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“Fly me to the moon / Let me play among the stars.” Those famous lyrics from Frank Sinatra’s song “Fly Me To The Moon” have only been applicable to a select few astronauts during the 1960s and 70s. But SpaceX is looking to send two paying tourists in a trajectory around the moon as early as next year. “Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration,” explained SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. According to Musk, these two [unnamed] individuals have “already paid a significant deposit” to partake on the voyage. Initial training for the mission will begin later in 2017, during... Read more...
  SpaceX was riding high on a string of near-perfect launches and increasingly successful powered landings with its Falcon rocket family. However, the high-fives all around came to a screeching halt in September when a Falcon rocket exploded on the launchpad while refueling. The company has since been able to determine the root cause for the failure. Now, SpaceX is ready to return to space for the first time in months with the Iridium-1 mission. SpaceX’s revised Falcon rocket will deliver 10 satellites to LEO (low-Earth orbit) for mobile voice/data communications company Iridium. This initial batch of satellites will grow to encompass a “constellation” of at least 70 satellites that will... Read more...
We’ve been following SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Falcon rocket development with the giddiness of millions of children decades ago during the lead up to NASA landing a man on the moon. With the Space Shuttle out of commission and the U.S. relying on Russia to blast our astronauts into space, it’s up to companies like SpaceX to help take over the heavy lifting when it comes to ferrying crew to and from the International Space Station (ISS). When we last left SpaceX, the company successfully launched an unmanned Dragon capsule (making its sixth successful resupply mission) to the ISS, but had less success with its planned vertical landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge platform. Close, but no... Read more...
The good news for SpaceX is that its Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was a resounding success. This was the sixth Commercial Resupply Services flight (CRS-6) of fifteen planned. Falcon 9 rocket approaches the barge platform (Source: SpaceX) The Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 4:10 pm EST this afternoon atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Dragon was successfully placed into orbit and will rendezvous with the ISS on Friday morning. The Dragon is loaded with just over 4,000 pounds of cargo including 1,103 pounds of supplies for the ISS crew and over 1,200 pounds of hardware and equipment. The remainder of the payload is occupied by equipment and hardware for... Read more...
If anyone can make failure look like a magnificent achievement in rocket design, launch, and recovery, then it’s definitely Elon Musk. On Saturday, SpaceX launched a Dragon capsule into space via its Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The Dragon went on to make its fifth successful cargo run to the International Space Station, while the Falcon 9 was scheduled to make history by landing vertically on a 300 ft. by 100 ft. target under power… at sea… in the dark.SpaceX's floating barge, docked just days before the Falcon 9's attempted landing SpaceX was nearly able to successfully accomplish its mission with Dragon 9, but Musk tweeted Saturday morning: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard.... Read more...
It'll come as no surprise to you to hear that televisions are getting smarter. It's actually tough to find a big-screen set these days without some sort of Smart TV platform baked into it, and Panasonic's latest line is looking to one-up the others. Nuance's Dragon TV is being installed onto Panasonic's newest Smart Viera HDTVs, adding voice interaction in order to let users bark orders at their set. It's a new definition of lazy, but hey -- we won't tell if you don't. Now people can simply sit back and speak to find content, search the web, control volume and more, and with Dragon TV's text-to-speech, television content and options on the screen can be read aloud. Dragon TV is Nuance's unique... Read more...
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a vehicle with a voice-recognition system understands how lackluster most of them are. Even fancier rides usually have pathetic voice systems. Most drivers don't even bother to use the majority of the voice features, simply because it's a real chore to remember the correct phrasing, or it doesn't understand you -- basically, it's a long way from being even half as elegant as Siri is on the iPhone 4S. But there's one company on the PC side that seems to have this game figured out: Nuance. It's the company that makes the Dragon Dictate software, and now, they're finally porting that goodness over to the automotive world. Dragon Drive! is the newest addition,... Read more...
