The year 2011 brought many changes to the tech industry. Such tech trends as group buying, geolocation apps, or tablets revolutionized the whole industry. Other major tech trends include cloud computing and cloud based productivity apps, online video in enterprise, online Q&A, crowdfunding, and mobile photo sharing apps.
Cell phone plans contain a lot of technical jargon which can be confusing to the average user. This is why most of them only pay attention to the basics and don't bother going over the finer points of the plan.
Recently, on August 5, 2011, NASA launched a new space probe, called Juno, headed towards Jupiter. When it reaches its destination the spacecraft will be placed in a polar orbit in order to study the planet's composition, gravity field, magnetic field, polar magnetosphere, and the deep winds of its atmosphere.
The following infographic is a comparison of three alien star systems with our own solar system. It shows the distance at which all the known planets orbit around their stars. As of August 10, 2011, 573 extra-solar planets have been identified, but so far the three systems illustrated below are the record holders for having the most planets.
Explore NASA's Dawn spacecraft mission in orbit around Vesta, with plans to study Ceres, shedding light on the asteroid belt's origins and solar system history.
With the future of the International Space Station uncertain, the Chinese have announced their own space station program, instead of joining forces with the other space powers. China's space station will be named "Tiangong" which means "Heavenly Palace" in Mandarin.
The following is a huge infographic showing the true scale of the solar system with all its planets, minor bodies and the most famous probes we have sent out into deep space. Scientists measure distances in our solar system in astronomical units (AU).
The Earth is only a speck of dust in the grand scale of the universe. There are stars that would even dwarf our Sun. If you thought that Aldebaran was huge, wait until you see supergiant or hypergiant stars like Betelgeuse, Antares or VV Cephei!