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Watch NASA's OSIRIS-REx try to collect an asteroid sample at 5PM ET - Engadget
Tune in to watch NASA's OSIRIS-REx craft's Bennu mission.
Later today, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will attempt to briefly make contact with the asteroid Bennu to collect samples from the surface of the planetoid. Since 2018, the craft has been studying Bennu, sending NASA images and telemetry on the asteroid as it travels through our solar system. You can watch a simulation of the mission unfold here starting at 5PM ET, with the crucial touch-and-go maneuver set to take place at 6:12PM ET. At that point, the space agency will attempt to land OSIRIS-REX on a rocky outcropping just 52 feet in diameter. If all goes according to plan, the sample OSIRIS-REX brings back to Earth will be the largest NASA has obtained since the Apollo era. The hope is that the material can help give scientists a better understanding of how our solar system formed. On Wednesday, NASA will hold a press conference where it will detail how the mission went, and release close-up images of the asteroid.
Parallels brings Windows 10 to Chromebooks - Engadget
Chromebooks have become increasingly popular in both schools and businesses in recent years, but they still carry a bit of stigma when it comes to software compatibility. This means that, provided you have a Chromebook with the right specs, you’ll be able to…
There are also a handful of integrations between Chrome OS and Windows to make working across the different systems easier. Copy and paste for both text and graphics works between the two systems, and a Windows installation will automatically recognize any printers that are set up in Chrome OS, as well. There’s also a “open with” feature built into Chrome OS that’ll let you select apps installed in Windows, so opening a Word doc will automatically launch Windows and open it in Word, instead of trying to import it into Google Docs. Similarly, you can decide where web links open -- they can be set to always be open in the Chrome OS browser, or they can be set to open in any browser installed in Windows. As for the file system, the traditional Windows Explorer and its folders are present, but those folders also link to the local storage in Chrome OS. So, anything you save to the Windows “documents” folder will be reflected locally in the Chrome OS files app. This means that if an IT administrator needs to shut down the Windows virtual machine for whatever reason, any documents a worker has saved will be preserved. And since the Chrome OS keyboard differs from the Windows layout, there’s a toolbar with quick access to important Windows shortcuts that might not be immediately obvious, like Control-Alt-Delete. Of course, there are tons of Chromebooks out there with widely varying specs. Given what Parallels is attempting to do here, the minimum specs for using Windows on Chrome OS are pretty high. You’ll need a Chromebook with an Intel i5 or i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That much space isn’t all necessary for running Windows, but trying to run Windows on a Chromebook with only 64GB of space could get tight in a hurry, so it’s a reasonable requirement. Parallels also simplifies things by having a list of recommended devices, including Google’s Pixelbook Go, HP’s new Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA and a handful of others. Along with today’s Parallels for Chrome Enterprise launch, Google is announcing a handful of things it’s doing to make Chromebooks more attractive to businesses. There’s a free software tool for IT admins to install on Windows computers to run a Chrome OS “compatibility check.” It basically analyses if a user’s workflow would be conducive to switching to a Chrome OS device. Google also announced a new “Chrome Enterprise Recommended” program to help IT departments and users alike find apps that’ll work well with Chrome OS.Finally, Google is making it easier to deploy enterprise Chromebooks to employees without IT needing to set anything up -- organizations that opt-in can have devices shipped that’ll auto-enroll in the company’s Enterprise program. Windows is such a dominant force in big business that Windows support on Chrome OS won’t remake the enterprise landscape overnight. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of data that businesses are increasingly interested in Chrome OS thanks to less expensive hardware, easier security management and fast deployment time, among other things. John Maletis, Google’s head of product, engineering and UX for Chrome OS, told Engadget he had seen NPD data showing as much: From January through August of this year, Chrome OS device shipments increased 20 percent year-over-year, while the rest of the market was down three percent. Being able to easily keep a few key pieces of Windows software around for some users while moving a business to Chromebooks could help keep that momentum going.
LG's latest 55-inch CX OLED smart TV is $500 off at Amazon - Engadget
Amazon discounted a couple of LG’s 2020 OLED smart TVs: you can get the 55-inch CX model for $500 off, bringing it down to $1,496.99, while the 55-inch BX model is $100 off, dropping it to $1,396.99. If you’re a Sam’s Club member, you can actually get the CX…
Smart TV naming conventions aren’t very clear, but we’ll break down the differences between the two sets here. Both the CX and the BX models came out earlier this year as part of LG’s 2020 OLED lineup. The display panels are essentially the same, and being OLED, you’ll get the best color production and the blackest blacks possible. They’re designed for TV- and movie-watching in addition to gaming, thanks to their 120Hz refresh rate and support for NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync. Both sets also run webOS, LG’s smart TV operating system, and they come with a “magic remote” that supports voice commands. The biggest difference between the CX and the BX models is that the former has a slightly faster processor (a9 Gen 3 AI Processor 4K to be exact). They also have differently shaped stands, but that’s much less important than even the smallest processor discrepancy. The slight processor upgrade in the CX probably won’t be noticeable to you if this is your first OLED TV (or TV in this higher price range), but we think it’s worth shelling out the extra $100 if you can afford it. Also, the deal on the CX set is the better of the two as it brings it down to the same price as the corresponding 48-inch model. Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.
LG's rollable OLED TV goes on sale for $87000 - Engadget
After years of teasing, LG is finally selling a rollable OLED TV. The RX-branded Signature OLED R launched in South Korea today, offering a 65-inch 4K display that tucks away into its base at the press of a button.
After years of teasing, LG is finally selling a rollable OLED TV. The RX-branded Signature OLED R launched in South Korea today, offering a 65-inch 4K display that tucks away into its base at the press of a button. Besides being able to hide completely, as LG has promised in CES previews, the TV has different settings (Full View, Line View and Zero View) for different situations.
