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NASA launched a probe to 'touch the sun'

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A blazing United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket rose into the night sky from its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:31 a.m. On its very first brush with the sun, it will come within 15.5 million miles (25 million kilometers), easily beating the current record of 27 million miles (43 million kilometers) set by NASA's Helios 2 spacecraft in 1976. Read More »

United States plans weaker vehicle emissions standards

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More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment. The SAFE Vehicles Rule is the next generation of the Congressionally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. Read More »

Where can you see Friday's 'blood moon'?

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The next lunar eclipse of such length will happen in 2123. Will continue till early hours of July 28. The moon will turn blood red in the shadow of the Earth on Friday night, treating most of the world to the longest lunar eclipse in a century. Read More »

Jupiter's moon count reaches 79, including tiny 'oddball'

Researchers in the U.S. stumbled upon the new moons while hunting for a mysterious ninth planet that is postulated to lurk far beyond the orbit of Neptune, the most distant planet in the solar system. Given their small size, if the moons had existed in the early days of the solar system, the gas and dust that surrounded the Sun at that time would have exerted a strong drag on them, causing them to lose speed and spiral in to crash into Jupiter. Read More »

Graham Warns Dems Against Personal Attacks on Kavanaugh

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Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice ", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee. Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said Kavanaugh "has a stellar record of as an originalist, and has proven to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and freedom of speech and religion". Read More »

Tropical storm Chris forms off Carolina coast

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Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen as it hovers off the coast of the Carolinas for the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center . territory, CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said. On Dominica, which also was battered by Maria, the island's meteorological service warned residents that the weather would likely begin deteriorating Saturday late night and that at least four inches of rain could fall before the storm passed over or near Dominica on Sunday night. Read More »

Tropical Storm Warnings are up along Gulf Coast ahead of Alberto

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Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. " Alberto could bring tropical storm conditions and storm surge to portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast later this weekend and early next week", the hurricane center said . WIND: Tropical storm conditions will spread northward in the warning area along the west coast of Florida today and will reach the warning area along the northern Gulf Coast by this evening. Read More »

YouTube Music: Google's new, free Spotify rival

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YouTube Music is a premium music streaming service that does away with all of YouTube's major annoyances: It offers an ad-free experience, background listening and downloads. YouTube Music will launch - or rather relaunch - next week. The service will be similar to Spotify and Apple Music . Google tells us that details about family pricing are coming, while there will also be a new student pricing option for the new YouTube . Read More »

Indian banks win Rs10,000 cr lawsuit against Mallya in UK

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The court also recognised there was a risk of Mallya dissipating his assets by citing examples of how he transferred $40 million to his children's trust in 2016 and passed an order to freeze his assets. Mallya could also seek permission to appeal against the high court decision in the court of appeal. He was also refused to appeal for Tuesday's ruling by the London High Court judge. Read More »

Instagram commences trials on its newly developed in-app payment tool

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While Resy is the among the few businesses that are now accepting in-app payments from users on Instagram , it is expected that more businesses will be able to support in-app payments in the near future. Facebook bought the text messaging app from cofounders Koum for $19 billion in 2014. In-app payment method has become an important feature for Facebook-owned properties. Read More »

New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

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According to a report by ArsTechnica , this new update fixes two security vulnerabilities addressing a privilege elevation attack and how macOS High Sierra handles URLs. To be more specific, the update disabled touch functionality on iPhone 8s that were fixed using third-party displays. The update can be downloaded over the air (OTA). Read More »

Elon Musk sees cash flow positive Tesla this year

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TSLA has been the subject of several recent research reports . While Tesla's relationship has worsened with the National Transportation Safety Barb since the two first traded barbs on April 2, the electric auto maker is fine in the eyes of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Read More »

'Get ready Russia': Trump tweets Syria missile threat

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Russian Federation said Wednesday it would deploy troops near the rebel-held town of Douma, where the regime allegedly carried out a suspected chemical weapons attack that left dozens dead. "We are attentively tracking the situation unfolding around Syria and in the whole region", the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement. Trump had said Monday a response to the Syria attack would come within days. Read More »

Apple's new $329 iPad and iOS 11.3 release temper my wanderlust

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Batteries and performance: With iOS 11 .3, you'll be able to see your battery health , and receive recommendations about whether your battery needs to be serviced at an Apple Store. Then there's Business Chat , which is a new way for users to chat directly with businesses through the normal Messages app. A new Health Records app enables patients across 40 health systems from institutions like Duke, NYU, Langone, Stanford and Yale to check their medical records. Read More »

Oklahoma A Possible Landing Spot For Falling Chinese Space Station

Due to the Chinese station's mass and construction materials, there is a possibility though that some portions of Tiangong-1 will survive the fiery journey through Earth's atmosphere and reach the surface, experts say. The space station will fall somewhere between about 43 degrees North and 43 degrees South latitude, according to its orbit. The Tiangong-One, or the " Heavenly Palace ", is a 34-foot-long structure that weighs 9.4 tons. Read More »

Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred at Westminster Abbey

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Then, Charles Darwin who proposed and explained the theory of evolution and natural selection who died in 1882 who cremated alongside Sir Isaac Newton. Although his disease left him paralysed and using a wheelchair for mobility, Hawking said on his website he had tried not to let it affect the way he lived his life. Read More »

Apple Secretly Designing Own MicroLED Displays For Future Devices

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Apple already started making its own chips , now it's attempting to make displays . The people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that the screens are so much hard to manufacture in comparison to OLED screens . The tech giant has been making significant investments in developing the technology at a secret manufacturing facility in Cupertino, where the company is headquartered, anonymous sources told Bloomberg yesterday. Read More »

Apple to acquire Texture, the 'Netflix for magazines'

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The service provides unlimited digital access to more than 200 magazines for a monthly fee. There is no word on what Apple intends to do with the purchase. It's no secret Apple isn't short on funds. With more than $280 billion in cash on reserve, Apple has been eyed as a potential suitor for Netflix - which is worth about $140 billion. Read More »

Valve's Gabe Newell Says They're Back To Making Games

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That's according to a number of sources, including video games personality Geoff Keighley on Twitter (below) and PCGamer , who were at a briefing about upcoming DOTA 2 card game Artifact at Valve's offices in Bellevue, Washington. Newel didn't elaborate stating they are not "going to be talking about it today" but that Valve is looking to "develop hardware and software simultaneously". Read More »

Two Large Tesla Shareholders Support Musk's $2.6B Award

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An American vehicle sold in China is said to be penalized via a 25-percent import duty, while a Chinese auto coming to the U.S. only pays 2.5 percent - "a tenfold difference", Musk points out. It's got to change'. "It is better if all countries lower tariffs", he wrote . Musk noted that a USA auto 'going to China pays 25% import duty, but a Chinese vehicle coming to the United States only pays 2.5%, a tenfold difference'. Read More »

Voicemail-like video messages are coming to Duo

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The video messages can be 30 seconds in length and they disappear automatically after a day. Google says the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS users now. So if you want to make a video call to any of your friend on Duo and they have not installed the app. Video messages in the Duo app can be played by tapping on the sender's icon. Read More »

Jaguar I-Pace finally unveiled

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The biggest is probably going to be the number of seats: Jaguar is only offering the I-PACE as a five-seater, whereas you can get the Model X in five, six, or seven seat configurations. Amazon Alexa Still is also loaded into the MMI, a world exclusive. I-Pace allows a 0 to 60 miles per hour sprint in 4.5 seconds. The I-PACE looks like Jaguar's best attempt to do a Tesla impression in more ways than the electric powertrain, however: The automaker is also promising over-the-air ... Read More »

Leaked: New 'Fornite: Battle Royale' content gets leaked by Amazon

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The new Season 3 Battle Pass outfits is nonstop bangers , especially the just-short-of-copyright-infringement Rust Lord skin, which looks a bit cooler than its Guardians of the Galaxy inspiration if you ask me. The game will default to playing in 60 FPS mode. You can also turn on the option for Automatic Material Swapping , which, as the name suggests, will automatically switch between your resources if your current material runs out. Read More »

Spotify might be building its very own smart speakers soon

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Although Spotify has yet to show off or even confirm any hardware in the works, the listings seem to point to a smart speaker. But it has also faced pressure from a few manufacturers who don't want to incorporate the Connect functionality into their products - notably Apple , which doesn't support native Spotify playback on either the HomePod or Apple Watch. Read More »

Website tracking 'Starman,' Elon Musk's Tesla on road to Mars

SpaceX's next mission is set for February 21 (that's tomorrow). Why not? The Falcon Heavy will give a boost to multiple planned space missions that were technologically not feasible until now, literally. Musk said that they are getting closer to recovering the payload fairings and have been experimenting with parachutes on its fairings. 'It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form.I think it might be able to do the same thing with Dragon, ' he added. Read More »

Google is Offering "Loyal Nexus Owners" 20% Off the Pixel 2/2XL

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In fact, dpreview.com recently called the Pixel 2 the best smartphone out there for stills photographers. Likewise, customers can also buy the Pixel 2 (128GB) at an effective price of Rs 50,999, down from its Market Operating Price (MOP) of Rs 58,999 following the cashback. Read More »

Europe space chief says privatising ISS unrealistic

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The approach the administration has chosen is one that would end NASA funding of the ISS in 2025, while offering support for the development of commercial successors. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which represents companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin, was open to the proposal, but said defunding the station before 2028 "would not allow sufficient time" for a private-sector transition. Read More »