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Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
by Ernest Lilley

On July 20th, we celebrated th 48th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon, but the very next day we heading to the National Air & Space Museum to look ahead to the exploration of Mars. It's Mars Day 2017! 

We got to talk to a number of presenters about the Mars Car, Rover driving and what to do when the steering sticks, How to tell if your meteorite was chipped from Martian rock and more. Take a look at out pics and get ready to head for the Red Planet!

R.I.P. Lexar Memory Cards Will Lexar Be Relegated To Being A Wikipedia Entry?
R.I.P. Lexar Memory Cards
by Charles Mohapel

To say that we're stunned to read that Micron is shutting down their entire line of Lexar brand products, is to say that the HMS Titanic hit ice.  To quote our British friends, we're gobsmacked!  Not only will we no longer being able to buy the excellent Lexar memory cards (CompactFlash (CF), CFast, SDXC, SDHC, etc.), USB flash drives, memory card readers, and storage drives, but what will happen with regards to the rare defective product?  Hopefully, PetaPixel's speculation that someone else will buy Lexar, lock, stock, and barrel comes true.

Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Enhances 'Revolution' Exhibit at the MMFA Sennheiser Uses Revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio To Enhance 'Revolution' Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Enhances 'Revolution' Exhibit at the MMFA
by Charles Mohapel

Forget your Father's Surround Sound and look to Sennheiser's revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio.  On Tuesday June 13th, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the press conference at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) prior to the opening of 'Revolution' Exhibit to the public on Saturday June 17th. There we learned that the exhibition, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England focuses on the social fabric of the late 1960s (1966 to 1970).  In addition to the wonderful exhibits provided by the Victoria and Albert Museum, there was also a special section on Expo 67, the 1967 World's Fair held in Montreal, plus a selection of music by Quebec artists.  'Revolution' runs from June 17 to October 9, 2017 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Phantom Express Who doesn't love a good SSTO spaceplane?
Phantom Express
by Ernest Lilley

DARPA has tapped Boeing to develop a SIngle Stage to Orbit plane for satellite delivery dubbed the Phantom Express. The spaceplane will climb to it's satelite release point using the thrust from an Aerojet Rocketdyne AR-22, a legacy from the shuttle program. Once its payload is released it will do a glide return, and be ready for refuelling and another trip into space. During the test phase the plane is to do a flight a day for ten days, an ambitious schedule considering the original plan to launch a shuttle flight every month. 

Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy -- Here's How It Looks In Person
Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy
by Charles Mohapel

Are you a REALLY serious gamer?  Do you edit lots of video or photos?  Then look for the Samsung 49-inch CHG90 QLED Gaming Monitor, with an amazing 32:9 Aspect Ratio, twice as wide as the standard LCD or LED monitor.  This gorgeous curved monitor utilizes Quantum Dot Color and HDR technology, offers Super-fast Response Time of 1 Millisecond, and supports AMD's new Radeon FreeSync 2 technology.  Its resolution is 3840 x 1080.  You can pre-order it for $1,500 US.

 

Apple's New iPad Pro Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display iPad Pro, In 10.5-inch And 12.9-inch Models, Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display And Breakthrough Performance
Apple's New iPad Pro Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display
by Charles Mohapel

By the time you read this, Apple is scheduled to have begun shipping the all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring the Retina display, ProMotion technology, and A10X Fusion chip.

iOS 11 Brings Powerful New Features To iPhone And iPad This Fall Apple Promises Powerful New Features In This Fall's iOS 11 Release
iOS 11 Brings Powerful New Features To iPhone And iPad This Fall
by Charles Mohapel

On Monday June 5, 2017, Apple teased us with a little foretaste of iOS 11, but we'll have to wait until Fall 2017 to get to work with the complete upgraded OS.  Look for upgraded versions of Apple Pencil, Augmented Reality (AR), Core ML, Apple Pay, Siri, and Apple Photos and Camera

Change Your Passwords. Now. Gigantic Leak Exposes Millions Of Accounts -- Change Your Passwords NOW
Change Your Passwords. Now.
by Charles Mohapel

Having received several warnings in the last 2 days to reset our passwords on various unrelated accounts, we checked the primary websites to verify that these were not phishing scams.  It turns out that the warnings to reset our passwords are legitimate.  Apparently a massive memory leak from web services and security company Cloudflare may have exposed user data for thousands of sites.  It occurs to us that anyone using Cloudflare may wish to switch over to someone with better security.

Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back? Proposal By NASA Scientists Could Change Pluto's Status Again
Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back?
by Charles Mohapel

In 2006 Pluto was downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet, but many people, including a number of distinguished scientists and astronomers disagreed strongly.  Now we hear that NASA scientists intend to propose a new definition of "planet" next month at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.

CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing) SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launched Successfully, Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station
CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing)
by Charles Mohapel

On February 19, 2017, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A.  Plans were for it to rendevous with the International Space Station in order to deliver nearly 5,500 lbs of cargo and supplies.  While the launch and successful return to Earth of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon spacecraft failed to rendevous on Wednesday February 22, 2017 and will attempt again on Thursday February 23rd.

Back To Basics: The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC, And Which Is Best For You
The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC
by Charles Mohapel

Since the number of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in worldwide use combine to dwarf the numbers of Co...cont

Boeing's Launches Advanced Space Suits for the Starliner
Boeing Blue Starliner Space Suit
by Ernest Lilley

Somewhere between the sleek pulp cover suits of the 1950s and the reality of spaceflight, space s...cont

DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3 - A Few Final Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3: From Media & Entertainment to Power, Home, Sundries & A Dangdest Thing
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: More Stuff Seen!
DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: Storage, Desktop/Notebook, Headphones, Cables, Even a UMPC
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: A Few Dozen Of The Hundreds Of Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: Some Things I Liked, And That You Might
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

AMC Greenlights 6-Part James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi Into The Mainstream
AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi
by Charles Mohapel

It's only halfway into January 2017 and we're already looking forward to 2018, thanks to ...cont

SpaceX Successfully Launches And Lands Falcon 9 Rocket At Sea
SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return
by Charles Mohapel

For the first time since September 1, 2016 when a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with Facebook's...cont

(Show Me The) Biggish Tablets, USB-C Gear, Mirrorless Cameras, Mobile Power, And More Please!
Dern@CES2017: Some Things I'll Be Looking For/At This Year
by Daniel P. Dern

It's mid-December, which means that the lists I'm putting together are what to look for, ...cont

Next Samsung Update To Kill ALL Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones
Samsung Plans To Update The Galaxy Note 7 To Completely Kill Its Battery
by Charles Mohapel

Beginning on December 19th, the next Samsung update will effectively kill off all of the approxim...cont

What Is Causing Apple's New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar To Have Abysmal Battery Life?
New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Suffers From Serious Battery Issues
by Charles Mohapel

Although far from confirmed yet, a prime suspect for the abysmal battery life of the brand new 15...cont

Possible Cause Of All Those Galaxy Note 7 Fires
Galaxy Note 7 Fires Likely Caused By 'Super-Aggressive Manufacturing Process'
by Charles Mohapel

Remember all those superthin iPhones and Samsung smartphones that had bending problems a couple o...cont

Col. John Glenn -- Semper Fi & Requiescat In Pace
NASA Remembers American Legend John Glenn
by Charles Mohapel

On December 8, 2016, the World lost a great man when John Glenn passed away at the age of 95.&nbs...cont

'VSS Unity', Newest SpaceShipTwo Make First Solo Flight
New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For The First Time
by Charles Mohapel

On December 3, 2016, Virgin Galactic's new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first solo fli...cont

Tips - Make Sure Your Smartphone's Battery Doesn't Go Up In Smoke
Cheap and Dangerous: Avoid Risky Tech Purchases
by Charles Mohapel

These days the terms Caveat Emptor and Let The Buyer Beware should be on the minds and tongues of...cont

Shockingly, More Than 99% Of Fake Apple Chargers Fail Basic Safety Tests
Fake Apple Chargers Fail Safety Tests
by Charles Mohapel

A mark of 99% is normally considered "Excellent" -- EXCEPT when that is the cont

Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Own Secure Non-Linux-Based Operating System
Antivirus Firm Kaspersky Launches Its Own Secure Operating System
by Charles Mohapel

After 14 years in development, Kaspersky Lab finally released their own secure non-Linux-based op...cont

Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Cause Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
Cyber Attack Knocks Nearly A Million Routers Offline
by Charles Mohapel

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the current Flavor-of-the-Day and not surprisingly it resulted in...cont

Android App For Tesla Cars Makes Stealing Them Much Easier Due To Owners Being Tricked
Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone
by Charles Mohapel

In September 2016, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S&nbs...cont

With More Than 13,000 New Accounts Affected Daily, More Than1 Million Google Accounts Have Been Hacked By 'Gooligan' Android Malware
Over 1 Million Google Accounts Hacked by 'Gooligan' Android Malware
by Charles Mohapel

Open source Android is the most widely used operating system for smartphones and tablets, but tha...cont

Warning All Windows 10 Users -- Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption Is Vulnerable To Attack!
Press Shift + F10 During Windows 10 Upgrade To Launch Root CLI & Bypass BitLocker
by Charles Mohapel

If you're a Windows 10 user who relies on Windows BitLocker Hard Drive Encryption softwa...cont

Tech News/Leads

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While we can remember Pelican Combo Cases which featured a soft camera case inside a Pelican hard...more

MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Comfort and Protection MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Comfort and Protection

Once again Mindshift Gear, Think Tank Photo's sister company, has filled in a need we didn...more

