NASA Seals Six People In Dome To Simulate Mars With No Escape

The research and developments behind various space projects are astronomical in size and financial costs; the planning which is needed to achieve various missions is meticulous in its nature. The obsession with finding life on other plants is very much-needed with the aim of understanding if the human race will be able to exist once the Earth becomes uninhabitable.

Now, NASA has begun a new isolation project which aims to better analyse the effects of being in close proximity with one another. The six people who will be involved in this experiment are an astrobiologist, a physicist, a pilot, an architect, a journalist and a soil scientist. Sounds like the Big Bang theory, wonder if Sheldon will be there? Anyway, this might sound glamorous but there is one caveat, all six people will be concealed in a 36 by 20 foot dome which is located near a barren volcano in Hawaii, they will then need to stay there, together for a year.

Below is an image of the space capsule in question, it looks better than in sounds, sort of, the design certainly makes use of the space available.

There is one crumb of comfort however, NASA has tried this before and everyone seemed to be able to live together without any fights, murders or cannibalism attempts. This is certainly an opportunity to advance research in a way which will benefit science, I am not sure I would want to live with 5 other people in a small space for 1 year.

Thank you bbc for providing us with this information.

Apple Announces New App Store Record

Apple has announced record breaking new year sales on the App Store. New Year’s Day turned out to be a record for App Store sales, “New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history”. The company also announced that developers have made a total of $25 Billion in the history of the App Store.

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.” – Apple VP Eddy Cue.

The company also went to great lengths to highlight how it has produced over 1 million jobs in the US, with over half of that due to the App Store.

“In just six years, the iOS ecosystem has helped create 627,000 jobs in the US alone.* The App Store offers more than 1.4 million apps for iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 725,000 of these apps made for iPad. App Store customers can choose from an incredible range of apps in 24 categories, including games, social networking, photo & video, sports, health & fitness, travel, kids and many more.”

Source: 9to5Mac 

NYE too Late For Your Kids? Stream New Year’s Eve Anytime With Netflix

Those of you with young children will know that it’s nice for them to experience festivals, occasions and events with the rest of their family. However, in the case of New Year’s Eve, midnight can just be a bit too out of reach for the little ones.

That’s why Netflix has created a kid friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that can be streamed anytime – just before they go to bed for instance. The three-minute New Year’s Eve countdown is hosted by King Julien from Netflix’s original kids series All Hail King Julien and a series of Madagascar characters.

“Move over, Ryan Seacrest, I’ve got my very own on-demand countdown party on Netflix,” King Julien “said” in a statement.

The clip can be streamed anytime, allowing kids to experience something they might be too tired for otherwise.

Source: CNNMoney

 

Apple Announces Annual Lucky Bag Sale in Japan

Apple has announced that its annual Lucky Bag Sale in Japan will begin on January 2nd.

The lucky bag sales are a New Year tradition in Japan, where customers are offered a bag of mystery items at a set price. The bag could equal or exceed its value, with the potential to make massive savings on some expensive items.

According to MacRumors, last year Apple offered bags for 36,000 yen ($345) and often included “iPods, headphones and t-shirts”. Some lucky customers found themselves with iPads, iPhones and MacBooks all for that extremely low price.

The sale is obviously only confined to Japan, but wouldn’t it be fantastic to have this everywhere else? The sale has become extremely popular in Japan every year now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple try it in some other countries.

Source: MacRumors

 

Wikipedia Releases First Year in Review Video

Wikipedia has released its first annual year in review video. The video is somewhat similar to Google’s video from Tuesday, highlighting the year’s big events. 

The video touches on Ebola, the World Cup, Robin Williams and more – all through the medium of the many millions of Wikipedia articles. It also includes a number of license free videos and images submitted by ‘Wikipedians’ from all over the world. 

Catch the video bellow. 

Source: The Next Web

Google Releases Annual ‘Year in Search’

Google has released its annual ‘Year in Search’, formerly known as the Zeitgeist. It comes with a number of surprises and a number of things you probably guessed.

The top trending search subject for the year was the death of Robin Williams, the actor and comedian who passed away in August of this year. That topic was closely followed by the World Cup, which took place in Brazil this summer, with the deadly Ebola virus following up behind that.

The top trending search term in tech was of course the iPhone 6, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Nexus 6, the Moto G, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 following up in that order.

