NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches tonight to “touch the sun”

NASA's ambitious mission to go closer to the Sun than ever before is set to launch in the small hours between Friday and Saturday — at 3:33 AM Eastern from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to be precise. The Parker Solar Probe, after a handful of gravity assists and preliminary orbits,

Last call for Polish pitch-offs

I’m heading back to Europe to hang out in Wroclaw and Warsaw so it’s last call for pitch off applications. I’ll be at a Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, which is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen.

9 smart gifts for a smarter home

Smart home items make great gifts and what follows are some of the best. From faster Wifi to smart meat thermometers, there’s something here for everyone on your list. I use everything listed here and can attest to their quality. That’s important to me.

Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates

TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straight forwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to be under 190 million units.

This drone shrinks to fit

Researchers at the University of Zurich and EPFL have created a robot that shrinks to fit through gaps, a feature that could make it perfect for search and rescue missions.

Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps

Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users.

Ridesharing IPOs and $850M for Luckin, Plaid and Zymergen

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the regular crew back together which was good fun. Connie took point, we had Danny mic’d up in New York,

Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews

After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition a of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku,

Twitch is closing its Communities

Say goodbye to Twitch’s Communities. The game streaming service says it’s soon killing off this still relatively new addition to its site in favor of implementing a tagging system instead. With the changes,

New material design stores energy like an eagle

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these materials have had sharp corners that could break easily with enough pressure.

What the Facebook Crypto team could build

Facebook is invading the blockchain, but how? Back in May Facebook formed a cryptocurrency team to explore the possibilities, and today it removed a roadblock to revealing its secret plans.



Yandex Offers Fee-Free Android Firmware Kit So OEMs Can Ditch Google Services

Continuing to diversify beyond search, Russian tech giant Yandex has today launched a complete firmware kit for Android smartphones -- called Yandex.Kit -- that offers an alternative suite of Yandex services for OEMs and carriers wanting to try their hand at going it alone without Google.





Queen's Guards moved back from public over fears of 'lone wolf' attacks

Members of the Queen's Royal Guards have been removed from high-profile public posts outside key royal residences in London following increased security threatsSee also:



Is it possible to predict where and when earthquakes will strike?

Can earthquakes ever be predicted? This question is timely after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal recently. If authorities had more warning that the earthquake was coming, they may have been able to save more lives.While Nepal is a documented area of previous seismic activity,

除了 Fleep,微软还有自己的 Slack 计划,它叫 Teamspace

除了不久前曝光的类 Fleep 的微软新应用 Flow,同一个消息源 [at]WalkingCat 又放出了微软新协同工具 Teamspace 截图。和 Flow 同样,Teamspace 同样处在早期阶段。

Microsoft's invites governments to review its source code at new Transparency Center in Brussels

Microsoft announced the opening of a new Transparency Center in Brussels, the host city of the European Commission, as part of the company’s Government Security Program.

Beyond Elon Musk, artificial intelligence startups are having a moment

Normally when a business signs up a new client, it's a cause for celebration on both sides. That hasn't always been the case for John Jersin and his artificial intelligence startup Connectifier.

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