Mars Colonists Wanted To Apply For One-Way Trip, So Say The Dutch

logo_marsoneSpace pioneers are wanted by a Netherlands-based Mars One is seeking a legion of applicants; basically anyone who fits the basic requirements is wanted. The idea is that it’ll begin the selection process in the first half of this year, with contestants potential astronauts whittled down into at least six teams of four, through a combination of votes from ‘a global televised program’ and a team of experts. The catch? The trip is one-way and will take years — if you were 18 when you left Earth, you’d be 28 when you reach Mars. There’s also eight years of training before you embark into space.

In the meantime, Mars One will start sending equipment, supplies, and rovers to Mars in 2016. Looks serious, but we’ll see, no?

Via: Mars One

So, Panasonic Made A 20-inch 4K Tablet. Cool, Huh?!

Panasonic 4K TabletSo what if all these 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablets with Core i5 to Core i7 processors just don’t cut it for you? And maybe the Nexus 7, iPad Mini, and iPad are just puny? Well, Panasonic announced a 20-inch 4K resolution Windows 8 tablet, which weighs 5.3 pounds and is an incredibly slender 0.4 inches thick. Battery life? Just two hours. Other specs? 4K display (3840 x 2560 pixels), a stylus, a 720p HD camera, a 1.80 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM (though it can be upgraded to 16GB), and a 128GB SSD (plus support for USB and microSD).

Panasonic didn’t actually design this for the average tablet user; instead it’s for the editor or designer who wants the versatility of a tablet to present and design something, so it somewhat justifies its amazing size and weight. No word on pricing or retail availability, but it probably will on the high-end side of the pricing scale.

This Is Piston: Valve’s And Xi3’s Steam Box Protoype

xi3_modular_computer01-100020435-largeThe Steam Box is definitely real, according to Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve. In fact, it may exist in different form factors, and one of them is in fact what you see above: a $999 custom PC with a quad-core 64-bit x86-based processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, an SSD as large as a terabyte, supports up to three displays and resolutions of up to 4096×216. The motherboard is tiered into three parts so that it can fit into the small cube (which can fit in a human hand), and is upgrade-able as time goes on. It’s only a prototype in its current stage, but in the coming months more work will be put towards the project, and something very materialistic will come out of it: a Steam console.

Via: PC World

Google Is Now Offering Free Public WiFi In Chelsea Area Of New York City

Google WiFiGoogle is once again showing its kind side: a free, public WiFi network in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer joined Ben Fried, Google’s CIO, who together made the announcement at 10.30 am Eastern time. The new public network will cover Gansevoort Street and 19th Street from 8th Avenue to the West Side Highway, and will include the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park and Gansevoort Plaza.

During the coming weekend, we’ll be sure to visit the area and post a report on the speed and stability of Google’s new network.

Via: TC


Sony XPERIA Z: A Quad-Core, LTE, Smartphone Slate

xperia-zMeet the XPERIA Z. It’s everything a phone has never been (at least from Sony): attractive, fast, and up-to-date. There’a a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE, 5-inch 1080p display, Android 4.1, 2GB of RAM, NFC, is water and dust resistant, 2,330 mAh battery, 16GB of storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD), and finally a 13.1MP rear camera with 2.2MP front-facing camera. Where is it launching? Western Europe and Japan; no exact word on an American release.

Sigma’s DP3 Merrill Includes 50mm Focal Length To A Compact Camera

DP3_front_viewSigma has a tendency to design unusual cameras, and the DP3 Merill is no different. It has a 50mm f/2.8 lens with Sigma’s unique APS-C Foveon X3 sensor, which basucakky stacks three 15.3-megapixel layers on top of each other; so Sigma claims this equates to a 46-megapixel image, though in practice the resulting shots aren’t necessarily comparable to more traditional cameras. Instead, they’re known for their unique color rendering and high quality considering the cameras’ small physical size against other cameras produced by Sony, Nikon, and Canon. No word on price, but expect it to ship this year for close to a grand.

Via: Sigma

Adobe Giving Away Photoshop CS2 And The Rest Of The Suite

Adobe Creative Suite 2In an effort to give us all late Christmas gifts (and this allows the company to stop using the old, 2005-era CS2 activation servers), Adobe is giving away Creative Suite 2 and Photoshop CS2 for free and a dedicated download page, just at the source link. It’s a full version with a serial code, and it’s free. Apparently the requirements are for older PCs and Macs, but a system running Windows 7 and even Windows 8 should run it just fine. Thanks Adobe.

Via: Adobe CS2 Downloads

Qualcomm Revamps Snapdragon Chip Range, Makes It Awesome

qualcomm-snapdragonQualcomm, the company behind some of the best smartphones (in terms of processors) decided it’s time to clean up shop for 2013. Meet the new silicon mobile processor family: the Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 processors. The Snapdragon 800 and 600 are the two highest processors in the range; the quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 graphics have been bestowed upon the Snapdragon 800, with a speed bump, plus a 40 percent increase since the last generation. Snapdragon 600 devices should arrive in the second quarter of the year, with the lower-end models following.

Ready for more numbers on the Snapdragon 800 There’s a 75 percent CPU performance increase and double the graphics compute performance with new Krait 400 CPU cores (at up to 2.3GHz each) and an Adreno 330 GPU, a faster LTE Cat 4 modem, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, QFHD video recording, support for resolutions up to 2560 x 2048, and overall just more awesomeness.

Basically what all this means is that the next phone you buy will have the coolest processor. Ever. No need for professionalism or nerdy stats — it simply will be fast, efficient, and means new designs will be possible.

Via: Qualcomm