Welcome to TechRadar's first week dedicated to space exploration.2019 is an exciting time for astronomy and space travel, with private companies pushing extraterrestrial travel to new levels, and space tourism finally becoming more than just a fantasy.All week, we'll be boldly going throughout our solar system and beyond, and showing ways you can get involved and indulge your curiosity.We'll look past Pluto and ask whether there's a Planet Nine in our solar system, explore the technology that's keeping astronauts sane on long voyages, and take a look at some audacious new ideas for space exploration.Closer to home, we'll be showing you how to take great photographs of the moon, the Milky Way and the International Space Station, and sharing our guide to the best astronomy software for surfing the stars from your desktop.Throughout the week, we'll also be keeping you up to date with all the latest news from the world of space travel and exploration.
It was the bona fide ninth planet from its discovery in 1930 until its controversial demotion to dwarf planet status in 2006.The first recent evidence was presented by planetary astrophysicists Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown at Caltech in a 2016 paper.These comets and asteroids have elliptical orbits, so every few thousands of years they swing into the inner solar system and loop around the sun.The paper argues that the probability of all that occurring by chance is 0.007%.They suspect, of course, that the gravitational effects of a distant eccentric planet might be to blame, and are currently using Japan's Subaru Telescope in Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory to study the orbits of outer solar system objects to test their idea, and help define the size of Planet 9.Voyager One and Two, the probes sent on a ‘grand tour’ of the solar system in the 1970s, are currently 145AU and 120 AUfrom the sun.
Sept 30 to Oct 2, London – and tickets are going for a song right nowEvent If you've had enough of the hype, and want to explore the nitty-gritty of applying artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science in your business, you really should join us at MCubed this autumn.And if you act now, you can save £100s with our knockdown blindbird ticket offer.Our speakers will take you from the fundamentals of machine machine learning, AI and predictive analytics, through the nuances of key tools and technologies, and will show you how they are applying all of the above to tackle real world problems.Whether you're just starting to grapple with the implications of machine learning, are looking for a deeper insight into neural networks or deep learning, or want to dive deep into key tools such as TensorFlow, we've got you covered.This will all be taking place at the QE II Conference Centre in the heart of London from September 30 to October 2, and as usual there will be excellent food right the way through, as well as our first day drinks party.
The short answer: they wouldn’t do a third movie without Guillermo.Hellboy, a reboot of a moderately successful and well-loved set of a film adaptations, is not what some fans might have wanted from the franchise.Instead, they probably wanted a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army.One such fan was Ron Perlman himself, who has regularly expressed interest in returning to the role of the Big Red hero.But according to interviews conducted by Collider, those involved in producing the Hellboy movies decided that, without the original director on board, it just wasn’t going to happen.Here’s what Lloyd Levin, producer on the franchise since its first film, said:
Every day, I get to think with people around the globe about how the latest trends can be applied to improve the way people live and work.If we don’t recognize the symptoms - or worse, brush them off, they can do a lot of harm.It’s important to recognize this – in ourselves and others – because if left unchecked it can lead to more serious issues.For 20 years, I’ve quietly struggled with mental health issues because I frankly didn’t recognize the signs and bought into conventional wisdom that I simply needed to “snap out of it.” What I chalked up to the normal pressure that comes with being a chief technology officer eventually became days of endless anxiety, introspection, depression and lack of self-esteem.According to the World Health Organization, around 450 million people currently suffer from mental health conditions, making them the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.In fact, one in four people in the world will be affected by them at some point in their lives.
In another life I’d Be… Fred the donkeyEvery Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by Meshh CEO Caroline McGuckianBiggest Challenge for your Clients?For our clients, measuring and understanding human behaviour is key to developing powerful insights that can help them get the most out of their experiential marketing and events.The data serves no purpose to the client if it can’t help to strengthen their own operations or develop a better understanding of their customers.
