Never before seen observations of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way have been made by the Herschel space observatory, revealing unexpectedly huge temperatures as the stellar body chews through gas and dust. Sagittarius A*, the black hole around 26,000 light years from our solar system, had previously been shrouded in
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If Arduino is too underpowered and Raspberry Pi doesn’t have enough hardware inputs for you, BeagleBone’s $ 45 microcontroller board will let you have your cake and eat it too.
Torn between getting an HTC One right now and waiting for that sleek black variant? We know the feeling, and the folks at Sprint and AT&T aren’t making it easier: both providers have tossed up a product page for the color. Unfortunately, a solid street date is nowhere to be seen — Sprint only promises that it’ll be available “soon.” The tease won’t make the wait any more bearable, but if you want to ogle that press image a bit more, check out the product pages at source.
Black Rock Shooter: The Game, spawned by the Japanese media franchise Black Rock Shooter and released by Imageepoch, will be making its way to the United States April 23rd via the PlayStation Network. It will make its way to Europe a day after. The game was initially released on the PlayStation Portable in Japan in
Activision has officially announced the next download content available for Black Ops II. The next DLC pack is called Uprising and will hit the Xbox on April 16. Uprising will be the second DLC pack for the video game and after the April 16 debut on the Xbox 360, it will come to other platforms
Love floor-shaking bass, but can’t stand the idea of accidentally catching your own reflection whilst seated on the couch? Good news — well, limited good news, that is. Sonos has opted to make available a limited quantity of matte black Subs, in spite of its plans to focus on the gloss. Those deemed “loyal Sonos owners” can pick one up for $ 599 for the next fortnight by clicking the source link below. It’s all first come, first serve. Once they’re gone, you’re matte out of luck.
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Chaotic Moon is probably best known for dev work that it’s done for clients like Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily, or the Marvel Unlimited app that just hit the Apple App Store. But when one of their coworkers was hurt in a brutal hit-and-run bike accident, they spent some time on a side project designed to help cyclists who find themselves in a similar situation.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag swabbing decks on Wii U, PlayStation 3 / 4, PC, Xbox 360 and next Xbox
The Assassin’s Creed video game series — beyond its trademark murderous historical fiction — is known for arriving in annual installments. 2013 is no exception, with French publisher Ubisoft recently revealing Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, a pirate-centric next entry in the long-running franchise. Unlike last year’s game, which took players through the American Revolution as a half-British / half-Native American named Connor, AC4: Black Flag puts you in his grandfather’s swashbuckling boots as Edward Kenway of The Caribbean. Kenway’s the captain of a pirate vessel known as “The Jackdaw,” which promises a new twist in the AC series: open-world naval combat. While the last series entry teased naval combat, Black Flag is built around that gameplay; AC4 also borrows from recent Ubisoft highlight Far Cry 3, with Kenway battling sharks below water while diving for booty (a takeoff on the hunting found in that game, as well as in the last AC entry).
Of course, the conceit of the AC series has always been that you’re a modern man named Desmond Miles, a member of the ancient Assassin’s Guild, and that you’re experiencing your assassin lineage through a machine called the “Animus” in order to save the world. This conceit lead Desmond through a variety of eras in previous games, ending with the American Revolution in Assassin’s Creed 3. Without spoiling that game’s final moments, it’s safe to say that Desmond isn’t joining the cast in Black Flag; rather, you’re simply a modern day Templar (the long-running rivals of the assassins) searching for more secrets about the enemy. Ubisoft reps wouldn’t tell us much about how the modern day will play into the new game’s story, but did admit that it’ll play a major role.
