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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he believes his team can land its Starship spacecraft on the moon as early 2021, with a crewed mission following a year or two later.Musk made the comments last week in a wide-ranging interview with Time magazine.“This is gonna sound pretty crazy, but I think we could land on the moon in less than two years,” the SpaceX boss told Time.“Certainly with an uncrewed vehicle I believe we could land on the moon in two years.So then maybe within a year or two of that we could be sending crew.I would say four years at the outside.”
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Google Stadia is one of the more eagerly anticipated Google services in quite some time, allowing people to play games on various devices via streaming.The company is also pushing a paid Stadia Pro service, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this paid tier delivers a Netflix-style catalog of titles.Stadia director of product Andrey Doronichev has dismissed this notion during an AMA session on reddit (h/t: 9to5Google).In fact, the executive said Stadia Pro is more in line with console-based multiplayer subscriptions.READ: Don’t hold your breath for cheap games on Google Stadia“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus,” Doronichev wrote on reddit.
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It can't be easy to be an alien trapped in Nevada's mysterious Area 51.More than 1.7 million people claim they're going to the Sept. 20 event at the legendary US military facility.The US Air Force told the Washington Post that messing with the highly classified location is a terrible idea, saying in a statement that "the US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."Enter American beer Bud Light, known for its irreverent and sassy ads.First, the beer tweeted from its official account that, "we'd like to be the first brand to formally announce that we will not be sponsoring the Area 51 raid."A publicity stunt, sure, but this isn't something some intern just thought of in a spare moment and forgot about instantly.
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Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel was right to draw attention to Google’s dealings in China, former White House cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke said in an interview earlier this week.Why it matters: Representatives from Silicon Valley and the US government have weighed in on the search giant’s work in China, with US President Donald Trump renewing his offensive against the company this week.Google faces criticism for seeking to expand its presence in China while simultaneously refusing to renew US government defense contracts.The company’s search engine was blocked in China almost 10 years ago, but it still has a significant business and research presence in the country.“Google refused to work for the Pentagon on artificial intelligence [AI].If you turn around and you work on AI in China, and you don’t really know what they’re going to do with that, I think there’s an issue.”
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Getting people out of their cars and into bigger, more dense means of transit is an integral part of reducing traffic congestion in our cities.The problem is that many of those more dense types of transportation either require special infrastructure or they're big and not exceptionally maneuverable.A company called Protean announced Thursday that it's developing some technology that sounds like it could solve the maneuverability problem.The tech is called a 360-plus corner module and if you boil it down to its most basic elements, it's essentially a powered, steerable caster.It also uses electric motors to add steering functionality at each individual wheel, and because the wheel attaches to the body only at one point, it can be turned 360 degrees.Oh, and Protean built suspension into the wheel unit as well, which happens to be pneumatically height-adjustable.
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Azure growth slows, but market share is increasingMicrosoft more than doubled its net income year-on-year for the 12 months ending June 30, its earnings revealed today, pocketing $39 billion, up from $16 billion the previous year, as net income tax benefits caused by the repatriation of “certain intangible properties held by our foreign subsidiaries” to the US kicked in.The huge shift in Microsoft results comes as the company faced a net charge of $13.7 billion during the twelve months ended June 30, 2018 related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA); one of the US’s most significant tax code overhauls in over three decades, which included a one-time tax on past profits of US corporations’ foreign subsidiaries.“Actual” operating income was up 23 percent.Azure was the standout performer over the past quarter, meanwhile, with revenue climbing 64 percent on the previous quarter.Office 365 Commercial was up 31 percent and Dynamics 365 up 45 percent.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for a federal investigation into FaceApp, saying the Russian-operated mobile application "could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens."FaceApp for iOS and Android has been around since 2017 but just recently went viral as celebrities and many other people used it to alter photographs to make themselves look 20 years older.This has raised privacy concerns, as Americans are uploading photographs and device-related data to a service operated by a company based in Russia.However, in order to operate the application, users must provide the company full and irrevocable access to their personal photos and data.According to its privacy policy, users grant FaceApp license to use or publish content shared with the application, including their username or even their real name, without notifying them or providing compensation.In particular, FaceApp's location in Russia raises questions regarding how and when the company provides access to the data of US citizens to third parties, including potentially foreign governments...
