SpaceX And Elon Musk Successfully Land Falcon 9 Booster In Stage 1

CWy59kAUkAEvBLaThis is one for the history books of engineering and humanity — the successful launch and return of a rocket from orbit, to its stage-one state.

The 11-minute exposure seen here shows the launch and re-entry of the rocket.

Think of it as flipping a pencil over the Empire State building, having it come back down on the eraser end, and land vertically — in less than half an hour. The Falcon 9 rocket did this, plus deliver 11 ORBCOMM communications satellites that expanded in orbit, thus successfully completing all aspects of the mission.

An interesting note however, as Elon Musk states that while the Falcon 9 is designed to be a reusable rocket, this particular model will stay as-is. “I think we’ll probably keep this one on the ground,” he said, “just [because] it’s kind of unique, it’s the first one we’ve brought back.”

The next Falcon 9 launch will occur sometime next year.

Via: SpaceX

‘League of Legends’ Dev Is Now Owned By Chinese Firm Tencent

legends-1940x1095Indeed, Riot Games was just bought out by the new majority shareholder, Tencent. The Chinese-based game firm now holds the world’s most popular online multiplayer game in its figurative hands. For those of you unawares, Tencent also owns major shares in Blizzard (of World of Warcraft), FPS franchise Call of Duty, and the Gears of War devs, Epic Games.

Riot Games is often praised as being one of the best firms to work for in the United States, and to top all that off, it’s based in California. Now, changes to the game are of course, in Riot’s hands, but Tencent is changing how employees make money: by switching the incentive packages from equity to cash, thus gauging the overall company’s success on pay.

Interesting, indeed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get a pentakill.

Via: Riot 

Bellroy High Line Wallet Review: To Be Carried

20151216_144604After using the HuMn wallet for a few years — for those of you unfamiliar, it’s basically an elastic brand around two plates of carbon fiber — I got tired of the aesthetic.

While I don’t carry many cards with me, something of value that carried my things of value felt like it would be of some — value.

Thus, I employed the help of Bellroy to see if the High Line, an everyday minimal, jetsetter wallet could fulfill my carrying needs.

Google Pixel C Review: With Uncertainty Comes A (Great) Tablet

20151206_164926This is it: Google’s try at a top-tier, no holds-barred Android tablet — the Pixel C.

Mind you, this is simply not a Nexus device, but falls under the Pixel brand: hardware built by Google and not out-sourced to a name-brand tech manufacturer. Thankfully I’ve had a few days to work and play with the Pixel C to see what the fuss was about.

But, most importantly, my work with it was to find it worthy of the price tag and in fact, its mere existence.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review: Utterly Satisfactory

20151205_150017If Samsung had to call in the cavalry to a smartphone contest, they’d probably call the Note 5 — in fact, they do.

It’s a behemoth smartphone; everything here is “big or go home”. Although I’m dying to write about innuendoes here, this is not the place nor time — this is the Galaxy Note 5 review, and it’s all about what it is like to live and play with Samsung’s ship-of-the-line.

Muji Aroma Diffuser Review: A Story Of Being Enamored With Scents

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While I try to flesh out more lifestyle-related content — that of course — compliments the obvious technology angle of this site, I thought to myself: can’t my dorm (and workspace) smell better? Throwing $30 on a reed diffuser from a name-brand home and kitchen store at the shops at Columbus Circle didn’t prove itself fruitful, so I thought a little journey would ensue (e.g. to find a great diffuser).

After walking through Chinatown and into SoHo with my muse and my greatest friend, I came across the Muji SoHo location. It was always on my list of places to go, but what I found inside made the experience — dare I say: a scent sweeter.

Handgrey Carabiner & Keyring Review: Titanium Everyday Carry

20151203_132359Being an admirer of beautiful things, especially those that appeal to me emotionally. In the case of two everyday carry objects: a carabiner and a keyring, the emotional attachment is hidden.

By having a keyring, you avoid frustration and anxiety (losing your keys) and with a carabiner, you can ensure that whatever else that can’t be secured by a keyring, can be. In that sense, both the H3 carabiner and the Knox keyring are about safety, of things you need with you, everyday.

Now you’re asking: where is the beauty here? They’re both made of electrically-cut titanium.