A private company called SpaceX is uncovering its ambition of reaching Mars two years from now. And while that's the kind of thing often seen and heard in sci-fi flicks, this one is the real deal thanks to a planned partnership with NASA.
The plan is for SpaceX and NASA to build a spacecraft that has the capabilities of landing on Mars to collect data. The craft, which reportedly will be named "Red Dragon," won't be taking any human passengers or crew.
In an effort to spark interest and publicity, the company made a clever post on their Facebook page that says "SpaceX is planning to send Dragons to Mars as early as 2018." It added that the missions (which means they're planning more than one), are designed to see if the current technologies we have right now are good enough to make it possible to "land large payloads propulsively on Mars." more >>
Fans of the iPad Air series were somewhat disappointed that Apple did not announce the next-generation tablet, the iPad Air 3 during its March event. Instead, consumers got a new iPad Pro tablet, one that is the same size as the iPad Air. Now, consumers are already asking if Apple is still continuing the iPad Air series or if the entry of 9.7 iPad Pro is a sign that it is discontinuing the Air series. Without any official announcements from Apple, rumors about an iPad Air 3 are still actively circulating.
When it comes to the rumored release date of the iPad Air 3, a report in Macworld UK speculated that the tablet will be unveiled in autumn 2016, together with the new iPhone, which is also expected during this time. In the same report, however, there is another rumor that March 2017 may be a more feasible date as it may want to spotlight the iPhone 7 in September 2016.
Several reports online have shared their own concept of the next iPad Air 3 and among the stunning features of the tablet are a non-protruding camera lens, a 3D Touch display which it will borrow from the iPhone 6S, and support for the Apple Pencil, which it will get from the iPad Pro series. It is also rumored to be water resistant and be made of 7000 Series Aluminum. In addition to these, the iPad Air 3 is also said to have support for a Smart Connector in order to use the Smart Keyboard accessory. more >>
This is perhaps the best news to come out this year for Minecraft fanatics: finally, virtual reality is getting integrated into the highly addictive game and its players can now enjoy a fully immersive gaming experience in what is marketed as "Minecraft: Gear VR Edition" exclusively designed for Samsung's VR headset.
The announcement was made in a blog post from Oculus, saying that the virtual reality edition, as usual, will allow players to be able to build, explore, and battle mobs, as well as do so many other different things. But this time, the game is taking it to a new level by giving players the chance to become part of the action, and that is what VR is essentially trying to accomplish across all gaming platforms, although the Minecraft version is still limited to the Gear by Samsung.
John Carmack, CEO of Oculus, expressed his views about their company's latest innovation: more >>
After the success of their smartphone app "Miitomo," both for Android and iOS, Nintendo is getting serious with developing more smartphone apps, this time for gaming. According to a report in Tech Insider, the Japanese company that has been resisting the call to go into mobile game and app development has finally realized that they have a place in mobile gaming. The fact that the company has been experiencing dwindling sales recently became a push factor for them to partner with a developer to enter mobile gaming.
"Miitomo" is more a social networking app than a game. It boasts of over 10 million users who have their own unique avatars and are exchanging conversations with friends in the network. Revenues are generated via an in-store shop where users can buy accessories and outfits for their avatars.
Nintendo recently announced that it will be bringing two more mobile games to smartphones and these are "Fire Emblem" and "Animal Crossing." Both games are existing Nintendo franchises which according to the report are best suited for a mobile gaming environment. According to a TechCrunch report, both games are set to be released sometime in fall 2016. more >>
Smartphones have become an indispensable part of daily productivity, especially for users who are frequently on the go and do not have easy access to their desktops. And because of smartphone apps such as Google Calendar, it's much easier to keep track of one's schedule, from meetings to deadlines to personal tasks. The latest update for Google Calendar now makes it easier for co-workers to set a meeting by determining the common available time for each use.
The update has added the feature called "Find a Time," which automates the process of finding a common time for a meeting or a chat by looking through the shared calendars of each user. As more and more workplaces use Google Calendar and similar apps for collaborative work, this feature is a good addition. According to a report in Fortune, people at work tend to spend a lot of time not just attending meetings, but also setting or scheduling meetings with co-workers. There can be a lot of e-mails exchanged on finding a common time which can translate to productive time lost.
The "Find a Time" feature when used will go through shared calendars on Google Apps for Work and suggest schedule options based on what it sees as openings. The host or the organizer of the meeting still has the final say on which option he or she will suggest. more >>
With the Pokemon Company keeping mum about when they are releasing their much-awaited augmented-reality game, leaks and rumors are finding themselves online. The most recent one is a nine-minute field test video which is supposedly from a field tester in Australia, where the game's field tests are ongoing. The video provided a sneak peek into some of the game's features which include capturing Pokemon, hatching eggs and joining a Gym.
According to a report in Game Rant, the video showed how a player, who is considered as a new trainer when he or she enters the game, can start by customizing his or her avatar. Base avatars are either male or female, and once an avatar is selected, a player can change their hair color, eye color and even their attire and accessories.
After customization, the player goes off to look for pocket monsters to capture. According to the report, this game is different from other Pokemon games where a pocket monster is provided to the player from the start. In "Pokemon GO," one must capture their own pocket monsters and train them. more >>