It does not seem that long ago when the first Galaxy smartphone from Samsung was launched and now we are thinking about the fifth generation of the phone. However, it seems that there are plenty of fans out there ready to pre order the £600 device, over a 100,000 in fact! There has been a lot of excitement around the launch of this new phone and it is nothing to do with charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold colour choices or the 16 megapixel camera. This is because it is the complete package that Samsung are offering with the Galaxy S5.
Let’s take a closer look at what all the fuss is about; it comes with a 5.1 inch screen that offers a FHD super AMOLED display with a 1920 x 1080 of pixel resolutions. It is going to be running on the Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) operating system and it is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad core application processor. There is 2 GB of RAM, an internal memory choice of either 16 GB or 32 GB and there is the trusty microSD slot with up to 128 GB of memory.
Smartphone must have a good camera, the S5 has two, the main one is 16 MP and the forward facing camera is 2.0 MP. There is plenty of connectivity features with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80 Wi-Fi, MIMO (2×2), Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 3.0, NFC and IR Remote. So finally, what about the casing, it measures up at 142.0 mm (L) x 72.5 mm (W) x 8.1 mm (T) and weighs in at 145 grams with the built in 2800mAh battery that offers a standby time 390 hrs and a talk time 21 hrs.
Currently this phone is available for pre order, so an unlocked Galaxy S5 is going to cost you around £600 to buy.
Source: Samsung Mobile
Many of us have watched spy thrillers over the years where the plot was to find out the US nuclear launch codes! Well it seems that just about anybody could have cracked that one, because according to researchers into this subject, the code was actually just 00000000 and it remained so for around twenty years. This is despite all of those claims that the US President was the only person able to launch the nukes, this is why there was an officer from one of the services following him around with a special briefcase nicknamed the Football, we wonder what was actually in that case?
According to a paper produced by Dr. Bruce G. Blair who is a former Air Force officer who actually manned one of the Minuteman missile silos, he says;
Our launch checklist in fact instructed us, the firing crew, to double-check the locking panel in our underground launch bunker to ensure that no digits other than zero had been inadvertently dialled into the panel.
So what do you think? Is eight zeros a viable password to protect the world from mutually assured destruction?
Email is cool once more and it is down to a new app called Ping! It is still early days for the app; in fact, you have to go onto the Ping website to show an interest. However, the apps should be available next week (18th) on iOS; hopefully the Android version will not be too far behind. Once you have the app installed you will be able to talk in real time to any of your contacts who are on Ping at the same time, this is just one cool feature to look forward to. Ping looks like it has the ability to bring email back to life, let’s hope so. We will see more when the apps are released.
This is how the new Ping email app will transform your email into something more interesting;
Ping is all about making email fit to the way we’ve evolved to communicate today. There are myriad services for communicating that we love dearly – social networks, a plethora of messaging apps and even iMessage – but email, one of the strongest open communication platforms we have, is still stuck in the darks ages.
Source: Ping App
So now we know, that the next big thing to come out of Microsoft, the new Xbox One, will be released and available in the stores on the 22nd Nov, which just happens to be eight years to the day when the Xbox 360 was first released.
According to the Xbox Wire YouTube channel, this is;
Xbox’s Yusuf Mehdi discusses the Xbox One launch date and recent momentum as the team heads toward launch.
Source: Xbox Wire
The awaited launch of the little Dice+ gaming device has started, this palm sized cube is Bluetooth enabled and will offer users of Android and iOS powered devices a smart way of playing new games. It is interesting how something so small can with the help of a free app turn a Smartphone or tablet device into something seriously challenging and entertaining. The Dice+ is now ready for delivering at a surprising low price too; board games will never be the same again.
This is what you are able to do with the Dice+ device;
Gather your family and friends around and surprise them with DICE+! Change your tablet into an interactive game board and have DICE+ send results of your rolls or moves to your device! Enjoy a digital version of board games without losing the pleasure of throwing the dice! Keep all the magic, excitement and uncertainty involved in traditional dice rolling and make the digital characters move accordingly. Turn on DICE+ by flipping it upside down and play for hours. You can be sure that DICE+ will properly detect all your rolls and give you comfort while playing the game.
