Many of those who own iPad buy expensive cover to protect their favorite gadget from getting scratches. Microsoft found an opportunity here to add a built-in protective cover which will also work as keypad and track-pad. Business customers who are serious about working on tablet would love this feature.
Microsoft Surface Video
The official videos is posted on Youtube. You can watch the surface tablet video by clciking on the play button below.
The gadget have built-in kickstands with which you can easily place the tablet upright. The display screen measures 10.6 inch (26.9cm) and the surface tablet comes in magnesium cases.
According to the official website surface tablet will be available in two variations.
The Pro version will have Windows 8 Pro operating system equipped with 42-w-h power. Memory: Select between 64 GB and 128 GB Dimensions: 10.6″ display, 13.5mm Thick and weight 903 g Connectivity Options: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae Key Hardware Features: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
The light version has similar features except that it is powered with Windows RT operating system and weighs less. Memory: Select between 32 GB and 64 GB Dimensions:
Display: 10.6” HD, Thickness: 9.3 mm, Weight: 676 g Battery: 31.5 W-h Connection Options: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae Other Features: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
Voyager, the deep space explorer spacecraft has reached at the edge of the solar system. According to NASA the Voyager 1 reached at a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has remarkably increased. Scientists says that these charged particles that Voyager 1 came across are from stars outside of our solar system that have exploded in the galaxy.
Voyager 1 and Voyage 2 are the most distant man-made object in space. These space crafts were launched into the deep space in 1997.
*Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
From January 2009 to January 2012, there had been a gradual increase of about 25 percent in the amount of galactic cosmic rays Voyager was encountering. When the Voyagers launched in 1977, the space age was all of 20 years old. Many of us on the team dreamed of reaching interstellar space, but we really had no way of knowing how long a journey it would be — or if these two vehicles that we invested so much time and energy in would operate long enough to reach it.
–Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology
Lagos, Nigeria: According to associate press, 153 people are feared dead in a plane crash near Nigerian city of Lagos. The Dana Air flight which was carrying around 150 passengers taken off from the airport and was bound for Abuja, the capital of Nigeria crashed on to a building killing all the people on board.
Authorities are enquiring the cause of the accident. At the cash site the reporters could see a military helicopter flying overhead to monitor the situation and Two firetrucks and about 50 rescue personnel were at the site about an hour after the plane went down.
US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching a new space vehicle to reach Mars. The vehicle, named as “Curiosity” will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Curiosity” weighs a tone and has six wheels, however it’s a dwarf-size vehicle equipped with instruments to find if there is or was any sign of life on Mars or any condition suitable for living organisms exists/ existed on the planet.
This robot is being launched by NASA on Saturday at 15;02 GMT.
The vehicle will be launched by Atlas 5 launch rocket. Technical experts and Space engineers found no fautlts in the vehicle after replacing a battery in Atlas 5 and weather conditions are also good at present.
This would complete, NASA’s long-cherished dream regarding the Red Planet.
There is a plutonium battery used in this instrument to provide ample power to the robot to keep it active for 10 years at least. However, there are chances that the robot might stop functioning before this.
The program called as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) has cost NASA $2.5 billion and has been subjected to severe criticism for budgetary burdens. However, the American space agency is very optimistic about the time when this vehicle would reach Mars’ surface after 8.5 months.
Rick Perry is trying hard to strengthen his position in the electoral race for presidential polls in 2012. Despite all his efforts, though, it seems Iowa is losing faith in Perry.
Brian Kennedy, Scott County finance chairman was found advocating President Obama and calling on people to endorse him. Obama visited Scott county twice this year campaigning for the elections.
Kennedy further stated that Scott County has become a battleground for all political rivals.Seeing a Romney leader focusing on the president, Perry can better realize that there is a need to go for Republican primary process before he could prove himself better that Obama. Already, anti0-Romney voters have split opinions about six different candidates. Thus, for Perry, it will be difficult to come even among the top ten candidates.
The Polls are scheduled in Hawkey State on Jan 3, which will further decide the future strategy of Perry for presidential polls. Before Perry could start his speech, Mike Batcher, another Iowan contesting for Congress, mocked him for his inability to remember thierd federal agency he referred.
However, Perry still tried to retain his calm and continued persuading voters to choose him. He stated, “The test of any American is not whether or not we get knocked down. We’re all going to do that. Every one of us has. But it’s whether we get up.” He also hoped that Americans will define people by their values.
There seems no end to political chaos in Greece and now even in Italy, which lingers over the fate of euro’s health. Italy faces crisis due to high-rise in its debt rates. Markets stay unstable due to political chaos in Italy and Greece and more negative traits are looming over the fate of European Union that will ultimately affect the entire global market too.
Greeks are looking forward to form a new transitional government. In Italy, the political chaos emerged with possibilities of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi losing power. This has put investors in doubt over the future market trends as new democratic governments are likely to make changes unfavorable to investors and so they are pulling back their money leading to more financial turmoil.
