Exactly fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, a new team of astronauts arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) to begin their stay there.The launch took place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:28 p.m.ET (9:28 p.m. Baikonur time) to carry the astronauts to the ISS.The Expedition 60 crew includes NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Roscosmos astronaut Alexander Skvortsov, and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano.These three will join NASA’s Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Roscosmos’ Alexey Ovchinin who are already aboard the ISS.Together, the new crew will spend more than six months on the station, performing scientific experiments and testing space equipment.
The crew capsule which will carry American astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis project has been completed.The completion of the Artemis 1 capsule was announced by Vice President Mike Pence during a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing mission.Fifty years after successfully landing a man on the moon, NASA is hoping to recreate this feat.But this time, at least one of the crew members will be a woman.NASA has announced that this capsule will carry the “first woman on the moon.”“Similar to the 1960s, we too have an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.
When the anonymous social media app YOLO was launched in May 2019, it topped the iTunes downloads chart after just one week, despite the lack of a major marketing campaign.The explosive popularity of YOLO has led to warnings of the same problem that led to Yik Yak’s shutdown, namely that its anonymity could lead to cyberbullying and hate speech.And our own research on anonymous online interactions among teenagers in the UK and Ireland has revealed a wider range of interactions that extend beyond the toxic to the benign and even beneficial.Psychologist John Suler, who specializes in online behavior, describes this phenomenon as the “online disinhibition effect”.This means people feel less accountable for their actions when they feel removed from their real identities.The veil provided by anonymity enables people to become rude, critical, angry, hateful, and threatening towards one another, without fear of repercussion.
Como Audio, a Boston-based company, plans to launch a voice-controlled smart speaker this fall that works in conjunction with their previously-announced SpeakEasy Stereo System.The Como Audio Turntable is slated to sell for $399 in limited quantities.The walnut finish makes it look like something straight out of the late 1980s.Users can use the speakers to play internet-connected apps like Spotify through Google Assistant if they don’t want to use the turntable itself.The specs hint at great audio quality, too.Each speaker has a custom three-inch woofer and a 0.75-inch tweeter to make sure all of the highs and lows come through crystal-clear.
Fifty years later, to the day, I did this moon landing virtual reality thing at San Diego Comic-Con.Which feat is more impressive?I don't know, I'm not a scientist.The firm, which is based in both Beijing and Miami, set up a VR simulation that lets people feel like they are on a lunar mission.You can fiddle with controls and pull levers.While walking down narrow hallways of docking bays and moving up and down on elevators, the sense of motion feels realistic.
China’s small space station, Tiangong-2, has burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere as part of a planned deorbital maneuver.It was launched in 2016 as a test bed for space technologies and was originally only scheduled to be in space for two or three years.But it survived longer than expected and has continued to be a venue for testing and for occasional manned missions.It has spent a total of nearly 1,000 days in space.The space station’s planned deorbit was executed by putting it into a controlled descent into the atmosphere, where it broke up into small pieces.This space debris fell to Earth, landing in the the ocean in a region of the South Pacific
Blizzard teased the 31st hero of Overwatch on Twitter, but while players are speculating on the new character, his name and image may have already leaked.In what appears to be a new Developer Update, game director Jeff Kaplan appears before being sucked into a wormhole.Classical music then plays, as the video shows several complex mathematical equations.In this quick Developer Update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan goes into detail about the upcoming…+ ⋜ π ⩲ ????— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 20, 2019
An Israeli software company which creates spyware has developed a tool with the ability to break into users’ cloud-based accounts, according to a report in the Financial Times.The Pegasus software developed by the NSO Group has been advertised as being able to copy authentication keys and access cloud services like Google Drive or iCloud, and can also access messaging services like Facebook Messenger.Once a phone is infected, the infection can spread to the user’s cloud accounts and download their entire online history.Even after the authentication key is no longer valid, the infection can still remain.NSO has boasted of the software’s abilities in its pitches to potential customers.The report reveals that “One pitch document from NSO’s parent company, Q-Cyber, which was prepared for the government of Uganda earlier this year, advertised the ability of Pegasus to ‘retrieve the keys that open cloud vaults’ and ‘independently sync-and-extract data’.”
