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  1. The wait isn't over, but its end is in sight. Netflix confirmed Thursday that the sequel to 2018's To All the Boys I've Loved Before will premiere on Feb. 12, 2020 – and a third film, completing the trilogy of novels by Jenny Han, is already in production. #ToAllTheBoys: P.S. I Still Love You premieres February 12! And a third film —To All The Boys: Always And Forever Lara Jean — is already in production!!! pic.twitter.com/EPfUYbOaKl — See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) August 15, 2019 P.S. I Still Love You picks up with Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) happily dating, but a complication arrives in the former of their childhood friend John Ambrose McLaren (Jordan Fisher) – another one of the boys Lara Jean once loved. Read more... More about Entertainment, Movies, Netflix, To All The Boys I Ve Loved Before, and P.S. I Love YouView the full article
  2. Bioengineers at Rice University created entangled cardiovascular networks similar to the body’s natural passageways. Read more... More about Mashable Video, 3d Printing, Organ Transplants, Future Blink, and Rice UniversityView the full article
  3. It’s been nearly two years since Dream Beach dropped the first set of Breach bootlegs, and he’s back now with another set of dreamy takes on some of his favorite songs. The new compilation features bootlegs of tracks from Bladee, Fka Twigs, Xanman, and Trouble, all with the same hazy audiophile filter over the top. Dream Beach has an uncanny ability to produce music to be perceived as if you were held in an underwater dreamscape — albeit one in which you could still breathe. Lights and sounds all come through the filter distorted and flickering, adding to the dreamlike wonder of the productions. Even on the hip hop bootleg for “Point” by Xanman, it still seems like you’re in a lo-fi anime video than jail, where Xanman was earlier this year. It all culminates with my personal favorite bootleg, “Buy Yo Traphouse” by Trouble. On top of the already present dream filter, it also gains a grainy, subtle record effect as if you’re listening to it from 40 years in the past. The slight white noise turns this trap anthem into a bedtime lullaby. Check out Breach 2 from Dream Beach below. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Dream Beach Drops “Breach 2” Nearly Two Years After First Installment View the full article
  4. CLIP turns any bicycle into an e-bike, taking the effort out of uphill pedaling. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Carbon Footprint, E Bike, Future Blink, and Tech View the full article
  5. With all of the progress we’ve seen in deep learning tech in the past few years, it seems pretty inevitable that security cameras become smarter and more capable in regards to tracking, but there are more options than we think in how we choose to pull this off. Traces AI is a new computer vision startup, in Y Combinator’s latest batch of bets, that’s focused on helping cameras track people without relying on facial recognition data, something the founders believe is too invasive of the public’s privacy. The startup’s technology actually blurs out all human faces in frame, only relying on the other physical attributes of a person. “It’s a combination of different parameters from the visuals. We can use your hair style, whether you have a backpack, your type of shoes and the combination of your clothing,” co-founder Veronica Yurchuk tells TechCrunch. Tech like this obviously doesn’t scale too great for a multi-day city-wide manhunt and leaves room for some Jason Bourne-esque criminals to turn their jackets inside out and toss on a baseball cap to evade detection. As a potential customer, why forego a sophisticated technology just to stave off dystopia? Well, Traces AI isn’t so convinced that facial recognition tech is always the best solution, they believe that facial tracking isn’t something every customer wants or needs and there should be more variety in terms of solutions. “The biggest concern [detractors] have is, ‘Okay, you want to ban the technology that is actually protecting people today, and will be protecting this country tomorrow?’ And, that’s hard to argue with, but what we are actually trying to do is propose an alternative that will be very effective but less invasive of privacy,” co-founder Kostya Shysh tells me. Earlier this year, San Francisco banned government agencies from the use of facial recognition software, and it’s unlikely that they will be the only city to make that choice. In our conversation, Shysh also highlighted some of the backlash to Detroit’s Project Green Light which brought facial recognition surveillance tech city-wide. Traces AI’s solution can also be a better option for closed venues that have limited data on the people on their premises in the first place. One use case Shysh highlighted was being able to find a lost child in an amusement park with just a little data. “You can actually give them a verbal description, So if you say, it’s a missing 10-year-old boy, and he had blue shorts and a white t shirt, that will be enough information for us to start a search,” Shysh says. In addition to being a better way to promote privacy, Shysh also sees the technology as a more effective way to reduce the racial bias of these computer vision systems which have proven less adept at distinguishing non-white faces, and are thus often more prone to false positives. “The way our technology works, we actually blur faces of the people before sending it to the cloud. We’re doing it intentionally as one of the safety mechanisms to protect from racial and gender biases as well,” Shysh says. The co-founders say that the U.S. and Great Britain are likely going to be their biggest markets due to the high quantity of CCTV cameras, but they’re also pursuing customers in Asian countries like Japan and Singapore where face-obscuring facial masks are often worn and can leave facial tracking software much less effective. View the full article
