Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been approved for flights by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Virgin Galactic plans to have maiden flights of its Space Ship Two to the edge of space for its pre-paid space tourists by end of 2014! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27628476
Month: May 2014
Bryan Cranston, aka Heisenburg, hinted to Ashleigh Banfield of CNN, that we never saw “…bags zipped up”, referring to the season finale of the popular TV series, Breaking Bad. What an exciting prospect of a return of Breaking Bad on the small or big screen!
Mark Zuckerburg, the CEO of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced a $120 million pledge to help struggling bay area schools in California. Zuckerburg, who turned 30 this year, is a Harvard University drop-out that founded the social media giant and is reportedly worth $28 billion. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25862651/facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-pledges-120-million-help
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the Dragon V2, the first commercial manned reusable spacecraft. Designed to land vertically back down to Earth, the 7 seater spaceship can be refueled and ready to go back into space the same day!
It has been confirmed that Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft has agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for a reported $2 billion. This is the highest sale price in the history of the NBA and the 2nd highest for any team in North America! http://nba.si.com/2014/05/29/report-former-microsoft-ceo-steve-ballmer-clippers-bid-2-billion/
GrabTaxi, the taxi-hailing app for Southeast Asia, has just raised a $15 million round of investment to fuel their growth. With demand in Singapore and Bangkok Thailand growing, GrabTaxi has been downloaded 1.2 million times, with 250,000 registered users using the app at least once a month to hail cabs! http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/28/grabtaxi-raises-15m-series-b-led-by-ggv-capital/
A rare 800 year old seal from the Crusade era was found in an ancient farmstead in Jerusalem. Such a seal is considered an extraordinary find, and was found in the farm site established during the Byzantine period (400-500 AD) and resettled during the Crusades (1000-1100 AD). http://news.yahoo.com/extraordinarily-rare-crusade-era-seal-discovered-jerusalem-194155206.html
Apple has confirmed plans to acquire Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics and Beats Music service for $3 billion. Both Dr. Dre and co-founder Jimmy Iovine will be joining Apple, and the products will be sold in Apple Retail Stores worldwide! http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/05/apple-confirms-3-billion-purchase-of-beats-electronics/
Microsoft has announced Skype will offer a real time speech and text translator end of this year, first as a Window 8 beta app. Something that used to be in the realm of science fiction, the voice translator would allow people of different languages to speak to each other in real time. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/28/tech/web/skype-translator/index.html?hpt=ibu_c1
You know you’re old when the hover craft you saw in the very first Star Wars movie is a reality at $85,000 a pop. To be released in 2017, the Aero-X by California based Aerofex Corp uses two carbon fiber rotors to lift 2 passengers up 10 feet in the air and goes 45 miles per hour for 75 minutes! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/14/aerofex-aero-x-hoverbike-pre-order/