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Pic Panic-stricken headlines claiming Earth will be slammed by an asteroid on September 9 this year should be ignored, the European Space Agency (ESA) assures us.The supposedly planet-threatening 100-foot-(30-metre)-diameter space rock, dubbed 2006 QV89, was discovered in August 2006.Following observations over ten days, astronomers predicted it had a 1-in-7,000 chance of crashing into our home world 13 years later in September 2019.With that date looming, experts at ESA and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) decided to take another look at 2006 QV89 this month, and used the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), a ground-based observatory in the Atacama desert in Chile, to peer through space at the hurtling rock.And guess what: they couldn’t find the bloody thing.Tracking asteroids is surprisingly tricky, you know, especially when they’re newly discovered and their orbit paths are not yet confirmed, as is the case of QV89.
Before he became infamous for his Tweets, Elon Musk was famous for being the closest we could get to a real-world crazy genius.On more than one occasion, however, he has proven naysayers wrong and has introduced the world to things like fully electric cars, reusable rockets, and boring companies.The visionary just took the stage to formally introduce his latest company that wants to put wires inside brains to connect them to computers.Brain-Machine Interfaces have been a long dream among technologists and futurists.This is particularly true for those who have been paralyzed or amputated or even psychological conditions that affect motor skills.Brain implants are nothing new but current technology is limited to the point that the risks are just as life-threatening as the condition in the first place.
Galileo, Galileo... time to stop doing the fandango and get on with the global positioningEurope's constellation of positioning satellites is still offline, at time of writing, after six or so days, prompting eggheads to dig into what exactly is going on.Galileo is doing a literal fandango in the sky, tracking far off where it should be and offering an increasingly inaccurate GPS signal to the extent that its signal is now being dropped from global tests.The most recent update from its executive director Carlo des Dorides sent on Monday to partners noted only that the system "is currently affected by a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.""The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service which remains operational," explained des Dorides.The SAR service has presumably been kept live because 500 meters inaccuracy is better than nothing when trying to find someone lost at sea, in mountains, or in the desert who has fired off a distress signal.
Looking for a fresh reminder that old age, and cold spectre of death, comes for us all?Might as well install the FaceApp and take the agechallenge.The FaceApp AgeChallenge, also tagged as the FaceAppChallenge, involves using FaceApp to augment your own or someone else's face to look old.The app lets you pick a photo from your gallery and -- with the help of AI -- mercilessly edit it with one of its filters.You can add a new hairstyle, force someone to smile, and two years ago, change their skin tone.Chuckles and cringes aside, eventually you might pause again.
Researchers with CHU Sainte-Justine in Quebec have published a study shedding light on digital entertainment and how it may impact depression during one’s teenage years.The results, which were recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, point toward social media and television as driving depression in teens, but the same outcome wasn’t observed in association with another popular digital activity.The study involved around 4,000 teenagers in Canada who reported on the number of hours they spending playing video games, participating on social media, watching television, and using computers.Over the course of the four-year study, researchers found that some of these digital activities may make depression symptoms worse in teens.Frequently using social media and watching TV were both associated with more severe depression symptoms, including feeling worthless, thinking about death, and having a low mood.It seems an increase in these symptoms followed increased time spent on social media and watching TV, an effect that wasn’t observed when it came greater than average time spent playing video games or using a computer.
The clock is ticking — you have less than 12 hours to snap up an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV Recast on the cheap, as Prime Day draws to a close and takes the discounts on the cord-cutting devices with it when it goes.To recap, Amazon has knocked $25 off the standard Amazon Fire TV Stick, dropping the price to just $15; $25 off the Fire TV Stick 4K, sending the price tumbling to an all-too-tempting $25; and $100 off the Fire TV Recast, plunging the price to $180.The Fire TV Stick is the most basic bit of kit in Amazon’s cord-cutting arsenal, offer one-click access to a slew of leading streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix — but it’s streaming itself is capped at a Full HD resolution.Whereas, the Fire TV Stick 4K takes it a step further, delivering near enough the same functionality; though it can stream content in stunning 4K Ultra HD.Both the 4K model and the regular Fire TV Stick have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on board.Designed to be used alongside a Fire TV Stick 4K and an HD antenna, the Fire TV Recast is a top-rated DVR, bundling support for over-the-air streaming, which lets you access your recorded content from anywhere on Earth using a smartphone or tablet.
