NASA is shooting an asteroid with a giant DART to help save

first_imgNASA’s DART spacecraft will blast off to the asteroid 65803 Didymos to crash into its moon.  NASA If an asteroid was shooting towards Earth, what would our options be? Sure, we could send up a ragtag team of miners to drill into the asteroid, plant a nuke and blast it to smithereens. But if NASA has its way, we won’t need to train miners to be astronauts — it has other plans to deflect those deadly asteroids. (A lucky thing too, because it makes far more sense to teach already-trained astronauts to use a drill rather than putting miners through astronaut school, but that’s another matter entirely). NASA is prepping for a (potential) doomsday outcome with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test — a mission that will test whether we can crash a spacecraft into an asteroid and knock it off course, thus saving humankind and preventing us from ever sending Bruce Willis into space. In this week’s episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at the DART mission to 65803 Didymos — a binary asteroid (complete with its own companion “moonlet”) that’s currently orbiting the sun out past Earth. Now playing: Watch this: NASA wants to save the Earth from asteroids (with a giant… Share your voice According to NASA, the moonlet (or “Didymoon” as it’s been nicknamed) is a perfect example of an asteroid of the size and type that could crash into Earth. So, the space agency wants to send its DART spacecraft up there as early as Dec. 2020 to blast towards the 150-metre-wide moonlet and crash into its surface. Imagine it like a game of pool. If you need to knock the 8 ball in the corner pocket, you knock the cue ball into its side and it’ll shoot off on an angle. By sending its cue ball careening into the moonlet, NASA will measure how the impact changes the moonlet’s momentum and hopefully get a better idea of how asteroids can be redirected in future.To learn more about the DART, the partner mission being run by the European Space Agency and what all this has to do with Elijah Wood and the film “Labyrinth” (there are connections, we promise) then check out this week’s episode of Watch This Space. You can get your space fix every other Friday with new episodes, or catch up with the whole series on CNET or YouTube.  Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA Space 4:55 Tags 0last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 0 Apple iPhone XS See It See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Samsung Galaxy Home Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $299 at Amazon $999 The Cheapskate Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Galaxy Home has a new release window.  Juan Garzon / CNET After missing its April release window, the Samsung Galaxy Home still appears to be coming … but a little later than expected.Samsung CEO Kim Hyun-suk said the Galaxy Home will launch in the third quarter of this year, according to The Korea Herald Tuesday.”The Galaxy Home speaker, which will be the center of Samsung’s home appliances, is planned to be launched in mid-second half of the year,” the CEO told The Korea Herald.Samsung first revealed its Bixby smart speaker during a Galaxy S9 event back in February 2018. The Galaxy phone maker teased the device in following events but hasn’t given a specific release date.DJ Koh, the head of Samsung’s mobile business, told CNET this past February that the Galaxy Home would be released in April. Samsung’s PR department, though, would only say it planned to launch the speaker in the first half of 2019.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Smart Home Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Sprint Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 Angela Lang/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Post a comment Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $210 at Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Read Google Home Hub review $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See It News • Samsung Galaxy Home ‘mini’ makes its way through the FCC Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See it DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Amazon Share your voice 7 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Rylo $60 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best Buylast_img read more

GMCs 2020 Acadia looks good and is priced to compete even in

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6 Photos 2019 Ford Edge ST review: Compelling performance General Motors 2 Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Enlarge ImageThe 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is priced at just under $43,000, which makes it a bit of a bargain. GMC The 2020 GMC Acadia is a good example of the newish trend in crossover styling that favors more aggressive, blockier design, and we really like it. We also like the Acadia for other reasons, like its comfortable interior, decent infotainment and 310-horsepower V6 engine.The Acadia naturally is available in a few different trim levels, but our personal favorite is the AT4 trim, which has the advantage of being both more affordable and cooler-looking than the top-tier Denali trim. How much more affordable? Try $7,000, according to a report Wednesday by CarsDirect.With a starting sticker price of $42,495 including destination, the three-row Acadia makes a pretty strong case for itself among the General’s other SUVs, even if it may struggle somewhat against a new crop of competitors like the Kia Telluride, its cousin the Hyundai Palisade, the Subaru Ascent or Honda’s new Passport.The Acadia is set to hit dealers nationwide later this year. Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look GMC Commentslast_img read more

