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You Can Choose NASA’s Next Spacesuit

NASA has been working on its spacesuit prototype called the Z-1. The agency unveiled its designs back in 2012 and revealed a suit that didn’t look too dissimilar to the suit worn by Buzz Lightyear. Now, NASA has upgraded its original design to the Z-2 and is calling upon the public to help it finish the look of the outer shell.

‘Trends in Society’

The new Z-2 model sports a new hard composite upper torso, among other design features. There are three shell designs, all unique and rather strange looking. The first, called ‘Biominicry’ is based on a sea-creature, featuring reptilian-like scaly skin, while embedded lights channel the “”bioluminescent qualities” of deep sea fish.
The second design, ‘Trends in Society’, looks more like your everyday, average suit, with a cloth cover. However electroluminescent wire and patches mean it is anything but average.
Finally, ‘Technology’ is all about function, with built in collapsing pleats, which allow for more mobility, and abrasion resistant panel…

McAfee Labs Stinger

Stinger is a quick and installation-free standalone tool for detecting and removing prevalent malware and threats, ideal if your PC is already infected. While not a replacement for full fledged antivirus software, Stinger is updated multiple times a week to include detection for newer Fake Alert variants and prevalent viruses.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 Gets A New User Interface

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been given a make-over in the latest update to the software. Version 2.0 has a complete new user interface, which has been designed to make the product easier to use, more informative and provide quicker access to key functionality.
As well as a new look, the Quick Scan feature has been renamed to Threat Scan and is recommended by Malwarebytes as the best scan choice.
Other changes include:

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit integrated into the scanner (available under Detection Settings)
Malwarebytes Chameleon driver integrated to provide self-protection for the Premium version (available under Advanced Settings)
Enhanced version of Malicious Website Protection for Windows Vista SP2 and above (better performance, added ability to exclude processes such as BitTorrent clients from Malicious Website Protection, ability to manually exclude IP addresses and individual URLs/websites by domain name)
Native x64 system location scanning, detection and malware removal

FlashFXP 4.4.4 build 2042

FlashFXP is a powerful FTP client for Windows. With its intuitive and customizable user interface, Flash FXP provides the fastest and easiest way to transfer or backup files between your local computer and a remote server, or directly between two servers. In addition to FTP, FlashFXP provides additional security with SFTP (Secure Shell/SSH), FTPS ...

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Scientists Create Solar Cell From A Brand New High-Effieciency Material

Can you imagine being able to recharge your smartphone or tablet just by lying it out in the sun? Well scientists from the Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have created the next-generation solar cell material, which not only converts light to electricity but also emits light.
The solar cell has been developed from the wonder material Perovskite, which could prove to be the answer in producing a highly efficient, inexpensive solar cells. As well as lighting up when electricity is passed through them, the light can be customized to glow various colours.

The discovery came about almost by accident when NTU physicist Sum Tze and postdoctoral researcher Xing Guichuan shined a laser onto the hybrid Perovskite solar cell material. They discovered that when a laser beam was shone onto the Perovskite solar cell, it glowed brightly, which was unusual as normal solar cell materials absorb light but do not generate any.
“What we have discovered is that because it is a high quality material, and v…

Recuva Version 1.51.1063 Released

There is nothing more frustrating than accidentally deleting files from your computer. The freeware Windows uitility, Recuva, is designed to restore all the files that have mistakenly binned, even if they have been emptied from the recycle bin.
Piriform has released the latest version of Recuva, with some added features and the usual minor bug fixes. The release notes detail the following changes:

Added Ext2 and Ext3 file system support.
Added recovery from volumes without GUID.
Improved SSD detection and support.
Improved Secure Overwrite on Windows XP.
Optimized FAT32 volume deep scan algorithm.
Improved partition detection on VHD images. (Recuva Professional only).
Improved Show drives options.
Minor GUI improvements.
Minor bug fixes.

Recuva version 1.51.1063 is available to download via FileHippo now.

