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The Images From India's First Ever Space Shuttle Launch Are Astonishing
One of the things these photos underscore is the scale of the launch. NASA’s space shuttle orbiters each measured over 122 feet in length, and the cost of just one shuttle, Endeavour , came in at over $1 billion . At 22 feet, ISRO’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) is a little guy, and its $14 million price tag is similarly minuscule. Yet there’s nothing small about the launch itself. It’s a huge milestone for India and for the growth of reusable spacecraft worldwide .
A 'Game of Thrones' fan predicted the meaning of Hodor's name back in 2008
Okay, so it's not an exact prediction of what happened (obviously Myrddin is joking), but they still nailed the key origin of Hodor's name.
Apple reportedly working on a rival to Amazon's Echo
While much of Silicon Valley has been duking it out with each other in the artificial intelligence wars, Apple has been strangely silent. But it might not be for much longer. The Information has just reported that Apple is working on two bold new moves to broaden its AI strategy. First, the Cupertino firm will supposedly open up Siri to third-party developers, so that the voice assistant can be used with anyone's apps, not just Apple's own. More interestingly, however, Apple is also apparently working on a smart Bluetooth speaker not unlike Amazon's Echo or Google Home . It'll have a microphone and is supposedly Siri-powered, so you'd be able to use it to turn on music, get headlines or do a variety of other tasks, just like you can on the other smart speakers. There's no official word from Apple about the news just yet, but we're betting we'll hear more about this at Apple's WWDC event in a couple of weeks.
Astronomers Might Have Just Solved a Key Mystery About the Origin of Life
If a massive solar storm struck the Earth today, it could wipe out our technology and hurl us back to the dark ages. Lucky for us, events like this are quite rare. But four billion years ago, extreme space weather was probably the norm. And rather than bringing the apocalypse, it might have kickstarted life.
'Rocket League' gets cross-network play for Xbox One and PC
Players around the world will be able to match up with cross-network Rocket League aficionados beginning today at 6pm ET/3pm PT. If your buddy primarily takes to their Xbox One and you find yourself gravitating to PC, you can finally play together across both platforms.
This isn't the first time a platform has allowed for cross-network play, as evidenced with games like Shadowrun back on Xbox 360, Portal 2 on PlayStation 3. But it is a first for the Xbox One, tracing back to an announcement from Microsoft itself back in March.
It's the beginning of an exciting new precedent where we'll be seeing Microsoft further expanding its online gaming offerings, and Rocket League is a great choice for kicking things off.
"We're really excited to bring Xbox One and PC players closer together," said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President of Psyonix. "Cross-network play has been something that Xbox One gamers have been asking us for since the day we launched, and thanks to Microsoft's new cross-network policies, we're proud to give it to them."
Twitter is changing its 140-character limit rules
It’s true : Twitter is making changes to its 140-character limit, and links to media and @replies will no longer count against the cap. That pesky .@mention is also a thing of the past.
Did a billionaire Silicon Valley investor fund Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker?
Peter Thiel, whose early stakes in companies like PayPal Holdings Inc. and Facebook Inc. made him a billionaire, has reason to hate online media company Gawker.
Toyota is establishing a 'strategic partnership' with Uber, which is a really big deal
Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. The leasing period will be flexible and based on driver needs. The two companies also agree to conduct ride-sharing trials in countries that have yet to establish the practice.
It Takes Just Four Minutes To Explain the Entire Universe
In need of a quick refresher course on, well, the science of pretty much everything? Here’s a cheeky, irreverent summation of the universe in just four minutes from Exub1a, YouTube purveyor of “spacey stuff and existential angst.”
Overwatch Review In Progress - IGN
Every map is directly tied to a specific objective type, so their construction is well-tailored to the action at hand. You never get that disjointed feeling of playing capture the flag on a team deathmatch map, like you might in other multiplayer shooters where maps have to accommodate a variety of modes. The upsides are subtle, but significant. Maps are focused without ever feeling constricted; there’s never any question about where you’re headed or how to get there, because every flanking path and side door eventually puts you where you need to be. In this way, Overwatch’s map designs allow you to choose your vector of engagement without risking you getting lost where the action isn’t happening. The result is zero wasted time; you’re always in the fight, never wondering where it is or how to get there.
