Japan will send an 8K camera to Mars and its moons

It’s difficult to justify 8K video here on Earth, but that isn’t stopping Japan from capturing ultra-high resolution imagery elsewhere in the Solar System. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are developing 4K and 8K cameras (via Parabolic Arc) that will capture images of Mars and its moons (Phobos and Deimos) for the upcoming Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission. The mission will regularly…

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Facebook takes down false claims of extremists

Facebook has once again found itself stamping out false information that could foster violence, if not on a topic where it’s normally an issue. Policy communications lead Andy Stone has revealed (via Gizmodo) that Facebook removed false claims extremists had started Oregon’s wildfires. Fire and police departments were being forced to divert resources away from firefighting due to the misinformation, Stone said. A spokesperson talking to Gizmodo added…

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This $25,000 meditation pod that looks like an egg

Offices, hotels, and other features of daily life (back when they were open) can be stressful. OpenSeed says it has a solution, in the form of 1,000-lb meditation pods that look like something that fell off a UFO. According to the company, they believe “that the human race will access higher states of awareness, not through external technological developments, but by…

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Elon Musk blasted fellow billionaire Bill Gates

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has criticized his fellow billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates over his views on the viability of bigger electric vehicles. Asked by a Twitter user on Saturday what he thought of Gates’ views, Musk responded: “He has no clue.” Gates outlined his thoughts on electric vehicles in an August 24 blog post, writing that “better and cheaper batteries ……

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Hubble captured colorful twinkling stars packed together

NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recently captured the globular cluster NGC 1805 image containing many beautiful, colorful stars packed close together. This cluster of colorful stars located the edge of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way. NGC 1805 is located approximately 163,000 light-years away in the southern constellation of Dorado. The cluster is also known as…

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Wink’s smart home platform faces a days-long outage

Wink’s switch to a subscription service for its smart home platform hasn’t had the best start. The company has confirmed reports(via Android Police and The Verge) of a wide-ranging outage affecting its services, including integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home/Nest services and even Wink.com (initially reduced to a basic landing page). The problems appear to have started on September 10th. The company’s status page indicated that fixed had…

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SoftBank is reportedly close to selling ARM to NVIDIA

SoftBank might be close to finding a buyer for ARM, and it won’t surprise you who the bidder might be. Wall Street Journal sources say SoftBank is close to a deal to sell ARM Holdings to NVIDIA for “more than” $40 billion. The two have reportedly been in exclusive talks for several weeks, and an agreement is near enough that they could finalize the…

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Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast ’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that calls the device “Google Chromecast with Google TV” and prices it at $50. Previous reports said Sabrina would be under the Nest branding, but the tech giant may have…

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Tesla Supercharger flaw lets rival EVs top up for free in Europe

Tesla’s Supercharger stations normally aren’t very welcoming places to competing electric cars, but European chargers may be another story — for now. Electrek pointed to reports from Nextmove and others that Supercharger V3 stations in Europe are letting people with non-Tesla EVs (like the VW ID.3 and Hyundai Kona Electric) charge for free. V3 outlets in Europe use the CCS charging standard and are supposed to limit top-ups to…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition appears headed to the US

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is a poorly kept secret, but there have been questions about availability — would it be widely available, or sell only to a limited audience? Americans, at least, might not have to look at the phone from afar. WinFuture’s Roland Quandt has discovered (via Android Police) multiple videos on Verizon’s website (disclaimer: Verizon is Engadget’s parent company) that suggest the Galaxy S20…

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AstraZeneca Resumes Its COVID-19 Vaccine Trials In The U.K.

Drugmaker AstraZeneca announced Saturday that its COVID-19 vaccine studies have resumed in the United Kingdom, though not yet in the United States. The vaccine trials had been placed on hold around the world earlier in the weekafter a U.K. participant in one of the studies developed a neurological illness. The candidate vaccine was developed by the University of Oxford along with…

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Political appointees demand ability to rewrite CDC case reports

Political appointees in the Department of Health and Human services are objecting to reports on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control, and are trying to exercise editorial control of future reports. That’s the bottom line of an extensive report from Politico that was based on both internal emails and interviews with people in the organization. The problems apparently stem…

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Space Astra’s first orbital rocket launch ends prematurely

The relatively small private rocket industry just got a little larger, if not quite in the way its new entrant hoped. The American startup Astra conducted a brief first orbital launch attempt (via TechCrunch) late on September 11th, with a successful liftoff but quickly losing its Rocket 3.1 test machine during the first-stage engine burn. The guidance system induced “slight oscillation,” Astra said,…

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A dozen states might join the antitrust lawsuit against Google

The Justice Department’s expected antitrust lawsuit against Google could have added momentum behind it. Bloomberg sources claim that “about” a dozen states are poised to join the case. The tipsters didn’t provide a full list, but Texas is believed to be a candidate even as it conducts a state-level investigation. Whether or not states hop aboard will depend on how they react to the lawsuit. They reportedly…

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Mil-spec F-150 Intrepid Supertruck has a supercharged 675 horsepower V-8

