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So the big day is finally here.Not Black Friday, that's still a few months off yet, we're talking about Prime Day.That special holiday Amazon made up to sell a bunch of stuff at a discount, but only to people who buy a Prime membership first.Because you have to flog those Prime memberships somehow, just in case people think all the perks aren't enough.Naturally there are a lot of deals out there.Too many for any small group of people to sift through without some help.
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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the launch had been called off due to a "technical snag" observed in the rocket 56 minutes prior to launch.As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today.The landmark mission was set to depart a few days shy of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, humanity's first crewed lunar landing, with the goal of making the first soft landing at the lunar south pole.India's mission isn't slated to feature humans, rather, Chandrayaan 2 is carrying three lunar exploration robots -- a lander, rover and orbiter -- that will be able to survey the moon from both the surface and the sky.The payload of Chandrayaan-2 consists of a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a lunar rover and will be launched atop the ISRO-developed GSLV Mk-III rocket.That rocket is about half as powerful as the SpaceX Falcon 9 and will put Chandrayaan-2 into what's known as an "Earth parking orbit" before the module uses its own power to extend its orbit and eventually position itself for a lunar rendezvous.
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With the two retail giant’s butting heads, Best Buy has decided to drop a few sneaky Apple Watch Series 4 deals into the mix to spice things up.We are seeing more and more Prime Day smartwatch deals go live as the event draws near, with Apple and Fitbit Versa watches leading the charge.With the Series 4, you’re getting a larger screen and yet another performance bump thanks to a new processor and a few new features.Though considering the Apple Watch Series 3 is only $199, right now, you may want to consider going with that model for the price alone.The most notable of new features of the newest Apple Watch is the ECG monitor, which allows you to check for atrial fibrillation.It also comes with solid battery life, so you don’t need to worry about hanging out near an outlet to make sure it stays charged.
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Russia has finally launched its powerful X-ray observatory, Spektr-RG, after a month’s delay caused by faulty batteries on board the spacecraft.The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 13, taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.Spektr-RG is a satellite created in cooperation between the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) as well as universities in Russia and Germany.It will survey in the X-ray frequency once it reaches its final destination in 100 days.It is aiming for an orbit sitting between the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Earth in a location called a Lagrange point located 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from Earth.Equipment on board the observatory includes two X-ray telescopes, ART-XC and eROSITA.
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In recent weeks, Fortnite‘s Pressure Plant (the new destination inside of the volcanic crater) opened to reveal the previously leaked Robot Factory.Though the opening didn’t do anything significant at the time, players were presented with the legs of a huge robot currently under construction.As of the most recent update, the robot is almost complete.The Robot Factory is located where the Pressure Plant was previously placed, which itself had replaced the Volcano point of interest before the season 8 eruption.News of the Robot Factory’s presence first surfaced in a couple of leaks, but thus far the new point of interest hasn’t been terribly, well, interesting.It has become clear that a singular massive robot being built at the factory will play a role in Epic’s overall storyline for the game, however.
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Amazon Prime Day starts tomorrow, but we have the full list (via press release) of the Amazon and Alexa-powered devices that will be on sale -- including a handful that are already available, like the Echo Input for $15.The good news: A few of these devices are hitting all-time lows, including the 2nd-gen Echo for $50, 2nd-gen Echo Show for $160 and Fire TV Stick for $15.(No discount on the sweet new Echo Show 5, which debuted last month at $90 and will apparently stay there for Prime Day?Read more: Our ongoing list of best Prime Day 2019 deals.Prime Day deals available nowYep, the third-gen Dot hasn't been priced this low since November.
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An artificial intelligence-powered, poker-playing bot destroyed professional card slingers in six-player Texas Hold ’em, in the latest example of A.I.showing its dominance over humans in games.system, named Pluribus and created in collaboration between Facebook’s AI lab and Carnegie Mellon University, played 10,000 hands over the course of 12 days against 12 professional poker players.In a paper published in Science, the researchers revealed that Pluribus won an average of $5 per hand with winnings of $1,000 per hour, which they described as a “decisive margin of victory.”“It’s safe to say we’re at a superhuman level and that’s not going to change,” Facebook A.I.Research scientist and Pluribus co-creator Noam Brown told The Verge.