Interest rates for Italy’s debt have been increased to 6.6 percent reaching its highest so far since the inception of euro. The finance market set itself into fire following the rumors of prime minister’s possible withdrawal from power but he refuted it later.
Greece’s rush to pull itself away from EU to save itself from the depreciating value of euro had ignited a crisis as international leaders severely criticized the decision. The EU threatened to expel Greece and stop providing any aid. This compelled the political parties of the country to make a written commitment and follow European leaders’ demands in order to get the next installment of aid of $11 billion from the EU.
European Union warns Greece against drama over referendum to stay
Tired of Greek illusion over the decision to withdraw from European Union to avoid damage to Greek currency, the EU threatens to expel.
European leaders—French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel told Greek leader that Greece should help EU to stabilize euro instead of withdrawing to save its own national currency. The leaders also warned Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou that if Greece pulls itself from the union, they would stop providing any aid to the country. The meeting between EU leaders and Greek premier was held in in Cannes.
Following this dilemma, France’s biggest bank BNP Paribas also pulled its exposure to Greece, Spain and Italy to safeguard its balance sheet by reducing the total amount by $17 billion.
Greece was expected to receive an additional aid of 8 billion euro from EU in Novemeber.
German Chancellor Merkel stated during a news conference that she desired Greece to stay as a member of EU and help in stabilizing Euro.
Following the warning, Papandreou talked with Greek finance minister by calling emergency Cabinet meeting in Athens to solve the crisis and seek for a midway.
At the same time, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also gathered to discuss and solve economic crisis in G20 summit that ended recently.
Leaders expect UN nuk agency to reveal details on Iran’s weapons
International leaders stated International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] would reveal information about Iran’s computer models of nuclear war and its secret development of nuclear arms.
Tehran has allegedly continued secret work to develop nuclear warms, said the diplomats while talking to media on last Friday.
The IAEA also aims to share the satellite imagery of a steel container , which according to the UN atomic agency, is used for testing nuclear arms-related high explosives, added the diplomats. The UN agency is going to reveal this to 35 board members.
The IAEA had also listed Iran’s activities that indicated that the country was secretly producing nuclear weapons for almost a decade.
The new findings have strengthened these doubts as the weapon-related work has now gone wider in volume and scope, as per the intelligence reports of the IAEA.
The revelation increases possibilities of international military actions against Iran’s nuclear activities.
Shimon Peres, Israeli President told on international leaders should consider breaking their silence and take military action instead of diplomatic negotiations with Iran over this issue.
Meanwhile, even British media has also spread words over the issue, citing authorities who claimed that the United Kingdom was also prepared to support in case the United States considers to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Israel denies financial aid to UNESCO to oppose Palestinian membership
Benjamin Netanyahu ,After the United State, it was Israel’s turn to show anger over UN decision to give recognition to Palestine as a sovereign independent state and full membership. Israeli Prime Minister called on to stop giving financial aid to UN cultural wing—UNESCO.
Netanyahu stated that Israel would discontinue its contribution to UNESCO’s annual budget as the United Nations has accepted Palestine as a member. Israel’s contributions to UN cultural wing accounts for $2 million.
“The prime minister also declared that instead of contributing to UNESCO, Isreal would prefer spending this money for cooperative initiatives in its region to fulfill similar goals.
Netanyahu’s declaration comes following the United States’ fierce reaction to UNESCO’s voting to accept Palestine as a member of UN. Israel also joined hands with the United States and opposed UN decision. Israel’s decision of taking back its financial support from UNESCO has been severely criticized by countries across the globe.
He stated that accepting Palestine as its member, UN has pushed peace process back. Real peace can not be achieved by negotiations with conditions, he added.
The United States pulled its hands back from helping UNESCO. The UNESCO has been receiving 22 percent of its annual budget from the United States.
Bereaved Libyan leaderMuammar Gaddafi’s son Saif Al-Islam has taken shelter in Niger.
The new government Transitional National Council [TNC] is facing severe critics from the human right activists over its treatment with Gaddafi in the last minutes of his life. The rebels humiliated and hit Gaddafi before shooting him. Saif seeks to fight against TNC supporters accusing them of war crimes. He also asks help from international communities in this regard.
Niger is located in West Africa, where Gaddafi’s son has taken fugitive owning to the support from nomad Tuaregs. However the country is also under pressure to handle Saif to the International Criminal Court as he is also accused of committing war crimes during Gaddafi’s rule in Libya.
Niger, however fears there might be violent protests from Tuaregs if it gives Saif to the ICC.
Libyan rebels have gained severe criticism due to their ill treatment with former dictator Gaddafi, who exploited the country and suppressed people’s freedom for 42 years.
The ICC issued an statement from Hague saying that Saif was interacting with officials to surrender for the trial against him.
However, Saif wanted to be assured for not to be handed over to Libyan rebels who killed his father mercilessly.
Niger has so far not declared officially about presence of Gaddafi’s son within its borders.