Breathtaking Images From an Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Space has always provided a glimpse into many a fascinating world over the years, from research that has been undertaken by NASA to the Astronauts who have boarded the International Space Station as well as successfully landing on the moon. One such Astronaut, Scott Kelly, has been posting breathtaking images on social media that have included Twitter (1,158 photos and counting) and Instagram (684 posts and counting) during his yearlong visit to the ISS, below is a snapshot of these images.

The first image represents the massive blizzard passing over Chicago on Saturday 23rd January 2016, the image looks awe-inspiring.

The next image below is of what is known as “thundersnow” from the blizzard and was captured, again, on the 23rd January 2016.

The next image below, wow, is of an aurora and was captured on the 27th August 2015, this looks akin to a science fiction film.

The next image below is of Spain, well, more specifically Barcelona and was captured on the 28th July 2015, this is both a stunning and a detailed image.

The next image below is the Astronauts latest Twitter post as of writing (26th January 2016) and has the caption “Day 304. That’s 4,864 orbits a’round’ our beautiful planet #Earth. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace”, it is certainly a brilliant image.

The last image is of Scott Kelly undertaking a Q&A on Reddit from space, well, yes, as you do, this image was posted on the 23rd January 2016

A Look At Time Magazines Selected Space Images Of 2015

Long lasting American magazine “Time” has recently announced a selected list of 55 space images that have captured the imagination of readers and experts alike, below is a look at just a few of these amazing and awe-inspiring pics.

Below is a fantastic image that was captured by The Hubble Space Telescope of the Eagle Nebula “Pillars of Creation”, this was published in January 2015 and it is an incredible image, the detail certainly captures the imagination of space for both budding and also veteran astronomers.   

The image below was captured by the New Horizons spacecraft of Pluto in July 2015, “The New Horizons mission is helping NASA understand worlds at the edge of the solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation”.   The image is fantastic and conveys a world that has previously been out of reach for explorers.  

Below is an image that was captured of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket which exploded just after launching from Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28, 2014. The rocket was carrying an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft filled with NASA cargo, this image was finally released in 2015.  The image feels as if it has just been lifted from a blockbuster movie set or a newly released video game, certainly a spectacular image.

This image below is of Astronaut Scott Kelly who re-entered the International Space Station (ISS) after a space walk, as you do, the image is again spectacular and was released in October 2015. 

The final image was released in December 2015 and is of the Vega rocket that was launched with the aim of testing a variety of methods to detect gravitational waves, the image was released in December 2015. The image certainly conveys the power needed to propel a rocket into space.

Astronaut Accidentally Misdials From Space

It happens to everyone at times, even to the best, that we misdial and get the wrong person on the other end when we make a phone call and enter the digits manually instead of picking a number from our address book. Sometimes this can be more hilarious than other times, depending on your own mood and that of the person you are calling by accident.

Shortly before Christmas, British astronaut Tim Peake took to Twitter to apologize for what some at first believed was the first prank phone call from space. It wasn’t and it was just a minor mistake, but I am sure that the person receiving the call was slightly confused when she picked up the phone and heard the words: “Hello, is this planet Earth?”.

The incident is hilarious and at the same time as it underlines how fragile and dependent our technology really is. Despite the fact that we can send people into space, we still can’t get the number right all the time. This isn’t the first time something like this happened either as astronaut Sam Crritoforetti replied to Tim Peake’s Tweet, admitting she once called 911 by mistake.

These things happen and I’m sure no one would mind a call from space now and then. Say hi to E.T. from me if he should call you.

Pro-ISIS Hackers Take Down French TV Station

TV5Monde, a French TV station that broadcasts around the world, was attacked by ISIS and taken down for around three hours before it could get its stations broadcasting again.

The reports indicate that the stations Facebook page and website were also taken down by the attackers, having network director Yves Bigot stating that the station’s operations were “severely damaged”. However, TV5Monde’s broadcasting, Facebook page and website are now back online.

A similar attack was also registered in the US and like the latter, the jihadist group used the site to issue threats against French soldiers and reveal the identity of their relatives.

France is said to provide air support for anti-ISIS ground forces that recently liberated the Iraqi city of Tikrit, and declared that ISIS must be “wiped out” after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

The methods used to hack TV5Monde are not clear just yet, but it is confirmed that the attack was issued by the same “Islamic State Hacking Division” who took credit for US military base attacks.

The conclusion was drawn based on the fact that the hackers ‘introduced’ themselves as the “CyberCaliphate” on TV5Monde’s Facebook page.

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Inateck FD2002 HDD Docking and Cloning Station Review

Introduction


Top slot-loading hard disk docking stations have been around for some time, and once in a while they come with increased functionality over just being a docking station. These days we need the fastest transfer speeds possible with the ever growing user-base that facilitates solid state drives. At the same time, it has to stay as easy and compatible as it always has been. Inateck created the FD2002 Dual HDD Docking station with off-line cloning feature, that is a device that should give us everything mentioned above.

