The Morning After: NASA-SpaceX astronauts’ historic splashdown

Marking the primary US splashdown in 45 years, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully landed within the Atlantic Ocean at 2:48 PM ET. This was the primary crewed orbital flight utilizing a non-public spacecraft to land again on Earth, in addition to the primary crewed spaceflight from the US since NASA retired the Area Shuttle in 2011. 

That is the final Crew Dragon check flight so, as soon as SpaceX receives NASA certification, future flights shall be common missions carrying astronauts to the ISS. For NASA itself, it’s a significant step ahead for a Industrial Crew Program with decrease prices. 

For SpaceX, it’s protecting a step forward of personal spaceflight opponents, like Boeing, and I creep nearer to organising a financial savings account to sooner or later guide a flight into area.

— Mat

TikTok proprietor reportedly agrees to promote US stake to keep away from ban

Microsoft is outwardly concerned.



It’s been a chaotic weekend for TikTok’s Chinese language proprietor, ByteDance. President Trump mentioned he would ban TikTok outright over its Chinese language hyperlinks and rejected discuss of permitting a sell-off. (Not that the chief of the US has larger points to deal with at this very second in time.)

A Reuters report claims that ByteDance agreed to sell its stake within the social community’s US operations to avert the attainable ban. The settlement would have Microsoft defend American person knowledge, in accordance with the report, however Microsoft wouldn’t essentially personal TikTok.

On Saturday, Microsoft informed a number of information shops it had “paused” talks with TikTok following Trump’s suggestion he would ban the app, then we heard the tech firms have been reportedly hoping to complete a deal by Monday. Microsoft adopted up later, claiming it’s aiming to shut the TikTok deal by September 15th. Whew. Continue reading.

Chromebook customers get three free months of Stadia Professional

Attempt cloud gaming on a system virtually made for it.



Google has launched a brand new perk for Chromebook homeowners with a gaming itch to scratch: a free three-month trial of Stadia Professional. You’ll want a system launched June 2017 or later, and also you’ll nonetheless have to purchase video games not included with membership, however this may very well be simply the ticket if you wish to see how Future 2 or PUBG performs in your Chrome OS moveable. Professional, in fact, presents a shifting line-up of free video games to play. Final month, this included Crayta and West of Loathing, however Triple-A video games have additionally been included since Stadia’s launch. August’s bundle consists of Metro 2033. Continue reading.

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The perfect climate app, Darkish Sky, shuts down on Android

It’s now owned by Apple.

Apple has shut down Darkish Sky on Android and Put on OS, as promised, leaving customers with out the app’s extremely localized climate. Apple had initially deliberate to shutter these variations on July 1st, following its acquisition of Darkish Sky in March, however supplied a month-long extension proper as service was attributable to finish.

Your Darkish Sky subscription ought to already be canceled when you have been paying $three per 12 months. The builders promised a “full refund” to members. Continue reading.