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Here’s why scientists think women are better suited to space travel

Are women better astronauts than men? This question will become central to the selection of crews to the Moon, Mars, and beyond as we undertake the colonization of space. In the struggle for gender equality, women have already proven they are capable of doing anything — including conquering space, showing that not even the sky is the limit for their success. [Read: Meet Alyssa Carson, the 18-year-old training to become the first human on Mars] “The first all-women spacewalk at the International Space Station was carried out in October of 2019 and many other milestones have already been accomplished by women astronauts. But there has yet to be a first woman on the moon (or on Mars),” Katharina Buchholz writes for Statista. The first woman in space  Valentina Tereshkova seen in 1963 became the first woman in space. Image credit: RIA Novosti Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova was born in Russia, in 1937. At the age of 18, working at a textile factory, she designed parachutes to aid her love of skydiving. In the early 1960’s, the Soviet and American space programs were each engaged in reaching milestones in space exploration, attempting to upstage their adversary. Striving to beat the United States in sending the first woman in space, Soviet officials selected Tereshkova to become the first woman in space. Tereshkova was launched into space on June 16, 1963, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 6. After 3 days, Vostok 6 reentered the atmosphere, culminating in Tereshkova successfully parachuting to Earth after ejecting at…Continue readingHere’s why scientists think women are better suited to space travel

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What comes with the PS5? Here’s everything you get inside the box

For months, we’ve been wondering when we’d finally have a PS5 in our own homes. The answer, as it turns out, is today.  Sony has started to distribute consoles to journalists and influencers around the world today and, with it finally in hand, we can start to answer some key questions – like, for example, what comes inside the box?  As it turns out, the answer is pretty simple: inside the box you get the console, a wireless controller, the base, an HDMI cable that’s almost definitely HDMI 2.1-compliant, plus the power cord, a USB-C-to-USB-A cable to charge the DualSense controller, and the user manual / warranty info. You’ll also, technically, get one game inside the box – that’s Astro’s Playroom that comes pre-installed on every PlayStation 5 console.  Can’t wait to share some #PS5 impressions with everyone – but for today, we’ll have to settle for the outside of the box. More to come on @TechRadar soon, though! (Small detail: check out the last photo for the content list inside the box.) pic.twitter.com/tOcU1MBJQjOctober 23, 2020 The PS5 box, plain and simple  The outside of the box isn’t likely to blow you away, as it lacks any screenshots of next-gen games or cool, cutting-edge visuals, but it does do its job of providing key information: for example, it reaffirms that we’re getting 825GB of storage space on the console itself instead of a full 1TB, and the PS5 box talks about the 3D Audio technology in passing detail.  On the…Continue readingWhat comes with the PS5? Here’s everything you get inside the box

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WhatsApp now lets you mute a chat FOREVER — here’s how you can do it

WhatsApp‘s mute function has been a boon for many who’ve wanted to keep their notifications at bay. However, the maximum duration allowed for silencing these chats was one year. So, if you were part of a pesky group of relatives that you couldn’t really leave, you had to perform the muting ritual once in a year. Now, the chat has rolled out an option to mute a conversation FOREVER. That’s right. [Read: What audience intelligence data tells us about the 2020 US presidential election] The company has replaced the 1-year muting option with Always, and that’s a smart thing to do. If you’re muting a chat for a year, it’s more likely that you would want to mute it till the end of the time. You can now mute a chat forever 🤫 pic.twitter.com/DlH7jAt6P8 — WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) October 23, 2020 In case you don’t know how to mute a chat, here’s a quick guide: Open WhatsApp on your phone. Go to the chat you want to mute, and tap on the group or contact name. Tap on the Mute option and select Always (or other options). You can follow the same procedure for the WhatsApp for Web app. While you’re at it, you might also want to check our guide to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp. For more gear, gadget, and hardware news and reviews, follow Plugged on Twitter and Flipboard. Published October 23, 2020 — 04:17 UTC Source linkContinue readingWhatsApp now lets you mute a chat FOREVER — here’s how you can do it

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Here’s why Netflix shares are off after reporting earnings – TechCrunch

