So, Turns Out We Just Found Out The Sun Is “Too Round”

Let’s make this interesting and odd as possible: for decades, we thought that the Sun varies in size because of magnetic forces part of an 11-year solar cycle. Turns out, that’s all dead wrong.

The Sun’s shape doesn’t change. It’s round, yet unusually flat at the same time. In fact, it is so round that its roundness may have special attributes that warrant it doing what it does every Earth day. As Jeffrey Kuhn and his team at the University of Hawaii in Pukalani have discovered this, Kuhn went about and explained to Space what his findings meant and will mean:

“The peculiar fact that the sun is slightly too round to agree with our understanding of its rotation is also an important clue in a longstanding mystery,” Kuhn said. “The fact that it is too round means that there are other forces at work making this round shape. We’ve probably misunderstood how the gas turbulence in the sun works, or how the sun organizes the magnetism that we can only see at the surface. Finding problems in our theories is always more exciting than not, since this is the only way we learn more.

This is all too awesome. ViaSpace

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Out Tomorrow In The US For $499

“Meet the new wave” is the tagline used for the Galaxy Note 10.1, and it includes the idea of content creation plus content consumption. Bundled is the S Pen with the rest of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface (, doubled on with Samsung’s addition of Touchwiz and content creation suites like S Note.”True” multitasking in its true incantation is what is available on the Galaxy Note 10.1, like watching a movie while taking notes on it, or graphing while receiving data.

Launching tomorrow, August 16th, the 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 will retail starting at $499 with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4GHz processor setup. Bundled is Adobe  PhotoShop Touch with special modifications for the S Pen. Students interesting in seeing what Samsung offers for their needs include Kno for over 200,000 textbooks and the Barnes & Noble Nook app. It will be available in either white or dark grey.

The Strike 7 Is The Coolest Gaming Keyboard Out Right Now

The Cyborg Mad Catz Strike 7 keyboard. Yes, it is a long name, but it pretty much stands for the coolest gaming keyboard you could buy, all for $300. For that, you get an all-metal keyboard, with five constituent parts — the main keyboard, function pads and wrist rests — fully adjustable to different positions. There also is a touchscreen display, which lets you quickly reprogram and assign a total of 24 function buttons that are on the keyboard, plus it can also be used to launch and control programs on the PC.And here’s what is really the cool part: there interchangeable WASD and cursor keys and the entire keyboard’s backlighting is capable of 16 million color variants.

Let that sink in. Via: MadCatz

Flash for Android died today: so long, full mobile web experience

Adobe has been fed up with the mobile Flash experience. First on Android, then some mess on webOS, and Adobe has called it quits, now support HTML5. From now on, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices will not receive support to use Flash, and existing phone and tablets below that version number will be unable to start any fresh installs from the Google Play Store.

Long live the web/internet. Long live HTML5!?

Gran Turismo 6 is in development, will be released in the future

Sure enough, Gran Turismo 6 is in development. The world’s most famous driving simulator is also famous for its incredibly long release cycles. When asked about a potential release time frame, the GT’s creator, Kazunori Yamauchi said at the Gran Turismo 5 Asia Championship 2012 event that, “If I carelessly say when it will be released, you’ll end up with people saying things like ‘it’s been delayed again!?’ “So I will no longer say at this type of event.”

That’s all for now from Polyphony Digital. ViaAndriasang

For Your Spy Operations: A $400 Remote-Controlled Drone

Hey, it costs (£250; roughly $400) and for that you get — the Spy Hawk — a remote-controlled drone. It has a built-in 5 megapixel camera that streams live video back to the 3.5″ LCD (iPhone sized) on the controller, which also holds an SD card for recording your flights. Also, it has a range of 2,000 feet with the capability to hold 15 minutes of flight on a single charge. And in case you really want to get serious about spy work, it has an intelligent autopilot that can sustain flight in gusty conditions, keeping your live video feed of all the activity down below.

This is Bravo team, reporting to HQ. Tango down.

Audi’s electric R8 e-tron completely owns the Nürburgring on video

You haven’t exactly seen electric sports cars worthy of fantastic styling, brand name, and speed, right? Enter the Audi R8, which just went around the key track for any high mark sports car — the German Nürburgring Nordschleife. It clocked a time of 8:09, about just a minute slower than the world’s most extreme production vehicles but only a few seconds off of the R8 equipped with its standard V8 engine. Check out the video after the break, or at the source link.

Via: Autoblog