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Hands On: VoidExpanse 1.2.2 (Windows, OS X)

04/09, 4:10pm

Space adventure allows players to explore and quest at their own pace

There's something to be said about games that give you the chance to do whatever you want, however you want, and as fast or slow as you want to do it. Not sandbox games, but rather games with solid objectives but no heavy-handed storylines or time constraints hanging over your head. That's exactly the type of game you get with the very Escape Velocity-like VoidExpanse, a charming little space-shooter that lets you play at your own pace.

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Hands On: CleanMyMac 3 (OS X)

04/07, 2:08pm

A vitamin pill for the average sluggish Mac

If you have the most powerful Mac Pro that can be made today, if you routinely go through the Apple Store clicking all the upgrade options, laughing like a crazy person, spending someone else's money, then we hate you -- and we want to come round your place to see it. However, invite us soon -- because even that Mac is going to slow down to a crawl, and you wouldn't like us when we giggle. The reason for that is because there are basic elements that determine whether any Mac is going to sing or sink, and these are all things that CleanMyMac 3 is designed to fix. Specifically, it's there to fix them so that you don't have to: it helps stop you running out of space, it helps make sure your RAM isn't used up, and it keeps an eye on the health of key components.

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Google reportedly considering investment in Virgin Galactic

06/12, 2:14pm

Virgin Galactic investment could help Google satellite plans

Google could be looking to expand its space-based acquisitions, such as the recent purchase of Skybox Imaging, with a report claiming the search company is planning an investment in Virgin Galactic. It is claimed the company is attempting to acquire access to Virgin Galactic's technology relating to launching vehicles into space, as well as a stake of equity in the space tourism business.

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Kinect demo weighs astronauts in microgravity

12/27, 8:55pm

Sensors analyze body volume to estimate mass

Researchers at Eurécom in France and the Italian Institute of Technology's Center for Human Space Robotics have demonstrated a system that utilizes Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect accessory to weigh astronauts in microgravity environments. The sensor is used to make a 3D model of an astronaut's body, enabling a computer program to extrapolate mass based on volume estimates.

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Briefly: iPads and Angry Birds go to space, mobileEcho 3.0

10/26, 1:15pm

mobileEcho 3.0 adds iPhone support

On October 30th the Progress M-13M, an unmanned resupply spacecraft, will start its trip to the International Space Station (ISS). Along with propellant, oxygen, water and crew equipment, the spacecraft will also be carrying two iPads. The iPads are being sent strictly as entertainment devices and will extend the ISS's line of iPods and iPhones already in use. In addition, a three-man craft will launch on November 13th carrying an Angry Birds plush toy as a zero-g indicator.

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First Look: EVE Online, multifaceted spacefaring MMO

12/21, 12:10am

First Look at EVE Online

Massively Multiplayer Online games – commonly referred to as MMOs – are quickly becoming one of the most played genres in the world, with millions of users worldwide subscribing to games like Everquest, World of Warcraft, Star Wars: Galaxies. With the Intel Macs saturating the market, Mac gamers have a lot of games to look forward to, with the help of Boot Camp, but some users prefer to stay in the Mac environment for their daily activities. Sadly, very few major MMO games make their way to the Mac, but with the help of Cider and wider Mac awareness, users can expect to see more hot titles gracing the Mac platform.

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