Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin partners with Boeing and Lockheed Martin to reduce dependence on Russian rockets

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Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ commercial space company, has partnered with the United Launch Alliance to develop a new rocket engine called the BE-4, set to make its first flight in 2019. United Launch Alliance, or ULA, is a joint venture by defense contractor Lockheed Martin and aerospace company Boeing, which recently won one of two contracts to develop a spacecraft capable of shuttling astronauts to the ISS. ULA’s Atlas and Delta lines of rockets are used by both NASA and the US military, but it’s been criticized for using Russian-built rocket engines, especially after sanctions were declared earlier this year. ULA said this summer that it had signed contracts with “multiple American companies” to investigate the feasibility of…

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The best iOS 8 features you may not know about

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Apple’s latest iOS update is here, and it’s full of new features. The company has showcased plenty of the changes already: better photo editing, easy-to-send voice messages, a smarter keyboard, fitness tracking, and the list goes on and on. It’s so long, in fact, that we’ve gathered some of iOS 8’s lesser known features here to make sure you don’t miss them as you get familiar with the new software today. Improvements are everywhere, and many of them aren’t immediately obvious. We’ll have a…

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Apple iPad And OS X Event Tipped For October

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ipad-air-hand-2 Apple has just had a splashy September launch event for the iPhone 6, but it is also gearing up for an October event to showcase new iPad and Mac hardware, plus OS X Yosemite. Bloomberg is reporting a “mid-October” launch event timeframe, and AppleInsider echoes those claims, while Daily Dot’s Michah Singleton says that October 21 will be the specific day. We’ve also… Read More

Cornell Engineering and the Maker Pro Catalyst

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Screenshot 2014-09-17 13.30.29From MakerCon in New York, Cornell Systems Engineering faculty member Dr. David R. Schneider talks about developing student makers within their engineering program. He also discusses the success of the Intel-Cornell Cup, a college-level embedded design competition which motivates student makers into becoming professional designers. Filed under: Education

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The world’s ugliest concept car sleeps a whole family

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Concept cars are usually nothing but a giant tease for people with at least a passing interest in automobiles, glimpses of what car manufacturers would be willing to make if they didn’t have to sell one design to hundreds of thousands of people. They’re like your daily school lunch; tantalizing in theory, but ultimately disappointing when the “lasagna” you started drooling over as you got in line ends up looking more like it came off of a bomb shelter supply shelf by the time it’s slopped onto your worn-out plastic tray.

That’s why it’s sort of refreshing that this concept motorhome called the Skydancer Road Yacht (or Skydancer 7.5, for the 7.5 tons it packs in its bulky frame) is so bluntly unattractive. It’s based on a Mercedes…

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Big Health Expands Its Digital Therapy For Sleep Disorders To The iPhone

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Sleepio_MarketingImage_04 Index Ventures-backed UK health startup Big Health has launched its first app, extending its inaugural web product, Sleepio — a cognitive behavioral therapy program for sleep disorder sufferers — onto the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app integrates with Apple’s HealthKit in iOS 8 so it can import sleep data from fitness tracking devices such as the Jawbone UP, giving users a… Read More

HowGood, Now With $2M In Funding, Releases Apps For More Sustainable Grocery Shopping

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groceries-in-bag.jpg.1100x560_q85_autocrop_crop-smart New mobile applications from HowGood want to help shoppers become better informed about which food is best to eat – and not just which food is healthiest, as the name suggests, but whether the animals were treated humanely, if the workers were paid fair wages, if the food was produced locally or sustainably, and much more. In addition, the company is announcing that in order to… Read More

iOS 8 Now Available, But Plan To Be Patient

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iphone-6-plus-display Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now rolling out to devices eligible for the update. It’s available both over-the-air, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update, but don’t panic if you can’t see it right away, or if you’re having trouble actually downloading the software: Apple typically stages the rollout of big updates like this one to… Read More

Why are people still going crazy for music CDs in Japan?

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CD sales have been dropping for a long time now across the globe, but that’s not the case absolutely everywhere. In a look at Japan’s struggle to move over to digital mediaThe New York Times reports that CDs still account for 85 percent of music sales in the country. It’s a startling statistic given the drive toward digital downloads and streaming services elsewhere in the world — not to mention the general impression that Japan has been quick to adopt new technology.

To some extent, digital adoption has been stymied by its music industry’s reluctance to license for digital. And counteracting that, CD sales have also been bolstered by fan competitions that encourage people to buy multiple copies of the same CDs. That also means that…

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SlingPlayer gets Chromecast support

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The SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android now supports Chromecast. Watching live and recorded television on the go has always been an integral part of the software’s core functionalities, but SlingTV customers and owners of the Slingbox M1, 350, and 500 will now be able to cast content directly to any TV connected to a Chromecast dongle.

Sling is already accessible from a vast swathe of devices, including the Apple TV and Roku set-top boxes, but Chromecast support has been noticeably lacking since Google launched the budget dongle last year. For now, the new feature is limited to iPad, iPhone, and Android phones, but Sling Media promises the Android tablet app will be updated “soon.”

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Apple to announce new iPads, launch OS X Yosemite on October 21st, claims report

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Hot off the heels of Apple’s big iPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch launch event, The Daily Dot is reporting that the company will host its next product launch on October 21st of this year. At this event, Apple is expected to reveal new iPads and make OS X 10.10 Yosemite officially available. Yosemite has been in beta since it was first announced back in June.

An October event isn’t without precendent for Apple: around the same time last year it announced the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display. The company has used the fall quarter as its big product launch time for a couple of years, and though it just dumped two big new iPhones, it looks like it’s not yet done for this year.

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Apple defends data privacy in private Congressional meeting

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Apple is apparently attempting to set lawmakers’ minds at ease about potential abuse of data. Anonymous sources tell Politico that Apple executives delivered a briefing meant to “provide an overview of Apple’s new offerings, demonstrate the new products and discuss how Apple sees this market developing” to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. According to an invitation, this included a section where the “chief privacy officer [would] also discuss how the company intends to secure and store consumer health data.”

Politico says it’s not clear whether Apple gave a similar briefing to the Senate, but it points to a letter sent to CEO Tim Cook by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) two days after the product…

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Read erotic poetry constructed exclusively from iPhone 6 reviews

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Consider the size of your hands.

I have really big hands.

It’s not something I usually think about;

You don’t ever really think about your hands.

Those are my hands

You might idly remark to yourself from time to time.

I wonder if I can use them for anything good.

It’s all just potential right now

But it’s extremely obvious potential.

Big things have enormous beginnings:

If my children and my children’s children

And their children

And all the children after that

Keep contorting their hands like this for generations

Will our hands evolve to have gigantic thumbs?

Life tends to fade quickly

And I dread the day.

You get the idea.

I have really big hands.

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In the world’s most dangerous intersection, nobody gets hit

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Well this is terrifying. Fernando Livschitz’s short film Rush Hour may be the result of some wonderful editing, but it’s still kind of dizzying to watch as cars, pedestrians, and cyclists appear to just narrowly avoid colliding for a good minute straight. The film’s having fun with it though — in a tweet, Edgar Wright compares it to something out of a Jaques Tati film, which often played around with repetition and movement to goofy (and similarly troubling) ends.

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