United Kingdom plans first spaceport for 2018

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Britain plans to have its first spaceport built and in operation by 2018, allowing companies like Virgin Galactic to begin launching space-tourism flights from right within the country, reports the Guardian. The plans will be formally announced by the British government on Tuesday, at which point it will detail the eight locations that are currently under consideration for where the spaceport will go. According to the Guardian, locations are speculated to include Bristol, Norfolk, the north of Scotland, and the Outer Hebrides.

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Company says it’s created the world’s blackest black with carbon nanotubes

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Black may not be, it turns out, the darkest shade — at least not black as we know it. British tech company Surrey Nanosystems says it’s developed the world’s blackest material: made of carbon nanotubes, it can absorb 99.96 percent of light that hits it. Its developers say that to the human eye, the material — called Vantablack — completely erases any features on a surface, becoming simply a void. “It’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there. It just looks so strange,” chief technical officer Ben Jensen tells The Independent. That’s because the dense coating of carbon nanotubes, rolled sheets of carbon atoms like the one seen above, are used to create a lattice that absorbs virtually all light as it’s refracted around the…

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Google Brings Ingress Location-Based Game To iPhone And iPad

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ingress-ipad Google has brought its Ingress game to iOS, with a launch of the app for iPhone and iPad released late yesterday. The app has been available for two years now, and has managed to accumulate over four million downloads on Android. Google’s Niantic Labs is likely hoping to be able to boost usage by expanding its offering to the iOS cloud, because even the Google crowd can’t deny… Read More

Google, Netflix, and Facebook ask FCC to intervene in fight over internet ‘congestion’

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The Internet Association, a trade group composed of some of the biggest tech companies in the world, has filed comment with the FCC asking it to intervene in the conflict over payments being demanded by big ISPs. According to a report in The Hill, companies like Comcast and Verizon are charging Netflix and others for direct interconnection to their networks, a move which allows these companies to bypass congestion and avoid service issues like video buffering. The group wrote in its letter that “interconnection should not be used as a choke point to artificially slow traffic or extract unreasonable tolls.”

This is the latest volley in a war of words between big internet companies and the ISPs that carry their data into customers’ homes….

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Google Glass Creator Heads To Amazon

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glass Where do you go after leading projects at Google’s top-secret skunkworks, Google[X]? NASA? DARPA? The secret underground bunker where they’re keeping the hoverboards, jet packs, and flying cars? Nope. The answer, it seems, is Amazon. Babak Parviz, the Googler most heavily credited with creating Google Glass, has moved on to an unspecified role at Amazon. Yesterday afternoon,… Read More

Overclockable Pentium Anniversary Edition Review: The Intel Pentium G3258

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Many industries, both inside and outside of technology, are versed in the terminology ‘cheap and cheerful’. When enthusiasts were overclocking their CPUs at the turn of the century, this was the case – taking a low cost part, such as the Celeron 300A, and adjusting one or two settings to make it run as fast as a Pentium III 450 MHz. This gave a +50% frequency boost at the lower price point, as long as one could manage the heat output. The Pentium Anniversary Edition is a small nod back to those days, and to celebrate the 20+ years of Pentium branding, Intel is now releasing a $75 overclockable dual core Haswell-derived CPU.

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