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NASA's InSight Lander won't be reaching the red planet until 2016, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is already preparing for its welcome party. In order to make sure that it's at the right place to be able to receive radio transmissions from InSight during the landing process, the MRO is firing six intermediate-sized thrusters (it has one set of bigger and another set of smaller ones) for 77 seconds today, July 29th. Those thrusters are capable of producing five pounds of thrust each, and firing them will adjust the spracecraft's orbit timing from crossing the equator every 3PM local solar time to 2:30PM. The last time the MRO performed a maneuver of this magnitude was in 2006, and the next instances are scheduled to happen in 2016 and 2017 to return it to its original orbit timing.

When the Insight lander lifts off in March 2016, it will come with two CubeSats that will act as communications-relay satellites that can instantly transmit messages to the ground team. However, the MRO will also record those radio transmissions for later playback, just like it did for Curiosity and the Phoenix lander. That will serve as the official documentation of those critical minutes before InSight touches down and starts digging into the planet's surface.

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You know GoPro, and you know Sony, but what about Drift? The name may not be as familiar, but the U.K.-based company has been making action cams for some time, which are available online or at special camera stores.

The company’s latest camera, the Stealth 2, is its smallest and lightest yet. It shoots video at Full HD 1080, and captures photos up to 12 megapixels. But in a now highly competitive action cam market, is size and weight enough to make the Stealth 2 stand out?

Features and design

The Stealth 2 has a signature design that Drift uses: a rectangular shape with curved edges, and a tapered end that leads to the 135-degree field-of-view lens. The camera has a rubberized texture and a sealed rear compartment that suggests some ruggedness. Indeed, it’s weather-resistant against rain, snow, dust, and mud, but it isn’t waterproof; you’ll need to purchase an optional underwater housing.

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Diane Keaton is to join Jude Law in " The Young Pope," the first TV series co-produced by UK broadcaster Sky and US broadcaster HBO.

The international co-production marks the latest series to be produced by broadcasters from different countries and peopled with international stars to appeal to audiences around the world. This is especially important as broadcasters in individual countries face competition from global players like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, which are sinking money into new shows like "House of Cards" and "Transparent" and releasing them to a global audience, free from the territorial constraints of local broadcasting.

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TWITTER'S LATEST FINANCIAL RESULTS show that the short messaging social media advertising business is good.

The firm reported revenue of $502m in the second quarter of 2015, boasting a 61 percent swelling in the area against the same period last year.

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Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets.

The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.

Aliyun, which spun off from Alibaba in 2012, also disclosed that it formed a new strategic partnership with Yonyou Software, which claims to be the largest software vendor in China, as well as the largest independent enterprise software vendor in the Asia Pacific region. Working with Yonyou can help Aliyun score more enterprise customers in Asia who need cloud computing, big data, digital marketing, and e-commerce solutions.

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You just can't have a little clever fun anymore. With all the hoops cover bands have to jump through just to ply their craft, I had never really considered that one cover band might get into a trademark scuffle over the band's name. Yet, that's exactly what has happened to the Doobie Decimal System, a cover band now being sued by The Doobie Brothers, who claim that the band's name is confusingly similar to their own.

The Doobie Brothers trademarked their band name — as well as the use of “Doobies” for musical performances — in 1982, and their suit argues that the Doobie Decimal System’s moniker is “highly phonetically and visually similar” to their own, a similarity further compounded by the larger font used for the word “Doobie” in the Decimal System’s website and concert posters.
Ah, yes, an enormously popular classic rock band with the kind of name recognition most bands only dream about is going to be confused with the Doobie Decimal System, a cover band whose name is a play on an organizational system for libraries. Congratulations, trademark pushers, this is where you've brought us. I contend that no amount of doobies could actually result in this doobie-confusion, but some of the supporters of this lawsuit are really stretching themselves to argue that there would indeed be such confusion.
Although the story is being spun in some quarters as though the Doobie Brothers are claiming to own the word “doobie,” they’re really just defending the trademark they own — and as Billboard‘s report points out, since the Doobie Decimal System performs hits from the same decade that produced most of the Doobie Brothers’ bestselling albums, they’re not entirely out of line in viewing one another as indirect competitors.
Yeah, actually, they kind of are out of line of direct competition. Nobody is confused here and the cover band is competing with The Doobie Brothers about as much as a little league game competes with Major League Baseball. Sure, they're both baseball, but nobody is trying to figure out how to spend their baseball dollar and deciding between the two. In the meantime, even if The Doobie Brothers felt some kind of fearful obligation to protect their trademark, they could certainly be going about it more amicably than this suit.
They’re seeking “an accounting, an injunction and punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.”
Our only hope here is that the folks that own the IP on the Dewey Decimal system (yes, seriously, someone owns it) can be brought into the mix, causing the sitting judge's head to explode in frustration so everyone can just go home.
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Enlarge / If your Windows Update looks like this, you can install Windows 10 right now.

