Home Features Space Feature 25 July 2018 A fleeting glimpse of the ice giants 30 years ago hinted at very weird science that could tell us a lot about exoplanets. Now we have a rare chance to go back By Leah CraneA FEW billion kilometres from here, two cerulean marbles hang in the blackness of space. Neptune and Uranus are not the most distant objects in the solar system. They aren’t the biggest or the smallest. They don’t have the brightest colours. But they do hold the greatest mysteries. We have roved across Mars, we have orbited Jupiter, we have even landed on Venus. But our only close look at the ice giants Neptune and Uranus came more than 30 years ago when the Voyager 2 spacecraft hurtled past on its way out of the solar system. It snapped a few pictures, then the planets faded from view. “Everything we know up close about these planets and their moons is based on that single fly-by,” says NASA … [Read more...] about Forgotten giants: Why the time is ripe to revisit Uranus and Neptune
Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is probably the biggest update to happen to Android for its three-year lifespan since the launch of the first phone on the platform, introducing many elements from Honeycomb and bringing phone and tablets together into a single unified platform. Google calls it their “most ambitious release to date.” The search giant and Samsung were expected to announce it back on October 11th, but they postponed their CTIA event to allow more time after the passing of Apple’s chief executive and industry visionary Steve Jobs. Now, however, things are settled for October 18th at the AsiaD: AllThings Digital conference. Samsung promises the event to be BIG as it will most probably present us the Nexus Prime, but it’s Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich that will end up on many Androids after that and could be even more important. We’ll - of course - have a live blog on October 18th starting at 7:00 pm PST | 10:00 pm EST, so prepare … [Read more...] about Android Ice Cream Sandwich: what will Google treat us with on October 18th?
Samsung issued an update for the Galaxy Note 5.3" monster of a phone, and some usability tweaks are in store, taking advantage of that massive screen real estate.The most clever change is a new five-row virtual keyboard, which has the numbers constantly on top, instead of having to enter punctuation mode every time you need to key in the bid in your eBay shopping spree. There are shrunk keyboard and dialpad modes now as well, which helps immensely when you are struggling to use the phone with one hand, and, lo and behold, it's a struggle with a phone like the Note.Other enhancements include a larger lock in the lock screen, which you now have to move only slightly to get to the homescreen, instead of having to drag the thing across half the entire giant display before. There are also arrows that point which way to move it to unlock, in case you are a first-timer.The laundry list continues with separate settings for brightness and background color for the browser, which should help with … [Read more...] about Samsung rolls out an update to the Galaxy Note, and no, it’s not Android Ice Cream Sandwich
The LG Optimus Vu has been officially unveiled by LG days before MWC, the biggest show dedicated to phones and the mobile industry, kicks off. And in the best traditions set by the Samsung Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu is huge. With a 5-inch screen with an unusual aspect ratio of 4:3, it catches the eye, but we kept on wondering whether such a huge device can really become the mainstream. Here are all the details about it:- a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1024x768 pixels,- thin 8.5mm body,- 1.5GHz dual-core processor,- 8MP camera,- LTE connectivity,- huge 2080mAh battery,- Gingerbread initially, to get updated to ICS within 3 months after launch.Initially, the Optimus Vu is set to land on Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG+. The Optimus Vu release date is March 2012. What do you think about supersized smartphones like the Vu, is bigger size what you’re looking for and does the resolution make a difference?+- Press Release LG UNVEILS UNIQUE 4:3 RATIO, 5-INCH … [Read more...] about Big, huge, bigger: giant LG Optimus Vu officially announced, supports a stylus
As we all know, new Android announcements aren’t complete until a statue that represents the latest version of the platform lands at Googleplex (Google’s HQ in Mountain View). Thus, following today’s Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, we were expecting to see a brand new statue on Google’s front lawn. Well, this is there now, and, thanks to a few Google employees, we can see it in all its glory. For some reason, at the moment the Android Lollipop statue is situated a bit farther from the older statues (KitKat, Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich, etc). Even so, it’s pretty clear that this is the tallest Android statue ever. Android 5.0 Lollipop will start rolling out to devices in the next few weeks, first arriving on Nexus smartphones and tablets, as well as on Google Play Edition devices. Lollipop is, without the shadow of a doubt, a major release, quite possibly the most important since Android was first introduced way back in 2008. It brings a brand … [Read more...] about Giant Android 5.0 Lollipop statue lands at Google HQ