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
SAN FRANCISCO Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ), which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products.
SteelSeries' new modular gaming mouse has its own OLED screen
It also sports an OLED display on the side of the mouse where gamers can add even more personalization with custom graphics. You can even upload an animated GIF to loop on the screen. The display can also show your game stats, mouse profiles and CPI settings. It's a neat feature, though I doubt you'll be looking at the display while gaming.
Pebble 2, Time 2 + All-New Pebble Core
Heart rate monitor : Pebble devices with a heart rate (HR) monitor are intended to be a valuable tool that can provide an accurate estimation of the user’s heart rate. The HR monitor is designed to attempt to monitor a user’s heart rate on a periodic basis. The frequency at which heart rate is measured varies and depends on the level and activity of the user. Pebble smartwatches are not medical devices and you should not rely on the accuracy of heart rate data for any purpose, especially for medical or health purposes.
Of course someone's made a Keurig for weed
CannaKorp is building a machine that lets you put weed pods into a device, and vaporizes it for your consumption. There will be a selection of pods available with different pre-measured marijuana types, and everything is ready to consume in just 60 seconds.
NYC-based Gett picks up a $300 million investment from Volkswagen
It’s a trendy move as of late, with General Motors announcing a similar investment in Lyft earlier this year, and Uber partnering with a major Chinese automaker back in 2015. According to Volkswagen, the decision comes “as part of its strategy to generate a substantial share of its future sales revenue from new business models focused on mobility services.”
Why I Bought a Chromebook Instead of a Mac
Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever. And that doesn’t surprise me. Because roughly a year ago I made the same switch. Formerly a lifelong Mac user, I bought my first PC ever in the form of a Chromebook. And I’m never looking back.
Taking on the big dog: Huawei sues Samsung over alleged patent infringement
Huawei and Samsung run Google’s Android operating system on their smartphones. Huawei, and several other Chinese companies, have overtaken Samsung’s previously dominant presence in its home country, and the company has been aggressively making an expansion into the U.S. The company is seeking compensation for the alleged damages.
Is Facebook eavesdropping on your phone conversations?
We share stories, photos, triumphs and tragedies. It is ingrained into our daily lives so deeply that studies show people check Facebook, on average, 14 times a day. With all those eyes all over the globe dialed in and the purchasing power available, the online giant has tapped into a controversial delivery of data into its intelligence gathering. It all starts with something that you may not even realize is enabled on your phone.
Bee-inspired robot uses static electricity to land anywhere | ExtremeTech
The RoboBee was first unveiled by Harvard in 2013, and the basic design hasn’t changed much since. It’s a bit smaller than a quarter, but weighs just 0.8 grams — 31 times lighter than a penny. The tiny plastic wings flap at up to 120Hz, allowing for controlled flight. It can take off, cover small distances, and land using bottom-mounted tripod feet. The landing part is what engineers have been looking into. The tripod design meant the RoboBee could only land on flat surfaces, which is not the case with a real bee. They can stick to anything, and now its robotic counterpart can do that too.
New, thinner Macbook Pros will reportedly have an OLED touch bar
Barring a big change to the trackpad , Apple's high-powered MacBook Pro models haven't seen many major differences in recent years. That may be until now. According to 9to5Mac , which is citing both Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and its own sources, the next family of MacBook Pros (or MacBooks Pro) could not only be thinner and lighter, but may also house a new OLED display touch bar just above the keyboard. This would act in place of the narrow physical function keys found on contemporary MacBooks. Apple may also bring Touch ID into its next series of laptops.
RIP El Niño
It was called “ too big to fail ” and labeled a monster . In some ways, it never quite lived up to what were, quite frankly, unreasonable expectations . In other ways, it kept on giving , even when we thought it was all over . As of yesterday, El Niño has left us .
Comixology Launches a "Netflix for Comics" Subscription Service
Comixology, the digital comic reading app, has launched an all-you-can-read, Netflix-style subscription service for $5.99 a month.
Foursquare’s Marsbot will tell you where to eat or drink before you ask
Right now Marsbot only focuses on places to eat and drink, but it’s likely that its location intelligence could expand to other areas such as shopping, places to see, and accommodations. This isn’t a service to help you get your laundry done or summon an Uber. It’s to help make decisions about finding sustenance so you’ll perhaps explore new places or find the perfect spot for noms.
