Toyota has finally unveiled its fourth-generation hybrid car Prius on the evening of Sept. 9 during its event in Las Vegas.
The Japanese firm has become one of the top makers of hybrid cars and the first to enter the market with the launching of its first Prius in 1997. On Tuesday, Toyota revealed the 2016 Toyota Prius that is now 10 percent better in terms of fuel-saving features, according to Ars Technica.
The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has lighter hybrid components and a more efficient internal combustion engine. In addition, it has more powerful batteries, which reportedly make the Prius the number 1 non plug-in hybrid car when it is released early next year. The company will also release an Eco version of the Prius, but the details are still unavailable, the report details. more >>
China's space ambitions are steadily becoming more ambitious and it is now targeting the far side of the moon for its next lunar probe landing.
China is planning to launch the Chang'e 4 before 2020, Chinese Academy of Sciences moon exploration lead engineer Zou Yongliao revealed to state news firm CCTV on Wednesday. The goal of the next lunar mission is to determine and observe the geological features of the moon's dark side, according to an Associated Press report published by CBC.
Zou said the attempt to do the first-ever lunar probe landing on the moon's dark side could later on lead the team to attempt a radio telescope placement for the benefit of astronomers. more >>
The Korean manufacturer, according to a report in Tech Times, recently claimed that they are working on making their new Gear S2 smartwatch that runs on their homegrown Tizen OS compatible with Apple's iOS devices. The Tech Times report mentioned Digital Spy as the main source of the news.
The announcement was reportedly made by a spokesperson from Samsung who was speaking at the recently concluded IFA 2015 in Berlin. According to Digital Spy, the executive said that they were "looking into possibilities to open it up to iOS," as they have already opened up their Tizen OS smartwatches to be compatible with Android OS devices.
In terms of when this may likely happen, the report however said that this may take some time, as it requires Samsung to "create an entirely new framework" specifically for iOS users, just like what they did with Android Wear. There is also the complication that Samsung and Apple are not exactly known for collaborating with each other because of stiff competition and patent litigation. more >>
The Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone will reportedly sport a curved glass back, much like the one seen in Samsung Galaxy Note 5, based on leaked information.
The next Xiaomi flagship phone has been the subject of recent leaks, and this time, a supposed render of the Mi 5 has surfaced. The leaked render shows the back part of the smartphone, which seems to be curved and made of glass, according to Christian Today.
NASA may not totally follow its flyby mission to Europa and may actually go for a touchdown as part of its quest to search for potential life on the Jupiter moon.
The main goal of NASA's Europa mission is to determine the character of the Jupiter moon during flybys. But now, the space agency may actually send down a probe to land on Europa's surface when the mission launches in the mid-2020s, according to Space.
In a panel meeting last week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Space 2015 conference held in Pasadena, Europa project scientist Robert Pappalardo revealed that NASA is aiming for a possible lander on the ocean-harboring satellite of Jupiter. more >>
The "Star Wars" official canon is expanding some more, but this time it will be through an upcoming mobile game that will be released for iOS and Android devices on September 10. The game is called "Star Wars: Uprising" which is being developed and published by Kabam.
The game's description on IGN says that it will "introduce a new chapter of the Star Wars universe that will illuminate dramatic events in the Anoat Sector, inclusive of Hoth and Cloud City, following the Battle of Endor and the death of the Emperor." In this game, players will be encountering a totally different set of characters which include, among others: Smuggler, Bounty Hunter, Rebel Guerilla, Diplomat, Gambler or something unique, like a mix of any of the other characters.
In the "Star Wars" timeline, the game is set after the events of the "Return of the Jedi," and according to another report in IGN, this is the reason why the Rebels do not figure prominently in the game as they have been driven out of Hoth and nearby areas in the "Empire Strikes Back." more >>