For whatever reason, people love to buy limited edition products. Even random limited edition products like cars, foods and even PCs. iBUYPOWER has just launched two new AMD Phenom II x6-powered towers in limited edition dragon chassis, and for those who aren't looking to buy their own machine piece-by-piece, these look like solid options. The new Dragon Chassis was designed in conjunction with AMD, boasting red eyes, wings spread and a pretty wild overall paint scheme. These rigs also come with loads of high-end components, and they can be configured with the powerful six core Phenom II x6 processor. It also ships with comes two cooling fans and liquid cooling availability, though the lower-end... Read more...
Nuance recently announced a new Dragon for E-Mail dictation application for BlackBerry smartphones. As the latest addition to Nuance's Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio, Dragon for E-Mail uses Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate emails from within the BlackBerry email client. The app is available for free for a limited time for the following phones: AT&T Bold AT&T Bold 2 AT&T Curve Verizon Storm Verizon Storm 2 Verizon Tour T-Mobile Curve T-Mobile Bold2 Hello Nuance Users, Today we have more exciting news for the Nuance Community, as we launched the Dragon for E-Mail dictation application on the BlackBerry App World! Dragon for E-Mail is the latest addition to our Dragon Mobile Apps portfolio... Read more...
AMD has been fighting an uphill battle on two fronts for the last few years. For a time, fierce competition from NVIDIA, coupled with some of their own problems executing, put the ATI graphics division in a deep hole. And ever since the introduction of the original Core 2 processors, and more recently the Core i7, AMD's processor division has fallen well behind Intel in terms of overall performance. Starting in November of 2007 though, we got a sense that AMD was slowly, but surely, clawing its way back into the fight. It began with the introduction of the Spider platform, which consisted of AMD's native quad-core Phenom processors, 7-series chipsets, and 3800-series graphics cards. Individually,... Read more...
AMD has been fighting an uphill battle on two fronts for the last few years. For a time, fierce competition from NVIDIA, coupled with some of their own problems executing, put the ATI graphics division in a deep hole. And ever since the introduction of the original Core 2 processors, and more recently the Core i7, AMD's processor division has fallen well behind Intel in terms of overall performance.Starting in November of 2007 though, we got a sense that AMD was slowly, but surely, clawing its way back into the fight. It began with the introduction of the Spider platform, which consisted of AMD's native quad-core Phenom processors, 7-series chipsets, and 3800-series graphics cards. Individually,... Read more...
XG's Dragon ATX case is a sharp looking enclosure that comes well equipped with a 500W Modular PSU and front LCD design.  The mid-tower design offers a fair amount of room for all of your hardware goodies while the dragon design on the front makes quite a statement.  Looking for a mid-tower with a little flair?  If so, you may want to check this one out."MGE has delivered an inspiring design in the XG Dragon offering. As much as I am not an enthusiast when it comes to heavily modified cases, this one struck me when I first opened the package, and has continued to grow on me since. Its simple building blocks that offer almost an entirely tool less solution with looks that will make... Read more...
Good Evening Folks! Just in case you've missed the new link at the top of the page, I wanted to let you know that we've just posted a review of Soyo's newest Socket A motherboard, the Dragon2 KT880. With this board, powered by VIA's KT880 chipset, Soyo brings some updated technology to the Socket A platform, namely native SATA RAID and Gigabit Ethernet. And there are lots of other goodies packed onto this board as well. Click here and check it out!... Read more...
  While the AMD Athlon XP still remains popular, it is no longer the sought after enthusiast part it once was. This isn't because the Athlon XP is a poor performer, but rather it's because a new era of AMD processors are now in the limelight.  Regardless, there are still plenty of reasons to consider a system based on the Athlon XP processor, with the most logical being affordability.  Building or buying such a computer, will not put a big dent in your wallet and it will provide more than ample performance for most of today's software titles. Apparently VIA was thinking along those lines when they developed their latest chipset for the Athlon XP family of processors, the VIA KT880.... Read more...
  Soyo's SY-CK8 Dragon Plus Motherboard A New Enthusiast Board for the Athlon 64 By: Jeff Bouton January 29, 2004 If all goes as planned for AMD, 2004 will be the year of the Athlon 64.  They gave us a taste of their new product line in the last quarter of 2003, with a limited supply of Athlon 64 and Opteron processors hitting store shelves.  The performance of their new line was impressive, although limited supplies resulted in high retail costs, keeping some users from make the change.  Once 2004 hit, AMD started moving forward by increasing production and adding two new models to the Athlon 64 product line, namely the... Read more...
