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Thursday, 27 December 2012

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Xbox 720

The Xbox 360’s successor will finally be unveiled in the summer of 2013. Currently codenamed 'Durango', it’s whipped up a veritable whirlwind of rumours. The latest intelligence – gathered from leaked Microsoft presentations and hardware – is that the console will include Blu-ray support, the ability to record from live TV, 3D gaming and a renewed Kinect device that will supposedly work with augmented reality glasses. It’s thought that the Xbox 720 will be powered by 8GB RAM and a quad-core processor, making it vastly more powerful than the current generation of consoles.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Inside China's Secret Arsenal

The Chinese government is rapidly building a bigger, more sophisticated military. Here’s what they have, what they want, and what it means for the U.S.

Dark Sword Drone

Pterodactyl I Drone

J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet


DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile


The Shenlong Space Plane

Just 10 years ago, the budget for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was roughly $20 billion. Today, that number is more like $100 billion. (Some analysts think it’s closer to $160 billion.) The PLA’s budget is only a sixth of what the U.S. devotes to defense annually, but defense dollars go much further in China, and in the years ahead, Chinese military spending will grow at the same rate as its economy. Meanwhile, Chinese president Hu Jintao has called for the PLA to carry out “new historic missions” in the 21st century—to move beyond the traditional goal of defending the nation’s sovereignty and develop the global military reach of a true world superpower. In some cases, China’s increasing international presence could lead to greater cooperation with the U.S., as it did in 2008 when China joined antipiracy patrols off Somalia. But if American and Chinese forces end up in the same place with different goals, the result could be a standoff between two of the best-equipped militaries in the world.
American officials aren’t just concerned about the amount of money the Chinese military is spending. They’re worried about the technology that money is buying. U.S. military hardware remains a generation ahead of any rival’s, but the Chinese have begun to close the gap. Consider China’s progress in building advanced warplanes. Until recently, American officials thought their F-22 and F-35 aircraft were the world’s only fifth-generation fighters (the name given to a class of stealthy fighter jets developed in the past decade, which are equipped with radar-evading features, high-performance engines and avionics, and networked computer systems). Then, on a 2011 trip to China, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates learned otherwise. While Gates met with Hu Jintao, his hosts “coincidentally” revealed the existence of an advanced new fighter, the J-20, by staging the inaugural public flight over the city of Chengdu.
The J-20 is far from China’s only new aircraft. The PLA is also aggressively upgrading its drone fleet. A decade ago, the army had almost no unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). At aviation trade shows today, Chinese contractors display scores of drones under development. Among the most notable: the Yilong (Pterodactyl I) and BZK-005, which greatly resemble the U.S. military’s Predator and Global Hawk, respectively. China’s future UAVs may also get a boost from American technology: Iran has reportedly given Chinese scientists access to the RQ-170 advanced spy drone that went down in its territory last year.
Additionally, China is investing heavily in its navy. Today, the U.S. is the only country that can send aircraft carriers loaded with fighter jets to any corner of the globe. The PLA would like to change that. The Chinese have spent the past few years retrofitting a 65,000-ton Soviet aircraft carrier (which the PLA acquired using a fake travel agency as a front) with new engines and weapons including Flying Leopard surface-to-air missile batteries and automated air defense machine-gun systems. The ship, called the Liaoning, can carry approximately 50 aircraft, including the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark, a fighter jet that may be as capable as an F-18. China is also building stealthy 8,000-ton destroyers, along with nuclear submarines and amphibious assault ships. A new 36,000-ton cruise ship modified for military purposes, the Bahai Sea Green Pearl, can carry more than 2,000 soldiers and 300 vehicles. With its new naval muscle, China has dispatched troops and police to U.N. peacekeeping operations in places as far-flung as Africa and Latin America.