The Dice device is ready to be sent out now and will cost you around $47 (£30).
Launching rockets is not just done by governments or big corporations; there are plenty of amateur rocket builders out there who want a launch system that works. This is where the BlueNose Mobile Mission Control (MMC) steps up to mark, no longer is there fuses and wires that can go wrong, this system use Smartphone technology and the launch button is there in the middle of the Smartphone screen ready and waiting to be pressed. The BlueNose Mobile Mission Control (MMC) covers everything needed to get that rocket of the launch pad and as high as the fuel tank will allow, no false starts this is all systems go from off!
This is what you can expect to be getting from the BlueNose Mobile Mission Control (MMC) kit;
You open the missile cover on your BlueNose Mobile Mission Control (MMC) and flip the toggle switch. The app on your phone immediately recognizes the launch module and activates the control interface. You connect to the igniter using the supplied professional hook clips. They grab on, don’t let go, and are fully insulated to prevent short circuits. You plug the cable into the MMC and your Smartphone shows you the wiring status. Almost always, that status is Good to Go.
There are a few pre-order options to choose from starting with the beginner model rocket launcher kit at $60 (£39).
Source: Mobile Mission Control
Google have a new Nexus on the way and according to their new TV advert, it is so cool that it will even help you get you a new girlfriend! but if you are more interested in what it has to offer, well then it has a nice 7.02 inch display with HD and a 1920 x 1200 of pixel resolutions, it is powered by the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, comes with 2 GB of RAM and dual-band Wi-Fi. 1.2 MP front facing and 5 MP rear facing cameras and a battery that offers up to nine hours of active use.
This is why the new seven inch Nexus from Google is worth checking out;
The new 7” tablet from Google. Powerful, portable and made for what matters to you. Now thinner, lighter, and faster – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7” tablet screen – putting over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand.
This new Nexus model will be launching by the end of this month in the US with a starting price of around $229 (£150)! Google say that the device will be available in other countries soon.
Source: Google Nexus 7
Before diehard fans of the sci-fi TV series Firefly get too excited, the second outing for Firefly is not going to be series made for TV or even online, Firefly Online is going to be an MMO and it is currently being developed by the team over at Spark Plug Games. Check out the trailer below to see what it might be like when it is eventually released.
According to Firefly Online Game this is what we can be expecting from the game;
Firefly Online (FFO) is a multi-user, social online role-playing game that will initially be available for smartphones and tablets, including those based on iOS and Android operating systems. Check out updates and pre-register at www.keepflying.com
It may not be the news that fans of Firefly wanted, but an MMO has to be better than nothing for now!
Source: Keep Flying
It is not that long to go before we can get our hands on the cool and exciting Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games! To get us all in the mood, Rockstar have released a new game play trailer, the only trouble here is that it simply makes us hungry for more.
Here are some details on the up coming Grand Theft Auto V;
Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013. Pre-order now and visit www.rockstargames.com/V for more details. ESRB Rating Pending: May contain content inappropriate for children. Visit www.esrb.org for rating information.
Source: Rockstar Games
Space tourism is big business, probably due the price that passengers will need to pay in order to spend a short time in high orbit! But you do not have to be a billionaire or a celebrity in order to join the space race, Pocket Spacecraft are looking to launch small personalised space craft into orbit at first and then eventually to the moon. Best of all, it is not going to cost you an arm and leg to get involved! Clearly, your feet will stay firmly on the ground, but your spirit could be up there in space, imagine that!
Here is a little bit of background information on the project that could send personalised spacecraft to the moon;
We’re a global team of scientists, engineers and designers that have worked on this concept at some of the world’s leading universities and come together to kick start the personal interplanetary space age and give you the opportunity to become a hands on citizen space explorer. Explorers who back the project can personalise their own spacecraft by adding a picture and customising the message it transmits using just their web browser. More technical explorers can even customise software and hardware.
This is a project currently on the crowd funding site Kickstarter, backers can pledge anything from £1 ($1.53) to get involved.
Source: Pocket Space Craft