SOYO Mini DRAGON 651 A New Pentium 4 Small Form Factor PC In The Crowd By: Chris Angelini July 28th, 2003 SFF PCs are all the rage it seems and we're as much a fan of small form-factor systems as any, here at HotHardware.  My personal desktop system tucks away neatly under my desk.  I've also got a PC-based PVR system that could easily pass for an amplifier in a home theater rack.  I've spent quite a bit of time miniaturizing my tech appliances, and I don't mind dedicating time and money to make sure a job is finished correctly.  Therefore, I was particularly interested in SOYO's latest small form-factor concoction, the Mini Dragon 651.  As its name suggests, the Mini... Read more...
Soyo SY-KT400 Dragon Ultra vs. Shuttle AK37GTR Showdown at the KT400 Corral! By, Robert Maloney November 6th, 2002 As another season comes upon us and another new chipset from VIA technologies is released into the market.  It seems like only yesterday (OK, January) that we were building our latest powerhouses based on the KT266A chipset.  Then along came the KT333, but it brought only a minor performance improvement.  Originally touted as having DDR400 as well as AGP 8x support, the KT400 was much anticipated as the next best thing since sliced bread, for the Athlon.  Early on, however, VIA dropped the DDR400 support, due to compatibility and performance issues.  Also,... Read more...
The Soyo P4X400 DRAGON Ultra Platinum Edition VIA's Rogue Chipset Has Arrived! By, Marco Chiappetta October 31, 2002 Tonight on HotHardware.Com we're going to take a look at a motherboard from Soyo that is powered by VIA's controversial P4X400 DDR chipset for the Pentium 4.  If you've been on top of the hardware scene, you may know that Intel and VIA have been locked in a heated battle over the legality of VIA's P4X series of chipsets.  Intel alleges that VIA does not hold the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the P4, while VIA claims they obtained the licenses in their acquisition of S3.  Regardless of who is "right", the ongoing litigation between these two... Read more...
  The Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review The Best That Soyo Has To Offer! By, Jeff Bouton June 23, 2002 Since the KT333 chipset was first released, we've seen a steady improvement in what Athlon-based motherboards have to offer.  With the new USB 2.0 and ATA133 standards, as well as 333MHz DDR PC2700 DRAM support, system boards have gotten a much welcomed boost in overall performance and features.  Today we'll be taking a look at one of the latest additions to the KT333 lot, the Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra. Soyo has been producing the "Dragon" line of motherboards since the release of the original KT266 chipset.  As time went by, the Dragon series has earned... Read more...
Soyo's P4I Fire Dragon & P4S Dragon Ultra SiS 645 and i845D Compete - Soyo Style By, Dave Altavilla February 18, 2002   The motherboard engineers at Soyo, until recently, had been a little quiet in terms of releasing new, innovative products to the market for the Pentium 4 platform.  It almost seemed as if Soyo was sitting out on the side lines as the Pentium 4 was introduced, only driving new designs in the Socket A market.  Not that Soyo actually avoided the new Intel platform all together.  However, boards were not released based on the i850 chipset or the Socket 423.  Now, with the advent of DDR support for the Pentium 4 and with chipsets such as VIA's P4X266A,... Read more...
Soyo's K7-DRAGON -vs- Gigabyte's 7DXR The KT266 and AMD760 Square Off! By, Marco Chiappetta October 25, 2001 Athlon motherboards have come a long way since AMD's flagship CPU was first introduced.  Initially, some OEMs would not even produce boards for the Athlon because they feared it would damage their relationships with Intel.  Some of the brave OEMs that did produce motherboards for the Athlon, wouldn't brand the products with their logo, and even shipped some boards in plain white boxes in hopes that they would draw minimal attention. Well, things have now come full circle.   The Athlon has arguably become the CPU of choice amongst the influential Enthusiast / Do-It-Yourself... Read more...