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03-06-2021 Science&Technology
iCloud vs. Google Photos: Apple Now Allows Transferring Images to Third-Party Cloud Based App

iCloud has been the primary and only cloud database for all photos taken or saved in an Apple device, but that changes now as the company allows Google and its Photos app to receive backed-up memories taken by the camera. However, there is a catch, and Apple would not allow Google to take it all, as iCloud would remain as the primary service. Users of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices from Apple are given the iCloud backup and photo library available for free, utilizing up to five (5) GB of allotted space or can purchase more storage options. While other users opt to upgrade more storage capacity for their iCloud accounts, some use third-party applications such as Google, with its Drive and Photos. Initially, fans and users were protesting a request for Apple to allow Google Photos to receive stakes from the Cupertino giant to be utilized in saving photos from the smart device to the iCloud and the Photos app. It was ignored by the company, but now, all that changes as Apple already allowed the backed-up photos to be transferred to Google Photos directly. Google Photos Now Available for iCloud Photo Library Transfers According to Apple's support document, the Cupertino giant is now allowing users to transfer Apple captured photos from the iCloud's library to Google Photos in several easy steps, and ensure encryption and safety on the transfer. This means that users are given the chance to save on upgrading iCloud storage and use another potential application to address storage needs. However, the catch is that users would need to have a matching storage capacity on both applications to complete the transfer. Meaning, that for example a user's iCloud Storage already has 20GB on its cloud, the target Google Photos account should have at least 20GB to receive and store the file. Having so would ensure the smooth transfer from one cloud database to another. On the other hand, smart files such as Live Photos and edited ones are also available for transfer and can be read by Google Photos, but would only bring one file, the edited one, and leave the original in the iCloud. Moreover, doing this transfer would not rid of the saved photos on iCloud, and that would be at the discretion of users to delete or keep. To do the transfer, users would need to log in via their Apple ID and enable two-factor authentication for this matter. iCloud vs. Google Photos: Which is Better? Apple and Google's cloud-based photo library is on leagues of their own, as the Cupertino giant is more focused on iPhones, iPads, and Macs, while the Mountain View company focuses on Android and other OS. Universally-wise, Google Photos is available for most operating systems including iOS and macOS, while iCloud remains exclusive to Apple. ...

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03-06-2021 Science&Technology
Bye Google VR Cardboard: How to Make and Where to Get Your Own Lens



The tech giant company, Google, will no longer offer Google VR Cardboard headset. It is considered the cheapest virtual headset in the market. The software giant company previously announced its Google VR Cardboard headset way back at the 2014 I/O Developer Conference. According to Game Rant's latest report, the Google VR Cardboard headset only costs around $20. The company decided to do this so that a wider audience can access its virtual reality technology. If you are not familiar with it, the popular Google VR Cardboard headset allows users to use cardboard as their VR headset's mainframe. Google's package also includes two curved lenses to enhance the graphics of your Google Lens app. Aside from the cardboard setup and lenses, the users only need an Android or iOS smartphone. However, this cheap product is still way behind other high-end VR headsets such as Valve Index and Oculus series. Say goodbye to the Google VR Cardboard headset Google confirmed that it will no longer offer its cheap VR gadget. This means that the product is now tagged as a "dead item" in the market. It became popular since all Android, and iPhone users can easily use it. Google VR Cardboard allows them to place their smartphones within the cardboard headset in landscape mode. Once it is properly in place, their smartphones would play two separate images in tandem. On the other hand, the two lenses will independently mimic the standard VR experience, while the device's accelerometers provide three degrees of freedom for users. Although the Google VR Cardboard headset didn't provide great graphics and other features, it still helped Google's and other companies' VR technology. It might not be available today, but it will still be one of virtual reality technology foundations. Making your own Google VR Cardboard headset Making your own cardboard VR headset is really easy. All you need to do are cardboard and a pair of lenses. The current VR headsets are using what they call Fresnel lenses since these offer better-focusing performance than the conventional optical lens. It has a high groove density that allows high-quality images. On the other hand, the version that has low groove density offers better efficiency. You can easily buy this type of lens from Amazon, Alibaba, and other e-commerce or online selling companies. You can also use convex or concave lenses, which are offered by Nikon, Canon, and other DLSR manufacturers. On the other hand, you can follow this PDF step-by-step guide on making the base cardboard frame.