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Gigi Hadid was sued earlier this year over a paparazzi photo she posted to Instagram that she was accused of not having the image rights to.The lawsuit was dismissed on Thursday because the paparazzi agency that took the photo hadn't received a copyright registration by the time it had filed the lawsuit against Hadid, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.Hadid's argument that the photo was an example of "fair use" had the potential to shake up the legality of celebrities and fan accounts using the Instagram reposting feature.The copyright-infringement suit against Hadid was dismissed on Thursday, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.The New York district judge dismissed the case because the plaintiff — a paparazzi agency called Xclusive-Lee — failed to secure the official copyright registration for the photo by the time it filed the lawsuit.The ruling was based on a US Supreme Court case that was decided in March, WWD reported.
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Instagram announced on Thursday it was testing a feature in certain countries that hides the number of likes on posts from followers.Instagram says hiding likes is designed "to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes get."The idea of hiding likes echoes a growing sentiment from tech executives and celebrities that such features can have disastrous effects on teens' mental health and social-media addiction.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Instagram has started testing a much-rumored feature in several countries that will hide from your followers the number of likes you get on your posts.Instagram announced on Thursday it was "running a test" on some users, a couple months after rumors first emerged that the photo-sharing platform was testing such a feature.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian opened up on his approach to work-life balance at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.The founder turned venture capitalist said after beginning therapy he now realizes how "stupid" his work life was when he was building Reddit with cofounder Steve Huffman.Ohanian said his new professional goal is to be more like his wife, tennis star and investor Serena Williams, who "works just as hard when she's not working as when she is working."He added that any founder that thinks they don't need coaching has taken "an amazing leap of arrogance."During the discussion with Zeus Living cofounder and CEO Kulveer Taggar, Ohanian also said that he would be skeptical of investing in a company through his venture capital firm Initialized if the founder insisted on building the company in San Francisco, citing the costs of living and doing business in the tech hub.
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- Conventional magnets are hard and rigid but have made great contributions to society and to modern industry, says materials scientist Thomas Russell of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.But this award-winning innovator dreamed of more - what if magnets could be soft, flowable as liquid and malleable to conform to a limited space?In an article in this week's Science, he and first author Xubo Liu from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, with others at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, report on a simple way they developed to transform paramagnetic ferrofluids - plain metal particles in suspension - into a magnetic state.The new ferromagnetic liquid droplets "represent a milestone for the further development of magnetic materials," Russell says.This means that by applying an external magnetic field, scientists can control liquid devices made this way, like waving Harry Potter's wand, he suggests, "which opens promising research and application areas such as liquid actuators, liquid robotics and active-matter delivery."As the polymer scientist explains, he, Liu and the team used iron oxide nanoparticles in a special oil-polymer mixture to transform paramagnetic ferrofluid into the ferromagnetic state at room temperature.
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In the war for music streaming dominance, functionality and feature sets are a big deal.YouTube Music’s recent launch means it has some catching up to do to more established players like Spotify and Apple Music, and today, it’s trying to give itself an edge by rolling out a feature it’s unique situated to deliver.If you’re a YouTube Music subscriber, you’ll now be able to switch between audio-only tracks and music videos at will.So, if you’re listening to a track and you decide you’d like to watch the music video for that song, you don’t need to switch apps to do so.Obviously, this feature doesn’t work with every single song on the service, but Google says that it’s already “perfectly time-matched” more than five million music videos to their audio-only tracks, so you can switch at any time during the song without interruption.If the track you’re listening to has an accompanying music video that’s been time-matched, you’ll see a video button pop up at the top of the screen.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.The app, which launched in March, is designed to replace both Slack and collaboration programs such as Jira and Asana.Since it's lost the first-mover advantage, the company boasts that it's taking a more thoughtful tack that sets it apart from its better-funded competitors.Tech investors and entrepreneurs talk a lot about the so-called first-mover advantage — the idea that startups can get a leg up on the competition by launching their product or service before their rivals.Swit launched its collaboration software in March, long after competitors including Slack, Asana, and Atlassian's Jira pioneered the market for such apps."This market is...saturated with great incumbents," he said.
