Facebook is set to take its worldwide internet project to new heights, all the way to geostationary orbit, to be specific. The social media giant has announced a new partnership with French firm Eutelsat, with plans to launch a satellite into space next year in hope of bringing millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa online.
As spacecraft for manned and planetary missions get larger, so do their heat shields – which are becoming very big indeed. To avoid the day when the shield becomes too large for any existing or planned launcher, NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is developing the Adaptive Deployable Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) heat shield, which uses carbon-fiber cloth and can be folded up like an umbrella. The cloth heat shield recently completed tests that simulated entering the Martian atmosphere.
Back in 2012, Suunto set a high benchmark in outdoor navigation watches with the Ambit, now in its third generation. While the Ambit series has comprised some venerable performers, not every outdoor user needs a high-powered, multi-sport wrist computer. For "aspiring outdoor enthusiasts" Suunto has added the Traverse – a simpler watch with key features like GPS/GLONASS navigation.
After Google took screen size to the extreme in last year's Nexus 6, the company pulled things back a bit with the new 5.7-inch Nexus 6P. That happens to be the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5; let's see how the two compare.
Humans and dogs have a pretty special bond, and it's incredible how our canine companions are able to sense our moods and intentions. We usually have a good idea about how our dogs are feeling, too, but DogStar is looking to take some of the guesswork out of the equation with an emotion sensing doggy-wearable called TailTalk.
NASA's latest image release from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has offered an up-close look at the real-world setting for sci-fi blockbuster The Martian. Snapped by the spacecraft's telescopic camera, the photos detail several Mars sites that appear in the film's fictional missions to the Red Planet.
Casa MJE, by Spanish firm PKMN Architectures, is a flexible vacation home that aims to ensure every last inch of space is made available to its owners. Featuring clever movable walls and folding furniture, the apartment can be configured to offer two bedrooms, one bedroom, or no bedrooms at all.
Study after study shows that young adults don't really care about driving a car the way previous generations did. That doesn't bode well for automakers. In an attempt to get the younger generation more excited about automotive possibilities, Nissan has designed the all-new Teatro for Dayz concept. The concept focuses on digital life and sharing, debuting as a high-tech mobile device that keeps occupants connected to a world far beyond the one visible through the windshield.
Microsoft's ambition to take over your living room was more evident than ever at its new hardware event Tuesday in New York where the company demoed "wearable holograms" made possible by its HoloLens augmented reality setup. The brief demo showed how any living room can transform to an alien battlefield with the headset.
Microsoft may have launched the second world war of computing on Tuesday with the unveiling of a powerful new Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book, two new convertible devices that make us feel like we're back in the 1990s world where Mac vs. PC was the only conflict of note.