August 16, 2018

China will send a rover to the dark side of the Moon in December

The United States and Russia aren't the only two nations working hard at realizing their space-faring dreams. China has quickly ramped up its high-flying ambitions in the past couple of decades and late 2018 will mark a real milestone for the country's space program. The country just announced that it plans on launching a lunar rover to the dark side of the Moon in December of this year. The announcement comes via China's state-run news agency CCTV, and China seems bullish on the prospect of being the first country to explore the dark side of Earth's moon with a robotic rover. The mission, named Chang'e 4, follows in the footsteps of its predecessor (you guessed it, Chang'e 3) which saw a rover nicknamed "Jade Rabbit" land on the near side of the Moon back in 2013. That rover ran out of steam in August of 2016, and the model that will be flying to the dark side is built largely of backup parts from the Chang'e 3 mission. "Its overall design is inherited from our last lunar rover," Wu Weiren of China's space agency said in an interview with CCTV. "But we worked hard to improve its reliability, conducting thousands of experiments to ensure its long-term operation, especially taking into consideration rocks, ravines and frictions on the moon." When it comes to space exploration, China is currently playing a game of catch up with other world powers. The country didn't put much of a focus on space until relatively recently, but it's made some impressive progress in recent years. Along with these lunar rovers and its own (somewhat ill-fated) space station launches, China has kicked around the idea of sending manned missions to the Moon as well as exploration efforts on Mars and beyond. China's most publicized space missions thus far have been solely scientific in their aims, but western governments have always seen the country's space ambitions as a potential military threat. China has the largest military in the world, and while it's always insisted that it has no intention of militarizing its space program, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine them doing so, especially the United States succeeds in its newfound desire to create a "space force."
August 16, 2018

How to get six months of free Apple Music from Verizon

Last week, Verizon announced that it would be giving away six free months of Apple Music to customers on its Unlimited plan, and today's the magic day that it goes into effect. Starting right now, anyone on one of Verizon's three ambiguously-named unlimited plans -- that's Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited! -- can get six free months of Apple Music. Best of all, it's not a trial that's limited to people that don't already use Apple Music. If you're a current or lapsed Apple Music subscriber, you get six free months of service, which at $8.99 a month, adds up to some worthwhile savings. The deal is redeemable once for every line of unlimited service that you have, so multiple family members can take advantage. To sign up, you'll have to visit Verizon's website here to go through a signup process, and then use the Apple Music app on your iOS device to authenticate that you're part of the trial. Be aware, however, that at the end of the six-month trial period, you'll be signed up for auto-renewal, so if you have no intention of paying, go ahead and set up a calendar reminder right now to cancel in six months' time. When you cancel, you'll have to do so through Verizon, rather than the Apple Music app like normal. There aren't really any other terms and conditions attached. This seems like a straightfoward freebie, which is a no-brainer if you've even been considering trying Apple Music. The service recently overtook Spotify to be the most popular music streaming service in the US, and with iOS and Android apps, it's more of a ubiquitous option than it used to be. Free music from your carrier is also more ubiquitous than it used to be. T-Mobile announced just yesterday that it's going to offer a free year of Pandora Plus to its customers, and Sprint already offers a free subscription to Tidal to its subscribers. At this point, it's just AT&T customers who are stuck paying like schmucks.  
August 16, 2018

Who knew it was possible to get so excited about a can opener?

I spent a few months a while back in search of an electric can opened that actually worked reliably. After testing about six or seven different options, I gave up. If only I had come across the Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener sooner, I could have saved myself all sorts of time and money. This great countertop can opener couldn’t be easier to use. Just hold the can up to the blade, press the lever, and you’re done. It works very well and it’s wonderfully consistent, which is more than I can say for any other can opener I’ve tried.