  6. Being the CTO for one of the three major hypercloud providers may seem like enough of a job for most people, but Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, has a few other talents in his back pocket. Russinovich, who will join us for a fireside chat at our TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event in San Francisco on September 5 (p.s. early-bird sale ends Friday), is also an accomplished novelist who has published four novels, all of which center around tech and cybersecurity. At our event, though, we won’t focus on his literary accomplishments (except for maybe his books about Windows Server) as much as on the trends he’s seeing in enterprise cloud adoption. Microsoft, maybe more so than its competitors, always made enterprise customers and their needs the focus of its cloud initiatives from the outset. Today, as the majority of enterprises is looking to move at least some of their legacy workloads into the cloud, they are often stumped by the sheer complexity of that undertaking. In our fireside chat, we’ll talk about what Microsoft is doing to reduce this complexity and how enterprises can maximize their current investments into the cloud, both for running new cloud-native applications and for bringing legacy applications into the future. We’ll also talk about new technologies that can make the move to the cloud more attractive to enterprises, including the current buzz around edge computing, IoT, AI and more. Before joining Microsoft, Russinovich, who has a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon, was the co-founder and chief architect of Winternals Software, which Microsoft acquired in 2006. During his time at Winternals, Russinovich discovered the infamous Sony rootkit. Over his 13 years at Microsoft, he moved from Technical Fellow up to the CTO position for Azure, which continues to grow at a rapid clip as it looks to challenge AWS’s leadership in total cloud revenue. Tomorrow, Friday, August 16 is your last day to save $100 on tickets before prices go up. Book your early-bird tickets now and keep that Benjamin in your pocket. If you’re an early-stage startup, we only have three demo table packages left! Each demo package comes with four tickets and a great location for your company to get in front of attendees. Book your demo package today before we sell out! View the full article
  7. Instagram is, very slowly, ramping up its tools to fight misinformation. The photo-sharing app will now let its users report posts that contain "false information." Reported posts may be sent to one of Instagram's fact-checkers and the post could eventually be hidden from Instagram's Explore page and hashtag pages. In other words: if you spot fake news or some other type of misinformation in the app, you can now report it, and it might be removed from the more public-facing areas of the app. A small step to be sure, but one that could maybe one day have a more lasting effect. Instagram previously announced that it would hide posts fact-checkers had deemed "false," but there was no way for individual users to report posts. Read more... More about Tech, Instagram, Social Media Companies, Tech, and Social Media CompaniesView the full article
  8. Dance music has made a lot of progress in the past few years, going global on a scale never seen before. But this past Tuesday, August 13, in cooperation with the European Space Agency, BigCityBeats founder and pioneer Bernd Breiter turned his visions of curating the first ever DJ set, live from outer space, into reality. ESA astronaut and future commander Luca Parmitano played a 12-minute set from 400 km up, featuring tracks from Sunbeam, Robin Schulz, and Vize. “It was an incredible opportunity for all of us to make a dream come true. This opportunity to combine science and music was a great experience. I hope that everyone now sees the world a little bit differently and enjoys life – just as we do this up here on the ISS.” – Luca Parmitano The momentous occasion was streamed live to the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. Around 2,500 passengers and 100 VIPs, including Giulia Siegel, Maren Gilzer (Wheel of Fortune), the former Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfäller, swimming Olympic champion Michael Groß, the Swedish superstar model Marcus Schenkenberg and Jasmin Wagner, as well as superstar DJs such as Robin Schulz, Don Diablo, EDX, Felix Kröcher, dr. Motte and Le Shuuk all bore witness to this ground-breaking event. BigCityBeats resident DJ Le Shuuk trained Parmitano for his task, “When Bernd Breiter called me and asked if I wanted to train an astronaut as a DJ, I thought it was a joke. But knowing that Bernd was not joking, I was overwhelmed to take on the job.” See a clip via BBC below. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Luca Parmitano Becomes First Person To Ever DJ From Outer Space View the full article
