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The Future Is Here: iPhone X Say Hello To The Future -- Using Apple's Stunning iPhone X
The Future Is Here: iPhone X
by Charles Mohapel

It's not even our birthday and Apple has outdone itself.  The iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus -- So Last Year!  We were excited when we checked out the new iPhone 8 with its 4.7-inch Retina HD display and new iPhone 8 Plus with its 5.5-inch Retina HD display announced today. That said, Apple raised thei game to a whole new level with the announcement of new iPhone X with its 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display, new A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization.  iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.  And iOS 11 arrives on September 19th.

iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus: A New Generation Of iPhone​ Apple Announces Next Gen iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 Plus: A New Generation Of iPhone​
by Charles Mohapel

September 12, 2017 saw Apple introduce the new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, both featuring a new glass and aluminum design, Retina HD displays, the A11 Bionic chip, and wireless charging.  And iOS 11 arrives on September 19th.

Avro Arrow Test Model Found In Lake Ontario: Expedition Team Finding Aviation History In Lake Ontario
Avro Arrow Test Model Found In Lake Ontario: Expedition Team
by Charles Mohapel

For years many Canadians have reviled former Canadian Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, the leader of the now-defunct Progressive Conservative Party, for his decision to cancel the Avro Arrow (CF-105) which was announced on 20 February 1959. It subsequently came out that Canada's military leaders sold their souls to the United States for the Boeing CIM-10 Bomarc, a nuclear-armed supersonic long-range surface-to-air missile. At the time of its cacellation, the Avro Arrow was the World's foremost advanced, supersonic, twin-engined, all-weather interceptor jet aircraft developed by A.V. Roe of Canada beginning in 1949. Not only did these Benedict Arnolds kill off A.V. Roe, they single-handedly contributed greatly to the American aerospace industry as American firms set up trailers directly outside the gates in Toronto and signed up Canada's elite by the busload. NASA's Space Program owes a thanks to Canada's Quislings and many people in Canada wish them and Prime Minister Diefenbaker an Eternity in Hades.

Prepare To Update, Because Google Drive PC App Dies Next March Don't Look Now, But Google Drive PC App Dies Next March
Prepare To Update, Because Google Drive PC App Dies Next March
by Charles Mohapel

If you use Google Drive on your PC or Mac, but missed the July announcement that it will be replace by Backup and Sync,  Furthermore Google announce that it will stop supporting Drive on December 11, 2017 and shut it down completely on March 12, 2018.

Escape Velocity 2017 Escape Velocity 2017 - SciFi and Science at he Museum of Science Fiction's DC Event
Escape Velocity 2017
by Ernest Lilley

The Museum of Science Fiction's annual sci-fi and science expo is coming to DC over Labor Day weekend, and we'll be covering it here. We're especially looking forward to talking with The Expanse's Cas Anvar who plays Alex Kamal and catching up with Science Fiction authors and old friends like David Brin and Joe Haldeman. THere are lots of great panels to attend, including the pop culture (The History of Science Fiction and others), tech (), and a mix of both (The Expanse: How it Gets Science Right). The panels are wide ranging and go where no con has gone before, even delving into topics like AI and ethics in Mechanical Morals: The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. THere are gallerys and exhibits galore. with props from classic SF media and even a starship bridge simulator for teams to crew. 

 

Terry Pratchett's Unpublished Works Crushed By Steamroller Sir Terry Pratchett's Last Wishes Honored
Terry Pratchett's Unpublished Works Crushed By Steamroller
by Charles Mohapel

It's good to see that the last request of the late Sir Terry Pratchett was honored, even if it was more challenging than one would expect when using a six-and-a-half tonne steamroller. Richard Henry, curator of Salisbury Museum, said: "The steamroller totally annihilated the stone blocks underneath but the hard drive survived better than expected so we put it in a stone crusher afterwards which I think probably finally did it in."

