Microsoft Hires Designer Who Made Those Amazing Concepts

1000wMicrosoft has done something that might just boost its design popularity — hiring a designer. It’s not any old designer, oh no sir, it’s Andrew Kim. He’s the guy that made a long list of concepts of what Microsoft should be with its brand image in order to remain a vision of the future, rather than the present. His designs were nothing short of awesome, so it turns out Microsoft has hired him. As he goes on to say:

But when it came time to make my final decision, I wanted to work at a place I can really get excited about. Working at a company is like getting married, it becomes a fundamental part of your life. I want to work with awesome people on awesome projects that I can get excited about. If you’ve been watching Microsoft over the past year, it’s been exciting, regardless of what your ecosystem preference is.

Now, don’t get too worked up: he’s only been hired to the Xbox division, which he didn’t even create concepts for. But it does mean that Xbox might be one of Microsoft’s first brands to get access to this guy’s awesome designs. Go awesome!

Via: Minimally Minimal

Scientists Discover An Amazing River On Mars

Reull_Vallis_largeIt may be dry, but it once contained water. That’s the general consensus with the recent discovery. In a “striking upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars,” which reveal a 932-mile-long (1500 kilometer) river running from the Promethei Terra Highlands to the vast Hellas basin, once existed a riverbed that was 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) wide and 984 feet (300 meters) deep. It turns out that Mars very much was like our planet Earth (in this regard).

ESA Mars Express team says that the river was flowing with abundant water about 3.5 to 1.8 billion years ago, during the Hesperian period. After the Amazonian Era, the Reull Vallis was invaded by a glacier, which carved out the path. Some time after that, craters impacted the surface.

What can we take from this? There’s a lot more we have to examine about Mars. That is certain.

Via: ESA

Galaxy Note 10.1 Now Receiving Jelly Bean Update Via OTA

Galaxy NOte 10.1 JazzThe promised Android 4.1 update is finally, finally coming through over-the-air (OTA) updates to the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets. The Note 10.1 users get the best part of the Jelly Bean update, with Air View’s hover-to-peek functionality, Quick Command shortcuts and the ability to clip content, as well as the Cascade View to see more than two apps at the same time. It’s about time Samsung got this out; PR after the break.

Instagram Releases New Stats: 90M Users, 40M Photos Daily

instagram-logoInstagram hasn’t been very open about statistics ever since the Terms of Service scandal involving mostly misinformed or scared (for not much) people. According to the retro photo filtering app company (now owned by Facebook), Instagram has 90 million users that are responsible for 40 million photos per day, with 8,500 likes per second and 1,000 comments per second. All of these stats are new and (technically speaking) are the best Instagram has ever reported. Well noted, indeed.

Via: Instragram, AllThingsD

LG Has Already Found 300 South Korean Homes For $20K 84-inch 4K TV

lgultrahdtv-300-homes-1-17-13-01Talk about cozy. 300 homes in South Korea already have purchased an 84-inch, 4K Ultra HD TV from LG, each with the cost of $20.000. The weird part of the situation is that LG (and mostly everyone else) don’t even have 4K content ready for viewing. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop these people from getting ahead of the game and being early-adopters. It is worth noting however that if there’s an interest, producers will start to upscale their content to 4K (literally 4x the quality of HD) and prices of UHD TVs will start to go down, allowing for the new technology to be the new regular TV.

Via: EngChosunBiz (translated)

Bill Gates Will Talk Education On First TED Talk For TV

Redefining Sustainable Development: GatesWord comes from the The Wrap that PBS is slated to air the very first TED Talk produced for TV on April 16th, featuring Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates. Alongside the computer, business and philanthropic legend, educators Geoffrey Canada and Sir Ken Robinson will also be present during the televised TED Talk. The actual recording of the session is slated towards the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater on April 4th. No word on ticket availability, but it’s something to look out for.

Via: The Wrap, flickr

Facebook And Microsoft Use Bing To Create Graph Search

facebookgraphsearch620pxhedimgIn short, Graph Search is a search tool created by Facebook and Microsoft to search for very specific things. Like, for example, as Mark Zuckerberg put it, “Who are my friends in San Francisco?”. Graph Search allows you to find the very specific things in an area where your friends reside, in such a way that it makes it easy to find places or things that your friends like or are in the vicinity of. It’s a discovery engine, powered by Bing results, basically. It’s also privacy-aware, with Facebook applying 10% of its computing power towards the concealment of your privacy.

Graph Search will start rolling out “very slowly” in beta today to a select few users, in only English. In the coming months Graph Search will expand from just people, photos, places, and interests to music listens and wall posts. Press release after the break; get whitelisted at the source link.

Via: Facebook

New Biggest Structure In The Galaxy Defies The Meaning Of Large

eso1122aIn short, here’s what’s going on: an international team of scientists have come across the largest structure in the universe; it would take 4 billion years to get across. It’s a large quasar group — supermassive black holes  that form one massive structure..Consisting of seventy-three quasars, it is over four billion light-years across at its widest point. That’s 1,600 times larger than the distance between our galaxy, the Milky Way, and its nearest neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy.

As Dr Clowes (one of the researchers on the team) explains:

“While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this large quasar group, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe. This is hugely exciting – not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe.

“Even traveling at the speed of light, it would take 4 billion years to cross. This is significant not just because of its size but also because it challenges the Cosmological Principle.”

Einstien’s Cosmological Theory states that “‘viewed on a sufficiently large scale, the properties of the Universe are the same for all observers”, could be under threat as one of the principle rules of astronomy.

ViaRoyal Astronomical Society