Samsung Buys 5% Stake In Wacom, Plus Manufacturing Deal

Galaxy Note Hands-On!

The major stylus maker and industry leader of digital design via human input devices (a stylus pen, duh) is now partnered with Samsung. A 5% voting stake in the company valued at $58.9 million was purchased by Samsung to help support their use of Wacom technology inside of the S Pen which is used in the Galaxy Note II and a couple of their tablets.

But it’s more of a long-term deal: By 2014 the entire net amount raised from the sale of shares will be invested in “product development and manufacturing and supply system enhancements for products to be supplied to Samsung Electronics,” and that Wacom plans “expand its relationship” with Samsung even further.”

More business, more gadgets. That’s what is happening in retrospect. Via: Wacom (PDF)

Google Has A New Android Sculpture Made Of Chrome, But Why?

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Google typically likes to express the completion of projects via sculptures. This time, it’s the Android mascot, made of chrome, which is also the namesake of the Google Chrome browser, which recently added beta updates to Android. Still, nobody knows what it’s for, but it is shiny, and kind of modern-looking. Its location is on the side of one of Google’s Mountain View buildings in California.

Via: Paul Wilcox

South Korea Launches Satellite And Rocket Into Space With Success

SK Rocket Launch

Only 10 countries on Earth have successfully launched rockets into space then deploy a satellite. Turns out, South Korea is now at 11, with the launch of a self-developed, two-stage Naro rocket while putting the vehicle’s Science and Technology Satellite-2C payload into orbit. After this, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute is working with contractors to build completely in-house rocket stages by 2016, and reach 300 tons of amazing thrust as soon as 2018 knocks on the doors of science.

Via: Space

BlackBerry Z10: It’s The BlackBerry With A Punch, Coming Mid-March

BlackBerry Z10Formerly, Research in Motion (RIM) had a series of smartphones called BlackBerry. Now, the company has changed their name to BlackBerry, and announced two new devices aimed at bringing the company back to prominence. The Z10 is the leading smartphone, with a 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280×768 resolution at 356 pixels-per-inch), 2GB of RAM, 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 16GB of storage, NFC, LTE, and WiFi, as well as a microSD card slot, 1080p HD video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Verizon and AT&T are going sell the Z10 starting in mid-March. Pricing and an exact date isn’t available on AT&T, but Verizon will release their Z10 six weeks after the Superbowl, for $200 on a two-year contract.

Hey, Look, It’s A White LG Nexus 4!

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So there’s this white Nexus 4 over at Phone Arena that apparently isn’t a superbly customized black Nexus 4, but a real white one that could hit the Google Play Store soon. Personally, I don’t see any Photoshop action going on in the image, but it doesn’t actually mean the phone is coming. Regardless, if you love unicorns and all things cute, the professional and edgy black Nexus 4 could easily be your second choice, if the white one becomes available.

ViaPhoneArena

Apple Will Have The 128GB iPad 4th-Gen Ready By Feb. 5th For $799

iPad 4Want an iPad with Retina display (fourth-generation, the latest) with more storage? Apple has you covered on the most successful tablet of all time, like it or not. The 128GB of storage is perfectly usable by the user, come February 5th for $799 which gets you the base Wi-Fi version. Want a cellular edition on Verizon or AT&T with 4G LTE, as well as Sprint? Well, that’s the most expensive iPad, at $929. Options is the way the game is played.

Via: Apple

Microsoft Office 2013, 365 Home Premium Annual Subscription Now Available

OfficelogoOrange_WebHere’s the actual bit of news you need to know: Microsoft Office 2013 is completely revamped and modern, and comes in two versions. First, there’s Office 2013, which is your normal Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint suite for $139. Home and Business adds Outlook for $219, while the top-of-the-line Professional package includes all of the aforementioned Office 2013 apps, along with Access and Publisher for $399.

But what if you like the cloud? Well, there’s Office 365: a cloud solution with no disc which costs $99 per year (and comes with 20GB of SkyDrive storage), with new software updates for free, which gets you authorization to install the software on up to 5 PCs and Macs, with the option to remove a computer in order to free up a license. Now you’ll finally be able to trick out your new Microsoft design scheme with Windows 8, if that’s appealing to you.

Via: Microsoft 

What Happens If You Fly A Plane On Other Planets?

xkcd-whatif-flyingAs Randall Monroe from xkcd so accurately describes and explains using his drawings and tests inside of X-Plane (a flight simulator used by pilots with 20 years of engineering behind it) it’s rather difficult to fly a plane in on a planet with no environment. Not to mention temperature and pressure changes, along with gravitational pull. But the intriguing thing is that on Titan, a moon of Saturn, is better to fly in than on Earth: you could technically use a human glider, except that it’s really cold, at about 72 degrees Kelvin (-330.07 Fahrenheit). That’s really cold.

Via: What If?