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Blue Moon in August – Two Full Moons this Month

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(Best Syndication News) - The saying “once in a blue moon” probably is referring to this occasional event which will begin today. In August, two full moons will appear.

The blue moon event is not referring to the moon changing color. One full moon will appear tonight and another on the 31st. It will be almost another three years before the next blue moon occurs.

Originally, a blue moon was an extra full moon for the season. Maine Farmers' Almanac described the event as having four instead of three full moons in one season. When there was an additional fourth full moon for the season, it was deemed a blue moon.

GM investigating Wi-Fi sensing Technology for Vehicles

Bicylcist on a busy street - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) announced that they are working on technology for vehicles to sense Wi-Fi found in Smartphones to let drivers know when a person is crossing the street or riding a bicycle. This could be helpful on busy intersections and streets, and in poor visibility situations.

Additionally, GM is investigating the idea of a complementary app for Wi-Fi Direct capable Smartphones to help bicyclists and road workers notify Wi-Fi Direct vehicles of there location on the street.

Apple Announces OS X Mountain Lion Download Availability

OS X Mountain Lion - Credit: Apple

(Best Syndication News) - The ninth major release of Apple’s OS X operating systems was made available today on the Mac App Store. The newest version is called Mountain Lion, which features an all new Messages app, Notification Center, sharing throughout the system, integration with Facebook, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center. Mac users who have Lion and Snow Leopard can upgrade their operating system for $19.99.

Apple’s OS X Mountain Line has over 200 new features. The newest idea integrated in the operating system is iCloud support. This allows a person to share information on several devices with Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, iWork, and more.

Astronaut Sally Ride dies at age 61

Sally Ride - Credit: Nasa.gov

(Best Syndication News) - Sally Ride died at her home in San Diego this Monday after battling pancreatic cancer for the last 17-months. Ride was the first US woman astronaut to travel into space. She travelled twice on the Challenger; the first time was on June 18, 1983 and a second time was October 5, 1984.

Ride was born in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley on May 26, 1951. Growing up in Encino, she loved Science and later studied Physics and English at Stanford University.

She was almost finished with her Ph.D. in physics when she saw an ad looking to hire astronauts. This was the first time that NASA was recruiting astronauts that were not just military test pilots. There were over 8,000 applicants and only 35 people were chosen. Ride was picked along with 5 other women and 29 men to take part in the 1978 astronaut class.

Panasonic Lumix SZ5 WI-FI Digital Camera lets users transfer Photos Wirelessly

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(Best Syndication News) - Panasonic announced the features of their LUMIX DMC-SZ5 digital camera today. The new camera has Wi-Fi connectivity and a 10x optical zoom. Panasonic created the SZ5 so that it would be convenient like a Smartphone, but at the same time keep the photo quality expected with digital cameras.

Sharing family photos would be easier with this camera. Instead of having to plug in a cable, you could connect via Wi-Fi to share your memories on social networking websites such as Facebook or Picasa.

The camera can connect to a Smartphone device so the user would not need to find a Wi-Fi hotspot to share photos online. The Smartphone can also be used as a remote viewfinder for the camera when it is using the LUMIX LINK app. The app also lets the Smartphone user control the zoom, focus position, and tag location information of the camera. The software is available for iOS and Android devices.

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