first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_img2019 marks the passing of 100 years since the Bentley brothers first began selling French cars in a small suburb of northwest London. The company has come a long way since, solidifying its reputation as makers of some of the most desirable luxury cars in the world. To mark its centenary, Bentley has revived the Flying Spur badge to create what it believes is “the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.” It’ll serve as a rival to the Porsche Panameras and Mercedes-AMG S63s of this world and “pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” according to a statement released Tuesday. It’s so special, Bentley says, that the company even designed a new emblem for it. Enlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s body panels are made entirely of aluminum. Bentley Rather than borrowing underpinnings from elsewhere in the family, the new Bentley Flying Spur is built on a brand-new platform. The all-aluminum bodywork is bold and confident in its styling, with numerous cues borrowed from the Continental GT. The giant grille, muscular lines and aforementioned Flying B mascot (electronically deployed and illuminated, naturally) are obvious highlights, but the car is littered with exquisite details that shows a lot of time and energy has been spent making it special.We suspect it’s possible to own this car for many months and still be discovering new trinkets, details and flourishes. Highlights, and there are many, include the cut-crystal effect detailing on the LED matrix headlights, the three-dimensional diamond quilted leather or wood door inserts, and the diamond knurling on the interior air vents. These, we’re told, required a new software algorithm to be invented in order to facilitate their layout on the complex curves on the ducts. All of this is, of course, totally unnecessary, but very beautiful all the same. The new Bentley Flying Spur is a large car, measuring 208.8 inches in length and 77.3 inches in width. It tips the scales at 5,371 pounds, making it as heavy as the company’s Bentayga SUV. Thankfully it’s blessed with an abundance of power from a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, W12 engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for a sports car-baiting 3.7-second acceleration time to 60 miles per hour. How it also manages a 207-mph top speed — that’s well north of what your average Lamborghini Huracan can manage — is anyone’s guess. 12 Photos Bentley Porsche Lamborghini Power is sent to all four wheels via the same eight-speed, ZF-sourced, dual-clutch transmission Bentley uses in the Continental GT. Those of you brave enough to seek the Flying Spur’s top speed will find it in sixth gear, with seventh and eighth, the overdrive gears, reserved for obtaining the best economy. That figure is currently unconfirmed, but expect a fuel tank large enough for a 500-mile range.Unlike the previous Flying Spur, which used a fixed, 40:60 front/rear power split, the new transmission is a clutched system, which sends most of the engine’s torque to the rear axle. This, Bentley is keen to point out, gives the front end a much lighter feel, one that is eager to change direction “almost at the speed of thought.” Of course, slippery conditions underfoot will cause drive to be sent to the front axle on demand, delivering fully automatic active all-wheel drive when circumstances dictate.Various drive modes are available. Comfort and Bentley modes send up to 354 pound-feet of torque to the front axle to facilitate greater traction and all-weather drivability, while in Sport, front axle torque is limited to 206 pound-feet. The remainder is sent to the rear wheels in a manner that will allow quite un-Bentley-like angles of slip in what essentially amounts to a drift mode. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s face is reminiscent of the Continental GT. Bentley At the car’s unveiling, Bentley’s designers were keen to recount tales of the Flying Spur pulling off Ken Block-spec backward-entry powerslides, tires fully lit through the snow and ice phase of its testing. The system purportedly gives you enough leeway to showboat spectacularly, though not enough rope to hang yourself should you run out of talent.The Flying Spur should also acquit itself well in driving situations that don’t call for tire smoke. This new model features electronic all-wheel steering, which serves the purpose of improving stability at highway speeds, as well as increasing maneuverability in tight spots. Around town, the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the fronts, effectively reducing the wheelbase. At highway speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts, providing more confidence when moving quickly. We can’t tell you about ride comfort at this stage, but this is a Bentley, so the smart money is on it being buttery smooth, particularly in light of the fact it uses continuously regulated three-chamber air springs. A quartet of ride height sensors continuously measure the distance between the axle and the body. If any part of the car is higher or lower than it should be, the air volume in the springs is corrected in order to restore the normal ride height. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageDiamond-quilted leather and three-dimensional wood door inserts highlight the Flying Spur’s cabin. Bentley This works in conjunction with Bentley Dynamic Ride System — a 48-volt system that controls an actuator unit, that alters the stiffness of the antiroll bars to help keep the car flat through bends.Of course, there will be many owners who may never actually get to drive the Flying Spur, preferring instead to be driven. Those who do ride as passengers certainly won’t consider themselves to be missing out. The wheelbase is a handy 125.8 inches, so there’s plenty of room front and rear. Inside, you’ll find an abundance of the latest technology, all of which is stunningly well-integrated. The main feature is a 12.3-inch display in the center of the dashboard which, like the display in the latest Continental GT, rotates to reveal driver gauges or a blank panel that allows the dashboard to flow uninterrupted across the full length of the cabin. Unlike early versions of the Continental GT, the Flying Spur can now be driven with that blank plate on show — ideal for those who don’t wish to be too distracted by screens.