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Magnetocaloric Technology Radically Changes Refrigeration

Refrigeration technology hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced almost a century ago. However, General Electric (GE) who developed the first electric fridge, is now exploring the use of magnets to produce a more energy efficient refrigeration solution.
GE has employed the use of magnetocaloric technology, which operates the same type of heat pump used in traditional fridges but rather than compression, it is driven by magnetism.

Magnetocaloric methods have been around for some time but have never been put to a practical use. When some metals are exposed to a magnetic field, they heat up; take the magnet away and they cool again. GE exploited this trait and used it as a heat exchanger rather than vapour compression. Now, thanks to more advanced alloys and stronger magnets, magnetocaloric technology can finally be a serious contender for the traditional refrigerator.
The prototype that GE is working on has 60W of cooling, which is a little short of the 100W that current home re…

Hotspot Shield 3.37

Hotspot Shield is a versatile internet security and privacy solution. In addition to protecting you from dangerous online threats, it also protects your privacy and enables you to access any blocked websites and content.

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MySQL 5.6.17

MySQL Community Edition is a freely downloadable version of the world's most popular open source database that is supported by an active community of open source developers and enthusiasts.

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uTorrent 3.4.1 Beta 30746

µTorrent is the most popular BitTorrent client outside of China. It is a small, yet feature-filled package. The µTorrent 3.4 RC1 update, has multiples of new tweaks and features, which now makes it even better to use. µTorrent has a large feature set, holds strong performance, remains stable and has support for older hardware and different versio...

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Google May Develop A YouTube For Kids Under 10

YouTube has become one of the most popular socila media video platform, with more than six billiob hours of videos watched every month. These stats prove it is even beating Facebook, with teenagers choosing YouTube over the social media giant. As a result of a huge young audience following, Google has decided to explore the possibilities of developing a new child-friendly site.

At the moment YouTube has safety measures in place to block inappropriate content to protect younger viewers but unfortuantely this isn’t always 100 percent accurate. The new site would be designed for children under ten years of age and would guarantee a safer viewing experience.
On YouTube weekly, Lamarr Wilson explains how a child-friendly YouTube site would provide parents the assurance that the vidoes their children are watching, are age appropriate.

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[Tip] Enable New “Translator Bubble UI” in Google Chrome

Here is a small but useful tip for Google Chrome web browser users. If you use Google Chrome, you might be aware of its built-in "Page Translator" feature which offers automatic translation facility if the current webpage is not in your preferred language. This feature shows a small translation toolbar also called "Infobar" at the […]

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Scientists Develop Thinnest LEDs Ever Seen

Tiny light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs, are used in pretty much every modern electronic device. As technology moves forward and with the release of faster and smaller devices, there is an increasing demand for LEDs that are even smaller, with increased strength and energy efficiency.
Scientists from the University of Washington have been able to develop the world’s thinnest LED that can provide light energy in electronic devices. It is based around 2D, flexible semiconductors, which means it can be stacked or used in a wider variety of smaller devices. Made from flat sheets of the molecular semiconductor known as tungsten diselenide, the process is very similar to how graphene is produced, with sheets being extracted by regular adhesive tape.

University of Washington assistant professor in materials science,engineering and physics, Xiaodong Xu, explains what they have achieved saying: “We are able to make the thinnest-possible LEDs, only three atoms thick yet mechanically st…

Transparency Report: Requests for user information up 120 percent over four years

While we’ve always known how important transparency is when it comes to government requests, the events of the past year have underscored just how urgent the issue is. From being the first company to disclose information about National Security Letters to fighting for the ability to publish more about FISA requests, we’ve continually advocated for your right to know.

Today, we’re updating our Transparency Report for the ninth time. This updated Report details the number of government requests we received for user information in criminal investigations during the second half of 2013. Government requests for user information in criminal cases have increased by about 120 percent since we first began publishing these numbers in 2009. Though our number of users has grown throughout the time period, we’re also seeing more and more governments start to exercise their authority to make requests.

We consistently push back against overly broad requests for your personal information, but it’s also…

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake offers free program for video converting - developed as alternative to popular paid software. “Free, easy and of high quality” are the fundamental principles of Freemake.

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Python 3.4.0

Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days. Many Python programmers report substantial productivity gains and feel the language enco...

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