Google stops selling the Nexus Player
It's not surprising that Google would give its puck-shaped player the chop, though, and it's not just because the gadget is a year and a half old. Simply speaking, there isn't as much need for the Nexus Player to exist these days. There are many more Android TV and Google Cast devices hitting the market this year, and Chromecast has arguably done a better job of bringing Google's vision into the living room. We wouldn't rule out a sequel, but there isn't as much pressure to create one as there was a couple of years ago.
How San Francisco Plans to Use Self-Driving Cars to Fix Its Housing Crisis
For a minute, try to forget the hype you hear about self-driving cars and think about the single-occupant, human-driven vehicle like this: A very inefficient way to use expensive city land. Not only do extra-wide roads take up a lot of space, there’s far too much property allocated to parking—about 20 percent of the land in many US downtowns are surface parking lots. Autonomous vehicles will require less than a third of the land that cars do now, which could then be used for anything but cars. Like more housing.
Apple rehires prominent security pro as encryption fight boils
(Reuters) — Apple, which has resisted pressure from U.S. law enforcement to unlock encrypted iPhones, this month rehired a top expert in practical cryptography to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products.
PGP co-founder rejoins Apple to bring better encryption to the masses | ZDNet
It will be Callas' third time at the company after he worked there in the 1990s, and later between 2009 and 2011, when he developed full-disk encryption for Macs and paved the way for government certifications for iPhones.
Paul McCartney has a new series that gives you an immersive look inside his life
Paul McCartney has a new series that gives you an immersive look inside his life
Update to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides lets them automatically save recent files offline
Google says an update is rolling out for Docs, Sheets, and Slides that automatically syncs recently-opened files to your device so you can open them even when you have a poor or no connection. If some files go awhile without updates, or your storage gets low, they’ll be removed from your local storage.
Twitter moves away from 140 characters, ditches confusing and restrictive rules
Partially confirming earlier reports , Twitter announced this morning plans that will begin to distance it from its strict adherence to the rule that tweets can only contain 140 characters. The company says that, among other changes designed to welcome new users to its service, it will no longer count media attachments and @names in replies toward your 140 allowed characters. However, links will still count — a decision we understand has its roots in making Twitter’s character counter more intuitive.
Blizzard is offering one free Battle.net name change
To celebrate the release of 'Overwatch,' Blizzard is allowing you to erase one of your naming snafus from the past.
Huawei sues Samsung in new patent fight
The lawsuit marks a reversal of roles in China where firms have often been on the receiving end of patent infringement disputes. In smartphones, makers have grown rapidly in recent years but different intellectual property laws outside of China have slowed overseas expansion.
Pepper robot, MasterCard are taking pizza orders - Video | ZDNet
Peter Thiel funding Hulk Hogan's legal fight with Gawker?
The PayPal founder is footing the bill for a legal fight with an old foe, according to Forbes.
Apple is planning its own Amazon Echo killer
At the same time, Apple is also reportedly preparing to start letting outside developers make their services available through Siri. For example, imagine asking Siri to find you a restaurant, which it can already suggest via Yelp, but then also asking it to book a reservation, too, which might happen through OpenTable.
Hyperloop pods will be coated in Vibranium. No, really.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced a new technology that's going to raise the hackles of Marvel's lawyers. The company, in collaboration with Slovakian materials firm c2i, has created a carbon fiber composite that'll cover the inside and outside of its capsules. The only issue is that some bright spark decided to call this wonder material Vibranium. As in the Wakandan rare earth metal that helps Captain America and Black Panther beat down their foes.
Pixar in a Box
A collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy.
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The new Pebble Core is a GPS accessory for runners and hackers
The new Pebble Core is the company's first non-smartwatch gadget. It's a small, square-shaped dongle that attaches to a person or keychain or bike or bag, with a magnetized leather clip. At first glance, the Core looks kind of like a bigger, plastic iPod shuffle; or maybe a thicker Tile, the lost-item tracker. For a while, Pebble had been exploring sensor-filled "smart" bands that could attach to Pebble watches to add more functionality. But after determining that would make the watches too bulky, the company came up with this instead.
Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans
Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad. As soon as they perceive weakness, they will amass an army and invade the land, too.
SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper is getting a job at Pizza Hut
It starts with an innocent, friendly hello. From there, MasterCard holders can pair their account with Pepper by using the MasterPass wallet app or scanning a QR code on the tablet attached to Pepper's chest. Pepper will help Pizza Hut visitors make menu selections with personalized recommendations and special offers. Fear not! Pepper's not here to judge your calorie intake. Pepper just wants to make sure you don't forget about the joys of stuffed-crust pizza or miss out on any specials that are valid during your visit.
The New Underwater Olympus Is the Platypus of Cameras
As good as it is on land, the TG-Tracker should be even more useful underwater. You can take it down 100 feet without a problem, and all those sensors tell the camera when it’s submerged. Olympus says the TG automatically adjusts the white-balance and exposure underwater, and it’ll keep foreground and background objects visible even when the headlight is on. Just don’t expect it to capture that shark sneaking up behind you: The field of view drops to 94 degrees when you’re underwater, and to 84 degrees if you’re using the 5-axis digital camera stabilization.
What Your Company Needs To Know To Get Started On Snapchat
But there’s at least one big hiccup for companies hoping to get started. Snapchat isn’t exactly intuitive. Opening the app, it’s not immediately clear how to use it or even what it’s for: How do I take and share a snap? What’s a "story"? How do you use these special "lenses"? What’s the point of doodling over a photo, anyway? For users who aren't in Snapchat’s target 24-and-under demographic, the app can be anything but DIY.
People in Australia were once convicted for being gay. Finally, they have received an apology.
A change has arrived in the Australian state of Victoria. After decades of living with the shame of a criminal conviction for simply being gay, members of the LGBT community have finally received an apology from the government.
Top Comics to Buy This Week: 5/25/2016 - IGN
This single issue is, by far, the biggest DC Comics release of the year. Whether you are a rabid DC fan, someone who gave up reading DC, or really just a passing fan in superhero comics, then you need to pick this thing up. DC Comics is relaunching all of their titles at #1, and this issue acts as the keystone and launching pad for it all. It acts both as the end chapter of the New 52 and the beginning of a new direction of hope, optimism, and heroism for the DCU.
Why we already love Overwatch
Mike: I haven’t tried a console version yet, so maybe I’d change my mind if I try it. I’m skeptical, though. Remember the console versions of Team Fortress 2? Those died a quick death. Of course, Valve also never supported those versions with DLC. But I assume they didn’t bother because the player base was small. I don’t think Overwatch will have that problem. Blizzard has been great about supporting its games and keeping them relevant long-term. A lot of people still play Diablo III and even World of Warcraft, which came out back in 2004. I think Overwatch will have a long, healthy life.
'Overwatch' adding ranked play next month
In a recent Facebook Q&A session , Kaplan made sure to note that ranked play would be part of a special content update in mid to late June. It was originally included in the game until Blizzard made note of some issues within competitive mode that caused lower-skilled players to be matched up with higher-skilled players. This obviously caused balancing concerns, especially when the entire point of ranked mode is to gain ground on the leaderboards.
Overwatch is very much a competitive game that's ripe for the addition of ranked mode. There's still a good month's worth of practice to be had if it's a part of the game that concerns you, so there's plenty of time to brush up on your skills before testing them against the rest of the world. And with the amount of players who signed up for the beta before the game's release, you're going to want all the practice you can get.
Gusto adds health benefits to its small business payroll helper
When using Gusto, benefit administrators are presented with an analysis of their company and a recommendation on plans that fit their price-per-employee needs. The idea is to provide a simple personalized broker touch that will hold your hand as you go through the process, assuring them that they’re being taken care of. Benefit administrators can select a tier that fits their company’s budget and establish the contribution level. Discount or premium plans can also be chosen to offer employees. Gusto ranks plans using its customized score that considers not only price quotes, but the quality of the carrier and cost of the service.
You can now stay at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed Airbnb
Dubbed "The Turtle Lair," the space features three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and accommodates six people. The posting asks for $10 a night, but quickly notes, "Don't sweat the 10 bucks, we'll pay you back after you stay. Good times!"