Respawn Entertainment finally took a stand against players using a keyboard and mouse instead of a controller in Apex Legends for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Respawn declared its stance on the controversial matter in a check-in post on the battle royale shooter’s official subReddit.The short answer is: We don’t condone it,” Respawn wrote, adding that the developer is investigating methods to determine if a player on a console version of Apex Legends has replaced the controller with a keyboard and mouse.Keyboard and mouse input in console versions of multiplayer shooters has been a polarizing topic, as there is a belief that this gives players an unfair advantage over those who are using controllers.Certain actions, particularly aiming, may be more precise when using a keyboard and mouse compared to the joysticks of controllers.In addition, there are qualms that the effectiveness of a keyboard and mouse setup creates a pay-to-win scenario in multiplayer games on consoles.
Every Halloween, The Simpsons honors all things horror with an anthology of short segments called "Treehouse of Horror," featuring the citizens of Springfield in scary situations.This year's "Treehouse of Horror XXX" will parody all three seasons of Netflix's Stranger Things in a segment called "Danger Things."At The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, fans got a peek at the Stranger Things parody, which is set in the '80s version of Springfield.Milhouse Van Houten is dragged into another dimension called The Over Under instead of The Upside Down.A bald Lisa Simpson plays Eleven, who tries to save Milhouse.There's also a scene set in the mall just like in season 3 of Stranger Things.
You didn’t think that Avengers: Endgame was really the end, did you?At Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel Studios finally shared what’s coming in its highly anticipated fourth phase, offering details on a whopping 10 projects for 2020 and 2021, and giving some very intriguing hints as to what the future holds.Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins on May 1, 2020 with Black Widow, a prequel starring Scarlet Johansson as the MCU’s premiere superspy and Florence Pugh as fellow assassin Yelena Belova.Taskmaster, a mercenary with the ability to copy any opponent’s fighting style, will be the villain.Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is next, starring relative unknown Simu Liu as the titular martial artist, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung as the Mandarin (the real one, this time).A couple of familiar faces are up next.
Preserving your home movies, entombed in rapidly-decaying VHS tapes, by converting them into digital files is a thoughtful (and often tear-jerking) way to do that.It’s one of those gifts that’s appropriate at any time in the year, whether you’re celebrating Father’s or Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any other occasion.If you don’t have time to do it yourself, or if you need a specialist who can handle brittle, decades-old reel-to-reel tapes, the easiest way is to send your precious tapes to a service that can do it for you.If you do have the time, converting home movies can be a simple, fairly inexpensive process.What you need to digitally convert home moviesOnce you dig out your home movies from wherever it is that they’ve been hiding, you’ll need a few tools to get things kicked off:
Update: Fifty years ago this week—July 16, 1969—the world watched as Apollo 11 launched towards the skies.After the drama of Apollo 13, the final four human missions to the Moon in 1971 and 1972 flew smoothly.With each successive, increasingly routine landing, astronauts made longer forays out onto the dusty lunar terrain and delved deeper into the scientific secrets hidden there.The final lunar spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 20, 1972.Decades of discouragement followed as all the energy spent on deep space exploration, and all the momentum of Apollo, slowly ebbed away.Gus Grissom taught NASA a hard lesson: “You can hurt yourself in the ocean”
After getting axed by the SyFy network after three seasons, The Expanse, the best sci-fi show no one is watching, was rescued by Amazon Prime.Now there’s a new teaser trailer from SDCC giving a glimpse of what we can expect to see in season 4.We get our first look at new cast members, including Burn Gorman who sci-fi fans will know from movies like Pacific Rim and TV shows including Game of Thrones and Torchwood.He’ll be playing Adolphus Murtry, the chief of security for the Earth ship Edward Israel who will likely be working alongside Dimitri Havelock, Joe Miller’s partner from season one.Other actors confirmed to be joining the cast this season include The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Rosa Gilmore, Tyrant‘s Keon Alexander, and Orphan Black‘s Jess Salgueiro.According to Deadline, Gilmore will play a Belter refugee and a trained medic who is part of a group trying to lay claim to a new planet on the far side of the Ring Gate.
