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NASA’s Pluto probe will spend ‘days’ recovering from a glitch

NASA's New Horizons probe near Pluto

Don’t expect to hear more from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for a while. The Pluto observer recently encountered a glitch that made it lose contact for an hour and a half. That doesn’t sound like much of a problem, but it was enough to kick the probe into a safe mode that doesn’t collect scientific data. The mission team believes it could take up to “several days” to get back to normal due to the distance from Earth — and that’s slightly worrying when the mission’s all-important Pluto flyby should take place on July 14th. While there’s a good chance that New Horizons will be back to normal by the time it’s close to the dwarf planet, it’s clear that every day of downtime will matter.

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Source: John Hopkins University


‘Mega Man’ creator wants your help making a game-and-movie combo

Concept art for 'Red Ash' the game

Mighty No. 9 might not even be out the door, but Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune is already looking for your help with a new project — and this one is considerably more ambitious. His studio has launched crowdfunding for Red Ash, a project that combines both an open world action game (The Indelible Legend) and an anime movie from Studio4ºC (Magicicada). While both will share familiar characters and the theme of treasure hunting in a robot apocalypse, they’ll otherwise be set in “parallel worlds” where the producers are free to tell whatever stories they want.

As with Mighty, there are a lot of pledge options that sometimes let you directly shape either project. It’ll take a minimum $25 pledge to get the game, or $24 for the movie; plunk down at least $499 and you can start creating achievements, naming items and more. Studio4ºC is even willing to accept fresh ideas for free, and it’ll give you a small reward if your vision makes it into the anime. Neither Red Ash effort is expected to ship until July 2017 if everything goes according to plan. However, this is a rare chance at jumpstarting an entire media universe masterminded by a team of video game pioneers — it might be worth a close look.

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Via: Kickstarter

Source: Kickstarter (Red Ash game), (Red Ash anime)


Military AI interface helps you make sense of thousands of photos

DARPA's Visual Media Reasoning interface in action

It’s easy to find computer vision technology that detect objects in photos, but it’s still tough to sift through photos… and that’s a big challenge for the military, where finding the right picture could mean taking out a target or spotting a terrorist threat. Thankfully, the US’ armed forces may soon have a way to not only spot items in large image libraries, but help human observers find them. DARPA’s upcoming, artificial intelligence-backed Visual Media Reasoning system both detects what’s in a shot and presents it in a simple interface that bunches photos and videos together based on patterns. If you want to know where a distinctive-looking car has been, for example, you might only need to look in a single group.

As you might suspect, the goal is to turn enemy media campaigns on their head — all those online propaganda pics and training videos would make it much easier to pinpoint the whereabouts of bases and leaders. There’s a chance that it would get creepy given that it could easily power other government surveillance programs, but there’s no doubt that soldiers would appreciate this AI-assisted intel.

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Source: US Army


Motorola Droid Turbo experiences battery issues after Lollipop update


The Motorola Droid Turbo has recently received the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop software update and users have been complaining of various problems after installing it. Although the update brought a ton of new features to the device that was still running on Android 4.4 KitKat, users have experienced poor battery and turbo charging performance, as well as slow data speeds. Certain users have complained on the XDA developer forum and a few comments included:

“My battery has been a lot worse too. Usually go a day and half without charging now I have to take my charger to work with me”

“My battery life has been awful since the update. If i unplug at 8 am with 100% I have been at 40-35% at 2 pm with only 1.5-2 hours on screen time.”

Not all reports were negative however, as some users reported to have faster overall speeds and some to not experience any of these issues at all.

Source: TechTimes



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Fallout 4 will feature an actual Pip-Boy smart phone case

Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, recently announced that their highly anticipated game, Fallout 4, would include a Pip-Boy special edition. Among the notable features of the Pip-Boy edition is a wearable Pip-Boy smartphone case.

The Pip-Boy case can be used in conjunction with a companion app that will be available in November when the newest Fallout game launches. The companion app will act a second screen that will display your stats and allow you to interact with the game.

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition Includes:Pip-Boy

  • Fallout 4 Game Disc
  • Wearable Pip-Boy
  • Robco Industries Stand
  • Capsule Case
  • Pip-Boy Pocket Guide
  • Vault-Tec Perk Poster
  • Collectible Metal Case

Demand for the game has been so strong, that UK retailer GAME’s pre-order page could not be accessed when the pre-order went live, due to extremely high traffic volumes. Their website now shows that the game is sold out.

A couple of weeks ago a fan made is own 3D printed Pip-Boy enclosure.

Sadly, it looks like those with phablets, will be left out in the cold in regards to the official Pip-Boy enclosure. The internal dimensions are 141.2mm x 71.6mm x 10.2mm, which will rule out phones like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.

One thing is for sure. There will be Fallout fans running around with Pip-Boys on November 10th when the game debuts. What do you guys think? Will you be getting the Pip-Boy edition? Let us know in the comments.

WARNING: Video contains the “F” bomb.

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Vital Russian cargo ship reaches the Space Station

Progress 60 docked with the International Space Station

After two failed attempts in a row, the International Space Station is once again getting fresh supplies. Russia’s Progress 60 cargo spacecraft has successfully docked, bringing with it important batches of equipment, food and fuel. While the station already had enough supplies to hold out until October, the arrival is a huge relief — the string of disasters (including the Orbital Sciences explosion last year) was spurring talk of returning the crew to Earth if things got much worse. And this isn’t the only resupply mission this summer, either. Japan’s H-2 craft should launch on August 16th, so the ISS may resume some semblance of normalcy before long.

