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A set of original videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon landing that were bought for $217.77 at a government surplus auction by a former NASA intern in the 1970s have sold at auction for $1.82M.The unrestored, unenhanced and unremastered tapes are described as “the earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the moon,” by auction house Sotheby’s.The tapes, which have a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, had a pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $2 million.The videotapes are from the collection of Gary George, who purchased them while serving an intern at NASA.In June 1976, George attended an auction at Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base where he bought a single lot of some 1,150 reels of magnetic tape whose “Owning Agency Or Reporting Office,” was listed as NASA.“Among the reels were about sixty-five boxes of 2-inch, reel-to-reel videotapes of the type used by television stations,” explains Sotheby’s in a statement, noting that George planned to sell the used tapes, which could be re-recorded, to local TV stations.
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The goal is to find the combination to a safe and wield a WWE style championship belt.The game is one of many "activations" set up by big brands at Comic-Con -- corporate speak for what's basically an elaborate ad that lets conference goers experience elements of shows or movies in real life.Amazon set up a politically-tinged activation for its new show Carnival Row, which touches on racism and segregation, and AMC created a zombie apocalypse for The Walking Dead.You're first led to a briefing room where an actor playing an officer basically acts as a warm up comedian interacting with guests.The guests are then shown a pre-recorded video starring cast regulars: Samberg, who plays Jake Peralta, Terry Crews, who plays Terry Jeffords, and Joe Lo Truglio, who plays Charles Boyle.Samberg and Truglio are both dressed Comic Con appropriate, with Samberg in Game of Thrones garb, and Truglio as Detective Pikachu.
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Epic is planning a big event later today that’ll involve the giant colorful robot located in Pressure Plant and, possibly, the sea monster that was unleashed from Polar Peak.The event will be taking place this afternoon (more on that below), but a big change has already happened: Epic just disabled the portals in Creative Mode and Playground, making it impossible to play either mode.If you get on Fortnite this morning, you’ll be greeted with a new banner advising you that Playground and Creative are not available in the game at this time.That’s not due to a technical issue, Epic confirmed on Twitter, but rather a deliberate disabling of the portals in the Playground/Creative hub that prevents players from accessing either game mode.Epic’s tweet states, “The countdown is nearly over, and preparations are underway!Portals to the Battle Royale Island have been disabled in Creative, and Playground has been disabled.”
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But now, Prime Exclusive Phones aren’t Amazon’s only direct phone sales.Here’s every Alexa-Built-in phone currently available.Alexa Built-in Phones with Alexa Hands-FreeLooking for a flagship phone to complement your burgeoning range of Echo devices?It’s got a lot to offer outside of the Alexa integration, including this year’s flagship, the Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, and a hefty 128GB of internal storage.But it’s not perfect — the new Air Gestures technology is gimmicky, the battery life is a little lacking, and if we’re honest, it’s a little expensive at $850.
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Melinda Snodgrass got the idea for her science fiction novel The High Ground when she started thinking about how awful human beings can be.“I had a sudden vision of this nine-foot-tall alien ant-like creature with mandibles and claws—just a hideous, horrifying creature,” Snodgrass says in Episode 370 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“And it was cowering in absolute terror from a small human holding a machine gun.“If we do invent a faster-than-light drive, and go out into the universe, and meet other aliens, I am convinced that the first thing we will do is kick the holy crap out of them,” she says.“So instead of us always fighting off the invading aliens, we are the invading aliens.”She also believes that any moral progress humans have made is much more tenuous than people realize, and that women’s rights could quickly vanish if childbearing became a priority, as is the case in the Solar League.
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With Fear the Walking Dead currently in the middle of its vastly improved fifth season, you had to wonder, what could the people involved with the show bring to San Diego Comic-Con to really get the fans excited?The answer is, a lot.First, executive producer Scott M. Gimple announced that a third The Walking Dead series is in the works.It takes place somewhere different than the previous two shows, and will primarily follow young people who grew up behind walls during the apocalypse.Deadline reports that Annet Mahendru and Aliyah Royale have been added to the new show as teenagers named Huck and Iris, joining the previously announced Alexa Mansour (playing Hope), Nicolas Cantu (Elton) and Hal Cumpston (Silas).In the still-untitled spinoff, these characters know about the grim world outside but haven’t really had to deal with it.
