Twitch Announce New VOD Playlist Feature

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During the very first annual TwitchCon event, Twitch has announced a new service for broadcasters that has been designed to enable them to schedule save streams and play uploaded videos at any time of the day.

The new feature will now allow Twitch broadcasters to play content over 24 hours if desired, allowing visitors to their channel to view content even if a live stream is not currently active.

Users can also watch playlists on the go via the Twitch iOS and Android applications. Twitch explains a little more about the new Twitch VOD Playlist feature that is currently in beta:

TURN YOUR CHANNEL INTO A 24/7 VIEWING EXPERIENCE AND CREATE A PLAYLIST THAT WILL RUN WHEN YOU’RE OFFLINE. SELECT YOUR FAVORITE PAST BROADCASTS AND HIGHLIGHTS TO SHOWCASE ON YOUR CHANNEL WHILE YOUR COMMUNITY KEEPS THE CONVERSATION GOING IN CHAT.

IF YOUR CHANNEL IS GRANTED ACCESS TO THE BETA, YOU’LL SEE PLAYLISTS ADDED TO YOUR VIDEO MANAGER. DRAG-AND-DROP YOUR SELECTED VODS INTO THE PLAYLIST MANAGER ON THE RIGHT, TURN YOUR PLAYLIST ON, AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY RUN WHENEVER YOU’RE OFFLINE.

To find out more about the Twitch Playlist beta development stage and see if you can get access for your channel jump over to the official Twitch blog for more details to register your interest via the link below.

Mars Mystery Solved, Says Nasa

“Mars mystery solved”, Nasa has teased as it gets ready to detail a “major science finding from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars”. Nasa will share more details related to the big announcement at a news briefing that’s scheduled at 11:30am EDT on Monday, which will be 9pm in India.

Nasa’s Mars mystery solved conference will be held at the James Webb Auditorium at Nasa Headquarters in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on Nasa Television as well as the website of the US space agency.

Nasa’s press conference will be attended by Jim Green, director of planetary science at Nasa Headquarters; Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at Nasa Headquarters; Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Mary Beth Wilhelm of Nasa’s Ames Research Centre in Moffatt Field, California and the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Alfred McEwen, principal investigator for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Nasa says a brief question-and-answer session will take place during the Mars mystery solved event with reporters, with members of the public also having the ability to ask questions during the briefing using #AskNASA hashtag on Twitter.

What do you think will be Nasa’s big Mars mystery solved reveal? Tell us via the comments.

Nasa’s Next Mars Rover to Be Smarter, Faster Than Curiosity

Nasa’s next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, has started taking shape. The new vehicle wil be “smarter” than the previous one on many counts, according to the engineers on the project.

For one, the overall system is becoming heavier. The rover’s wheels are getting heavier, with its body becoming a little longer. Engineers said that would change the rover’s mobility system and how it interacts with the ground, Space.com reported.

“We are really looking at ways to make this largely heritage, built-to-print rover drive faster and do more science on the surface of Mars,” JPL’s mission manager for Mars 2020 and surface-phase lead Jennifer Trosper was quoted as saying.

One thing the Mars 2020 team is confronting right away is the issue of wheels. Curiosity has been battling wear and tear on its wheels.

“Yes, we are going to have significantly more robust wheels,” That will not be the problem we have on Mars 2020,” Trosper said.

Another plus for the future rover is to have machinery on Mars that is far speedier on complex terrain than Curiosity, Trosper said.

“We are putting some things aboard the vehicle to make it smarter so we do not have to be so conservative on the ground a to make this surface mission more productive,” Trosper said.

By adding an aboard processor to run autonavigation algorithms, the rover would be driving and spending far less time thinking about driving, she said.

“We can actually spend much less percentage of the mission traversing to interesting science sites and actually do contact science at those sites,” Trosper said.

Adopting these changes and other measures, she added, would make mission efficiency jump from Curiosity’s roughly 55 percent to 80 percent, up to 95 percent for the Mars 2020 robot.

