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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.

Explore The International Space Station With Google Street View , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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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.

NASA Releases Historical Footage On YouTube , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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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.

SpaceX Dragon Capsules Will Not Land On Mars , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Is The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Singer Justin Bieber is no stranger to breaking online records. Back in 2012, the singer broke the record for the most Vevo views on YouTube in 24 hours, where his song “Boyfriend” managed to hit 8 million views in 24 hours, breaking the previous record held by Rihanna which was at 4.9 million views in 24 hours.

Fast forward a few years later, it looks like Justin Bieber is breaking yet another record, and this time it is with a song that wasn’t his to begin with. According to a report from The Guardian, Justin Bieber’s take on “Despacito” managed to rack up 4.6 billion streams globally, making it the most streamed song of all time. It also looks like Bieber broke the previous record which was also held by him for the song “Sorry” which managed 4.38 billion streams.

The original “Despacito” song was sung by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, but a version which was sung (partly) in English and featured Bieber’s vocals was the one that helped it to achieve mainstream success. According to Universal CEO Lucian Grainge, “Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a different beat, from a different culture and in a different language to become a juggernaut of success around the world.”

The song is currently sitting at the top of the UK charts for the past 9 weeks out of 10 weeks since its release, and has also made it the longest run for a foreign-language song.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Despacito’ Is The Most Streamed Song Of All Time , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Confirms Plans To Launch A New Subscription Service

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

For the most part, a lot of online publications that are free to read rely on advertisements for generating revenue. However with ad blockers becoming more widely used, and with users turning to alternative sources for their information, new ways of generating revenue need to be invented.

Subscription services are one of those methods, and it seems that publishers will soon have the option of using Facebook as a subscription service. This was confirmed by Facebook exec Campbell Brown who said, “One of the things we heard in our initial meetings from many newspapers and digital publishers is that ‘we want a subscription product — we want to be able to see a paywall in Facebook,’ and that is something we’re doing now. We are launching a subscription product.”

The inclusion of this feature came about after news publications complained that they had little control over what their stories were being shared on the platform, and how companies such as Facebook and Google were benefiting from the work of newspapers without “fairly” compensating the publishers.

The tests for this new subscription service is expected to kick off this October, but details such as pricing have yet to be revealed, but we suppose we will have the official details in due time.

Facebook Confirms Plans To Launch A New Subscription Service , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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LastPass Announces New Family Sharing Feature Coming This Summer

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Passwords are generally a personal thing, but sometimes certain things might be required for sharing. For example if you and your partner share the same bank account, then obviously both of you would need to know the password, and the same can be applied to other things like paying the bills for phone, internet, utilities, and etc.

With so many things to keep track of, things could get confusing and password manager LastPass has announced a new feature in the form of LastPass Families. According to the company, “Enter LastPass Families, where you can store everything from bank accounts to passports to credit cards. Your details are secure, organized the way you want, and easily shared with your spouse, kids, in-laws, and more. You can even give access to others in the event of an emergency. The family manager can quickly add and remove members to the account, making it easy to get everyone up and running.”

Basically users will be able to choose what passwords and details that they want to share with family members, but at the same time users will also be able to keep personal accounts private in their own vault separate from that of Families. LastPass Families will support up to 6 family members at once, and it only requires one user to purchase the subscription plan.

The feature will be launched later this summer and for those who are interested, you’ll be able to sign up for early access at LastPass’ website.

LastPass Announces New Family Sharing Feature Coming This Summer , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Plans For ‘Mega Man’ Movie Reportedly Moving Forward

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

Back in 2015, we heard reports that apparently 20th Century Fox and Capcom had plans to make a Mega Man movie. Fast forward to 2017 and nothing concrete has surfaced, but apparently that is set to change soon. In a report from The Hollywood Reporter, it seems that plans for the movie are now moving forward.

The report claims that Chernin Entertainment will be the one producing the movie, and that filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who were behind the ‘Catfish’ documentary, will be the ones most likely to direct and write the film. It hasn’t been confirmed yet as negotiations are still in progress but are close to being finalized.

It has also been revealed that Heroes and Hawaii Five-0 star Masi Oka will be starring in the film, although exactly what role he will be playing remains to be seen. Mega Man is a video game that was introduced by Capcom back in 1987. Its popularity has since seen the franchise expand to comics and manga adaptations, as well as being featured in other games, like the Marvel VS Capcom mashups, and also Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros.

There is no word on when this Mega Man movie will be released, but judging by how things have yet to be finalized, there is a good chance that we might have to wait a while before we see it.

Plans For ‘Mega Man’ Movie Reportedly Moving Forward , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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G Suite Gets A New Recruitment Tool In ‘Google Hire’

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

If you’re looking for a way to attract and to hire new talent, Google might have something for you. The company has recently announced a new recruitment tool called “Hire” that will be integrated within the G Suite of apps, such as Gmail and Google Calendar, thus expanding the reach of the tool.

According to Google, “Hire makes it easy for you to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end. It integrates seamlessly with G Suite apps like Gmail and Google Calendar, which more than 3 million businesses use, many of them to drive recruiting efforts. With the introduction of Hire, customers now have a hiring app alongside G Suite’s familiar, easy-to-use tools that can help them run an efficient recruiting process.”

Like we said there will be integration with G Suite apps such as Gmail, and according to Google, this will be applied to communications where emails can be synced across Gmail or Hire. There is also integration with Calendar where you can schedule interviews and Calendar will include important information such as contact information, interview schedule, and even what kind of questions interviewers should focus on.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, then head on over to the Google Hire website to learn more about it.

G Suite Gets A New Recruitment Tool In ‘Google Hire’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Introduces New Security Features To Block Unverified Apps

Tyler Lee July 19, 2017

Following a phishing scam that was targeting Google Docs users, Google decided to help beef up security. However it looks like the company’s efforts at protecting their users and services isn’t quite done yet (which is obviously great news) as they have announced new security measures that will be put into place.

According to Google, “Beginning today, we’re rolling out an “unverified app” screen for newly created web applications and Apps Scripts that require verification. This new screen replaces the “error” page that developers and users of unverified web apps receive today. The “unverified app” screen precedes the permissions consent screen for the app and lets potential users know that the app has yet to be verified. This will help reduce the risk of user data being phished by bad actors.”

This notification/warning to users about unverified apps actually serves a couple of purposes. One of which lets users know when an app hasn’t been verified and that they should proceed with caution, or not at all. The second, according to Google, will allow developers to test their apps more easily as users can acknowledge the unverified app alert and choose to help out in the testing if they choose.

Google writes, “We’re committed to fostering a healthy ecosystem for both users and developers. These new notices will inform users automatically if they may be at risk, enabling them to make informed decisions to keep their information safe, and will make it easier to test and develop apps for developers.

Google Introduces New Security Features To Block Unverified Apps , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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