Buzz Aldrin Debuts 'First Selfie in Space' T-Shirt for Gemini 12 50th Anniversary

Space.com - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:50pm
Buzz Aldrin wants to put his history-making self-portrait on your body. Aldrin's non-profit has debuted a new t-shirt featuring the #FirstSelfieInSpace.
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A Radical Redesign Makes ‘Uber Feed’ the Center of Your Ride

Wired News - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:46pm
The most interesting thing about Uber's dramatically redesigned app isn't the streamlined UI. It's a brand new feature called Uber Feed. The post A Radical Redesign Makes 'Uber Feed' the Center of Your Ride appeared first on WIRED.
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Phil Schiller Says the MacBook Pro Doesn't Need an SD Card Slot

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:45pm
Apple's new MacBook Pro models have upset many people for many different reasons. Some are unhappy with the inability to get more than 16GB of RAM, some are upset with the high-price, some are unhappy about the missing physical Escape and function keys, and many are unhappy because Apple didn't put an SD card slot in the MacBook Pro. But Apple has an explanation. From a report on The Verge: Speaking to The Independent (paywalled), Apple exec Phil Schiller said the company had dropped the SD card slot as it was "cumbersome" and because wireless transfer technology for cameras is "proving very useful" as an alternative. Schiller said, "Because of a couple of things. One, it's a bit of a cumbersome slot. You've got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this -- we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That's proving very useful. So we think there's a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer."

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Surf's Up! Solar Wave's Path Tracked Through Sun's Atmosphere

Space.com - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:21pm
For the first time, a certain type of solar wave was caught surfing from the sun's surface up through the star's atmosphere, lending insight into how the sun's material moves and mixes.
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In Chris Hadfield's 'The Darkest Dark,' a Future Astronaut Faces His Deepest Fears

Space.com - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:05pm
In retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's new book, "The Darkest Dark" (Little, Brown and Co., 2016), a young Chris struggles with the alien-filled shadows of his bedroom the night before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step down onto the moon.
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Interviews: Ask American Author and Entrepreneur Seth Godin a Question

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:00pm
Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He is just about as nerdy as it gets, receiving degrees in computer science and philosophy from Tufts University, followed by an MBA in marketing from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In the 80s, he worked as a brand manager for the non-curriculum based educational software company, Spinnaker Software, and then left to found his book packaging business, Seth Godin Productions. Soon after that he launched his marketing company Yoyodyne with Mark Hurst in 1995. Between now and then, Godin has written 17 books, such as Tribes and Linchpin, Free Prize Inside, Purple Cow, and The Dip. You may ask Godin as many questions as you'd like (one question per comment, please). We'll pick the very best questions and forward them to Seth Godin himself. Feel free to leave your suggestions for who Slashdot should interview next. Go on, don't be shy!

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Saturn, Venus, Moon and Meteor Showers In Nov. 2016 Skywatching | Video

Space.com - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 3:45pm
Saturn, Venus and the Moon will be close in the southwest sky after sunset. Jupiter and the moon will be near each other in the before dawn skies as well. Also, three meteor showers (Taurid, Leonid, Orionid) are on tap this month.
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AWS Releases Amazon Linux Container Image For Use in On-Premises Data Centers

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 3:25pm
Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon that offers cloud computing and storage services, has released a container image of its Amazon Linux operating system -- which has, until now, only been accessible on AWS virtual machine instances -- that customers can now deploy on their own servers. From a report on VentureBeat: Of course, other Linux distributions are available for use in companies' on-premises data centers -- CentOS, CoreOS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Canonical's Ubuntu, and so on. Now companies that are used to Amazon Linux in the cloud can work with it on-premises, too. It's available from AWS' EC2 Container Registry. Amazon Linux is not currently available for instant deployment on other public clouds, whether Oracle's, Google's, Microsoft's, or IBM's. "It is built from the same source code and packages as the AMI and will give you a smooth path to container adoption," AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post. "You can use it as-is or as the basis for your own images."

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LastPass Makes Password Management Free Across All Of Your PCs, Tablets and Smartphones

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 2:45pm
LastPass on Wednesday announced that its popular password manager will now be free for all to use. LastPass previously charged a fee of $12 per year to sync passwords across multiple devices, such as a computer, tablet or phone. From a report on CNET: To entice newcomers, the service allowed you to access select features for free on either the web or on a mobile device, but syncing between the two required a premium membership. Not anymore -- that service is now free. LastPass is one of the best known and most trusted password managers. Its main purpose is to store all of your passwords in an encrypted vault in the cloud. The vault can only be opened using a master password that only you know. LastPass doesn't store the master password or have access to it, which means even if its servers were to be breached, your precious passwords would remain encrypted and protected.

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