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Image of article 'No Decision' on Next Launch Attempt for Historic SpaceX-NASA Mission'

No Decision' on Next Launch Attempt for Historic SpaceX-NASA Mission

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, 49, and Douglas Hurley, 53, former military test pilots who joined the space agency in 2000, are to blast off from historic Launch Pad 39A on a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The next window, which is determined by the relative positions of the launch site to the space station, is Sunday at 3:00 pm Eastern Time (1900 GMT or 12:30am IST on Monday), and fair weather is predicted.

Fears of a lightning strike postponed the initial takeoff attempt on Wednesday of what would have been the first crewed rocket launch from US soil in almost a decade, and the first time a commercial company has achieved the feat.

A final decision on a launch attempt for SpaceX's milestone mission to the International Space Station on Saturday afternoon will take place after assessing the weather that morning, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said Friday.

Triumph for SpaceX NASA has had to pay Russia for use of its Soyuz rockets to take its astronauts to space ever since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011 and the decision was taken to shift focus to commercial partners for missions in low Earth orbit.

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Virus tracing apps: Which countries are doing what

As countries emerge from lockdowns imposed to blunt the coronavirus pandemic, dozens have rolled out phone apps to track a person’s movements and who they come into contact with, giving officials a vital tool for limiting contagion risks.

While many apps and related technologies are voluntary, other governments are enforcing their use, since health experts say at least 60% of a population needs to activate them for contact tracing to be effective.

But most other countries turned to Bluetooth tracking via apps that remain voluntary and let authorities “see” when two people’s devices come into close contact.

Several other countries are rolling out apps as well, but Belgium and Greece remain reluctant because of fears officials and companies could be tempted to compile huge databases on people’s movements and activities.

In Egypt, officials began urging people to use an app that sends alerts of areas with potential coronavirus contagion, though it remains unclear how many people are using it.

Image of article 'India motivating iPhone production with incentive rule changes'

India motivating iPhone production with incentive rule changes

Apple already uses contract partners Wistron and Foxconn for local iPhone production, with Apple's participation in the scheme revolving around increasing its manufacturing through its partners.

The government's aim with the scheme is to try and convince more foreign companies to use India for its manufacturing instead of relying on existing supply chains operating in China, as well as other regions.

A few other changes are also being made, such as including members of the smartphone manufacturing industry into discussions before making any further changes to the scheme once a company has invested and started production.

The government of India has been trying to tempt large-scale manufacturers to bring more smartphone and mobile phone production to the country with its production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.

India is making it more attractive for Apple and other mobile phone companies to set up production facilities in the country by adjusting the rules for its PLI scheme, a change that could allow Apple to increase manufacturing in the region.

Image of article 'New 5G switches bring better battery life, higher bandwidth and speeds'

New 5G switches bring better battery life, higher bandwidth and speeds

The new switches stay off, saving battery life for other processes, unless they are actively helping a device jump between networks.

"The switch we have developed is more than 50 times more energy efficient compared to what is used today," said Deji Akinwande, a professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who led the research.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Lille in France have built a new component that will more efficiently allow access to the highest 5G frequencies in a way that increases devices' battery life, and speeds up features like streaming of 4K video.

New 5G switches bring better battery life, higher bandwidth and speeds As 5G hits the market, new U.S. Army-funded research has developed a radio-frequency switch that is over 50 times more energy efficient than what is used today.

Satellite systems, smart radios, reconfigurable communications, the Internet of Things (IOT) and defence technology are examples of other potential switches are pervasive in military communication, connectivity and radar systems," said Dr. Pani Varanasi, Materials Science Division Chief at the U.S. Army Research Office, part of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, which helped fund the project.

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Image of article 'OnePlus 8 Pro Color Filter Camera Disabled for Global Users by Mistake'

OnePlus 8 Pro Color Filter Camera Disabled for Global Users by Mistake

This means that until the next update, users won't be able to use the fourth camera on the OnePlus 8 Pro that was meant to enhance photos by adding lighting effects and filters.

Re-enabling planned as well In response to global users asking about disabling the Color Filter camera through the latest update, OnePlus said in its forums that the latest update “inadvertently went out to a limited number of devices” and the filter will be re-enabled in the next update.

The new software version, which appears as OxygenOS 10.5.9, comes days after the company disabled the Color Filter camera through an update specifically meant for the OnePlus 8 Pro users in China.

OnePlus 8 Pro users in global markets have received a new OxygenOS update that has “inadvertently” disabled the Color Filter camera that was recently found to have “see-through” capabilities for some materials.

If you don't want to lose what OnePlus has provided through the Color Filter camera, you shouldn't install OxygenOS 10.5.9 on your OnePlus 8 Pro.

