Elon Musk’s SpaceX firm has announced it will be taking two members of the public on a trip around the moon in late 2018.The private space firm has received a significant deposit to take the passengers on a “long loop around the moon” in the yet-to-be-flown Dragon 2 craft, which was built to carry humans.The two space tourists will be taking off from the iconic Kennedy Space Centre’s Pad 39A, which was used for the Apollo missions.The 300-400,000 mile trip will take about a week, Musk said."It would skim the surface of the moon, go quite a bit further out into deep space.”"We have been approached by private individuals," said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a call with reporters on Monday.
iPhone users who opt for the cheaper route of having their screen fixed by a third-party, rather than Apple, no longer run the risk of voicing their device warranty.An internal memo sent to Apple retail employees, and obtained by 9to5Mac, instructs retail stores and service providers to go ahead with a repair as normal.The proviso is that the repairs required aren’t related to the display.If a customer then refuses to pay the out of warranty fee then service will be declined.Related: iPhone 8 - Everything you need to knowAlso, if the third-party screen is part of the problem and causes damage while employees are performing the repair, then an out of warranty fee will be charged.
When you hear stats and facts with extremely large numbers, it can be hard to wrap your head around what that number really represents.If you want to get a grasp on large numbers, you need to start changing perspectives and converting them into more understandable numbers.Researchers Dan Goldstein, Jake Hofman at Microsoft, and Pablo Barrior of Columbia University have been studying ways people can truly understand large numbers, be it distances, money, population, or other common statistics.Their approach uses different perspectives to create useful points of reference.For example, a stat that reads “Americans own almost 300 million firearms” will have more impact if it’s translated to “about 1 firearm for every person in the United States.” Or when dealing with large numbers in relation to time, you can break things down into different periods.For example, it’s hard to comprehend the difference between one million seconds and one billion.
Details were scare at the time, but revelations from a new Reuters report now only complicate what we know.In December, Ruslan Stoyanov, head of the computer incidents investigation team at Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, was arrested with no explanation from Russian law enforcement.Along with Russian Federal Security Service FSB agents Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev, Stoyanov was charged with treason.According to a Reuters source, the treason charges are related to accusations made by a Russian businessman named Pavel Vrublevsky seven years ago.In 2010, Vrublevsky, founder of internet payment firm ChronoPay, reported the suspects to authorities.He claimed that they had passed state secrets to American firms including Verisign, a company that specialises in domain name services and internet security, which then turned them over to US intelligence.
Apple's Mac operating system may be the safer choice – but only because cybercriminals can't get their hands on people who know how to exploit it.That's according to security showman Eugene Kaspersky, who gave a keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday."People still think MacOS is safe," he told attendees with some measure of incredulity.While there is certainly less malware for the operating system than, say, Windows, it's more a case of difficulty in hacker recruitment than evidence of stronger inherent security.Of course, this zeal may have something to do with a big push from Kaspersky for its security software for the Mac, not that you'd need it from Eugene's logic.To be fair though, it wasn't just Apple that Kaspersky attacked: he also had some harsh words for car manufacturers, internet-of-things developers, and pretty much anyone who has ever made a software product.
Kevin Winter/Getty One of the people in charge of handing out the winning envelopes to presenters at the Oscars Sunday night may have gotten a little starstruck behind the scenes, possibly causing the worst mistake in Oscar history that's being called envelopegate.The Wall Street Journal reports that according to sources close to the situation, PricewaterhouseCoopers managing partner Brian Cullinan was
originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.Schooling still operates in the 19th century.We need to revolutionize everything about schooling.Technologically, much of what needs to change is less front-end than the back-end systems.We also must make our systems of delivering education more openly available so that innovation can occur.So much of what we do is intuitive — we get into habits based on what has worked in the past, and those habits aren't always the best way to do things going forward.
Alcatel has unveiled a two-in-one Windows 10 device with 4G LTE built into its detachable keyboard.The device, aimed at business users, features a 12-inch HD display, a 5MP front camera and 'loud' dual speakers for videoconferencing, and is powered by a Intel Celeron N3350.The detachable 4G LTE keyboard can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 15 devices.Alcatel said the Plus 12 is one of the lightest 12-inch 2-in-1s on the market, weighing in at 990 grams, and features a brushed-metal front casing."We are convinced that productive devices will be more and more connected to cellular networks," said Vittorio Di Mauro, senior vice president at Alcatel.The device supports the Windows Hello fingerprint recognition in Windows 10, and the Windows Ink note and annotation feature.
Everyone (except Huawei) knows it.The Apple Watch is hanging on, but not by much, and there's no real need to spend hundreds of pounds on a device that's less functional than your phone.So it should be no surprise that Motorola has no immediate plans to release any smartwatches.The second (and currently last) Moto 360 arrived back in September of 2015, and we haven't heard a peep since.Now that MWC is going on in Barcelona, TechRadar had the chance to ask about what the company's plan was for its wearable line-up.Miles Norman, General Manager UK & Ireland & European Operators at Motorola said:
The big theme at this year's MWC is cameras.Cameras this, cameras that, colour, colour, colour.Now Chinese phone-maker Oppo is taking a stab at beating the competition to the punch, showing off a dual camera phone with a whopping 5x lossless optical zoom.The dual-lens camera module is only 5.7mm thick - 10% thinner than most 2x optical zoom modules - and accounts for this slim form factor by using a periscope-like system to divert incoming light by 90-degrees into the sensor.Optical Image Stabilisation kicks in whenever you zoom in, ensuring that the final shot isn't wonky and completely useless.Sure it probably can't compete with a pricey DLSR, but it's a big deal considering the best optical zoom any other smartphone has is 2x.