Gallery: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Gallery: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Ubisoft made a teaser for its “world premiere trailer” for the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The world premiere was supposed to take place on Monday, but unfortunately for Ubisoft, the trailer was leaked prematurely. The trailer was leaked through GameRadar’s YouTube channel, and taken down soon afterwards,
astroengine writes “Astronomers have directly measured the spin of a black hole for the first time by detecting the mind-bending relativistic effects that warp space-time at the very edge of its event horizon. By monitoring X-ray emissions from iron ions (iron atoms with some electrons missing) trapped in the black hole’s accretion disk, the rapidly-rotating inner edge of the disk of hot material has provided direct information about how fast the black hole is spinning. Astronomers used NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) — that was launched into Earth orbit in June 2012 — and the European observatory XMM-Newton measured X-ray radiation as a tool to directly infer the spin of NGC 1365′s black hole. ‘What excites me is the fact that we are able to do this for the very massive black holes at the centers of galaxies but we can also make the same measurement for black holes in our galaxy … black holes that resulted from the explosion of a star … The fact we can extend this from billions of solar masses to 10 solar masses is pretty cool,’ Fiona Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., and principal investigator of the NuSTAR mission, told Discovery News.”
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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
Seven days, 26,000 lightyears, 637 languages, two groups of terrorised rats and one computer that never, ever crashes. We’re light on intro, heavy of the numbers. You know the drill by now, this is Alt-week.
cylonlover writes “Drones have become a valuable asset for any military force in recent years for both combat and surveillance. But while scanning a warzone from miles away is great from a tactical standpoint, unmanned aircraft can be just as useful in the hands of troops on the ground. That’s why British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued several Black Hornet Nanos, a palm-sized UAV that can scout around corners and obstacles for hidden dangers. Each UAV measures just 4 x 1 inches (10 x 2.5cm) and weighs a mere 0.6 ounces (16 grams), making it easy for troops to carry along with the rest of their gear. A built-in camera transmits live video and still images to a handheld control unit at a range of up to half a mile (800 meters).”
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We’ve had a note in from a well-placed friend who says that RIM’s BlackBerry Z10 will only debut in Henry Ford’s favorite color: black. Those looking for a white-tinted fruity smartphone will apparently have to wait until February 15th before being able to splash their hard-earned. Either way, as we’re but a few short minutes away from Thorsten Heins’ big moment, we won’t have long to wait for confirmation.
As Sony, Apple and others well know, it’s hard to slip a phone into the marketplace without leaks, considering the many, many points on the supply chain where Mr. Blurrycam can spot it. This time, Rapid Berry allegedly espied promotional photos that look like they came directly from the source, hitting all the Blackberry 10 marketing points like the upcoming Z10 handset in black and white, BBM Video with Screenshare, the new BB keyboard and the so-called Time Shift Camera. While we’ve seen much of this before, these are among the first press-type pics we’ve seen straight from RIM — and tie up the imminent Blackberry 10 future with a pretty bow, if real. Go to the source to see the entire series.
Via: Phone Arena
Source: Rapid Berry
This week the folks at Sennheiser have shown off their next great hero headphones: MOMENTUM Black. This release takes the greatness of the MOMENTUM series and delivers it in what the company calls a “perfect fusion of style and substance”. They certainly sound great and now, here at CES 2013, they come in a perfect
Residents of a town under siege by the Roman army about 2,000 years ago buried two hoards of treasure in the town's citadel — treasure recently excavated by archaeologists.
GoPro’s lineup of mount-anywhere cameras has been dazzling extreme sports enthusiasts for years. The original HD Hero first delivered stills and wide-angle HD video in 2009, and those capabilities improved with a higher-res sensor, faster burst mode and a wider field of view in the Hero2. Now, GoPro has rolled out the Hero3, which packs even greater performance (up to 4K video!) in a cube that’s almost a full centimeter thinner than its predecessors.
What kind of powerful imaging gear did the company boffins shove in that diminutive package? Just how pro do videos from the new GoPro look? To find out, we took a Hero3 up in a jet, strapped it to the roof of a car and recorded a base jump out of a hot air balloon (from the safety of the basket, of course). Join us after the break to see the results and find out how we got along filming with the Hero3.
Gallery: GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition
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Wear and tear on U.S. Army helicopters costs as much as $ 1 billion per decade, yet there was no way to prevent it — until now.