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageRear seat passengers will surely have an abundance of legroom. Bentley Those that do want to bask in tech are in for a treat. The highlight is an all-new, 5-inch Touch Screen Remote that lives atop the transmission tunnel in the rear cabin. This can be removed at the touch of a button and allows rear occupants to control a great number of the Flying Spur’s systems. Whether it’s the rear seat massage function, climate control, mood lighting or remotely deploying the Flying B mascot.Three audio systems are on offer, including a standard 10-speaker, 650-watt, entry-level model, and a Bang & Olufsen 1,500-watt, 16-speaker setup with illuminated grilles. But if you want to push the boat out, there’s also a Naim for Bentley 2,200-watt, 19-speaker setup with active bass transducers built into the front seats, allowing you to literally feel the bass through your backside.The whole thing feels exceptionally well put together, as you’d expect from Bentley, and we expect it’ll be a stunningly effective alternative to the typical GTs and high-performance SUVs of this world. All signs point to Bentley having created a spectacular 100th birthday present to itself, and to anyone else blessed enough to be able to afford one.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe first Flying Spur deliveries will take place in early 2020. Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside More From Roadshow Bentley’s new Flying Spur is ‘the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built’ Luxury cars Sedans Bentley Tags Comment 1 Share your voice Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocratlast_img read more

first_imgJust give up. AI’s got you beat. Getty Images An artificial intelligence algorithm is putting humans to shame by solving a Rubik’s Cube in just over a second. The algorithm, called DeepCubeA, was created by researchers at University of California, Irvine. The results are described in a study published Monday in Nature Machine Intelligence. The algorithm was presented with 10 billion combinations for the cube. The goal was to decode them all in 30 moves, which exceeds or is equal to human performance. DeepCubeA was then tested on 1,000 combinations and solved them all, doing so in the least number of moves around 60% of the time.Pierre Baldi, an author of the study and professor of computer science at UCI, told The BBC the algorithm “learned on its own.” He added that he believed the “AI’s form of reasoning is completely different from a human’s.”The authors also discussed their research in a paper published last June, which described a machine that could solve a Rubik’s Cube without algorithms created by human beings.They’re not the only ones who’ve looked for shortcuts to solving the complex puzzle. Last year, an MIT robotics student and a software developer built a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds. And for anyone looking for an easy way out, there’s a self-solving Rubik’s Cube that’ll spare you plenty of time and stress.  Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $59 at eBay Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 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. See at Turo 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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. 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. 1:59 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. 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. $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy $999 $520 at HP See it Read the AirPods review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. 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. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Angela Lang/CNET Now playing: Watch this: $999 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54)center_img The Cheapskate $999 Toys and Tabletop Games,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. 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. 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 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. $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon $155 at Google Express 7 Post a comment Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the Rylo camera preview See at Amazon $999 Tags See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Apple iPhone XS See It Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Watch this Rubik’s Cube solve itself Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rentallast_img read more

first_imgMentioning the proposed Digital Security Act as a threat to the freedom of speech, expression and the safety of the citizens, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) called for the amendment of the draft law on the basis of the opinion of all stakeholders, reports UNB.TIB in the statement on Thursday said, “The proposed ‘Digital Security Act of 2017’ comes in contradiction to the constitutional rights of free speech and opinion and the International Convention on the Rights of the People. The government should amend all the controversial clauses of the law and revise it on the basis of the respective experts and partners immediately.”TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, “Due to the scope of defamation, fraud and misuse, it will push the people and their right guaranteed by the constitution rather at risk, instead of ensuring the national security, freedom of speech and expression.”He said, “It is the updated version of section 3 of the Official Secrecy Act of 1923 on the spying. The law has inserted many clauses in the proposed Digital Security Act under section-32.The misuse of the proposed law, TIB feared, would hinder rights ensured by the Right to Information Act 2009.Iftekharuzzaman said the possibility of disclosure of true information through the internet and social media will face hindrances if the proposed digital security law is approved in parliament.The practice of democratic and fundamental rights will be hampered which will be the suicidal approach for the country’s democratic advancement, TIB added.TIB feared wide misuse of the proposed law by investigation officers as it has given them the power to check anyone without any warrant and arrest.Earlier on 29 January, the cabinet approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018.last_img read more

