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The new P8 Lite handset from Huawei offers great quality-price report.

Based on the recent reports published by the company’s officials, Huawei debuts new P8 Lite handset in America starting this weekend. The new smartphone will be available on Amazon, BH, Electronics and Fry’s and analysts expect it to become a hit due to its good quality-price report.

The Chinese producer has been trying to come up with a new product that could compete against existing smart gadgets in America for quite some time now. Its objective has finally been accomplished now that the Huawei debuts new P8 Lite handset in American stores.

The official price of the smartphone has been set at $249.99, but costs may vary depending on the region where the device is being commercialized. At a first look, the product specifications seem to make up for the requested money, tech savvies have agreed.

Many financial advantages have been prepared for those customers who will be among the first to purchase the new handset. Huawei offers a $50 discount to users who purchase the new P8 Lite within 72 hours. Moreover, a $50 airtime and data card, a free Huawei Bluetooth dial stereo speaker, an interesting snap on case and a Net 10 SIM card will be bestowed as gifts to the first clients.

As the name of the device might suggest it, the design of the new Huawei P8 Lite is incredibly slim and thin, even though it has been featured with a 5-inch, 720p Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen. The smartphone is only 7.6 mm thick, in spite of the advanced tech characteristics that have been embedded on it.

Based on the producer’s description, the P8 Lite model has 2GB of RAM memory, a 13-megapixel rear camera, whereas the front camera take 5-megapixel pictures. The 2,200 mAh battery is built in and, therefore, it cannot be removed from the device.

Users, who opt to switch their old smartphones with the newer P8 Lite, will benefit of a 16BG inbuilt storage capacity. This capacity may be extended up to 32GB by using a microSD card.

Future enjoyers will be able to quickly connect to the Internet using one of the many connectivity tools provided by Huawei on the new handset. 4G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are some of the Internet options that customers may use in order to access online pages.

Huawei has further stated that the new P8 Lite model will be available on the U.S. market starting today. The main retailers that will commercialize the new handset are Amazon, BH, Electronics and Fry’s, but many more companies will start selling the product once it becomes more popular among American consumers.
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NASA will use backups to access the data recorded by Mars’ orbiters.

The administration will develop new strategies in the following period, given that NASA’s communication with Mars will be hindered by this month’s solar conjunction. The announcement was made on Thursday after scientists enlisted some of the techniques they plan on using to continue receiving data from the Red Planet.

Starting on June 7 and all through the month of June, the Earth and the Red Planet will enter a solar conjunction. The event will render space communication impossible; therefore, NASA might not be able to receive data from Mars.

The Mars solar conjunction is not a new and unprecedented phenomenon as the administration has experienced these problems before. On the contrary, the event takes place every 26 months, so experts have grown accustomed to the small service interruption in the program of their Mars orbiters.

Experts at NASA have confessed that dealing with the first solar conjunction was one of their most difficult moments since they have started preparing the 2020 Mars Mission. Since then, they have managed to identify effective solutions for communication problems, so this year’s astronomical phenomenon won’t cause as many problems as the first conjunction.

According to NASA’s official reports, the data that is normally transmitted by Mars orbiters will be stored on special backups during the interruption period. This way, the data is not lost and it can be accessed by scientists once the conjunction is over. The small inconvenience, however, is the reduced volume of data that will be transmitted on Earth.

There are currently four major orbiters that will interrupt their communication services during the Mars solar conjunction. These are Odyssey, MRO, Curiosity and Opportunity. The robots may account as downright veterans as they have witnessed many solar conjunctions since their landing on Mars.

Odyssey has been through 7 solar conjunctions since its arrival on Mars, in 2001. Opportunity and MRO have experienced this event six or five times before, since they first started investigating Mars’ territory in 2004 and 2005, respectively.

Experts are not worried that data might be lost during the upcoming event. They take great confidence in the backup services they have used so far and they expect to get access to the new images as soon as Mars is no longer in the way of the Sun.

