Two Private Satellites Dock In Space In Historic First For Orbital Servicing

schwit1 quotes In a historic first for satellite operations, a commercial spacecraft "helper" has docked with a working communications satellite to provide life-extension services. The companies involved in the meetup — Northrop Grumman and Intelsat — hailed the operation, which took place Tuesday (Feb. 25), as the beginning of a new era that will see robotic spacecraft giving new life to older satellites that are low on fuel or require repairs. Read more of this story at Slas...
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Short Story: Flesh Telemetry

At least I’m not going to fuck the mail drone on live video. The joke falls flat, and not just because your mom isn’t there to hear it. She wouldn’t have laughed anyway. She has never understood that biogging isn’t porn, that you’re just streaming your body metrics 24/7, and if that includes sleeping with your boyfriend that’s just part of it. It’s not porn.(But you know most professional bioggers try to look hot in their profiles, and maybe you’d have less followers if you didn’t look like you ...
Tags: Future

Use this language-learning app to speak like a local when you travel

How many times have you struggled to order street food or get public transportation directions while traveling abroad? Even after vowing you'd learn enough of a language to get through your next trip easily, you pretty much did nothing about it. But there's a recently popular method that will help you learn a language with less difficulty and less time, known as Reading-While-Listening or RwL, and that's what Beelinguapp's platform is based on. Various studies have shown the benefits of RwL, an...
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SpaceX Starship SN-1 Fails Pressure Test and Explodes

SpaceX envisions Starship as a 387-foot-tall (118 meters) spacecraft/booster that can carry up to 100 people to Mars. Pig Hogger (Slashdot reader #10,379) tipped us off to this progress report from SpaceX's new Starship prototype appeared to burst during a pressure test late Friday (Feb. 28), rupturing under the glare of flood lights and mist at the company's south Texas facility. The Starship SN1 prototype, which SpaceX moved to a launchpad near its Boca Chica, Texas, assembly site e...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Tech, Mars, Musk, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship, BocaChicaGal

She Creates

International Women’s Day 2020 is March 8, and Apple is supporting the visibility and achievements of women with special Today at Apple sessions held in select Apple Stores throughout the world.From March 1–31, you can join inspiring female creators [I call them women entrepreneurs :-)] in the “She Creates” series to learn a new skill and gain a new perspective.Oh, and the theme this year for IWD 2020 is #Each for Equal. Our individual thoughts and actions contribute to a larger goal of creatin...
Tags: Apple, Sales, Gender Equality, Apple Stores, Laurel Delaney, Today at Apple, Each For Equal, International Women's Day 2020, She Creates

What Happens After 550 Times the Usual Dose of LSD?

"From the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs comes three case studies on people who benefited from LSD overdoses including one woman who took a dose of 55 milligrams of pure powdered LSD," writes clovis (Slashdot reader #4,684). CNN reports: The 49-year-old woman, known as CB, had contracted Lyme disease in her early 20s, which damaged her feet and ankles and left her in "significant pain." In September 2015, she took 55 milligrams of what she believed was cocaine but was actually "pure LS...
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How to Get the Quiz Score in Google Forms with Apps Script

Teachers can use Google Forms to create an online quiz and students can view their test scores immediately after form submission. With Apps Script, you can set up automatic email notifications and send quiz scores to parents after a student has taken the quiz.Here’s a sample Google Script that will iterate through every answer in the most recent Google Form response and log the max score (points) of a gradable question and the score for the respondent’s submitted answer. function getGoogleFor...
Tags: Google, Seo, Google Forms, Google Form, Google Apps Script, Checkbox Grid and Multiple Choice Grid

Samsung Blames the Coronavirus for the Galaxy S20’s Horrible Sales Numbers

As you all might have noticed, the coronavirus outbreak is affecting a lot of things in the tech world, from huge conferences to , among others. Now, Samsung is also blaming coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, for the new Galaxy S20 line’s horrible initial sales numbers in South…Read more...
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Stealth Startup Plans Fundamentally New Kind of Computer with Circuit-Rearranging Processor

VCs have given nearly half a billion dollars to a stealth startup called SambaNova Systems to build "a new kind of computer to replace the typical Von Neumann machines expressed in processors from Intel and AMD, and graphics chips from Nvidia." ZDNet reports: The last thirty years in computing, said CEO Rodrigo Liang, have been "focused on instructions and operations, in terms of what you optimize for. The next five, to ten, to twenty years, large amounts of data and how it flows through a syst...
Tags: Stanford, Tech, Intel, Amd, Liang, Zdnet, Von Neumann, SambaNova Systems, Kunle Olukotun, Rodrigo Liang, Olukotun, Nvidia ZDNet

Can you trust your VPN service provider?

