New patent shows magnetic locks could be used on Microsoft's folding Andromeda tablet

At the beginning and end of 2017, certain Microsoft patents were made public, indicating that the company is working on a folding tablet that can transform from a slate into a smartphone-sized handset. The so-called “Andromeda” device is said to have two screens, the capability to make/take calls, and includes a special version of the Windows OS. One feature offered out of the box will allow users to take notes on both screens as though they were writing on a regular paper-based notebook.

Today, information about a new Microsoft patent has appeared. Based on the information included with …

Android Oreo gains support for custom themes via Andromeda add-on for Substratum, no root needed

A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite “native”, in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.

Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony’s Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming …

Mass Effect: Andromeda companion app hits Android and iOS devices

A few days ahead of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s official release, EA launches the companion app for its upcoming game. The mobile application will allow players execute so-called “strikes” without having to open the game.

On top of that, the companion app allows players to customized their loadout ahead of a multiplayer match. You’ll be able to easily swap character’s weapons, mods, and equipment, as well as spend skill points.

Since these Strike Team missions are available for a limited time, the companion app allows players to check how much time they have left before they expire. …

Andromeda galaxy and Milky Way on collision course

The predictions have come from the Hubble Space Telescope which has observed sections of the galaxy over a five- to seven-year period.

The Andromeda galaxy that is hurtling towards us at 250,000 miles per hour through space is still 2.5 million light years away, hence the pile-up is not expected for another 4 billion years, the astronomers said.

It will take another two billion years of cosmic reorganization before they appear like a single entity. Astronomers believe a third, smaller galaxy called the Triangulum will also be a part of the fray,

“After nearly a century of speculation about the future destiny of Andromeda and our Milky Way, we at last have a clear picture of how events will unfold over the coming billions of years,” said Sangmo Tony Sohn of the institute based in Baltimore, Maryland in a statement.

Assuming that human beings would still be around billions of years in the future to look upwards, the night sky from the earth should appear different with Andromeda suddenly dominating.

Cosmic reorganization: The danger of the Solar System or any other star being destroyed in the collision is small but the gravitational disturbance can shift the location of sun to the outer fringes of the new galaxy.

Assuming that human beings would still be around billions of years in the future to look upwards, the night sky from the earth should appear different with Andromeda suddenly dominating.

Lead researcher Roeland van der Marel from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore stated,”Today, the Andromeda Galaxy appears to us on the sky as a small fuzzy object that was first seen by ancient astronomers more than one thousand years ago.”

“Few things fascinate humans more than to know what our cosmic destiny and future fate will be. The fact that we can predict that this small fuzzy object will one day come to engulf and enshroud our Sun and Solar System is a truly remarkable and fascinating finding.”

Hubble results strengthen earlier findings: It has long been suspected that Andromeda or M31 was moving toward the Milky Way. However, astronomers were uncertain whether the galaxies would slam or pass each other by as they were unable to measure Andromeda’s sideways motion in the sky.

With computer stimulations of Andromeda’s sideways motion, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope team is now certain that the two will crash.

Rosemary Wyse, professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University stated, “We’ve known for some time that galaxies do evolve by snacking on small satellite galaxies.”

“The importance of this research is that the appetite of both the Milky Way and M31 has not been satisfied and they are going to end up devouring each other. When they do so they’ll join the pantheon of large spiral galaxies.”

The observations of the merger are to be reported in a forthcoming issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

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