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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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Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.

It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.

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BlackBerry is launching unusual smart phones

We have used to Canadian BlackBerry smartphones, which are always distinguished by their design and “stuffing”. The most common distinguishing features include the presence of QWERTY-keyboard, rather classic design, the presence of the most important functions. However, the new release is something great. On the photo above - John Chan - CEO of BlackBerry. He has shared with two completely new and unlike communicators, as an annex to the quarterly financial report.

The release of these models is scheduled for the autumn. In his left hand John Chen holds BlackBerry Classic, which is a final design of smart phone Q20, announced in the beginning of 2014 (February). It looks like an ordinary Canadian communicator, which has QWERTY-keyboard, 3.5-inch display, touch control etc. This model, users can purchase in September this year. In his right hand, John Chen holds BlackBerry Passport. The prototype has been called Windermere. Like all Canadian smartphones, it is equipped with QWERTY-keyboard, all the main functions, only it has quite unusual appearance. The display is in the form of a square, just like a passport.

The communicator BlackBerry Passport will certainly have all the necessary specifications for the smartphone: 4.5-inch display, photo resolution 1440x1440, 454 ppi, and software BlackBerry OS 10.3, support of android apps from Amazon Appstore. Thus, the owners of these smartphones will get the access to 240 thousand of applications, compared with 130 thousand at BlackBerry Store, but the majority of these applications has forgotten what an update is. Therefore, IT Company will not have to spend money to broadcast the music, videos, pictures, etc.; they can be simply borrow them from Amazon. The release of this model is scheduled for November this year.

It is surprising that this company once was a giant, but in spite of its downfall, it is gradually reaching its rightful place in the IT and mobile devices market. This year for the BlackBerry can be considered as the starting one, and in the following, the company will be able to compete with the global companies. A new smartphone Manitoba will become a worthy assistant in this difficult task: 5.2-inch display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 8 cores, improved OS 10.4. The release is scheduled for the third quarter of next year.

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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.

by Ziad
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According to Sean West, an American, this time is enough to charge his newly invented battery, which is based on lithium-ion capacitors. And it is not only the charging speed that makes the battery stand out but also its safety and diversity of possible applications. The battery, while being the same size as a regular AA battery, lasts just as long as any conventional battery of the same type.

However to be able to use the battery users also need a special charging device as no regular ones are suitable for the purpose. Anyways, the set of a battery and a charging device is expected to cost not more than 25 USD.

The inventor intends to present his first products this October already, the range including both standard AA batteries, AAA batteries and batteries of other typical sizes.

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ASUS gathers with Trend Micro to develop new utility for Wi-Fi routers

Trend Micro, - a company specializing in security software, teams up with hardware producer Asus to develop new Smart Home Network utility for Wi-Fi routers.

The Smart Home Network Solution will allow manage such Internet features on Asus Home routers as security, parental control and quality of service. In order to improve security services, the utility includes 3-step protection process (prevention-protection-mitigation) that will help to avoid Internet-risks for Wi-Fi router and other devices. 

Quality of service feature helps to control Internet traffic due to the identification of more than 800 Internet apps and around 1,000 devices including mobile phones, gaming consoles and TV sets. According to the producer the feature will essentially improve speed and quality of connection thus live-stream HD videos, online games and P2P downloading will no longer be something wait-half-a-day-to-download.

In its turn, parental control feature helps to restrict access for undesirable web-sites and applications.

As Asus officials say, cooperation of two companies is extremely important step in development of high-quality product for every-day use. Smart Home Network Solution will help to optimize daily use of Internet according to users’ preferences by combining function of control and security.   Taking in consideration compatibility of the new product with great variety of internet-connected devices, the utility is expected to be on demand among users. 

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Twitch is currently revising its policies as to storage of past game broadcasts, explaining that it is necessary to overcome current video on demand limitations, while going mobile. It has been announced that, for free users, full broadcasts will be kept for two weeks, while Turbo subscribers as well as Twitch’s partners will be able to enjoy those for 60 days. These are only highlights of up to two hours that can be stored for unlimited time.

Besides, Twitch is introducing muting of audio records, using the same technology that was used for YouTube some time before the Content ID. So, playing unauthorized tunes is no longer possible.

The changes are to take effect in three weeks, so users still have time to save whatever game clips they want somewhere else.

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The Kepler toxic gas detector has become a fresh Kickstarter hit. The smart sensor is mainly designed to prevent natural gas leaks. Once the gas in the air concentration is above the admissible threshold, Kepler generates an audible beep, warning about the dangerous situation via a mobile device. When the air becomes lethally toxic, the detector sounds an alarm.

As for its appearance, Kepler looks like a round display disk attached to a flat panel. It is possible to dismantle the disk-shaped main module from the panel to use it as a portable gas leak detector. The device can either be mains connected, which requires a USB cable and an adapter, or supplied from an integral battery. The battery charge lasts for about two hours. Besides, the Kepler detector can function as a timer clock and transmit data to mobile devices.

Kickstarter users can already pre-order it for some 60 Canadian dollars.

by Mona Karam
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