Sony Action Cam AS20 hits the US in August

Sony has expanded its Action Cam offering with a new model, which it announced for the US market with a slated availability of August. There’s no specific launch date, but when it does arrive, the little $200 camcorder will bring with it SteadyShot and the same small build. This makes three action cameras for the maker, which positions them for … Continue reading

Google Glass thief unknowingly live streams his day

When it comes to thieves and technology, the latter usually proves to be their biggest nemesis. Earlier this summer, for example, one thief was caught after logging into his Facebook account at the victim’s home, then forgetting to log back out. The newest dumb criminal? A man who stole a pair of Google Glass and unknowingly broadcasted his day. The … Continue reading

NASA announces the instruments for the next Mars rover

This is Curiosity, but physically, Mars 2020 will look quite similar.

When NASA announced its plans for future explorations of Mars, there was a sense of disappointment in some quarters, since it featured a rover much like Curiosity. But NASA made clear that it was only using the proven technology of the vehicle itself; the instruments it carried would be all new and shaped by both the advancement of technology and the experience of past missions.

Today NASA announced exactly what instruments the mission—currently called Mars 2020—will carry. They included hardware capable of making a more directed search for organic chemicals on the red planet, which could be evidence that life existed there in the past. And it will also carry an experiment designed to test our ability to produce oxygen for future manned explorations of Mars. The rover will also gather and cache samples to be picked up and returned to Earth by a future mission.

NASA had received nearly 60 proposals for instruments to fly on the Mars 2020 mission. From that list, it has selected seven, which it expects will cost a total of roughly $130 million to develop and build. Once again, the rover will be equipped with a mastcam (Mastcam-Z in this iteration) that includes panoramic and stereo imaging. The rover will also carry an instrument to track the wind, temperature, and the properties of Mars’ persistent dust.

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NASA announces the instruments for the next Mars rover

This is Curiosity, but physically, Mars 2020 will look quite similar.

When NASA announced its plans for future explorations of Mars, there was a sense of disappointment in some quarters, since it featured a rover much like Curiosity. But NASA made clear that it was only using the proven technology of the vehicle itself; the instruments it carried would be all new and shaped by both the advancement of technology and the experience of past missions.

Today NASA announced exactly what instruments the mission—currently called Mars 2020—will carry. They included hardware capable of making a more directed search for organic chemicals on the red planet, which could be evidence that life existed there in the past. And it will also carry an experiment designed to test our ability to produce oxygen for future manned explorations of Mars. The rover will also gather and cache samples to be picked up and returned to Earth by a future mission.

NASA had received nearly 60 proposals for instruments to fly on the Mars 2020 mission. From that list, it has selected seven, which it expects will cost a total of roughly $130 million to develop and build. Once again, the rover will be equipped with a mastcam (Mastcam-Z in this iteration) that includes panoramic and stereo imaging. The rover will also carry an instrument to track the wind, temperature, and the properties of Mars’ persistent dust.

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Do we really need more sites for up-voting viral content? The Independent seems to think so

You might think the market for viral clickbait sites is already saturated, but The Independent newspaper in Britain has launched its own version anyway, called i100 — complete with celebrity gossip, cat photos and large, red “upvote” buttons.

Do we really need more sites for up-voting viral content? The Independent seems to think so originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Do we really need more sites for up-voting viral content? The Independent seems to think so

You might think the market for viral clickbait sites is already saturated, but The Independent newspaper in Britain has launched its own version anyway, called i100 — complete with celebrity gossip, cat photos and large, red “upvote” buttons.

Do we really need more sites for up-voting viral content? The Independent seems to think so originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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