  9. The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio The change comes after a recent Motherboard report that contractors were listening to personal Skype conversations and Cortana audio recordings. Microsoft is just the latest tech giant to get called out for failing to make it clear that human contractors could be listening to users’ audio recordings. When asked about the policy changes, the company said, “We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content.” 2. AT&T and T-Mobile team up to fight scam robocalls The two companies will today begin to roll out new cross-network call authentication technology based on the STIR/SHAKEN standards — a sort of universal caller ID system designed to stop illegal caller ID spoofing. 3. Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products from third-party sellers to charity The program’s launch follows a series of news reports earlier this year, which found that Amazon warehouses routinely trashed millions of unsold items. Photo: Pivotal 4. VMware says it’s looking to acquire Pivotal Pivotal is best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. Its shares have struggled since the company’s IPO in April 2018. 5. UPS takes minority stake in self-driving truck startup TuSimple TuSimple, which is backed by Nvidia, ZP Capital and Sina Corp., is working on a “full-stack solution,” developing and bringing together all of the technological pieces required for autonomous driving. 6. Racial bias observed in hate speech detection algorithm from Google Researchers at the University of Washington were interested in the idea that databases of hate speech currently available might have racial biases baked in — like many other data sets that suffered from a lack of inclusive practices during formation. 7. Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless future In two years, Voyage has gone from a tiny self-driving car upstart spun out of Udacity to a company able to operate on 200 miles of roads in retirement communities. (Extra Crunch membership required.) View the full article
  10. The devout droid preaches infinite wisdom in several languages. Read more... More about Tech, Watercooler, Mashable Video, Religion, and Standalone Featured View the full article
  11. TL;DR: The reliable TomTom GPS Via 1625TM system is now $118.15 at Amazon. That's a $51.84 discount for the six-inch model that also includes live traffic and free lifetime map updates. You've got places to be, but you don't always know how to get there. You might trust your phone's navigation apps to help you out, but good luck trying to read directions on a small screen. A dedicated GPS device offers you clearer instructions without sucking up your data. So if you need to get to your favorite taco joint fast to beat the lunch rush, consider a new TomTom device on sale at Amazon. Hit the road with a TomTom GPS Via 1625TM navigation device for $118.15 from Amazon. You get 30% off the price of this six-inch model, which is close to the lowest price we've ever seen. If you are fine with a smaller screen you also save 30% on the five-inch model for $105. Read more... More about Gps, Tomtom, Traffic, Mashable Shopping, and Amazon DealsView the full article
  12. After 18 years at the helm, Mitchell Reichgut is stepping down as CEO of Jun Group, with COO and president Corey Weiner taking over as chief executive. The news comes just about a year after Jun Group was acquired by Advantage Solutions, but Reichgut said the acquisition was a “non-factor” in his decision. “I think it is the right time for the company to have a leadership change,” he said. “I have been stepping back more and more, so it’s a natural progression, with a bunch of managers here taking on larger roles as I move on.” In addition to Weiner (who’s been at Jun Group since 2003), other Jun Group executives taking on new roles include Mishel Alon becoming COO, Leslie Bargmann becoming vice president of client services and Jeremy Ellison becoming vice president of technology. Reichgut, meanwhile, said he’s “stepping back entirely to focus on artwork and writing and community service after a long, long career.” Looking ahead, Weiner plans to double down on Jun Group’s approach to advertising, where it builds custom audience segments by polling users in its network, then shows video ads and branded content to interested viewers. “Our primary motivation is to evangelize that format,” he said. “As you know, most advertising is interruptive and consumers don’t like that kind of advertising very much — in some cases, they’re annoyed by it. This value exchange flips the advertising paradigm on its head. By choosing to engage with advertising, they are getting something amazing in return.” View the full article
  13. Rezz just dropped her Beyond The Senses EP a little less than a month ago, but our Space Mom is already teasing new music on the horizon. Quoting a tweet from Malaa who says he just sent Rezz “something,” she responds: “Hahaha we making fire.” Collab confirmed. What the two will end up making, or whose style will end up being more prevalent in the final product, remains a mystery. Either way, we’re excited to hear this whenever it’s ready to be unleashed. Photos via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Rezz & Malaa Tease Forthcoming Collab View the full article
