November 14, 2020
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If there’s one thing people would’ve brawled over on Black Friday 2020, it would’ve been the Nintendo Switch.
Fortunately (at least from a public safety standpoint), most retailers’ big holiday sales will take place online this year. Instead of scrapping over a console between the end caps of a Walmart aisle at 3 a.m., you’ll have to be one of the first to click a “Place Your Order” button once deals go live. Read more…
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
Ever since PlayStation 5 lead architect Mark Cerny held his “The Road to PS5” virtual developer talk in March, I’ve been waiting to tear open that bulky box on launch day, primally scream to my video game gods, and, well, game with the sort of half-drunk, everything-is-GREAT glee that’s only befitting of console launches and wedding receptions.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, my PS5 arrived on time via UPS just around 6:30 p.m. PT on launch day Nov. 12 and I … decided to finish watching a Twitch stream before I even bothered to open it. That’s how far down my hype for this new console generation has plummeted. Read more…
Snapchat is the latest app to bring out special features ahead of Diwali. In a global rollout, Snapchat has launched several lenses for users to enjoy the festive season. The app has also released new sticker packs, filters and Bitmoji filters. Snapchat claims the latest features will let users spend Diwali in an intimate manner while maintaining a safe distance. There will be festive-themed Cameos as well as Snap Map treatment on Snapchat.
In a press release, the company said that the special lenses have been created by members of its community of Official Lens Creators across the world. While one lens has been built by an official creator from the United States, there are other creators from Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Morocco and Nepal. Using Augmented Reality, users will be able to do a variety of fun tasks like “lighting a diya with your finger or choosing different patterns of Rangoli”.
Snapchat says users will be able to experience the view of catching “floating lanterns in the sky and bringing some glitter and hope to [their] surroundings”.
The release mentioned that the features can be enjoyed by Snapchatters from wherever they are celebrating Diwali in the world. In order to unlock the new lenses, users need to simply search for them in the app.
Sallia Goldstein from the US has created the ‘Diwali Lanterns’ lens which features specially designed lanterns, diyas and other lights. Jimena Depresbiteris from Italy has released the ‘Lighting Up Diwali’ lens where users need to raise their eyebrows to activate the lens. ‘Be the Light’ by Egidijus Uckuronis from Luthania literally makes you the embodiment of light.
‘A Rangoli’ by Steve Snygin of Russia features several rangoli designs that can be placed in different locations. There is also a ‘Happy Diwali’ lens created by Mohammed Ouahbi of Morocco that lets users light diyas on the app in the virtual realm. Lastly, Karun Shreshtha from Nepal has created another ‘Happy Diwali’ lens that also has an option of light diyas via your phone.
Dyson has launched new Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic air purifier and heater in India. The air purifier is priced at Rs 61,900 and is available on Dyson India website, on e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart, and in select Croma stores. Dyson claims that the air purifier can destroy formaldehyde continuously at a molecular level transforming potentially harmful gas into small amounts of water and carbon dioxide.
The latest Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Cryptomic automatically senses the indoor air pollution and activates the machine to purify throughout the whole room, capturing 99.95 percent of ultrafine particles and destroying formaldehyde continuously.
It has an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) that shows which particles and gases the machine is sensing, in real-time.
The air purifier is fitted with vacuum-sealed H-13 Glass HEPA and activated carbon filters that increase absorption efficiency, remove odours, fumes within the house, and gases including nitrogen dioxide and benzene.
The thermostat heat control enables the machine to automatically keep the room at the target temperature. The heating function switches to stand-by mode after the target is reached. It switches back on the moment it senses a drop in temperature.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Cryptomic air purifier, designed to work in real homes, is equipped with air multiplier technology and 350 degree oscillation. It projects 290 litres of purified air per second to every corner of the room.
To avoid cooling effect during winter months, the machine has a diffused airflow mode that can be used to purify the air without cool air blowing on you.
The Dyson Link app can be downloaded on your iOS and Android phone and you can track indoor and outdoor pollution, temperature, humidity as well as can control the machine and check how many hours of filter life is left.
Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Cryptomic machines have a 2-year parts and labour warranty. The air purifier is Alexa compatible and it is also certified asthma and allergy-friendly.
There is a sleeper timer that can be pre-set ranging from 30 minutes to 8 hours. The machine also monitors and purifies at night time mode using its quiet setting, with a dimmed display.
A student astronomy team from Odisha known as the Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT) has been selected to participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge that will be held next year in April 2021.
The group of 10 school students who are aged between 14 to 19 will be flying to Huntsville, Alabama in the US to represent India in the international competition staged by the American space agency, as per the team’s official website. The group is working on building a “human-powered” rover that will be able to move on the surface of Mars.
NaPSAT is an initiative of Bhubaneswar-based Navonmesh Prasar Foundation that houses space enthusiasts and aims to create curiosity among school, skill development and university students in the field of Space and Astronomy. The selected 10 members have been shortlisted from about 800 willing participants and the team works on various projects like design of space systems, rovers, rockets, satellites and astronomy to participate in various international events.