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BMW's GS series of motorcycles have always been unabashedly good at devouring miles and crushing continents.Now, I'm no stranger to larger bikes -- my personal motorcycle is a not-small Triumph Tiger 800 XCx.Going from my Triumph to the Beemer was like going from a midsize sedan to a full-size SUV.Unfortunately, a big downside to riding a giant, fully loaded bike is that, in rush-hour traffic, it makes lane-splitting (a legal act in California) difficult.The grips are loaded with an almost innumerable collection of buttons and switches that control everything from your turn signals (auto-canceling, natch) to the firmness of your electronically adjustable suspension.The motor is paired with a six-speed sequential transmission and shaft final drive -- as is traditional with BMW, as opposed to a chain or belt.
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Adjusting your iPhone's "Background App Refresh" setting can help you save battery life and data.If you find that your iPhone's battery life isn't meeting expectations, try managing the way your phone is refreshing apps in the background.There are many adjustments you can make to save battery life: lowering the screen brightness, turning off location services for certain apps, and disabling push notifications for some apps are all great examples.It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options.Background App Refresh allows suspended apps to check for updates and new content while they're running in the background.To completely turn off Background App Refresh, open the iPhone's "Settings" menu, tap "General," and choose "Background App Refresh."
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The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago.To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.Peter Saville – graphic designer and co-founder of Factory Records – designed the album cover based on a picture spotted by band member Bernard Sumner in an encyclopedia.The picture itself can be traced to the work of the postgraduate student Harold Craft, who published the image in his PhD thesis in 1970.What we see in this enigmatic image is the signal produced by a pulsar known as B1919+21, the first pulsar ever discovered.A pulsar is formed during the violent death of a star several times more massive than our sun.
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You may have heard that freeze-dried food was invented to feed astronauts on the Apollo missions, and although “astronaut ice cream” was never actually used during the operations, it was developed for NASA in the 1960s.Nonetheless, there are plenty of things you use every day that have roots in the Apollo program.It also created a lightweight breathing system consisting of a face mask, harness, and air bottle, which was easier to put on and off than previous systems.The so-called “moon boots” developed for astronauts to walk on the moon had to be padded for shock absorption; they also had excellent stability and motion control, so astronauts wouldn’t fall when walking over moon dust and rocks.In conjunction, these two advances allowed shoemaker AVIA to create a “compression chamber” in the soles of their shoes, which would ensure their sneakers last longer and remain comfortable while playing sports.The Apollo cells were developed by Spectrolab — the biggest manufacturer of spacecraft solar cells today — but they were large and difficult to deploy.
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It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
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Up until a few years ago, if you wanted to invest in a startup, you had to be an Accredited Investor (an actual SEC definition).This was mostly good but completely unregulated with a lot of opportunity for malicious companies to do predatory things.So after a couple of years (13 or so), the SEC put out some regulations on how to do crowdfunding “properly” (or at least with a little more oversight and a little less chance for folks to swindle others) — first through the JOBS act and then through Reg CF.With the introduction of Reg CF in 2016, crowdfunding exploded — there are now almost 50 exchanges in the US where non-accredited investors can find and invest in legitimate companies.The stability of this ecosystem over the last couple of years is finally starting to attract experienced and longtime investors and even mutual funds and other big enterprises to the crowdfunding space.Back over in the “accredited investor world”, when an investor or a group (an angel group, a VC fund, etc) consider a company, they perform something called a Due Diligence.
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Avengers fans enjoyed a double dose of Marvel goodness at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday.Plan your work, and work your planMarkus and McFeely brought props to their session, including two whiteboards sketching out the movie's plots.One board showed where the various Infinity Stones were at different times, and another one helped plan what exactly happened in the film's final act.(Those last two words, involving the fate of Iron Man, are just heartbreaking still.)The idea was cut, but CNET sister site ComicBook.com says that Christopher Markus joked that the scene was "awesome."
