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Explore The International Space Station With Google Street View

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017

There are countless destinations in this world that you can explore with Google Street View, but what about destinations outside this globe of ours? Google Street View now makes it possible to take a tour of the International Space Station from the comfort of our sofas. This is the first time that Street View is covering a destination in space and it’s a glorious one.

You can now explore all 15 modules of the International Space Station through Google Street View. You can drift through it all and since the ISS is a very complex contraption, Google also provides explanations about the equipment that you’re going to encounter on your tour.

When the imagery for this project was collected, a SpaceX Dragon capsule was docked with the International Space Station. It provides viewers with a unique opportunity to see how cargo gets delivered to astronauts up there.

Since the ISS is free from the constraints of gravity, you will need to experience it in full 360 degree view. This can be a bit difficult given that Street View’s controls aren’t really conducive to viewing 360 degree content.

If you’re interested to see the International Space Station from the inside in all its glory, visit Google Maps right now and check it out.

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Russia Launches Investigation Into Fidget Spinners As They ‘Zombify’ Youth

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


Fidget spinners have caught the world by storm recently. These contraptions made out of ball bearings are being marketed as the perfect tool to use if you feel anxious and just want to keep your fingers busy so that you don’t fidget with yourself too much. On the face of it, these spinners are harmless products that people will eventually end up forgetting about once the novelty runs out. That’s not what Russia thinks, though, it thinks that the spinners will “zombify” the youth. No wonder it’s launching an investigation into the matter.

State-owned news channel Russia-24 suggests that the fidget spinners are actually being used by opposition parties in the country to recruit the youth and to raise money for their activities by hawking the spinners. Video segments aired on the channel show fidget spinners being distributed at a rally for opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Another report from the same channel suggests that fidget spinners are an “object for zombifying” and a form of “hypnosis.” Rospotrebnadzor, the country’s consumer protection agency, has sprung into action following these reports.

It’s launching an investigation into fidget spinners to “study the effect spinners are having on children, including the possible negative impact.” Who knows, maybe they’ll end up banning fidget spinners in Russia.

Russia Launches Investigation Into Fidget Spinners As They ‘Zombify’ Youth , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


NASA wants to make it easier for people researching into its discoveries and achievements to find what they’re looking for. To that end, the agency has now announced that it’s releasing hundreds of videos containing important historical footage on YouTube. This footage spans several decades and shows just how things have advanced at the space agency.

More than 300 videos have already been uploaded by NASA on YouTube. An additional 200 videos will be uploaded in the near future.

All of these clips show an important milestone in NASA’s history, such as the Space Shuttle landing research, the testing of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle as well as the trial flights of the X1 and X43A.

It wasn’t always as easy as heading to YouTube and finding all of this footage, as Elon Musk had pointed out recently. Those who wanted to look it up and to search through the Dryden Aircraft Movie Collection through the Dryden Flight Research Center website. It wasn’t easy and consumed a lot of time.

The videos that NASA has released have been sorted nicely on the Armstrong Flight Research Center’s website as well as its YouTube channel. Head over to the channel right now and go through decades of NASA history in mere minutes.

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SpaceX Dragon Capsules Will Not Land On Mars

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


SpaceX has long been planning to land its Dragon capsules on the Red Planet. The company said earlier this year that its previous objective of landing the capsule on Mars by 2018 was ambitious so it pushed the timeline to 2020. However, it seems that SpaceX won’t be doing that anymore. The company’s founder Elon Musk has said that the Red Dragon project has been completed and that the existing capsule won’t be used for propulsive landings on Mars.

This obviously doesn’t mean that SpaceX is giving up on its Mars ambitions. Certainly not. SpaceX has come up with a better plan of creating a more effective landing system for Mars. SpaceX had initially come up with the idea of using the Dragon capsule to land on the Red Planet by using thrusters instead of parachuting into the water.

It made sense on a planet like Mars where rocks are in abundance and seas are not. However, at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference, Musk has said that this system won’t be used because it would require too much effort to ensure that the capsule meets very strict safety standards.

Musk has also said that the new plans for a Mars landing system will be announced soon. At this point in time, it has only been revealed that the new system will be slightly smaller and more affordable.

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NBC News Launches A News Show For Snapchat

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


If you like to get your news from unconventional platforms then you’re going to like what NBC News has just launched. The news network has announced the launch of a news show for Snapchat. The headline news show is called “Stay Tuned” and it will be refreshed twice a day on Snapchat. The idea here is to connect the younger generation that’s not necessarily used to getting their news from conventional mediums like TV and newspapers.

Stay Tuned will be up to three minutes in length and will feature up to five segments that will bring headlines related to top national and international stories of the day. The stories will include politics, pop culture, and more.

It won’t just read a bunch of headlines to viewers, though. The show will also explain the importance and provide context about the stories, without dumbing it down.

“We’re assuming the audience is not necessarily attuned to every last coming and going with the news, but we’re also assuming that they have a real hunger for what’s going on in the world,” says NBC News’ head of digital, Nick Ascheim.