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03-06-2021 Science&Technology
Apple doesn’t want you to call nebulous Siri audio feature in iOS 14.5 ‘default music app’ support

As Jeff Benjamin noted in 9to5Mac’s video coverage, iOS 14.5 will use Siri intelligence to select music services based on listening behaviors. While the feature falls short of actually allowing you to set a default music service, it will open Siri to easier music control for more services without having to specify which service to use. Apple has now described in more detail how it intends the new behavior to work. TechCrunch received a statement from Apple that intends to take the focus off describing the feature change as default music service support and instead on it being a part of Siri intelligence: For example, if you tell Siri to play a song, album or artist, it may ask you which service you want to use to listen to this sort of content. However, your response to Siri is not making that particular service your “default,” Apple says. In fact, Siri may ask you again at some point — a request that could confuse users if they thought their preferences had already been set. Apple also points out there’s no specific setting in iOS where users can configure a “default” music service, the way there is with email and browser apps. As we’ve noted in previous coverage, Apple’s approach with Siri is less clear for users than Amazon’s with Alexa. Echo smart speakers allow users to set default audio services for music catalogs and music radio stations including Apple Music through the Alexa mobile app. Apple lets users set default web browsers and email clients in iOS 14, but Apple is choosing not to offer this same level of control over audio clients yet. Seriously, don’t call it default music app support in iOS 14, according to Apple, because it’s Siri-based, which means it’s much more nebulous than a simple setting. Actually, we can just call it that going forward: nebulous Siri audio feature. iOS 14.5 is currently in its third beta version. We should have a clearer description through release notes when the upcoming software update ships later this month. In the meantime, you can keep default music, audiobook, and podcast apps on your wish list for iOS 15.

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03-06-2021 Environment
New Zealand downgrades tsunami warning after 8.1-magnitude earthquake

(CNN)New Zealand has downgraded its tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region early Friday, sparking fears of a tsunami. The 8.1-magnitude quake was the third to strike the area on Friday morning local time, according to the New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency. Residents in some areas received emergency alerts on their phones urging them to "EVACUATE NOW," as tsunami sirens rang out. The emergency agency issued a temporary evacuation order for people near the coast, warning them, "Do not stay at home" as a "damaging tsunami is possible." The Kermadec Islands are 500 to 620 miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. The East Coast of the North Island from the Bay of Islands to Whangarei, from Matata to Tolaga Bay including Whakatane and Opotiki and Great Barrier Island are all included in the Pacific nation's tsunami warning. On Friday afternoon, the agency downgraded its warning from a "land and marine threat" to "beach and marine threat," meaning all residents who evacuated can now return to their homes. It added that strong currents and unpredictable surges may continue for several hours, and that people should stay away from beaches, shores and rivers. The earthquake came "without any significant warning," seismologist Bill Fry said in a press conference Friday. He added in his 13 years responding to earthquakes and tsunamis in New Zealand, "this is the first time we've had this particular sequence." In Russell, New Zealand, Rita Baker told CNN that she had evacuated with other residents to a hill overlooking the Bay of Islands. When the first alerts came about earthquakes in New Zealand, Baker wasn't too worried, she wrote to CNN. Then the first Kermadec quake struck with little warning. "An hour after that, the tsunami siren went off and for a split second I went into panic mode," Baker added. "Just hearing that sound made me get a bit anxious." Baker's home sits 10 meters (32 foot) from the water's edge. "Next thing my husband called me from his work in town and told me to get out ASAP and go to higher ground, as this was no drill and they were evacuating the hotel (he works at a hotel right on the waterfront)," she wrote. "So I grabbed the cat (hiding under the bed) and literally with shaking hands put her in her carry cage and grabbed my handbag and computer hard-drive and got down to the car and drove up the local landmark hill." The quake also triggered warnings in Hawaii and in American Samoa, which were later canceled. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology reported observations of a 64 centimeter (approximately 2 foot) tsunami wave at its remote Norfolk Island. Thursday's earthquake was the largest to strike anywhere in the world since August of 2018, when an 8.2-magnitude quake struck much deeper underground, also in the South Pacific, near Fiji. Only around one or fewer earthquakes of 8.0-magnitude or greater occur each year. This is a developing story. More to c