The free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 is available now on Windows update. Those of you who've reserved your copy may find that your Windows Update is already offering to install the new operating system, though the release is staggered so you may not get it just yet.

Much to my surprise, upgrading my own system from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was more or less flawless, and the upgrade is a great deal more convenient than a fresh install. If you want to do a fresh install, or want to upgrade but don't want to wait for Windows Update, ISO images are now available too. The final Windows 10 release is also now available on MSDN for subscribers.

While you're waiting for the download, why not read our review?

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The pupa that is Nokia — the portion not gobbled up by Microsoft last year — emerged from its cocoon on Tuesday bearing a high-end 360-degree camera called Ozo, a product targeting the nascent virtual reality content creation industry.

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As detailed by The Verge, which was on hand for tonight's unveiling, Ozo is a spherical camera setup fitted with eight image sensors and an equal number of microphones capable of recording 360-degree, stereoscopic 3D views of the world. Unlike other current VR camera systems, Nokia's platform was designed with the professional filmmaker in mind. Importantly, Ozo delivers live monitoring so a director or DP can get instant feedback on scene composition, lighting and more through a VR headset. Another key feature is rapid playback. Existing systems normally take hours to weave data from multiple sensors together to create a cohesive VR experience, but Ozo does the same task in minutes by initially outputting at a lower resolution."OZO aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world."After filming and post-production, content can be made available for consumption on commercially available headsets like Oculus Rift. Jaunt, a VR production company based in Palo Alto, Calif., pledged initial support for Ozo, saying it will offer the camera at its studios and provide post-production services. Final Ozo pricing will be announced this fall when the product is expected to ship. A number of big tech companies are dabbling in the VR space, including Apple competitor Samsung. Apple owns multiple patents covering virtual reality hardware and software, but has not publicly announced plans to release a commercial solution. The most recent evidence of Apple's interest in VR came in February when the company posted job listings looking for hardware and software engineers interested in building virtual reality displays.
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When Microsoft set out to build Windows 10, the company had a challenge to face: the operating system needed to appeal to the wide swath of people already using Windows.

“We joke on our team that we’re ordering pizza for one-and-a-half billion people,” Mohammed Samji, a principal group program manager at Microsoft, said in an interview.

In order to serve all of those users, Microsoft wanted Windows 10 to work well for people no matter what interface they chose. Windows 8 was criticized by people who thought that Microsoft had moved too much functionality around in order to accommodate and appeal to users of tablets. The company walked back some of the changes with its release of Windows 8.1, but this new update is designed to appeal further to traditional keyboard and mouse users alongside owners of touch devices.

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If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that equips non-profits and public-benefit organizations with data wants to give the world these insights.

So today, Google revealed that it’s been working with SF startup Aclima for the last year and a half to attach air quality sensors to its Street View cars. “We designed our cities without data”, Aclima founder Davida Herzl tells me. Literally piggybacking on Google could let Aclima produce the data necessary to make urban areas easier on the lungs.

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Testing the Aclima sensor

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An anonymous reader writes: A NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV modified to run Ubuntu Linux is providing interesting data on how NVIDIA's latest "Tegra X1" 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC compares to various Intel/AMD/MIPS systems of varying form factors. Tegra X1 benchmarks on Ubuntu show strong performance with the X1 SoC in this $200 Android TV device, beating out low-power Intel Atom/Celeron Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs, and in some workloads is even getting close to an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" NUC. The Tegra X1 features Maxwell "GM20B" graphics and the total power consumption is less than 10 Watts.
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Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system debuts today, enabling Xbox One game streaming to PCs. While that's a neat feature for Xbox One owners, Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox One consoles too. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, reveals the company is working on the feature. "We understand if you're going to go PC to Xbox, we need to get keyboard and mouse working completely so you could play those games," explains Spencer. "In terms of where we want to go with our platform, those are absolutely in scope of things that we want to do."

"Challenge is good."