  14. The right people to solve the trillion-dollar student debt crisis might be the ones who are suffering from it the hardest. If you’re a recent college graduate, there’s a 50% chance you took on debt when you moved off campus. If you’re like the average student borrower, you graduated with $29,800 of loan debt, and are making a monthly re-payment of between $200 and $300, according to a recent report from the New York Fed. GradJoy is a new Y Combinator-backed startup that wants to help the 45 million student debt borrowers in the U.S. manage their repayment plans. Within seven days of being a live platform and a marketing strategy that consisted of reaching out to a few universities, GradJoy is already managing $20 million in loans. Co-founders Jose Bethancourt and Marco del Carmen turned down roles at Cloudflare and MongoDB, respectively, upon learning they’d been accepted to Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 class. GradJoy bills itself as a “student loan co-pilot,” and currently exists as a platform that helps users manage student loan repayments — whether that’s assessing pros and cons of refinancing, what a monthly payment should look like and if they have any wiggle room based on greater income and spending habits. GradJoy hopes to hammer a few cracks in the $1.5 trillion federal student loan debt crisis by giving new borrowers more insight into their repayment journey. Loan companies will always advise borrowers to pay the minimum because they benefit from the outrageous interest fees amassed over time. GradJoy wants to tap into your bank account and monitor your finances to deliver more transparent loan-management advice with a feature that lets you simulate how different payment amounts would affect your loans. Bethancourt, a recent University of Texas graduate, was his own first user. He built the GradJoy platform for himself while calculating his optimal student loan repayment plan in Excel. He’d met his co-founder in a coding bootcamp in the Rio Grande Valley at the border of Mexico and South Texas — where Bethancourt is originally from. Jose Bethancourt (Left) Marco del Carmen (Right) Student lending is a predatory industry that benefits off the ignorance of first-time borrowers and has been known to purposefully constrict resources for customers. New borrowers must navigate landmines like refinancing scams, the “7-minute rule” for customer service assistance and tricky requirements buried within the public service loan forgiveness program. A question is posed for new startups that want to punch up against greedy student loan servicers like Navient and AES. Without replicating the corrupt business models that lenders have in order to make money off the student loan debt problem, how can newcomers like GradJoy become profitable? Gradjoy bills itself as a “student loan co-pilot” Aside from venture capital, which GradJoy will be seeking upon its graduation from Y Combinator, it will make money in a few ways. In order to align with users’ goals, GradJoy’s business model is tied to their savings. If a user refinances using GradJoy, they get a referral payment from their lending partners. The platform is currently beta testing their robo-advisor for debt, and in the future they plan on charging a small fee per month if they’re able to save a user money. Student loans don’t only burden millennial bank accounts. The student loan debt crisis is creating an economic trend. Inability to repay student loans causes young people to rely on credit cards to make ends meet and delay major life choices like investing in property. Not to mention the affect of student debt on mental health for young people at an already volatile point in their lives. In five years, GradJoy’s founders say they’d like to be running a more robust financial services product that was first focused on helping its customers pay off student loans. They hope to mobilize customers while they’re at the nascence of their financial independence, and scale up to launch a larger suite of financial service products. View the full article
  15. TL;DR: Grab a sweet deal this school year on a Lenovo IdeaPad S340 laptop for only $379 at Walmart. Regular price is $489, which means you save $110. Start the school year right with a laptop that gives you the performance you want at a price that won't put a black hole in your budget. You'll get the flexibility to tackle those big class projects with a durable, lightweight personal computer that is also versatile enough to handle all your extracurricular activities with ease. Revel in a thinner, lighter design that maximizes the HD resolution on the 15.6-inch anti-glare display. Plus, the sweet backlit keyboard lets them know you are serious. Read more... More about Lenovo, Laptop, Back To School, Mashable Shopping, and Laptops On Sale View the full article
  16. Gone are the days when tech companies can deploy their services in cities without any regard for rules and regulations. Before the rise of electric scooters, cities had already become hip to tech’s status quo (thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft) and were ready to regulate. We explored some of this in “The uncertain future of shared scooters,” but since then, new challenges have emerged for scooter startups. And for scooter startups, city regulations can make or break their businesses across nearly every aspect of operations, especially two major ones: ridership growth and ability to attract investor dollars. From issuing permits to determining how many scooters any one company can operate at any one time to enforcing low-income plans and impacting product roadmaps, the ball is really in the city’s court. View the full article