Anil Pradhan, the founder of the Navonmesh Prasar Foundation, spoke with news agency ANI and said that it was happening for the first time that a school team from India was selected for this challenge.
For the First Time from India
10 high school students of NaPSAT have been selected for NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge 2021 to represent INDIA at NASA.@PMOIndia @CMO_Odisha @rashtrapatibhvn @GovernorOdisha @AmitShah @dpradhanbjp @NASA @isro #napsat pic.twitter.com/Ul7eyXhHpL
— NaPSAT- Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (@NaPSATindia) November 12, 2020
Pradhan said that they created a team during COVID-19 time and identified 10 students from Odisha. They provided them with training and later applied for NASA Rover Challenge. Anil revealed that the interdisciplinary team has school students as well as ITI students, adding that the team is making a rover which can move on the surface of Mars and would be human-powered.
The team NaPSAT, comprises of U-14 school students. It’s an initiative of Bhubaneswar-based Navonmesh Prasar Foundation. pic.twitter.com/8QBmQNXZfk
— Sujeet Kumar (@SujeetKOfficial) November 12, 2020
He added that NASA had sent them an invitation for the 2021 event and they will be sending their rover over to the US soon. In order to meet all the expenses involved, the foundation is also raising funds.
A team member Ankan Mondal elaborated upon the technicalities of the Mars rover. He said that their rover will be able to handle the weight of two persons and will be capable of moving on the terrain of Mars as well as the Moon.
NASA’s time-lapse of the Comet ISON shows it journeying towards the Sun, before it broke apart in 2013
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a time-lapse of the Comet ISON making its way towards the Sun. The video has been made using images captured and sent to the space agency by Hubble Space Telescope back in 2013, just days before it met its end.
The small clip posted by NASA on Hubble telescope’s official Twitter account featured the comet moving against the stars at great speeds. According to the space agency, when these images were captured, in May 2013, ISON was moving towards the Sun at over 77,000 kilometres per hour.
The tweet was shared to give a nod to ISON’s unfortunate fate when it “broke apart” while passing by the Sun in November 2013.
The comet ISON was discovered in September 2012 and has ever since attracted huge fanfare. The reason behind its popularity was that scientists saw it moving towards the Sun and expected the already big comet to become even greater during its closest approach to the Sun.
#HubbleClassic This time-lapse sequence of Hubble images shows Comet ISON moving against a backdrop of stars in May 2013, as it was hurtling toward the Sun at 48,000 miles per hour. The comet broke apart as it passed near the Sun in November that year: https://t.co/whlpqKYLW8 pic.twitter.com/RLA6wAqCOH
— Hubble (@NASAHubble) November 10, 2020
However, derailing popular opinion, the icy comet could not handle being that close to the Sun and fell apart.
According to NASA, ISON had a tail that was 20 times wider than the full Moon and its head was so bright that it could have been seen in the “pre-dawn eye with the unaided eye”. Scientists believed that on 28 November 2013 when ISON neared perihelion, it would gather some solar heat and would become even more magnificent.
Karl Battams of NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign said that over 32,000 people had joined him and other scientists on a Google Plus Hangout to monitor ISON’s transformation live. However, as the comet neared the Sun, it brightened only to fade away.
Several cameras onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory were recording ISON’s journey but suddenly nothing was being captured. Scientists think that the comet disintegrated during its approach and the fading remains of the comet became too small to be captured by the cameras.
So ISON bears testament to a unique specimen in the history of comet astronomy.
While there have been rumours that Apple is going to discontinue its iPad Mini lineup once it launches the folding iPhone, turns out that the company might be actually working on its 6th generation iPad Mini. The specifications of the device were leaked this week by a noted tipster, claiming that the device will come with an industrial design that is similar to the latest iPad Air and iPad Pro.
According to @000leaker, the iPad Mini 6 will feature an 8.5-inch Liquid Retina display and will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip. It will also come with 4GB Ram and two batteries. It will sport a USB Type-C port unlike the iPad Mini 5 which comes with a Lightning connector. The device might also retain the same cameras as the iPad Air 4. The device is also said to support the Apple Pencil 2.
iPad Air 3rd generation renamed to iPad 9th generation
Coming in Sept 2021
— 0-0-0 (@000leaker) November 9, 2020
According to a report by Notebook Check, it seems that Apple has reportedly taken the hardware from the iPad Air 4 and has put it into a smaller chassis. However, there is no clarity as to when the iPad mini 6 will be launched or how much the device will cost.
However, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier in the ear said that a next-gen 8.5-inch iPad mini might be announced in the first half of next year. According to Kuo, the last time Apple refreshed the iPad mini was in March 2019. Kuo expects Apple to include a new 20W power adapter with both iPad models.