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This year the most visible days are projected to be August 11-13, and NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says the USA can expect to see as many as 60 to 70 meteors per hour during the shower's peak. Lucky observers may see the occasional meteor sailing across the sky for several seconds, leaving behind a trail of glowing smoke. The shower is expected to be visible from across the country, but Space .com recommends viewers find the darkest place they can find to view the shower, to avoid ...
  • Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

    Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

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    Aboard Air Force One on the way to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president also said it was inappropriate to discuss whether he was looking for a justice who would be willing to overturn Roe v. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. It was conceived as a way to counter what its members saw as liberal domination of the nation's law-school faculties.
  • Curiosity Rover Uncovers Long-Sought Organic Materials on Martian Surface

    Curiosity Rover Uncovers Long-Sought Organic Materials on Martian Surface

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    NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has found complex organic matter on the surface of the red planet. If scientists keep drilling deeper and more widely, as they plan to do with the European and Russian space agencies' ExoMars rover and NASA's Mars 2020 mission , who knows what they might find? Curiosity also has confirmed seasonal increases of methane in the Martian atmosphere.
  • Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

    Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

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    With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use. Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the United Nations said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.
  • SpaceX launches SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

    SpaceX launches SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

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    The launch was set to attempt liftoff on Friday, with a launch window set for 12:29 a.m. The Falcon 9's first stage had supported the OTV-5 mission in September 2017, according to a SpaceX press kit . The spent stage then fell away and the single engine powering the second stage took over to continue the trip to space. "We get a lot of performance from this vehicle", Martin Halliwell, chief technical officer of SES , said of the Falcon 9 .
  • New Zealand Plans To Kill 150,000 Cows

    New Zealand Plans To Kill 150,000 Cows

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    The full cost of phased eradication over 10 years was projected at $886 million. There will be some flexibility for farmers in the timing of culling to offset production losses. In particular farmers need to be meticulous with animal movement records and the way they use NAIT. About 300 properties are in biosecurity lockdown and 858 are under surveillance.
  • Alan Bean, moon-walking U.S. astronaut turned painter, dies in Houston

    Alan Bean, moon-walking U.S. astronaut turned painter, dies in Houston

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    On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the Moon. "[There's] no telling what that costs per minute to be on the moon - millions and millions of dollars - so you wanted to make every one of 'em productive".
  • Expected rains from Alberto prompt flood watch in parts of NC

    Expected rains from Alberto prompt flood watch in parts of NC

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    A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said. Beaches in Florida were largely empty ahead of Memorial Day as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season , Subtropical Storm Alberto , approached the northern Gulf Coast carrying brisk wind and heavy rain.
  • First named storm of Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed

    First named storm of Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed

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    Though the start of June is said to usher in the Atlantic hurricane season, the previous years had gotten earlier starts: Arlene in April 2017 and Alex in January 2016. "In Florida, we know how unpredictable severe weather systems can be and while the Gulf Coast and Panhandle are expected to receive the largest impact from this storm, all Floridians should be prepared".
  • Apple Wants $1 Billion From Samsung at Smartphone Retrial

    Apple Wants $1 Billion From Samsung at Smartphone Retrial

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    Finally, in the final round of the long-going Samsung patent fight, Apple has demanded a total of $1 Billion from Samsung for patent infringement at smartphone retrial. Supreme Court set aside a portion of the damages after ruling that they could reflect either individual components of a product or the entire product itself.
  • Near Earth an asteroid about the size of the Statue of Liberty

    Near Earth an asteroid about the size of the Statue of Liberty

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    The space rock is larger than the estimated size of the Chelyabinsk meteor before the latter hit Earth's atmosphere in 2013. 2010 WC9 is one of almost 10,000 asteroids classified in the Apollo group, which is a class of near-Earth space rocks that cross over our planet's orbit in their trips around the sun.
  • Uber to Stop Forcing Sexual Assault Victims into Arbitration

    Uber to Stop Forcing Sexual Assault Victims into Arbitration

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    Forced arbitration is common to many industries and allows companies to keep sexual misconduct claims out of the court system and away from public view, the Times said. However, the numbers suggest that there may be many more overall incidents of sexual assault than the cases found in the investigation . Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the NY law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women ...
  • Oracle accuses Google of spying on Australians

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    Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said yesterday. This reportedly contains location info, even the place location providers are turned off, with no apps put in, and the place no SIM card is inserted.
  • NASA flying helicopter to Mars using remote control

    NASA flying helicopter to Mars using remote control

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    The Mars 2020 mission, slated to launch in July 2020, is a rover created to look for signs of past or present life on the Red Planet . Tipping the scales at a little under four pounds (1.8 kilograms), the Mars Helicopter is quite small - its fuselage is no bigger than a softball, NASA pointed out.
  • House Intel Dems release thousands of Kremlin-linked Facebook ads

    House Intel Dems release thousands of Kremlin-linked Facebook ads

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    For its part, Facebook stressed in a statement: "This will never be a solved problem because we're up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries". A large number of them attempt to stoke racial divisions by mentioning police brutality or disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement. An IRA-backed account on Instagram aimed a January 2016 ad about "white supremacy" specifically to those whose interests included HuffPost's "black voices" section.
  • SpaceX rocket launch scrubbed at last minute

