Day: January 19, 2020

Facebook Won’t Put Ads in WhatsApp — For Now

Facebook “will no longer push through with its plans to sell ads on WhatsApp,” writes Engadget, citing a report in the Wall Street Journal which says WhatsApp still “plans at some point to introduce ads to Status.” Newsweek reports: WhatsApp is the only app in Facebook’s suite of products free from ads, which make up…

Star Wars Luke Skywalker Battle Simulation Helmet: $67 – CNET

This full-size, wearable movie replica includes lighting and sound effects, so your kid (or, let’s be honest — you) can play pew-pew Star Wars games in style. …read more Source:: CNet

That Instagram habit might not be making your teen depressed after all – CNET

New research suggests parents can chill a little about how screen addiction is affecting their teen’s mental health. …read more Source:: CNet

Be Still, My Animatronic Heart

Fair warning for the squeamish: some versions of [Will Cogley]’s animatronic heart are realistic enough that you might not want to watch the video below. That’d be a shame though, because he really put a lot of effort into the build, and the results have a lot to teach about mimicking the movements of living…

Scientists Are Generating Oxygen from Simulated Moon Dust

“European researchers are working on a system that can churn out breathable oxygen from simulated samples of moon dust,” reports Gizmodo: “Being able to acquire oxygen from resources found on the Moon would obviously be hugely useful for future lunar settlers, both for breathing and in the local production of rocket fuel,” explained Beth Lomax,…

Best Buy’s TCL TV deal cuts an extra 15% off the 5 Series, 6 Series and 8 Series – CNET

That’s on top of sale prices, meaning some of these models are hitting all-time lows. …read more Source:: CNet

HBO’s New Space Comedy Mocks ‘Tech Bros in Charge’

Engadget reports on a new tech-industry-in-space comedy premiering tonight on HBO: If you thought that HBO was done mocking technology companies now that Silicon Valley is done, think again. Avenue 5 is the channel’s new sitcom, and one that asks the question: “What if tech bros were in charge of more than just our internet…

SpaceX successfully blows up a Falcon 9 rocket in escape test launch – CNET

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program can celebrate a big step toward launching astronauts from US soil. …read more Source:: CNet

Avenue 5 review: HBO’s Hugh Laurie space comedy juggles too many genres – CNET

Sadly, Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s science fiction satire isn’t as funny as Veep. …read more Source:: CNet

New Space Force uniforms mocked by Star Wars fans – CNET

The space military uniforms are covered in camouflage, perfect for fighting on forest moon Endor. …read more Source:: CNet