  17. U.S. Cyber Command, the sister division of the National Security Agency focused on offensive hacking and security operations, has released a set of new samples of malware linked to North Korean hackers. The military unit tweeted Wednesday that it had uploaded the malware to VirusTotal, a widely used database for malware and security research. It’s not the first time the unit has uploaded malware to the server — it has its own Twitter account to tell followers which malware it uploads. On one hand the disclosure helps security teams fight threats from nation states, but it also gives a rare glimpse inside the nation state-backed hacking groups on which Cyber Command is focused. The uploaded malware sample is named Electric Fish by the U.S. government. Electric Fish is a tunneling tool designed to exfiltrate data from one system to another over the internet once a backdoor has been placed. Electric Fish is linked to the APT36 hacking group. FireEye says APT36 has distinctly different motivations from other North Korean-backed hacking groups like Lazarus, which was blamed for the Sony hack in 2016 and the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017. APT36 is focused on financial crimes, such as stealing millions of dollars from banks across the world, the cybersecurity firm said. Electric Fish was first discovered in May, according to Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division CISA, but APT36 has been active for several years. A recently leaked United Nations report said the North Korean regime has stolen more than $2 billion through dozens of cyberattacks to fund its various weapons programs. APT36 has amassed more than $100 million in stolen funds since its inception. View the full article
  18. Plex today is launching a new desktop application for Mac and Windows, with the goal of eventually replacing Plex Media Player as the company’s only desktop solution. The app’s arrival also signals a change in direction for the company, which will also now remove its existing Windows Store application and end support for the traditional home theater PC setup — the latter which involves a desktop computer connected to a TV or home theater. The company explains this decision was made after examining how people were using Plex today, and found that most would have an equal or even better experience with a streaming device and its new players. “It marks the end of an era for us, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a little bittersweet,” the company wrote in a blog post about the change. Home theater PC-style configurations are today a bit of a holdover from an earlier era where there were fewer resources to stream personal media from your PC to your TV. Today, however, Plex’s apps for streaming devices are fairly capable, and a heck of a lot simpler to set up and use by mainstream consumers. The company also noted that the new Apple TV and Android players support nearly all the same formats and that Plex’s app for streaming devices has come a long way in recent years. “Modern streaming devices don’t need as much care and feeding as desktop computers. They don’t need to sleep (much), they use a tiny amount of electricity…and they don’t require nearly as much effort to get up and running. They have remotes that work wonderfully out of the box (no more fiddly custom key mappings!) In short, they’re designed for the environment in which you’re using them, and it shows,” the company explained, in hopes of fending off any backlash. Meanwhile, the new Plex desktop app includes all the capabilities of Plex Media Player along with support for offline access. Previously called “Sync,” this feature has been renamed to “Downloads,” and lets you take your media with you. Similar support for offline media will come to Plex’s mobile apps, too, at a later date, the company said. To use the Downloads feature, you’ll need a Plex Pass subscription. But otherwise, the new desktop app is free. Though the desktop app is meant to replace Plex Media Player, the company says it will continue to update the software until January 2020, to allow time for everyone to make the transition. Plex’s overall business has been changing, in recent years, to become more than just a home media organizer. Today, Plex is a DIY streaming solution that allows users to watch not just their own media across platforms, but also stream podcasts, news, web series and music from TIDAL, as well as capture and record live TV from a digital antenna. This change has led to other closures, including Plex’s decision last year to shutter Plugins, Cloud Sync and its “Watch Later” bookmarking feature, in addition to the technically challenging Plex Cloud. It’s unclear how successful Plex’s changes have been as the company doesn’t disclose its number of paying subscribers. However, last year, Plex said it had 15 million registered users — meaning both free and paid. In January 2019, it upped that number to 20 million and noted it had “millions” of people using Plex on a monthly basis. View the full article