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03-06-2021 Entertainment
Alec Baldwin deactivates Twitter account after Gillian Anderson 'switching accents' tweet

Alec Baldwin is addressing his comment about Gillian Anderson "switching accents" on Twitter — and said it's his latest annoyance with the social media site, so he's deactivated his account. Meanwhile, Hilaria is sharing more details about the birth of their sixth child, María Lucía. In the wake of his wife Hilaria's Spanish heritage scandal — in which she claimed she was from Spain despite being a white woman from Boston named Hilary and then apologized for not being "more clear" — Alec took to Twitter to share a link to a story about how The Crown actress's "American accent throws some people off" after her acceptance speech at Sunday's Golden Globes. Alec wrote, "Switching accents ? That sounds...fascinating," in a tweet that didn't go unnoticed. So he clarified that it wasn't meant to be a slight against Anderson (who was born in the U.S. but has spent her life living in both the U.K. and U.S.). "I noticed that someone said this actress, who I won't mention [by name], had switched accents while doing press for her show — from [the British accent she uses in The Crown to her] American accent," he said in an Instagram video. "I just wrote, 'Oh, that's interesting.'" He continued, "Of course you can't do any irony on Twitter. You can't do any irony in the United States because the United States is such an uptight, stressed out place. Such an unpleasant place right now. But the person I was referring to is someone I'm a huge fan of. Huge, huge fan of. The comment was meant to illustrate the point that I find the multicultural expressions of anyone — whatever country language, music, food, clothing, art — whatever of those expressions are important you, that's your business." ...

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03-06-2021 Politics
Mayorkas gives strongest clue yet that Biden administration hopes to stop detaining migrant families

In the strongest indication yet that the Biden administration hopes to stop detaining migrant families, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told NBC News Thursday that a detention center is "not where a family belongs.” Currently, migrant parents who cross the border illegally with their children are placed in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, under a court-ordered maximum of 20 days, a process started under the Trump administration. However, some have waited months, even over a year, as they fought orders of deportation. NBC News has previously reported that the Biden administration was planning to cut the number of families in ICE detention drastically, and has already released many families who under Trump had declined release until they could be reunited with their children. In an exclusive interview with NBC News Thursday, Mayorkas was asked whether he agreed with a tweet President Biden made during his campaign, which said: “Children should be released from ICE detention with their parents immediately” and whether he could commit to ending family detention. Mayorkas did not address the questions directly, instead giving a one-sentence answer: "A detention center is not where a family belongs."

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03-06-2021 Science&Technology
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson forces Senate to read all 628 pages of Biden's COVID bill aloud

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., forced the Senate to begin reading all 628 pages of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID bill aloud on the Senate floor Thursday, further delaying a vote on the legislation Democrats hope to make law by next week. Johnson said his tactic was about “educating” the American public on what was in the $1.9 trillion package, which he has derided as full of provisions unrelated to COVID relief. The entire process could take at least 10 hours. He told reporters Thursday he felt badly for the Senate clerks who are going to “have to read it,” but it was “important” to delay the process and read the bill aloud because “so often we rush these massive bills” which few lawmakers have time to read. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Johnson's move would "accomplish little more than a few sore throats for the Senate clerks who work very hard day in, day out to help the Senate function." And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters, "I'm not sitting here for reading the bill." His Republican colleague had "every right" to request the reading, but "I don't think it particularly moves the ball forward," Graham said, citing the later amendment process as a more productive use of time to showcase Republican disagreements with the legislation. As the clerk began reading the bill Thursday afternoon, Johnson was the only Republican senator in the chamber. He sat watching the clerk, his blue face mask resting on his desk. Live stimulus updates:Kamala Harris breaks Senate tie to begin debate on Joe Biden's COVID stimulus bill More:How much money will your state get if Biden's COVID-19 relief bill passes? Senators normally waive the reading of amendments or legislation on the Senate floor, but Johnson invoked a procedural move to compel the reading of the entire bill. Other Republican senators signaled their support for Johnson’s move. Asked about Johnson’s plans, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters “I do” support them. And Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said he was “absolutely supportive” of the move because few senators had read the whole text. Democrats groused about the reading of the bill. After the clerk started reading the bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., got up from his seat and said to a colleague, "good thing we have time during a national emergency to do this.” ...