The Tick - Amazon Prime Original Content The Tick - Superhero Parody or Super Perceptive? Both.
The Tick - Amazon Prime Original Content
by Ernest Lilley

In a world where superheroes are real, if not quite normal, Arthur Everest is an accountant. Not just any accountanant, but one with a score to settle with "The Terror" a supervillan everyone else thinks is dead, PTSD and other mental health issues, and a friend he can't seem to get rid of: The Tick. He's an indestructible beacon of justice and superhero values, and he's determined to help Arthur rid the world of The Terror. He's just not that bright. Fortunately, Arthur's bright, he's just not a hero. Between them they're the best superhero odd couple to ever answer the call.

The Tick is superhero parody, but it's as smart as it is funny...and it's very funny.

Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn NASA Shows Us Cassini's Finest Hour Before Next Month's End of Mission
Cassini: The Wonder of Saturn
by Ernest Lilley

The Cassini probe wraps up its 13 year mission on September 15 and NASA/JPL have put together a beautiful tribute video to show just how much it's shown us about Saturn and its rings.  Watch.  Enjoy.  Mark your calendar for Cassini's decent into the ringed giant's atmoshpere and take a moment to reflect on the probe and the people who conceived, created, and launched it into the void.

Total Eclipse 2017 Totality or Nothing - TechRevu's Photo Coverage of the 2017-08-21 Eclipse
Total Eclipse 2017
by Ernest Lilley

If you weren't in the path of totality , you may have experieced a partial eclipse. If so, the light got a bit dimmer and things might have felt a bit cooler...but you were left wondeing what the fuss was. On the other had, if you were there when the sun went out and a brilliant ring surrouinded the moon, you were probably left as stunned by the experience as we were. And then it was over and we wanted to do it all over again. 

Well, the 2017 total eclipse is history now, but we can relive the scene at Hopkinsville, KY where we got to experience totality, which was simply awesome. Thanks to Alex and Phil Pournelle for logistics support, and to Lensrentals.com for the loan of our camera, a Sony RX10M3, whose 600 mm zoom was just what we needed and a perfect match for SolarHub.com's high density solar filter. Now all we have to do is waith until April 2024 for the next eclipse.

 

Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
Mars Day @ The National Air & Space Museum
by Ernest Lilley

On July 20th, we celebrated th 48th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon, but the very next day we heading to the National Air & Space Museum to look ahead to the exploration of Mars. It's Mars Day 2017! 

We got to talk to a number of presenters about the Mars Car, Rover driving and what to do when the steering sticks, How to tell if your meteorite was chipped from Martian rock and more. Take a look at out pics and get ready to head for the Red Planet!

Will Lexar Be Relegated To Being A Wikipedia Entry?
R.I.P. Lexar Memory Cards
by Charles Mohapel

To say that we're stunned to read that Micron is shutting down their entire line of Lexar bra...cont

Sennheiser Uses Revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio To Enhance 'Revolution' Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)
Sennheiser AMBEO 3D Audio Enhances 'Revolution' Exhibit at the MMFA
by Charles Mohapel

Forget your Father's Surround Sound and look to Sennheiser's revolutionary AMBEO 3D Audio...cont

Who Doesn't Love A Good SSTO Spaceplane?
Phantom Express
by Ernest Lilley

DARPA has tapped Boeing to develop a SIngle Stage to Orbit plane for satellite delivery dubbed th...cont

Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy -- Here's How It Looks In Person
Samsung Just Unveiled The Widest Computer Monitor You Can Buy
by Charles Mohapel

Are you a REALLY serious gamer?  Do you edit lots of video or photos?  Then look for th...cont

iPad Pro, In 10.5-inch And 12.9-inch Models, Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display And Breakthrough Performance
Apple's New iPad Pro Introduces The World's Most Advanced Display
by Charles Mohapel

By the time you read this, Apple is scheduled to have begun shipping the all-new 10.5-inch iPad P...cont

Apple Promises Powerful New Features In This Fall's iOS 11 Release
iOS 11 Brings Powerful New Features To iPhone And iPad This Fall
by Charles Mohapel

On Monday June 5, 2017, Apple teased us with a little foretaste of iOS 11, but we'll have to ...cont

Gigantic Leak Exposes Millions Of Accounts -- Change Your Passwords NOW
Change Your Passwords. Now.
by Charles Mohapel

Having received several warnings in the last 2 days to reset our passwords on various unrelated a...cont

