It’s been 11 days since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars. Vivid new photos taken from the landing site are finally giving mission controllers a sense of the landscape around the stationary probe—and the early signs are very positive. After six years of planning, $814 million in development costs, and a successful 300-million-mile journey to Mars, the key for NASA right now is to exercise patience. InSight landed at Elysium Planitia, a flat plain located just north of the Martian equator, on November 26, which already seems like an eternity ago. We haven’t seen much from the probe yet, aside from a dusty photograph taken during the landing and a neat but subdued image of the probe’s immediate surroundings. We’re finally at the stage, however, when the mission operators can start to unfurl, very slowly and methodically, the probe’s various instruments, including its six-foot-long (2-meter) arm. The robotic appendage appears to be … [Read more...] about New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot
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A new app from a Latvian outfit called Sonarworks claims it can tune music to play perfectly through specific headphone models. So whether you’re using AirPods or a swanky pair of $900 Auduze LCD-2s, you’ll hear the same exact mix. Could the future of making music sound good be an app that compensates for the terrible headphones most of us insist on buying? For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying a beta version of Sonarworks’ True-Fi software on both Android and iOS. The apps are a mobile version of the headphone calibration software that’s existed for the desktop since earlier this year. After spending much of the year in closed beta, Sonarworks is now opening the mobile apps to an “early access” public beta, with the goal of a full release next year. A lifetime license for the desktop and mobile apps currently costs $79 (and will go up to $99 next year), but for the next few months during the early access period, the app will be totally … [Read more...] about Can This Little Magic App Make Your Headphones Sound Perfect?
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You might know comedian, actor and writer Paul Scheer for his award-winning role on HBO's series, Veep. Or maybe you know him as Dr. Andre Nowzick in FX's The League about fantasy football fans. But as I listen to the New York native's rapid-fire take on his latest flick Slice, I can only think about his job co-hosting the podcast How Did This Get Made?, which pays homage to bad movies that are fun to watch. That's because it's easy to imagine Slice, which co-stars Chance The Rapper, getting its own episode of HDTGM based on Scheer's two-minute long recap of the movie plot. I haven't seen the film yet -- it's being released this week-- but can't stop laughing at the fun and weird plot that even Scheer says is the hardest movie ever to describe. (Think Tim Burton meets John Waters, he says.) Long story short, the comedy-horror thriller is about someone or something killing pizza delivery people. Here's just a taste of how Scheer described Slice during a [email protected] Q&A at … [Read more...] about Paul Scheer says his new movie, Slice, is the hardest to describe
What is cyberwar? At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant damage, death or destruction. Perhaps unsurprisingly - considering that cyberwarfare involves spies, hackers and top secret digital weapons projects - it's a still a shadowy and ill-defined area of conflict, but one that is increasingly important and dangerous.Cyberwar: What happens when a nation-state cyber attack kills? What does cyberwarfare look like?Like traditional conflicts, cyberwarfare comes in many shapes and sizes, but it is increasingly clear that cyberwarfare is going to be a significant component of pretty much every present and future conflict. Future wars will also be fought by hackers using computer code to attack an enemy's infrastructure, as well as troops using conventional weapons like guns and missiles. Governments and nation states are now officially training for cyberwarfare: An … [Read more...] about What is cyberwar? Everything you need to know about the frightening future of digital conflict