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03-06-2021 Science&Technology
UK Investigates Apple App Store's Alleged Anti-Competitive Behavior; Developers Now Complaining

Apple App Store now faces U.K.'s latest antitrust investigation after many developers complained about its rumored anti-competitive behavior. This is not the first time that Apple received such an allegation. According to Independent UK's latest report, the United Kingdom regulators' new investigation will look into Apple App Store's behavior if it really abuses its power and making unfair activities that would prevent healthy competition against other developers. However, U.K.'s CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) said no final decision yet since the new antitrust investigation has just started. The agency added that it is still unclear if the tech giant's App Store really broke the law. "Millions of us use apps every day to check the weather, play a game or order a takeaway," said Andrea Coscelli, CMA's chief executive, via CNET's latest report. Other regulators accusing investigating Apple Aside from the U.K. regulators, the United States' antitrust regulators are also investigating the rumored unfair behavior of the Apple App Store. On the other hand, CMA didn't disclose the developers' names that accused the tech giant manufacturer. But, some developers are openly accusing Apple recently, such as Epic Games, the game developer of the popular shooting game "Fortnite." CMA confirmed that anonymous developers complained that the Apple App Store's way of getting apps onto iPhones and iPads is unfair. Why? Because Apple's terms and conditions state that iPhones and iPads can only download applications available in the company's official App Store. This means that these devices will not allow third-party apps. "Our ongoing examination into digital markets has already uncovered some worrying trends. We know that businesses, as well as consumers, may suffer real harm if anti-competitive practices by big tech go unchecked," explained Coscelli. For more news updates about Apple's new allegations and other issues, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.

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03-04-2021 Science&Technology
[BREAKING] Netflix Was Down for an Hour in the UK; Here's What Happened

Streaming service Netflix was down for an hour and was inaccessible for thousands of subscribers across the United Kingdom, with numerous watchers being greeted with an error message stating, "Something went wrong. Sorry, we're having trouble with your request." and the error code NSES-500. Why was Netflix not working? Thousands of subscribers across the U.K. have reported that Netflix had connection problems, and it lasted for an hour. The viewers saw a pop-up error message that their request couldn't be granted, and an error code NSES-500 was displayed whenever they log into their account. Netflix went on to explain that an issue caused the error code with the internet browser. Netflix stated that if the error code NSES-500, it means that the browser's information just needs to be refreshed. Most of the reports about the interrupted service came from London, according to Down Detector Map. Cardiff, Glasgow, and Bournemouth were also affected by the Netflix issue. Meanwhile, other major cities in the U.K. have reported some connectivity issues. In Dublin, subscribers have been affected by the same problem. The official Twitter account of Netflix has been replying to the requests, questions, and reports by Netflix subscribers. Netflix tweeted that they are investigating the issue further. Netflix also suggested that subscribers refresh their webpage and then log into the streaming service again. Netflix back online Netflix was able to fix the issue after an hour, as people are now posting on social media that their service is back on. Most of the complaints earlier today was around the issue of not being able to connect to the Netflix website and being unable to stream. Most of the complaints also pointed out that the company should have a stronger system, especially after they announced that they will increase the subscription cost from £8.99 or $13 a month to £9.99 or $14 a month. The premium account will now cost from £11.99 or $16 a month to £13.99 or $20 a month, but the basic plan will still remain at £5.99. or $9 a month, according to Express.Co. According to Down Detector, more than 1,600 complaints were recorded on social media. Around 44% of reported issues were to do with "no connection," while one in three people with issues said that the main problem was that they couldn't access Netflix. Numerous customers took their sentiments online and talked about the issue, with some subscribers saying that they get the error code NSES-500. Netflix advises people to refresh the page and to try logging in again. But users pointed out that the advice did not work at all and could not access the streaming service for an hour. The main cause of damage is unknown, as subscribers were adamant in stating that it was not just a browser issue. ...

