Virgin Galactic’s Space Tourism Arrives in 2014

As 2013 closes Virgin Galactic has just recently tested re-entry of their VSS Enterprise, originally known as SpaceShipTwo spacecraft at a maximum altitude of 46,000 feet above the ground. This has been Richard Branson’s lifelong dream which is to commercialize space or otherwise known as to make space flights more affordable for ordinary people to venture out there and see the stars, planets, nebulas, comets and asteroids with their own naked eyes. The second test (yes there had been two re-entry tests already) was a success and if you can recall the SpaceShipOne took to the skies just over 2 weeks ago at the New Mexico facility.

Virgin Galactic

Is it for Profits or for Science?

At $250,000 per flight it is by far the cheapest way to get to space or I should say low Earth orbit is the technical term for it. The Russians charge $20 million to take a 2-week vacation in their Soyuz space craft with their own version of space tourism; however, that program ended in 2009 and they will require you to go through cosmonaut training before strapping yourself with a couple of billion tons of rocket fuel. (more…)

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Noontec MovieHome V8 NAS Media Player Review

One of the media players Noontec sent to CTB for review is the MovieHome V8, which is sort of an upgrade to MovieDock A6 II that I’ve also reviewed last month. Would the V8 model bring those features we longed to see on its predecessor? Well, let’s find out through my full review of this media player after the break.

Noontec V8 NAS
Noontec V8 NAS


For starters, the Noontec MovieHome V8 NAS Media Player is yet another entertainment appliance specifically designed to carry most, if not all, of your multimedia files into a single location. Unlike the MovieDock A6 II, the V8 has a dedicated storage slot for either 2.5 or 3.5 inches Hard Disk drives (SATA interface only), which is the perfect storage to handle hundreds or thousands of your music tracks, movies, podcasts, or even your photos. The V8 supports most of the standard interfaces available today so you can hook it up to external devices that complement what could be your home entertainment center. (more…)

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The Bourne Legacy Trailer Hits the Web

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The fourth and next installment of the Bourne film series, The Bourne Legacy, is scheduled for release in US theaters comes August 3, 2012. Almost a month since the filming began last January 11th here in the Philippines, the first trailer is now officially available for public viewing.

The film stars Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, and Rachel Weisz, and is directed by the series’ own screenwriter Tony Gilroy. Matt Damon who plays the character of Jason Bourne won’t appear in this film. (more…)

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