Other space agencies will most likely confront themselves with the same communication problems. Although the European Space Agency and the Indian Space Research Organization did not make any official declarations, they will probably rely on the same techniques to safely store data.
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Apple’s WWDC 2015 will be live streamed on June 8, at 10:00 A.M.

As the much-awaited conference is getting near, here are the latest updates and news from Apple’s WWDC 2015. The iPhone maker has suggested that many new product upgrades will be presented during this year’s edition of the conference, even though the new Apple TV set won’t be present at the event.

U.S. analysts have used every possible means to express their discontent in relation to the company’s recent decision to postpone the launching of a new Apple TV set. Consumers have been anticipating the new product for a long time, but Apple’s officials have declared that the live streaming set is not yet ready for production.

There could be many marketing motives as to why Apple chose to suspend the production works for the new Apple TV set. Experts believe the company has encountered difficulties when trying to obtain streaming licenses from major TV companies such as Fox News, ABC, CNN and CBS. Those rumors have been partially confirmed when the smartphone producer declared in a recent interview that the product was not ready for prime time.

Customers had high hopes for the new online streaming set. Apple promised them in the past that the new version will feature an improved built-in remote controller and Siri assistance.

Although Apple TV won’t be available on store shelves any time soon, there are still many reasons why consumers will most likely want to take part at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference. The giant enterprise plans to introduce its customers to iOS 9. Also, new updates are expected for the company OS X software.

Apple consumers, who have been waiting the company to upgrade existing music programs or release new applications, will be happy to hear that this year’s conference will see the introduction of a new music streaming service.

A new Apple Watch toolkit is also in the making, according to the recent declarations made by the developing company. The new wearable program will enable developers to create many more Watch apps in the future.

The great news for analysts, however, is that the event will be live broadcasted from Moscone West Center in San Francisco. Interested attendees will simply have to access their MACs and tune in on June 8, at 10:00 A.M. local hours.
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Moon swirls originated during icy comet collisions.

A new space mystery seems to have been solved after scientists have postulated that icy comet collisions led to strange moon swirls, new study finds. The findings of the new research were published in the journal Icarus and researchers hope the discovery will serve as a basis for future investigations.

Just when people were beginning to think that there isn’t much left to say about the Moon and its activity, space experts launch a new hypothesis related to the occurrence of its specific bright swirls. Based on their declarations, it was icy comet collisions that led to the appearance of the strange moon swirls.

The study was conducted by Peter Schultz of the Brown University and Megan Bruck-Syal from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The two scientists have subjected all moon images to a close analyses to get detailed data about the mile-long swirls that may be noticed on the surface of the planet.

They have, thus, discovered that the moon swirls might have been caused by powerful collisions with icy comets. These strange features are somewhat different than the popular crater impacts we have seen so far; therefore experts believe these have a different origin.

Thanks to the computer-generated simulations, Schultz and Syal managed to reproduce the trajectory and the impact of comets on the surface of the moon. The strangely bright swirls have formed when the gas halo surrounding the comet rubbed the surface of the moon upon the impact. The gas halo is made out of ice and coma and, therefore, it has the natural ability of changing rock surfaces.

Although the hypothesis has not been fully proved, there are many chances that the sinuous shapes noticeable within the swirls might have originated as a result of the gaseous coma hitting the planet. The thesis also explains the unusual magnetic levels registered in the areas near the moon swirls.

The magnetic field was first noticed in 1970 and has continued to puzzle space experts ever since. Thanks to the recent findings, scientists believe colliding comets melted iron-rich particles on the surface, thus, making them vulnerable to the surrounding magnetic field.

Moreover, the magnetic field of the comet would interfere on the surface’s own magnetic field. The two forces would combine and magnetic anomalies as the ones registered in the 1970s would appear.

The study and its findings will be accurately presented in the journal Icarus.
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The LHC will continue experiments after a two-year pause.

Scientists working within the machinery have informed the press that the Large Hadron Collider is back in business again. The system has been shut down for a period of approximately two years as new upgrades have been enacted on the collider.