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03-04-2021 Science&Technology
Tesla gives up on drive-in restaurant but location is set to become big Supercharger V3 station

Tesla appears to be giving up on its idea for a drive-in restaurant in Los Angeles, but the location is set to become one of the biggest Supercharger V3 stations in the world. In 2018, Elon Musk said that Tesla plans to open an “old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.” It was yet another, “Is he joking?” kind of Elon Musk idea, but he apparently wasn’t kidding. A few months later, Tesla actually applied for building permits for “a restaurant and Supercharger station” at a location in Santa Monica. That was three years ago, and the company did not move forward with the project. Now Tesla is actually doing something at the location. It doesn’t look like it will be a restaurant, but it could be a pretty large Supercharger station. The automaker has submitted plans for a Supercharger station at the same Santa Monica Boulevard location where they first planned the restaurant. In the plans, we can see that Tesla is building the station with solar canopies and some amenities, which has been more common for the automaker lately. There’s going to be a restroom onsite and 62 Supercharger stalls – making it one of the biggest Supercharger stations in the world. On its Supercharger map, Tesla says that they aim to open the Supercharger station in Q3 2021: https://electrek.co/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2021/03/Screen-Shot-2021-03-02-at-3.59.57-PM.jpg?resize=1600,885 It will be a rare Supercharger station on the west side of Los Angeles as Tesla focuses its Supercharger stations near main highways to enable long-distance travel. However, the automaker has been trying to deploy more charging stations in dense urban areas to also help with EV ownership for people who live in apartments and condos where it is more difficult to get overnight charging at home. Santa Monica is also a popular location in Los Angeles for people to go shopping or to go to the beach – though the location is a dozen blocks from the ocean. ...

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03-04-2021 Science&Technology
Scientists read a 300-year-old sealed letter without opening it

The contents of a handwritten European letter sealed for 300 years are no longer a secret, thanks to a technique that let scholars peek inside virtually without damaging the intricately folded historical document. In the letter, dated July 31, 1697, Jacques Sennacques asks his cousin Pierre Le Pers, a French merchant in The Hague, for a certified copy of a death notice for Daniel Le Pers. That's no history-making revelation, but the technique that revealed the request could hold promise for unlocking sealed correspondence containing historical gems across time and place. All those years ago, Sennacques' letter was closed using a process called "letterlocking," a complex folding technique used globally to secure post before the invention of envelopes. Think of it like ancient encryption: Letters sealed this way couldn't be opened without getting torn, and rips indicated a note had been tampered with before reaching the intended recipient. "Letterlocking was an everyday activity for centuries, across cultures, borders and social classes," said Jana Dambrogio, the Thomas F. Peterson Conservator at MIT Libraries and one of the authors of a paper published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications that details the virtual unlocking technique. Letterlocking played an integral role in securing physical communications before the age of modern digital cryptography. Some of the earliest letterlocking examples can be found in the Vatican Secret Archives dating back to 1494. Researchers could have just torn the letter open, but they wanted to conserve all of its folds and creases, which themselves amount to evidence about communications practices. "This research takes us right into the heart of a locked letter," Dambrogio said in a statement. To unlock the letter, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from MIT and King's College London turned to advanced X-ray machines designed for dentistry to produce high-resolution 3D scans that showed exactly how the paper is configured. An automated computational algorithm developed by one former and one current MIT student then produced legible images of the letter's contents and intricate crease patterns. "Virtual unfolding is a computational process that analyzes CT scans of folded letterpackets and creates a flattened image of their contents," the team said. "Our virtual unfolding pipeline generates a 3D reconstruction of the folded letter, a corresponding 2D reconstruction representing its flat state and flat images of both the surface ... and each letterpacket's crease pattern." Computational algorithms have been successfully applied to scans of scrolls, books and documents with one or two folds. But the complexity of the letterlocked documents posed their own challenges. ...