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In some ways, China’s rise echoes that of imperial Germany at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, Britain was the world’s undisputed economic and military superpower. When Germany decided to build battleships to match the Grand Fleet’s dreadnoughts, the two nations entered an arms race that helped set the stage for the first world war. But when war broke out, Britain didn’t lose a single battleship to Germany’s High Seas Fleet. German mines and submarines, on the other hand—new technologies that arrived unexpectedly and changed the rules of battle—sunk 13 British battleships.
Similarly, the PLA has more to gain by developing new technologies than by racing to match American sea and air power. China doesn’t have to amass a navy as powerful as the American fleet if it can make the seas too dangerous for U.S. ships to travel. To that end, the PLA is acquiring weapons such as mobile, truck-launched anti-ship ballistic missiles and radar-evading, ramjet-powered Sunburn cruise missiles, which tear toward their targets at Mach 2.5, giving defenses only seconds to respond.
China could also easily go after American vulnerabilities in space. More than 80 percent of U.S. government and military communications, which direct everything from soldiers in the field to precision missile strikes, travel over satellites. GPS satellites control the movement of 800,000 U.S. military receivers on everything from aircraft carriers to individual bombs and artillery shells. The system isn’t foolproof: In early 2010, a GPS “glitch” left almost 10,000 of these receivers unable to connect for days.
Meanwhile, China is also expanding its ability to knock things out of space. In addition to its proven satellite-killing missiles, the PLA is developing maneuverable microsatellites that would act like tiny space kamikazes, along with directed-energy (laser) devices that could blind or melt U.S. systems in space. In 2007, Senior Colonel Yao Yunzhu of the Chinese Academy of Military Science (the highest research institute in the PLA) announced that the U.S. wouldn’t be the world’s only “space superpower” for long. The Chinese plan to send more than 100 civilian and military satellites into orbit in the next decade, and the PLA is testing what appears to be an unmanned, reusable space plane.
China’s most potent new capability, though, might be what the PLA has called “informationized warfare,” or cyber war. Just as the U.S. military has created its own Cyber Command, the PLA has assigned more than 130,000 personnel to cyber warfare programs. And while Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has warned about a potential cyber Pearl Harbor, the greater threat might be the theft of U.S. government secrets and intellectual property. So far, operations thought to have originated in China have compromised sensitive networks in the State Department as well as computers involved in the F-35 joint strike fighter program.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Laptop/Desktop Hybrid

Wow, I have seen parsecs worth of concept computer designs during my visit here on Earth, but nothing like this “B-membrane” design by Korean designer Won-Seok Lee. He has taken the need for a bulky monitors right out of the equation and opted for beaming your YouTubing onto any surface you can point the omni-directional projector at. Some highlights of this Kubrick inspired mother ship computer include a membrane keyboard that appears when needed, integrated optical drive and when not used as a computer, the projector can beam ambient light effects on any surface you desire.
Designer: Won-Seok Lee

A Christmas Showcase: Creative Homemade Arts And Crafts [PICS]

Nothing takes you back to the past like Christmas does – the cakes, the dinners, the reunions, the Christmas trees and the presents. And nothing makes Christmas more traditional than homemade decorations, crafts and gifts done by hand with your family and relatives. What makes it special is that what you are making cannot be bought from the store shelves. Well, at least that’s the concept of it.

(Image Source: Behance)
Here is a list of some pretty amazing crafts and creations we’ve found; some of them can be bought (let’s face it, not all of us are gifted in arts and crafts) or can serve as inspiration for your own custom-made creations. There are three sections: card designs, snowflake designs and some kickass gingerbread creations you don’t want to miss.