The Large Hadron Collider has fallen into oblivion in the past years as researchers at the Swiss-French project kept themselves away from the media. Last month, however, the collider began making headlines again as scientists made new experiments.

The Large Hadron Collider has been upgraded to produce more energy and the first results showed that the efforts have, indeed, paid off. During the recent tests, the LHC managed to produce a 13 TeV energy capacity, a lot more than it used to in 2013 when the system hadn’t been upgraded.

Scientists were incredibly satisfied with their recent achievements as the new mass of energy that has been created was labeled as a new world record. Past experiments have only managed to produce 8 TeV energy, so the improvements really work, scientists concluded.

In spite of the new standard that the LHC has set, researchers are determined to continue improvement works in the future, as well. They have stated that the collider is not fully operation as it does not use its entire capacity.

The true energy capacity of the system will be discovered when the collider will smash all the proton particles into one another. Until this happens, the machinery uses only a third of its potential.

New problems may arise when the LHC will become fully operational as the particles get incredibly small that it is almost impossible to collide them. Nevertheless, scientists are convinced that future experiments will lead to ground breaking discoveries that will trigger researchers’ curiosity for decades, if not centuries to come.

The Large Hadron Collider was first set in 2008 due to the efficient collaboration of international scientists. The machinery was constructed 100m underneath the Swiss and French frontier and was immediately tested although the lay public declared itself against these experiments.

At first, it was believed that the energy produced by the LHC will lead to the appearance of one of the biggest black holes in the universe, thus causing the disappearance of the entire solar system. In spite of the apocalyptic scenarios, the LHC proved it can be very useful and benefic.

It has led to the identification of the long-sought “Higgs boson”, which was described as “God’s particle”. According to scientists, it was this boson that stood behind the Big Bang, the explosion that gave birth to life in the universe.
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Google’s driverless cars waiting to be tested on Virginia’s highways.

Menlo, Park (CA) – If you happen to see a small, yet rapid vehicle around Virginia’s roads don’t worry as Google’s fully autonomous cars get test-driven on Virginia’s highways. The community has followed in the footsteps of other U.S. states and has put 70 miles of highway to the disposition of the search giant.

Google’s fully autonomous cars get test-driven on Virginia’s highways in the following period, as the company has officially stated in a recent press release. The experiment is now possible thanks to the more permissive driving regulations that Virginia has adopted in relation to the company’s fully autonomous cars.

There aren’t many states that have agreed to take part in the study that Google is currently conducting. Only California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and Washington, D.C. have given permission to developers to test drive the self-driven prototype on their highways. As of today, 70 more miles have been added to the itineraries that Google’s car can follow.

Virginia has made the announcement official during this week’s edition of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Conference in Pittsburgh. The decision was adopted as Virginia wants to offer its support to Google’s ambitious plans. Moreover, states representatives believe self-driven cars could turn out extremely effective in the future and they could eventually replace traditional and less safe vehicles.

Even so, the fully autonomous car is now undergoing numerous tests to prove its efficiency. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has taken upon itself the responsibility of supervising the car’s on-road behavior.

Only certain areas have been included in the itinerary of the autonomous cars. Drivers, who hope they can get a closer look at the futuristic prototype, will have to trace the small vehicle on Interstates 95, 495 and 66, as well as on U.S. 29 and U.S. 50.

Google’s self-driven car has proven itself more reliable than traditional cars on numerous occasions. However, authorities want to make sure that the new technology will not lead to fatal incidents on the road; therefore, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute requested developers to carry out the tests in the presence of a human driver. The supervisor will stay behind the wheel at all times and will intervene if the system is about to make a mistake.

The driverless technology that Google has been developing in the past years has triggered favorable responses on behalf of U.S. citizens and leaders. The technology has been welcomed by numerous tests, which have agreed to operate modifications within their road regulations in order to enable the developers to test the driverless prototype.