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • This can opener will easily open all standard-size cans and cans with pop-top lids
  • Side-cutting system removes top and leaves a smooth edge
  • Large ergonomic lever provides effortless operation
  • Attractive design
  • Measures approximately 5 by 4 by 9 inches; 1-year warranty
August 16, 2018

The Galaxy Note 9’s battery life is even more impressive than we thought

While the improvements to the Galaxy Note 9 over its predecessor weren't nearly as flashy as some Samsung fans might have hoped they would be, there's no denying that the Note 9 is a bonafide upgrade. More storage, faster CPU, smarter S Pen, and perhaps most importantly of all, a bigger battery. Any time consumers are polled about their most wanted features for an upcoming smartphone, better battery life is always near the top. As our own Zach Epstein pointed out in his review, the Note 9 has the best battery life of any Android flagship phone he's ever tested. In case you thought he might be exaggerating, we've rounded up a couple of comprehensive battery life tests which showcase just how impressive the Note 9's 4,000 mAh battery really is. First up, we have Phone Arena's proprietary battery life test, which stacks the Note 9 up against seven other phones, including the Note 8, Galaxy S9+, OnePlus 6, and Pixel 2 XL. The Note 9 ended up lasting more than an hour longer than the Note 8, with just the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone 8 Plus outlasting it. Furthermore, even with its enormous battery, the Note 9 only took an hour and 49 minutes to fully charge, while the iPhone X took over three hours. Moving on to Mrwhosetheboss's battery drain test, we see how quickly the Note 9 dies compared to the S9+, iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro, and OnePlus 6. With the smallest battery of the five flagships, the iPhone X ended up kicking the bucket first, with the S9+ and OnePlus 6 not far behind. The Huawei phone ended up sticking around a bit longer, but by the time it died, the Note 9 still had an impressive 15% battery life remaining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WohCuSb3dsM If battery life is near the top of your list of concerns when buying a new smartphone, it certainly looks like the Galaxy Note 9 won't disappoint. It might not be the longest-lasting smartphone on the market, but when it comes to high-end Android flagships, you can't do much better than Samsung has done with its latest device.
August 16, 2018

Does Earth have more than one moon? Researchers propose ‘mini-moon’ theory

We've all been taught from a very young age that the Earth has just one natural satellite. The Moon is there, it's easy to see at night from just about anywhere, and for the most part it's a pretty neat little friend for our planet. Some other planets in our Solar System have lots and lots of moons, but we only have one... right? A new study proposes that the Moon is actually just the biggest of Earth's satellites, and that other "mini-moons' do actually orbit our planet but are so tiny and come-and-go so often that we hardly ever notice them. The research, which was published in Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, was conducted by an international team of astronomers who now say that tiny objects in space regularly swoop into orbit around Earth. They're small, only between one and two meters in diameter, but they do show up from time to time, and they could offer scientists a window into the life cycle of asteroids. As the researchers explain, the first of these "mini-moons" was detected way back in 2006. It was the first time any natural object had been observed orbiting Earth, aside from the Moon itself, and it was clear that the rock was a rogue object which had simply been captured by Earth's gravity, but it was still a significant finding. Scientists call these objects "TCOs" and "TCFs" which stand for "temporarily-captured orbiters" and "temporarily-captured flybys," respectively. As the names imply, these natural bodies don't remain in orbit around Earth for very long, but instead slingshot themselves back out into space soon after making their appearance in the sky. TCO complete at least one full orbit, while TCF sometimes just graze Earth before flying away at high speeds. To date, just one TCO has been observed — the aforementioned mini-moon spotted in 2006 — but the researchers believe that new telescope technology will allow us to spot more and more of these objects on a regular basis. If that happens, astronomers can begin to study them in more detail and potentially use them as models for the movement of asteroids around our Solar System.
August 16, 2018