We knew since before Black Ops II released that Activision and Treyarch would develops all kinds of DLC for the game, and sure enough, the details for the game’s first DLC offering have leaked out. Like all Call of Duty DLC packs before it, this one is a map pack, and it’s apparently being called
The Samsung Galaxy Note II has appeared in a bit of a leaked photo of a new color for the hardware this week – black! This version of the device will quite likely be appearing at Mobile World Congress 2013 along with additional tweaks and additions of greatness to the already-popular Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung gave Galaxy S III buyers a small rainbow of color choices in the summer, and there’s signs that the Galaxy Note II might receive a similarly resplendent treatment. A supposed press image obtained by AndroidSlash shows the giant smartphone draped in a previously unavailable black that’s potentially very striking — and more than a little reminiscent of 2001‘s species-changing monoliths. There’s no official word from Samsung on its authenticity, although we wouldn’t be surprised knowing the company’s history and the Note II’s strong track record. When a theoretically niche device is selling like gangbusters, some added diversity could be in order. Just don’t expect any Starchildren as a result.
Source: AndroidSlash (translated)
We mentioned earlier this month that rumors were circulating that the federal government would move to place event data recorders inside new vehicles. Federal regulators are now proposing that all new automobiles sold in the US after September of 2014 will be required to be equipped with these event data recorders. The recorders are somewhat
While BlackBerry 10′s final build has yet to be seen by the masses, its hardware has arguably received more views than PSY’s Gangnam Style. After sporting the codenames London and L-Series, RIM’s upcoming full-screen handset appears to have settled on the recently leaked “Z10” branding. Spicing things up is an alleged inventory screenshot from Carphone Warehouse obtained by N4BB displaying a product listing for a BlackBerry Z10. Sure, this could be nothing more than a placeholder for things to come, but at least now we have a new frontrunner in the Name RIM’s next smartphone game. One thing’s for sure, BB10 will officially be revealed to the world on January 30th and of course we’ll be there to bring you the play-by-play.
Walking Dead fans have a lot to get excited about. With the series more popular than ever here in the middle of the third season, AMC will likely be renewing the series for another season, meaning more dramatic zombie action for addicted fans. It gets even better though, as AMC has announced that it will
If you’ve had your fill of that Black Marble animation from last week, how’s about a more interactive jaunt around the globe? Google has now joined hands with NASA and NOAA to use stunning imagery of an illuminated, cloud-free Earth captured by the Suomi NPP satellite and put a map of the sleeping world right under your fingertips. The data was collected over 312 passes by the satellite using a new ultra high-sensitivity sensor dubbed the “day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite”, and then mapped over existing “Blue Marble” pictures. If you think a nocturnal orbit around our home planet beats having a gander at faraway nebulas, but you can’t quite afford a boarding pass, then a jump to the source link is most definitely in order.
The folks at Sony Home Entertainment have teamed up with the folks at both UltraViolet and Sony Pictures Imageworks to bring to you an iPad-based interactive “Movie Touch” experience for the home video release of Men in Black 3. What you’ve got here is a vast collection of features that help you immerse yourself in
Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.
While some refer to it as a lonely planet, we prefer to think of it as unique. Where else can you find such diverse biology that dates back millions of years, that also has a space station hovering delicately above it. A planet where several millennia of human evolution gave birth to the comedy animated gif? Precisely. One of a kind. This is alt-week.
Rumor has it the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is about to propose a regulation that would require EDR (event data recorders), more commonly known as black boxes, to be installed in all new light trucks and cars. The EDRs will be similar to those used in aircraft, and will provide essential data in the
Mary Meeker’s Year-End Trends Report: Mobile & Tablets = 24% Of Online Shopping On Black Friday, Up 18% From 2012
Kleiner Perkins Partner Mary Meeker publisher her annual “Internet Trends Year-End Report” tonight, providing an update on the glimpse she gave us into mobile trends back in November. As per usual, the Kleiner partner’s biggest conclusions are somewhat familiar: Internet growth remains robust, and penetration in the U.S. leads all other countries.