The autonomous vehicle has been involved in only six on road incidents since it was first tested four years ago. If the recent tests prove the prototype can be programmed and driven by computers, the software might be added to other car brands, as well. Google plans to make its self-driven cars available to the public by 2020.
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Pester Power: an effective weapon against mankind’s destructive habits.

A recent study shows that environmental activists rely on pester power to convince people to save the planet and the strategy could have numerous benefic consequences in the future. Children are said to be the only ones that truly have the power to inspire adults and to make effective changes in the world, campaigners have concluded.

Pester power is a formal term that was coined to express the emotional sabotage techniques that children normally use to convince their parents to buy this or that toy. To put it in more scientific words, pester power is the ability that children have to convince parents to purchase certain items by asking them repeatedly to do so.

The method has been successfully used so far by marketing campaigners, who often address their products to children hoping that the latter will in turn make use of their persuasive abilities and charm to convince adults to purchase them. While the scheme has often been criticized by psychologists and deontologists, who have claimed that using minors to increase sales percentages is wrong, pester power is now encouraged among environmental activists.

Climate change experts are well-aware that changes have to be enacted among the younger generations in order to be effective and prolonged. Many efforts have been made in this sense in the past years and experts are now satisfied with the results they have seen. Instead of convincing adults to correct their children’s environmental behavior, scientists are now going against the tide by giving children the authority to rectify their parents’ habits.

For that matter, many schools and high schools have developed educational programs aimed to instruct pupils on the importance of environmental-friendly measures. Children were, thus, thought to save water and other resources whenever this is possible. The educative program has managed to make the children more conscious about pollution and to determine them to keep the planet clean.

The new habits that children have acquired with the help of the educative programs will be later on passed on to parents. In activists’ opinion, kids will correct adults by apostrophizing them every time they use too much water for house activities or whenever they do not properly recycle the garbage.

Pester power is expected to have very good results in the near future as experts believe parents will be impressed both by their children’s interest in environmental activities and by their requests. There is nothing that determines parents to change their destructive habits like children’s emotional power. Many parents have become climate conscious once they have realized that they are leaving a dirty and sickened Earth to their children and that the latter will be directly affected by their negligence.
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Two sea lions make their way through the sand after being released from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

Based on the recent reports, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues fourteen chlorine poisoned sea lions, after carrying through difficult relief maneuvers on the Laguna Beach region of the Pacific Coast. The intervention was necessary as the mammals were severely sickened in April during the chlorine contamination of one of the pools at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

The present year debuted with many rescuing missions for sea lion experts. Numerous mammals have stranded as a result of the increase water pollution. Events culminated with the recent chlorine contamination of one of the pools within the Pacific Marine Mammal Center causing more than 14 sea lions to seek refuge on the Laguna Beach region.

The stranded mammals had been poisoned; thus, biologists have been carrying out salvation activities ever since in an attempt to restore the mammals’ health conditions. The objective was accomplished on Tuesday afternoon when the 14 victims were safely restored to the cold and fresh water of the Pacific Ocean. The moment was captured by numerous photographers and publicly acclaimed by scientists and local inhabitants, alike.

Keith Matassa of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the most relieved to see the sea lions return to the ocean. She told the press that the entire center was hoping for a full recovery of the mammals and were desperately waiting for the closure moment.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is worldwide known for the rescuing activities they have been carrying out since its first years of activity. According to their official declarations, the poisoned sea lions had been brought to their facilities in order to be treated of previous injuries. The mammals were just two days ahead of their release, when the pools of the marine center have been sabotaged.

Researchers claim someone has sneaked into the pool and spilled excessive amounts of chlorine into the water. The 17 sea lions suffered corneal ulcerations and had to be kept in special pools for their condition to be restored. Authorities are now investigating the incident to identify the person who is responsible for the sickening of the sea lions.

In spite of the recent problems, researcher at the unit are satisfied that they have succeeded in saving the mammals. They are now working to find new measures to prevent other sea lion stranding in the future.
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Microsoft seems to have a knack for purchasing apps aiming to increase people’s productivity, as The Wall Street Journal reported that a new acquisition is in the play.

