Main image: Is space tourism ever going to happen? Credit: Axiom SpaceWhy go to space? Is it to see the panoramic curvature of Earth, watch a sunrise from space, or get some 'black sky time' and stargazing in daylight? The experience of orbiting the planet 16 times in each 24-hour period while traveling at five miles per second? Or to experience a few minutes of zero gravity after a 30-minute supersonic ride up to Kármán, the invisible line 62 miles up that separates the Earth and space?Whatever the appeal, space tourism is not new – the first space tourist paid US$20 million dollars to visit the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001 on a Soyuz spacecraft – but it's still a rarity; there are almost never more than six people in space at any time, all of them professional astronauts on the International Space Station.So how can you join in? Do you have a brilliant idea for the next great tech innovation? Enter our Tech Innovation for the Future competition … [Read more...] about The ultimate getaway: a complete guide to space tourism
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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about. The actor: Joe Morton has been a working actor since the ’60s, starting his career in the theater and scoring a Tony Award nomination for his work in the musical Raisin, adapted from the acclaimed 1973 play Raisin In The Sun (itself adapted from a Langston Hughes poem). It didn’t take long for him to step in front of the camera, however, and he’s been a staple on television and in film ever since, including big-screen blockbusters like Terminator 2 and Speed, long-running series such as Eureka and Scandal, and appearances on more dramas and sitcoms than you can shake a stick at. Currently, Morton can be seen playing a man of the cloth in CBS’s God Friended Me. God Friended Me (2018)—“Arthur Finer” Joe Morton: I found my way into the role through the usual path: … [Read more...] about Joe Morton on keeping Shonda Rhimes’ secrets and working with directors “who don’t know how to write for black people”
A holiday is a great time to start getting more creative with your photography, and the good news is that you don't need a bulky DSLR and a bag of lenses to do so – your smartphone is the perfect holiday snaps partner. We don't suggest that you walk around with your eyes glued to the camera app, but proactive photography can make you appreciate a location's sights much more than just a stroll around them would. The Grand Canyon, Paris and Agra's Taj Mahal are all favorites for Instagram-ready pics – but what about the best spots in the UK?Below we've listed some of the kinds of locations that are enduringly popular with photographers, and some specific UK examples, with tips on how you can use your phone's camera to do them justice.The big cityThe obvious UK choice for street photo opportunities is a big city somewhere with the most famous sights, and the most things to do. A city is a great place to squeeze the most out of a multi-camera phone, particularly … [Read more...] about How to pick the perfect holiday settings to test your smartphone camera
Samsung's Bixby digital assistant is getting a boost in capabilities -- but whether it's too late remains a question.The South Korean company on Wednesday will kick off its two-day developer conference in San Francisco. The fifth annual conference marks the company's big push to get developers to make software specifically for its devices. In the past that meant making apps that would work on the edge of Samsung's curved smartphone displays or would take advantage of its S Pen stylus. This year, that focus turns to Bixby and artificial intelligence. While the prospect of a foldable smartphone -- the long rumored Galaxy F -- may draw the eyeballs to Samsung's 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) keynote, that's more a tease of what's to come. The meat of the presentation will focus on the now: getting Bixby smarter. The consumer electronics giant could share more information about the Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker that it unveiled in August, including its sales date. Now playing: Watch … [Read more...] about Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter
It’s easier than ever to find travel deals, and you can usually get the lowest price directly from the hotel or airline. This begs the question: are third party travel sites even worth it? Recently, Expedia enhanced their points program, which allows customers to earn travel rewards through them. They’re not the first online travel agency (OTA) to offer something like this, so let’s see how they stack up. The Drawbacks of Booking Third Party Points programs aside, there isn’t really any benefit to booking travel through a site like Expedia, Travelocity, or Orbitz. Travelers booked flights and hotels through these sites back in the day because their prices seemed to be so much cheaper. But now, you can get the same deal, if not a better one, booking directly with an airline or hotel. I looked up a round trip flight on Google Flights and Travelocity, for example, and the price is exactly the same if you were to book it directly through United. I looked up the same … [Read more...] about Is Booking Travel Through a Site Like Expedia Worth It?