Isro Looks to Domestic Industry to Build Launch Vehicles in 3-4 Years

Envisaging a more active participation from domestic industry in India’s space programme, Isro today said it looked forward to industry built and assembled launch vehicles in three to four years.

“About three to four years down the line, our target is to see industry-built, assembled and launched PSLV,” Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said.

Addressing the media after successful launch of Astrosat, the country’s first observatory satellite, and six foreign satellites onboard PSLV-C30 from here, he pointed out to the participation of about 150 companies in the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle programme.

Responding to a query on the Saarc satellite proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the member countries, Kumar said Sri Lanka had given its acceptance on frequency while the space agency was awaiting the same from others.

Plans were afoot to launch the satellite by end of 2016, with both exclusive transponders and shared ones to be allotted to the members of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

Isro’s projects in the coming months include a commercial launch carrying six Singapore satellites, a couple of navigational satellites and GSAT-15, Kumar said.

When asked about today’s launch of four satellites from the US, which had in the past imposed sanctions on the country, he said the “world doesn’t remain stagnant”.

The Indo-US relationship was growing even as the two were involved in the NISAR satellite programme, he said, adding Chandrayaan-I had US payloads.

Countries were also collaborating in space programme due to financial constraints, he said.

Asked about invitation to Isro to be part of International Space Station, he said no decision has been taken so far.

With launches like Mars Orbiter Mission and Astrosat, Isro has managed to reach out to institutions and youth, he said.

Asked whether today’s launch was the Indian equivalent of the Hubble telescope of the US as reported in a section of the media, Kumar said, “I do not think it is correct” to say so.

Astrosat Project Director K S Sarma said Astrosat cannot be compared with Hubble as it belongs to a different class with huge lens.

“We have different kind of features,” he said. Post the successful injection of Astrosat into the orbit, he said, it was “healthy and doing well”.

“This satellite is very unique as we have sophisticated and sensitive astronomical equipment,” he said.

Sarma and other scientists involved in the project said that stringent environment and cleanliness standards were followed to ensure there was no contamination to the x-ray or the telescope.

Kumar expressed satisfaction that with the launch of Astrosat, Indian institutions were increasing their contribution to the space programme.In fact many students have been using data sent by Chandrayaan-I for PhD thesis,he said.

Officials said that data being sent by Astrosat for one year would be accessed by Isro officials and then would be made public for those registered with the organisation.

Nasa Images Study Provides Best Evidence Yet

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Scientists have found the first evidence that briny water may flow on the surface of Mars during the planet’s summer months, a paper published on Monday showed.

Although the source and the chemistry of the water is unknown, the discovery could affect thinking about whether the planet that is most like Earth in the solar system could support present day microbial life.

Scientists developed a new technique to analyze chemical maps of the Martian surface obtained by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.

They found telltale fingerprints of salts that form only in the presence of water in narrow channels cut into cliff walls throughout the planet’s equatorial region.

The slopes, first reported in 2011, appear during the warm summer months on Mars, then vanish when the temperatures drop.

Scientists suspected the streaks, known as recurring slope lineae, or RSL, were cut by flowing water, but had previously been unable to make the measurements.

“I thought there was no hope,” Lujendra Ojha, a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology and lead author of a paper in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, told Reuters.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter makes its measurements during the hottest part of the Martian day, so scientists believed any traces of water, or fingerprints from hydrated minerals, would have evaporated.

Also, the chemical-sensing instrument on the orbiting spacecraft cannot home in on details as small as the narrow streaks, which typically are less than 16 feet (5 meters) wide.

But Ojha and colleagues created a computer program that could scrutinize individual pixels. That data was then correlated with high-resolution images of the streaks. Scientists concentrated on the widest streaks and came up with a 100 percent match between their locations and detections of hydrated salts.

“We’re not claiming that we found … evidence of liquid water. We found hydrated salts,” Ojha said.

