U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects stun guns for self-defense
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Court comes just shy of extending Constitutional provisions for electic weapons

On Monday, the eight-member U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed a March 2015 ruling that carried a two-and-a-half-year prison penalty for a women’s use of a stun gun in a public self-defense situation.

Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE arrives March 31st
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A smaller iPhone 6S with more battery life, only $399

This morning during Apple’s Spring Event at its Cupertino, California headquarters, company VP Greg Joswiak announced the new 4-inch iPhone SE – a modest 2016 refresh to the iPhone 5S (2013).

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599
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Friday, 18 March 2016 23:41

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599

Four models: iPad mini, iPad Air 2, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Rumors have been circulating that Apple’s next-generation 9.7-inch iPad was going to be a third-generation iPad Air, with the same display resolution and sporting a faster processor and lighter design. It looks like this will be close to correct.

Nvidia "leak" suggests rather dull Pascal GPU naming scheme
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We disagree, offer some alternatives

On Wednesday, someone thought it would be clever to post an unsourced Nvidia Pascal GPU naming scheme spreadsheet to popular image hosting website Imgur.com. As a result, GPU enthusiasts from all around have frequented hardware forums to discuss the matter of Nvidia’s yet to be announced 2016 GPU lineup based on 16-nanometer FinFET technology.

Alleged "iPhone 7" is actually a Meizu Pro 6
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Upcoming iPhone 7, iPhone Pro will not feature antenna bands

On Tuesday, Chinese website CNBeta.com posted a photo of what they claimed was a prototype of Apple’s upcoming tenth-generation iPhone, more specifically the iPhone 7 that will be announced later this fall. After all, the picture leak in question showed a silver-colored aluminum frame with iPhone-like antenna bands positioned towards the bottom of the device, rather than the unsightly positions they currently take on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

Apple iPhone SE box leaked, confirms product name
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Video also shows comparison with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6S

According to a recent product box leak, one variant of Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE, perhaps the base model, will feature just 16GB of storage. The company is set to launch its entry-level, 4-inch iPhone SE next week in on March 21st at 10am PST, along with the iOS 9.3, a new 9.7-inch iPad, and some new bands for the first-generation Apple Watch.

NASA reschedules Mars InSight mission to May 2018
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New geophysical data should make existing data 3 to 10 times more accurate

NASA’s mission to study the deep interior of the Red Planet has been rescheduled to a new 2018 launch timeframe, according to a recent news release from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.

Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is the current active site of NASA’s Mars projects, including the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission (November 2011 – present), the $14 million per-year “Opportunity” rover (July 2003 – present), and the $720 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (August 2005 – present).

mars insight lander

InSight, also known as Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a $425 million NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a stationary lander on the surface of Mars to study its early terrestrial formation. The lander will be equipped with a seismometer and a heat transfer probe to measure the planet’s “vital signs” – more specifically, its “pulse” (seismology), “temperature” (heat flow probe), and “reflexes” (precision tracking).

nasa insight solar arrays

NASA began construction on the InSight lander on May 19, 2014, with general testing starting on May 27, 2015.

The mission was originally known as GEMS (Geophysical Monitoring Station), but underwent a name change in 2012 at the request of the agency.

"The science goals of InSight are compelling, and the NASA and CNES plans to overcome the technical challenges are sound," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "The quest to understand the interior of Mars has been a longstanding goal of planetary scientists for decades. We're excited to be back on the path for a launch, now in 2018."

The original InSight Mars launch window was scheduled between March 4 and March 30, 2016. Now, the agency is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018 with a Mars landing scheduled for November 26, 2018. The mission’s secondary objective is to conduct an in-depth study of geophysics, tectonic activity, and the effects of Martian meteorite impacts. These findings will aid scientists in learning how such processes on Earth could occur in real-world situations.

Overall, the data collected from crust thickness, mantle velocity, core radius, core density, and seismic activity will increase data accuracy by at least three to ten times their current accuracy values.

Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P now available for $299 and $399
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Unlocked phones with free shipping, while supplies last

This week, Internet retail giant B&H Photo Video is offering promotional codes on Google’s 2015 flagship smartphones, the LG-branded Google Nexus 5X and the Huawei-branded Huawei-branded Google Nexus 6P, while supplies last. Thanks to a special limited-time sale on twelve different varieties of the devices, customers can now order the Nexus 5X for as low as $299 with free shipping, while the Nexus 6P can be ordered for as low as $399 with free shipping.

Hyperloop may come to Central Europe by 2020
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1223km/h high-speed link between Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

On Tuesday, crowd-sourced transportation company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) signed a deal with the government of Slovakia to explore the idea of building a high-speed, 1,223 kilometer-per hour (760mph) transportation system linking the countries of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary in Central Europe, with the first section of the project to be completed by 2020.

LG G5 launches in the US in early April
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 18:26

LG G5 launches in the US in early April

Free second battery and charging cradle for a limited time

The flagship smartphone of 2016 from LG just received its official launch date for wireless customers in the United States, along with an incentive to pre-order it now and receive a free second battery and charging cradle for a limited time.