Rahul Padalkar

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Review: Google Chromecast

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”-Sir Arthur C. Clarke<p>It’s probably the most overused quote in tech writing… which sucks, because I’d really like to use it to describe how I feel about the Chromecast.<p>The Chromecast is deceptively simple: you plug it into your …

A 360TB disc that holds data for more than 1 million years?

A major breakthrough in storage technology could dramatically change our perception of data preservation.<p>In the future, we might be able to save our history to a glass storage medium that could potentially outlive humankind. The new type of memory also touts mind-blowing specifications, such as …

Space for all: Small, cheap satellites may one day do your bidding

SAN FRANCISCO — Someday, swarms of satellites the size of a tissue box will be snapping pictures, taking environmental readings and broadcasting messages from orbit — but the entities controlling those satellites won't be governments.<p>Instead, they'll be hard-core hobbyists and elementary-school …

Space Exploration

Lernstift is the vibrating pen that critiques your spelling (video)

One reason that we prefer keyboards to pens is the dignity-saving presence of a spell checker -- but that won't help your average schoolchild, obligated to learn their language scrawling on dead trees. Now, a pair of German inventors have developed Lernstift, a learning pen that'll ruthlessly nag …

Moto X's Open Mic demoed, enables voice command when screen is off (video)

Just when we're getting bored of all these static Moto X leaks, a couple of new video clips popped up to finally show off some of the software goodies. The first one appears to be a leaked Rogers promotional video (embedded after the break), in which a nice lady introduces us to a new Google Now …

Here are 10 apps all new Android owners should have (video)

So you’ve got a new Android device! Congratulations, and welcome to the Android world! Now you need some good apps to put on that bad boy, and we’ve got a list of the 10 ten best apps you should be installing on your Android device first. As per the norm, if you’d rather watch the video just head …

The five different Galaxy S4s: Which one's for you?

There are now five smartphones bearing Samsung's Galaxy S4 name, but they're all a little different. Here's how to tell them apart.<p>Samsung wasted very little time after sending its Samsung Galaxy S4 into the wild to breed a whole line of variants.<p>Now, there are no fewer than <i>five</i> Galaxy S4 models …

Listing for 7-inch ASUS tablet with Bluetooth LE sets tongues a-wagging

We've been hearing mumblings that the next version of Android will get a new Bluetooth stack with v4.0 Low Energy (LE) goodness for a while now. That, at least, explains why the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus have been re-sent through the Bluetooth SIG in order to gain approval for the newer standard. …

SBIG introduces STT-8300M cooled CCD astronomical camera

Back in the day, taking photos of deep-sky objects (nebulae, clusters, galaxies, etc.) meant adapting single lens reflex cameras so that the film …