Still, that was enough for Nasa, which declared a “Mars mystery solved,” in a press advisory. A press conference on it was planned for 11:30 a.m. EDT/1530 GMT on Monday.

“It’s a little bit over-the-top announcement by Nasa,” Ojha said. “There’s so many mysteries to be solved about RSL.”

The discovery “confirms that water is playing a role in these features,” added Alfred McEwen, a planetary scientist with Arizona State University. “We don’t know that it’s coming from the subsurface. It could come from the atmosphere.’

Whatever the water’s source, the prospect of liquid water, even seasonally, raises the intriguing prospect that Mars, which is presumed to be a cold and dead planet, could support life today.

Much more information about the water’s chemistry, however, would be needed before scientists could make that assessment, McEwen added.

“It’s not necessarily habitable just because it’s water – at least to terrestrial organisms,” he said.

Nasa’s ongoing Mars rover Curiosity has found evidence that Mars had all the ingredients and suitable habitats for microbial life to exist at some point in its past.

Scientists have been trying to figure out how it transformed from a warm, wet and likely Earth-like planet early in its history into the cold, dry desert that exists today.

Billions of years ago, Mars, which lacks a protective, global magnetic field, lost much of its atmosphere. Several initiatives are under way to determine how much of the planet’s water was stripped away and how much remains locked in ice in underground reservoirs.

Nasa’s Latest Pluto Photos Reveal Snakeskin-Like Surface Features

New “snakeskin” mystifying images of Pluto sent by Nasa’s New Horizons probe have revealed a multitude of previously unseen topographic and compositional details.

The images captures a vast rippling landscape of strange, aligned linear ridges that has astonished New Horizons team members.

“It is a unique and perplexing landscape stretching over hundreds of miles,” said William McKinnon,New Horizons team’s deputy lead from Washington University in St Louis.

“It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology. Maybe, it is some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto’s faint sunlight,” he added in a statement.

The “snakeskin” image of Pluto’s surface is just one tantalising piece of data New Horizons sent back in recent days.

snake_new_horizons_nasa_1.jpgThe spacecraft also captured the highest-resolution colour view yet of Pluto, as well as detailed spectral maps and other high-resolution images.

The new “extended colour” view of Pluto shows the extraordinarily rich colour palette of Pluto.

“Many landforms have their own distinct colours, telling a wonderfully complex geological and climatological story that we have only just begun to decode,” noted John Spencer from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado.

Beyond the new images, new compositional information comes from a just-obtained map of methane ice across part of Pluto’s surface that reveals striking contrasts.

“With these just-downlinked images and maps, we have turned a new page in the study of Pluto beginning to reveal the planet at high resolution in both colour and composition,” added New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern.

The distribution of methane across the surface is anything but simple with higher concentrations on bright plains and crater rims, but usually none in the centres of craters or darker regions.

Samsung Opens New US HQ In Silicon Valley

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Samsung has announced that it has opened a new US headquarters in Silicon Valley, the company has called the new HQ the Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division.

Samsung now has a new home in the US for research and development, marketing and sales, the new building is ten storey’s high and has 1.1 million square feet of office space.

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MORE THAN 30 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND DISCOVERIES IN SILICON VALLEY HAVE HELPED DEFINE SAMSUNG’S DIGITAL DEVICES INSIDE AND OUT. ON SEPTEMBER 24, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS’ DEVICE SOLUTIONS DIVISION, PART OF ITS COMPONENTS BUSINESS, CELEBRATED THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS NEW AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS. SAMSUNG’S DS TEAMS HAVE BEEN SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA, AND THE BRAND NEW FACILITY WILL JOIN ALL TEAM MEMBERS TOGETHER, ALLOWING BETTER COMMUNICATION ACROSS ALL DISCIPLINES.

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Staff At UK Cinemas To Wear Night Vision To Combat Piracy For James Bond Movie

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The new James Bond Spectre movie launches in the UK next month and now it would appear that cinema staff in the UK will be doing something different to combat piracy, wearing night vision googles.

