Google’s New $35 Chromecast Hits Stores

chomeThere are a few devices that comes along that seem like the most simplistic ideas and you wonder why someone hadn’t created them yet. Google has done it again with another device to add to your never ending tech arsenal. This time they’ve created a device no bigger than a thumb drive that will allow you to plug into the HDMI port on a standard HDTV and allow you to view such things as Video/Youtube/Netflix from your Android tablet and Android Cell Phone and even your home laptop! With just a few clicks you’re moments away from watching streaming and movies on your big screen TV directly from your other home devices!

You may remember a little device called “Apple TV” all the Apple Eggheads raved about the product. Yes it was nice to have but 100 Freakin’ Dollars?! It’s also much bigger than this little device for nearly triple the price. The beauty of the system is it’s wireless design. The only thing I need plugged into my TV now is the Power Cord and as soon as Wireless Electricity is perfected that will be replaced also.

 

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We’re Baaaaack

They're backAfter an unfortunate amount of downtime due to a busy schedule and a lapsed domain, Techtrify.com is back from the dead. It’s a little difficult to be on top of this site every day (It doesn’t make enough for me to buy a coffee a day) and without help from some creative technical minds out there to write articles I’m not sure how it’s going to work. If you’d like to become a writer for the site just be creative and willing to write the occasional article and I’d be more than happy to give you a shot. In the meantime I’m going to claw away to bring all the exciting new information I can find to the site. So sit back and enjoy!

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Zerg Rush

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Google Unzips today to honour the inventor of the zipper

There’s a new naughty little thing that Google would love you to try. Slowly, you can unzip the main page of Google to find yourself in a world of porn Gideon Sundback. Porn would have been much more interesting… But you can read all about the inventor of the zipper instead. The Swedish born engineer is being celebrated at the 100 year mark for inventing one of the more useful gadgets that everyone uses. I could explain more about the zipper, but it’s a zipper.

Thank you Gideon for allowing me to pee at a urinal without having to pull my pants all the way down!

There’s a new naughty little thing that Google would love you to try. Slowly, you can unzip the main page of Google to find yourself in a world of porn Gideon Sundback. Porn would have been much more interesting… But you can read all about the inventor of the zipper instead. The Swedish born engineer is being celebrated at the 100 year mark for inventing one of the more useful gadgets that everyone uses. I could explain more about the zipper, but it’s a zipper.

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13,000 MPH Vehicle Results Released

By W.J. Hennigan (LA Times)

The results are in from last summer’s attempt to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon with a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

In August the Pentagon’s research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, carried out a test flight of an experimental aircraft capable of traveling at 20 times the speed of sound.

The arrowhead-shaped unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, into the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket made by Orbital Sciences Corp.

After reaching an undisclosed altitude, the aircraft jettisoned from its protective cover atop the rocket, then nose-dived back toward Earth, leveled out and glided above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20.

The plan was for the Falcon to speed westward for about 30 minutes before plunging into the ocean near Kwajalein Atoll, about 4,000 miles from Vandenberg.

But it was ended about nine minutes into flight for unknown reasons. The launch had received worldwide attention and much fanfare, but officials didn’t provide much information on why the launch failed.

On Friday, DARPA said in a statement that the searing high speeds caused portions of the Falcon’s skin to peel from the aerostructure. The resulting gaps created strong shock waves around the vehicle as it traveled nearly 13,000 mph, causing it to roll abruptly.

The Falcon, which is built by Lockheed Martin Corp., is made of durable carbon composite material, which was expected to keep the aircraft’s crucial internal electronics and avionics — only a few inches away from the surface — safe from the fiery hypersonic flight. Surface temperatures on the Falcon were expected to reach more than 3,500 degrees, hot enough to melt steel.

“The initial shock wave disturbances experienced during second flight, from which the vehicle was able to recover and continue controlled flight, exceeded by more than 100 times what the vehicle was designed to withstand,” DARPA Acting Director Kaigham J. Gabriel said in a statement. “That’s a major validation that we’re advancing our understanding of aerodynamic control for hypersonic flight.”

The flight successfully demonstrated stable aerodynamically controlled flight at speeds up to Mach 20 for nearly three minutes.

Sustaining hypersonic flight has been an extremely difficult task for aeronautical engineers over the years. While supersonic means that an object is traveling faster than the speed of sound, or Mach 1, “hypersonic” refers to an aircraft going five times that speed or more.

The Falcon hit Mach 20. At that speed, an aircraft could zoom from Los Angeles to New York in less than 12 minutes — 22 times faster than a commercial airliner. Take a look at what that looks like from the ground in the video below.

The August launch was the second flight of the Falcon technology. The first flight, which took place in April 2010, also ended prematurely with only nine minutes of flight time.

There aren’t any more flights scheduled for the Falcon program, which began in 2003 and cost taxpayers about $320 million.

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