Frank Kendall, the newly appointed Secretary of the US Air Force, announced that there are now five Northrop Grumman test aircraft being manufactured on the B-21 production line at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. He added that this investment (maximum of $665-million USD each) in meaningful military capabilities will project power and hold targets at risk anywhere in the world. Read more for a short video and additional information.
Priced from $1499.99 USD and available in Glacier or Obsidian colors, the Surface Duo 2 dual-screen smartphone improves upon its predecessor in just about every way. Boasting a two ultra crisp 5.8″ (1344 x 1892) OLED displays with a 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, a dynamic triple-lens camera, stereo audio, NFC for contactless payments and multiple new accessories. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on overview.
Does the 2020 Ripsaw EV3-F4 super tank by Howe & Howe look familiar? That’s because a previous model was featured in “The Fate of the Furious” from 2017. Weighing in at 12,000-pounds, this behemoth sports a fully custom suspension system that gives it a ground clearance of 22-inches, while heavy duty rubber tracks enable it to traverse just about any terrain, including muddy slopes as well as slippery snow. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The OnePlus 8 5G Smartphone comes fully unlocked and you can get one for $392.14 shipped, today only, originally $699. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 with the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System, which helps to deliver ultra fast multi-gigabit 5G connectivity. Boasting 8GB of boosted RAM, along with 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage, OnePlus 8 users will be able to experience more powerful gaming and snappier multitasking. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Scientists at NASA have discovered evidence that a region of northern Mars called Arabia Terra experienced thousands of “super eruptions,” some of the largest volcanic eruptions known, over a 500-million-year period. These ancient supervolcanoes spewed water vapor, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide into the air, tearing through the Martian surface approximately 4 billion years ago. Read more for a video and additional information.
Microsoft’s sustainability initiative resulted in the Ocean Plastic Mouse, which features a shell of manufactured with 20% recycled materials recovered from oceans and waterways. This waste is cleaned, and then processed into recyclable plastic resin pellets, which are then blended in during the materials development process to makes the shell. That’s not all, the small box it comes in is plastic free and made from 100% recyclable wood as well as sugarcane natural fibers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Microsoft’s all-new Surface Laptop Studio is the most powerful Surface the company has built thus far, and features an innovative Dynamic Woven Hinge that allows for seamless transitions between Laptop, Stage as well as Studio modes. The first mode lets you type on a full-keyboard and Precision Haptic touchpad, while Stage pulls the 14.4-inch PixelSense touchscreen forward for gaming, streaming, docking or presentations. Lastly, Studio turns the device into a canvas for writing, sketching or other activities. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review.
Brandon Lee of This is Tech Today may have given us the first look at the upcoming Google Pixel 6 smartphone, or at least one of the of pre-production units. The base model is rumored to have a 6.4-inch FHD+ 90Hz display, Google “Tensor” Titan M2 chip, an under-display fingerprint sensor, a triple rear camera array (50MP Samsung GN1 Main + 12MP Sony IMX386 Ultra-Wide + 48MP Sony IMX586 Telephoto), a 12MP Sony IMX663 front-facing selfie camera and an all-day 4,600mAh battery. Read more for the short video and additional information.
Many already know how lucrative asteroid mining could be, but what about scavenging the Moon and Mars for precious metals? Rolls-Royce is developing a nuclear reactor just for that purpose. More specifically, they are building a micro-nuclear reactor that could not only be used to propel spacecraft, but also installed on other celestial bodies to provide energy for drilling, processing, and storage during mining operations. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Tesla Model S Plaid base model will set you back $129,990 USD, and Little Car Company’s Aston Martin DB5 Junior “No Time to Die” edition, a cool $120,000. However, this one definitely comes with more cool toys, or at least from a James Bond perspective. It’s limited to just 125 vehicles worldwide and handcrafted at 66% scale of the original, complete with a fully electric powertrain. Not only do you get the iconic Silver Birch paintwork, Smiths instruments, and individually numbered chassis plates, but also special edition 007 badging. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.