The Inateck FD2002 comes with SATA 3.0 ports connects through a USB 3.0 connection for maximum transfer speeds. USB 3.0 is in its basic version only gives real-world speeds up to around 250 to 300MB/s at the best of times, that is until UASP came into play. UASP stands for USB Attached SCSI Protocol and is designed to address the failings of the classic USB BOT drivers by adding command-queuing and out-of-order completions, among other things. With the use of the UASP, we can archive raw speeds up to and around 450-500MB/s, a thing that just isn’t possible without.

Where most manufacturers would have stopped here and had the users rely on software options, Inateck took it one step further and added a copy and clone function to the docking station. And best of all, it doesn’t even need to be connected to the PC to this function to work.

The clone function is for pure offline-mode usage as a USB connection will interrupt the process. If you wish to be able to have it connected at the same time, Inateck has another model that supports connected duplication. It however requires more internal hardware and Inateck have thought about that and is giving you the choice to get just the right item for you.

The FD2002 supports both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives. Small drives plug in right through the opening while bigger 3.5-inch drives will push the lever aside when inserted. Plug and play as it should be. The docking station also supports hot-swap and no drivers are needed besides your systems normal USB drivers. The tool-less design makes it both easy and fast to switch drives.

The LED indicator on the top displays the progress of a running duplication process as well as drive activity and connection. There is only one button to use for the clone function, but it requires a bit more than a touch to activate. A good things, as we wouldn’t want to start a duplication by error.

Security is another thing we all like and we want to keep our drives safe from physical damage. The Inateck FD2002 comes with overvoltage, leak currents, short circuits, peak voltage, interference and disturbance protection to guarantee safer data transfer and access.

The unit is listed as compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, Mac OS and Linux, but it should work with any USB capable device.

The Inateck FD2002 comes with both a USB 3.0 cable and a 12V 3A power brick for steady power to even the most power-hungry of drives.

See Earth Live From Space via Webcam

Want to view earth from space but haven’t got the time to train as an astronaut? Well now you can, via a webcam on the web.

The ISS High Definition Earth Viewing Experiment allows you to get a view from a window on-board the International Space Station as it circumnavigates the earth.

The project, which has been viewed by 32 million people since April, aims to give people a 24 hour view of the ISS on its daily orbit around earth. It is also a NASA experiment, which has been designed to test the effect of space on video cameras, with the objective of finding the best way to record video in zero gravity.

Source: Business Insider

HTC’s Upcoming Smartwatch Leaked in Newly Uploaded Video

There has been a lot of talks about wearable devices such as smartwatches in the past. Manufacturers announced and even released their first versions since then, having Samsung and LG already revealing their Gear Live, G Watch and even Motorola is not far behind with its Moto 360.

Aside from the above, most manufacturers appear to keep their plans a secret. HTC is one of them, keeping the plans for its upcoming smartwatch away from consumer eyes. Even so, leaks are bound to surface, and HTC may have revealed a glimpse of its smartwatch design in the video below.

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It is said that at 0:35, a HTC employee is seen at his desk with a smartwatch dock besides him and the actual smartwatch on the dock. Details are scarce at this time, but we can clearly see that the company is following Samsung and LG’s design.

Another leaked image can be seen at 0:43, where a team of designers (or so it seems) are rendering the smartwatch design in a 3D software. If the device proves to be a real Android Wear version of what HTC wants to release, it won’t be long before the company will make it official through a statement in the following weeks.

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India to Build World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

India is running short on space, so building their huge solar farm on land was hardly practical given that the land value alone would have made it a financial waste of time. Following in the footsteps of Japan’s solar farm which was built on water (see picture above), India plan to build a their solar farm at sea as well. The new plan will not only save them a fortune in land costs, but it will even help prevent evaporation in hot months.

A partnership has been struck between India’s National Hydroelectric Company and Kolkata’s college of renewable energy, who plan to build the massive 50-megawatt floating solar farm. Making it one of the largest solar farm installations in the world.

To trial their technology, a smaller 12-megawatt installation will be developed on lake Kerela in south-west India later this year. It’s great to see such a big investment in renewable energy and it will no doubt help bolster the rapidly developing Indian nation. If all goes well, it could pave the way for similar installations around the world.

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Image courtesy of Engadget.

Just a Pizza Delivery… On a Train?

Apparently you can get your pizza delivered everywhere nowadays. From ordering it at home, at work, even in a park might be a possible ordering location. However, a comedian apparently went further than that and ordered it on a train.

Though not an actual joke, comedian Chris Ramsey ordered the pizza half-way through his train journey back home, which inevitable became a Twitter phenomenon. The ordering nearly stopped before it began, as of course it was considered by most to be a joke. However, Domino’s Pizza did deliver its order to the customer even if it meant to bring it on the train. Furthermore, they insisted to add extra pizzas for everyone on the train to enjoy.

