The data for the Moon Kit comes from NASA;s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been in orbit of the moon since 2009. Its original mission was just one year, but it;s still going strong. During its time studying the moon, the LRO has produced a 3D map of almost the entire surface 98.2 percent of it, to be exact. The only parts of the moon not covered are the polar areas in deep shadow. The Moon Kit comes from NASA designer Ernie Wright, who works in the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center. Wright initially created the Moon Kit as a tool for the Scientific Visualization Studio, but he received so many requests for the data that he decided to make the data set available to all designers publicly.
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Microsoft;s latest patent concerns an application for a dual screen device that uses a single flexible display. The description states:A flexible display can be secured to both the first and second portions. The hinge assembly can provide several features that facilitate the use of a single flexible display. During rotation of the first and second portions, the hinge assembly can change the length of the device that lies beneath the flexible display to reduce stresses imparted on the flexible display. This aspect can be achieved with a cord that connects the first portion to the hinge assembly. A length of a pathway of the cord can change during the rotation so that the cord draws the first portion toward the hinge assembly and or allows the first portion to be biased away from the hinge assembly depending on the orientation.
The so called Deep Space Atomic Clock went into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this year along with two dozen other payloads. Like ground based atomic clocks, this device measures the passage of time with extraordinary accuracy, and that;s a must have for space travel. Current spacecraft determine their position through a convoluted and time consuming method relying on ground based atomic clocks. These missions have to beam signals back to Earth, allowing a clock to calculate how long it took for the signal to reach us. Then, the result goes back out to the spacecraft. This test, if successful, could lead to a new generation of spacecraft that have an atomic clock on board rather than relying on ground based clocks.
According to German publication C;t, Kaspersky antivirus injects a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) into the source code of every single website that you visit. This UUID value is unique to the computer and the installation of the software. The value injected into each and every website never changes, even if you use a different browser or access the internet using a browser;s Incognito Mode.C 't found the injection because one of their antivirus software evaluators came across the same line of source code in multiple websites. Installing the application on different systems resulted in the creation of different UUID values. Assigned UUIDs didn 't change over time, indicating that they were static. And because these values are injected into the source code of every single website that you visit, it means that the sites you track can track you back. As C 't writes:
Now, a new report from Digiday suggests Amazon used to have a remarkably straightforward process for deciding which products will be labeled ;Amazon;s Choice.; Companies were invited to bid on the badge by lowering their prices and spending more money on advertising with Amazon. A pitch deck reviewed by that publication lays out the criteria: To qualify to bid, Amazon first party vendors resellers could not apply had to maintain brand ratings above four stars, keep products in stock for 12 months, and maintain various technical subcategory ratings. Digiday writes:In an email to a brand client, an Amazon strategic vendor service manager recommended the brand drop its selling price by $30 in order to win the bid, a move that would increase Amazon s profits on the sale. For vendors, access to a strategic vendor service manager, considered to provide inside access to Amazon, costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per year ...
Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, setting up shop in Gale Crater. Its goal was to make its way to nearby Mount Sharp and roll up the slope, examining the geology on the way. It reached the base of the mountain in 2014. The team has made numerous pit stops along the way to the summit in order to take a closer look at interesting regions. Currently, the rover is puttering around in an area called the ;clay bearing unit.; In the distant past, it was most likely home to streams and lakes, the only remnants of which are clay mineral deposits. While exploring the clay bearing unit, Curiosity happened upon a strange boulder partially buried in the ground the Strathdon. The rock formed from many layers of compressed sediment that had hardened into a brittle, wavy mass. It 's a stark contrast from the flat layers of lake sediment Curiosity has seen elsewhere on Mars.
Many of the specs will be familiar to current RX100 owners. That includes a 1 inch sensor (which has been updated) and the same 24 200mm f 2.8 f 4.5 lens found in the previous version. The big upgrades are in processing power, including Sony;s latest BIONZ X chip and large performance increases in shooting speed and AF. For example, the VII can shoot at 20fps without blacking out the viewfinder, and can even shoot seven consecutive frames at 90fps.The faster processor also brings a big upgrade in autofocus performance, promising focus acquisition in as little as 20 milliseconds, as well as real time eye tracking of both humans and animals. The AF system is supplied by an impressive 357 phase detection and 425 contrast detection sensors. All this comes in a similar size package to previous iterations, measuring 102 x 58 x 43 mm, and weighing in at 302 grams.
One of the updates included in the monthly rollup, formally known as KB4507456, is KB2952664, titled ;Compatibility update for keeping Windows up to date in Windows 7.; The description for the update states:This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.
The new component is formally known as the mobility suspension or ;rocker bogie; system. It consists of flexible legs connected to three wheels. The support leg is composed of titanium tubing similar to what you;d find on high end road bikes. The rover will eventually have an identical apparatus on the port side, giving it a total of six wheels like Curiosity. Naturally, NASA decided to base the Mars 2020 design on Curiosity, which had been a huge success. However, the wheel design is one of the few parts of Curiosity that needed a rework. NASA has found the surface of Mars somewhat "sharper " than it expected. Curiosity 's machined aluminum wheels have been dented and punctured by rocks on the Martian surface, and engineers worry that one or more of them will fail and strand the robot. Mars 2020 is about 25 percent heavier than Curiosity, so Curiosity style wheels would have been even worse on Mars 2020.
Initially, the company tweeted out a warning that users should run an AV scan on their smart TVs every few weeks.
