Russia Takes 121-Megapixel Photo Of Earth, In Ridiculous Detail

Russia may have a thing for good space photos. Unlike NASA’s photos, which are usually composites of multiple shots, the Elektro-L weather satellite’s images display the entire planet (of Earth) in a ridiculously detailed shot from 22,369 miles away, measuring 121-megapixel. So, now you’re asking: why the odd colors? The real colors that NASA uses were deemed boring — the satellite image layers on near-infrared imagery that paints all of Earth’s vegetation in wide swaths of a rust-like orange.

Professional Russian photography. Nice. Video after the break. 
ViaPlanet EarthRussian Federal Space Agency

This Week On LaptopMemo: CTIA 2012 Ruled, And So Did AC3

Oh, it’s you!

Finally, the Adobe CS6 software suit (with new PhotoShop) was released, the new Incredible 4G LTE announced from Verizon, the Samsung Focus 2 in all-white, Google Play surpassing 15 billion apps downloaded, the HP Envy Spectre XT announced with Ivy Bridge technology (read: a laptop I most desperately want, HP), pricing for the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, interesting news on Notch’s upcoming game, browser limitation enforced by Microsoft in Windows RT much to the dismay of Google and Mozilla, and the fantastic Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer.

After doing some of that suggested reading, you’ll be caught up with what occurred in the technology world for at least 7 days (also Happy Mother’s Day!).

This is Stefan, out. And yes, that photo is of me, keynoting.

The Pagani Zonda C8 Seen In Project Cars Is A Stunner

This is Project Cars, a racing simulation endeavor by the same studio that created Need For Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed. The idea here is that the company broke away from EA for development of the game and turned towards the racing community, where they can provide input on a forum, test betas and alpha versions of the game, and practically build the game together on a daily basis. Now, video game screenshot artist Deadendthrills captured one of the recently added cars in the game: the Pagani Zonda C8.

This. Game. Looks. Incredible.

Via: Deadendthrills, Project Cars

Samsung’s New Omnia M With Super AMOLED Display To Debut In Europe

With a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor, the Omnia M is Samsung’s new try at Windows Phone in Europe, specifically the Omnia series (whereas the United States gets the Focus series). For imaging, the Omnia M get a front-facing VGA camera will with Samsung’s own video-calling features, while a 5-megapixel sensor does the shooting around the back. There are also some software editions to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, including the ChatON messaging app. Samsung says it will roll out to other regions after the European launch — which regions remains to be seen. Via: Samsung

Assassin’s Creed III Epic Gameplay Trailer Released — Watch This, Really

This is amazing. I don’t have to say that every move in the new Assassin’s Creed III is unique, or that it runs a completely revamped and new engine. Or that even Connor, our new Assassin, is torn between both sides of the American Revolutionary War. And not even still, that AC3 comes out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, Mac OS X and Windows PCs, all set to be release on October 30th, 2012. The important thing here is that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer is after the break, and it’s so awesome you must watch it.

Mozilla And Google Concerned Over Windows RT Browser Limitations

This is a little absurd on Microsoft’s part, once you understand the story. Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 will only support Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer in Windows Classic mode, while other browsers can work in the Metro UI mode. Now, the concern that Mozilla has for Firefox and Google has for its Chrome browser is that if the whole Windows RT is technically Windows 8, why can’t their respective browsers work in both modes of the operating system, rather than having to develop new, Metro-style versions of their browsers. Now, quite honestly this could end in two ways — a lawsuit or a simple resolution from Microsoft. Via: Mozilla Blog, CNET

The Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Update Is Spreading Now!

Oh, it’s happening! Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now slowly but surely spreading to owners of the Galaxy Note, starting in places like Germany. The update includes the latest features of Google’s Android operating system and the Premium Suite of apps that Samsung has been promising, including S Note, Shape Match and My Story — all to your 5.3-inch phablet. Exciting, no? Now it’s just a waiting game for a bit longer. Via: XDA-Developers

Notch’s Upcoming 0x10c Game Might Include ‘Hyperplayer’ Mode

This is both incredibly interesting and odd. You can see above (changing your brightness settings may be required) to see all of the game modes of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson’s, creator of Minecraft, upcoming game 0x10c. In it, as we’ve explained plenty of times in the past, you will be in space, when the universe is dying, and your only means of survival is to travel in a spaceship, mine, coding on your built-in 16-bit computer, and do a dozen other adventurous things.

That all being said, do you see the word “Hyperplayer” in there, alongside the usual solo and multiplayer modes? What could it mean? As common with Notch, we’ll know soon enough. Via: Notch’s Twitter