It seems that even support from fellow comedians were seen between the flood of Twitter comments. It is however to be expected since a delivery such as this one cannot be seen every day.

Finally, the pizza arrived and everyone was excited. As promised in the tweets, Chris did take a selfie with the delivery guy, which apparently was as excited as Chris was.

It is not a common opportunity to see such excitement in delivering a pizza on a train, but by the looks of it people are extremely excited to be served anywhere and everywhere. Who knows, maybe train companies will even offer pizza delivery as an option in the near future.

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ADATA Elite CE700 Qi Wireless Charging Station

Introduction


ADATA is brand synonymous with memory and storage solutions. For more than a decade they have established a strong relationship with their customers that consists of average consumers and business professionals around the world. With constant innovation and a determination to produce only high quality products that will exceed consumer expectations, ADATA will continue to be at the forefront of our culture’s technological growth.

Anyone that keeps up to date with their technology news can already see that most manufacturers are targeting the mobile device segment no matter the relevance to their core product stacks. Mobile devices have become such a critical part of our everyday lives and I for one still have a hard time fathoming how our culture was able to survive without things like email, instant messaging, or even mobile computing. We are a culture that constantly has our eyes glued to our phones and tablets to get through each day.

But how exactly are we constantly powering these devices? Traditionally the standard charge cable is the primary method of choice. But with technology constantly evolving we are always looking to improve the experiences that we have with these products. What is the obvious next step for charging your devices? Wireless charging of course. A freedom from the cluster of cables that we are so used to dealing with. That’s where ADATA comes in and brings us the Elite CE700 Qi Wireless Charging Station.

After a quick opening of the packaging you can see the the contents are pretty basic, but that’s okay because there’s not much needed to use this type of product. The box contains the user guide, micro USB charge cable, and the unit itself.

Luxa2 Power Banks and Mobile Accessories Expands At CES 2014

When it comes to premium mobile accessories that don’t carry a premium price tag, Luxa2 is without a doubt one of the top names to look for. Over the last couple of years we have been watching the range of products expand and develop and her in 2014 the story continues with a lineup that is as strong as ever.

It appears to look like everyone and their dog is producing portable battery packs for mobile devices and Luxa2 are a part of this group, however they are keeping their selves one step ahead of the competition with a range that rivals like no-other.

When I say that Luxa2 are leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else, nothing can prove the point more than the P-Mega – a battery bank with a staggering 41600mAh capacity and six USB ports. Being dubbed as the worlds largest battery bank, it’s not just power capacity that is large. This massive cube offers up three 2A ports for high-speed charging and three 1A ports and this is enough to keep your mobile devices charged fro an entire weekend away. Naturally it does carry a higher price tag in comparison to other battery banks but keep your eyes peeled on eTeknix as I’ll have a review on this Goliath battery bank in the next few weeks.

Now for some people, the P-Mega is just a little overkill, so to cater for a wider audience another pair of units are available with more modest capacities of up to 20800mAh.

Whilst battery banks are convenient, the cables are not and this is where items such as the TX-P1 5000mAh wireless charger comes into play. A number of phones these days such as the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have the capability to charge wirelessly and this charging bank is just the item to pair with one of these handsets, especially if like me you hate the bulk of cable that you otherwise have to take around with you.

For those of us who are constantly on the go and would like a little style to go with the functionality, guess what – Luxa2 has you covered with a range of charging packs that can either attach to your handbag, suitcase or briefcase, or give a more rugged feel with a rubber surround. For those that also need it, some products also feature a small LED light on the end to help you find things in your bag – you’ll know if this applies to you!

Moving away from portable charging and onto audio, we have a few new and a few existing items on show starting with the Groovy portable speaker system. Connectable via Bluetooth, the Groovy allows you to not only listen to your music as it should be heard, but with its built-in microphone it can also act as a hands-free speaker system for conference call type applications. Next to this is the Groovy T which has a remarkable low price and requires no setup or connections to be made. By simply placing your phone on to of the speaker, the Groovy T simply amplifies the sound that it picks up and makes audio sharing simple and affordable.

Moving along the line we find a few more speaker systems including the Groovy W which we saw last year at Computex which offers both wireless playback and mobile charging and a simple one tough setup with its NFC enabled technology. Beside this is a smaller unit which is new to this years show – the Groovy W Mini. Like its bigger brother, the W mini also features wireless charging for mobile devices, although it does drop the NFC technology. Instead the W Mini allows you to pair a second W mini to the first to give you a wireless stereo speaker system.

On the far end of the table are some of the mobile and headphone mounts – some of which are new to this years lineup. To the left we find a pair of E-One Note headphone stands which feature an all aluminium design and have a simple, sturdy and stylish design to give your headphones just the place to rest when they’re not in use. On the far end of the lineup is the H5 in-car mount which I took a look at earlier this week, however mounted on the wall is a new and improved model that features a sticky suction cup allowing it to mount to virtually any surface with the same firm grip that the H5 offers.

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