Google has produced a wonderful website, with a number of beautiful pages displaying all the data in what is probably the best way possible. You can search through ‘top charts’, read about big topics and more.

Check it out here.

Source: Google

Tablets in Trouble Again – iPad Shipments Decline Further

The world isn’t as interested in tablets as we once were and not even Apple is able to stay perched on top a cloud of fan-boys and drones.

Shipments of tablets worldwide will increase by only 7.2% in 2014, compared to a 52.5% growth last calendar year. In exact numbers this equals a 235.7 million total shipment number for tablets, globally. Amongst this is an IDC prediction of Apple’s iPad sales to sit at 64.7 million total units, seeing a decline of 12.7% comparative to 2013 – this is opposite to their Mac computer and iPhone sales which have reported growth in each area respectively.

Alongside these results, global shipment numbers of PCs and smartphones have seen a rise. We’ve reported on similar stories in the recent past, with a few different theories as to why smartphones continue to rise and tablets are falling. One of the main examples seems to be that due to smartphone screens getting larger (iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4), there seems to be less and less reasons to purchase a tablet for day to day usage. If your phone already has a powerful Intel processor, a 5″ screen, 4G internet and copious applications, is there really a need for you to spend $400+ on a high quality tablet to match it? People are starting to think not.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has reportedly expressed hope that iPad shipments will be back in the green year-on-year, but so far it’s simple not the case. However, Apple personally are expecting a possible boost through an enterprise partnership with business kings IBM – set to deliver mobile devices customized with cloud, management and analytical software.

The predicted growth ranging up to the year 2018 is expected to sit at around 5.4% total, however an addition of Windows 10, Google OS and Apple’s new technologies may see this alter slightly.

Information thanks to PC World
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Pebble to Push new Modular Smart Watch in 2015

2015 will see smart watch manufacturer Pebble release their next generation highly customizable product choices. Not only will they reportedly contain the ability to be strapped to your wrists via a plastic, metal case or leather strap – but advanced customization options are ticking in the pipeline.

Pebble was introduced to the world thanks to a Kickstarter campaign reaching great success, ensuring they could begin pitting their best against the plethora of smart watch offerings by multi-billion dollar tech companies such as Apple, Samsung, ASUS and LG.

Following the high-profile release of Apple’s first smart watch, Pebble have decided to entice customers to their brand by providing alternatives in styling, features and operation to these big-name competitors. The next models of Pebble watches will feature many secret developments in design and application, but unfortunately it’s very hard to get information out of them at this stage as to any specifics.

The most popular rumor is that of Pebble releasing modular smart watches, giving users the ability to do things such as change their wrist bands on-the-run and utilize different watch faces. It’s a smart concept as it then creates a product to suit many different users needs. Imagine a watch that you can dress up for a job interview, then simply change the fact and strap for a dance in a dingy nightclub.

At this stage there isn’t any more information available to us, including no set release date or pricing structure – we will report as the story develops here on eTeknix.

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15 Year Old Cashes in $100,000 Thanks to Bitcoin and Launched a Startup

Erik Finman is the 15 year old founder of Botangle, an online education program designed to link students with instructors across the globe. He’s said to be following in similar footsteps to his mentor, Alexis Ohanian, who started the ever-growing online platform Reddit at the young age of 22.

After being inspired by Ohanians book “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed”, Finman cashed in a $1,000 check from his Grandma and invested it in the online currency, Bitcoin.

A pretty daring move for someone at only 15 years of age you could say. Ohanian agreed in an interview with CBS News:

“I’m shocked by Erik’s success at this age, compared to where I was”

However, Finman went in with full confidence:

“I just thought it was an amazing tool, and it was going to be really big,” Finman said. “I hit the jackpot.” CBS News

As the title explains, his jackpot reached a total of $100,000. But why stop there? Finman was frustrated by being stuck in school in Idaho, where he was experiencing a lack of interesting subjects to quench his learning thirst – his solution being Botangle.

Botangle gives registered members a place to keep in contact with instructors and learn about almost any subject they wish, ranging from languages to science.

After Botangle’s launch in May, there are now more than 1,700 registered users and employs 20 people full-time.

Finman commented:

“You can choose to register as a student and learn something, or become an instructor and teach something. I wanted it so that any person like me, who doesn’t have the same opportunities as someone living in a really nice school district, can go on my site and learn anything they want.” CBS News

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