tab models. It’s the non-Tab which is most interesting, but we’ll come back to that one shortly. Continue reading
Lunokhod 1 © RIA Novosti. V. Borisov


French scientists successfully used a laser to find the Soviet-era Lunokhod 1 rover on the surface of the moon, 42 years after the first planetary exploration vehicle to land on another celestial body roamed the moon’s surface, media reports said Monday. Continue reading


The story behind “Makalu from the third step on Everest”

Makalu is the 5th highest mountain on earth. Looking down on it means you are higher, in this case about the 3rd ‘Step’ on Everest.
Seeing the sunrise chasing away the nightly cold over the cloud sea is incredible and makes you feel more alive than ever, even when being in the center of the ‘Death Zone’..

Image Credit : Harry Kikstra

Source: Milky Way Scientists


Quantum computing is controlled by the laws of quantum physics. Nevertheless, such technology offers the potential to perform complicated calculations, or search large amounts of data, at a speed that exceeds by far those that today’s fastest supercomputers are capable of.

“You could say that a quantum computer can think several thoughts simultaneously, while a traditional computer thinks one thought at a time,” explained Weimin Chen, professor in the Division of Functional Electronic Materials at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at LiU.

A traditional computer stores, processes and sends all information in the form of bits, which can have a value of 1 or 0. But in the world of quantum physics, at the nano- and atomic level, other rules prevail and a bit in a quantum computer – a qubit – can have any value between 1 and 0. Continue reading

The first Eurostar satellite, Inmarsat-2 F1, was retired from operational service this week and safely decommissioned after it had completed a long and flawless mission in geostationary orbit. It operated for 22.5 years – far outliving its projected life-span of 10 years.

Launched in October 1990, Inmarsat 2 F1 was the first of Astrium’s Eurostar satellite series, and the first commercial satellite in the world to rely entirely on a digital system which could be reprogrammed in orbit. Operators benefited from a new concept in the ease of satellite operations, with solar sailing and autonomy providing a much reduced risk of operational errors, resulting in an excellent availability record for this class of satellite. Continue reading