utherdoul writes: North Korea has been trying since 1998 to put a satellite into orbit: On December 12th, they finally succeeded. Officials described the launch as a “peaceful project,” and said the rocket carried a weather satellite; other countries have condemned the mission as a step towards launching ballistic missiles at targets across the globe. From the article:
The Unha-3 rocket blasted off at around 10 AM local time from a space center in the village of Tongchang-ri on the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, flew over the East China Sea, the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, and then past the Philippines. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirms that the rocket’s payload achieved earth orbit.
utherdoul writes: Research firm IHS predicts that the Nintendo Wii U console will sell faster than the Wii did in 2006, moving 3.5 million units worldwide before the end of December 2012. That means supply shortages over the holiday shopping season --and fistfights in toy stores. The console won't even be released until this Sunday, and prices are already surging on secondary markets; the $350 deluxe set is selling for about $600.
l-ascorbic writes: Google Street View is great, but the coverage is very limited. A mobile apps researcher in Vienna wanted coverage of his hometown, so created his own Google Street View, using the CleVR panorama viewer and the Google Maps API.
Ant writes: "This Videolamer article lists the names of game companies and systems that many people don't know what the words actually mean nor their origin. The list shows some of the biggest companies and consoles and what information is openly known about their names...
Seen on Blue's News."