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NASA's getting screwy messages from interstellar space

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is sending back some funky data from interstellar space that’s leaving NASA engineers scratching their heads. Readouts on the orientation of the 1970s-era space probe now appear to be randomly generated or don’t reflect any possible scenario the spacecraft could be in, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory officials said this week. The problematic data are coming from the so-called “attitude articulation and control system,” or AACS, the onboard equipment that measures, reports,… Read the rest

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Watch incredible NASA video of a total lunar eclipse from space

Some 64 million miles from the planet, NASA’s Lucy probe got a deep space view of the recent total lunar eclipse. From her vantage point, it didn’t look much like a “blood moon,” one of the many nicknames for the rare astronomical event. In a brief two-second time-lapse video, Lucy captured the Earth, on the left, and the moon, on the right. The tiny moon can be seen as a bright pinpoint of light that… Read the rest

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Donald Trump's Truth Social launches a web app

Prepare to see a lot more Donald Trump on social media again. Truth Social is no longer siloed behind an iOS-only mobile app.Trump’s alternative social network, Truth Social, pushed out a notification on Friday to its current iOS app users informing them that a web version of the platform is now available.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk reportedly paid $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct case and Twitter has thoughts Truth Social’s push notification announcement about… Read the rest

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Twitter's new misinformation policy aims to tamp down misleading viral tweets

Your Twitter timeline’s going on a cleanse. The social media giant announced a new policy Thursday which aims to reduce the spread of viral misleading tweets on the platform. The crisis misinformation policy, as it’s officially dubbed, narrowly focuses on “false” content or allegations made during broadly defined times of crisis, and includes specific changes which will undoubtedly catch the average Twitter user’s eye. “To reduce potential harm, as soon as we have evidence that… Read the rest

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Grab a portable party speaker on sale to pump up the room

SAVE 50%: The Philips X5206 Bluetooth Party Speaker is perfect for a good bash — it’s got party lights and karaoke options so you can put on a show. As of May 18, it’s on sale for half off, so instead of $299.99, you can get it for just $149.99. That’s its lowest price ever.It’s not a party without some proper music. Heck, it’s not even a hangout sesh without a soundtrack to make your… Read the rest

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'Monster' Mars quake shows the red planet isn't nearly dead

A potent quake recently shook the Martian desert.NASA’s InSight lander — sent to probe Mars’ inner workings — observed the largest temblor ever detected on another planet on May 4. The marsquake was an estimated magnitude 5, which is nearly the strongest shake planetary scientists expected to observe on the red world. Earth experiences much stronger quakes, but it’s also a world teeming with geologic action, shifting tectonic plates, and flowing lava. “Mars remains active,… Read the rest

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Apple just released a bunch of security updates. Again.

Yes, you’ve heard this one before. Apple released a slew of security updates Monday along with its latest operating system iOS 15.5. While numerous and varied, broadly speaking, the fixes will prevent malicious apps or, in some cases, stop remote attackers from running arbitrary code on victims’ iPhones. Which, to be clear, you don’t want anyone doing. Along with security updates for iOS come patches for iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Safari. Apple says the… Read the rest

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Anyone who hasn't tried Spotify Premium yet can get 3 months of the service for free

Save $29.97: Through May 19, users new to Spotify Premium can get three months of Premium for free.Anyone who hasn’t tried Spotify Premium yet can secure their summer soundtrack for free with Spotify’s current promo. Signing up by May 19 locks down three months of an ad-free Spotify Individual account for free — a savings of $9.99 each month totaling $29.97 in savings. That’s also the amount that Apple Music users could save by switching… Read the rest

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Uber adds electric vehicle ride option and drone delivery

Uber announced a few big plans at its product event on Monday, including autonomous deliveries and the ability to specify if you want your ride to be an electric vehicle. Now, to be clear, these new features will not be rolling out to everyone right away. Uber rolled out its Comfort Electric program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dubai, while promising it would add more cities soon. The feature lets riders choose… Read the rest

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