Apple’s next-gen iPhones might actually copy a Samsung phone for once

Apple will unveil three new iPhones next month, including an affordable iPhone X successor with an LCD screen as well as two premium models that will have OLED displays like the iPhone X. All three devices will deliver the same core features, which means the cheapest model will be almost as powerful and fast as the most expensive one. The more expensive models will have better displays, dual cameras, and better battery life, to name just a few of the differences between the new LCD iPhone and the premium models. On top of that, the OLED phones will reportedly get an extra feature we didn’t see coming. For the second time in a matter of days, we've heard that Apple Pencil support is in the cards for Apple's 2018 iPhone models. A few days ago, it was a research firm that mentioned it. Fast forward to Thursday, and we have Taiwan’s Economic Daily News saying the same thing. But the new report delivers a detail we didn’t have before. Apple Pencil support will supposedly be restricted to the OLED phones, meaning the 5.8-inch iPhone and the new "iPhone X Plus." If this information is accurate, it means that older iPhones, 2017 iPhone X included, will also be left out. For years, Apple resisted the urge to make a stylus for iOS devices. When the Pencil launched three years ago, it only worked with the iPad Pro. However, since then, Tim Cook did make comments that hinted Pencil support for the iPhone was in the works, and we saw some patents showing us how a stylus would work on the iPhone. Samsung fans may be quick to point out that Apple is finally copying the iconic feature from the Galaxy Note, but Apple’s way of doing things is slightly different. The Pencil isn’t likely to be bundled with the iPhone, and it’ll probably remain a separate purchase. Apple will unveil its next-gen iPhones in about a month, at which point we’ll learn more details about Apple’s plans for the iPhone and Pencil support going forward.
August 16, 2018

A parody site is the top Google result right now when you search Mike Pence’s name

As of the time of writing around mid-day Thursday, if you type Vice President Mike Pence's name into a Google search, the top result you get is for the website www.officialmikepence.com. It takes about two seconds to determine it's not real. Direct your attention, for example, down to the "Mike Facts" section. Listed facts include these gems: "Mike Pence went to college. Mike Pence won 3rd prize in the 1972 Indiana Junior Corn Contest. Mike Pence likes to watch movies. Mike Pence carries a tri-fold wallet in his right back pocket." There's also, for good measure, a "Coming soon: Russian translation" announcement at the bottom of the page. Tabs across the top of the page include "Mother May I," "Mike Facts" and "What I Ate." So, of course, this site that humorously seems to position the current veep as running for president is not real. CNET reports the site is the apparent result of an April Fools' joke and was created by the Funny or Die people. What's it doing at the top of search results for Pence's name, of course, is the more interesting question. The likely answer: A mix of epically good SEO combined with Google's ongoing struggle against the pervasiveness of fake news. A Democratic strategist picked up on the site last week and tweeted about it to his followers: https://twitter.com/funder/status/895344771887239175 After the Parkland shooting in February, for example, CNET notes that searches on Google-owned YouTube pointed to videos claiming survivor David Hogg was a crisis actor. "The parody Pence site has resurfaced as giant tech platforms have (also) publicly struggled with their response to Alex Jones, a high-profile commentator known for pushing conspiracy theories." The Mike Pence site is certainly funny, though, you've got to give it that. Under the "What I Ate" tab, for example, we learn that faux Pence's recent dinner consisted of "dinosaur nuggets, mother's spaghetti and a tall glass of milk." Right smack in the middle of the main page, there's a somber looking photo of Pence next to an obviously fake quote that reads, "See You Tomorrow, for Tomorrow is Now Today. - The 46th President of the United States."
August 16, 2018

The power strip with 4 built-in Alexa smart plugs just dropped to $23

Before you go and spend between $20 and $30 on a single Wi-Fi smart plug that lets you control any of your dumb devices with an app or your voice, you should know about a deal happening right now on Amazon. For just $23, you can get the wildly popular Conico WiFi Smart Surge Protector, which has not one but FOUR smart outlets that can each be controlled individually using Alexa, Google Assistant, or an app. Why pay that much or more for a plug that can only control one device!?

