End is nigh for Nasa’s Cassini as it heads for crash landing on Saturn

Collaboration with European space agencies began in 1997 and has provided pictures of the moon, Titan, for scientists.

Cassini prepares to plunge on its self-destruct mission into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Nasa’s Cassini mission to Saturn is entering its final week. On 15 September, it will dive towards the planet and burn up in its atmosphere. Nasa have called it the grand finale.

Cassini is one of the most ambitious space missions. It is a collaboration between Nasa, ESA and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. The spacecraft, launched on 15 October 1997, took seven years to travel through the solar system to Saturn, which lies about 10 times further from the Sun than Earth.

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Apple iPhone X name revealed in leaked iOS 11 firmware

Apple looks set to introduce a special “iPhone X” on Tuesday, to mark 10 years of the handset. We’ve seen a number of leaks about the hardware and its features, but everyone has been calling it the iPhone 8 so far. It looks like Apple is about to launch its top-tier phone as the iPhone X, if the latest leaked firmware is accurate.

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Tim Cook says he stands behind the 250 Dreamers currently working for Apple

Tim Cook was among the top tech leaders who sat down with Trump ahead of inauguration in hopes of helping shape the new president’s tech policy. But like many of those who held a glimmer of hope for some post-election softening of campaign rhetoric, Apple’s CEO has found more than a few reasons to push back. In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville last month that ended in three deaths, Cook issued a statement highlighting his disagreement with Trump’s response.

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Does Microsoft’s brass still believe it has a chance in the phone market?

With one of Microsoft’s most celebrated Windows Phone customers, the NYPD, expected to dump their devices for iPhones, is there really even a toehold for Microsoft in the business-phone space?

A New York Post report — that one of Microsoft’s more celebrated US business customers for Windows Phones is dumping the platform — raises some interesting questions about Redmond’s future mobility plans.

The Post reported on Aug. 28 that the New York Police Department (NYPD) is going to scrap the 36,000 Nokia phones running the Windows Phone OS, which it has been rolling out for the past two years.

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NASA’s $3.5 billion plan could keep Yellowstone from ever erupting again

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Yellowstone national park is famous for its hot springs, geysers, and picturesque vistas. However, it’s the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone that we have to thank for all of that. An eruption in Yellowstone could be a global cataclysm, but NASA has a plan to reduce the risk while also generating power. The plan is not without risks, and the price tag is high. Still, if it keeps us from being wiped out by clouds of hot ash, it might be something to consider.

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Samsung’s bad software update bricks smart TVs

Customers are angry over Samsung’s bad update followed by terrible communications.

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Samsung smart TV customers are complaining that a software update has rendered their TVs unusable.

Exasperated customers are also furious at the lack of support and poor communication from Samsung after the bad update rolled-out last Thursday.

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A 15-Year-Old Has Saved an 80GB Archive of Apple Videos From YouTube’s Censors

A massive archive of files deleted by YouTube has been saved as a huge torrent file.

Apple existed for 26 years before Sam Henri was born. But he’s so passionate about the brand, the 15-year-old YouTube content creator spent months archiving more than 810 Apple-related videos—commercials, keynotes, bizarre training and launch spots—that date back as far as 1980.

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Elon Musk shares first photo of SpaceX’s new spacesuit

We now have our first look at the spacesuit SpaceX plans to use for its first crewed missions, courtesy of Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO shared the image via Instagram, revealing that the picture was not a mockup, but an actual shot of a fully functional suit, which could withstand double the pressure of the vacuum of space.

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Walmart expands its grocery delivery business, powered by Uber

Walmart is expanding a test of its grocery delivery service, powered by Uber, the company announced this week. The retailer is now offering grocery delivery in two new markets – Dallas and Orlando – which join Tampa and Phoenix as locations where consumers can shop online for grocery items, then opt to have them come to their home for an additional $9.95 fee.

Grocery delivery has been something Walmart has experimented with for years, starting with tests in Denver and San Jose of grocery delivery using its own service and trucks.

The tests involving Uber are newer, however.

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The Tesla Model 3 reminds me of all the times the electronics failed in my first car

Sometimes, mechanical simplicity is better

Tesla recently unveiled its car for the masses, the Model 3. Priced at $35,000, it’s an impressive vehicle that looks to update the automotive experience by turning the car into a gadget. But there was something in there that makes me pause. My colleague Lauren Goode noted that Elon Musk took minimalism seriously and in addition to the single display screen and missing vents, fixtures like the interior handles have been replaced with buttons. This worries me, because I’m reminded of all the times something went wrong with the electronics in my first car.

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