IS claims London attack

first_imgFloral tributes flank a photograph of police officer Keith Palmer, who was killed during the terror incident at the Houses of Parliament in London, on Whitehall in central London near the Houses of Parliament on 23 March, 2017 the day after the 22 March terror attack in Westminster. Photo: AFPThe Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in London that killed three people, the Amaq propaganda agency linked to the jihadist organisation said on Thursday.The claim marks the first time the group has taken responsibility for an attack in Britain.“The perpetrator of yesterday’s attack in front of the British parliament was a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to calls to target coalition countries,” Amaq said citing a “security source.”Britain is a member of the US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria that the jihadist group has urged its followers to target with attacks.The London assault on Wednesday afternoon saw the perpetrator ram a car along the pavement on Westminster Bridge, a busy traffic route that is also a popular tourist spot with its views of parliament and its Big Ben clock tower.After ploughing down several people on the bridge, the attacker crashed the car into the railings outside parliament and then tried to enter the building, stabbing a policeman with a large knife. Armed officers shot the attacker dead.The attack killed two members of the public and a police officer, and at least 30 people were wounded.Seven people were in critical condition after suffering “catastrophic” injuries.British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that the attacker was “British born” and had been investigated “some years ago… in relation to concerns about violent extremism.”The London attack came a year to the day after suicide attacks claimed by IS killed 32 people and wounded more than 340 others in Brussels.last_img read more

A StarStudded Celebration

first_img Share Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy ® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist.Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes.Set to perform “White Christmas,” Gwen will warm the hearts of audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC. After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.On Thanksgiving, to open the 91 st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “ Dancing in the Streets ” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34 th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes ®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray ® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.The 91 st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones) and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu. Twitter User @TheWeekThe 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani.last_img read more

Former Bank Executive Gutierrez Says He Knows How to Fix Citys Woes

first_imgPatrick Gutierrez is one of the 13 announced candidates for Mayor of Baltimore City. (Courtesy photo)In November, when former bank executive and sports writer Patrick Gutierrez filed the paperwork necessary to enter the Baltimore City mayor’s race, he became the 13th candidate to do so.He’s still a relative unknown, especially compared to more established names like former Mayor Sheila Dixon, State Senator Catherine E. Pugh and City Councilmen Nick Mosby and Carl Stokes, but the former Bank of America operations manager said he has what it takes to get the city on the right track.“I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” he said about his run. “Seeing the dysfunction in city government and knowing my background as an operations manager was specifically to go in and address the same problems that city government has. You know, there’s no accountability anywhere, there’s no transparency, the communication is poor and when you have those things you get the results that we’re getting.”“In my career, my job was to go in and fix those things. I went all around the country and everywhere I went it was the same situations: poor leadership at the top and that just kind of filters down into every area. When I saw that I had these tools that could help address many of these problems, I really started considering actually running and doing something about it.”Gutierrez is from southern California. He said that his position with Bank of America took him all over the country, fixing problems and helping business run more smoothly. But when the company sent him to Baltimore, he decided to stay.“I fell in love with the city. I mean, people here just welcomed me,” he said. “And being a big sports fan, I felt right at home here.”When the company wanted him to leave the city to work for them elsewhere, he opted instead to leave the company. He enrolled at the University of Maryland to study journalism and later worked as a sportswriter for “The Baltimore Sun.”His most recent position was with local nonprofit group The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. The group works to keep families in the city, instead of making a retreat for the neighboring suburbs“A lot of times families, especially around here, as soon as they have kids they feel like they have to move away from the city for safer neighborhoods and better schools and that’s a problem because we lose a lot of good families that can really help the city grow,” Gutierrez said.On his website, Gutierrez outlines some of his ideas for what he’d accomplish once in office. One of those is his E3 formula – to educate, employ and engage all city residents. He also outlines his five steps to a better Baltimore police department –  which includes what he calls a more streamlined way for citizens to lodge complaints and track their progress and an improved civilian review board.He said he’d also like to start educating children in the city from birth – well before they step foot in a kindergarten classroom.“Why wait until they’re five years old when 75 percent of their brain has already been formed before you start trying to tackle these issues?”“It’s not like I have a patent on this kind of leadership. It goes on all over the place successfully. It just doesn’t go on in Baltimore City government,” he said.In addition to running his campaign, Gutierrez is primary caretaker for his daughters Alivia and Estelle. He and his wife live in Taylor Heights.He said he’s undaunted by the large field of potential mayoral candidates.“I don’t worry about any other candidates or any other platforms, I just put my best foot forward in the best way I know how.”last_img read more