An anonymous reader sent word that astronomers have discovered an absolutely enormous black hole residing in a galaxy that seems too small for it. In a new study (PDF), researchers looked at galaxy NGC 1277 and found that its central black hole weighed in at roughly 17 billion solar masses. Quoting Phil Plait: “The problem is, that’s far more massive than the central bulge of NGC 1277 would suggest the black hole should be. It’s well over half the total mass of the bulge! In fact, the entire mass of the galaxy is about 120 billion solar masses, which means the black hole at its heart is 14 percent of the total galaxy’s mass; compare that to the Milky Way’s black hole mass of 0.01 percent and you’ll see why astronomers were shocked.”
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Microsoft and Nintendo aren’t the only game console manufacturers enjoying Black Friday frenzy — Sony today announced that over 525K PlayStation 3 consoles were sold in the US between November 18th and 24th (which includes the big day), adding to the 70 million PS3s in the world. Another 160K PlayStation Vitas were sold between the 19th and 25th, spurred by hefty Sony-backed discounts. The numbers mark a nine percent increase over last year’s PS3 sales; as this is the Vita’s first Black Friday year, 160K will be the number to beat in 2013. Without offering any actual numbers, Sony also says its PlayStation Plus subscription rate via PlayStation Network increased 259% last week — it’s unclear if this includes the free subs found in many Black Friday bundles and individual games. The service grew considerably recently with the launch of PS Plus on Vita, and bolstered its free game lineup with some of the Vita’s best offerings, no doubt attracting many new customers.
Apple retained its stranglehold on mobile shopping over the two-day stretch of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., IBM said.
Groupon maintained its spot as the top mobile commerce app, but Best Buy saw the biggest overall one-day gain on Black Friday, according to Onavo, a Sequoia-backed mobile data compression startup.
Usage of Best Buy and Walmart’s iOS apps jumped by more than fivefold last Friday and Thursday night. Following them were Kohl’s, Target and ShopSavvy.
E-Commerce Spending On Black Friday Tops $1B For The First Time; Amazon Is The Most Visited Retailer
We’ve seen the reports that Black Friday online sales increased this year, but the numbers are finally in. comScore is reporting that U.S. retail e-commerce spending was $ 1.042 billion on Black Friday, an increase of 26 percent from Black Friday last year. This is the first time Black Friday sales surpassed $ 1 billion in online spending, says comScore.
Considering the parody-worthy dangers of America’s busiest shopping day, it’s no surprise to hear that online consumerism is on the rise. According to ComScore, 57.3 million Americans took their wallets to digital storefronts on Black Friday, spending a record $ 1.04 billion in the process. “With Black Friday online sales up 26 percent and surpassing $ 1 billion for the first time, coupled with early reports indicating that Black Friday sales in retail stores were down 1.8 percent, we can now confidently call it a multi-channel marketing phenomenon,” stated ComScore Chairman Gian Fulgoni. The organization also noted that digital content sales are on the rise, too, citing a 29 percent increase in the category over the same period last year. Finally, Fulgoni projected Cyber Monday sales in excess of $ 1.5 billion, based on observations culled from the years past. Read on for ComScore’s official numbers.
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The iPad seems to have dominated online shopping from tablets, according to an IBM report, and in fact won out over all other devices in mobile e-commerce. Arguably, that’s because it offers more of a full-web experience, and is more pleasant for browsing standard online retailer sites than a smartphone. But tablet-based shopping continues to be a less than optimal experience.
Black Friday numbers are strong across the board, according to initial reports coming in today from retailers and payments companies. As IBM reported earlier today, total online sales saw a surge of 20.7 percent in spending from last year. eBay-owned PayPal is reporting that Black Friday global mobile payments volume was up 193 percent from last year.
Apple today cut Mac laptop prices up to 10% and iPad prices as much as 9% during its typically tightfisted one-day “Black Friday” deals.
If you’re reading this having not braved the absolute insanity that is waking up in the middle of the night to purchase a good you don’t need, good on you – here’s your reward: Apple Black Friday sales. The folks at Apple are keeping it all clean and tidy today with online sales – as
Black Friday is here and if analysts over at NPD are accurate, shopping today will be the catalyst to push tablet shipments above notebook shipments in North America. If this prediction comes to pass, it would be the first time tablets passed notebook shipments ever in North America. NPD also notes that it expects the