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Android to expand to digicams with Nikon Coolpix S800

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I’ve always thought that cameras in mobile phones are an interesting evolution. But what if it were the other way around: mobile phone features in cameras? It seems digital cameras are already mutating into mobile phones, too. Or at least with Nikon using Android to power their upcoming Coolpix S800, the platform is starting to go beyond smartphones and tablets. Android has actually made an appearance in some cameras like the Polaroid SC1630 announced at CES this year. However, Nikon may be the first to market with such a consumer device. In a regulatory filing in Indonesia, Nikon has registered…

Android smartphone set for space launch with STRaND-1

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Android is going to space. Smartphones have previously been part of NASA shuttle missions as productivity tools and for experimentation. This time, however, an Android smartphone will, itself, be the core of the satellite. With the STRaND-1 project, British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. hopes to launch a smartphone satellite into orbit. Given smartphones’ computing and data capabilities, engineers say they can easily be turned into space-bound data-gathering tools. “Apart from solar panels, this thing pretty much is a satellite,” says engineer Chris Bridges, who says smartphones have almost everything needed, including cameras,  magnetometers and communications equipment. It helps that…

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: the mother of all Android infotainment systems

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Those of you that go beyond our Rooting Tutorials might have noticed that we don’t talk a lot about airplanes here on Android Authority, as most of them don’t have anything to do with the Android OS, or even tangent tech for that matter. However, the new and amazing Boeing 787 Dreamliner has found its way into our daily coverage thanks to one of the most impressive Android-based entertainment systems we’ve ever feasted our eyes upon. Although Boeing has announced that the number of 787 orders has ramped up to 859, only 14 planes have been shipped thus far. One…

Torque Android app lets you tap into the brains of your car

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We all, well at least, everyone who drives, have felt that second of irrational panic when the “engine fault” light on the dashboard suddenly lights up. It is, of course, recommended that you drop your car off at a service station as soon as possible, as in most cases you have no way to know where exactly the fault lies. Until now. With the Torque app for Android, checking fault codes is just one of the MANY things you can do. How it works? Apart from the application, you will need an OBD2 Bluetooth adapter which plugs into your car’s…