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Join Google I/O 2014 Live Broadcast

Today, the 25 th day of June, is when Google I/O 2014 conference, a major mobile technology event, is to kick off. For users’ convenience, the company has launched an official web-application for online broadcasting, accessible through Play Market – predictably under the Google I/O 2014 option. All one needs to enjoy a live broadcast is to download and install the app.

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ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS gives ZenWatch to the world

ASUS announced  its first smartwatch. This Android Wear-powered ZenWatch is furnished with square 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 touchscreen, the top whereof is covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. ZenWatch timepiece features a genuine stitched-leather strap and aquick-release clasp out of the box, a curved stainless-steel case with rose-gold-colored band.

ZenWatch has mostly the same specs as LG G Watch and G Watch R: 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It also has a 1.4Wh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 (duh), a microphone and a bio sensor. What is important, ZenWatch meets the IP55 standards.

Moreover, ASUS preloaded some useful functions for your convenience. Watch Unlock ensures unlocking of your phone or tablet by touching the face.  Tap Tap allows to change over the functions. Besides, they added some other services, which need no comments: Cover to Mute, Find My Phone, Remote Camera and Presentation Control. Also, the device offers such features as heart rate tracking, step counting, and determination of relaxation level. Afterwards, you may get some advices on further improvements with your health. To take advantage of these features, you should first install theZenWatch Manager phone app, allowing to sync with your smartphone. Furthermore, you will need to download the Remote Camera app and the ASUS Remote Link app to your phone.

 

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Flying Cars: Science Fiction or Near Future?

AeroMobil’s CEO, Juraj Vaculik, has announced the company’s plans to make a functional flying vehicle available to consumers by as early as 2017. The vehicle will be based on the prototype AeroMobil revealed back in October 2014. Its initial price is expected to amount to some couple of hundred thousand euro.

The idea of constructing a flying vehicle was born out of AeroMobil founders’ desire to overcome barriers and restrictions faced by air travelers and drivers, including traffic jams, inefficient short-distance air travel, and lack of infrastructure.

For now, though, both Juraj Vaculik and his co-founder Stefan Klein admit the introduction of flying vehicles is concerned with a number of technical, financial and regulatory issues which need to be immediately addressed. Thus, Aeromobil has not found yet the right materials to construct a light enough flying car, while complying with all crash and safety requirements. However, they expect it will only take two years to solve the problem. All the more, the company enjoys strong EU support, both in terms of certification and funding.

The concept of the first consumer vehicle to be manufactured is a posh “flying roadster,” like that from Tesla’s playbook. Packed with Garmin avionics and two-axis autopilots, the carbon-fiber two-seat roadster is expected to be categorized as a light sports aircraft. It will provide for a travel range of around 430 miles, and its operation won’t require any special license. Mr. Vaculik also claims his flying cars will be able to use grass landing strips and will only need 650 feet to take off or land.

Next generation mass-market flying cars, according to Aeromobil, will be fully autonomous hybrids with four seats and a range twice as long as that of roadsters. However, their introduction is rather a matter of distant future, which implies a lot of regulatory and psychological aspects to be taken into consideration before the future can actually happen.

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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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United Arab Emirates - record for the number of mobile phones per capita

\"The number of subscribers of mobile operators in the United Arab Emirates today reaches 17 million\", - informs the national Telecommunications regulator. According to the latest data, the degree of coverage of mobile operators reaches 200%, which is the highest indicator in the world.

Today the population of the UAE is over 8 million people, suggesting that, on average, every citizen enjoys the two cell numbers.

Emirates is located on the second locally in economic development among the Arab countries, second only to Saudi Arabia and are the second state in terms of GDP, being the richest country after Qatar.

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Dubai to Get Own Rainforest

Dubai developers, known for their mind-boggling projects, are set to build a tropical rainforest on the desert outskirts of the Dubai City. The rainforest will be “planted” under a climate-controlled dome as part of Damac Properties’ luxury housing estate.

The new sight is to open before the 2020 World Expo. It will comprise zip lines and walkways, a climbing wall and a spa with rock pools and steam baths. Ziad El Chaar, managing director of Damac Properties, is sure the rainforest will become a big tourist attraction and a place where one can obtain educational and cultural experience.

Nevertheless, the rainforest project has opponents, too. Environmentalists point out that it might have an adverse effect on the UAE government’s efforts to curb the increasing water and energy consumption of the Dubai City. Some believe that the expected high water consumption to keep the artificial forest alive is unsustainable in a desert climate.

Taken all of the above, to settle the argument, it seems crucial for the developers to provide for a thorough assessment of the project’s environmental impact in case they haven’t done it yet.

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Lumia 530 now available in UAE

This is what Microsoft announced on September 1, 2014. The dual 3G SIM Windows Phone, considered to be a budget model, boasts a 4-inch LCD display, a 1.2 GHz processing unit, a 5MP rear camera and a 4 GB memory, which is possible to extend with up to 128 GB SD cards. Its 1430 mAh battery can last for as long as 22 hour. This smartphone comes with apps, such as Microsoft Office, XBOX games, Skype, and other native Lumia apps. Besides, it offers OneDrive cloud services, enabling users to access up to 15 GB free storage. The colors of the range include bright orange, bright green, dark grey, and white.