According to the report, Microsoft is set to spend somewhere between $100 million and $200 million on buying a startup called 6Wunderkinder GmbH. The Berlin-based company owns the famous productivity app Wunderlist, and it has become popular enough to draw Microsoft’s attention.

If the deal goes through, the giant tech firm will have put together the complete package of apps focused on calendars, email, and now to-do lists. Acompli, the email app, was last year’s acquisition, a service enabling users to give a much faster email response via template answers.

The app also featured an innovative system for sorting the emails entering the inbox, and it soon became the Outlook app, as Microsoft quickly re-branded it. Early 2015, the company went on and bought Sunrise, the calendar app which is still operating autonomously.

Wunderlist is among the best-rated apps in App Store, gaining four and a half stars. Basically, it does exactly what a physical to-do list would, but it also allows users to share their achievements with co-workers and friends.

It comes with various extra options, such as the ability to create lists which can be edited by multiple users. For this to work, Wunderlist also doubles up as a team-work service that doesn’t necessarily require a smartphone since it runs on both desktop and mobile.

In 2013, Wunderlist was featured as Apple’s Mac App of the Year for its desktop version. The app is integrated with Slack since last month, which means users can see tasks and notifications in the collaboration tool while at the same time being able to chat in real time.

Startup 6Wunderkinder is fairly young, founded only 4 years ago by six friends. It took only four engineers and two designers from Berlin to launch the desktop version of Wunderlist in November 2010, soon followed by an iOS app in December.

Despite its short presence in the market, the company has made $23.9 million in five rounds, $19 million of which came from Sequoia Capital. Both Evernote and Dropbox are proud additions to their portfolio.

Chief Executive Christian Reber said they accomplished quite a lot in such a short time, managing to reach in various departments. Users come to 6Wunderkinder for three things: for files, they download Dropbox, for notes they have Evernote (outstanding app, both on desktop and mobile) and for tasks – there’s Wunderlist.
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Yes, a flying saucer. On Wednesday, NASA will be live broadcasting the launch and flight test of one of its craziest sounding prototypes, a test originally scheduled for Tuesday.

It was postponed because today’s ocean conditions wouldn’t allow the rescue mission to safely recover the craft after the flight. NASA has loaded the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) on a large weather balloon which will act as a launcher.

The technology used to design the LDSD – edge-of-atmosphere and supersonic – carries the agency’s hopes that one day will make missions on Mars possible. If the test works, the flying saucer will prove to be more suitable for future Mars missions because it will enable a safer surface landing for great payloads.

At the same time, the craft’s design will allow astronauts a better access to the rest of the planet because it is able to land said payloads at various altitudes, as high as necessary. A successful flight test will improve the chances of advancing robotic science missions on the Red Planet.

Moreover, complex human expeditions will stand a better chance of becoming reality, as the heavy gear necessary for survival will finally have an appropriate means of transportation.

On Wednesday, the plan is to track the weather balloon carrying the LDSD as high as 120,000 feet (36,576 meters). The ascent will take over two hours; the first 30 minutes after launch, NASA will offer live feed from ground tracking cameras.

After this mark, four cameras located above the test craft will take over the broadcast, with images of considerably lower resolution. Mark Adler, project manager for LDSD at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that the world will be able to see the same video feed as the scientists, at exactly the same time.

This year’s challenge is to test the new model of supersonic parachute. Its performance will be caught on tape by one of the four cameras, as each of them will show a different perspective of the test.

Even though the resolution is low, Adler hopes this fourth camera will catch the exact moment of the deployment of supersonic parachute. There was another test last year, and the model of the parachute they had did not perform very well.

But with the great number of improvements the mission team has brought to the design also come great hopes of getting it to finally work on this test. If you’re interests in checking how it works, head to NASA TV or on JPL’s Ustream channel.

Don’t be disappointed if you can’t really make out what happens in the low-res imagery transmitted on the spot. NASA promised that high-res video will follow in the next few days with feed collected from the cameras onboard the LDSD.
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