According to a recent report by The Telegraph, cinema staff in the UK will be wear night vision googles to keep an eye out for pirates during the screening of the new Spectre movie.

The Telegraph spoke to Kieron Sharp, who is the head of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, here is what he had to say.

“JAMES BOND IS A BIG RISK AND WE WILL BE WORKING WITH CINEMA OPERATORS AND THE DISTRIBUTORS MAKING SURE WE WILL KEEP THAT AS TIGHT AS POSSIBLE. WE REALLY DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT RECORDED.

“THEY ARE ON ALERT, PARTICULARLY WITH THE BIGGER FILMS LIKE JAMES BOND, TO REALLY DRILL DOWN TO WHO IS IN THE AUDITORIUM AND WHO MIGHT POSSIBLY BE RECORDING.

The new James Bond movie launches in UK cinemas next month, it is expected to be a very popular movie.

Windows 10 In China Will Come With Baidu Instead Of Microsoft’s Bing

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Microsoft has announced a new partnership for Windows 10 in China, the company will use China’s Baidu in China rather than its own Bing service.

Baidu is very popular in China, so it makes sense for Microsoft to use the company’s services rather than trying to promote Bing in China.

Baidu has over 600 million active users in China, so you can see why Microsoft has partnered with the company for Windows 10.

TOGETHER, WE WILL MAKE IT EASY FOR BAIDU CUSTOMERS TO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 AND WE WILL DELIVER A CUSTOM EXPERIENCE FOR CUSTOMERS IN CHINA, PROVIDING LOCAL BROWSING AND SEARCH EXPERIENCES. BAIDU.COM WILL BECOME THE DEFAULT HOMEPAGE AND SEARCH FOR THE MICROSOFT EDGE BROWSER IN WINDOWS 10. BAIDU’S NEW WINDOWS 10 DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL, BAIDU “WINDOWS 10 EXPRESS” WILL MAKE IT EASY FOR CHINESE INTERNET USERS TO DOWNLOAD AN OFFICIAL WINDOWS 10 EXPERIENCE. ADDITIONALLY, BAIDU WILL DELIVER UNIVERSAL WINDOWS APPLICATIONS FOR SEARCH, VIDEO, CLOUD AND MAPS FOR WINDOWS 10.

Microsoft also said that  they are still committed to developing Bing, but they also mentioned that they are committed to delivering ‘locally relevant experiences – like Baidu in China’.

This is not something the old Microsoft would have done, things are certainly different at Microsoft since their new CEO Satya Nadella took over.

Isro Scientists Give Thumbs Up to The Martian

A group of scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have thoroughly enjoyed Ridley Scott’s forthcoming space drama “The Martian” at a special screening of the film here.

The screening on Thursday was also attended by ten members from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa).

“I think the technology that they have shown and used, and the demonstration of working of spaceships were good. They have received guidance from Nasa. The film offers a good insight into the workings of space science. I felt you actually touched Mars, especially with the 3D glasses with which you view the film,” S. Arunan, a senior Isro scientist, said in a statement.

The director had sent out a message to the scientists as well.

In the message, Scott said: “Namaste, esteemed scientists of the Isro! I am Ridley Scott, director of the movie which you are about to watch. I guess I have something in common with most of you here; and that’s the love for science and space, a subject which has always fascinated me, as some of you would have seen in my earlier films.”

“Heartiest congratulations to you and India on the first anniversary of the successful Mars orbit mission (September 24). ‘The Martian’ is also about an ambitious Mars Mission but more importantly it’s about the human spirit.”

“When a human mission to Mars goes awry and a scientist gets left behind on Mars, scientists all around Earth collaborate to find a way to rescue him. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I and my team enjoyed making it.”

The film features Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney who, when presumed dead on a mission to Mars, has to survive until rescue arrives.

“The Martian” also features Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover in important roles.