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A newly published paper unambiguously establishes that the Z-conformation is key to regulating interferon responses involved in fighting viruses and cancer.The peer-reviewed results published online in the European Journal of Human Genetics end the long-standing debate as to whether the unusual left-handed Z-conformation has any biological function.The study confirms a biological role for the left-handed conformation in human disease and reveals that the human genome encodes genetic information using both shape and sequence.The enzyme changes adenosine to inosine, which is then readout as guanosine, changing both the information of the RNA and its downstream processing, generating many different RNA products from a single transcript.However, most edited dsRNA in a cell originate from repetitive Alu elements, fragments of non-coding RNA that colonized the human genome early in its evolution through a process of copy and paste.Recent studies show that suppression of such dsRNAs by ADAR editing is vital to the survival of many tumors.
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There have been billions of people that have walked the face of the Earth throughout history, but only 12 of have ever walked on the surface of the Moon.For the select few that have ever walked on Earth's natural satellite, one adjective gets repeated over and over — magnificent."I'd sum it up with wonder, awe, excitement and adventure," Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charlie Duke said of the feeling of walking on the Moon while discussing the historic Apollo 11 mission.APOLLO 11 INSIDERS REMEMBER HISTORY'S MOST FAMOUS SPACE MISSION: 'WE HAD A JOB TO DO AND WE DID IT'Duke, who was also the capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for Apollo 11, described the surface of the Moon with aplomb.— Charles Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut
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You can see your Wi-Fi password on a Mac computer, as long as you're already connected to that Wi-Fi network.To see your Wi-Fi password on a Mac, you'll have to use Keychain Access to access saved passwords.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Maybe you just got a new device - or maybe you have a house guest who asked for the password before even saying hello - whatever your situation, knowing your Wi-Fi password is essential if you're going to keep everyone, yourself included, happy.If you already have your Wi-Fi password saved to your Mac, there is a relatively simple way to recover that password when you lose track of it.Here's what you need to know to get it done:
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That was the case for Emmalee Motes, whose parents and grandparents were the only people to show up for her sixth birthday.Fortunately, a birthday post by her mother Mylissa to the Facebook group Neopets Nation -- bustling with over 5,800 international Neopets fans -- led to users gifting her daughter around 20 rare digital Neopet items and rescuing her special day.Its longevity breaks from other flash-in-the-pan toy fads, nurtured by the evolution of a fictional pet game into a social vehicle.Now virtual pet owners connect with one another and share everything from Neopian fan art and cheat codes to dealing with their real life problems via chat rooms.But Neopets managed to survive.Sure, the site doesn't boast 3.4 million users anymore, but it still has a devoted fan base of 100,000 daily active users, many of them having played for more than 15 years.
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Latest call to halt creepy tech likely to fall on deaf earsThe government should slap a "moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology, with "no further trials" until there is legal framework in place, a Parliamentary committee has warned today.In an excoriating report (PDF), the Science and Technology Committee expressed a series of concerns over the government's approach to biometrics and forensics.Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:"The legal basis for automatic facial recognition has been called into question, yet the government has not accepted that there’s a problem.Current trials should be stopped and no further trials should take place until the right legal framework is in place.”
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In our 5,000 word piece on "DataSpii," we explained how researcher Sam Jadali spent tens of thousands of dollars investigating the murky Internet ecosystem of browser extensions that collect and share your Web history.Discovering which browser extensions were responsible for siphoning up this data was a months-long task.Then, once collection started, it was carried out by code that was separate from the extensions themselves.About one second later, the extensions received a 156KB payload, with 150KB of this being stored not in the extension folder, but in the Chrome browser system profile (in Jadali’s case, the file was located at C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\File System\002\p\00\00000000).The Hover Zoom extension can be seen downloading the 156KB payload in request 2103 of the following packet capture:This payload contained a minified JavaScript file that was responsible for collecting a user's browsing data and sending it to a developer-controlled server.
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The Raspberry Pi 4 makes giant leaps that almost make it a usable ARM-based desktop single-board computer, at least on paper.In practice, however, those may have been leaps of faith that the RPi Foundation is also asking new owners to make.With great power comes great responsibility, as the cliche goes, but in the Raspberry Pi 4’s case, that comes with not so small sacrifices instead, including one that could prove to be dangerous for users.The RPi 4 is the most powerful Raspberry Pi ever.While it may not match some SBCs that are specifically designed for power, the jump to a quad-core CPU and 4 GB RAM max does raise its profile a bit.That, however, does mean that the RPi 4 also generates a lot more heat than any other RPi before it.
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