Also: Boeing delays, and InSight to try diagnostic hammering to catch glitch in actAstronauts may have swapped a set of ISS batteries, but it may be a little while yet before they get a ride on Boeing's finest in this week's round-up.Spacewalking 'nauts swap ISS batteries (iFixit teardown not required)Demonstrating that it is possible to design battery-powered tech with power-packs that can be switched out, two astronauts ventured out of the orbital outpost last week to replace the NiH2 batteries on part of the station's truss with brand spanking new Li-ion devices.Hence the spacewalk, which saw NASA 'nauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague exit the airlock at 08:01 EDT (12:01 UTC) and return at 14:40 EDT 18:40.McClain and Christina Koch will head out on 29 March to work on a second set of battery replacements on a different power channel in the same area of the station.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is working on two variants of its popular Switch game console, and aims to unveil them this summer.According to the outlet’s sources who have used both devices, they’re apparently not just ‘Lite’ and ‘Pro’ versions of the existing Switch, but are more varied than that.The pricier of the two is expected to come with ‘enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers,’ but it’s not going to be as powerful as Sony’s PS4 Pro or Microsoft’s XBox One X.That would imply that 4K HDR gaming is out of the question, but it’s possible that it could include features for streaming game footage directly to platforms like Twitch and YouTube Gaming.The other model is supposedly a successor to Nintendo‘s aging 3DS handheld, the latest version of which was released back in 2015.Again, we don’t have details of what to expect here, but it’s safe to assume that you’ll get a higher resolution screen, support for higher fidelity graphics, and better cameras for photos and face tracking.
Apple’s highly anticipated Monday event will likely see an unveiling of Apple’s forthcoming TV streaming and subscription news services.But there’s a possibility that Apple may also touch on its rumoured subscription game service, Bloomberg reported Saturday.The gaming service, reported by Cheddar in January, will reportedly focus on bundling games for its iPhones and iPads and will essentially function as a “Netflix for gaming.” Bloomberg reported that Apple may discuss the service during its Monday event, but said the company could also hold off until June when it will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference.Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans for the service, Bloomberg reported:The company would collect these monthly fees, then divide up the revenue between developers based on how much time users spend playing their games, one of the people said.Apple is likely considering popular paid titles on the App Store and would exclude titles that are free to download but generate revenue via in-app purchases.
Amazon India is hosting Fab Phones Fest for mobiles and accessories from March 25 till March 28.The e-commerce giant is offering upto 40% discount on smartphones across various budget categories and accessories.The sale has a couple of popular phones like the OnePlus 6T and Mi A2 up for grabs in addition to some good exchange offers on phones like LG V40 and Nokia 8.1.We have listed below some of the best smartphone deals that are currently live on Amazon India.The Mi A2 features a bright display and is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.Realme U1 at Rs 8,999
It’s Monday, which means there’s a weekend’s worth of cryptocurrency and blockchain news to catch up on.Despite giving up on its proprietary cryptocurrency, Citibank isn’t ready to leave the world of blockchain for good.A recent job posting from the bank suggests it’s doubling down on blockchain and distributed ledger technology, The Block reports.Video streaming platform Twitch quietly removed its support for Bitcoin BTC payments recently, some Redditors are claiming.Indeed, it could just be another instance of a business removing support for something that no one actually uses.BMW, Intel, and consumer insights firm Nielsen, have partnered with a blockchain project backed by Singapore’s government, CoinDesk reports.
Xiaomi has teased its new Mi Notebook Air launch for tomorrow.The company will be unveiling the notebook in China on March 26.On its official Weibo handle, Xiaomi teased the weight of its upcoming Mi Notebook Air as 1.07 kg, which turns out to be lighter than the MacBook Air.Xiaomi launched the original Mi Notebook Air back in 2016.The device was set up as a direct rival to Apple's MacBook Air, with its thinness and light weight, and with similarities in the designing.Now Xiaomi claims to have developed an even lighter notebook, weighing 1.25 kg, lighter than even Huawei's MateBook 12 which weighs 1.3 kg.
Welcome once more to Who, Me?, our weekly trip down memory lane for Reg readers who have cringeworthy yet humorous stories to share with the rest of us.Our first tale this week is from reader "Ned", who was working as a mainframe systems programmer back in the '80s when he managed to shut down a data centre with an office cubicle panel."We were asked to help move some office cubicle panels out of a room inside the data center," he said."When I put the panel down to hit the door release, I'll never forget the nasty little clunk as the top of the panel moved about an inch closer to the wall," Ned said."I realised exactly what that had to mean, and everything started going quiet… Our boss took it surprisingly well, I must say."At the time, one of his customers had had a major refurb of their large computer suite, with a new addition of "bright shiny Emergency Power Off [EPO] buttons" all over the room.