Proposal By NASA Scientists Could Change Pluto's Status Again
Will Pluto Get Its Planethood Back?
by Charles Mohapel

In 2006 Pluto was downgraded from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet, but many people, inclu...cont

SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launched Successfully, Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station
CRS-10 Mission In Photos (Ongoing)
by Charles Mohapel

On February 19, 2017, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, lifted of...cont

Back To Basics: The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC, And Which Is Best For You
The Difference Between SD, SDHC, & SDXC
by Charles Mohapel

Since the number of SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in worldwide use combine to dwarf the numbers of Co...cont

Boeing's Launches Advanced Space Suits for the Starliner
Boeing Blue Starliner Space Suit
by Ernest Lilley

Somewhere between the sleek pulp cover suits of the 1950s and the reality of spaceflight, space s...cont

DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3 - A Few Final Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017, Part 3 of 3: From Media & Entertainment to Power, Home, Sundries & A Dangdest Thing
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: More Stuff Seen!
DERN@CES2017, Part 2 of 3: Storage, Desktop/Notebook, Headphones, Cables, Even a UMPC
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: A Few Dozen Of The Hundreds Of Things I Saw
DERN@CES2017 - Part 1 of 3: Some Things I Liked, And That You Might
by Daniel P. Dern

As always when I go to the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas in ear...cont

AMC Greenlights 6-Part James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi Into The Mainstream
AMC Greenlights James Cameron Docuseries About The Evolution Of Sci-Fi
by Charles Mohapel

It's only halfway into January 2017 and we're already looking forward to 2018, thanks to ...cont

SpaceX Successfully Launches And Lands Falcon 9 Rocket At Sea
SpaceX Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return
by Charles Mohapel

For the first time since September 1, 2016 when a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with Facebook's...cont

(Show Me The) Biggish Tablets, USB-C Gear, Mirrorless Cameras, Mobile Power, And More Please!
Dern@CES2017: Some Things I'll Be Looking For/At This Year
by Daniel P. Dern

It's mid-December, which means that the lists I'm putting together are what to look for, ...cont

Next Samsung Update To Kill ALL Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones
Samsung Plans To Update The Galaxy Note 7 To Completely Kill Its Battery
by Charles Mohapel

Beginning on December 19th, the next Samsung update will effectively kill off all of the approxim...cont

What Is Causing Apple's New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar To Have Abysmal Battery Life?
New MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Suffers From Serious Battery Issues
by Charles Mohapel

Although far from confirmed yet, a prime suspect for the abysmal battery life of the brand new 15...cont

Possible Cause Of All Those Galaxy Note 7 Fires
Galaxy Note 7 Fires Likely Caused By 'Super-Aggressive Manufacturing Process'
by Charles Mohapel

Remember all those superthin iPhones and Samsung smartphones that had bending problems a couple o...cont

Tech News/Leads

Apple TV 4K Brings Home The Magic Of Cinema With 4K And HDR Apple TV Adds 4K And HDR To The Apple TV Apple TV 4K Brings Home The Magic Of Cinema With 4K And HDR

Today Apple announced the Next Gen Apple TV 4K with support for both 4K and High Dynamic Range (H...more

Apple Watch Series 3 Brings Built-in Cellular, Powerful New Health And Fitness Enhancements Apple Announces Next Gen Apple Watch Series 3 With Powerful New Enhancements Apple Watch Series 3 Brings Built-in Cellular, Powerful New Health And Fitness Enhancements

Lost among all the annual speculation on the Next Gen Apple iPhones, how many people gave much th...more

Nikon Patents 2 Full Frame Mirrorless Lenses: 52mm f/0.9 and 36mm f/1.2 Nikon Patents 2 Full Frame Mirrorless Lenses, But What Does It Mean In The Long-Term? Nikon Patents 2 Full Frame Mirrorless Lenses: 52mm f/0.9 and 36mm f/1.2

We liked reading the news that Nikon has patented 2 Full Frame mirrorless lenses, but what does i...more

Steakizmo: The Perfect Steak Every Time Grilling The Perfect Steak... With No Holes Steakizmo: The Perfect Steak Every Time

Whether you cook your steak on the BBQ or in a frying pan on top of the stove, you want to know i...more

