In 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.
Via: Royal Astronomical Society
Once again, the South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, has another reason to party: 100 million Galaxy devices sold. Of that, 40 million Galaxy S III, 40 million Galaxy S II, and the original Galaxy S hit 24 million in sales. The remainder of this amount can be assigned to the variants of those devices.
As for the future? Samsung already has the Exynos 5 Octo processor ready, which is 70% more efficient than the current best Samsung smartphone processor, the Exynos 5 Dual, with the main consensus that it will be one of the prime parts of the Galaxy S IV. Via: Samsung Tomorrow
It turns out, a public library completely free of any physical books in San Antonio, available for all those who live in Bexar,is actually going to open. It will be called “BiblioTech” and which actually loan out devices for two-weeks along with eBooks. No books, whatsoever will be available at the library. In fact, it’s been described as “like an Apple Store”. The brand of e-reader is (as of now) unannounced.
As for anti-theft? The man in charge, Judge Nelson Wolff has a fix for that: “We do have your name, we do have your address. You check it out for two weeks, just like a library book. In two weeks, your e-book goes dead, so you won’t have anything worth keeping.”
Seems like a plan. Via: Giz
Good news from the folks at Mountain View: Google Chrome has now reached version 24, which remedies two dozen software bugs and promises to add some additional speed to sweeten the deal. Specifically from the changelog, there are Flash updates, bug fixes, searchable bookmarks from the Omnibox, and support for MathML. To update, just jump straight into the settings page and let Google Chrome auto-update, taking care of the rest.
Why won’t Samsung release lots and lots of Windows RT tablets in the United States? Because consumers don’t know what Windows RT is. Plus it sucks. Plus it would take tons of marketing dollars to educate them. On top of all of that, people want Windows 8, not a watered-down version of it. In an interview with CNET, Samsung executive Mike Abary stated that, ”When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was,” and furthermore, “We didn’t necessarily attain the price point that we hoped to attain,”
Having reviewed a Samsung Windows RT tablet, I can agree that it’s not ready, or even remotely sensible.
The Pebble SmartWatch, a famous Kickstarter project that raised $10 million for an outstanding number of pre-orders is finally being sent out to the 65,000 Kickstarter supporters. The rest of the units will ship out in 6 to 8 weeks, An added plus of this delays is Pebble added some extra sensors to the watch: a magnetometer and ambient light sensor. That’s on top of the accelrometer, vibrating sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, and four buttons for control. It will interact with an Android phone or iPhone, receiving calls and interacting with other apps, all the while allowing you to customize the watch faces.
Space 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 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.
The 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 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.