One more step to the moon: Blue Origin fires BE-7 lander engine for full 6 minutes

Blue Origin’s BE-7 rocket engine executes a test firing in June. The green flame is produced by the engine’s ignition system. (Blue Origin Photo) RENTON, Wash. — Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it has test-fired its BE-7 rocket engine for the full six-minute duration it would need for a landing on the moon. The hot-fire test, conducted just a few days ago at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, follows up on a series of shorter-duration tests that began a month ago. “We’re very excited,” Patrick Zeitouni, Blue Origin’s head of advanced development programs, said here at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace conference. “That means… Read More

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Three ways brands can benefit from adopting voice technology (AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT)

Voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana, are pegged to trigger a widespread transformation across the retail industry in the years to come. The current interest in, and adoption of, voice assistants for commerce is being driven by recent technological breakthroughs, advantages of the tech over existing channels, and the development of voice apps. As consumer demand for voice technology mounts, brands offering this functionality throughout the entire customer journey stand to gain in three key ways. Not too long ago, if your friend had a smart speaker like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant in their living room, it seemed like a rare novelty. Within… Read More

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WeWork CEO Neumann’s $700 million cash-out says a lot about how the massive influx in venture capital has changed the market

Traditionally, venture capitalists frowned on startup founders selling any of their personal stakes in their companies before the firms went public or were acquired. But it’s becoming more common for founders to cash in some of their stakes pre-IPO. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann, for example, has raised some $700 million over the last five years by selling off stakes in his company or using his stock to guarantee personal loans, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The change in attitude about such moves is related to the big influx in late-stage capital to the venture industry, investors and analysts said. Click here for more BI Prime stories. It used to… Read More

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Google to plug Chrome loophole that exposes Incognito status to sites

In Google’s latest blog post, the tech giant has promised to put and end to a loophole in its Chrome web browser that compromised its users’ privacy when using its ‘Incognito’ private browsing mode. Currently, websites are able to detect when a user is browsing in Incognito Mode by scanning for the presence of Chrome’s Filesystem API (Application Programming Interface), which is disabled in this mode in order for the user’s browsing activity not to leave traces on their device. A website can assume the user is browsing in Incognito Mode if it receives an error message when checking for the availability of this API. In Chrome 76, which is… Read More

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