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FEATURED: Hands on the Acer Iconia Tab a500


Pros

  • Cheap
  • 1280×800 screen
  • great value
  • Great design
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Micro SD

Cons:

  • Not the best build quality
  • Creaks on the side
  • Doesn’t feel solid
  • Limited apps

         The Acer Iconia Tab a500 is a Android Honeycomb tablet and is priced competitively at 449 USD for a 16GB model. The Tablet is great for watching movies on the go or editing documents. Thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core CPU which runs at 1 GHz makes activities a breeze such as playing games, watching HD video editing documents etc .

OS:
The Acer Iconia Tab runs Android Honeycomb which is Google’s latest Android OS. Honeycomb introduced a new UI which is sort of has a holographic feel to it which we love.

        The down side of this is that not many apps have been made for Honeycomb since it is new, on the upside it has backwards compatibility which means you can run older apps such as ones from 2.2, 2.3 etc. Again this is vanilla Honeycomb which means there have been no custom skins over it, but a few apps are included such as NFS shift and an Office Suite.
Design:
        The tablets design is great overall with brushed aluminum accents on the back and a very glossy display on the front.
But whenever we pressed on the edges we heard creaks so the build quality isn’t very good but it is acceptable.
Features:
        The tablet has a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 screen which has amazing contrast and impenetrable blacks. It also has an HDMI port which allows you to mirror your tablet on to a larger screen which has an HDMI port plus DLNA support for sharing media content without having to connect to a computer.
A feature that most tablets dont have is a  USB 2.0 port for connecting a Keyboard, Mice, Thumbdrive or just about anything else that uses a USB, but luckily this tablet  does so that’s a nice feature to have plus a micro usb port is also here for connecting a syncing to your computer. Micro SD slot is also included to add another 32GB of storage
Camera:
       There are 2 cameras in this tablet one 2 megapixel front facing and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera with the ability to record in 720p, a LED flash is also included. This tablet is great for people who want to use it at home but not for those “on the go” as the tablet may break easily. Overall the tablet offers a zippy performance for a price that won’t make you empty your wallet.
Thanks to:
Samarth Desai- writer
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What’s What? Social Networking For Kids!



Have you ever had a problem with kids using Facebook and you think that it may not be for their age? That’s the worlds number one problem for people steal information from kids on Facebook. May be a big problem for them, but there is a solution ready for you.

What’s What beta, is a website where kids have their own social networking website. This is a website that basically allows no adults. If you think you can hack in , you’re wrong! What’s What beta, has face recognition software for you to login, so you may know the password, but your still not going to get in buddy. Don’t worry parents, this is not only for kids, but it also has a parental monitoring system for your kids, and all friends requests have to be approved by the parent!

If you still can’t get a facebook, What’s What beta, is the perfect social networking site for all kids and only kids! What’s What beta makes sure that you give them a photo of you and then you use your webcam to show your face and get facial recognition to let you sign in into your account. It’s has the exact same features as Facebook, but the only thing that is restricted is adults and your explicit language.

What’s What beta, is safe and secure and no information can get leaked out. No adults are even allowed to use this program as facial recognition technology comes into place once again. You have your backgrounds for your wall and you’re the one who decides who can be your friends and your the one who can decide to write stuff on your wall. You can play games and gain points for yourself and compare with people all over the world. Don’t worry everything is private in this website. You won’t be asked for permission to give information to play games at all. You just play them, get high scores, and you get ranked with the world. Watch out Facebook because your going to have a pretty tough competition with this website and many more who are coming to compete!

website: www.whatswhat.me

The Next Mission: NASA plans a mission for an Alien Sea!


During the year 2006, NASA’s Cassini was flying past Saturn’s moon, Titan. It had observed that the moon had seas of liquid of liquid ethane and methane on the moon’s -300 F surface. This is another step closer to outer space life. Some of these oily seas though, seemed to be bigger than Lake Superior, according to Cassini’s radar because the visibility was poor due to the thick atmosphere of Titan. Want to know more?