Shares of consumer video service Netflix are down sharply after the bell today, following the company’s Q3 earnings report. Why is Netflix suddenly worth about 5% less than before? A mixed earnings report, a disappointing new paying customer number, and slightly slack guidance appear to be the answer. The numbers Heading into the third quarter, Netflix told investors that they should expect it to generate revenues of $6.33 billion, operating income of $1.25 billion, and net income of around $954 million, worth about $2.09 in earnings per share. Today, Netflix reported $6.44 billion in revenue, operating income of $1.32 billion, along with $1.74 in per-share profit off of net income of $790 million. Netflix bested its revenue goals, but fell short on profitability. The company also managed to best analyst revenue expectations of $6.38 billion, while missing out on analyst per-share profit expectations of $2.13. Adding to the pain, Netflix also missed expectations on new customer adds. In its Q2 earnings, Netflix said that it “forecast[ed] 2.5m paid net adds for Q3’20 vs. 6.8m in the prior year quarter,” because its “strong first half performance likely pulled forward some demand from the second half of the year.” Today Netflix reported just 2.2 million customer adds, missing its own targets and sharply missing analyst expectations of around 3.3 million for the period (some analyst counts had an even higher guess). Looking ahead, Netflix says that in Q4 it expects revenues of $6.57 billion, operating income of $885 million, $615 million in…Continue readingHere’s why Netflix shares are off after reporting earnings – TechCrunch

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Here’s why cargo bikes make more sense than vans for inner city deliveries

As traffic volumes increase in our city centers, partly fueled by deliveries from a COVID boosted e-commerce sector, organizations are looking for a silver bullet for urban logistics. But has it been sitting right here under our noses all this time? We think it has. Back on 31st December 2019, Jos Sluijsmans, Founder-Director of the International Cargo Bike Festival, and I declared the 2020s the Decade of the Cargo Bike. Right now, the cargo bike is making a break for the mainstream. And not just in traditional northern European cargo bike heartlands such as the Netherlands and Denmark, but also in places like Germany, France, the UK, and Canada. Sales are booming, with manufacturers reporting increases of over 50% year-on-year despite COVID. However, in spite of their enormous potential, cargo bikes are still thought of by many as an oddity; a niche item. Real-life case studies show that there is a clear business case for cycle logistics. In recent years the likes of Fedex, DHL, UPS, Amazon, DB Schenker, DPD, GLS and Hermes have all added cargo bikes to their fleets, and across the world cargo bikes are used by organizations of all shapes and sizes. Let’s rewind and explore some of the reasons why. They’re quicker Time and time again it has been shown that cargo bikes can get the job done quicker in cities. Data from a cycle logistics hub set up in car-addicted Sydney in 2016 showed that cargo bikes travelled a third few kilometers than vans, taking less than half the…Continue readingHere’s why cargo bikes make more sense than vans for inner city deliveries

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COVID-19 will probably become endemic – here’s what that means

We can’t say with any certainty what the future of COVID-19 is. But based on our experience with other infections, there is little reason to believe that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 will go away any time soon, even when vaccines become available. A more realistic scenario is that it will be added to the (large and growing) family of infectious diseases that are what is known as “endemic” in the human population. With the worldwide spread of the disease increasing again, it seems unlikely that the currently available measures can do more than bring that spread under control – except in countries that can effectively isolate themselves from the outside world. The fact that the vast majority of people are still susceptible to some degree means that there is sufficient fuel for the fire to keep burning for quite some time. This will be the case even if specific locations reach what is known as population (or herd) immunity (and it’s not clear how likely this is to happen). When a sufficient number of people become immune to a disease, either through vaccination or natural infection, its spread starts to slow down and the number of cases gradually decreases. But that doesn’t mean it will disappear instantly or completely. Outside any areas with population immunity, there are likely to be plenty of locations that still have enough susceptible individuals to keep transmission going. No measure of isolation is so strong that it will completely stop human interaction between regions, within and…Continue readingCOVID-19 will probably become endemic – here’s what that means

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Here’s how the Big Tech breakup should go down

The US House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee released its findings last week after a year-and-a-half-long investigation of Big Tech companies Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. Right at the beginning of the 400+ page report, the committee didn’t mince words about its findings: “To put it simply, companies that were once scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons.” Those of us in Silicon Valley who have worked up close with these firms were not surprised to find not only that these companies in particular had become de facto monopolies, but that they were using their monopoly powers to discourage competition and violate antitrust laws. In fact, I wrote just last month about how Apple has been abusing its monopolistic power in the App Store for many years. Apple’s multiple roles as the provider of the operating system, curator, and gatekeeper of the only allowed app store on the billions of devices it has sold, not to mention creator of its own applications, is an excellent example of how today’s “digital monopolies” are both similar to and different from the industrial monopolies of a century ago. Starting in the late nineteenth century, industrialists like John D Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and others built companies that were innovative in the beginning, helping America in its rise to become the dominant economic superpower in the world. These companies became incredibly profitable precisely…Continue readingHere’s how the Big Tech breakup should go down

