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Top 100 Stories to Know for 21 Oct 2019 - Global

Disney Plus: Launch dates,Disney's $7 rival to Netflix will stream its big-budget movies and exclusive original shows from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and its own studios, plus a huge library of classics.
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A Home Smart System That Helps With Religious Observances

Wall Street Journal - 2 Oct 2019 16:25
The Hofstatter home in Boca Raton, Fla., has a $250,000 smart system that turns lights off and on, unlocks doors for the Orthodox Jewish family.
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PG&E's Power Shutoffs Can'tA staggering 800,000 customers will lose power across the state starting Wednesday. But that won't fix the mess California's made.
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Galaxy Fold folding durabilityBefore being slightly upstaged by the Microsoft Surface Duo, the Samsung Galaxy Fold was arguably the most discussed Android phone in recent days, even weeks. Its re-launch came with the promise of... improved durability, which was practically begging to be tested. The scratch-prone surface of the screen has already been established so it is now the turn of the hinge …
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Incredible photo from deepA new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals the Milky Way's Aquila region to be a bustling field of stars sending bubbly bursts of dust and gas out in colorful bursts.
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A 14-year-old girl died afterSmartphone batteries aren't supposed to explode, which is why the ones that do always seem to make the news. Most of the time, affected users survive these unfortunate accidents, but some of them can... be fatal. A man in Malaysia died more than a year ago when one of the two phones he was charging overnight exploded. A similar tragedy just happened in Kazakhstan, claiming the life of a 14-year-old girl. Alua Asetkyzy Abzalbek was asleep when her phone caught fire while the battery was charging, The New Zealand Herald reports. She was listening to music in bed before falling asleep, the report notes. She was found dead the next morning, with police believing that she suffered severe head injuries that likely killed her immediately. Forensic experts said the cellphone exploded early in the...
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SpaceX Starship now has threeElon Musk shares more progress on the Starship prototype ahead of Saturday's update.
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Leaked Pixel 4 review revealsGoogle will unveil the Pixel 4 on October 15th, but we already know pretty much everything there is to know about the handset. Part of that comes from Google's own teasers and press releases that... confirmed the three major Pixel 4 features: rear dual-lens camera, 3D Face unlock, and Motion Sense. This was the first year when Google actually revealed new Pixel features well before the press conference, but that didn't put a stop to leaks. Just like last year, Pixel 4 prototypes began selling in Asia weeks before the event, with plenty of YouTubers reviewing the handset and its pre-release software. In the last few days alone, we got to look at one such early hands-on experience with a Pixel 4 XL that showed us camera samples complete with a comparison with the Galaxy Note 10 camera and...
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Scientists discover entirelyWe generally have a pretty solid grasp of what kinds of materials exist in Earth's crust, but despite centuries of study, sometimes our planet throws researchers a curveball. For one Ph.D. student... from the University of Alberta, that curveball took the form of a never-before-seen mineral tucked away inside a diamond at a volcanic site in South Africa. Nicole Meyer and a team of researchers were the first to identify the mineral now known as Goldschmidtite, a strange combination of elements that could offer a glimpse into the inner workings of Earth's mantle. The first documented sample of Goldschmidtite, which is named in honor of legendary geochemist Victor Moritz Goldschmidt, was found sealed away inside a diamond at a volcanic dig site known as the Koffiefontein mine. The elements that...
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'We Stormed It. I Was Part ofRACHEL, Nev. -- Jeffrey Gonzalez had waited 16 years for this moment. He's been investigating and researching paranormal activity since 2003 but he never thought he would have a close encounter with... Area 51. That is until 2:30 am on September 20 when other attendees of the Alienstock festivities in Rachel, Nevada,...
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Buried in the iPhone 11 Pro Max are hardware quirks that iFixit suggests might be for reverse wireless charging, a feature reportedly planned and then dropped from this model. Watch a video of techs... from this repair company carefully disassembling Apple's new flagship smartphone: The video shows the massive battery, which reportedly has a 3,969 […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot: OurIt's been a great, enormous storm for more than a 100 years. But will Jupiter's Great Red Spot last much longer?
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China's market regulator chief Xiao Yaqing met with Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook in Beijing on Thursday, the regulator said on Friday.
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Facebook's plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency faced a new hurdle on Thursday, when the Group of Seven wealthy nations said such "stablecoins" should not be allowed to launch until the profound... international risks they pose are addressed.
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NASA InSight rover digs itsNASA’s InSight rover has dug its ‘mole’ about two centimeters into the surface of Mars, the space agency announced today. This process involved the spacecraft’s robotic arm, which is home to a... heat probe NASA calls its ‘mole.’ The nickname refers to the probe’s purpose: it digs down into the ground to determine how much heat is escaping from the …
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Brilliant 'Succession' theoryWe may have been looking for the next Game of Thrones in the wrong places, because it's already airing on HBO. Succession might lack the epic battles that make the fantasy genre so great, but it does... nail the family politics. From the pilot all the way to the shocking finale of season 2, you won't be able to put it down. And you'll love the characters for the same very reasons you'll hate them, from the authoritarian family head and leader of a massive media corporation Logan Roy (Brian Cox) who can't let go, to his four children all seeking to prove their worthiness to their father, and all the high ranking minions and acolytes that we get to meet in this two-season journey. With season 3 set to launch in 2020, we have a long time to digest what happened and imagine how the show will move...
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Star Wars: The Rise ofExpect it during Monday Night Football, but don't bet the Millennium Falcon on which Monday.
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Xbox Live is down for usersXbox Live went down worldwide on Monday afternoon, leaving gamers unable to access their favorite games.
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Windfarms, solar panels and biomass have outcompeted gas and coal power stations for the first time ever over a whole quarter, in a significant milestone
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The Google Pixel Watch couldFresh rumors indicate that the long-rumored Google Pixel Watch device could finally be released at Google's 2019 hardware event set for Tuesday October 15.
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Sony's Next Console IsIt's expected out in 'holiday 2020'
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Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-ordersConsumers can log onto Samsung's official online store at 12 pm on October 11 to pre-book the Galaxy Fold
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NASA is Working on Electric Airplanes

Universe Today - 7 Oct 2019 00:38
NASA is Working on ElectricOne of the chief aims of space agencies and commercial aerospace these days is reducing the associated costs of space exploration. When it comes right down to it, it is still very expensive to send... rockets into orbit, never mind sending them beyond Earth. But it’s not just the cost of sending payloads into space …
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Report: University of IowaUniversity of Iowa officials have told faculty at the school that they should not promote 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Great Thunberg's surprise appearance at a Friday climate strike in... Iowa City on its social media channels, according to a report in the Gazette.
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Here are some leakedThese leaked Google Pixel 4 camera samples are approved by Google, so of course, they look good.
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