In many cases when selecting a VPN, you may come across a ton of reviews that suggest to you the best VPN service providers in the business. You might even check these services out for yourself, and note that they all seem promising and offer the best services. This brings up a question though: with all the claims these providers make, how would you know if you can trust them? Are you even sure they are what they say they are? Well – with this article in mind, it will help you answer th...
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Why you can’t overlook the small details in the pursuit of innovation

This week, we read a very short story, The Great Silence, as we start to head toward the end of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection. This story asks questions about how we connect with nature, and also how to think about innovation and where new ideas come from. We will finish the remaining two stories in the collection in the coming week, and then it will be time (sadly!) to change books. I’ll announce the next book in the book club hopefully shortly. Some further quick notes: Want to join...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Science Fiction, Book Review, Tech, Earth, Reddit, Ted Chiang, Valley, Chiang

The 'Go' Team Releases Version 1.14

The new 1.14 release of the Go programming language "is dotted with performance and security improvements," reports the developer news site DevClass, "but also gives devs more flexibility when it comes to module use." And they also give a nice overview of Go's development process: Go is the language most containerization projects are built with. The wide adoption of this approach is one of the reasons that made the Go team implement a new feedback-based system for language enhancements. In it,...
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Filming of Matrix 4 Brings 'Excitement, Some Damage' to San Francisco

"It's only been a few months since we learned that The Matrix 4 was actually a real movie that was going to actually happen, and was actually going to star Keanu Reeves, and now the movie is actually filming in San Francisco..." writes Cinema Blend. "However, making things real is apparently causing real damage in the city by the bay." NBC Bay Area reports: Filming of "The Matrix 4" brought helicopters, explosions and cars flipping in the air to San Francisco over the weekend, but it also resul...
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Send Fax Online through Google Items; Gmail and Google Drive

In today’s world, life without Google is not even imaginable, leave alone possible. It would not be wrong to say that it has become everyone’s online advisor. From cooking recipes to different ways to apply mascara, Google has answers to all of your questions. In the last few years, Google has gone beyond being just a search engine and has evolved into something even bigger. Some great advancements like Google Drive have also become a part of Google’s world now. Before Google and Gmail taking...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, Gmail, Sales, Tech, Tips, Google Docs, Nonetheless Google, CocoFax, Google Items, Google Fax Service Google, Google Drive Fax Service Gmail

Revive your RSS feed in the Linux terminal with Newsboat

Psst. Word on the web is that RSS died in 2013. That[he]#039[/he]s when Google pulled the plug on Google Reader. Don[he]#039[/he]t believe everything that you hear. RSS is alive. It[he]#039[/he]s well. It[he]#039[/he]s still a great way to choose the information you want to read without algorithms making the decision for you. All you need is the right feed reader.
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Coronavirus grifts crop up online for political gain and profit

These days capitalism and democracy seem to mean that it’s never too early to take advantage of the misery of others, and the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is the latest proof point. On Saturday the Washington Post reported that an agency within the State Department had compiled a report of two million tweets, which peddled conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Among the hoaxes compiled in the report and reported by the Post included the suggestion that the ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Post, Japan, Washington Post, Russia, Singapore, US, Tech, Who, World Health Organization, State Department, Bill, Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC

FDA allows new diagnostic technologies to test for coronavirus before receiving emergency approvals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today that it would allow new diagnostics technologies to be used to test for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at elite academic hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country. The agency’s new initiative comes as critics have assailed various U.S. government agencies for being woefully underprepared to effectively address the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country despite being aware of the potential risks the virus posed since the f...
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Securing Smartwatches and Other Wearable Tech

The increase in popularity of smartwatches and other wearable devices looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. This is exemplified by the fact that the market is expected to be worth over $56.8 billion by 2025. However, this increase in popularity is accompanied by security concerns and challenges in relation to mobile device security for both manufacturers and end users. For those individuals who may not be familiar with the technology, smartwatches are portable wearable device...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Usa, Sales, Tech, Google Glass, Philips, Huawei, Samsung LG, Richard Dabate

Some Clever Farmers are Harvesting Metals From Plants

The New York Times reports: Some of Earth's plants have fallen in love with metal. With roots that act practically like magnets, these organisms -- about 700 are known -- flourish in metal-rich soils that make hundreds of thousands of other plant species flee or die.... The plants not only collect the soil's minerals into their bodies but seem to hoard them to "ridiculous" levels, said Alan Baker, a visiting botany professor at the University of Melbourne who has researched the relationship b...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Baker, Borneo, University of Melbourne, Slashdot, Alan Baker

