Monthly Archives: January, 2021

The second moon of Earth will approach the planet next week before drifting off into space, never to be seen again. “What second moon,” you ask? It”s what astronomers are calling the 2020 SO – a small object that will enter Earth’s orbit in September 2020 about halfway between our planet and the moon. Transient satellites like these are known as mini-moons, although in this case it’s a bit misleading to call it a moon; in December 2020, NASA researchers learned that the object wasn’t a space rock at all, but the remains of a 1960s rocket booster involved in…

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Whatsapp has added an important security feature to make logging into your WhatsApp Web more secure. To those who don’t know: WhatsApp Web allows users of the chat app to send and receive text messages, images and documents through their web browser – allowing them to stay in touch without having to constantly reach into their pockets for their smartphone. Previously, anyone with access to WhatsApp could log into WhatsApp Web using the chat app’s built-in QR code scanner on Android and iOS. However, with the latest update of the world’s most popular chat app with over 2 billion users,…

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Several crises will define Biden’s term as U.S. president. On his very first day in office, he wants to pass dozens of measures – and reverse Trump’s executive orders. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue dozens of executive orders in his first ten days in office to put the U.S. on a new course after Donald Trump’s term. Biden’s team on Saturday circulated an internal letter from incoming White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain that shows Biden wants to reverse Trump’s entry ban on citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries and lead the U.S. back into the Paris…

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Researchers have put the Apple Watch under the microscope for fighting the pandemic. Tests have now shown that the Apple Watch can even detect infections. In the fight against the pandemic, many options are being resorted to. The Corona warning app for contact detection or even a (not very accurate!) Corona self-test on the net are just a few things. Also, different tests are now available. But what if a smartwatch on the arm detected an infection long before a test? Researchers have put the Apple Watch under the microscope for this. As CBS News reports, researchers at the Mount…

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Local councils will be able to boost social care staffing levels through an extra £120 million of funding, the Government has announced. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the new funds would help increase workforce capacity for care homes and domiciliary care providers hit by staff absences during the coronavirus pandemic. It comes on top of the £149 million announced in December to support the roll out of rapid Covid-19 testing and family and friend visits where possible. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This funding will bolster staffing numbers in a controlled and safe way, whilst ensuring…

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India launched the world’s largest vaccination campaign to date Saturday with 300 million doses planned, as the world’s number of coronavirus deaths topped 2 million on Friday. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 30 million healthcare workers would be first in line to receive the vaccine, which is administered within the next 10 days. Public safety and sanitary workers would be next in line. To start, the campaign will administer 11 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed at Oxford University, along with 5 million doses of Indian-developed Covaxin from Bharat Biotech. But Covaxin has is still in a trial…

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WhatsApp users will soon be able to specify that they will not be notified of new messages for selected chats. WhatsApp is to get a function that allows chats to be additionally muted. Conversations can be moved to a “Read later” category. The corresponding button will then be visible at the very top of the Chats tab: Anyone who clicks on it can view the muted chats. The Read Later feature is documented at WABetaInfo and is intended to replace and expand the archiving of chats. If a chat is in the archive so far, the user will continue to…

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After the removal of Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store, the question is: When will the game return? A developer update now reveals that it will probably take a while. With a video statement from CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski and an accompanying blog entry, the developers of Cyberpunk 2077 now gave a comprehensive insight into the questionable launch of the great RPG hope. In addition to a new roadmap regarding updates and DLCs as well as a breakdown of the problems during development, the PS4 version was also addressed. The latter is still not listed in the PS…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phones have finally begun, and set the 2021 standard: a three-phone strong, large displays, 5G connectivity and S Pen support in the highest performance model. Samsung’s S21 three-piece lineup resembles the lineup of the previous year: the regular S21 handset, the larger S21 Plus and S22. Two other new products were introduced with the phones: the AirPods Pro-competitor Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag tile-like trackers. Maybe the most important news is that, while their spectra are scaled back a little in exchange, and phone is cheaper than in last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20…

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The trend is increasingly to do without an Internet provider, as many users seem to suffer from a very slow connection. Due to the current demands of work-from-home setup and distance learning, a stable Internet connection is necessary. In many cases, the only reasonable solution is to connect via satellite to get a really fast connection. Thus, Amazon’s Project Kuiper, with a speed of 400Mbps, has always been the more efficient choice for many. But things will heat up with SpaceX’s soon-to-be competitor Starlink, scheduled for launch in 2021. Stable internet connection needed for streaming, video calling and gaming encourages…

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