‘Concord 2’ Hypersonic Airbus Being Developed!

Airbus are known for their giant airplanes, and it’s not hard to know why, as they’re used all over the world to transport people and materials. Their new design hopes to improve on that by allowing them to travel at speeds of up to four and a half times the speed of sound!

To summarise this, travelling to New York from London currently takes seven to eight hours, with the new airbus design the flight would take a single hour. Flights from Paris to San Fransico and Tokyo to Los Angeles would take a mere three hours, saving people and companies time which they often don’t have lying around (or sitting) in the air.

The airplane will be a little different from your normal flight. designed to take off vertically thanks to some engines mounted underneath the jet is designed to climb vertically until it’s almost at the speed of sound. After this, it relies on rocket motors to carry it up to 100,000 feet before finally allowing the ramjets to push it to a final speed of Mach 4.5.

The design is similar to a lot of high-speed military jets, and even has some resemblance to the concord, a jet which was not allowed to operate over land due to the worry that it would cause a sonic boom. The new crafts design is built to limit not only the noise it creates but also the sonic booms, thereby hoping to allow it to travel in more populated areas without the restrictions set on the concord.

With only twenty seats on each jet, the chances are the tickets will be highly priced and the onboard entertainment short. Who wants a meal with their flight anyway?

Thank you Tech Sport for the information and the image. 

CM Storm Quickfire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review

Introduction


CM Storm, the gaming division of legendary manufacturer Cooler Master are back once again with their latest mechanical keyboard. OK I tell a slight lie there, this keyboard isn’t exactly their latest, but it is the first time I’ve been able to get my hand on one for review. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past testing CM Storm products, as they rarely disappoint us thanks to their excellent performance and competitive price tags. The CM Storm Quickfire Rapid-i is a popular choice with a lot of gamers, so I want to see what all the fuss is about.

The Quickfire Rapid-i comes in a choice of Cherry MX switches; Blue, Brown and Red. I have the MX Brown switch model at my disposal today. The Rapid-i features a five level, five mode white LED lighting system, ABS grip coating, N-key rollover and more; pretty much everything you would expect from a mechanical gaming keyboard.

The model we have at our disposal today is a TKL style keyboard, this means it’s had the number pad removed to give the keyboard a much smaller ten-keys-less form factor. The cut down size saves space on your desk, but it also makes the keyboard a lot easier to transport, it should even fit in your backpack when you’re heading out to a LAN gaming event.

The key caps feature a light coating to them that adds a little texture and grip and they’ve been laser etched to allow the LED lighting to shine through. Another thing that stands out is that the chassis under the keys is finished in white, which contrasts nicely with the soft-touch rubber finish of the keyboards exterior chassis.

From the F-keys you can control the polling rate and lighting settings, these are accessible via an FN-Shift key.

General multimedia controls are located on the right side of the keyboard; these are accessible via the Fn-Shift key. The media keys are located in such a way that you can quickly change the volume, or skip through songs with one hand; no need to take your left hand off the all important WASD keys!

The chassis around the keyboard is pretty slim, so you’re certainly going to save even more desktop space with the Rapid-i.

The keyboard is a little heavy, but that’s hardly uncommon for a mechanical keyboard and in terms of durability, this keyboard should survive more than a few hard knocks and bumps.

Around the back of the keyboard you’ll find the CM Storm logo just below where the soft-touch rubber finish ends. On the left side you’ll find a micro-USB port; nice and simple.

There’s four rubber grips on the base of the keyboard to help keep it from sliding around your desk.

The flip up feet are plastic, but they feel pretty robust compared to most keyboard feet and there’s a wide rubber grip on the base of each foot.

CM Storm included a key-cap puller in the box, which means you can easily strip the keys down and maintain your keyboard. As you can see, we’ve got MX Brown switches, with white LEDs. Here you can also better see the white finish on the interior of the keyboard, this will no doubt help reflect the white LED lights better, giving a nice underglow effect to the keyboard.

Finally, we have the included USB cable, which comes fitted with gold-plated connectors and a high quality black braiding.

Use Your Own Batteries to Charge Your Phone

A couple of days ago, we reported on a new type of disposable battery for smartphones. A number of our readers pointed out that while being convenient, the batteries would probably end up being something very expensive that you inevitably throw away.

Well, now someone has what could possibly be a better solution – use your own 9-volt batteries to give your phone the energy boost it needs.

Meet the Plan V – a small, foldable device, that allows you to grab any 9-volt battery to give you up to an extra 4 hours of talk time on your smartphone. The product is part of a Kickstarter campaign aiming for $30,000 in funding.

The first version available uses MicroUSB, while an iOS compatible model will be available later. Backers can put forward $10 to reiceve theirs in February if the Kickstarter is successful.

Source: Gizmodo

Play Snake with no Monitor on CoolerMaster’s QuickFire Rapid-i

Feeling a bit bored and looking for something extra to do? Work or school computers have locked down every game and Reddit links are all purple, even on the 120th page? It’s time to get yourself a CoolerMaster Quickfire Rapid-I mechanical keyboard which will give you the ability to play snake – without any monitor involved.

Jeroen Domburg has hacked CM’s new device, allowing you to play a classic game of snake as seen on the old Nokia phones – utilizing the back-light and arrow keys for all operation. Designed as a little side-project and something to make you look like you’re working, Domburgs hack see’s your snake travel across the whole keyboard face, picking up the tittle extenders along the way, making the game harder and your snake longer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to games on your smartphone and the possibility of looking like you’re working whilst at work, look no further than this handy crack.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid i TKL Mechanical Keyboard Announced

We love gaming keyboards here at eTeknix and I must admit that I’m a big fan of the Cooler Master range of peripherals, mostly because everyone I’ve ever tested or owned has been superb to use, so I’m very happy to hear that they’ve expanded their range with the new Cooler Master Quick fire Rapid i.

The new keyboard is fully mechanical, coming in a choice of popular Cherry MX Switches, which many of you will be more than familiar with as they’re featured in nearly every major mechanical keyboard on the market. The Quick Fire Rapid i falls into the TKL category, better known as Ten Keys Less. TKL means that the keyboard is shorter and doesn’t feature a number pad, the shorter size makes the keyboard easier to pack and transport around with you, very handy if you’re heading out to a LAN event and it means the keyboard is better suited to gaming rather than day to day office work.

Stylistic Illumination

Information on the new Quick Fire Rapid-i, including features and notification of availability can be found here. This signup page lets you find out about one of the five unique LED backlight modes on the Rapid i called ActivLite. ActivLite means that every individual LED can be controlled separately. The mode as shown on the micro-site shows the backlight illumination upon each key press and fade out softly as your fingers move to the next key.

Powered by a 32-bit ARM processor, Rapid i’s ActivLite Technology incorporates five lighting modes with five brightness levels. Besides the five standard LED modes there are also four LED profiles to be programmed and stored directly on the keyboards memory. These means the possibility to program dedicated unique game and application LED profiles. So wherever you go with the Rapid i your LED profiles go with you!

Sleek & Feature Rich

Featuring a smooth and clean aesthetic the Quick Fire Rapid i includes a non-glossy matte soft-touch finish and mechanical Cherry MX Switches. Travel with ease by simply removing the included braided USB cable and storing it. At all times, the Quick Fire Rapid i is a journey-ready partner with its super-slim body tenkeyless (TKL) body.

We’re really looking forwards to putting this sleek looking keyboard through its paces in the coming weeks and while we’re familiar with the performance of Cherry MX switches, I can’t wait to see that per key lighting in action. More information such as availability and pricing will follow shortly.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Cooler Master.