Mil-Spec Automotive is a company that has been taking trucks and SUVs and souping them up for a long time. The company made its name modifying the long discontinued Hummer SUV. In recent years it’s turned its hand to modifying the best-selling Ford F-150 pickup. Its latest product is the Intrepid F-150 Supertruck, and the pickup is packed with modifications. The…

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China willing to let TikTok die before Trump force a U.S. acquisition

If ByteDance, the China-based owner of the popular viral video app, doesn’t find an American buyer soon, TikTok faces a possible ban in the states. However, there’s now possibly another problem for the viral video app: the Chinese government. According to a report from Reuters, Chinese officials may be willing to just let TikTok shut down rather than have President Donald…

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Gateway PCs are back

The Gateway PC brand (and its cow-spotted boxes) pretty much faded into obscurity after Acer snapped it up for $710 million way back in 2007. Now, Gateway is back with a new line of laptops, 2-in-1 devices and tablets at multiple price points that can be exclusively purchased from Walmart. The new devices run on Windows 10 Home and are powered by Intel…

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Report says dozens of Amazon Basics products could pose a safety risk

It might be a good idea to carefully read the reviews before you buy another Amazon Basics product. A new report from CNN says dozens of products sold by Amazon with “Amazon Basics” branding could pose a safety risk, according to customer reviews. According to their lengthy investigation, at least 70 Amazon Basics products have been associated with fires and other…

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Twitter bans far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers

Twitter has banned the accounts of far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers and its founder, Stewart Rhodes. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group is one of the US’s largest anti-government movements. It claims to have tens of thousands of members, many of whom identify as former law enforcement and military. The group recently tweeted there would be “open…

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NASA will pay private companies to collect Moon dirt samples

As part of its plan to send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, NASA is looking to acquire some dirt. Today, the agency confirmed that it will pay private companies to “collect a small amount of Moon ‘dirt’ or rocks from the lunar surface.” NASA put out a call asking companies to submit their proposals and…

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AirTV allows you to watch and record local channels

Sling TV has introduced a way for you to easily watch Netflix and local news on the same device, even when you’re away from home. The company updated one of its distinct products, AirTV, to allow you to view and record local over-the-air (OTA) channels on your TV or streaming devices. AirTV Anywhere is a WiFi-enabled network hub that is…

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Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad drops to $279 at Amazon and Walmart

It’s been almost three months since we’ve seen a good sale on Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, but we’ve got one now as we get closer to Apple’s hardware event next week. The 7th-generation iPad is discounted to $279 at Amazon and Walmart, which is $50 off its normal price. While not the lowest price its ever been ($250), it’s a good sale for anyone…

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Google will remove misleading election-related autocompletes

Google announced today that it’s updating its autocomplete policies related to elections, adding that it will “remove predictions that could be interpreted as a claim about participation in the election” as well as “predictions that could be interpreted as claims for or against any candidate or political party.” Things that sound like they might be claims about voting methods, requirements or status of voting…

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Ninja has returned to Twitch on a multi-year exclusive deal

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is back on Twitch. He has signed a multi-year contract with the platform where he made his name, and his first stream under the deal starts at 3PM ET. “I am excited to get back to streaming full-time and connecting with my loyal fanbase,” Ninja said in a statement. “I really took my time to decide which platform…

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Twitter plans for the worst with new election

Technology: Twitter launches ‘voice tweet’

Twitter is ramping up its fight against election misinformation ahead of the 2020 election. The company introduced an updated version of its civic integrity policy that allows the company to more aggressively label tweets with false or misleading claims about the election process. When the policy kicks in on Sept. 17, Twitter will add labels — and in some cases remove —…

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Google’s latest experimental app lets influencers host paid online events

Area 120, Google’s internal startup incubator, wants to give YouTubers and other influencers a platform to host paid online events. Fundo, its new app, allows those individuals to set up internet meet and greets and workshops with their fans. It gives hosts full control over how much it costs to attend an event, allowing them to offer free tickets if they…

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Microsoft is adding EA Play to Xbox Game Pass

One of the best deals in gaming is about to get even better. Today, Microsoft announced that multiple versions of Xbox Game Pass will soon come with EA Play, another subscription service run by a completely different publisher, at no extra cost. Starting “this holiday,” anyone with the PC version of Game Pass, which currently costs $4.99 per month, or Game Pass…

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Microsoft confirms Xbox Series S storage expansion cards

The Xbox Series S will arrive on November 10th and while that $299 price is compelling for a next-gen console, some of its specs are significantly lower than its big sibling, the Xbox Series X. One of the major differences is that it’ll have 512GB of storage instead of 1TB, but thankfully, you’ll be able to increase that using storage cards. Microsoft has confirmed that, like the…

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Instagram tests new home screen with tabs

Instagram is testing new layouts for its home screen that add dedicated sections for shopping and Reels. The company shared three new designs that “represent how people are using the app and giving extra love to creators, videos and shopping.” Instagram has been testing a similar layout in India, Brazil, France and Germany — countries where the company said it was seeing “momentum” with…

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YouTube Music will suggest songs for you

There’s a real art to building playlists — especially ones you plan to share with other people. Picking the right songs and finding the perfect flow isn’t always easy though. To help you out, Google is employing its AI smarts for a YouTube Music feature called assistive playlists. It’ll look at the name of the playlist, songs you’ve already added and your listening history…

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