Facebook Renews Three Univision Comedy Series for Watch Platform

first_imgFacebook has renewed three original scripted series from Univision Creator Network, Univision’s in-house network and studio for digital talent, for the social service’s Watch video platform.Coming back for second seasons are UCN short-form comedies “Las Kardachas” from Ana Alvarado (aka LipstickFables); “Mexican Survival Guide” from comedy group the Crazy Gorilla; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” from teen twins Mya and Myka Montoya.Facebook is funding production of the shows, as it has done with several other content partners in order to feed new programming into Watch.“Mexican Survival Guide” (332,000 followers) purports to “teach” Mexican culture through comedy sketches. “Las Kardachas” (166,000 followers) is a parody of the Kardashian sisters; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” (22,000 followers) is about twin sisters who leave behind small-town Texas to try to make it big in Hollywood through social media. Last fall, UCN launched the shows as part of five original comedies for Facebook Watch, with episodes running roughly 4-6 minutes. The shows generated 14.6 million video views in January 2018 alone. The two UCN shows that Facebook has not renewed are Josh Leyva’s “The Gaylo Show”: and Oscar Miranda’s “Bro-Mates.”“Working with Facebook’s Watch has allowed new audiences to discover our talented group of digital creators and their unique, authentic voices,” Isaac Rosales, manager of partnerships and operations for Univision Creator Network.The Hispanic media company launched Univision Creator Network in 2015. The division provides U.S.-based creators with support and resources, including access to experts, collaboration opportunities, and the potential to expand their audiences reach across TV, live music and sports events, radio and areas. Last year, UCN tallied 4.2 billion global video views across platforms.Pictured above: The Crazy Gorilla’s “Mexican Survival Guide” on Facebook Watch Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Rabindranath Ghosh hands over land rights to several enclavedwellers

first_imgCooch Behar: State North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh on Thursday handed over land rights to several enclave dwellers of Cooch Behar. “The state has always stood by the side of the enclave dwellers. We had brought a Bill in this regard in the state Assembly on November 19. Since then we have been busy in documentation of the Land Rights. Today (Thursday), we are handing it over to the beneficiaries,” Ghosh said. The total number of beneficiaries are more 13,560. The total amount of land is 7110-acre for which the rights Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifewere given. The areas include blocks under Tufanganj, Dinhata, Mathabhanga, Sitalkuchi and Mekhliganj. The minister also said if somebody find any problem related to the land they can fill up form 9 and raise their objections with the Land and Land Reforms department at the local level in a period of one month. It was on July 31 when the enclave dwellers got Indian citizenship. They had already been provided benefits in the form of job card, Aadhar card, Voter’s ID etc. The land rights had been their long standing demand. District Magistrate Cooch Behar, Kaushik Saha, welcomed the move of the state government.last_img read more