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EU urges Trump to rethink cutting funding to WHO

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office said Saturday that as things stand with the American pandemic situation, if Trump decides to go ahead with the Group of Seven summit in the U.S. as he has suggested he might, she would not attend in person.

That put the country's total cases at 173,763 with 4,971 deaths and 82,369 recoveries, according to the Health Ministry.

In South Korea, credited with one of the most successful programs to fight the pandemic, there were 39 new cases reported Saturday, most of them in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area where officials have linked the infections to warehouse workers.

In China, where the virus outbreak began, only four new confirmed cases were reported Saturday, all brought from outside the country, and no new deaths.

WASHINGTON: The European Union on Saturday urged US President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organisation amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained.

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Image of article 'AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X sees lowest ever pricing: Comet Lake effect on the 64-core 128-thread HEDT part'

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X sees lowest ever pricing: Comet Lake effect on the 64-core 128-thread HEDT part

However, with the Comet Lake Xeon W lineup set to arrive in the months to come, AMD might be looking to pre-emptively cut prices before Intel's own HEDT parts hit the market.

The mammoth Threadripper 3990X, with 288 MB of Cache, a 280W TDP, and boost clocks up to 4.3 GHz, is among the highest-end HEDT solutions on the market.

Seemingly in response to Intel's launch of its 10th generation Comet Lake S lineup, which includes the i9-10900K, the so-called "world's fastest processor" for gaming, AMD has cut prices on its 64-core, 128-thread AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

Shortly after Intel brought its Comet Lake S desktop CPU lineup into play, AMD slashed prices on the 64-core 128-thread Threadripper 3990X.

When the Comet Lake Xeon W lineup does arrive, we expect to see Threadripper 3990X prices drop further.

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3 ways local developer communities are staying connected virtually

Recently, 200+ developer communities, 100 local experts, and 10+ Google Developer Experts have come together to host MENA Digital Days – a 32 week series of live video workshops providing various training on everything from working from home to leadership to coding.

Recently, a Google Developer Student Club at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) built a virtual model of their college to host tours that were canceled in person.

In particular, community groups in Sweden, Singapore, and throughout MENA have been creating resources to help developers find online employment, education, and engagement opportunities.

As the world continues to embrace remote opportunities, Google Developer Group (GDG) and Developer Student Club (DSC) communities have been working hard to support each other virtually – complete with online technical education and remote spaces to build local community connections.

If you’re inspired by these stories, learn more about local developer communities hosting virtual events near you here.

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KDE Ending Out May With UI Tweaks, Bug Fixes

KDE Plasma 5.19 is due for release very soon (9 June) but that hasn't kept KDE developers from already working on Plasma 5.20 and other components for this open-source desktop.Among the changes ironed out by KDE developers as we hit the end of May include:- The Dolphin file manager now supports mounting ISO images via the context menu when clicking on said file.

Faster searching from Okular's sidebar.

Okular's sidebar UI has been overhauled.

Improved battery charge level icons.More details on the end of May KDE activities via the weekly summary posted by KDE developer Nate Graham.

LOOK: Taguig architect creates new designs for post-COVID jeepneys

Gecolea shared that other than to help jeepney drivers, she came up with the idea to redesign jeepneys because she wants to be productive as the world goes on a pandemic-induced lockdown.

Gecolea also shared that in creating the designs, she also took note of “the passenger and driver experience and behavior in order for me to study and analyze the constraints or effects of social distancing because of [COVID-19].”

As the traditional passing of fares between jeepney passengers and drivers goes against physical distancing measures, Gecolea proposes four ways to mend this: First, the use of inclined tubes; second, the use of coin banks; third, the use of pails and a pulley system; and fourth, the use of mobile apps.

As to why Gecolea decided to pursue this project, she noted that “the Philippine jeepney has been part of our local commuter culture” due to its iconic vibrant designs, and that this industry is now in a critical situation due to the pandemic.

This design firm was brought by my loss of job earlier this year and I believe that such empathy towards our jeepney sector brought this innovative idea,” Gecolea said.

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Some Old Order Mennonites feel called to return to church

Modern orders like the Akron Mennonite Church used video conferencing for the first time during Sunday worship.

The Groffdale Conference Old Order Mennonites used landline phones as an alternative to their in-person worship, canceled for the first time in more than a century.

During Sunday worship, Bishop Marvin said their time apart from each other gave parents a chance to read Scripture with their children at home.

For nearly two months, the Old Order Stauffer Mennonite Church followed Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order and guidelines that discouraged gatherings in houses of worship.

At the Stauffer Mennonite Church, the service ended when men, women and children turned around on their seats in unison and knelt on the wooden floor.

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Image of article 'Nepal’s parties show rare unity on border dispute with India'

Nepal’s parties show rare unity on border dispute with India

India called Nepal’s move a unilateral act that is not based on historical facts, and said it was contrary to the bilateral understanding to resolve the outstanding boundary issues through dialogue.