The real challenge of getting PC to Xbox game streaming working is encoding games and having the right amount of bandwidth to stream them to the Xbox One. Streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs is a lot more predictable "because we know exactly what you have," says Spencer. "It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but challenge is good." There's no timeline on when this might arrive, but it's clearly a challenge Microsoft is willing to tackle.

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Here’s that once-secret virtual reality product from Nokia that Re/code’s Ina Fried reported on last week: It’s a high-end camera for filming in 360 degrees. The Ozo camera will be commercially available, but Nokia warns it won’t be cheap when it ships in Q4. Like the not-commercially-available Jaunt Neo, the Ozo is targeting deep-pocketed filmmaking professionals. Jaunt says its VR film production studios will also use the camera, and it will be compatible with the startup’s post-production software.

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A baby giraffe, that was born while the world watched via live stream, has suddenly died at its home in the Dallas Zoo.

Kipenzi the giraffe calf was born on April 10 and her birth was broadcast online by the Animal Planet. Her mother Katie proudly watched on, with millions of humans, as her baby learned to take her first steps.

Sadly, on Wednesday, the Dallas Zoo announced Kipenzi had died after running into the edge of the habitat and breaking three vertebra in her neck.

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Windows 10, Day Five

The nice thing about reviewing Windows 10 on my own computers is that there’s nowhere to hide. When something goes wrong, I have to troubleshoot on the fly. I can’t say “Oh, I’ll just go back to my personal computer until I figure this out.” You know what’s not so nice? When you shoot the trouble, and yet—somehow—it survives.http://reviews.gizmodo.com/windows-10-day...

Though my Windows 10 experience has mostly been positive, the cracks are definitely beginning to show. Add up enough issues, and I’ve gotta wonder if it’s really a good idea for people to start blindly upgrading tomorrow.

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We're checking in a bit late with this week's selections of what to watch -- luckily the highlights are yet to come. For anyone who writes or reads reviews, Comedy Central's Review with Forest Macneil is ready to scratch your scoring itch in a funny, out of control way each week. Last season Forest reviewed addiction, theft, racism, orgies and many other topics -- we can't wait to see what season two brings. Netflix is ready this week with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a prequel to the movie. ESPN also has its final 30 for 30 of this round of documentaries, as Angry Sky focuses on Felix Baumgartner predecessor Nick Piantanida's three attempts at setting a highest jump record. Finally, this weekend a collection of Reading Rainbow episodes is coming to Netflix.Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

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Can you imagine a YouTube without legal music from major record labels? Unless the world’s number one content distributor loosens its grip on content, major label execs may remove their tunes from the site according to a NY Post report. Unnamed execs from the big three — Universal, Sony, and Warner — told the NY Post that YouTube is one of the music industry’s worst distribution partners as it pays creators very little revenue, and lacks transparency, which could force a major lock down of the content.

Related: Tidal’s debut of Lil Wayne’s The Free Weezy Album could cost the streamer $50 M

“They are not serious about monetizing music on behalf of the creators and, as a result, music companies are realizing they have to reset the current relationship,” said an industry source to the Post.

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Today you may have noticed your delightful and carefully chosen Twitter wallpaper is missing. Right now, it’s unclear whether this is a choice on Twitter’s part or just an annoying bug. If it is a choice, it would appear that wallpaper will no longer be visible from your own timeline, or the general feed; you’ll only see it when you click an individual tweet.

Now if you go to Settings and choose Design, you can reupload your background image and see if that reinstates it; this worked for a few of us, and the wallpaper returned. But while I was able to override the change, when I logged out and back into Twitter, my background was gone again. Also, Twitter has changed the language in its support page for customizing your profile’s design. Here’s the important addition:

You can customize your design theme so that users who click to view your Tweet detail pages will see it. Other than your theme color, your design theme will not be visible on your profile or Home timeline.” 

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The Black and Gold Butcher Block Workspace

Many of the most striking workspaces are centered around a custom-made, unique desk, like the one above for today’s featured workspace.

The desk above belongs to Ryan Ray, who recently renovated his Texas home with his wife Cary (who got her own unique workspace out of the renovation). The contrast between the black base and the giant piece of butcher-block wood is striking, and the gold drawer handles and framed photos add to this workspace’s overall elegant look. That stool, admittedly, doesn’t look that comfy, but at least there’s a lot of desk surface area for spreading out. Take a tour of this well-decorated home at Design*Sponge.

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