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NASA lands Curiosity on Mars; alien life yet to appear
For years, we have wanted to see what was going on, on planet Mars. We finally -- after years of failed attempts to land a craft on the red planet -- landed the Curiosity land rover on the dusty world. The craft 'tweeted' from the planet's surface with an unfortunate innuendo, but soon got to work.
In just a matter of days, the remote-controlled robot was analyzing soil samples to determine whether or not there was in fact life on Mars (cue: Bowie). Mystery still surrounds what the Curiosity may (or may not) have found -- rumors began to swirl after NASA said it had a surprise in store, but then hedged and dumbed down any discovery "for the history books. "
2012 gets nostalgic: Animated GIFs and Tesla museums
2012 has been a strangely nostalgic time for many on the Web. Earlier this year, Oatmeal comic founder Matthew Inman set about raising money to create a museum to document the life of Nikola Tesla, the famous electricity engineer and inventor.
Within days, the funds came rolling in -- all to remember a man that many had never heard of, though had all used technologies that were powered by his insight and inventions.
And, to add a little more nostalgia to the mix, animated GIFs have made a comeback, thanks to sites like Reddit and Imgur spurring the use. Like it was 1996, these short, looping, low quality images have no sound, and there's no need to wait for the content to buffer, and you don't need a browser plug-in to see it.
The rise of the mini-tablets: Google, Amazon, Apple battle it out
Google and Amazon kicked off the movement into the 7-inch tablet space with their Nexus and Kindle Fire devices. Apple was a step behind. Apple was late to join the group as the iPad mini came along later than expected.
TheiPad mini rolled out in September, but sales have yet to match the domination of its older sibling, the iPad. Apple sold three million new iPads (with Retina display) and iPad mini tablets in the first sales weekend; the company did not break down the numbers further. However, Apple side-stepped the alleged 'death blow' to the wider mini-tablet industry by failing to compete on the sub-$200 price tag.
While many have flocked to the mini-tablet space, many are content with their full-size devices. Exactly how the mini-tablet -- devices that are between 5-inches and 8-inches in size -- has yet to be seen. We will likely see more use-case scenarios in 2013.