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You influence recommendation algorithms just as much as they influence you — here’s how

Have you ever watched a video or movie because YouTube or Netflix recommended it to you? Or added a friend on Facebook from the list of “people you may know”? And how does Twitter decide which tweets to show you at the top of your feed? These platforms are driven by algorithms, which rank and recommend content for us based on our data. As Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, Boston, explains: If you want to know when social media companies are trying to manipulate you into disclosing information or engaging more, the answer is always. So if we are making decisions based on what’s shown to us by these algorithms, what does that mean for our ability to make decisions freely? What we see is tailored for us An algorithm is a digital recipe: a list of rules for achieving an outcome, using a set of ingredients. Usually, for tech companies, that outcome is to make money by convincing us to buy something or keeping us scrolling in order to show us more advertisements. The ingredients used are the data we provide through our actions online – knowingly or otherwise. Every time you like a post, watch a video, or buy something, you provide data that can be used to make predictions about your next move. These algorithms can influence us, even if we’re not aware of it. As the New York Times’ Rabbit Hole podcast explores, YouTube’s recommendation algorithms can drive viewers…Continue readingYou influence recommendation algorithms just as much as they influence you — here’s how

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Pear hosted its invite-only demo day online this year; here’s what you might have missed – TechCrunch

Pear, the eight-year-old, Palo Alto, Calif.-based seed-stage venture firm that has, from its outset, attracted the attention of VCs who think the firm has an eye for nascent talent, staged its seventh annual demo day earlier this week, and while it was virtual, one of the startups has already signed a term sheet from a top-tier venture firm. To give the rest of you a sneak peak, here’s a bit about all of the startups that presented, in broad strokes: ) AccessBell What it does: Video conferencing platform for enterprise workflows Website: accessbell.com Founders: Martin Aguinis (CEO), Josh Payne (COO), Kamil Ali (CTO) The pitch: Video has emerged as one of the prominent ways for enterprises to communicate internally and externally with their customers and partners. Current video conferencing tools like Zoom and WebEx are great for standalone video but they have their own ecosystems and don’t integrate into thousands of enterprise workflows. That means that API tools that do integrate, like Agora and Twilio, still require manual work from developer teams to customize and maintain. AccessBell is aiming to provide the scalability and reliability of Zoom, as well as the customizability and integrations of Twilio, in a low code integration and no code extensible customization platform. It’s a big market the team is chasing, one that’s expected to grow to $8.6 billion by 2027. The cost right now for users who want to test out AccessBell is $27 per host per month. 2.) FarmRaise What it does: Unlock financial…Continue readingPear hosted its invite-only demo day online this year; here’s what you might have missed – TechCrunch

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Here’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga – $769.99 at Amazon(roughly £600)The best alternative to Microsoft’s new business laptop is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, a true 2-in-1 convertible. It’s heavier and a tad slower, but has more storage, a higher screen resolution, far more ports and costs less.View Deal Microsoft has quietly launched the Surface Laptop Go for Business, with the cheapest model starting from $799. However, there appear to be plenty of competitive models around that are worth looking at too. But first, let’s look at the main selling points of Microsoft’s new laptop: it’s very light and has a long battery life, powerful CPU, fast Wi-FI and a touch-capable display. It also offers a choice of three refreshing color schemes. Microsoft is also the only vendor to offer a 36-month PCaaS-like scheme that allows businesses to buy their laptops in interest-free monthly instalments. The Surface Laptop Go for Business also benefits from 60-day returns, up to 13 hours battery life thanks to extra optimizations and the Advanced Exchange program, which entitles you to an immediate replacement upon request. On closer inspection, Microsoft has produced a very intriguing product with only one big flaw: its screen resolution is about a third lower than a full HD screen (the strict minimum we’d recommend for any business laptop). The best alternative, in our eyes, is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, which costs slightly less, has more storage and boasts a superior display. Bear in mind If this product is unavailable in your region,…Continue readingHere’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business