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NASA Beefs Up Space Communications with New Satellite Launch

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Have you ever wondered how data and communication signals get from spacecraft to NASA mission control on Earth? It’s not as simple as pointing an antenna at NASA and hitting “send.” Earth rotates, so you might not always have direct line of sight to mission control. That’s why NASA started deploying a fleet of Space Network satellites in the 1980s. It’s now into the third generation of these satellites, and a new one has just ...

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BioWare Kills Mass Effect Andromeda DLC, No More Single-Player Patches

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Mass Effect Andromeda launched, the game racked up very mixed reviews. We’ve written about the game’s launch issues and the behind-the-scenes reason why things went wrong throughout its development cycle. BioWare always had a very tough act to follow, especially given that the sequel to the original ME trilogy was going to kick off adventure in a whole new galaxy, with new races and characters, and, for the first time in three games, a ...

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Eclipse Science: What They’ve Taught Us, What We Hope to Learn

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Solar eclipses happen because of a fantastic cosmic coincidence. From our vantage point here on Earth, the Sun is about 400 times larger in diameter than the Moon. But the Moon is also about 400 times closer than the Sun. Because of this, the Sun and the Moon appear to be about the same size in our sky. This is what makes a total solar eclipse possible. As a result, we on Earth’s surface get ...

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ET Deals: Save 44% on Amazon Echo

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. If you’re looking for a simple music streaming system for your home or in the office, it’s hard to beat the Amazon Echo. Simply speak a command, and Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant will start playing your favorite music. And with today’s sale in play, now’s the perfect time to buy. • Amazon Echo for $ 99.99 (List price: $ 179.99) Unsurprisingly, this assistant/speaker from Amazon works seamlessly with Amazon’s own music service, but it’s not ...

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The August 21st Eclipse Will Be a Significant Test for Solar Power

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Renewable electricity could significantly offset the use of traditional coal or gas-fired power plants in the long term. But moving a meaningful percentage of our power use to a renewable source will require a degree of redesign. There are three broad issues that need to be addressed. First, the US electrical grid is meant to carry electricity to people, as opposed to absorbing electricity being generated by people. Second, the variable nature of solar and wind ...

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Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It ‘Oreo’

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google first revealed the existence of Android O earlier this year with the beginning of the developer preview. After four preview builds, it’s almost time for the final version to drop. Google has added a countdown timer to the Android O landing page, confirming that Android O’s release will coincide with the total solar eclipse in the US. Android O (version 8.0) is the follow-up to Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat, which was released last fall. The ...

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Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A leaked slide from China has confirmed much of the speculation we’ve heard about Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake. Much of what we’ve previously heard is accurate, at least according to this slide, with Coffee Lake bringing quad-core i3’s, six-core i5’s, and a Core i7 with six cores and 12 threads. The graph below is, as best I can tell, understood in the following way: Slide courtesy of Chiphell The horizontal lines between the two columns ...

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iOS 11 Will Implement a ‘Cop Button’ to Disable Touch ID

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Beta testers evaluating Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 have discovered new emergency SOS functions, as well as what some are calling a “cop button.” Press the power button five times on an iPhone running iOS 11, and the device will do two things. First, it brings up an option to dial emergency contacts if you swipe right. Second, it disables Touch ID until you log in with your passcode again. This is a significant step for ...

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Intel Launches Atom C3000 Servers With Up to 16 Cores, 256GB RAM

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There was a time, back in 2011 or 2012, when it was common to see people predicting Intel’s chokehold on the server market would be broken by the advent of (relatively) low-cost, high-density CPUs delivered by ARM vendors. Companies like AMD, Applied Micro, and Calxeda all pinned their hopes on ARM, with AMD’s then-CEO Rory Read predicting that we’d see ARM take 15 percent of the market by 2015. In response, Intel respun its Atom ...

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AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. On the heels of its Vega launch last week, AMD has released a new driver for its GPUs that focuses on cryptocurrency mining. The new driver is supposed to make Vega faster when mining, though AMD also notes that the driver “is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered ‘as is’ and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.” AMD and Nvidia have taken different approaches to ...

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