Here's some more info from the product page:

  • Supports Voice Controlled: This Wi-Fi power strip can sync with the Alexa/Google Assistant for voice control after connecting the Jinvoo Smart app successfully. You can voice control 4 smart AC plugs individually on Jinvoo app with Amazon Echo.
  • 4 Individual Control Smart Outlets: Conico smart surge protector with 4 usb charging ports and 4 smart AC plugs. You can control these smart plugs individually through Jinvoo Smart app.
  • Intelligent Auto Timing: Equipped with timer for each wifi plug on this smart power socket, you can set it up to control your lights automatically. Even you are in business trip, you can set up your lights turning on/off randomly seems like you are at home.
  • Surge Protect for Home Appliance: Supporting surge protection with overload protection protects against spikes and fluctuations, it will protect the connection equipment from damage.
  • Plug it into the wall outlet, when the blue indicator flashing 3 times per second, please follow the instruction to add it. Conico Smart Power Strip has been approved for safety and quality assurance (FCC and ETL certificate). Contact us if you need assistance.
August 16, 2018

How a Disney scandal proves that many ‘Infinity War’ deaths will be undone

The Infinity War deaths aren’t as final as the writers and directors of Marvel’s latest Avengers blockbuster would have us believe, and we already have plenty of evidence that many of our favorite characters will return to life at some point in Avengers 4hit this link for our complete roundup. As you can see in that list, some of the dead characters are already confirmed to be alive in Avengers 4 or the movies that follow, while some of them are possibly alive based on what we know about developments of other Marvel movies that involve the dead heroes. And then we have some characters whose revivals can’t be proven just yet. But it’s a different event in the world of Marvel that just helped us identify more characters who died at the end of Infinity War that will be resurrected in the Infinity War sequel: A Disney scandal involving James Gunn. He’s the mastermind behind the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, but he also happens to have been just fired by Disney because of insensitive comments he made a long time ago on Twitter. Gunn did not reveal anything about what will happen next in Avengers 4 or Vol. 3, and we don’t expect him to do so either. But he did confirm back in June on Twitter that the action in Vol. 3 takes places after Infinity War. That’s because some people speculated that, with almost every Guardian dead in Infinity War, the events of Volume 3 would precede Infinity War. Vol. 3, by the way, has been confirmed for a 2020 release date. https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/1008597273477984256 That tweet, however, wasn’t enough to confirm that all the Guardians will be resurrected in Avengers 4. Furthermore, as I told you the other day, only Mantis is in the credits of Guardians 3 at this time, and she’s dead. Everyone else from the team is probably in the movie as well, but we don’t have any official confirmation yet. In addition to Mantis, we have Rocket and Nebula who are alive on Earth and Titan, respectively. So they'll be in Vol. 3. And then we know Gamora survived somehow inside the Soul Stone. But let’s get back to the Gunn scandal. It was just a few days ago that Chris Pratt posted this letter in support of James Gunn, signed by the whole cast: The list includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), Groot (Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Yondu (Michael Rooker). Now, of all these characters, Yondu died in Vol. 2. And we have no idea what happened to Kraglin during the Snap. But everyone else, except for Rocket and Nebula, died on screen in Infinity War. Even Gamora. It makes sense that all these actors would sign the letter, but it makes even more sense that only the actors still involved in the Guardians project would really want to sign it. Pratt does say in the Instagram post that he’d love to see Gunn return for Vol. 3. In other words, Star-Lord is alive. Bautista's reaction to Disney’s firing of Gunn was even harsher. Here’s what he said on Twitter a few days ago: https://twitter.com/DaveBautista/status/1026244855058649095 Given that comment, Drax must be alive as well for Volume 3. Of course, the fact that Yondu died long ago, well before Infinity War, doesn’t escape me, and Rooker did sign Pratt’s letter as well. Shrug emoji on that one. My point is that the Guardians who worked with Gunn for the first two parts, and who have contracts for Vol. 3, are infinitely more likely to show their continued support for Gunn. Which means almost everybody on that list is going to survive Infinity War and Avengers 4, not just Rocket and Nebula.
August 16, 2018

8 paid iPhone apps you can download for free on August 16th

Another day, another great roundup of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Yesterday's list had a bunch of solid apps and several of them are still free, so feel free to go back and download them if you missed it. We've got eight fresh freebies for you to look through on Thursday though, and you'll find them all listed below. This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple. Subscribe to our feed to be notified as soon as these posts are published, and you’ll avoid missing the sales we cover.