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone Creating game changing tech isn't always pretty, maybe it never is.. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

We love design sagas, and the iPhone's is as tough a slog as any we've seen. Second in it...more

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made There's not a lot of fun and games in the development of fun and games. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

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iMac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Arrives This December If You Want The New Apple Work Station, You'll Have To Wait Until December 2017 iMac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Arrives This December

Apple power users wanting the iMac Pro, their newest Work Station, will have to wait until Decemb...more

HomePod Reinvents Music In The Home Due Out In December 2017, Apple's HomePod Is A Very Special Speaker HomePod Reinvents Music In The Home

Available for sale in December 2017, Apple's HomePod is their answer to the Amazon Echo or Go...more

macOS High Sierra Delivers Advanced Technologies For Storage, Video, And Graphics Apple Teases Us With Previewed of macOS High Sierra, Their Upcoming Update macOS High Sierra Delivers Advanced Technologies For Storage, Video, And Graphics

Although it won't be available until this coming fall, Apple previewed macOS High Sierra, the...more

iMac Updates Include More Powerful Graphics, Faster Processors, Thunderbolt 3, And Brighter Displays iMac Receives Major Update Featuring More Powerful Graphics, Faster Processors, Thunderbolt 3, And Brighter Displays iMac Updates Include More Powerful Graphics, Faster Processors, Thunderbolt 3, And Brighter Displays

If you feel that your Apple desktop or laptop is running sluggishly or just showing its age, then...more

Apple Unveils All-New App Store Apple's All-New App Store Will Be Included With iOS 11 Apple Unveils All-New App Store

For people who loved all the apps in the existing App Store, we suspect that all new App Store wi...more

watchOS 4 Brings More Intelligence And Fitness Features To Apple Watch Apple's watchOS 4 To Come Out This Fall watchOS 4 Brings More Intelligence And Fitness Features To Apple Watch

Coming in Fall 2017, watchOS 4 will be a free update to Apple Watch paired with iPhone 5s and lat...more

Nikon Announces Three New Wide-Angle NIKKOR Lenses If You Love NIKKOR Lenses, Check Out Their Three New Wide-Angle NIKKOR Lenses Nikon Announces Three New Wide-Angle NIKKOR Lenses

On May 31, 2017, Nikon introduced three new NIKKOR wide angle lenses, the latest additions to the...more

Nikon's New COOLPIX W300 Is The Ultimate Rugged Travel Companion Nikon's New Durable And Compact COOLPIX W300 Is The Ultimate Rugged Travel Companion, Ready To Capture Your Next Adventure In Outstanding Quality Nikon's New COOLPIX W300 Is The Ultimate Rugged Travel Companion

Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, the Nikon COOLPIX W300 is the latest rugged compact camera....more

New StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and Upgraded StreetWalker Series Backpacks Released Think Tank Photo Releases New StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 and Three Upgraded StreetWalker Series Backpacks New StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and Upgraded StreetWalker Series Backpacks Released

Just in time for Summer 2017, Think Tank Photo is releasing the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack...more

Upgraded TurnStyle V2.0 Sling Camera Bags Offer Greater Stability Think Tank Photo Introduces Three Sizes Of The New TurnStyle V2.0 Sling Camera Bag Upgraded TurnStyle V2.0 Sling Camera Bags Offer Greater Stability

Once again Think Tank Photo has taken an existing product and improved it, releasing 3 sizes of t...more

MindShift Gear's New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack for Smaller Camera Gear MindShift Gear's New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack Offers Rear-panel Opening for Smaller Camera Gear MindShift Gear's New SidePath Outdoor Photography Backpack for Smaller Camera Gear

Once again Mindshift Gear, Think Tank Photo's sister company has introduced a new backpack fo...more

Mercane Wheels Introduces Version 2.0 Of Its Eco-Friendly 3-Wheel Electric Kickscooter

The first generation of the Trans Board was launched in late 2016, but this spring an update is b...more

Aston Martin New AM-RB 001 Hypercar To Be Named The Valkyrie

We have always associated Aston Martin with James Bond and high performance automobiles.  No...more

A Closer Look at Agile Methods

O'Connor's companion volume to his upcoming online course (see links) gives a thorough ov...more

The Demise Of The Classic Arcade Video Game Is Imminent

If you remember playing those early video games on a big arcade console, savor those memories bec...more

Check Out The Sweet Sounding Lamborghini Huracan GT3

If you love the sound of an awesome racing engine, check out the sweet sounding 5.2-liter Audi-ba...more

Upcoming Huawei P10 and P10 Plus Phones To Feature Dual Leica Cameras

If you own a Huawei P9 and its built-in Leica camera, then you will probably love the upcoming Hu...more

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Having used a Leica M9 at Leica's North America Road Show M-Event in June 2010, we know what ...more

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