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This is not a joke; it is for real. Now anyone can own a satellite for a week by paying just $250 as rent, with full authority to access it for various purposes. Space exploration and associated research are the most obvious fields to work for the major space agencies; however, till date none of them have offered such options for public, which allows a normal person to rent their own satellite for a week for their research projects.

Noticing the exploration demand of this particular subject (Space), one of the leading space agencies – NanoSatisfi has announced that they’ll launch their first cube satellite on August 4th, 2013. It’s a nanosatellite sized just 10 cm wide which allow people to own for timely basis. The company has considered various fields for which people could require and rent the satellite for their usage. Top listed categories are: Research scholars, engineers, and school students and those engaged in the field of Science, Engineering, and Entertainment.

The company has named this nanosatellite as ‘ArduSat’. This project is being supported by well known fund raiser’s company – Kickstarter for raising money for this project, and it is all set to launch off the satellite into space. Major goals of this project are to get more people involved in space research program, tracking meteorites by tuning into the radio stations reflected by the meteors’ tails, writing algorithms to make the camera take different kinds of photos based on factors like gamma radiation and exposure to the sun, and even mapping Earth’s magnetic field.

The NanoSatisfi’s CEO – Peter Platzer said in a press conference that “Instead of huge, expensive machines, each of which is different, we have smaller, cheaper craft built on a single standard that allows anyone to create improvements for them. We’re taking Moore’s law, and we’re moving it into space.” He also tells that we could probably control this nanosatellite through our smartphones!

Ah, what else we could expect from new and cutting edge science and its proponents! I would love to see your take on this ultimate revolutionary in the field of science to bring space closer to humans than ever before.

 

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Amazon Kindle eBook reader has been the best selling tablet after Apple iPad that holds 47% share of market as per the survey conducted by Yankee Group. After dealing with some software and hardware issues, Amazon has managed to be in the queue of top tablets manufacturers. The survey results show that the company is at #2 with 7% market share and leading Samsung by a wafer thin margin of one percent, which is at #3 with 6% of the tablet market. Considering the consistent growth and demand of the e-readers, the company has decided to increase its Kindle offerings by adding more devices in the segment. The Kindle series now has eight different e-readers variants that vary on the basis of price and features.

If we believe on the various reports on the web, then it seems like that Amazon is prepping for three new Kindle Fire release by the end of this shopping season that is sometime near September. The first of these appears to be a replacement of the current entry-level tablet that has a screen resolution of 1024x600p, and is being sold for $159 right now, with a new similar size 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet in series that features a higher resolution of 1280x800p.

Another upcoming tablet is a new version of Kindle Fire HD. The existing 7-inch Fire HD model has a display resolution of 1280x800p, which will be upgraded by a newer version that will have a resolution of 1920x1200p to offer brighter and appealing display in comparison to its predecessor. However, the size of the newer model will remain unchanged as 7-inches.

The third expected model for this year would be a replacement of current Kindle Fire HD 8.9” model. The existing Fire HD 8.9” model has a resolution of 1920x1200p, which is better than traditional full HD (1920x1080p). However, Amazon has planned to upgrade the pixel count of its new model to 2560×1600 which is way beyond than full HD, but lesser than ultra HD!

As far as the pricing is concerned then there is much speculation but no reliable information as yet until Amazon decides to spill the beans. The demand for these upcoming devices would primarily depend on the consumers’ budget and requirements and if history is anything to go by Amazon may have another winner on its hands with this new range. Keep watching this space more for updates on this.

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