    SpaceX rocket launch scrubbed at last minute

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    Falcon 9 Block 5 will also be the latest development of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as the company will focus on the development of the BFR. After separation, the first stage of the two-stage rocket will attempt to land on a robotic "drone ship" off the Florida coast shortly.
  • Drone ID in airspace a key concern, U.S. lawmakers told

    Drone ID in airspace a key concern, U.S. lawmakers told

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    Among the winning bids was Iris Automation in partnership with three lead applicants: the State of Alaska, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the City of Reno , Nevada . Zipline's CEO, Keller Rinaudo, said: "Today is an important first step towards bringing Zipline's lifesaving drone delivery technology to the United States..." The startup will have to hire more people, ramp up its testing and add more features to its drones - all of which will require more money, and Flirtey ...
  • Google Assistant's New Voices Are Now Live

    Google Assistant's New Voices Are Now Live

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    For those who missed out on the announcement, musician John Legend is also expected to have his voice brought onto Google Assistant later this year, so if you want to feel what it might be like to speak to Legend on a daily basis, this is an update you can look forward to.
  • Google Maps to Deliver More Personal Recommendations Based on Machine Learning

    Google Maps to Deliver More Personal Recommendations Based on Machine Learning

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    The For You tab is created to surface information about new places that open up, or a "surprise pop-up from your favourite chef" and more using information from local experts, Google's algorithms, and trusted publishers. On the Explore tab, you'll be able to see dining, event and activity options in the selected area. Besides directions, the mode also helps identify nearby places, so you have a better feel for the neighborhood.
  • Gmail's 'Smart Compose' autocompletes your emails as you type

    Gmail's 'Smart Compose' autocompletes your emails as you type

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    Smart Compose operates in the background, letting you accept its suggestions or ignore them, so you don't need to change the way you now compose drafts. Smart Compose will begin rolling out to consumer Gmail users in the coming weeks and to professional G Suite users in the next few months. From there, you should see Smart Compose auto-populate your messages in the not-too-distant future.
  • Fitbit Female Health Tracking

    Fitbit Female Health Tracking

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    And it gets smarter as you log. Fitbit says it takes about two cycles for the app to really get to know your cycle to make more accurate predictions. If you're a Versa or Ionic user, you can also check to see how many days until your next period and fertility window from your wrist by swiping up from the watch face.
  • Instagram starts trialling in-app payments

    Instagram starts trialling in-app payments

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    Similarly, with payments feature coming to Instagram , users will now be able to shop without having to leave the app. As per the new payment application, which is now displayed in the login of specific users, one can enter payment details into the app along with a PIN for more secured access.
  • Facebook fires engineer who 'violated user access' to stalk women

    Facebook fires engineer who 'violated user access' to stalk women

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    Notably, this isn't the first time Facebook has fired employees who have abused their position and have mishandled user data. 'I have to say that you are hard to find, ' the user added, 'lol'. She went on to say that she'd cross-referenced the engineer's online profiles to determine that he was likely now employed by Facebook. In a statement , Stamos said Facebook does not tolerate abuse of its controls.
  • $199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today

    $199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today

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    In the U.S., shoppers can also find the Oculus Go on sale at Amazon , Best Buy , and NewEgg , as well as at Best Buy retail stores today. The headset costs $199 for the version with 32GB of onboard storage, and $249 for the 64GB variety.
  • Instagram adds video chat to its host of features

    Instagram adds video chat to its host of features

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    Facebook is working with apps on building integrations that will allow users to share their content directly to Stories on Facebook and Instagram . The goal of the makeover is to connect users with hashtags and content that they will like. For example, Instagrammers will be able to try out Kylie Jenner's favorite lipstick colors in their selfies; add a cloud of hearts and Pomeranians from Jiffpom; or turn any video into an NBA "DunkCam" moment.
  • Facebook will introduce a feature to clear the history

    Facebook will introduce a feature to clear the history

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    In January, Zuckerberg pledged he'd "fix" Facebook's biggest problems this year and said he was eager to solve major issues that plague the platform, including abuse and election interference . "We need to keep building and bring people closer together". The new feature will allow users to find dates using the information people share about themselves on the platform.
  • Facebook to Launch Opt-In Dating Feature

    Facebook to Launch Opt-In Dating Feature

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    On Tuesday, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg said the company is adding a new privacy feature that lets you clear your browsing history on Facebook , including what you've clicked on and which websites you've gone to. Take the "unlocking" feature, for example, basically the only aspect of Facebook Dating that wasn't scalped from Tinder , Bumble, or Hinge. Damian Collins, a Conservative who heads the House committee, said United Kingdom lawmakers are prepared to send a summons ...
  • Tristan Thompson Breaks His Silence Following Khloé Kardashian Cheating Scandal