As you've probably gathered from the Internet today, this is the 50th anniversary of the historic launch of Apollo 11.Tech giant Apple, which has recently gotten into TV production, has released a new, short sneak-peek video for its space-themed For All Mankind series to tie in with the milestone.This marks the second trailer for the show, but this one has a different focus than the one we saw last month.In it, the showrunners discuss the motivation behind making For All Mankind, the themes it will cover, and more in a series of interviews interspersed with footage.Some of the clips are new, but many are recycled from the previous trailer.Soviets beat US to first crewed moonwalk in For All Mankind trailer
Amazon Prime Day’s mammoth midsummer two days of deals is winding down, but there’s still plenty of second-day savings to be found on TVs, smart speakers, appliances, and more before Prime Day day wraps up.Smart home devices have enjoyed some deeply discounted deals this week, thanks in part to Amazon’s focus on its Echo series of smart speakers.Now, before Prime Day wraps up until next year, you can score an Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker for just $109 , down from $150.With just hours to go before Prime Day deals expire, you’d best act now, or else suffer the humiliation of having to listen to your neighbors ask their Echo Plus why you failed to secure these savings.Now, the Echo series includes the compact Echo Dot, the video-driven Echo Show 5, and for audio aficionados, the Echo Plus, featuring the best sound quality of any Echo device.Pair with a second Echo Plus to unlock stereo-quality sound, and easily access your Alexa audio assistant from anywhere, thanks to seven microphones and beam-forming technology.
You can cancel a Spotify Premium account on your iPhone - but you can't do it through the Spotify app.If you want to cancel Spotify Premium on your iPhone, you'll have to do it through an internet browser app - like Safari - or through your Apple ID settings.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If you're a Spotify Premium subscriber, there may come a time when you want to cancel your subscription, whether you've opted for another service, you no longer use it enough to justify the cost, or you simply can't afford the $9.99 per month fee.Whatever your reason, canceling Spotify Premium on your iPhone is a straightforward process that should take no more than a few minutes.Check out the products mentioned in this article:
It may still be Prime Day, but that doesn’t mean Amazon has the market cornered on great bargains.Walmart is back with another amazing 4K TV deal.This time, it’s slashed $150 off the price of the 50-inch Vizio D-Series, dropping it down to just $280.Don’t be fooled into thinking that a television that retails for $430 when it’s not on sale can’t be very good, because you couldn’t be more wrong; Vizio is a brand is renowned for delivering fantastic TVs at a price that won’t break the bank.The 50-inch D-Series is well worth your hard-earned cash, bundling all the features you’d expect to find on a high-end TV, including a 4K Upscaler for turning HD content into 4K Ultra HD, as well as multi-format HDR for making detail pop.Like the rest of Vizio’s latest 4K TVs, the D-Series has a Chromecast implanted under the hood, creating an instant portal to all the leading streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, the moment you boot the television up.
Sprint has confirmed a data breach, telling customers that hackers broke into their accounts via a Samsung website.The number of customer accounts breached is as yet unknown, CNET sister site ZDNet reported Tuesday.The hack occurred June 22, Sprint told its customers in a letter, and included details like first and last name, billing address, phone number, subscriber ID, account number, device type, device ID, monthly charges, account creation date, upgrade eligibility and any add-on services.It occurred via the Samsung "add a line" website."No other information that could create a substantial risk of fraud or identity theft was acquired," Sprint said.The carrier added it has "taken appropriate action" to secure all accounts, and has not found any fraudulent activity resulting from the breach last month.
Now, it’s a mix, leaning more into TV with a strong focus on streaming content.Since there’s a tonne going on, we’ll pull out what we deem to be the most exciting movie, TV, and streaming panels of San Diego Comic-Con 2019.Movies are in the minority this year, but Comic-Con is kicking off with an intriguing movie panel on Thursday morning.We’ve already seen a little glimpse but a big Hall H panel will certainly reveal far more, especially with the whole cast on hand.It’s been a long journey for the comic book The Boys – written by Garth Ennis and co-created, designed and illustrated by Darick Robertson – which almost became a movie by Anchorman’s Adam McKay.The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
To restore a Mac, you can use a Time Machine backup from an external drive to bring back older versions of your computer.If you've activated Time Machine, restoring your Mac to an older Time Machine backup is relatively simple.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.There are many ways to backup your Mac computer and restore all of its data: cloud-based software, third-party apps, external hard drives.Time Machine is a software that's built into your Mac, and uses an external drive to save versions of your computer, taken at 24-hour intervals.If you've activated Time Machine, you'll be able to restore older versions of your Mac, where it has backed up things like music, photos, and applications.