Thundergut's Revenge

Normally $0.99.
You've completed your training and defeated Mac Thundergut - but he's returned with an army and abducted your mentor! Fight the Bird Clan of the mountains, The Forest Folk of... the forest, and Mac's army of the Frozen North. Choose your ninja and grab your arrows. It's time to put an end to Thundergut's Revenge!
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btw – puzzle maze

Normally $0.99.
Engaing, innovative, minimal puzzle game with dozens of levels. The aim is simple: you need to move through the field and pickup all the circles. The problem is they are visible only on one of two colors – that's why you should use toggles to switch the light. *** How to play *** The design is simple and there are different levels. A color line will enter in the field made of squares. The user needs to drag the line to collect the circles appear in that field. After collecting all the circles you need to exit from the field. After that, you will be on next level. You can also shift the line backward side. Gather all the circles and pass on next level. *** Features *** • 88 unique levels • Easy to play to refresh mind • No target based labyrinth game • Simple & user-friendly design • You can mute sound & music in the setting option • Labyrinth game with lots of different levels • Relaxing sound and music Play btw and become great witness in the route game.
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Drop Flip

Normally $2.99
Drop Flip is a delightful game chock-full of silly physics contraptions! Move, flip and manipulate obstacles of every shape and size as you accomplish the not-so-simple task of dropping a ball into a bucket. - 128 crazy fun levels ranging from easy to near-impossible - Complex gameplay wrapped in colorful, minimalistic visuals - Joyful music with catchy sound effects - Game Center leaderboards and achievements - Attempt to get a “Ball-in-One” or “Ball-in-Two” - Synchronize progress across devices via iCloud - Made for absolutely everyone! Please note - there are both physics-based and timing-based puzzles, and everything in between! This is part of the design. Rest assured, every level is 100% solvable - and quite fun!
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Archivist Live Music

Normally $3.99.
Instantly listen to 75,000 live concerts! Reviewers say: "worth every penny," "best app purchase all year for me", "the best thing since sliced bread." - Discover new music from more than 3,500 artists - More than 75,000 concerts - Automatically suggests bands you listen to - Read concert reviews - Supports multitasking on iOS 4: listen in the background - Rewind, fast forward, and seek through songs - Shuffle and repeat - Display cover art when available - AirPlay support - play music through your Apple TV or Airport Express Archivist makes it easy to listen to live concert recordings from the Live Music Archive (http://www.archive.org/details/etree). It searches your music library to suggest artists you like with shows available. Install it and you'll be streaming a concert from one of your favorite bands in seconds! Search or browse through more than 3,500 artists in the music archive's collection, including great musicians like Jack Johnson, Ryan Adams, Matisyahu, John Mayer and Elliott Smith, as well as favorites like the Grateful Dead, Umphries McGee, The Disco Biscuits, The Smashing Pumpkins, moe. and so many more.
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Flashcard Hero

