SpaceX had another successful launch on Thursday night, despite some tough conditions.
Its Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where a trio of spacecraft, including a moon lander, came along for the ride.
Lift off took place at 8:45 p.m. ET, at the beginning of the 32-minute launch window.
Bad weather threatened the recovery of the first-stage booster, but after 8-and-a-half minutes following launch, the booster successfully landed on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Read more...More about Tech, Space, Science, Spacex, and Moon
YouTube is in crisis mode yet again.
On Wednesday night, the online video giant announced it had banned more than 400 channels and disabled comments on tens of millions of videos following a growing YouTube controversy concerning child exploitation. However, many major brands, like Disney, AT&T, Nestle, and Fortnite are jumping ship an halting all YouTube advertising in its wake.
Over the weekend, a YouTube video highlighting child predators’ rampant use of the platform had gone viral. YouTuber Matt Watson posted the video walking users through how a simple YouTube search can easily uncover “soft” pedophilia rings on the video service. Read more...More about Videos, Youtube, Content Creators, Predators, and Pedophilia
Apple's autonomous car program is as secretive as ever.
Compare the seven-page safety report Apple submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week to the 43-page color explosion from Waymo, the self-driving car startup from Google parent company Alphabet.
Both talk about each companies' safety practices and guiding principles when it comes to self-driving vehicles, but only one (guess which one) keeps it brief and vague. Other companies like Ford, GM's Cruise, and Nuro also share additional details and include charts, vehicle pictures, and images of — wait for it — people. Read more...More about Apple, Safety, Autonomous Vehicles, Project Titan, and Tech
But the phones will be the first to let you actually change what that Bixby button does, addressing what has long been one of Samsung's most frustrating features.
The company confirmed the change in a blog post, noting that the S10 will be the first of Samsung's phones to have "Bixby Key Customization," which lets users change their Bixby settings so that pressing the Bixby button once or twice will launch a third-party app of their choice. Samsung also said it would extend the feature to its earlier phones with Bixby, including the S8, S9, and Note9, in a future software update. Read more...More about Tech, Samsung, Bixby, Galaxy S10, and Tech
Although not entirely unexpected, Netflix's cancellation of Marvel's The Punisher and Jessica Jones has struck some nerves.
Particularly not pleased about The Punisher being cut was Eminem, who wrote a caps-only tweet admonishing the streaming giant for its decision.
Although, credit to Eminem, he was still polite enough to end his tweet with a "sincerely."
Eminem's tweet prompted a response from some of The Punisher's cast, like Amber Rose Revah, who played Dinah Madani in the series. Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Television, Netflix, and Marvel
Plants on Earth have flourished for hundreds of millions of years, yet President Donald Trump's pick to lead his new climate team insists that they need more carbon dioxide to thrive.
Princeton physicist and carbon dioxide-advocate William Happer has been selected to head the brand new Presidential Committee on Climate Security, reports The Washington Post. The atomic scientist — who achieved recognition for his work on atomic collisions and telescope optics, not climate science — maintains that the planet's atmosphere needs significantly more CO2, the potent greenhouse gas that U.S. government scientists — and a bevy of independent scientists — have repeatedly underscored is stoking accelerating climate change. Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Carbon Dioxide, Plants, and Climate Change
Hold on to your oat milk. It SNOWED in Los Angeles.
Southern California — known for its year-long sunshine, mild temperatures, desert mountains, and gorgeous beaches — saw snow on Thursday afternoon, and everyone in the Los Angeles area justifiably freaked the fuck out.
An "unusually chilly storm" from Alberta, Canada brought snow over Las Vegas on Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. By the afternoon, snow dusted more northern parts of L.A. and Ventura County, stopping traffic as Angelenos reveled in it. Read more...More about Snow, Los Angeles, Wtf, Culture, and Web Culture