Elon Musk's 'Starman' is our new space hero

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He drives a cherry red Tesla Roadster. In space. While listening to David Bowie. He is … STARMAN and he’s cooler than all us Earthlings. 

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launched its unique test cargo into space Tuesday afternoon, successfully sending the Roadster and our dear Starman “driver” off for an unprecedented adventure. The much-anticipated launch demonstrated that SpaceX’s beefed-up rocket can lift heavier craft into space for future missions to the moon and Mars.

View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earthpic.twitter.com/QljN2VnL1O

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2018 Read more…

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The one big question I had during SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch: Who is Space Bae?

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX did the unimaginable on Tuesday — it successfully completed its first test launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company’s most powerful rocket ever. And while many questions remain about what the launch means for SpaceX, there is one question we can’t stop obsessing over: 

Who Is Space Bae?

Hashtag who-is-space-bae?#FalconHeavy pic.twitter.com/kPvFyDdBX8

— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) February 6, 2018

During the Falcon Heavy launch telecast, SpaceX invited a host of engineers to take us behind the scenes at Cape Canaveral, with each engineer providing more info about the company’s groundbreaking test flight. One of those hosts was a fine (pronounced “fione“) human who I have dubbed Space Bae, because that’s what he is. A bae. Who is teaching us about space. While looking like an absolute snack.  Read more…

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The International Space Station's crew is having a very merry Christmas

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‘Twas Christmas Day and all over the place,
People were celebrating, even in space.
The halls were all decked, the stockings were hung,
And for all that we know, even carols were sung.

Two-forty miles up, above Santa’s sleigh,
Was the International Space Station’s own holiday.
Gifts came on a rocket that was launched up from Earth,
Bringing cosmonauts and astronauts plenty of mirth.

On that zero-g station with their hearts all a-flitter,
Astronaut Vande Hei shared this photo on Twitter.

Merry Christmas from the International Space Station! pic.twitter.com/F1ye4d7MXN

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) December 25, 2017 Read more…

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Space Station astronauts watched 'The Last Jedi' from orbit 240 miles above Earth

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi while in orbit about 240 miles above Earth on Saturday. 

A picture posted to Twitter from NASA astronaut Mar. T. Vande Hei shows five of the six current occupants of the station gathered around a screen, watching what appears to be a scene from the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise. 

Although Vande Hei doesn’t specify that the movie is The Last Jedi, space.com pointed out that the image on the screen appears to show X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by the actor Oscar Isaac. Isaac played the same role in The Force Awakens, but we’re pretty sure this is a scene from the newest film.  Read more…

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T-Mobile intros the LG V30+, 128 GB of storage space and premium headsets included


Previously sold only by Sprint and US Cellular, the LG V30+
(or V30 Plus) is now ready to be released on T-Mobile – which, of course, is
already offering the regular LG V30.

 

T-Mobile will officially launch the LG V30+ on November 17
– that’s also the day when the carrier starts selling the rugged Samsung Galaxy
S8 Active. According to T-Mobile, the V30+ will be available in limited
quantities, costing $850 outright, or $130 down and $30 per month over 24
months. This makes the new handset $50 more expensive than the regular V30.

 

There are only two differences between the LG …

Nokia 6 Arte Black (with extra RAM and 64 GB of storage space) is coming to the US


Back in March, HMD Global (the new company that’s in charge
of selling Nokia-branded phones) unveiled a special edition of the mid-range
Nokia 6. Called Nokia 6 Arte Black, this special handset is coming to the US – several
months after the regular version of the phone was released stateside.

 

The Nokia 6 Arte Black is now listed on Amazon, HMD’s
official retail partner for the US. Unfortunately, the handset is
currently out of stock, with no word on exactly when it’s going to be available
(though soon is probably a good guess). 

 

Amazon will sell the Nokia 6 Arte Black …

Your guide to iPhone 8 colors: Silver vs Gold vs Space Gray

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come in a selection of three new colors and they are nothing like the colors and tones on earlier iPhones.
So which one should you choose?
We give you our first impressions of the iPhone 8 colors and the nuances that might not be immediately obvious, especially if you order online without seeing the new iPhones in person.
The one common thing for all of the colors is the actual build quality. All new iPhones are made of glass which has one key characteristics: …

Upgraded Nokia 8 (with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space) to be released next month


Launched earlier this month in select markets, the Nokia 8
currently has only one official variant – featuring 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of
storage space. If you think that’s not enough, you should be happy to find out
that an upgraded Nokia 8 is coming soon. According to WinFuture, HMD Global
confirmed that a Nokia 8 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space will be
released on October 20 in Germany.

 

Just a couple of days ago, a Nokia 8 with 6 GB of RAM and
128 GB of storage space was spotted at the FCC (the US Federal Communication
Commission). This means that the handset could be …

Here's how much space Apple's new HEVC video format saves on an iPhone 8

The new iPhone 8, X and 8 Plus are Apple’s first phones to come with the space-saving, highly efficient HEVC video format, which will be brought to older handsets as well, along with the iOS 11 update that is released today. This format’s compression algorithms usually allow for up to twice less storage space occupied by recorded video footage, with barely a loss in image quality at that. 

The iPhone 8, X and 8 Plus are also Apple’s first phones capable of 4K video recording with the whopping 60fps smoothness, so how much space would recording …

Space Harrier II is the latest game joining SEGA Forever classic collection

Space Harrier II is a game originally released in 1988, a groundbreaking third-person shooter that is considered by many the father of the genre. Thanks to SEGA’s emulator, Android, and iOS users will now be able to enjoy Space Harrier II on their mobile devices.

If you’re a junkie for quick-paced, frantic third-person shooters, then Space Harrier II will certainly fit your needs. You’ll be playing as Harrier, a jumpsuited hero who soars across twelve unique lands while facing a swarm of enemies.

Just like every other game that’s part of the SEGA Forever games collection, Space Harrier …