  19. TL;DR: You can save up to $215 on a foam mattress from Casper by ordering yours from Amazon. As anyone who's ever slept in a dorm bunk bed will tell you, a mattress topper can only go so far when the mattress itself is a piece of junk — because no, most colleges *don't* change that sucker from year to year. (Spoiler: Cooties aren't the only germs you'll have to worry about while living in a crowded residence hall.) Whether you want to replace your grody dorm mattress for the semester or simply need a new bed for your first college pad, we recommend heading over to Amazon ASAP: You'll find four different sizes and styles of Casper's classic mattress on sale there for up to 20% off, saving you as much as $215. Read more... More about Sleep, Casper, Mashable Shopping, Mattresses, and CultureView the full article
  20. New numbers out of Canalys show strong continued growth for the North America wearables market for Q2. The market hit $2 billion value for the quarter, according to the firm, marking a 38% year over year growth. It’s not exactly earth-shattering, but it’s steady for a category that felt almost dead in the water a year or two back. Growth for the quarter was led by Apple and Samsung, which marked 32% and 121% growth, coming in at first and third place, respectively — at 2.2 million and 400,000 units. Fitbit, meanwhile, retained its No. 2 position. The company showed a modest 18% growth, owing the slowdown to fewer smartwatches (versus fitness bands) shipped. That tracks with the company’s disappointing quarterly results as the new Versa Lite failed to hit the mark. The move marks a misstep for the Versa brand, which has otherwise contributed well to Fitbit’s bounce back. Interestingly, while North America is the No. 2 wearables market in terms of units shipped, it continues to be the most valuable. That’s likely due to higher unit prices, with the Apple Watch leading the pack, versus Xiaomi’s super-cheap fitness bands, which have a much stronger foothold in their native China. View the full article
  21. For a couple of years now Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America was more aspirational than functional, but now it’s been built out with the necessaries for commercial spaceflight — mainly coffee. The company just showed off the newly redesigned space from which it plans to launch flights… sometime. Much of the undulating, aesthetically rusted building, located deep in the desert of New Mexico, is dedicated to housing the carrier craft and rocket planes that the company has been testing for the last few years. That was almost certainly the hard part, in fact: relocating the infrastructure necessary to support the spacefaring vehicles, including engineers, equipment and supply chain people, as Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides told me in May. But the spaceport itself must also become a place for humans to arrive, park at, nervously sip coffee and have a pre-flight meal — if that’s really a good idea for your first trip to space. Maybe stick to coffee. The “first phase” of the consumer-side build-out includes an elegantly appointed little restaurant and cafe, and upstairs can be found “mission control,” which looks more like a conference room than a spaceplane pilot staging area. [gallery ids="1869269,1869273,1869279,1869270,1869266,1869277,1869271,1869272"] There are a number of little lounge areas for passengers and others to congregate in, and if the scale seems a little small, keep in mind that this isn’t an airport food court. These flights are going to be full, but they’re also going to be six passengers at a time. Jeremy Brown, design director for Spaceport America, explains that the choice of materials and terraced surfaces, leading up to the lighter, airier second story, is meant to evoke the landscape outside, which nearly all the seating faces, and draw the attention outwards and upwards. Although Virgin Galactic has had several successful test flights, there’s no indication when its first actual commercial flight will be. “The last flight we did, we basically demonstrated a full commercial profile, including the interior of the vehicle,” Whitesides said in May. “Not only did we, you know, go up to space and come down, but because Beth was in the back — Beth Moses, our flight instructor — she was sort of our mock passenger. She got up a couple times and moved around, she was able to verify our cabin conditions.” The paperwork is in order and the spaceport itself is now equipped with a cafe, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the first flight from Virgin Galactic before the end of the year. View the full article
  22. The lichen has been found on the side of the road. While the lichen is said to have properties similar to Viagra, the plant also has some harmful substances. Read more here. Read more... More about Mashable Video, Culture, Drugs, Lichen, and Viagra View the full article
  23. One of the first airlines to integrate VR, British Airways plans to test this out for select passengers over the next four months. Read more here. Read more... More about Tech, Transportation, Mashable Video, Vr, and British AirwaysView the full article
  24. The 12-minute interview, filmed in Detroit, also covers wages, student debt, and other topics View the full article
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