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03-04-2021 Politics
Senate Democrats, White House Agree To Tighter Income Limits For Stimulus Checks

Senate Democrats have reached an agreement with the White House to tighten the limits on who can receive the next round of stimulus checks as part of President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, according to several Democratic sources. The change comes after demands from moderate Democrats to make sure the latest round of checks is targeted at lower-income families. The full amount of the checks remains unchanged at $1,400, but the amount would phase out quickly for higher earners. The Senate plan would still allow individuals earning up to $75,000 per year and couples earning up to $150,000 per year to receive the full benefit. But the payments would phase out more quickly and end entirely for individuals earning $80,000 or more and couples earning $160,000 or more. The cutoffs in the House bill were much higher, with individuals earning up to $100,000 and couples earning up to $200,000 still receiving some benefit. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House that Biden is pleased with the progress on the bill and has always been aware that there would be suggestions and negotiations while finalizing the bill. "He has been open from the beginning for that being more targeted and for there to be a steeper cliff at which that ramp-down ends," Psaki said. "He is comfortable with where the negotiations stand. Of course there will be ongoing discussions." Some liberal House Democrats, particularly those representing larger cities with higher living costs, have argued in the past that lower phaseouts for the checks discriminate against single parents in those areas. So far, none has explicitly weighed in on the bill. There are also concerns that the payments will be based on 2019 income unless taxpayers have already filed their 2020 tax returns and had them accepted by the IRS. That means people who lost jobs or income in 2020 but have not yet filed their taxes might miss out on the full value of the payment for weeks or, possibly, until tax time next year. Senate Democrats and the White House also agreed to keep a provision that would increase federal unemployment benefits to $400 per week through the end of August. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he hopes Republicans will unanimously oppose the bill, meaning the bill will need unanimous support from Senate Democrats to pass. "Just a few days ago, President Biden's chief of staff bragged that this smorgasbord of borrowed money will add up to 'the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation,' " McConnell said on the Senate floor. "The Democrats had a choice. They chose to go it alone, tack to the left and leave families' top priorities on the cutting-room floor." ...

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02-23-2021 Science&Technology
Elon Musk Comments Bitcoin and Ethereum 'Seem High,' Talks About Tesla Purchasing $1.5 Billion of



Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk said on Feb. 20 that the price of bitcoin and ethereum seemed high. This comment came at a time when the cryptocurrencies have hit very high recorded as bitcoin is now priced at $1 trillion in market-capitalization threshold. Musk on bitcoin and ethereum Musk, whose recent tweets have sparked a debate about cryptocurrency, make the comment on his official Twitter account while replying to a user who said that gold was better than both cryptocurrency and cash. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said in a tweet that money is just data that allows people to avoid the inconvenience of barter and that bitcoin and ethereum do seem high. Earlier in the week, Musk remarked that he found the prospect of holding bitcoin adventurous for an S&P 500 company. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, and as of Feb. 20 it has hit a new high in Asia trading and extended a two-month rally a day after the digital currency's market capitalization recorded more than $1 trillion. Meanwhile, Ethereum or ether, is the second-largest cryptocurrency by daily volume and market capitalization. Musk is very expressive about his opinion of digital currencies and defended Tesla's purchase of $1.5 billion of bitcoin, which has started the mainstream interest in the cryptocurrency. Elon Musk on bitcoin purchase Musk stated that the inability to get a return on Tesla's cash was behind the decision to purchase $1.5 billion of bitcoin. Musk posted on Twitter on Feb. 18 that when flat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere. The real interest rates are negative when the rate of inflation exceeds the nominal interest rate. However, the real yields have been moving higher in recent weeks as the investors fear the unprecedented amount of monetary stimulus and fiscal stimulus will bring back inflation. The real yield, which lasted 10 years, was -0.8% on Feb. 19 while the real yield that lasted 30 years was positive, according to Fox Business. ...

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02-23-2021 Science&Technology
NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Provides Front-Row Seat to Landing, First Audio Recording of Red Plan



Editor's Note: This release was updated on Feb. 22 to correct the metric unit for the speed at which the rover's wheels made contact with the surface to kph. New video from NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars. From the moment of parachute inflation, the camera system covers the entirety of the descent process, showing some of the rover’s intense ride to Mars’ Jezero Crater. The footage from high-definition cameras aboard the spacecraft starts 7 miles (11 kilometers) above the surface, showing the supersonic deployment of the most massive parachute ever sent to another world, and ends with the rover’s touchdown in the crater. A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20. About 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface. ...

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02-23-2021 Science&Technology
WATCH: Tesla Solar Roof Clears Snow Off, Power Generation Even on Winter Situations!