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Game of Thrones has always been one of the biggest panels at Comic-Con.No year has been bigger and more controversial than 2019.Showrunners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss pulled out two days early and the cast faced questions about the show's tumultuous final season.CNET's Caitlin Petrakovitz and Erin Carson have you covered for all the good bits that came out of the Hall H panel.Game of Thrones suffered a lot this year, after its final episode aired in May to fan backlash and a petition to redo the entire eighth season.
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The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of federal children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found that YouTube was collecting data of children under the age of 13 on its video platform — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).The Washington Post report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, said the fine would likely be in the "multimillion-dollar" mark.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found in part that YouTube had been collecting the data of children under the age of 13 — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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The weekend is ripe for battles of all sorts in the world of Pokemon GO.This Friday Niantic updated their system to include a whole bunch of Team Leader teams – Pokemon crews, moves, and abilities.Blanche rolls with three new teams, Candela has a new set of three team possibilities, and Spark has… lots of Electric Pokemon, as you may have guessed.Today we’re taking a peek at the new teams, straight from the game’s own code and our own first investigations into the updated game itself.Before you jump in, note that the Team Leaders no longer fight defenselessly.They’ve started using SHIELDS now.
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TU Dresden is one of a total of 11 Universities of Excellence in Germany and the only University of Excellence in the eastern German federal states (except Berlin).In response, the Rector, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, emphasised the importance of this title for the strategic development of the university: "We have been funded as a University of Excellence for seven years and, thanks to the measures realised with this support, we have managed to join the ranks of Germany's top universities.For example, we have used that funding to attract top national and international scientists to TU Dresden, optimise our structures and processes, and intensify cooperations with non-university research institutions within the DRESDEN-concept alliance.Our new strategy for the coming years until 2028 was based on these achievements and convinced the reviewers of our merits and potential.I would like to thank everyone involved in the preparation of the proposal and in the participation of the on-site assessment!"The following five points are of crucial importance:
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Stadia, Google’s attempt to enter the gaming industry via the cloud, has been teased several times through the last few months.Yesterday, we learned more about the platform via a Reddit AMA — and while it’s not all good news, it’s not all bad either.The person answering the questions was Andrey Doronichev, Stadia’s Director of Product.Like anyone attempting to hype a new product, he was bright and enthusiastic, but overall the picture he painted of Stadia came across as fairly grounded.As we pointed out weeks ago, the only way to play Stadia at launch will be through the purchase of the expensive Founders Edition — meaning you’ll have to buy a controller to which you can’t connect Bluetooth headphones.You can still use wireless headphones if you game on a Pixel phone or a Chrome browser (the only other platforms to support Stadia at launch), but it’s still a little disappointing.
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Summertime is here and temperatures are reaching all-time highs.Luckily that also means there are lots of summer deals you can find.Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day may have passed quickly but that’s not true of Walmart’s own version of summer savings event called The Big Save, which has now been extended until July 21.The sales event includes great deals on LG’s portable air conditioners, offering savings of up to 27%.Check it out here as we rounded the best deals up for you so you can keep every room you need cool.LG 14,000 BTU 115V PORTABLE AIR CONDITIONER WITH REMOTE CONTROL, GRAPHITE GRAY – 27% OFF
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Our relationship with speeding and tickets is an odd one: We drive cars that are capable of top speeds that make no sense in the hands of average drivers and in common situations.Managing the temptation to speed is a hallowed cat-and-mouse game between you and the police that is ineffective.But that game is starting to change as new cars will soon prevent speeding -- or at least make you think about it every time.Volvo will electronically limit top speed to 112 mph in its 2021 and newer cars.That's not much of a speed limitation (the odd number is derived from the metric 180 kilometers per hour), but it's a big haircut from the 155 mph that many premium cars are currently limited to, and moves the goalposts from what a car can do to what a car should do.You can choose to ignore, push through or cancel the above interventions, respectively, but that puts you in a very different relationship with the act of speeding if something bad happens.
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