NASA has released 19,000 hours of audio recordings from the Apollo 11 mission. The collection covers communications both on-board, at mission control and between the two. It was made up of 200 tapes, each 14 hours long and made up of 30 audio tracks. The recordings have been released under the rules that NASA’s work […]
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The London Spitfire franchise has won the first Overwatch League season, picking up a $1 million prize before a live audience of 20,000 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team faced Philadelphia Fusion in a battle to be decided by the best of three matches, each set being the best of five games. It […]
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The black hole at the center of the Milky Way has proven one of Albert Einstein’s key predictions is correct: light climbing out of a black hole is ‘stretched’ so that it turns red. The theory of general relativity addressed the issue of how photons would get out of a gravitational well such as a […]
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Microsoft is trying to make Windows more likely to install updates at a time that won’t annoy users. It says it’s doing this with a “predictive model.” At the moment, Windows will sometimes install an update (and even reboot the machine to complete it) after simply checking that nothing is actively running. Microsoft notes one […]
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Many web users overestimate exactly how private a “private browsing mode” really is according to new research. That’s partly because of confusion in the way browser developers name and explain the modes, which also include “incognito.” Researchers at the University of Chicago and Leibniz University in Hannover ran a study with 460 participants. Each was […]
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Japan could be facing its own version of the Y2K bug, with Unicode also affected. It’s all to do with the upcoming abdication of Emperor Akihito. As The Guardian notes, Japan’s date system resets every time a new emperor take over, marking what’s considered a new historical order. Emperor Akihito announced last December that he’ll […]
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Four web giants have signed up to a project to make it easier to transfer data between different online services. Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are all working on the Data Transfer Project. The project has been described as making it easier to leave a service, though it’s more about moving the data itself. It […]
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Windows 10’s next major update will add support for leap seconds. It’s designed to make the system compatible with some regulatory requirements The leap second is necessary because of the way we keep track of time. Almost all timekeeping, including computer operations and the internet, is based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). That’s an atomic […]
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Valve has banned a record 95,000 accounts from Steam games in a single week. It seems likely a specific cheating method was identified before the ban-hammer fell. The stats come from a third-party database, which tracks details of Steam activity including bannings. The figure for accounts banned via the Valve Anti-Cheat System normally hovers around […]
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If you’ve still got an original 80s console controller hanging about (or one from the recent mini Nintendo models), there’s now an easy way to make it wireless. 8BitDo has produced a series of $20 DIY kits that let you add wireless function without any soldering or particularly complicated tinkering. To use them you simply […]
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