Nepal, which was never under colonial rule, has long claimed the areas of Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipu Lekh in accordance with the 1816 Sugauli treaty with the British Raj, although these areas have remained in control of Indian troops since India fought a war with China in 1962.

In response, the government of Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli issued a new political map of the country that showed the disputed territory within its borders, a move that was overwhelmingly supported by Nepal’s opposition and civil society. ”

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - While Nepal’s latest border dispute with India has strained relations between South Asian neighbors with centuries-old historical, cultural and economic ties, it also has brought the tiny Himalayan nation’s bickering political parties together in a rare show of unity.

“As an independent country, Nepal has few options, but the best one is to sit down” and discuss the issue with India, said Dhurba Adhikary, an independent analyst.

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Dell's All - AMD Gaming Laptop Hailed as a 'Budget Blockbuster

AMD "has a potent combination of both CPU and GPU technologies," writes Slashdot reader MojoKid , that "can play well in the laptop market especially, where a tight coupling of the two processing engines can mean both performance and cost efficiencies.

"The GPU also has 2,304 stream processors across 36 compute units, and "Overall, we think Dell hit it out of the park with the new G5 15 SE," the review concludes.

"This all-AMD budget blockbuster has all of the gaming essentials: a fast processor, a powerful GPU, and a 144 Hz display."

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Image of article 'Twitter Has More Tools to Use Against Trump, if It Chooses'

Twitter Has More Tools to Use Against Trump, if It Chooses

Cost, and benefits Twitter has already triggered the wrath of Trump, who two days after tweets of his on mail-in voting were tagged as misleading, signed an executive order which could lead to tighter oversight of social media platforms.

Twitter's guidelines note that "world leaders are not above our policies entirely" and that the platform reserves the right to remove tweets that promote terrorism, violence or self-harm, or includes private information about another person.

Range of actions Twitter, which this week added fact-check labels to two Trump tweets and a violation notice on another, can go further under its enforcement guidelines.

While Twitter could have acted before on Trump's tweets, "I think there has been a gradual shift in thinking at Twitter inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its thinking about misinformation that is harmful," said Tiffany Li, a fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project who specialises in social media.

The San Francisco company carefully weighed its decision this week before labelling Trump's tweets for the first time, according to the news platform OneZero's account of deliberations.

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Image of article 'Call Of Duty: Warzone finally lets you fight as a Duo'

Call Of Duty: Warzone finally lets you fight as a Duo

Keeping track of Call Of Duty: Warzone squad sizes has been something of a nightmare.

Duos bring Warzone in line with Plunder, the cash n’ grab n’ run away mode wot switched from quads to duos back in April.

Warzone generally just can’t seem to make its mind up over team sizes, briefly bumping Warzone squads up to four before rapidly rolling trios back into play.

While it’s not quite as nerve-wracking as going in solo, duos is a tense affair – fewer people to watch your back, fewer chances at revival, and fewer options to pull from in your squad’s collective armoury.

If you and a mate are looking to dominate Duos as quickly as possible, best make sure you’re kitted out in this season’s best Warzone loadouts, courtesy of guides intelligence expert Olly.

Image of article 'Sweden’s coronavirus experiment has well and truly failed'

Sweden’s coronavirus experiment has well and truly failed

A spokesperson for Sweden's public health agency says that herd immunity was never a deliberate part of the plan – either way, a recent study showed that only 7.3 per cent of people in Stockholm, the epicentre of the epidemic in Sweden, had developed antibodies indicating that they had already been infected with Covid-19.

“The biggest problem in Sweden is there is really only one voice – that voice is the public health agency, and in particular Anders Tegnell,” Einhorn says.

Despite recent murmurings of disquiet, the agency remains broadly popular among the public – and Tegnell has become something of a cult figure in Sweden, with toasts on his birthday and people getting tattoos of his face.

Some argued that Sweden was a unique case because of its demographics, or because of the fact that more people live in single-person households, and multi-generational family units are less common than they are in countries like Italy.

There are simple measures that could be taken to lessen the effect of a second wave even without a lockdown – face masks for people in crowded spaces and for those working in the elderly (about half of Sweden’s deaths have been in care homes), and more testing and tracing.

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Image of article 'Lebanon extends mandate of UN force along Israel border'

Lebanon extends mandate of UN force along Israel border

The government’s decision comes amid the backdrop of a war of words between Israeli and Lebanese officials, including Lebanon’s powerful militant Hezbollah group, over the mandate of UNIFIL.

Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdul-Samad told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that the government has agreed to extend the term of the U.N. force until Aug. 31, 2021.

The extension of the peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, comes as Israel is calling for major changes in the way the mission operates on the ground in southern Lebanon.

Beirut (AP) - Lebanon’s government agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon along the border with Israel for another year, the country’s information minister said.