The two tragic crashes of Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max planes increasingly look to be caused in part by a malfunctioning automated system—and the pilots’ lack of training around how to deal with it—that was designed to keep the aircraft from stalling out.The final reports aren’t in yet, but the similarities between the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people, and the log of complaints from other pilots about the system, all point to trouble with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.In short, a combination of an unfamiliar, potentially faulty automation system and a crew that was not adequately informed in how to operate or override that system probably led to both crashes, according to preliminary finds.In 2004, the Future Aviation Safety Team (FAST), a group first convened in 1999 by a consortium of international flight regulators and co-chaired by Brian E. Smith of NASA Ames Research Center, published a report on “Increasing Reliance on Flight Deck Automation”—a trend that was already underway.The report termed this “automation surprise,” and it accurately describes what appears to have happened to the pilots attempting to overcome the MCAS system to keep their Boeing Max planes from going down.(‘Automation surprise’ is such a potent and useful term, it’s one that can be applied to how we get confounded and overwhelmed by unfamiliar automated systems more generally.)
Huawei has only been in the laptop business for about three years, a relatively short time compared to industry veterans like Apple, Dell, Lenovo and others.So when it made a premium 14-inch laptop with a gorgeous (though somewhat derivative) all aluminium body, top-notch specs, a stunning screen, and tricky pop-up webcam, and then priced it at just £1,300 as if all those other features weren’t enough, it transformed the MateBook X Pro into my favourite ultraportable laptop of 2018.: A premium 14-inch laptopPrice: Starts at €1,600 (around £1,370); UK pricing TBALike: Gorgeous build, excellent screen, updated specsDon't Like: Huawei's OneHop sharing is neat, but somewhat limited; more expensive than last year's model, annoying SSD partition
Intel has been granted a preliminary injunction in its trade secret theft claim against former engineering manager Doyle Rivers, who left to work at Micron.The court order [PDF] requires Rivers to not possess, use, or disclose any confidential Intel information related to the company's 3D XPoint or Optane products, including personnel working on those products, and gives him three business days to return any confidential data in his possession.Daniel Sakaguchi, a partner at Alto Litigation in San Francisco, who is defending Rivers, told The Register by phone that the order was mutually agreed upon.The silicon vendors parted ways last summer to develop the technology independently.The defendant, Rivers, left Intel last September and joined Micron.In November, Intel sued Rivers claiming that he'd violated his contract by taking secret Intel information with him on a USB drive.
The week's news in AI and machine learningRoundup Hello, here's a quick rundown on what's been happening in the world of machine learning.Cameras and sensors coming to all Volvo cars: Volvo is adding driver-watching cameras and sensors to all of its cars to tackle drink-driving and other unsafe motoring.The Chinese-owned famously Swedish automaker has set itself a lofty goal of eradicating all fatal accidents involving its cars by 2020, which it hopes to achieve in part by altering driver behavior.It’ll try to catch intoxicated or tired motorists if they snooze off at the wheel, or negligent ones paying more attention to their phones than the road.Sensors will also detect any lack of steering, and judge if a driver is weaving in and out of traffic dangerously or if the human's reaction times are too slow.
Microsoft has practically admitted defeat in the browser space.After decades of its Internet Explorer dominating the Web browser market, IE has become synonymous to malware and bloat.It tried to do a redo with Microsoft Edge but it has failed to even make a dent.Its last-ditch effort gives a nod to Google by building Edge on top of the open source Chromium browser.That version seems to have suddenly leaked online way before Microsoft can even a public preview for it.To be clear, Microsoft isn’t simply rebranding Google Chrome and calling it Microsoft Edge.
Apple is set to unveil its new streaming video platform today, and we’ve already heard a lot about what’s in store over the past few months.It’s expected to launch its service with plenty of original content – about a billion dollars’ worth – alongside movies and TV series from the likes of HBO and Showtime.The unveiling will take place on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park premises in Cupertino.The best place to follow along is right here on TNW, where we’ll cover the announcements as they happen.If you want to tune in and watch it live, here’s how and when you can do so.You can stream the event on Apple’s site at apple.com/apple-events/livestream, using:
Google Maps is one of those little things that have changed the world forever.It has taken navigation that was previously only available via subscription to professional services and made it accessible to all.Part of its success, however, was how it practically crowdsourced gather data that would have statically been impossible for Google to do on its own.In line with that, it seems that Google is adding yet another crowdsourcing feature that would allow almost anyone to add an event for everyone else to see.The feature is still in its very early days and might not work for everyone, even those in the same location.Android Police theorizes it might have something to do with Local Guide levels but it’s almost too random to be certain.