We;re all exposed to low levels of radiation on the surface of Earth, but most of it is deflected by our thick atmosphere and magnetic field. Mars has neither of those, and even spacecraft designed to shield fragile organic beings can;t stop all the dangerous cosmic rays. A in space hits astronauts with as much radiation as a year on Earth. The ESA estimates that astronauts on a mission to Mars would get radiation doses up to 700 times higher than on Earth. From experiments like the NASA Twins Study that spending time in space can cause long term changes to gene expression, and problems are likely to mount the longer someone is in space. Even on the International Space Station (ISS) under controlled conditions, astronauts are exposed to 200 times more radiation than pilots or radiology technicians. Mission control can abort spacewalks and maintenance if it believes solar events will produce increased radiation levels. That may not always be an option on long term missions to Mars.
In the image above, you can see team members re installing the cover on the remote sensing mast (RSM) after mounting the cameras. The RSM is home to multiple instruments and cameras just like it was on Curiosity you could think of this as the rover;s ;head.; The rover will have a total of 23 cameras when it;s complete. The large red lens cover is the SuperCam, a system of lasers and spectrometers that can analyze the chemical composition of rocks. It 's an upgraded version of Curiosity 's ChemCam. Directly south of that is one of the rover 's two Mastcam Z units. The other is partially obscured by support equipment in the foreground. Both Mastcam Z modules have covers labeled "remove before flight. "
The two firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to:explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content streaming services. In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter based solutions for Sony s game and content streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.
A delay of just two months would actually be excellent for Samsung if it;s managed to solve the fundamental problems with the Fold. According to Yonhap News:Samsung Electronics has reportedly solved problems such as screen shield problems and influx of foreign substances in the hinge, which were raised in last month 's American review.
Google;s latest numbers show continued strong growth for Android, but we;re not sure which part of the market is expanding. It;s likely the budget category and entry level devices in developing countries. Between September 2015 and May 2017, Google added 400 million new Android users. Fast forward two years, and there are 500 million more. So, growth isn;t accelerating, but you wouldn;t expect it anymore. While most Android users are plugged into Google 's services and seeing Google 's ads, that 's not the case in one of the world 's biggest markets: China. Google 's decision a decade ago to pull out of China means it has no presence on those phones. Android is open source, so there 's nothing stopping OEMs from launching devices in China.
The same group at Tweakers.net that leaked the previous releases have leaked this one as well. Now, ordinarily we don;t hit the same rumor or set of rumors with two separate stories, but in this case, they;ve leaked the roadmap we were most interested in the desktop client roadmap. As always, the same caveats and grains of salt apply. These are rumors. They may be dated, they may be wrong. THG notes that while the roadmap refers to a ;Cascade Lake Refresh; in the server section, Intel;s publicly known roadmap has Cooper Lake arriving this year, with Ice Lake in 2020. Cooper Lake could be ;Cascade Lake refresh,; but Ice Lake isn;t even on this roadmap. That means it could be dated or a fake to begin with.
iFixit hasn;t entirely folded on the topic. The organization notes that its analysis ;supported suspicions; that the device doesn;t properly or sufficiently protect its screen and that it removed its review to protect a relationship with its supplier, as opposed to due to legal action. But that distinction is less important than what the repair organization found.What iFixit found, in aggregate, is that there are enormous physical gaps in the Galaxy Fold design that permit dirt and dust direct entry into the phone. This was exacerbated by Samsung 's decision to leave entry gaps that allow material directly behind the incredibly fragile OLED screen, creating a direct and obvious opportunity to destroy it. Closing the phone protected the gap that allowed this to occur, but opens new gaps on both sides of the phone. As iFixit wrote:
Sony will be offering seven OLED TVs coming to market in May and June, two of them 8K OLEDs. If you;re on a comparative budget and opt for the 85 inch Masters Series Z9G 8K HDR TV, you;ll pay just $12,999.99. You retain 87 percent of the diagonal screen size and pay 19 percent of the price of the flagship. (Or to be fairer, you retain 75 percent of the screen area for 19 percent of the price.) A 77 inch 4K OLED is $8,000 compared with 75 inch LCD TVs at $2,000 $3,500.Unless you buy into the Tiny House concept and live life so small you can 't fit a decent TV, the cost of a few months of cable dwarfs the cost of most consumer TVs. Last we checked, FIOS, Comcast and Spectrum don 't discount if you watch on a 37 inch TV. Only two of Sony 's 13 TVs announced for mid 2019 are under 50 inches (43 and 49 inches). As for this year 's Sony TVs, there will be six series (levels). Each will run Android TV and, via a summer update, support Apple AirPlay2 and Homekit. Five will be OLED sets, meaning they have the brightness of now departed plasma TVs but you can use them in day lit rooms, not just at night or with the drapes closed.
The privacy organization Security Without Borders detected the Android malware first, which it dubbed Exodus. The installer package was bundled inside APKs on numerous phishing sites, as well as in several apps that snuck into the Play Store. Users needed to install the app manually in either case, but it was much harder to do so with the phishing sites because of Android;s security features. You don;t pick up Exodus just browsing the web, but that doesn;t appear to be the creator;s goal. Exodus is a sophisticated piece of malware. The infected app includes a dropper that collects basic details about the phone like the IMEI and phone number. It sends those to a command and control server, which almost immediately pushes down the next phase of the malware. This phase consists of multiple binary packages aimed at tracking the device. The third stage uses Linux exploit called DirtyCOW to attempt root access, which would allow it to collect any and all data on the phone.