The force has been deployed in southern Lebanon since an Israeli invasion in 1978.

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Image of article 'Vietnamese firms launch virtual conference solution CoMeet'

Vietnamese firms launch virtual conference solution CoMeet

Earlier on May 15, Zavi, another video conference platform developed by a Vietnamese company, was also made available to the public.

The solution, which is secure with data encryption and participant control, is available on major platforms, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

He noted that the market for online conference solutions is expected to see strong growth in the time ahead as users have formed new learning and working habits and he believes Vietnamese enterprises should capitalise on this opportunity.

Speaking at the launch on May 29, MIC Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hung stated that the coronavirus is driving digital transformation, which in turn has opened opportunities for local firms to come up with services that can compete with foreign solutions.

The open source-based solution has been developed by Vietnamese engineers from CMC TS, NetNam, iWay, Cyradar, FDS and DQN under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC).

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Image of article 'Sign in with Apple bug discovery earns developer $100,000'

Sign in with Apple bug discovery earns developer $100,000

After a successful authorization, Apple produces a JWT, which contains the email ID, and is used by the third-party application to log the user in.

While authorizing, Apple provides users with options to either share or hide their Apple Email ID with the third-party app, with a user-specific Apple relay email ID created for the latter selection.

According to Jain, the bug would have enabled a change in control of the application's user account, regardless of whether the user had a valid Apple ID or not.

Disclosed on Saturday by security-focused developer Bhavuk Jain, a zero-day vulnerability in Sign in with Apple had the potential to let an attacker gain access to, and fully take over, a user's account on a third-party application.

Details of a now-patched vulnerability in the "Sign in with Apple" account authentication have been revealed, a zero-day that could have allowed an attacker to take control of a user's account.

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Image of article 'NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with SpaceX launch'

NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with SpaceX launch

(Reuters) — SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), launching Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station.

The Falcon 9 took off from the same launch pad used by NASA’s final space shuttle flight, piloted by Hurley, in 2011.

Spaceflight milestones NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has said resuming launches of American astronauts on American-made rockets from U.S. soil is the space agency’s top priority.

Boeing, producing its own launch system in competition with SpaceX, is expected to fly its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the first time next year.

Commercial Molecular Electronics Chips in 2021

On Feb. 17, 2020, Roswell Biotechnologies announced that it is a member of a team led by Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) that has been awarded a US government contract worth up to $25 million to develop a sequencing technology capable of reading data stored in DNA at speeds up to 10 TB per day, or more than 400x times the speed of currently available sequencing technologies.

Exabyte storage using DNA DNA writing technologies enable the storage of unprecedented volumes of data, on the Exabyte scale, Roswell provides the reader solution with the speed and economics required for a complete data storage system.

The Roswell Biotech and IMEC molecular chips will have larger scale than the devices that Roswell Biotech has already made.

Roswell Biotechnologies and IMEC are partnering to develop the first molecular electronics chips for disease surveillance, precision medicine and DNA storage.

Roswell is creating molecular electronic sensors on CMOS chips.

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Image of article 'The trampoline is working”—SpaceX returns human spaceflight to America'

The trampoline is working”—SpaceX returns human spaceflight to America

But for the most part, Musk and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine emphasized the uplifting nature of Saturday's successful launch at a time when the nation is divided, angry, and hurting.

When tensions between the United States and Russia in 2014, a senior Russian official who now heads the country's space program, Dmitry Rogozin, taunted NASA by suggesting the space agency use a trampoline to launch its astronauts.

But for the first time, the Falcon 9 rocket carried two humans on board, inside a Crew Dragon spacecraft.

And so on Saturday afternoon, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket had blue skies above it during the final minutes of a countdown to launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As part of the commercial crew program, NASA has paid SpaceX a total of about $3.1 billion for development of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, human-rating of the Falcon 9 rocket, and six operational missions to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Image of article 'Dearth of women in classic Hollywood was result of studio system, study finds'

Dearth of women in classic Hollywood was result of studio system, study finds

But it wasn't so golden for women in the film industry, according to a recent paper published in PLOS One that analyzed a century's worth of data and concluded that the rise of the infamous studio system produced severe gender inequality.

Three years ago, co-author Murielle Dunande, then a high school student spending her summer break in Amaral's lab, proposed a study of the representation of women in the movies.

Just six years later, the US federal government brought an antitrust lawsuit, known as the Paramount case, arguing that studios shouldn't be able to both produce and distribute their films and own the theaters in which they were shown.

"When the studio systems was forced to de-integrate to some extent, many movie stars became producers and directors, and I think that opened the door to greater diversity," said Amaral.

In short, "There is a connection between increased concentration of power and decreased participation of women," said Amaral, adding that the same holds true, a hundredfold, for racial diversity in the film industry.