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SpaceX splashdown, Pixel 4a drops soon, and more tech news you need to know

SpaceX splashdown, Pixel 4a drops soon, and more tech news you need to know

Your tech information digest, by the use of the DGiT Daily tech e-newsletter, for Monday, 3 August 2020.

1. Splashdown!

Credit: NASA/SpaceX

An awesome second yesterday, because the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft returned to earth safely and on time at 2:48pm ET, after touchdown within the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola, Florida (Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls))

The moments the place the drogues lower away to the four-parachutes opening had been a bit bit coronary heart in mouth however all the things was nominal and clean for a comfortable splashdown.

  • Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley waited out a protracted second with boats surrounding it on the pretty nonetheless waters of the Gulf, earlier than rising.
  • Behnken and Hurley spent 64 days in area, and had been taken out of the Crew Dragon by wheelchair, as is the traditional precaution when returning to Earth’s gravity.
  • I say regular, however this was the primary splashdown for American astronauts since Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand, and Donald “Deke” Slayton landed off Hawaii again in 1975, so it’s been some time between normals.
  • Crew Dragon was lifted onto the SpaceX GO Navigator restoration ship shortly after for inspection.
  • That mentioned, it wasn’t all clean. Here’s a humorous second because the Crew Dragon was being hauled in, and extra severely, random leisure boaters crashed the splashdown (Space), hoping to get a glimpse of the spacecraft from up shut, and get on TV.
  • NASA’s chief mentioned ‘we have to do higher,’ and SpaceX itself hinted the Coast Guard in all probability received’t let that occur once more.
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The second: A SpaceX mission controller advised the Crew Dragon: “Welcome again to Planet Earth, and thanks for flying SpaceX.”

2. Pixel 4a as we speak

At the time of publish, Google hadn’t but unleashed the Google Pixel 4a. Given it’s in Mountain View, possibly it’s extra of 9am or 10am PT launch?

Just a few extra issues to know:

  • Multiple stories have now indicated it’s a single Pixel 4a configuration, and it’ll go for US$349, however I haven’t seen strong leaks round pricing in £, €, rupees, or different nation pricing but, nor wider availability, nor RAM/storage.
  • There had been some juicy leaks about 5G Pixels reportedly coming in fall, together with the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 (additionally 5G), however these received’t be as we speak? (Android Authority).
  • I imply, Google could shock, however it’s unclear re: the 4a 5G mannequin, which is supposed to be greater.
  • In any case, often I’d have a how-to-watch entry right here however there’s nothing from Google upfront. It’s attainable this might be a launch with out an occasion, with just a few Google fanfare by means of pre-shot movies, internet pages, and social media.

3. Amid a flurry of stories, the most recent on TikTok, the US, and Microsoft: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke instantly with President Trump and Microsoft confirmed it’s going to “transfer shortly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s mother or father firm, ByteDance” to discover a purchase order of TikTok by Sept. 15. Any buy will cowl its operations within the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (blogs.microsoft.com). Interestingly excluding the UK, and Europe.

  • Also: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests US will take motion within the coming days in opposition to extra Chinese software program firms that it perceives as a threat to nationwide safety (TechCrunch).
    Here’s how a TikTok ban might work, and what it means to your content material (Mashable).
  • What apps are profitable as TikTok followers attempt different apps? Triller, Byte, and Instagram Reels. And Triller is suing TikTok (TechCrunch).
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4. OnePlus must get digital camera software program proper BEFORE the cellphone ships (Android Authority).

5. How the costs of Samsung Galaxy Note telephones have modified over time (Android Authority).

6. Apple reportedly eyes turning iPhones into fee terminals (Gizmodo).

7. A reminder why wealthy firms keep wealthy, and why asking doesn’t damage: Apple asks UK retail landlords to chop hire by 50% and supply a ‘rent-free interval’ attributable to COVID-19 (9to5Mac).

8. The Genki Covert Dock is a intelligent transportable Switch dock, however it’s costly (The Verge).

9. Google’s newest Chrome extension reveals detailed ad-tracking information. Google’s personal strikes on advert transparency solely assist Google, general (Engadget).

10. Tesla is reportedly shut to creating a extra reasonably priced Model Y (Engadget).

11. Profile of the 17-year-old Twitter hacker: from scamming on Minecraft to cryptocurrency to becoming a member of hacker discussion board OGUsers (NY Times).

12. The customized ringtone business paved the way in which for the app retailer after which vanished (OneZero).

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13. Here’s what it seems like inside a tire if you drive (Jalopnik).

14. A US journey agency was hacked. You can learn the open chat between the hacker and the corporate, as they negotiate a $4.5M ransom (Twitter).

15. What will we proceed to make use of after it’s damaged? (r/askreddit).

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