NASA is knowing planning a probe that will go and land on Titan’s so called ‘seas’ and act like a boat to float on the liquid methane and receive information on this moon. The probe to make history is called, the Titan Mare Explorer (TiME). This would be humankind first ever extraterrestrial mission ever!

On May, NASA funded a contract of $3 million dollars for development of the project. If the space agency gives a go ahead sign then TiME will launch on 2016 and float, and float until 2013 when it’s 800 million miles away from Titan’s north pole region where most liquid methane seas and lakes are the biggest.  Once TiME reaches the liquid ethane sea then, it will begin to take photos, analyze the weather, how deep the seas are, and analyze samples of the chemical structure of the seas. At the end of the project, then TiME will just wonder off on the sea and keep on floating until it reaches the other side of Saturn’s orbit where it is dark with no sunlight and radio communication will be cut (2035).

Methane clouds always fog up the glum Titan’s sky, and scientists believe that hydrocarbon raindrops are the reason why the sea’s have been replenished and how the landscape had been sculpted. We still believe that there won’t really be any life on the moon, Titan because, water is the main ingredient to life. If there’s no water, we believe there won’t be any real life structure. This is what we believe so far, but we never know if there really is any life with liquid ethane so this is the basic reason why the mission is being executed, to solve all these questions.

After 7 years of travelling through the black hollowness of space, including many bumps with gravity pulls in many planets, TiME will finally make it into the thick, foggy atmosphere of Titan, being protected from friction with it’s heat shield. After getting into the atmosphere for about 100 miles then, the parachute will be deployed. During the 2 hour drop, TiME will be taking photo’s recording data, and using it’s spectrometer to analyze the chemicals of the seas. After the drop into the ethane and methane sea, the capsule will bob up and record all sorts of information of take samples to analyze the chemical structure.

NASA can only fully fund one out of 3 space projects that are coming up: a Mars mission to research how the planet was formed, a comet hopper that will repeatedly land on a comet that is close to Earth, or a capsule that will record data on Saturn’s moon, Titan (this TiME project). Now which one will they choose?

Credit:

http://www.popsci.com

Got LunaTik? Got TikTok?


Apple’s iPods are a new tech frenzy gadget, but sometimes, to check the time, it can be a big problem. Shoving your hand down a tight pocket to look at the time isn’t worth it. How about making is like a watch so you could check the time, play games, check music, and feel pocket free. Take a step ahead and you’ll meet the LunaTik and TikTok. The products that are made by the same company have caught the eye of Apple. A simple idea to make you’re iPod nano into a watch and entertainment display. Just think of a way of how you could sneak that into school. The mastermind behind it, Scott Wilson.

TikTok: The TicTok was probably the simpler version for the idea of putting the iPod nano safely into int’s case and can be compaitable with the Nike Zoom. You basically take the nano and push it into the slot. That was it. You could also take it out by pushing it out through the brand hole. It was that easy. Imagine your self just running around with a really cool watch. TikTok is $39.95 and you can buy it off of www.lunatik.com. The genius behind it was Scott Wilson and Chicago-based designer. He had thought of this idea and had worked and engineered this for a while and expected only a little when instead $1 million dollars was poured on him!

LunaTik: The LunaTik is probably just like the TikTok except that it has some new engineering for people who would like to keep their iPod nano like a watch/running watch. (You can watch the video below for some further details on the TikTok and LunaTik.) It’s basically engineered so that people who would like to keep it like a watch, it would stay in place for a while with 2 small metal sticks. The LunaTik is pretty cool if you go and check it out. It’s only at the price of $79.95. You can’t get it any better than that. For further information go to: www.lunatik.com

TikTok+LunaTik from Visere on Vimeo.

TikTok and LunaTik are both cool new gadgets that are pretty cheap. Remember the requirements are 1 or more iPod nanos. I’m pretty sure Apple is going to be like it was their idea. If they can’t think of anything this is what they do sometimes. Just like the thing about jailbreaking. Scott Wilson and his company: MINIMAL, have already made sooooooo much money in just early release of their products. Future improvement for the company’s economy and success should be in the positives. Just saying: the name also sounds pretty cool 🙂 .

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