Tesla has created one of the best smart home solutions for all weather conditions including the harsh winter that has struck 2021 during the time of the pandemic, still offering its power services despite interruptions. The Tesla Solar Roof has proven itself to be one of the must-haves in all homes in the country as it clears snow-covered roofs to generate electric power. For most cases, people would either go up to their roofs or hire cleaners to remove snow above their heads, for their solar paneling and roofing to function as needed during the winter season. However, the smart home solution from the popular car manufacturer and clean energy company, Tesla, gave the public one less thing to worry about. The Tesla Solar Roof has done so much for the Winter and snow submerged areas in the country, particularly in Texas where several power interruptions and power shortages have occurred. Despite this, Tesla Powerwall and Solar Roof users have reported that electricity was still circulating in their homes, and have not experienced any outages. Tesla Solar Roof Clears Snow Off it Surface Overnight A YouTuber named Jason Lassen has documented the events on a house that they were building in Wisconsin where they have chosen Tesla's Glass Solar Roof for the paneling over their heads. Moreover, the YouTuber has shown that his house is nearly finished but has the Tesla Solar Roof already installed and readily-functioning. Lassen featured drone shots from the day before, which is a Thursday, during the 2021 winter season in the state. Here, he focuses on how the entire neighborhood was covered in snow. He even went out during the nightly snowstorm, where the house was overall covered, even the solar roof. However, upon the morning visit the day after, Lassen shows that the roof had little to almost cleared snow on the solar roof's surface. Here, he shows the vicinity of the house where the snow from the roof fell, along with a drone shot of the entire neighborhood where the only snow-cleared roof was theirs, which has the Tesla Solar Roof. How Does it Work? According to a forum in Tesla's Solar Roof, this technology was debuted alongside the initial release and offer of the roofing from the clean energy company because of a variety of reasons including safety. Old or even remodeled roofs may collapse during blizzards or severe snowstorms, along with buildups potentially damaging cars and structures near it. The technology has been added by Tesla to melt snow off the roof and slowly remove the accumulated snow by sliding off gradually as it melts down. With this gradual process, vehicles, humans, a

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02-22-2021 Science&Technology
Canon to Bring Back Eye-Controlled Autofocus Feature with New Mirrorless Line of Cameras



Canon had released a very interesting feature years ago, back when film cameras were very popular. The said feature was the autofocus points that was controlled by the user's eye. The feature unfortunately was never adapted when the cameras transition to the digital side, but that may change soon because a new patent showing Canon is researching the possibility of adding the future to its line of mirrorless cameras. Canon eye-controlled autofocus feature Northlight Images found a new patent that improves upon a previous patent for eye-controlled autofocus back in 2019 by adding the ability to identify the user and its subject memory, according to DPReview. The feature was seen in the past on cameras just like the EOS 3. It followed the user's eye in the camera's viewfinder, determining where the frame they were looking at and using that to choose the closest autofocus point to the user's subject. Also Read:Canon Mirrorless Cameras List for 2021: Specs, Price, Release Date and More The feature worked very well and with three decades of improvements it may even work so much better today. It had many devoted users at the time too. Of course, the feature was not made for everyone, but one could just turn it off it they wish to. The eye-focus feature can be useful for a wide variety of situations, like for sports shooters or for photojournalists covering quick action that moves about the frame rather fast. Just like any patent, the eye-controlled autofocus patent does not mean that it will make it to a product, but there is a possibility that it will if all goes well during development, according to FTStoppers. Canon's new features Aside from the rumored comeback of the eye-controlled autofocus, Canon has been busy in developing new features for its current and future line of cameras. Currently, Canon is focusing on EOS R Systems that enables more freedom in lens design. This is due to a wider lens mount diameter, high-speed system and short back focus for transmitting data from camera to lens. This results in an imaging system that delivers better image quality and better ease-of-use. The new full-frame mirrorless camera that is now under development is said to fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System to realize high-speed uninterrupted shooting and 8K video recording, as well as expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Also, it can contribute to better workflows thanks to the improved transmission functionality, reliability and operability. These types of enhancements will help the new line of cameras elevate the EOS Series concept of comfort, speed and high-image-quality to improved level. Canon's EOS R5 will have a newly developed CMOS sensor that makes advanced features possible like high-speed uninterrupted shooting up to 20 frames per second using an electronic shutter and up to 12 FPS using a mechanical shutter in order to facilitate shooting of athletes at sporting events and other fast-mov

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