Extreme Tech: The F-35 Helmet-Mounted Display System

F-35 Helmet Mounted Display SystemThe F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin on track to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet, has some serious tech on board. In addition to stealth capabilities and the world’s most powerful single jet engine, the F-35 strike fighter has an advanced, helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) that replaces the heads-up display (HUD) for the first time in the history of military airplanes. Being produced by Vision Systems International (VSI) and in ongoing development, here’s what we know so far about this extreme piece of tech, and how the technology will give F-35 pilots the edge:

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Joustin’ Beaver Review

Joustin' BeaverJoustin’ Beaver for Android and iOS looks to cash in on Bieber Fever, giving Bieber fans a buck-toothed version of the Canadian sensation.

Joustin Beaver Review
Platform: Android / iOS (Android reviewed)

Developer: RC3
Genre: Arcade & Action
Version: 1.2
Price: $0.99
Released: February 3, 2012
Size: 10 MB

Despite being served a cease and desist order from the real Biebs, RC3 looks to serve up their own Android and iPhone action (and hopefully some Beaver Fever) with the lush-haired, lance-toting rodent Joustin’ Beaver. But will Bieber Beaver sink or swim? I played the game to see what his lawyers are so worked up about:

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Kindle Touch now in Canada; Nook stays south of border

With Barnes and Noble’s Nook E-reader still a US-exclusive, the e-ink Kindle Touch and Kobo Touch now can go head-to-head directly in Canada, thanks to Amazon recently opening up the floodgates to international shipping of their touch model. But with the Kindle reader costing $150 (shipped), currently $30 more than its Toronto-based Kobo counterpart, is the extra cost worth it? Or should you wait for the new Nook, set to be released this Spring, to make a trip across the border?

Ever since I owned a 1st gen Kobo reader that was painfully slow, and Nook Color, which needed to be charged daily and too heavy for extended reading, I’ve always been interested when new models hit the market. Now that 4th-gen e-readers are upon us, the feature lists are impressive: Continue reading