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Japan has attempted to land two tiny rovers on a distant asteroid

Ars Technica - 41 min 2 sec ago

Enlarge / The Hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow Thursday night as it descends toward Ryugu to deploy two small rovers. (credit: JAXA)

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft hasn't garnered much attention in the western world, but on Friday night the 609kg vehicle attempted something rather amazing. The spacecraft descended from its station-keeping orbit 20km above a small asteroid down to just 60 meters, and there it deployed two miniature rovers bound for the surface.

Each weighed only about a kilogram, and after separating from the main spacecraft they approached the asteroid named Ryugu. Japanese mission scientists think the rovers touched down successfully, but are not completely sure. Communication with the two landers stopped near the moment of touchdown.

This is presumably because Ryugu's rotation took the rovers out of view from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, but scientists won't know for sure until later Friday (or Saturday morning, in Japan) when they attempt to download images from the rovers. And thus we are left with a suspenseful situation.

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Amazon Fire TV Recast DVR streams free over-the-air TV, starts at $230 - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 45 min 51 sec ago
Cord-cutters get a new goody for their antennas, complete with Alexa and no monthly fees.

FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers

Ars Technica - 1 hour 9 min ago

Enlarge / A Verizon construction engineer inspects a pair of radio heads on a mock small cell near Sacramento City Hall in 2017. (credit: Verizon)

The Federal Communications Commission's plan for spurring 5G wireless deployment will prevent city and town governments from charging carriers about $2 billion worth of fees.

The FCC proposal, to be voted on at its meeting on September 26, limits the amount that local governments may charge carriers for placing 5G equipment such as small cells on poles, traffic lights, and other government property in public rights-of-way. The proposal, which is supported by the FCC's Republican majority, would also force cities and towns to act on carrier applications within 60 or 90 days.

The FCC says this will spur more deployment of small cells, which "have antennas often no larger than a small backpack." But the commission's proposal doesn't require carriers to build in areas where they wouldn't have done so anyway.

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Instagram's IGTV recommended 'abusive' videos

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Sexually suggestive clips featuring children were recommended to users, an investigation finds.

T-Mobile G1 review: CNET reviews the first-ever Android phone - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 1 hour 15 min ago
We finally got our hands on the Google's first stab at a mobile phone, and it was a good experience indeed. We were impressed by the G1's Web browser, which came closest to the iPhone's than any we've seen, and by the combination of features that make this phone a very competent messaging device

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

The Register - 1 hour 51 min ago
Worst Crystal Maze Challenge ever

Imagine you’ve just returned to work from a lengthy sabbatical and found, among the thousands of increasingly shrill and unanswered emails in your mailbox, one telling you that you are now the proud product owner of a bunch of Windows OS apps. What would you do?…

Check out an iPhone XS or XS Max without leaving the house on Apple's microsite - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 1 min ago
You can compare iPhone sizes and check out the color options.

Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin

Ars Technica - 2 hours 8 min ago

Enlarge / The Falcon 1 rocket ascends toward space on its fourth flight. (credit: SpaceX)

They bunked in a double-wide trailer, cramming inside on cots and sleeping bags, as many as a dozen at a time. In the mornings, they feasted on steaming plates of scrambled eggs. At night, beneath some of the darkest skies on Earth, they grilled steaks and wondered if the heavens above were beyond their reach. Kids, most of them, existed alone on a tiny speck of an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was the middle of nowhere, really.

And they worked. They worked desperately—tinkering, testing, and fixing—hoping that nothing would go wrong this time. Already, their small rocket had failed three times. One more launch anomaly likely meant the end of Space Exploration Technologies.

Three times, in 2006, 2007, and 2008, SpaceX tried to launch a Falcon 1 rocket from Omelek Island in the Pacific Ocean, a coral shelf perhaps a meter above sea level and the size of three soccer fields. Less than two months after the last failure, the money was running out. SpaceX had just one final rocket to launch, with only some spare components left over in its California factory.

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Facebook stops sending staff to help political campaigns

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 21 min ago
The social network will no longer send employees to work at the offices of political campaigns.

UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report

The Register - 2 hours 21 min ago
RUSI: How about some codes of practice, transparency, for starters?

The use of machine learning algorithms by UK police forces is unregulated, with little research or evidence that new systems work, a report has said.…

Rocket Report: SpaceX says it would launch weapons, Bezos plays for defense, too

Ars Technica - 2 hours 39 min ago

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace/Aurich Lawson)

Welcome to Edition 1.18 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news on medium- and large-sized rockets, including milestones for the Delta II and Ariane 5 rockets, as well as a round-up of SpaceX's big announcement of its first customer for the Big Falcon Rocket. Oh yeah, we even try to make some sense of propulsion based on quantized inertia. (We fail).

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Georgia's spaceport gets a tenant. The Camden County Joint Development Authority, which seeks to develop a spaceport near the Atlantic coast, announced this week that it has reached an agreement with ABL Space Systems to establish an integration and testing facility for the small launch vehicle that company is developing. The RS1 rocket, which has a test launch planned for 2020, is designed to place up to 900kg into low Earth orbit at a price of $17 million a launch, SpaceNews reports.

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Google Pixelbook 2, aka Nocturne or Atlas: Rumored specs, features, leaks, price, release date - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 39 min ago
Google is said to be cooking up new convertible tablets to take on Microsoft's Surface Pro. Find out for sure on Oct. 9.

iPhone XS draws crowds to Apple stores, even after all these years - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 47 min ago
The bleary-eyed Apple fans queueing early in the morning, the cheering staff: Apple's latest iPhone launch was on brand.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

The Register - 2 hours 55 min ago
Mindlessly self-indulgent app developers have a laugh at our expense

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I can't get it up. Give me a few moments and I'll try again. Yes, I have tried rubbing it but thanks for the suggestion. What's that? I'm grasping it too firmly? Or I'm flashing in the wrong direction? Tell you what, I'll keep fiddling with it while you satisfy one of your other customers.…

Apple's AirPower gets mention in iPhone XS, XS Max manuals, may not be dead yet - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 26 min ago
It's also reportedly referenced in iOS 12.1.

iPhone XS goes on sale, drawing smaller crowds but plenty of fans - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 35 min ago
Australia was the first to get its hands on the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4.

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

The Register - 3 hours 36 min ago
Robot is 'responsive' but for some reason it can't transmit science data

Since last weekend, an as-yet-undiagnosed glitch in the Mars Curiosity Rover has baffled boffins at NASA.…

China blocks Twitch game-streaming service

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 54 min ago
The service's website and app is no longer reachable from mainland China, gamers report

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

The Register - 4 hours 26 min ago
Biz decides it's cheaper to bring in minimum wage jockey than fix database

On-Call Friday has rolled around, regular as clockwork, and we celebrate the end of the week in the time-honoured way: On-Call, our regular column for techies to vent about frustrations from days gone by.…

2018 BMW 4 Series review: The 4 Series’ sweet spot - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - 4 hours 39 min ago
There are so many ways to experience BMW’s lovely 4 Series, but for me, this 430i Coupe is the way to go.

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