Nov 03 2011
"China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time.
The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself.
Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability for China if it wants to start building a space station towards the decade's end.
Although no astronauts were in the Shenzhou craft this time, future missions will carry people.
Tuesday's procedure (Beijing time 0029, Thursday) took place at an altitude of about 340km. It was automated but overseen on the ground at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Centre.
The vehicles used radar and optical sensors to compute their proximity to each other and guide their final approach and contact. A video feed from orbit showed the final moments of the vehicles coming together.
Shenzhou 8 was the active craft in the docking. It fired its thrusters to push its front end towards the docking port of Tiangong-1. Once the vehicles' docking rings had made a good capture, 12 hooks were deployed to fix the craft in place. Protruding pins made electrical connections.
From first contact to confirmation of a seal took about 10 minutes.
Shenzhou 8 and Tiangong-1 will spend two weeks circling the globe together before Shenzhou 8 heads back to Earth.
"After a joint flight of about 12 days, they will separate," explained Prof Yang Yuguang from the China Aerospace, Science and Industry Corporation." Read More
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Steve Jobs vowed to "destroy Android", according to a leaked excerpt from his authorised biography.
The late Apple co-founder told author Walter Isaacson that he was willing to spend all of the firm's money and his "last dying breath" taking down the Google platform, The AP reports.
Jobs perceived Android's similarity to Apple's iOS operating system as "grand theft". Prior to the release of the Google operating system, the companies worked closely together.
The search engine giant's services featured prominently on early iPhone devices and Google's Eric Schmidt sat on the Apple board. He resigned from the post in August 2009.
"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this," said Jobs. "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank to right this wrong."
Apple is currently suing several smartphone companies who use the Android OS, including Motorola and Samsung. The firm is locked in an ongoing legal battle with the latter which has now spanned 20 cases in 10 countries.
Android accounts for 48% of global smartphone shipments, compared to Apple's 19%.
Oct 12 2011
Silent Hill: Downpour has been pushed back to a 2012 release date, according to Konami.
Silent Hill: Downpour features protagonist and convict Murphy Pendleton, whose prison transport crashes in the woods outside of the haunted town.
The game was planned for a November release this year, but will now be delayed to "Q2 2012".
The second quarter of 2012 release means that it will fall into the April to June window. No reason was stated for the delay.
It appeared in playable form at E3, GAMEFest and the Eurogamer Expo.
Konami is also developing the Silent Hill HD Collection, which will include remastered versions of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. The collection is planned for release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2012.
Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen have hinted that they are in talks to script a FarmVille movie.
The duo told IGN that they are in talks with Zynga to develop a screenplay for a film based on one of its games, and offered a major clue about the nature of the project.
"We will continue writing movies. We are also working on several new and very exciting opportunities. We're in conversations with Zynga to do something with one of their brands," they told the website.
"Can't really say too much on that front yet, but 'Old MacDonald' didn't have a factory, if you get our drift."
FarmVille is a farming simulation and social networking game available through Facebook and MSN Games. It was released for iOS platforms last year.
Zynga is yet to confirm that a movie based on the game is in the works.
Oct 06 2011
Apple says that Steve Jobs has died at age 56.
Tim Cook succeeded Steve Jobs as CEO six weeks ago.
Jobs, the Apple visionary and co-founder, had relinquished the reins to focus on his health problems.
He had battled pancreatic cancer for 8 years.
Apple released a statement on their website saying: "Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."
Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs
Oct 05 2011
iOS 5 will be available as a free download on October 12, Apple has announced.
The updated operating system will introduce 200 new user features to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, the company confirmed at its 'Let's Talk iPhone' media event.
iOS 5 will include a new iOS-based messaging service called iMessage, improved Twitter integration across built-in apps, and the option to crop and edit photographs on a handset.
A new reader has been added to default web browser Safari, optimising text viewing across all Apple devices.
The update will enable users to make their iOS platforms PC-free. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices currently require integration with a PC running iTunes.
Apple is expected to unveil at least one new iteration of the iPhone later this evening.
Sep 26 2011
The 'HMZ-T1' Personal 3D Viewer has appeared in Sony's online stores in both North America and Europe.
In North America, the 3D visor is listed for pre-order at $799.99 with orders shipping "on or about" October 11. The visor is also listed on Sony's European store, though no price or date are yet listed for pre-ordering.
The 3D visor contains two 720p OLED panels, one for each eye, to provide a personal 3D display that simulates a 150" screen seen from a distance of 12 feet.
It will also include HDMI input and output and integrated 5.1 surround sound headphones.
The visor was previously announced for Japan, where it will be priced at 60,000 yen (£480) when it releases on November 11.
Sony has been experimenting with 3D gaming since last year. It will release its 24" 3D PlayStation TV in Europe and North America before Christmas.
"Particles, smaller than the size of an atom, have been observed moving faster than the speed of light.
A research team led by Antonio Ereditato - coordinator of the Opera collaboration (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) - have found the time it would take for neutrinos – which are subatomic particles - to travel 730 kilometers from CERN labs, Geneva. to their lab under a mountain in Gran Sasso, Italy.
Their particles arrived 60 billionths of a second faster than particles traveling at the speed of light.
The error in their experiment is just 10 billionths of a second.
Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain's Manchester University, told Reuters the results, if confirmed would mean it would be possible to "send information into the past." Being able to send information faster-than-light is, by Einstein's theory of relativity, equivalent to time travel.
"If something travels faster than the cosmic speed limit, then it becomes possible to send information (through time) into the past" said Professor Forshaw.
"Light speed is a cosmic speed limit," he added."
Apple is rumoured to be holding its iPhone 5 press conference on October 5.
The event is reportedly scheduled for the first week of next month, and the fifth iteration of the iOS device released one week later, Pocket Gamer reports.
France Telecom CEO Stephane Richard previously claimed that the handset will arrive on the market one week later than previously speculated, claiming that the iPhone 5 is down for an October 15 launch.
Speculation about the phone's specifications flooded the internet after a prototype version of the handset was reportedly lost by an Apple employee in a bar.
Rumours have suggested that the device will sport a teardrop design akin to the new iPod Touch, with an aluminium metal backing rather than the current glass back piece. It is expected to feature the new iOS5 operating system.
Apple is yet to officially confirm a date for the press conference, or announce a release date for the iPhone 5.
Sep 18 2011
PlayStation Vita will be region-free, Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios, broke the news when responding to a fan question on his personal Twitter page.
Vita is scheduled for release in Japan in December, priced at $390 (£247) for the 3G model or $325 (£205) for wi-fi only. Customers in other territories will be able to import the device and encounter no software compatibility issues.
Sony announced the full list of games in development for the platform at Tokyo Game Show 2011, and revealed that it will feature an external battery pack to extend its standard three to five hour usage.
Final Fantasy X and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection were among the blockbuster titles confirmed for Vita at the Tokyo expo.
PlayStation Vita debuts in Japan on December 17.