At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off into the Florida skies from Kennedy Space Center’s launch pad 39A.To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch Tuesday, NASA spoke to Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins at the launch pad where he, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set out on their epic mission to the Moon.Sat atop a powerful Saturn V rocket, the eyes of the world were on the three astronauts as they began their 225,000-mile journey to Earth’s natural satellite.APOLLO 11 INSIDERS REMEMBER HISTORY'S MOST FAMOUS SPACE MISSION: 'WE HAD A JOB TO DO AND WE DID IT'“Apollo 11 was serious business, we crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders,” Collins said.“We knew that everybody would be looking at us, friend or foe.”
Sony has revealed its latest full-frame camera, the Sony A7R IV, packing a hefty 61-megapixel sensor and a whopping 15 stops of dynamic range.The new camera is the latest in Sony’s series of popular interchangeable lens models, and it debuts the company’s – and the world’s – first 35mm 61MP BSI sensor.Sony A7R IV photography and AFIt’s a huge step up from what Sony used on the A7R III, which topped out at 42.4-megapixels, and it leaves the A7R IV apparently capable of the same sort of image quality as you might expect from a medium-format camera.In the A7R IV, the sensor is paired with 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization – which Sony claims has a 5.5 step shutter speed advantage – together with a number of focus systems.There are 567 phase-detection AF points for 74-percent coverage, along with real-time Eye AF for Still, Movie, Human, and Animal.
Nid fi yw'r bwlb mwyaf disglair yn y canhwyllyrSeveral people report that the meters, made by energy provider Bulb, are spontaneously opting for Welsh instead of English, sometimes after freezing and being restarted.This would be unhelpful even for many residents of Wales, but the problem has been seen as far east as West Sussex.The issue is fixable, although choosing the right options is easier if you speak a bit of Welsh.Anyone remember the fun of switching your mate's Nokia to Finnish language menus?This seems to be the latest in a string of issues suffered by Bulb, although to be fair the firm is not the first to be stumped by the stupidity of smart meters.
Russia's veteran Proton-M launcher finally left launch pad 81 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 15:30:57 Moscow time on 13 July.While the comparatively lightweight observatory, Spektr-RG, only weighed in at 2,712kg, it has quite a trek ahead of it.The X-ray facility will be stationed at the L2 Lagrangian point, approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth, after a three-month cruise.A planned launch on Friday was scrapped due to more technical issues with the rocket.The SpektrRG observatory successfully separated from the upper stage!Next stage: 3 months after launch — cruise to L2, positioning, calibration and testing, test observations pic.twitter.com/jr2JcV09hx
The amount of data we generate and accumulate is sometimes too much for our laptops or even desktops to accommodate.Networked Attached Storage or NAS provide some speed, reliability, and power but at the price of complexity.Enter Direct-Attached Storage or DAS like the new TerraMaster D2 Thunderbolt 3 that offer the reliability of NAS drives without the hassle nor the latency of networks.They say looks can be deceiving and the D2 Thunderbolt 3 definitely fits the bill.At first glance, it could easily be mistaken for any two-bay NAS.That’s not accidental, of course, as the box offers the same convenience of taking out trays as NAS devices.
The costly mistake required over 18 months of intensive treatments, and there’s a chance he may never see out of his right eye again.Nick Humphreys, a 29-year-old senior reporter at the local Shropshire Star, told his tale in a column for the outlet this week.According to Humphreys, the trouble began in January 2018.After over-the-counter eye drops failed to do anything, he visited an eye doctor, where an ulcer was discovered.A visit to the hospital afterward eventually revealed the culprit of his symptoms: an infection of the cornea caused by a protozoan called Acanthamoeba.He spent the next six months in agonising pain, barely able to leave the house or even read.