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ISS crew arrives at Space Station after two-day trip

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos have arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day trip.




Their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docked with the Station's Poisk module at 5:52 AM EDT. When hatches between the Soyuz and Space Station opened at 8:20 AM EDT, the three crew members joined Expedition 49 Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who have been aboard ISS since July. The International Space Station now has six occupants.


Kimbrough, Ryzhikov, and Borisenko will spend a little more than four months aboard the Space Station, and their return to Earth is scheduled for late February. The crew members will contribute to more than 250 research experiments ongoing aboard the space station, in diverse fields such as biology, Earth Science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

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Major cyber attack knocks out popular websites

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

Twitter, Spotify, Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, Etsy and many other popular websites went offline earlier today due to a massive cyber attack on the DynDNS, a world renowned Domain Name Servers (DNS) service provider.




Dyn issued a statement acknowledging the attack.


Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available. This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customer in this region. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.


The DDoS attack began this morning, but the service was restored around 9:30 AM ET. However, around noon, another attack began. According to DownDetector's outage map, the DDoS attack is primarily targeting US users.

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Cassini's final year of its epic voyage to Saturn

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September 2017.




Now, the Cassini spacecraft revealed dramatic seasonal changes in the atmospheric temperature and composition of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The images show a vortex in the upper atmosphere over the south pole. Cassini also discovered gasses in this vortex that are otherwise quite rare in Titan's atmosphere.


Athena Coustenis, a member of Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer team at the Observatoire de Paris, explained the importance of this discovery.


Cassini's long mission and frequent visits to Titan have allowed us to observe the pattern of seasonal changes on Titan, in exquisite detail, for the first time. We've had the chance to witness the onset of winter from the beginning and are approaching the peak time for these gas production processes in the southern hemisphere. We are now looking for new molecules in the atmosphere above Titan's south polar region that have been predicted by our computer models. Making these detections will help us understand the photochemistry going on.

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Nintendo won't reveal full Switch specs until 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

Now that Nintendo's Switch console has been revealed, we all thought the crazy NX rumor war was over. But it looks like it's just begun: Nintendo only gave us a preview, giving us even more questions than answers. The Japanese console-maker has drip-fed specific tidbits like the Switch's lack of Wii U or 3DS backward compatibility and briefly talking about the tablet's battery life, but reports sprang up quite fast.




Considering there's tons of Nintendo Switch reports flying around such as handheld's mediocre battery life or the console enjoying extra processing power while docked, you'd think Nintendo would want to step in and clear things up. But Nintendo has zipped its mouth shut, and won't be revealing any new Switch info until 2017.


The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki reports that Nintendo won't be reveal any more details about the Switch until 2017, including info about its games, specifications, pricing, or other major updates including region-lock, the possibility of Wii U games showing up on the Switch's eShop, Virtual Console games, or anything else. I had earlier predicted that Nintendo would talk about Switch specifics at its next investor relations meeting on October 26, but that won't be the case.


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Nintendo Switch may have extra power while docked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

Nintendo's new Switch console may perform better while docked for living room play than it does on the go.




Based on Nintendo's response to IGN, we recently reported that Nintendo's new Switch console dock wouldn't boost GPU or CPU performance, but it looks like we might've been wrong: three separate sources, including unnamed Ubisoft and Nintendo sources, have told Let's Play Video Games Editor-in-Chief Laura Kate Dale that the Nintendo Switch dock will provide a processing boost to the main tablet console.


Given this data, we speculate that the Nintendo Switch may be underclocked and have its power dialed back when its taken out of the dock for portable gaming, which could translate to small performance drops in resolution and frame rate while gaming on-the-go. This suggests the Switch doesn't provide full, seamless console-grade gaming on-the-go as we previously believed. The Switch's full power would then be unlocked when it's fastened back into the dock, providing the best quality gameplay experiences for the living room.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda has 1080p enhancements on PS4 Pro

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will run at upscaled 4K 30FPS on Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, but what about HDTV owners? Can we expect any enhancements in 1080p? Console architect Mark Cerny confirms HDTV owners won't be left out.




With Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, devs have a ton of enhancement options for their games: they can enable different resolutions like native 4K and upscaled 4K with checkerboard rendering techniques, enable HDR, tweak frame rates to fit resolutions (like upscaled 4K 30FPS), add in 1080p 60FPS or even boost visuals in 1080p with supersampling. Devs can also employ one or all of these enhancements into their games, but it's ultimately up to each dev which optimizations get added.


BioWare's highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda will have its own enhanced mode in 1080p, likely using the PS4 Pro's super-sampling techniques to scale up resolution and improve visuals. "Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, InFamous and Mass Effect Andromeda all use 1800p checkerboarding," PS4 Pro architect Mark Cerny told Eurogamer. "Super-sampling again is very popular for HDTV support. Mass Effect Andromeda has two very different strategies. They have checkerboard for 4K and they have a separate mode for high quality graphics at 1080p."

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Build your own code-free apps with this 6-course bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 6 days, 22 hours ago



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The Comprehensive App & Game Design Bundle holds the key to a rewarding app design career, and it can be all yours for only $29.

Nintendo Switch's battery may only last for 3 hours

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

UPDATE: Ubisoft sources have apparently told Laura Kate Dale, Editor-in-Chief for Let's Play Video Games, that the Nintendo Switch's battery only lasts 3 hours. There are other reports that the Switch has "mediocre" battery life, despite Nintendo's following statements and NVIDIA's customized Tegra chip, which may or may not be power efficient.


Given the accuracy of Dale's information leading up to the Switch's reveal, this could be factual, and may go against our speculations below.


The headline of this article has been updated to reflect the new information.


Original story is as follows.


Nintendo's new Switch hardware is actually a transforming 2-in-1 style tablet that has two modes: docked for console living room play, or fastened with controllers for console-grade gameplay on-the-go. But what kind of battery life can we expect from the Switch's handheld? Will we get more than 2-3 hours of action while playing demanding games like, say, a huge open-world game from Rockstar, or even Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?




Battery life has been one of the biggest questions about the Nintendo Switch, and now Nintendo has weighed in. While the company hasn't given any actual battery specs, it says that the Switch was specifically designed to eke out every last drop of juice and prolong your gaming sessions as long as possible.


"[Switch's battery life] has been developed so that you are able to comfortably play as much as possible in places without accessibly power. Detailed specifications will be announced at a later date," Nintendo told Famitsu in a recent interview.

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Nintendo Switch not backward compatible with Wii U games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Nintendo has officially confirmed that it's new Nintendo Switch console-handheld hybrid has no physical backward compatibility support.




Although the NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo Switch uses cartridges called Game Cards, the new platform won't play Nintendo 3DS cartridges, nor is it compatible with Wii U game discs. Nintendo told Famitsu that the Switch is "a completely new game machine" and "since the Nintendo Switch is not a Wii U or Nintendo 3DS successor machine, it will not play Wii U disc software and/or Nintendo 3DS cards."


Nintendo's decision to nix backward compatibility with the Switch somewhat clashes with the company's recent move to meld past successes with new systems, as the Wii U can be booted up in Wii mode and function as a fully-fledged legacy Wii system. Nintendo has made it clear that it defines the Switch as a completely separate system from the Wii U, and the Japanese console-maker is keen on distancing the Switch as far as possible from its failed predecessor.

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Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine one last time in 'Logan'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week ago

It's going to be a sad day when Hugh Jackman hangs up his claws, but the new trailer for Logan is here, showing the most real and emotional Wolverine yet. Check it out:



Patrick Stewart reprises his role of Professor X for Logan, and both Professor X and Logan look like they haven't shaved in months, and it kinda rocks. The movie looks much more down to earth and emotional, compared to the action rollercoasters of the previous Wolverine movies.

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