India arrives on Mars ?

After the failure of the Chinese attempt in 2011 , the country aims to be the first Asian to explore the red planet. They will use a satellite of 1.3 tons, with a total investment of $ s72.000.000

India began on Sunday the official countdown of his most ambitious space project : a trip to the "Red Planet" . It is scheduled for next Tuesday , and is launching a probe developed in a few months , on a shoestring budget .



After the failure in 2011 of China's first Mars mission , his great rival , India wants to enroll in interplanetary exploration history as the first Asian country to reach the red planet more than 200 million km from Earth.

Notably, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) will also launch the U.S. November 18 probe " Maven " a higher atmospheric layer of Mars in order to better understand the reasons for the disappearance of most part of its atmosphere.

India began on Sunday the official countdown of his most ambitious space project : a trip to the "Red Planet" . It is scheduled for next Tuesday , and is launching a probe developed in a few months , on a shoestring budget .

After the failure in 2011 of China's first Mars mission , his great rival , India wants to enroll in interplanetary exploration history as the first Asian country to reach the red planet more than 200 million km from Earth.


Notably, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) will also launch the U.S. November 18 probe " Maven " a higher atmospheric layer of Mars in order to better understand the reasons for the disappearance of most part of its atmosphere.

Upon arrival at the planet in 2012, NASA's Curiosity robot , a kind of small all-terrain vehicle equipped with ten instruments , was determined for the first time Mars was conducive to microbial life in its distant past , while rejecting the probability of a current presence of life.

Specifically , the Indian mission is to send to the Red Planet 1.3 tonne satellite , the Mars Orbiter , using a 350-ton rocket from the Sriharikota base in the Bay of Bengal , about 80 km northeast Chennai .

The probe is equipped with sensors to measure the presence of methane in the atmosphere of Mars , which credited the hypothesis of a primitive form in this planet that brought conditions similar to those on Earth .

" All are complex interplanetary missions . In the case of Mars , you have spent so far 51 missions in the world, 21 successful ," he told AFP news agency the head of the Indian Space Research Organization ( ISRO ), K. Radhakrishnan .

A success would be a source of great pride for this country of 1,200 million. In 2008 , India allowed a probe to detect the presence of water on the moon , 39 years after the U.S. feat of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The Mars mission , launched in 2012 , it cost only 4,500 million rupees ( 72 million dollars, 54 million euros ), designed on the basis of " Jugaad " typically Indian first involves finding the least expensive solution possible.

The rocket that should propel the Mars Orbiter has a right power for your mission. ISRO engineers had the idea of ​​putting the probe rotated around the earth for a month to gain enough speed to escape the Earth's gravity . " Do not underestimate her because she's a cheap and pioneering mission ," says Indian science journalist Pallava Bagla . " Is Jugaad is innovation, and everyone looks today with low-cost missions ," he says .

The official countdown to the launch of the Indian probe , dubbed " Mangalyaan " ( Martian contraption in Hindi) by the local press , began at 06.08 local time on Sunday ( 01.08 GMT ), coinciding with the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali . The launch will take place on Tuesday at 14.38 ( 09.38 GMT )

Several countries launched space missions to Mars , especially the United States, Russia , Japan and China.

The Russian-Chinese mission failed in 2011 because the Russian probe Phobos -Grunt that was put into orbit around the Red Planet Yinghuo -1 Chinese satellite failed to take its path to Mars.

In seven days , BlackBerry Messenger won over 20 million users


The version for Android and iPhone , the company launched a week ago, took its base to a total of 80 million.


Following the release of BlackBerry Messenger rugged (BBM ) for Android and iOS , the company revealed that the cross-platform version of its instant messenger won , in a week , 20 million active users.

Thus, BBM has , to date, with a total of 80 million monthly active clients , far from the 350 million that has WhatsApp, but it is certainly very good news for the Canadian company .

" During this first week , BBM was the most downloaded free app in 35 countries through Google Play Store and in 107 countries through the App Store ," said BlackBerry in a statement.

BlackBerry eliminated , this weekend , the virtual waiting list for the Android and iPhone users could download BBM . Download here on the App Store and Google Play

Samsung Tablets Apple corral


Not only sold fewer tablets than before. The recent records have also discovered that Apple and its iPad product are not absolute masters of the segment.




The truth is that the tablet market is increasingly fragmented and Apple iPad parts were never so low, according to estimates by IDC Research Cabinet .

In total , 47.6 million models were sold worldwide , an increase of 36.7 % yoy , while sales still increased 59.6 % in the second quarter and 142.4 % in the first.

Apple is still the number one in a market that was created with the launch of the iPad in 2010 . With only 14.1 million units sold , their share of the cake fell to 29.6 % , " the lowest level to date ," according to IDC. In the second quarter , reaching 32.4 % and 40.2 % a year ago.

By contrast , the number two , the South Korean Samsung continues to advance , with 9.7 million tablets sold and 20.4 % market share in the third quarter , against 18 % in the second and 12.4 % a year ago .

The third position is for Asus , maker of the Nexus 7 Google , which has grown from 4.5 % to 7.4 % by selling 3.5 million units . Percentage Lenovo and Acer are the ones that have grown 420% and 346% , respectively.

Zynga Hires a new Executive the Xbox Boss


Zynga, the social game diden´t have a good new the last year, one of the guilty was the founder and chief excecutive Mark Pincus, for this reason was replaced for the head of Microsoft X boss Don Mattrick. This desition is caused by the poor management of Mr. Pincus, in consequence Zynga`s stock down 70 percent since 2011 when the company sold shares to the public, also the last month it laid off 50 percent  of employment.


At the time that Mr. Mattrick was hired, Zynga aims to follow the same steps that many family technology companies, most of which are led by young people, this will be done with the intention of further improving the business and its profits will continue to increase. Mattrik has extensive experience in creating games and has the perfect profile to continue working in the direction of the company Zynga, since it left the university to pursue their personal projects at the age of 17 he had made his own games.

One of the most outstanding works of Mattrik was when he started working for Microsoft in 2007, where he helped improve the sales of the Xbox 360, it was the one that introduced technology called Kinect motion sensor, which not only increased the number of fans of the Microsoft console but also made the game more accessible.