Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago. Here’s how space exploration is expected to change in the near future.

By Naeem Altaf, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer of Space Tech On July 20, 1969, the world celebrated the first moonshot. The successful landing of Apollo 11 on the lunar surface was a landmark moment — one that expanded our imagination and shaped a future of possibility. As we reflect on that incredible achievement now, those of us working to help solve the space challenges of tomorrow are newly inspired to ask: What’s next? I’d like to tell you about a few of the exciting areas of work underway that provide a glimpse of what may lie ahead. While Apollo 11 relied upon what were then cutting-edge mainframe… Read More

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Google is making it easier to monitor the battery life of wireless earbuds in Android

Pixel buds | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Google has been steadily building out its Bluetooth Fast Pair features for the last few years, and the company just revealed the next wave of updates that should make managing compatible Bluetooth devices even better on Android. The biggest update is said to be arriving “later this year” and will add deeper support for truly wireless headphones. Headphones that support fast pair will eventually be able to show the individual battery life data for the case and each earbud independently, as well as pop-up that information when opening or closing the case. Fast Pair headphones will also start appearing… Read More

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President Trump says NASA should “listen to the other side” of exploration

Enlarge / President Trump, with Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot at far left, listens to Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin on Friday in the Oval Office. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) On Friday, a day before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, President Trump invited the crew of that mission to the Oval Office. Seated, Trump was flanked by Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and the children of Commander Neil Armstrong. During the 20-minute ceremony, Trump praised the efforts of the Apollo 11 crew and NASA in achieving the first Moon landing half a century ago. But pretty quickly, he pivoted… Read More

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Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature

Illustrations by Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are “unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.” On its face, the idea seems useful, much in the same way that I turn on subtitles for things that I’m watching on TV, but publishers… Read More

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Instagram Is Testing a Change That Could Benefit Your Mental Health but Influencers Won’t Like It

Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since May. Now, Facebook said the test has been expanded to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and New Zealand. Facebook typically tests new Facebook and Instagram features in smaller markets before bringing them to the U.S., if it ever does. The company would not comment on what it’s learned from the Canada test or if it has plans to expand it to the U.S.… Read More

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