Watch Suit Up, NASA's documentary on 50 years of spacewalks

This Wednesday, NASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States’ first ever extravehicular activity, or “spacewalk.” In honor of that, the space agency made “Suit Up,” a 30-minute documentary that revisits the numerous spacewalks that have happened since then like the Hubble repair missions, or Bruce McCandless’ death-defying test of NASA’s version of a jetpack, the “Manned Maneuvering Unit.” The film, narrated by actor Jon Cryer, will stream on NASA Television (seen above) at 10AM ET, and will also be available on YouTube.

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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Why you should want a Nintendo Android console

Could Nintendo really switch to Android?

Japan’s most respected business newspaper, the Nikkei Shimbun, today raised the possibility that Nintendo’s mysterious upcoming system — codenamed NX — may be based on Google’s Android operating system. The report is curiously sourced to a single anonymous insider, and takes the form of a column, not a typical news story; moreover, the Nikkei has a spotty record with Nintendo in particular.

But that doesn’t make the proposition any less fascinating, and it’s one I’ve been considering myself for some time. Although it would be an unusual move for the Japanese giant, which is famously hesitant to cede control over any aspect of its products, there are a lot of reasons why it might make sense —…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Putting six speakers inside a tablet cover is smarter than it sounds

Asus is a company you can depend on. Every year at this time, the Taiwanese electronics maker kicks off Computex — the foremost local showcase of future technology — with a mass of new devices that mix practicality with small flourishes of eccentricity.

In the case of the upcoming ZenPad 8, the practical appeal is embodied by the tablet itself, which is a rather modest 8-inch Android slate with a 1280 x 800 IPS LCD, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. The ZenPad 8 runs on Intel’s quad-core SoFIA chip, which is intended for the low-cost smartphone market — and its eventual price is sure to be strikingly low, if Asus’ history is anything to go by. But this tablet does have that extra flourish too, coming in the shape of…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Solar Impulse 2 forced to land during record-breaking attempt

Solar Impulse 2 has been forced to land in Japan due to poor weather conditions, 36 hours into what was supposed to be a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. The solar-powered plane took off early Sunday from Nanjing, China to begin a 120-hour trip to Hawaii that would have smashed the world record for longest duration of a solo aircraft flight. (It currently stands at 67 hours and 1 minute.) The aircraft and its lone pilot, André Borschberg, completed one overnight leg before Solar Impulse’s meteorologists decided to make an unexpected stopover in Nagoya, Japan this morning as conditions worsened.

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Author: Amar Toor

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Windows 10 to launch on July 29th

Microsoft promised to launch Windows 10 in the summer, and now the company is revealing an exact date: July 29th. The official date comes weeks after AMD CEO Lisa Su revealed that Microsoft would launch Windows 10 in late July. Microsoft’s aggressive timing for late July means that the company will be looking to finalize its features for Windows 10 very soon. Recent preview builds of the operating system continue to include many changes to features, and a number of issues and bugs.

Microsoft now has less than two months to fix all these issues and bugs before it launches Windows 10 to the world. That’s slightly concerning given the state of the operating system right now, but recent preview builds have started to look and feel more…

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Author: Tom Warren

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How long until you lose the world's smallest 128GB USB drive?

How tiny is SanDisk’s new 128GB flash drive? Well, to our eyes it simply looks like a USB connector with a plastic end-cap — there doesn’t seem to be any storage there at all. Regardless of how it looks though, SanDisk says this upgrade to their Ultra Fit series is capable of storing up to 16 hours of full HD video in a form factor “smaller than a dime,” while offering transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s.

Better for adding extra capacity than transferring files

Although you might think this is the perfect solution for toting your files around, SanDisk says the drive’s low-profile is actually better suited for adding extra storage capacity to your laptops and tablets. You can simply plug the drive into your device and then forget about it…

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Author: James Vincent

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Asus announces ZenWatch 2, bringing a digital crown and a choice of sizes to Android Wear

The only way for Computex, Asia’s foremost tech exhibition, to get going is with a deluge of announcements from local powerhouse Asus, and this year’s show is no different. The headline new device from Asus is the ZenWatch 2, its second Android Wear smartwatch, which appears to borrow a great deal from the Apple Watch, both in its form and new functionality.

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Author: Vlad Savov

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