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Android Wear to gain more powers

The Android team announced new Android Wear features upcoming, which include GPS support and ability to communicate with other Bluetooth devices. There are also plans to implement a number of other updates, such as navigation and voice control improvements, by the end of this year.

All of the above is to make Android Wear devices more autonomous. Thus, with a GPS chip built in their smart watches, users won’t have to rely on their smartphones to run activity trackers and similar apps. As for the Bluetooth communication feature, it is claimed that, once it’s there, users will be able, for instance, to play back music directly from their watches, without connecting a smartphone to a Bluetooth headset. Google gives no other details as to what this new feature will mean, but one can assume a range of new possibilities opening up, from smarthome control to direct keyboard input.

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NASA Counting on Electric Propulsion

With 18 electric motors and one-third the wing area of a regular aircraft, the electric planes of NASA’s design seem too good to be true. But however illusive the concept of electric aviation might seem, NASA is determined to make it work within the next ten years.

First of all, NASA plans to test its carbon composite prototypes equipped with lithium iron phosphate batteries at low speeds, and then provide for truck-based testing of its LEAPTech wing at speeds of up to 70mph. Finally, if the previous tests are successful, the wing will be mounted on a commercial Tecnam P2006T plane to be tested under actual flight conditions.

The LEAPTech technology NASA nurtured in cooperation with two private companies is supposed to be able to provide for uniform increase of air velocity across the entire wing area, while boosting the lift and reducing the drag. Plus each of the engines is to be controlled by a separate computer, which allows for a better performance flexibility. Thus, though the speed and flight range issues remain, the use of the above technology is expected to result in a higher efficiency, faster speed and lower noise of electric aircrafts.

Anyways, NASA has sure a lot of work to do before it can even dare to use pilots to test the aircrafts.

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Taken today’s highly competitive smartphone market, BlackBerry has had to come up with a unique sales approach to beat its major competitors, such as Samsung and Apple. So, under the current CEO, John Chen, the company is focusing on making BlackBerry the world’s “most secure and complete communications network.”

With this idea in mind, BlackBerry recently joined its efforts with Samsung and IBM to design a tablet to meet the demand of governmental agencies and industrial enterprises for a secure communications infrastructure. The collaboration resulted in the novelty SecuTABLET, which is currently under the certification process in Germany. The device was designed based on Samsung's S10.5 Galaxy Tab and is claimed to be up to the highest security standards.

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Google Androidis the most popular mobile OS in the world, far from being named the most secure.

On the scale of vulnerability threatening the security of personal data of Google Android users, specialists of Bluebox Labs said, but the portal of PCWorld noted that it is probably one of the biggest in the history of Android system. The first informations about this problem were obtained in 2010, and the Google company, of course, has taken steps to close the breach in security that prevents malware to actually penetrate smoothly to mobile devices, making their users helpless in the face of intruders. Nevertheless, to eliminate Google problem was managed only in the latest version of Android, so that all users of previous OS versions should remain on the alert.

This problem, or «FakeID», as it is called in the Bluebox Labs, according to the same Bluebox Labs, is associated with deficiencies in the mechanism of verification of certificates and fraught with consequences not only for users of Android, but also for the reputation of Google company. Taking advantage of the privileges granted on the mobile devices in some applications, intruders can break into the system that give them access to personal photos and passwords, and credit card numbers. So what is the advice to all users of OS Android versions 4.3.1 and below: arm with reliable antivirus and beware!

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It has been reported on the Texas Governor’s web-site that the world’s first spaceport is to appear 27 km away to the north-east of Brownsville. The project has already been approved by Brownsville’s mayor and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Plans have it that the spaceport’s annual throughput will be 12 space launch vehicles. It is to be used both for NASA purposes and for private companies’ projects. The new spaceport will create 300 jobs, the state’s benefit amounting to around $85 mln. So, the authorities are expected to invest some $15 million in it.

The project was initiated by SpaceX company, namely, Elon Musk, its founder and chief designer (and PayPal originator). The company specializes in manufacturing and launching Falcon space launch vehicles and Dragon recoverable capsules.

The first three attempts to launch Falcon family space launch vehicles failed. Only the fourth one was a success, with Falcon-1 placing into orbit a test payload of 165 kg and, a year later, – Malaysia’s RazakSAT satellite.

In 2010, the new Falcon-9 delivered a Dragon spaceship to the earth orbit, which, having accomplished its mission, splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, the Dragon spaceship delivered its first cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Later, SpaceX and NASA concluded a $1.6 bln contract for Dragon to take another 12 space flights to the ISS.

Currently, SpaceX is developing a new Falcon modification – Falcon Heavy, while launching space vehicles, using the Cape Caneveral spaceport and Vandenberg Airforce base.

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New Resource for Music Artists

The new resource YouTube for Artists is intended to help musicians with their public debut. It is said to be just one of the numerous resources YouTube plans to launch for the benefit of artists and video publishers. The site, among other things, features tips on how to get discovered, attract fans and earn money from creative work, how to advertise music shows, raise funds and sell merchandise. Plus it includes information on available free production resources.

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The most popular smartphone based on Android in the USA Samsung Galaxy S3

No doubt, the Android platform is the most popular today in the smartphone market. Hundreds of millions of pieces of equipment used around the world. Tough competition in this field forces leading manufacturers to produce new flagship model, which have more and more new opportunities. However, the majority of sales are still on a budget device, because not everyone has the opportunity to buy a flagship model.

Website HandsetDetection.com conducted studies in the USA, according to which the company Samsung is the most popular manufacturer of smartphones based on Android. This is, perhaps, no surprise, here\'s more interesting: Galaxy S3, the flagship of 2012, has only 13% of the market Android backgrounds in the United States. Another important fact is that none of the innovations of Samsung did not hit the top ten most popular devices. Galaxy 2 - the \"new\" smartphone in the rating holds 10 th place with a share of 1.5% of the market.