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This week in IRL, Jon Fingas takes exactly what might be an unpopular position, making an instance for the HTC One S over the bigger, more lavishly specced One X. Meanwhile, Darren and Dan test some summer-appropriate tech, including a GPS app for outside sports and a solar-powered speaker dock.
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Columbia is announcing the Omni-Freeze ZERO, a range of sports gear that cools you the more you sweat. Blue rings of cooling polymer cover the garments, which swell when exposed to moisture — letting air pass around you as if you had goosebumps. Unlike typical compression garments, which wick the sweat away from you, this puts your natural resources to good use, so much so that the company believes it’s cooler than taking your top off entirely. The futuristic gear will also turn up in a new range of footwear, but before you can get too excited, there’s a catch; it isn’t due to hit stores until next year, so you’ve still got a few months of getting sweaty.
Back when old man winter was first starting to bear down here in the States for the 2010 – 2011 Winter Season, we dropped by to check out a few toasty newcomers from the folks at Columbia. Pleased as we were after trying a few things out at the demo booth, we reckoned the outfit’s line of Omni-Heat electric gear would be best evaluated in the wild. You know — places like Whitefish, Montana and the northern interior of Alaska, all during the winter.
We were fortunate enough to snag one of Columbia’s Omni-Heat Circuit Breaker Softshell electric / heated ski jackets prior to departing for our bone-chilling escapades, and after a couple of months of use, we’re happy to report that this thing really is all it’s cracked up to be. Those situated in places like Yellowknife and International Falls have been dreaming of a non-bulky, quasi-stylish heated coat for years now, and those dreams may very well be converted into reality when this particular one starts shipping this fall. Read on to see if an outdoors outfitter really nailed the technological integration, and how your life in the winter months may be forever changed because of it.
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Sure, popular belief equates Columbian exports with guns and cocaine, but two Bogota-based companies presently have 10-inch tablet computers on the brain. Compumax has got an Android-powered Tegra 2 device on tap with a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9, 512MB of RAM and a 32GB hard drive, and Smart PC’s looking at a netbook-specced Windows 7 slate with an Atom N450 processor, a DVD burner, up to 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, a folding stand and a pair of peripheral-friendly USB ports alongside what looks like a fairly responsive multitouch screen. Intriguingly enough, the companies claim the devices aren’t rebrands and are actually built in Columbia from foreign parts — the “Hyper” Android slate is reportedly already on sale for COP 700,000 (about $387), and you can expect the “Smart Touch” Windows machine to debut for COP 1,099,000 (about $608) when it debuts in Peru next month. See the latter machine in action right after the break.
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis had its final launch on Friday, May 14. Mission STS-132 will be a 12-day flight to the International Space Station, leaving behind a Russian Mini Research Module, a set of batteries for the station’s truss and dish antenna, along with other replacement parts. The mission patch features Atlantis flying off into the sunset as the end of the space shuttle program approaches.
In September, Discovery will take its final launch on Mission STS-133. Then in November, the space shuttle Endeavour will take its final launch in Mission STS-134. Yes, the “134″ stands for the 134th space shuttle flight.
Then the space shuttle program will be over.
There was a decade after Apollo 17 when the United States did not launch an astronaut into space. But we had no doubt that we would return.
Then STS-1 took place on April 12, 1981 when Columbia demonstrated that the space shuttle could safely launch into orbit and return. Unfortunately, Columbia was destroyed in 2003, taking the lives of seven brave astronauts.
The first space shuttle was the Enterprise, launched off the back of a 747 to prove that the space shuttle design could actually fly and land safely. It was originally planned to be named Constitution. However, a write-in campaign caused it to be renamed after Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise. The Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport now hosts the Enterprise.
We are entering another period of uncertainty about when the United States will put another man or woman into space. I assume it’s “when” and not “if.” There have always been issues about the safety and cost of human spaceflight. To some extent there is deep human pride that we have conquered our planet and can travel above its atmosphere.
After 134 launches, perhaps we have become complacent about launching people into space. Grab your kids and watch the launch video to see the raw power and danger as over 6,000,000 pounds of thrust throw the space shuttle, its external tank and two rocket boosters into low earth orbit.
There are only two more launches left.
All images are from NASA. Paid for with your tax dollars.
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The Beginning of the End of the Space Shuttle
etc: Microsoft plans to appeal a British Columbia court decision that certified a class-action lawsuit alleging the software giant illegally got rid of its competition, then raised its prices.
Microsoft plans to appeal a British Columbia court decision that certified a class-action lawsuit alleging the software giant illegally got rid of its competition, then raised its prices.
The Vancouver Sun
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