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But lurking just behind the curtain of all these exotic phenomena is a deceptively simple idea that pulls the levers, shows how the pieces fit together, and lights the path ahead.James Clerk Maxwell’s equations revealing the intimate connection between electric and magnetic fields looked very different in different frames of reference—whether an observer is moving or at rest.Einstein connected the dots: The speed of light was a measurable manifestation of the symmetrical relationship between electric and magnetic fields—a more fundamental concept than space itself.The concept of “at rest” — the static “empty space” invented by Isaac Newton—was unnecessary and nonsensical.The faster you chase, the harder it is to go faster.Resistance to change becomes infinite at the speed of light.
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Has your LTE connection been letting you down lately?LTE actually reaches lower maximum speeds than “true 4G” does.Paths can differ slightly depending your Android version and phone manufacturer, but you can usually enable Airplane mode by going to Settings > Wireless & networks > Airplane mode.In a lot of cases your LTE connection issues will be gone.Usually, your device will try to connect to the fastest option when available, but if you’ve been tinkering with your settings or recently installed an update, that might need to be adjusted manually.Eject it and carefully reposition it in its tray.
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Last week, I talked about how Alexa wasn’t forgetting what you requested because that data was more valuable than one might think.These billions of logged miles are just another type of training data but they’re also a pretty clear presentation of where self-supervised learning systems could theoretically move, creating the boundaries for a model while letting the system adjust its own rules of operation.It’s how well it behaves, and how representative it is of what you will encounter in the real world.Apple is building more detailed maps with sensor-laden vehicles, AR startups like are actively 3D-mapping cities using crowd-sourced data and game engine companies like Unity and Epic Games are building engines that replicate nature’s laws in digital spaces.on Twitter @lucasmtny or emailOn to the rest of the week’s news.
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One of the most obvious purchases to make on Prime Day is a smart speaker.With Amazon and Google fighting for your business during this shopping event, we’re already seeing some great discounts ahead of the July 15 start date.And while there are sure to be even more Prime Day smart home deals to come, if you’re in the market for an Echo Dot or Google Home Mini, there’s no need to wait for a better discount.We’ve found the best Google Nest and comparable Amazon Echo deals going on for Cyber Monday, so you can get the best deal on whichever device is right for you.Both of these pint-sized smart speakers act as fully functional hubs despite their size.This allows you to control music, ask questions, and enjoy a wide range of fun skills unique to each separate voice assistant.
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If you’ve ever looked at astronauts on the moon jumping high in the air and thought that looked like a great way to get around, you’re not the only one.The European Space Agency has created SpaceBok, a bouncing robot designed for low-gravity “dynamic walking” inspired by the gait of the springbok.“Instead of static walking, where at least three legs stay on the ground at all times, dynamic walking allows for gaits with full flight phases during which all legs stay off the ground,” PhD student Hendrik Kolvenbach from ETH Zurich’s Robotic Systems Lab explained in a statement.“Animals make use of dynamic gaits due to their efficiency, but until recently, the computational power and algorithms required for control made it challenging to realize them on robots.”This type of movement is ideal for propelling the bot around non-Earth environments with low gravity.“For the lower gravity environments of the Moon, Mars, or asteroids, jumping off the ground like this turns out to be a very efficient way to get around,” Kolvenbach said.
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Amazon Prime Day is just about here, and the massively popular online-shopping event, which happens Monday but has already sparked teaser deals, probably won't go unnoticed by hackers.You should be very careful if you get an email that claims to be from Amazon, or you might wind up getting tricked into giving away log-in data and financial info.On Friday, security company McAfee called attention to a phishing scam it first discovered in May that targets Amazon account holders.Based on an earlier phishing package called 16Shop that was originally aimed at people with an Apple account, the Amazon Phishing Kit lets hackers send you a bogus email masquerading as a missive from Amazon.McAfee says links in these emails point to equally bogus Amazon pages designed to fool you into entering sensitive information like your username and password.Well, it's probably best to be paranoid and play it safe.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.There’s a photographer in all of us.Whether you want to step up to a professional level, or just up your Instagram game, today’s deal is the ideal ticket.The Complete Photography Professional Bundle will professionally train you in photography, and it’s part of an extreme price drop in today’s deal.Learn to retouch your images to professional industry standards.Even if the extent of your photography skills is snapping an off-center pic of your bestie, this online video training bundle will teach you how to take professional photographs.