Normally $3.99.
Make your own flash cards and take the pressure out of test preparation. Flashcard Hero keeps track of what facts you already know so you can focus on what you don’t know and save a lot of time. We made Flashcard Hero for those of you who want to fit more than a few words on each card. You can add images, lists, and use text formatting to structure your content. Feature Highlights: - Write cards on your iPhone/iPad - Add images - Group cards into topics - Text formatting & lists - Find and study only difficult cards - iCloud Drive support (syncs with the Mac app) Study Options: - Memorizing cards by covering the answer - Multiple Choice tests with randomly picked or predefined answers For Teachers and Educators: - Compatible with the Remote Control feature of the Mac app. You can use the iOS app as a remote to control the study mode on the Mac while you are projecting on a big screen. People use the Flashcard Hero Mac & iOS apps to study many different subjects. Here’s a short list of the most popular subjects based on the over 2 million cards that users have shared among each other so far: - Medicine (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, genetics) - Psychology - Law & business administration (economics, marketing, international law) - History and politics - Languages (Latin, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German) - Social sciences - Music and music theory - Space physiology (how cool is that?) - Many more… You see a lot of subjects in the top ranks where people have to memorize a lot of “structured” information. That’s because Flashcard Hero is designed specifically to go beyond language learning, offering more room on each card for facts, lists, and images. You can also organize cards into topics (to match chapters of a text book, for example).
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Search Ace : Quick Web Search

Normally $0.99.
“Search Ace” is a WebSearch App that allows you to access your favorite site quickly. TUTORIAL 1.Input search word 2.Choose from a number of “suggest word” 3.Select the favorite site
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Data Cube : The 3D Minesweeper

Normally $0.99.
Sharpen your spacial awareness and logic skills with this immersive puzzle-solving challenge! Use your powers of deduction and good sense of 3D space to isolate all the corrupt blocks in the Data Cube. To win, you must pop open all the clean blocks and flag all the corrupt ones. If you pop a corrupt block, you lose. For each safe block that you pop, you will be given a number. This number tells you how many corrupt blocks are next to it. Use this information wisely! HIGHLIGHTS: - Simple minesweeper-style solving strategy - Oldschool electronic look - Three difficulty levels: Easy, Medium and Hard - Game Center support
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SIMO : Matlab programming app

Normally $9.99.
[+] SIMO is a Matlab programming environment targeting - college students, - instructors who want to do live demonstration in classes, - people who want to run simple Matlab codes on iOS. [+] Important note: SIMO may not completely replace Matlab if you want to run codes with advanced features. To find out what SIMO can do, visit our website www.simo.com.hk. You may leave a question using the contact form therein, we will respond ASAP. [+] Praises from our users: "This is a great app if you have some results you want to carry around with you, especially to/from class or at a conference. It's like having Matlab in your pocket, with almost a seamless transition between the two." "I was looking for a free app that I could use to brush up on my MatLAB, and this seemed to be an awesome option!" "This shows real promise ..." "It is truly beautiful and full of potential." [+] What is SIMO? SIMO is an app for numerical computation. We implement a version of Matlab compiler on iOS. SIMO allows you to create, edit, and run Matlab codes locally on iPhones, iPads and iPad Touches. There are 180+ built-in functions; check them out at www.simo.com.hk. No internet connection is needed, as computation is performed entirely locally on device. You don't miss a single app feature even if you are offline. SIMO is now iPad Pro ready and supports multi-tasking. You can work side-by-side with other app using split screen, slide over, and picture-in-picture. [+] What can I do with SIMO? - type code quickly using the app's custom keyboard; - replace the custom keyboard with your own hardware keyboard; - perform vector and matrix computation; - generate 2D and 3D plots; - zoom, pan, and rotate plots with multi-touch gestures; - define variables; - execute loops (for-loop, while-loop); - use if-else, and switch statements; - create scripts and user-defined functions. In general, SIMO is useful for individuals who want to do scientific computation on mobile devices. It is specifically designed for - college students studying numerical computation; - teachers teaching numerical computation; - professionals in the numerical computation fields; - researchers and scientists who need to carry out numerical experiments, and to analyze numerical data. [+] Features: - SIMO adopts the same syntax as Matlab and Octave. - Scripts created on SIMO runs on Matlab and Octave as well. - Users can create, edit, and manage scripts. - Users can store scripts on device locally, or on their iCloud Drives. - Built-in script editor with auto indent, syntax highlight, and adjustable text size. - Built-in plotting environment supporting multi-touch gesture for zoom, pan, and rotation.
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