    Tristan Thompson Breaks His Silence Following Khloé Kardashian Cheating Scandal

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    All the unfollowing drama might have something to do with Kim's recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show , where she finally lifted the lid on all the drama. Its a really sad situation all over. "She's so strong and she's doing the best that she can", Kardashian West continued. And, her family was said to be furious with Thompson as the news broke just a few weeks before she gave birth.
  • Australia pledges A$500 million to restore Great Barrier Reef

    Australia pledges A$500 million to restore Great Barrier Reef

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    The Turnbull government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a $444 million agreement to tackle crown-of-thorns starfish, reduce pollution into the Reef, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. But she said no amount of money could bring back those northern reefs that were impacted by the 2016 and 2017 mass bleaching event. Two successive heat waves in 2016 and 2017 killed off almost half of the northern reef's coral, according to a study published this month.
  • WhatsApp won't let under-16s use the platform in Europe

    WhatsApp won't let under-16s use the platform in Europe

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    WhatsApp said it was updating its terms of service in the European Union before the General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25. Though, the company did not make it clear how it will verify users' age given the limited data it asks to provide from its users. Its new privacy policy is, of course, another morass of legal verbiage - but it contains a handy table that lists the purposes for which data are collected and matches them with specific data types used.
  • Amazon now delivers to your auto

    Amazon now delivers to your auto

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    The thought of a stranger getting into your home or vehicle, no matter how thorough the background checks on delivery personnel gets or how many measures Amazon has in place to prevent their delivery people from robbing customers. The app updates customers when the package is on its way, when the package has been delivered, and when the door is unlocked and relocked. Starting this week, Amazon is rolling In-Car Delivery out in 37 cities .
  • Amazon just announced a new version of the Echo Dot

    Amazon just announced a new version of the Echo Dot

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    It will also have far-field microphone abilities, meaning it will be able to hear commands even if the user speaks from a distance, just like on Amazon Echo smart speakers . While the same is also available on other Echo devices such as the Echo , Echo Plus and the Echo Dot , the presence of a display in the Echo Spot makes the Drop In feature seem more special in the Echo Spot .
  • Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric auto

    Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric auto

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    The iX3 will make its global public debut this week at the all-important Beijing motor show, and will sit alongside the i Vision Dynamics concept auto shown off previously, which is a big hint at what BMW has planned in the line of an i-badged electric saloon.
  • EU Probes Apple's Bid To Buy Music App Shazam

    EU Probes Apple's Bid To Buy Music App Shazam

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    The Shazam app uses the microphone on a smartphone or computer to identify nearly any song playing nearby, then points users to places they can listen to it, such as Apple Music or Spotify Ltd. "Access to such data could allow Apple to directly target its competitors' customers and encourage them to switch to Apple Music". In the wake of that announcement, Shazam said it couldn't imagine a "better home" for its platform than Apple.
  • OnePlus 6 to launch in India soon, Amazon opens 'notify me' registrations

    OnePlus 6 to launch in India soon, Amazon opens 'notify me' registrations

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    A teaser that was released by OnePlus yesterday revealed that the OnePlus 6 will be released in a ceramic finish version, with its rear mentioning "Designed by OnePlus ". OnePlus 6 is the next flagship from the Chinese phone maker and is all set to be launched soon in India. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters around the world on Friday (April 26) and by all accounts, tickets are already selling at a record pace.
  • AT&T and Verizon have been working together to screw you

    AT&T and Verizon have been working together to screw you

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    In addition to making switching providers easier, eSIM could also allow people to use local carriers during worldwide travel and enable the space ordinarily reserved for SIM cards to be taken up by other phone systems. AT&T and Verizon together control about 70 percent of all wireless subscriptions in the United States. The source said the Obama administration had investigated similar claims in 2016 but did not take any action.
  • Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco up for Pre-Orders in India

    Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco up for Pre-Orders in India

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    Prepaid customers need to recharge with either Rs 199 or Rs 349 and the postpaid customers can also avail the offer for six months if they are on the Rs 399 or the Rs 499 plan. from the company. Don't forget the Nokia 1 and new Nokia 6 are already available and shipping in India , priced at Rs. 5,499 ($84) and 16,999 ($258) respectively.
  • Motorola introduces new Moto G6-series: Price, specifications, features

    Motorola introduces new Moto G6-series: Price, specifications, features

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    It comes with a dual-camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel sensor and 5-megapixel sensor . Motorola has not yet revealed Moto E5 series India price and launch date. The phone is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery , which can last up to 36 hours on a single charge - according to company's claims. Will the lack of Android One cause the Moto G6 to flop in sales? We particularly like the 3D rear glass on offer here that's reminiscent of the Galaxy S7 and also the Honor 9 .
  • Moto G6 and E5 detailed in full (Plus and Play, too)

    Moto G6 and E5 detailed in full (Plus and Play, too)

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    When it boils down to it, Motorola's "G" series smartphones do everything I need a smartphone to do for a fraction of the price I usually pay for a new smartphone. It's the G6 Play that's a little different with the headphone jack on the top and the fingerprint scanner on the rear. What excites us most, however, is the battery.