[Image credit: NASA TV]

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Source: NASA, Federal Space Agency (translated)


Inhabitat’s Week in Green: next-gen EVs and bricklaying robots

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.

Inhabitat's Week in Green

Now that the first wave of electric vehicles has established a strong foothold in the market, automakers are working on their successors — and the green cars of tomorrow will blow you away. For starters, they’ll be able to travel much farther. This past week, Volkswagen revealed that it’s working on an electric car with a 186-mile range; Chevrolet announced plans to begin producing the 200-mile Bolt EV in 2016; and reports indicate that the next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to travel over 310 miles on a single charge. Hydrogen cars are also gaining traction — last week, Toyota announced that its Mirai is the only zero-emission vehicle that can travel 312 miles nonstop. Meanwhile, Tesla is tackling the range-anxiety problem by improving its charging network — and it just launched a next-generation Supercharger that is lighter, faster and cooled by liquid. If you’re looking for something even more futuristic, we have just the thing — the world’s first commercial jetpack is (finally) set to hit the market next year.

Meanwhile, revolutionary new technologies are enabling architects to design buildings that could never have been built 10 years ago. Dubai is an early adopter — this past week, the emirate announced plans to create the world’s first 3D-printed office building (complete with built-in furniture). Speaking of structures built by machines, a team of engineers has developed a bricklaying robot that can build an entire house in just two days. Even Paris is embracing the architecture of the future. The city is known for its strict building codes, but it just approved its first skyscraper in 40 years — and it’s shaped like a towering glass triangle.

Believe it or not, there’s a farm flourishing 100 feet below the streets of London — and it’s set to reap its first harvest this month. The indoor farm is called Growing Underground, and it’s using high-tech systems and bright pink grow lights to produce pea shoots, radishes and celery for commercial customers. Providing food for the hungry is a noble goal — and one Berkeley student has leveraged technology to feed almost 600,000 homeless people. Komal Ahmad’s app, Feeding Forward, makes it easy for anyone to donate leftover food to a good cause. Could 3D-printed meat be coming soon to a kitchen near you? That’s the promise behind “The Cultivator” — a solar-powered appliance that could let you print your own meat at home. And Adidas gave holiday beachgoers a reason to cheer by unveiling the world’s first pair of sneakers made of ocean garbage collected from the sea.

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Samsung now updating the Galaxy Note 4 to 5.1.1 in Russia

Will the GS6 follow the Note 4's example with a metal frame? Perhaps instead go all-metal?

While the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have already begun their Lollipop 5.1.1 update process some weeks ago, there has been nothing much to speak of when it came to flagships from the year prior. That’s about to change, at least as far as the Galaxy Note 4 is concerned. A screen capture has appeared that indicates Samsung’s premiere phablet (model SM-N910C) is now in receipt of the latest Android build, at least for those users in Russia:

note-4-5.1.1-screenshot SamMobile

Unfortunately there is nothing yet known about what exactly this build entails, however it is presumed to include all the relevant bug fixes and whatnot that were contained in the Android 5.1 update. It will be particuarly interesting to see if anything pans out with the rumor of Samsung activating the Exynos 64-Bit CPU that is dormant in some Note 4 models. Given that the build date is listed as June 29th, it would appear the roll-out is either happening in a staggered format, or else it took a bit for someone to notify the source of the story.

Before you begin mashing the “Check for Updates” button, please keep in mind that OEMs often release updates in “test” markets wherein they can monitor the process and keep watch for any problems or bugs that might occur before a widespread roll-out. Such was the case last year, for example, when LG began its deployment of Lollipop in Poland.

Have you received the latest Lollipop log on your Note 4? Be sure to leave us a comment below!


Yamaha’s motorcycle design team made this 360-degree drum kit sphere

Like some kind of corporate Freaky Friday, Yahama tasked its motorcycle design team with making some instrument concepts — and asked the opposite of its instrument design team. With no constraints like (well) commercial viability, designers were able to (and did) go to town. While the fruits were revealed back in Spring, the company’s publicly exhibited the results over the weekend to the well-heeled residents of Roppongi, Tokyo. Here’s a closer look:

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Android Authority this week – July 5, 2015

ZTE Nubia Z9-15

Hello Android fans! This week us brought us a couple of hot new Android smartphones and some positively sizzling rumors about devices to come. More details surfaced about the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, as well as a first batch of reports about the Galaxy Note 5; OnePlus revealed its new phone would have a fingerprint scanner; the Honor 7 and Meizu MX5 launched in China; we got another look at the Moto G 2015; and a first credible render of the Android-powered BlackBerry Venice showed up.

Inside AA HQ

Organization has been the name of the game at AA HQ this week. With the summer lull on the way, we’re looking in the mirror and trying to come up with ways to serve you, our loyal readers, in a better, more informative, and more entertaining way.

One initiative we’re taking is putting a bigger focus on the vibrant UK market. We have several team members based in London, and they’re eager to improve our coverage of all things British. Enter our new UK carrier review series from Nirave Gondhia and the best UK phone lists by Rob Triggs. And we’re just getting started: expect more UK coverage in the future.

We want to make it easier for you to get answers to your questions about new Android devices, so going forward, we’ll be having Ask Us Anything posts on our forums and on the website for all devices of interest. We’re piloting the concept with the Nubia Z9 – feel free to jump in and ask away.

ZTE Nubia Z9-3

This Sunday, the prize in our giveaway is a Samsung Galaxy S6. Get your ticket here!

samsung galaxy s6 edge unboxing aa (11 of 20)

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus rumors

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge-33

OnePlus 2’s slow-mo unveiling


Honor 7 is here                   

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Another Moto G 2015 leak


This is the BB Venice

BlackBerry Venice AA

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