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Ailing Kepler spacecraft moves closer to new K2 mission

NASA's hobbled Kepler space telescope is one step closer to resuming its search for alien planets.<p>A proposed new mission for Kepler — whose original exoplanet hunt stalled this past May when the second of its four orientation-maintaining reaction wheels failed — has advanced to a NASA vetting stage …

Universe

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch 2.0 puts full Android phone on your wrist (pictures)

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Android Phones

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review: Air-ified keyboard done well - CNET

My favorite keyboard accessory has always been, and still is, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. The only problem: it doesn't fit an iPad Air. Thanks to the Air's reduction in overall size and footprint, the old cover's too wide, and an Air will perch awkwardly in the original's prop-up …

Gear & Gadgets

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic's 800 historic maps online using Google's Maps Engine platform.<p>"People have collected our …

Apple Skeuomorphism Reconstructed In 3-D

USING PAPER MODELS, A TEAM OF ANIMATION STUDENTS CREATES AN ELEGANT CRITIQUE OF APPLE’S IOS. META!<p>Before the facelift of iOS 7, Apple took a lot of flack–much of it from us–for its cheesy use of skeuomorphism, or the ways it would imitate real world textures, like the wood grain shelving in iBooks …

Mobile keyboards: Know when to fold 'em

While software keyboards continue to improve and speech recognition becomes a more viable option where it does not create social stigma, text input remains a key challenge for mobile devices. Larger tablets -- generally 8 inches and larger -- can accommodate a keyboard tucked away in a folio …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft updates Bing for iPad to version 2.0 with iOS 7 design, SkyDrive bookmarks, and more

Microsoft has released a major update for its Bing app for iPad. The new app features a revamped interface to match the aesthetic of Apple’s latest OS along with a host of other features and improvements. Users are now able to save the daily image found on the search engine’s home page to their …