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

When you think of visual misinformation, maybe you think of deepfakes – videos that appear real but have actually been created using powerful video editing algorithms. The creators edit celebrities into pornographic movies, and they can put words into the mouths of people who never said them. But the majority of visual misinformation that people are exposed to involves much simpler forms of deception. One common technique involves recycling legitimate old photographs and videos and presenting th...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Politics, Technology, London, News, Media, Buzzfeed, Iraq, Trust, Iran, Syria, Web, New York Times, Innovation, Ibm

Startups Weekly: Why some fintech companies aren’t blinking at customer acquisition costs

[Editor’s note: Welcome to our weekly review of news that startups can use from across TechCrunch and Extra Crunch. If you want this post by email, just subscribe here.]  Why some fintech startups aren’t blinking at customer acquisition costs Distribution channels are getting saturated across the internet and beyond, and in many tech sectors the cost of acquiring new customers is crimping profitability. But so far, so good in the “great credit card craze,” as Alex digs into this week for Extra...
Tags: TC, Uber, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, EC, Berkeley, Alex, Crunchbase, Alex Wilhelm, Danny, PitchBook, Connie Loizos, Brian Barnes, Chris Yeh

How to customize your iPhone backup in iCloud

Having problems with the iCloud 5GB storage limit? We show you how to choose which iPhone content to back up.
Tags: Apple, Ios, Mobile, Trends, How-to, iCloud backup, back up iPhone

Coronavirus: Trump says US response 'most aggressive in modern history'

US confirms first death in Washington state and strengthens travel advice, raising Iran and Italy to a level three. Follow live newsUS: first death follows Trump claim outbreak is a hoaxWhich countries have travel restrictions in place?Will the Olympics be cancelled? Sports events under threatBiggest one-day fall on US stock marketShare your experiences 7.30pm GMT Trump says he has been in very close contact with China and President Xi Jinping over the outbreak and again cites US companies r...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Business, Japan, Science, Washington, White House, China, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Iran, Stock Markets, Medical Research

MIT’s Top 5 tech breakthroughs for 2020

Each year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology lists the biggest tech advances on the horizon.Pivotal new technologies will change the way we communicate, spend, and get well.We're about to find out what recent discoveries really mean in our daily lives. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is no stranger to technology. It's one of the world's most productive and forward-facing tech research organizations. Scientists at MIT recently published their top 10 technological breakthroughs for 20...
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Is Microsoft Retaliating For Chrome's Warnings About Extension Security in Edge?

Several pundits criticized Google for warning Edge users to switch to Chrome if they wanted to use Chrome extensions "securely". "In Chrome, a plugin can be remotely disabled by the Chrome team if it's considered unsafe for whatever reason," notes PC World. "Google lacks the ability to remotely disable the same plugin within Edge, prompting Google to recommend switching to Chrome, a source close to Google said." Though PC World notes that Google isn't giving the same warning to Opera users......
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Bill Gates, Bing, Chris Matyszczyk, Redmond, Zdnet

Chasing AMD, Intel Promises Full Memory Encryption in Upcoming CPUs

"Intel's security plans sound a lot like 'we're going to catch up to AMD,'" argues FOSS advocate and "mercenary sysadmin" Jim Salter at Ars Technica, citing a "present-and-future" presentation by Anil Rao and Scott Woodgate at Intel's Security Day that promised a future with Full Memory Encryption but began with Intel SGX (launched with the Skylake microarchitecture in 2015). Salter describes SGX as "one of the first hardware encryption technologies designed to protect areas of memory from unau...
Tags: Tech, Intel, Ars Technica, Ibm, Amd, Jim Salter, Foss, Rao, Salter, Woodgate, AMD Intel, Harnik, Intel SGX, Anil Rao, Scott Woodgate, Danny Harnik

The Costs of Spying

A new study reveals that from 2015 to 2019, the NSA’s call-metadata program cost taxpayers $100 million and provided practically no useful information.
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The Documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Is Streaming Free for a Limited Time

PBS' American Masters series has released the new documentary, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, and it's streaming free online for a limited time. (Some geo-restrictions may apply.) With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, "the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews." Watch the trailer above. Stream the full documentary here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider ma...
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The CEO of the Amazon-backed startup Aurora reveals two signs he looks for in a job candidate to tell if they're a jerk

For Aurora Innovation CEO Chris Urmson, it's a priority that the company not hire "jerks." When interviewing a job applicant, Urmson pays attention to how they talk about their current or former employer, and how they describe the work they've done. Being highly critical of coworkers or failing to acknowledge their contributions to projects are red flags, Urmson said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's hard to tell from a resume and a few interviews whether a job candida...
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