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When it comes to exploring far off planets, robots need to be able to tackle all sorts of challenges, so NASA has been working on a series of climbing robots to take on different tasks in inhospitable environments.First up is LEMUR (Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot) which can climb rock walls using hundreds of fishhooks in its fingers.to navigate around obstacles that it cannot climb, and is one of NASA’s first generation of climbing robots.It was developed to perform repair tasks aboard the International Space Station, and below you can see it in a field test in Death Valley, California.The LEMUR project has concluded now, but it has inspired a range of other climbing robots as well.The idea of fishhooks for climbing was adapted into a smaller gecko-style robot which climbs up walls using fishhooks in its feet.
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When you think about prepaid phones, perhaps you conjure up some obscure models and brands you wouldn’t normally see advertised by major smartphone makers like Apple or Samsung.That’s because a prepaid phone is just that: Prepaid in advance.Because there are no subsidies — you also pay for your talk and text in advance — many people assume that only cheaper phones are sold for the prepaid market.That concept is so past tense.Today, any phone, regardless of make or model, can be prepaid, as long as you’ve got the money, honey.With certain low-cost pay-as-you-go phones, you may not get all the fancy features of more advanced smartphones.
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Speaking to journalists this week at a Lexus Milestone event, celebrating 30 years of the Lexus Brand, Executive Vice President of Lexus International, Koji Sato, shared that "in 2020, Lexus will introduce the Automated Highway Teammate."This isn't exactly news -- we've known that Highway Teammate was coming since it was announced at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.When asked about the SAE level of autonomy for the system, Sato responded "Officially, Level 2 is the reality... starting out, the project will release at level 2 in 2020."That means hands-off highway cruise control under certain conditions, but also the requirement for the driver to remain at attention with their eyes on the road while the system is active with some sort of driver attention monitoring in place.Similar to Cadillac's Super Cruise system, Highway Teammate will steer itself to stay between the lane markers and adjust its throttle and braking to follow a leading car.Autonomous Highway Teammate should go a step beyond with the ability to handle highway lane changes, merging and diverging.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.A smart home should have kickass smart lighting.Make your man cave epic with this smart light strip that you can control from your phone or voice assistant.The Revogi smart USB light strip can reflect a mood, add some swagger to a room, or even visualize music in an array of color.The colors and effects are instantly adjustable through the app or voice command.The light strip can produce 16 million different colors, and you can bend or even cut it to your preferred shape.
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Albert Einstein's work in part led to the prediction of quantum entanglement: the idea that two particles can remain connected across vast distances of space and time.Einstein found the idea absurd and "spooky," but it has since been proven with countless quantum physics experiments.No had ever photographed entangled photons (pieces of light), though, until one research team recently did so with a high-tech laser experiment.However, the ghostly, eye-like shapes illustrate a strange phenomenon that rattled Albert Einstein so much that he died disbelieving it could exist."The image we've managed to capture is an elegant demonstration of a fundamental property of nature, seen for the very first time in the form of an image," Paul-Antoine Moreau, a physicist at the University of Glasgow, said in a press release.Then at the exact moment of observation, even if the particles are separated by light-years of space, the other particle takes on the opposite state of its twin.
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The rumors and leaks surrounding the Pixel 4 barely started when Google tweeted out a photo of the handset.The search giant didn’t share any additional information but learning bits and pieces about the phone from code teardowns.So with what we do know, we decided to ask you: What do you think of Google’s upcoming Pixel 4?Interestingly, out of the nearly 20,000 people who voted in this week’s poll on the website, Twitter, and YouTube, the votes were almost equally split between the three options.Digging through the comments, it’s pretty clear that most are tired of Google releasing mediocre phones with flagship prices.Some have a small amount of hope that the company has learned from the past and will include an ample amount of RAM and doesn’t suffer from software bugs when launched.
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