Creative Christmas Card Designs

Greeting cards are easy and fun to design. All you need is some paper, colored pens and creativity to put together a unique Christmas card. For geeks, well maybe these card designs can help.
Darth Vader. (Image Source: Etsy)
Darth Vader
Storm Trooper. (Image Source: Etsy)
Storm Trooper
Dotted Christmas Tree. (Image Source: Etsy)
Dotted Christmas Tree
CSS Happy New Year. (Image Source: Code Cards)
CSS New Year
QR Code Card. (Image Source: Etsy)
QR Code Card
Star Wars Inspired Christmas Card. (Image Source: Etsy)
Star Wars Christmas Card
Geek Santa Emoticon. (Image Source: Zazzle)
Geek Santa Emoticon
8-Bit Snowy Night. (Image Source: Etsy)
8-Bit Snowy Night
Volkswagen Christmas Card. (Image Source: Gecko&Fly)
Volkswagen Christmas
Cute Robot. (Image Source: Etsy)
Cute Robot
Snowman Typography. (Image Source: Etsy)
Snowman Typography
Music Sheet Tree. (Image Source: Etsy)
Music Sheet Tree
8bit Designs. (Image Source: Wazala)
8bit Cards
Cutout Cards. (Image Source: Behance)
Cutout Card
Cristmas Tree Card. (Image Source: Behance)
Craft Card
Multilevel. (Image Source: Behance)
Multilevel Card
Typography Christmas Tree. (Image Source: Beast Pieces)
Typography Christmas Tree
New Years Wine Card. (Image Source: Behance)
Wine Card
Popout Design. (Image Source: Behance)
Popout Card
Handmade Craft Card. (Image Source: Typepad)
Handmade Craft
Christmas Card GHB. (Image Source:
Christmas Card GHB

Creative Snowflake Cutouts

Here are some really creative and genius snowflake designs which you can DIY with the help ofthese instructions. Some of them also come with templates that you can print, fold and cut out yourself.
Doing this requires a pair of scissors and some steady hands you don’t have until you enter adulthood so kids please ask an adult for help before you start doing this.
Darth Vader Snowflake. (Image Source: Flickr)
Musical Symbols. (Image Source: deviantART)
Musical Symbols
C3P0. (Image Source: deviantART)
Deathly Hallows. (Image Source: deviantART)
Deathly Hallows
Wolverine Snowflake. (Image Source: Blogspot)
Futurama. (Image Source: deviantART)
Transformers (Image Source: deviantART)
Batman. (Image Source: Geeks are Sexy)
Guitar. (Image Source: deviantART)
Harry Potter. (Image Source: deviantART)
Harry Potter
Hogwarts Castle. (Image Source: deviantART)
Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts Seal. (Image Source: deviantART)
Hogwarts Seal
Hippogriff. (Image Source: deviantART)

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

10 Futuristic Cell Phone Concepts

10 Futuristic Cell Phone Concepts
Collection of the most creative and interesting cell phone concepts designed by talented people from all over the globe.

Weather Cell Phone Concept

Beautiful cell phone concept design by Seunghan Song accurately detects and illustrates present weather conditions. 
Weather Cell Phone Concept

Mobile Script Cell Phone Concept

Designed by Aleksander Mukomelov, this cell phone comes with a large touchscreen, that is located inside the phone in the collapsed state. 
Mobile Script Cell Phone Concept

Projector Cell Phone Concept

Cool extra slim concept cell phone equipped with rotating screen with built-in projector; an ideal tool for field presentations.
Projector Cell Phone Concept

Alarm Clock Cell Phone Concept

Sony Ericsson WakeUpPhone looks and functions like an alarm clock that will wake you up in the morning. 

Alarm Clock Cell Phone Concept

Pen Cell Phone Concept

Target-shaped areas on top and bottom are earpiece and receiver. [link]
Pen Cell Phone Concept

Edge Cell Phone Concept

Designed by Chris Owens, the transparent touchscreen keypad is edge lit by internal LED’s. [link]
Edge Cell Phone Concept

Grass Cell Phones

Green mobile phones designed to last only for the length of its functional life cycle, they fall apart for easy recycling after two years are up. [link]
Grass Cell Phone Concept

Mechanical Cell Phone Concept

Cell phone designed by Mikhail Stawsky will charge its battery when you spin it around your finger. [link]
Mechanical Cell Phone Concept

Flexible Cell Phone Concept

Beautiful wrist concept cell phone designed by Shirley A. Roberts. [link]
Flexible Cell Phone Concept

Ear Cell Phone Concept

Kambala is a cool mobile phone that transforms into an earpiece. [link]
Ear Cell Phone Concept