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APOD: Lisbon Honey Moon (2014 Jun 21) Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140621.html Explanation: The Sun set on Friday the 13th as a full Honey Moon rose, captured in this well-planned time-lapse sequence. Lisbon, Portugal's Christ the King monument is in the foreground, about 6 kilometers distant from camera and telephoto lens. During the days surrounding today's solstice (June 21, 10:51 UT) the Sun follows its highest arc through northern hemisphere skies as it travels along the ecliptic plane. At night the ecliptic plane is low, and the Full Moon's path close to the ecliptic was also low, the rising Moon separating more slowly from the distant horizon. Northern moon watchers were likely to experience the mysterious Moon Illusion, the lunar orb appearing impossibly large while near the horizon. But the photo sequence shows the Moon's apparent size did not change at all. Its light was initially scattered by the long line-of-sight through the atmosphere though, and a deeper reddened color gave way to a paler gold as the Full Moon rose into the night. http://www.miguelclaro.com/wp/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140621 #APOD

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has finally revealed a launch date and price: it'll cost $85,000 and ship in 2017, according to its website.<p>"Where you're …

Japan’s PM plans 2020 Robot Olympics

Shinzo Abe aims to stage a high-profile Robot Olympics alongside its 2020 summer games and treble the size of the nation’s robotics industry in a bid to revitalise the economy<p>Japan is hoping to stage a Robot Olympics in 2020 alongside the summer games which will be hosted in Tokyo.<p>Shinzo Abe, the …

The Newest, Strictest Test Of A Quantum Computer Yet

…finds it's no faster than conventional computers. But scientists have some ideas for finding quantum speed-up in the future.<p>The latest and greatest test of a quantum computing device has found it doesn't solve problems faster than a classical computer. But don't give up hope yet. The researchers …

Apple brings manual camera controls to iOS 8

Limited camera control has often been a source of frustration for users and developers who want to flex their mobile photography muscles within iOS. The default camera app has a very limited set of controls available, with a simple HDR toggle and AE/AF lock among the only visible options.<p>With the …

Apple gearing up for July iWatch production, says report

Apple is preparing to start production on a much-anticipated smartwatch device next month, reports Reuters.<p>While Apple has never confirmed the existence of a branded smartwatch (unofficially called the iWatch), many speculate that the company has actually been hard at work on the wearable device …

APOD: Rio at Night (2014 Jun 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140620.html Explanation: In this night skyscape setting stars trail above the western horizon over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a venue for the 2014 World Cup. Gentle arcs from the bright, colorful stars of Orion are near the center of the frame, while the starfield itself straddles planet Earth's celestial equator during the long exposure. Of course, trails from more local lights seem to create the strident paths through the scene. Air traffic smears an intense glow over an airport at the far right, while helicopters fly above the city and boats cruise near the coast. Striping the waterfront are tantalizing reflections of bright lights along Rio's central beaches, Botafogo and Flamengo. Near the horizon, the brightest fixed light is the famous Cristo statue overlooking Rio at night. http://www.twanight.org/tafreshi http://www.dreamview.net/ http://www.facebook.com/Babak.A.Tafreshi Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140620 #APOD #TWAN

5 Things You Need to Know About Amazon's Fire Phone

Amazon put the rumors to bed on Wednesday and announced the Fire Phone, the company’s first smartphone.<p>The market is already full of high-end …

Fleksy Messenger puts a useable touchscreen keyboard on Samsung’s Gear 2 smart watch

Color me impressed. I never thought a touchscreen keyboard could effectively work on the small screen of a wearable display but Flesky appears to …

When lust turns to dust: iOS game controller edition

As a gamer, I want a controller with buttons. I lust after this new product category like I do any new gadget that I think will improve my gaming experience. I think that if you play games with any frequency, you’ll want them too.<p>Unfortunately, I also think the majority of mobile gamers are making …

Déjà vu: Apple and Samsung working together to end patent war

Like warring divorcees who are trying to make it work “for the kids” Apple and Samsung are reportedly attempting to find “common ground” that will …