More than 58 years have passed since Sputnik 1 became the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth. Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, Sputnik 1 consisted of a 23-inch-diameter metal sphere with four radio antennas — that'sCompared with the highly sophisticated satellites in orbit today, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the International
Apple announced that its new $5 billion campus in Cupertino, California, will open to employees in April.The project, long called "Apple Campus 2," will be officially be named "Apple Park."It'll take 6 months for Apple to move over 12,000 employees to the ring-shaped office building, which as been nicknamed the "spaceship" for its resemblance to a UFO.Apple CEO Tim Cook will be moving his offices down the street to Apple Park as well.When Apple Park opens, parts of it will be open to the public, including a visitors' center with a café and Apple Store, likely with merchandise you can't get elsewhere.Apple declined to comment as to when the public can start to visit Apple Park.Apple started work on Apple Park in 2013, but planning took place for years before that.Now it's almost ready to open, but there's still a lot of landscaping work to be done — construction on the main building and surrounding parkland will continue over the summer, Apple said.Videos recently released by both Apple and drone photographer Matthew Roberts show what the one-of-a-kind office building looks like right now.Take a look: View As:
Jason Charles a 39-year-old firefighter who serves as the chapter president, introduces the meeting's speaker, Shane Hobel.He's the founder of Mountain Scout Survival School, which teaches wilderness survivalThe group Hobel is addressing is a local chapter of the American Preppers Network, a national organization that
Netflix Netflix's upcoming Will Smith blockbuster "Bright," which the company reportedly shelled out more than $90 million for after a two-week bidding war, has its first trailer.The movie is a cop thriller set in a world that is similar to our own in time period, but contains fantasy creatures like orcs andThe teaser trailer starts out looking like a typical cop movie
Samsung has had great success with its Gear VR headset, which last year outsold the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR combined.And to keep it at the top of the VR market, and fend off competition from Google's recently launched Daydream View headset, the company has now debuted the 2017 Gear VR model alongside a new controller.Yes, the new Gear VR comes complete with a handheld device that will allow you to point, shoot, tilt, and drag and drop objects within the virtual world.It's the same approach Google used with its own headset, and will mean users no longer have to reach up to tap commands on the side of the Gear VR.The controller weighs 64g and is powered by two AAA batteries, and Samsung says it will last up to 40 days if used for around two hours a day.Button-wise, you'll find a clickable touchpad on the device, along with a trigger button, home, back, and volume keys.
Sony makes really, really good cameras.The company’s professional series cameras are currently coveted by even grumpy old pros reluctant to upgrade, and its camera sensors are found not just in Sony products, but in many competitors, too.So its no surprise that for years the company makes a big show of playing up the cameras in its smartphones.The Xperia XZ Premium is the big brother upgrade to last year’s Sony Xperia XZ.Dubbing the technical system behind the camera “Motion Eye” Sony claims it can shoot photos faster than competitors and show slow-mo videos slower.The average smartphone, for reference, can only do 240fps.
If you've got your eye on Sony's rather beautiful new Xperia XZ Premium, the good news is it's definitely coming to the UK.Vodafone, EE and Carphone Warehouse have already confirmed they'll stock the flagship, with others expected to follow.However, the handset's promised release date of 'late Spring 2017' is less exciting than it might initially sound.While most Brits seem to think of Spring as January to whenever-it-starts-getting-warm-again, technically it has quite a different definition.Two different definitions, in fact.If Sony is going by meteorological Spring, then the season hasn't even started yet.
The new Sony Xperia Touch is very cool.You watch this tiny 720p laser projector in action, and even when it bugs out and doesn’t immediately respond to your every fat fingered press it’s still so neat you’re almost inclined to not care.But I have no idea who is going to buy this €1600 device.That’s £1,364 at current exchange rates...for an Android laser projector.The Xperia Touch runs on Android so when the home screen splashes across a wall, table, or a large friend in a white shirt, you’ll immediately know what you’re looking at.Interacting with the projections feels natural, though, the infrared sensors that handle reading the input from your fingers are also very finicky.
Budget smartphone brand Blu announced today that its latest phone, the Blu Life Max, will have a massive 3,700 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor - and that if you get it on or before release day, it'll cost just 90 quid.In fairness, the new phone is already pretty cheap at full retail: just £109.99 on Amazon.For that, the specs are not half bad:5.5-inch HD screen: 720 x 1280, 267 ppi, curved glass64-Bit MediaTek MT6737 processor: 1.3 GHz quad-core with Mali-T720 GPU2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD up to 64GB
The world’s biggest annual phone show is underway in Barcelona, with Mobile World Congress playing host to a number of new announcements.Following the LG G6 and BlackBerry KEYone into the realms of reality is this phone that looks like a classic Apple gadget.With a sleek metal body that features softly rounded edges and comes in a variety of vibrant colours, the Huawei P10 is possibly the best looking phone at this year’s show.Coming in eight different colours, Huawei has paired traditional silver, white and black models, with two gold and a rose gold colour scheme.It’s the unusual but beautiful blue and green handset options that really steal the how, however, bringing to mind the iconic iPod Touch.Despite its stunning good looks, the Huawei P10 is more than a piece of high-tech eye candy.