Sunday, October 4, 2015

Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus Review and Info

When did the iPhone 6s come out? Where can I buy the iPhone 6s?

The Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones are now out in Apple Stores and wireless carrier shops all over the world. The official release launch date of the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus was September 25, 2015. You can now get iPhones for sale at the Apple Store on their website today!

What does it cost to buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?

The price of the new iPhone depends on whether or not you sign up for a two-year contract. With a two-year contract, the price of the iPhone 6s is $199, and the price of the 6s Plus is $299. With no contract, called 'off-contract,' you can purchase the 6s for $649 and the 6s Plus for $749.

How good is the iPhone 6s compared to the iPhone 6?

It is hard to summarize all of the great new features in the iPhone 6s compared to last year's iPhone 6. The 's' attached to the '6' denotes that this is one of the 'off-year' iPhone series, which Apple often utilizes to sneak in awesome but audacious updates to see how they fare with customers before giving them the green-light for the next generation, like with the iPhone 4 & 4s, and iPhone 5 & 5s.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Canon's 250-megapixel image sensor, and the 360° GoPro Odyssey

The GoPro Odyssey!
September has been good for cameras and imaging technologies, pushing the boundaries of capturing the moment in all sorts of interesting ways. Canon contributed to the cause with an image sensor that can allegedly read the lettering on the side of an airplane eighteen kilometers away. GoPro, on the other hand, revealed a 360° camera rig that boasts sixteen (yes, 16) GoPro cameras working all in unison!

Let's start with the Canon. Weighing in at 250 megapixels (that's 19,580 x 12,600 resolution, folks!), this new Canon tech is what we call an APS-H CMOS sensor. That's a fancy way to say this ain't your regular camera, and that you probably won't see the tech in stores any time soon -- but it is pretty awesome to know that it can record 250 million pixels.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Newly Discovered Super Massive Black Hole 'Shouldn't Be Possible'

Scientists are stumped at how a certain black hole recently observed could be as massive as it is. The black hole in question is the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy SAGE0536AGN, and it contains around 350 million times the mass of our own Sun.

Please re-read that last sentence to make sure you recognized the magnitude of this black hole. It is 350 million times the mass of the Sun. The sun is already so many more times larger than all of the planets in our Solar System combined and multiplied over, but then you need to multiply that by 350,000,000!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Using Bing to find Chrome/Firefox on Windows 10 notifies you to use Edge instead

Yup, Microsoft really has gone overboard when it comes to Windows 10 and the semi-new programs that come bundled up with it -- in this case, Microsoft Edge. For those who don't use Windows 10 or prefer Apple products, Edge is the Microsoft browser successor to Internet Explorer (IE). IE was notoriously bad, and Edge is only nominally better.

However, if you try to use Bing to find competitor's browsers, such as Chrome or Firefox, while you are on your Windows 10 machine, you will be notified by a square prompt at the top of the screen that gives you Microsoft's 'recommendation' -- to use their Edge browser!

Monday, September 28, 2015


Repeating slope linae (RSL)
NASA scientists have, for the first time ever, officially confirmed the existence of liquid water flowing on Mars, complete with photographic evidence taken by rovers on the surface of the Red Planet.

The images show that within days of the rover's sightings, water had seeped to the surface and flowed some distance, leaving behind trails that NASA has called 'recurring slope linae' or RSLs. These linae have been known for several years now, but only recently have scientists been able to apply the scientific method to definitively name flowing, liquid water as the culprit.

Sure enough, applying novel spectrography work to examine the hydrated salt crystals that were present in the linae provided evidence that indeed they must have been caused by liquid water. NASA's stance on Mars exploration and possible human travel was instantly changed with the release, now favoring the idea of a visit to our sister planet.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

UCSD researchers advance cloaking technology significantly

Highly simplified.
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) successfully demonstrated a thin material that could, effectively, be called an invisibility cloak. No, you can't drape it over your shoulders and disappear from sight like something straight out of Harry Potter, but the military might be able to add the cloak to equipment like aerial vehicles to greatly decrease the chances of detection.

Boubacar Kante and his team, the researchers behind the innovation, call it a "dielectric metasurface" cloak. That's basically science jargon for a non-metal material that can alter the path of electromagnetic waves, like visible light and radio waves, or even microwaves.

Why does the military care? Well, modern detection systems utilize radar and the like to detect approaching vehicles by shooting off electromagnetic waves, which will be deflected back to the detection system if they make contact with the vehicle.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pirate-chaser Carl Crowell thinks you can't torrent anonymously

Our good pal Carl Crowell (you may remember him from The Cobbler lawsuits against torrenters) is back in the headlines again, this time for saying that "There is no anonymity online. If you want to pirate content, you have to do so publicly."

Pirate-chaser Carl Crowell thinks you can't torrent anonymously
"I mostly just eat, and sue people these days..."
Does that come off as a bit, well, bullshit to you? Because it most certainly comes off that way to me. I don't know what could even be going through this man's head for him to believe that there is no anonymity on the Internet, of all places.

Actually, I do know: he's realized that torrents do save IP addresses of the illegal file sources (called seeders in pirate-speak), and combined with the ability to subpoena identifying personal information using those IP addresses, he is targeting these seeders with lawsuits that always settle out of court for thousands of dollars each.