first_img Jeff Roberson Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Missouri Law That Bans… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.27.19 4:47pm Updated at 4:46 p.m. ETPortions of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy were blocked by a federal judge just a day before the legislation was to go into effect.U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued the order halting the law, whose provisions also call for physicians who perform an abortion after eight weeks to face possible prison time and have their license suspended or revoked. “While federal courts should generally be very cautious before delaying the effect of state laws, the sense of caution may be mitigated when the legislation seems designed, as here, as a protest against Supreme Court decisions,” Sachs wrote in his opinion.Sachs denied a full preliminary injunction on technical grounds, but his ruling achieved what he called the “desired result” sought by Planned Parenthood for now. He left in place — at least for now — prohibitions on abortion for reasons of race, sex or a suspected diagnosis of Down syndrome in the fetus.The legislation that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed in May has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest. Planned Parenthood filed suit to halt the law last month, and its lawyers told the court that the legislation would mean “patients will be subject to significant and irreparable constitutional, medical, emotional, and other harms for which no adequate remedy at law exists.” In a statement, Kristan Hawkins of the anti-abortion rights group Students for Life called Tuesday’s ruling “a travesty of justice and an insult to the democratic process.”Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, welcomed the decision blocking a law that she called “harmful.” “What little abortion access in Missouri is left, will stay in place for the time being. In the meantime, we cannot ignore the part of this law that remains in place, which allows politicians to interfere with the patient-provider relationship,” she said. But Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, criticized the judge’s decision. “Missouri is a strongly pro-life state and lawmakers acted on their constituents’ will when they passed landmark protections for unborn children and their mothers,” Dannenfelser said. “We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling which blocks limits on abortion, even late-term abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy when the child can feel excruciating pain.”Sachs’ ruling follows several other federal court decisions that have barred restrictive abortion laws from being implemented in states such as Ohio and Mississippi. Many of those laws criminalize the procedure as soon as heartbeat activity can be detected — as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant.Anti-abortion-rights activists are hoping that legal challenges to one of the state laws will reach the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion established by the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.In its July lawsuit, the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said the Missouri law would “directly violate long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” calling it “Missouri’s unrelenting campaign to deny patients the health care they seek and to which they are entitled.”The state’s law was written with an eye toward banning the procedure as early as the courts will allow it. If an eight-week ban is thrown out, the law includes a cascading series of 14-, 18- and 20-week abortion bans that could take effect instead.”The hostility to, and refusal to comply with, the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence is most obviously demonstrated in the attempt to push ‘viability’ protection downward in various weekly stages to 8 weeks,” the judge wrote, referring to the way the state crafted the law. In a separate process, the fate of the last remaining clinic that provides abortions in Missouri remains uncertain. Parson’s administration says the clinic is not meeting state health regulations. Planned Parenthood officials say they have done all they can to comply but that the rules are being arbitrarily enforced for political reasons. A hearing in that matter is planned for October.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A couple committed suicide at their apartment in Nayabad under Purba Jadavpur police station on Sunday night. The deceased, identified as Utpal Ghosh (51) and hiswife Tanushree (41) were found hanging in their dining room with dupattas used as ligature cords. The duo resided on the 2nd floor of an apartment in Nayabad.”We have recovered a suicide note where the duo had blamed no one behind their death. We are talking to their family members to ascertain the real cause of the death,” a senior officer of Purba Jadavpur police station said. According to police sources, the hanging bodies were Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsfirst spotted by their nephew who used to live along with them as they were childless. He had gone out of the house in the evening and when he returned at around 9.30 pm and knocked on the door, he received no answer. When his repeated knocks on the door went unanswered, he suspected something unusual and called the neighbours. They broke open the door only to find the couple hanging. Police were informed who rushed to the spot and took the bodies for postmortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSleuths investigating the case informed that Utpal was a private tutor while his wife was a teacher at Malati Bidya Bhawan for Girls school at Rashbehari. Utpal was handicapped since childhood due to Polio.”We have learnt that Utpal was associated with realty business lately. He had taken some loan in connection with the business and was unable to repay it. The victims’ nephew had informed us that they were getting intimidating calls and were very worried. This might have triggered the suicide,” an investigating officer said. The sleuths have recovered the mobile phone of the couple and are examining their call details to track the calls for further leads in the case.last_img read more