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera Sony's Flagship Mirrorless Now Has Touchscreen and Blazing Speed Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Though Sony's mirrorless a6500 looks  a lot like its a6000 and a6300 siblings, it's ...more

New Spectral Shoulder Bags Feature One-Handed Gear Access and Increased Protection New Spectral Shoulder Bags Feature One-Handed Gear Access and Increased Protection from Theft and the Elements New Spectral Shoulder Bags Feature One-Handed Gear Access and Increased Protection

On August 22nd, 2017, Think Tank Photo introduced the new Spectral shoulder bag line, featuring t...more

The New Nikon D850 DSLR Defines Professional Versatility Full-Frame, Extreme Speed & Epic Resolution: The New Nikon D850 DSLR Defines Professional Versatility The New Nikon D850 DSLR Defines Professional Versatility

On August 24th, 2017, Nikon announced its new flagship professional, the 45.7-megapixel Nikon D85...more

WSD-F20 Pro Trek Casio Updates the Pro Trek SmartWatch - A Must Have For Your Next Adventure WSD-F20 Pro Trek

The number of functions Casio has put into their Pro Trek Smartwatches is pretty mindboggling, no...more

Think Tank Photo Partners with SKB on Ultimate in Hardshell Transport Cases Think Tank Photo Partners with SKB on the Ultimate in Camera and Video Hardshell Transport Cases Think Tank Photo Partners with SKB on Ultimate in Hardshell Transport Cases

While we can remember Pelican Combo Cases which featured a soft camera case inside a Pelican hard...more

MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Comfort and Protection MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements MindShift Gear's New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Comfort and Protection

Once again Mindshift Gear, Think Tank Photo's sister company, has filled in a need we didn...more

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone Creating game changing tech isn't always pretty, maybe it never is.. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

We love design sagas, and the iPhone's is as tough a slog as any we've seen. Second in it...more

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made There's not a lot of fun and games in the development of fun and games. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

You'll have to wait until September to read Jason Scherier's inside look at what it takes...more

iMac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Arrives This December If You Want The New Apple Work Station, You'll Have To Wait Until December 2017 iMac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Arrives This December

Apple power users wanting the iMac Pro, their newest Work Station, will have to wait until Decemb...more

HomePod Reinvents Music In The Home Due Out In December 2017, Apple's HomePod Is A Very Special Speaker HomePod Reinvents Music In The Home

Available for sale in December 2017, Apple's HomePod is their answer to the Amazon Echo or Go...more

macOS High Sierra Delivers Advanced Technologies For Storage, Video, And Graphics Apple Teases Us With Previewed of macOS High Sierra, Their Upcoming Update macOS High Sierra Delivers Advanced Technologies For Storage, Video, And Graphics

Although it won't be available until this coming fall, Apple previewed macOS High Sierra, the...more

iMac Receives Major Update Featuring More Powerful Graphics, Faster Processors, Thunderbolt 3, And Brighter Displays

If you feel that your Apple desktop or laptop is running sluggishly or just showing its age, then...more

Apple's All-New App Store Will Be Included With iOS 11

For people who loved all the apps in the existing App Store, we suspect that all new App Store wi...more

Apple's watchOS 4 To Come Out This Fall

Coming in Fall 2017, watchOS 4 will be a free update to Apple Watch paired with iPhone 5s and lat...more

If You Love NIKKOR Lenses, Check Out Their Three New Wide-Angle NIKKOR Lenses

On May 31, 2017, Nikon introduced three new NIKKOR wide angle lenses, the latest additions to the...more

Nikon's New Durable And Compact COOLPIX W300 Is The Ultimate Rugged Travel Companion, Ready To Capture Your Next Adventure In Outstanding Quality

Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, the Nikon COOLPIX W300 is the latest rugged compact camera....more

Think Tank Photo Releases New StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 and Three Upgraded StreetWalker Series Backpacks

Just in time for Summer 2017, Think Tank Photo is releasing the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack...more

Think Tank Photo Introduces Three Sizes Of The New TurnStyle V2.0 Sling Camera Bag

Once again Think Tank Photo has taken an existing product and improved it, releasing 3 sizes of t...more

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