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Google Buying Drone Company Titan

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Google is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones, reports the WS Journal. Google didn’t disclose a purchase price for Titan, of Moriarty, N.M., whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for months at a time. Facebook was also reportedly looking to buy Titan Aerospace, and was rumored to offer $60 […]

exactEarth Gets Partner for Space-based AIS

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

exactEarth has agreed to jointly develop with Software Radio Technology an AIS transceiver for global tracking from space. A new technology called ABSEA which, when embedded within standard low powered AIS transceivers, enables AIS transmissions to be received by exactEarth satellites. It enables extended tracking of small vessels. Their first nanosatellite was launched in April, […]

Android-powered Cameras

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 10th, 2014

Point and Shoots running Android 4.2 are dropping like cherry blossoms in the Spring. They offer built-in WiFi for local connectivity or posting to social networks and enable you to download apps from Google Play for advanced features such as HDR or timelapse, voice activation, or simply to watch videos, listen to music or use […]

Sea Launch: 15 Years Later

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 28th, 2014

Sea Launch, the rocket launching platform installed on a modified oil drilling platform, celebrated this week the 15 year anniversary of the successful maiden launch of the DemoSat spacecraft that occurred on March 27, 1999. It was Sea Launch’s inaugural launch. The payload for the first mission was a dummy, designed to mimic the mass […]

Google’s Android Wear Development

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 18th, 2014

Today Google announced Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. Google will start with watches that will be capable of displaying posts and updates, answers via “OK Google” voice commands, provides Google Now-like functionality, as well as interfacing to a number of fitness and health related data. Because Android for wearables works with […]

iBeacon: Informative or Intrusive?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 17th, 2014

Apple iBeacons can spam users even if their device is locked, thanks to new change in iOS 7.1 says Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet. Apple’s iBeacon is an indoor positioning system that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence, explains Beekn.net, but similar Bluetooth beaconing will be available for most smartphones. IBeacon uses Bluetooth […]