At AA Picks, we love finding career-enhancing offers.Today’s pick, the Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle, is a perfect example.Hacking has become rife in recent years, and no one is safe.For instance, earlier this month, the biggest provider of forensic services in the U.K. was forced to pay a ransom to cybercriminals.In these dark times, cybersecurity is worth big bucks, which means the experts are paid handsomely.If you want to get in on this action then you’re going to have to get certified.
When I decided to buy a four-year-old MacBook Pro rather than a new one, one of the things I deliberately gave up on was the Touch Bar.The functions Apple showed on stage, from quick-access palettes in Adobe Photoshop to scrubbing through a video in QuickTime, looked useful and well thought out.In the years since its debut, the Touch Bar has been stuck in a kind of development hell, never really taking off in the way we hoped it would.Instead of spreading its wings, it just kind of half-heartedly flapped them a bit, then gave up.But Apple needs to lead by example to show people how it should be done.Perhaps F10, AKA the mute key, when your neighbors start banging on the walls and telling you to stop playing the Spice Girls so loud.
Memory cards, hard drives, even desktop programs can fail, so a cloud backup plan is always optimal.To make sure your photo collection is always safe, redundancy is the name of the game, and one of the best places for redundant photo storage in the mainstream consumer market is Google Photos.Output from most consumer smartphones, and even many digital cameras, will weigh in at that amount or lower.While you could certainly buy space on Apple’s iCloud or Flickr Pro, Google Photos will store your photos in the cloud automatically for free, and even throws in some extremely cool automated extras — all linked to your Google account.Install the Google Photos appTo use Google Photos on your iPhone or Android smartphone, you must first download the mobile app from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
The Google Pixel 4 has leaked yet again, this time courtesy of iGeeksBlog.The larger Pixel 4 XL has been the star of most Pixel 4 leaks lately, but this time we’re getting a detailed look at the smaller Pixel 4 in a set of CAD renders.The renders unsurprisingly show off a device that looks just like the Pixel 4 XL, only smaller.iGeeksBlog claims the Pixel 4 will have a 5.6-inch display and measure 147 x 68.9 x 8.2mm (9.3mm with the camera bump).A larger “forehead” bezel sits above the display, housing two front-facing cameras, an earpiece, and some type of mystery sensor (more on this later).Both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are reported to have bottom-firing speakers, dual rear cameras and a spectral sensor, a minimal “chin” bezel below the display, and no headphone jack.
If you have a family with small children and absolutely any adult member of that family is not a complete libertine, though, it's a problem you'll need to address.The latest edition of the Disney-backed Circle filtering platform aims to help, via either a standalone IoT gadget ($35) or a service embedded in higher-end Netgear routers and mesh kits, such as Orbi RBK50 ($300) or Nighthawk R7000P ($160).Twenty years ago, the problem was trying to keep an up-to-date database of everything on the Internet and whether it was naughty or not.That means filtering based on the actual content you're looking at isn't possible, and family filtering is a semi-blind guessing game.The biggest bone I have to pick with Circle is that it must be managed from an Android or iOS app, whether you're using Circle embedded in a Netgear router or via the standalone IoT device.Effectiveness (or not) of Circle filtering
USB-C headphones may already be a thing of the past, but there are still plenty of people who only have a single port on their phone.While the category had a slow start and an even quicker death, there are still a few notable options that might be worth your money depending on what you’re looking for.Libratone Q Adapt USB-C headphonesReasons to consider the Libratone Q Adapt USB-C headphones:The Libratone Q Adapt USB headphones feature 4 levels of adjustable active noise cancelling which, while not spectacular, get the job done with the right set of eartips.The USB-C port allows for an instant connection to the Google Assistant.