Xiaomi demonstrates an 80 watt wireless charger in action - Engadget
Now that Apple finally introduced wireless charging with the iPhone 12, Xiaomi was showing off a solution that’s over five times faster. It demonstrated an 80 watt wireless charger that could bring a modified Mi 10 Pro with a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to a 50 …
Now that Apple introduced 15-watt wireless charging with the iPhone 12, Xiaomi showed off a system that’s over five times faster. It demonstrated an 80-watt wireless charger that could bring a modified Mi 10 Pro with a 4,000 mAh battery from 0 to a 50 percent charge in 8 minutes, or up to 100 percent in just 19 minutes (via The Verge). That beats any other wireless system and even most wired charging systems, Xiaomi noted. Oppo recently demonstrated its 65W AirVOOC system that takes just 30 minutes to wirelessly charge a phone, but it has yet to appear in a commercial product. Xiaomi currently has the fastest system you can buy (in China) with the Mi 10 Ultra — a 50 watt wireless charger that can bring its 4,500mAh battery to a full charge in 40 minutes. In the US, however, the fastest option is the OnePlus 8 Pro with an optional 30 watt wireless charger. That option costs $70, and takes 29 minutes to bring the phone to a 50 percent charge, and north of an hour to fully juice it.
NASA taps Nokia to bring LTE to the Moon - Engadget
LTE service could be coming to the Moon.
When NASA returns to the Moon sometime in 2024, it wants to have an efficient and reliable way for its astronauts to communicate with one another, and it’s turning to mobile pioneer Nokia for help. This week, the space agency said it will provide Nokia with 14.1 million in funding to build out a 4G LTE cellular network on the lunar surface. NASA Associate Administrator James Reuter told United Press International cellular service on the Moon could enable communication between lunar habitats and the astronauts out exploring its surface. It could also provide a way for the agency to communicate with spacecraft. “With NASA funding, Nokia will look at how terrestrial technology could be modified for the lunar environment to support reliable, high-rate communications," he said.
Sony's Spatial Reality Display lets you gawk at 3D objects without glasses - Engadget
Sony's Spatial Reality Display is a new way for creators to preview 3D objects without VR headsets or special glasses.
3D TVs are effectively dead — consequently, so is the race to deliver glasses-free 3D sets at home. But that doesn’t mean the technology is entirely useless. Sony’s new Spatial Reality Display (or SR Display), for example, uses eye-tracking technology to render believable 3D objects, without the need to wear 3D glasses or put on a VR headset. It's something CG and VR artists could use to preview their work easily. And no, it's not meant for consumers -- not at its $5,000 price, anyway. Sony first previewed the SR Display at CES this year, where it was called its "Eye-Sensing Light Field Display." It's made up of a 15.6-inch 4K LCD; a high-speed vision sensor that tracks eye movement, as well as your position as you walk around the display; and a micro-optical lens that's layed over the LCD, and divides the screen for your left and right eyes to create a stereoscopic image. The SR Display requires a beefy PC, with at least a modern Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA's RTX 2070 Super GPU, to process its complex real-time rendering algorithm. That makes sense, since it's producing two separate 2K images constantly to match your eye movement.
Microsoft extends Xbox Elite Controller warranty amid hardware problems - Engadget
Microsoft has extended the warranty on the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 amid a lawsuit and complaints over glitches.
The company wasn’t more specific about the problems, but it comes after a class action lawsuit filed in April over drifting thumbstick input on both the Series 2 and the original Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Similar to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift, the Xbox gamepads supposedly develop unwanted movement that wrecks gameplay and forces repairs. Other controllers are affected well, the plaintiffs claimed. It’s not certain if the warranty extension is in response to the lawsuit, or if Microsoft has addressed issues with later production runs. Whatever the case, there’s little doubt that Microsoft is eager to avoid any further uproar over its controller quality.
Shockingly, the 'Monster Hunter' movie trailer is full of giant beasts - Engadget
Milla Jovovich has a pair of flaming swords to help her battle the behemoths.
Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson, the star and director of the Resident Evil series, are ditching zombies to tackle a different horde of video game-inspired creatures in their Monster Hunter movie. They offered a brief look at what they’ve cooked up in a teaser earlier this month, and the latest trailer shows off more of what’s in store. As you probably expect, it boasts plenty of action — we’re hunting monsters here, after all. Artemis (Jovovich) is the leader of a United Nations military unit that travels through a sandstorm portal to a mysterious world, one that’s populated by monsters. The squad isn’t exactly used to battling huge beasts, so they team up with a man named Hunter (Tony Jaa) to try and take them down.
The list of PS4 games that don’t work on PS5 just got shorter - Engadget
A few days ago, Sony revealed that 99 percent of PS4 games will be compatible with the PS5 and that there are very few titles you can’t play on the upcoming console. NACON and KT Racing told Push Square that they’re developing a patch that would make TT Isle…
A few days ago, Sony revealed that 99 percent of PS4 games will be compatible with the PS5 and that there are very few titles you can’t play on the upcoming console. Now, the list of 10 just got shorter. NACON and KT Racing told Push Square that they’re developing a patch that would make TT Isle of Man - Ride on the Edge 2 PS5-compatible. A NACON rep told the publication that the developers are working to make the motorbike racing game 100 percent functional on the new console, though it’s unclear if they’ll be able to roll out the update by the time the PS5 comes out on November 12th. Ride on the Edge 2 isn’t the only game in the original list that will receive a compatibility update, though: As GamesRadar+ noted, you’ll also be able to play high-speed shooter DWVR on the PS5. A developer for the game recently announced on Reddit that Mad Triangles is working on a patch and that they’re hoping to release it before the PS5 arrives.