Stay Tuned is going to be hosted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz who was previously contributed to the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. Savannah Sellers will be joining the desk as well, she has previously worked as a digital correspondent.

NBC’s Snapchat news show will air twice every day at 7 am and 4 pm ET in the United States and Canada. Stay Tuned will also be used to deliver breaking news and special reports so on some days there might be more shows.

The shows will also feature correspondents reporting from the field in the future which would give Stay Tuned a more traditional feel.

NBC News Launches A News Show For Snapchat , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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U.S. Laptop Ban Has Been Lifted Entirely

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced a ban that came to be known commonly as the laptop ban. It banned passengers flying to the United States from certain countries in the Middle East and via certain Middle Eastern airlines from carrying any electronic device larger than a smartphone into the cabin. This meant that passengers couldn’t even use their laptops during the flight, which as you might imagine, wasn’t ideal for business travelers. The DHS has now announced that the laptop ban announced in March has been completely removed.

The situation started to shift earlier this month when the Department of Homeland Security lifted the ban for three Middle Eastern airlines. It was convinced by the security measures that they had taken to allow their passengers to carry all electronic devices onboard. The ban has been lifted entirely now.

A spokesperson for the DHS has confirmed that given the enhanced security measures in place now, “all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted.”

Back when the ban was implemented, it was said that there was evaluated intelligence which suggested that terrorist organizations were looking to smuggle bombs onboard planes by concealing them into consumer electronic devices like laptops.

Following the U.S.’ lead, the United Kingdom also implemented a similar ban on flights operating out of airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The UK’s Department of Transport is keeping the ban in place for now.

With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted.

— David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) July 19, 2017

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Samsung Will Pay Good Money For A New QLED TV Stand Design

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


Samsung wants to redesign its QLED TV stand and it has teamed up with popular design magazine Dezeen to launch a competition that is free to enter for all professional designers, non-designers, students and teams. It’s also going to accept entries from individuals and teams of designers.

All those who submit their entries must be over 18 and able to present their design to a panel of English-speaking judges. They also have to be available from August 26 to September 2 as Samsung will invite the five finalists to the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin.

Samsung is asking contestants to rethink the dimension and shape of its QLED TV stand. The designs that are submitted can either be freestanding or table-mounted. Samsung encourages participants to use innovative materials.

The company wants the designs to be outstanding, designs which show that the TV is no longer just a technology item but a lifestyle product. Participants should have a certain lifestyle in mind and their design should match it. For example, this can be luxurious, minimal or eccentric.

Samsung has a prize pool of €30,000 for this contest. The winning design receives €8,000 and the other four finalists get €3,000 each. The 10 entrants that make it to the shortlist will receive €1,000 each.

Contestants will also have the chance to ink a separate agreement with Samsung over the rights to use their design. The ownership of the design will remain with the designer.

More details about the contest as well as the technical files and specifications are available on Dezeen’s website. Entries are due by August 1.

Samsung Will Pay Good Money For A New QLED TV Stand Design , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Windows 10 Updates For Atom PCs Ruled Out By Microsoft

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


It was reported several days ago that users with PCs powered by Intel Atom Clover Trail processors were facing difficulties in trying to install Windows 10 Updates. They were basically unable to install the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. There was some confusion initially regarding this and many believed that Microsoft would sort this out and those users would be able to get the updates as they would have normally. However, Microsoft has now confirmed that it will not be releasing Windows 10 updates for devices powered by Intel Atom Clover Trail processors.

Most devices powered by Intel Atom Clover Trail processors were released in the Windows 8 era. All those users received a free upgrade to Windows 10 so that they could get on the latest iteration of the operating system as well. However, now that they’re on it, they won’t receive any more feature updates.

A spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed that these PCs require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience on Windows 10 Creators Update.

“However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel (End of Interactive Support), and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact,” the spokesperson added.

Microsoft has said that it’s going to offer those users the older Windows 10 Anniversary Update instead. The company will also provide them with security updates until January of 2023, as long as they’re running the Anniversary Update.

Windows 10 Updates For Atom PCs Ruled Out By Microsoft , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Company Making Nokia-Branded Smartphones Loses Its CEO

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


You will have definitely heard of Nokia even if you’ve never heard of HMD Global. The latter is a Finland-based company that’s now making smartphones and slapping Nokia’s name on them under license from the company. There appears to be some top-level shakeup at HMD Global. The company has confirmed that its CEO Arto Nummela has decided to depart the company with immediate effect.

HMD Global entered into this business by acquiring the manufacturing and distribution assets of Nokia’s phone business from Microsoft last year. It also licensed Nokia’s brand to sell smartphones using the iconic brand name.

HMD has not revealed the reason behind his sudden departure from the position. The company’s statement only mentions that “through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect.”

Florian Seiche, currently the president at HMD Global, will be taking additional charge as the CEO. It’s unclear why Nummela has decided to leave HMD Global and that too close to the launch of the company’s first proper flagship smartphone.

The company’s board isn’t giving any hints as well, with Sam Chin, the Chairman of the Board, merely saying that “Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products,”

Company Making Nokia-Branded Smartphones Loses Its CEO , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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