After months of speculation, Apple has officially unveiled the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Featuring an incredibly crisp Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion (adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz), an upgraded pro camera system sporting new Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto camera sensors, as well as the A15 Bionic chip offering advancements in computational photography to power the all-new camera features. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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John McAfee, founder of the McAfee antivirus software company, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona on Wednesday. This event occurred mere hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax-related charges as well as for promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to his Twitter followers without disclosing that he was paid to do so. Read more for the news report and additional information.
The Tesla Model S Plaid delivery event is happening on June 10th, but for those who were holding out and waiting to get a Model S Plaid+, it may be a while (if ever) until you see the vehicle. Why? Elon Musk just announced that the Tesla Model S Plaid+ has been canceled because the standard S Plaid model is “just so good,” and understandably so. Even though the vehicle won’t have 1,100 horsepower, it’s only slightly slower. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission with the Crew Dragon capsule is a success. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley safely splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida and remain inside the spacecraft as recovery ships move toward them. This marks the first return of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the International Space Station. Read more for two videos and additional information.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to undock from the International Space Station in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour at 7:34 p.m. EDT as the Demo-2 test flight enters its final stage. The mission first began on May 30th and after undocking, they are expected to spend just under a day in orbit before returning to Earth Sunday afternoon. Read more for the livestream and additional information.
NBCUniversal has just announced that Universal Pictures will make its movies available on-demand the same day as their global theatrical releases. This will start with DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour (opening April 10 in the U.S.), and the company is also planning to make movies that are currently in theatrical release available on-demand starting as early as Friday, March 20 (The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma for now). Read more for a news report and additional information.
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Social distancing is one way to prevent cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 and as many already know, is hard to accomplish in Apple Stores, especially on busy weekends. As of today, Apple has closed all of their retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27. Everything is working as it should online, or for those without a computer, an alternative would be to download the Apple Store app on the App Store. Now if you were looking to get something repaired in person, that will have to wait for at least two weeks. Read more for a video of Steve Jobs touring the very first Apple Store.
NASA astronaut Christina Koch landed back on Earth at 4:12 a.m. EST in Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan, setting a record for the longest single spaceflight in history by a woman. Her first journey into space became a 328-day mission in which she orbited Earth 5,248 times, a journey of 139 million miles, or the equivalent to 291 trips to the Moon and back. Read more for a video and additional information.
A fifth force of nature may have been discovered by scientists at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Atomki). The team was closely monitoring how an excited helium atom emitted light as it decayed, and the particles ended up splitting at an unusual angle, 115 degrees, which couldn’t be explained by known physics. They called this new particle X17 because they calculated its mass at 17 megaelectronvolts. Read more for a video and additional information.
Disney has officially joined the streaming business with the debut of its Disney+ service. The company hopes that its $6.99-per-month service will attract millions of subscribers with its mix of Marvel / Star Wars movies, TV shows, classic animated films, new series and lots more. The most highly anticipated original show is “The Mandalorian,” a live-action “Star Wars” series created by Jon Favreau. Read more for a video that tells you all about the service and additional information.