NASA Just Unveiled Their Next Mission: “We Will Finally Touch the Sun.”

Named After the Living

As NASA readies itself for its historic mission to the Sun set sometime between July and August 2018, the space agency made an announcement today that highlights the importance of this mission. The Solar Probe Plus has now been renamed the Parker Solar Probe, after astrophysicist Eugene Parker who discovered the phenomenon that this first-ever mission to a star will be investigating.

Image credit: NASA/APL
Image credit: NASA/APL

“This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual,” NASA administrator for the Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen said in today’s announcement. “It’s a testament to the importance of his body of work, founding a new field of science that also inspired my own research and many important science questions NASA continues to study and further understand every day. I’m very excited to be personally involved honoring a great man and his unprecedented legacy.”

Usually, NASA missions are renamed only after launch and certification, the agency noted. However, NASA decided not to follow the usual naming procedures to highlight the importance of Parker’s work and his contributions to heliophysics and space science, as well as how the planned mission ties in with his research.

What We’ll Be Probing

The Parker Solar Probe will examine a phenomenon known as a solar wind, which Parker first pointed out in 1958. High speed matter and magnetism, Parker theorized, constantly come out of the Sun and affect the planets and space around it.

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“The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before,” Parker said in the NASA announcement. “It’s very exciting that we’ll finally get a look. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of what’s going on in the solar wind. I’m sure that there will be some surprises. There always are.”

Getting close enough to the Sun is crucial, and the Parker Solar Probe is equipped with technology that would allow it to do so. “It’s a spacecraft loaded with technological breakthroughs that will solve many of the largest mysteries about our star, including finding out why the sun’s corona is so much hotter than its surface,” explained Nicola Fox, the probe’s project scientist, in the announcement.

“Parker Solar Probe is going to answer questions about solar physics that we’ve puzzled over for more than six decades,” Fox said in the announcement. “We will finally touch the sun.”

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Both mice feature improved hardware over their predecessors. The sensor has been upgraded from 1,000 DPI to 4,000, resulting in a faster and smoother tracking experience, and battery life has been nearly doubled from 40 days up to 70. The two mice are otherwise largely similar to the previous version, with the same design, excellent mechanical scroll wheels, and button layouts (although the new black-and-gray color is certainly preferable to the odd black/bronze model from the last generation.)

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According to the new report, Samsung is having issues getting Bixby to understand all the little idiosyncrasies of English.

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Ways To Use Your Iphone And Make Life Easy

Owning an iPhone is both the best and worst in life. It can do many things thanks to the apps it has. For more exciting and interesting ways to use your iPhone, check out the tips below.

When you are in the Safari section on your iPhone, toggle between different pages that you visit. You can open up to eight pages that will each come in very clear on your phone. This function is very beneficial if you have multiple things to do and do not want to lose the initial page that you were on.

If you happen to get the iphone wet, the last thing you want to do is turn it on. By turning it on you run the risk of short circuiting the product. Instead, you should towel dry it and then put it into a Ziploc bag. After that place it in a bowl of uncooked rice and let it sit there until the moisture dries up.

The iPhone battery runs down quickly. Particularly, if you use your phone a lot, you may find yourself feeling helpless if the device dies right when you need it. Get in the habit of keeping it plugged into an electrical outlet whenever you can; this will help make sure the battery is charged up during the day.

One of the ways that you can personalize your iPhone is to change the wallpaper in the front and main screens on your iPhone. You can select from existing wallpapers that Apple creates or chooses from your camera roll, where you will be able to choose from the photos that you have saved..

Even if you do not plan to use your iPhone for a while, you should store it with a dead battery. Allow your phone to fully charge each time it is put on the charger instead of letting it run down. Otherwise, you run the risk of adversely affecting the chemical composition of the battery, possibly damaging the phone.

Is the process of loading the camera app slowing down your photography and hampering your shutterbug skills? Use this easy shortcut. When your screen is locked, press the Home key twice. A camera icon will appear at the bottom of your screen after you do this. By tapping this button, your camera is automatically enabled.

Always upgrade the OS to the most current version possible. The iPhone is really like a mini-computer, so every now and then patches appear to fix security holes, bugs and issues with functionality. Updating is crucial especially if personal information is used or accessed if you go online with your phone.

A good tip if you’re new to using the iphone is to learn about the built in video recorder. A lot of people don’t even know that their iphone is capable of recording videos, which is pretty sad. A lot of users submitted videos on youtube are straight from someone’s iphone.

Take advantage of location based reminders. One of the features of the new iPhone 4s is the ability to give you reminders of what you ask when you get to certain places. If there is something you do not need or want to remember until you get home at night, ask Siri to remind you about it as you leave from that place in the morning.

Sometimes you want to see all of your appointments and notifications on your iPhone at once. You can do this quickly with one gesture. Just take your finger, start at the top of your screen and swipe down. This will give you all your info for the day at a glance.

You should learn how to use your iphone to get directions to anywhere that you want to go. All you need is the map’s application, and you can choose your destination and starting point to get the directions that you need. It is very easy and is almost always right.

Now, you can easily obtain word definitions with your iPhone. There is a built-in dictionary that can be accessed through most apps. All you do is press and hold on any word you want, and a pop-up option that says “Define” will be on the screen. You can get the definition of any words, including the words on your emails, reminders, etc.

If you want to take a screenshot or print screen on your iPhone, you can do this by simultaneously touching the sleep and home buttons, which will store the image in your photos. This is great as you can capture your screen at anytime, whether it is a conversation or something that you find on the internet. n

The iPhone comes with many features, one of them being a very advanced dictionary. You can take advantage of this reference tool in virtually any app. The only action you must take is tapping and holding on the word in question and then choosing the Define choice from the appearing list.

A good tip when using your iphone is to not send scandalous pictures over your phone. We all know what happened when Scarlett Johansson sent some topless photos to her partner. Anything that you put out there can be traced back to you and can blow up in your face.

Take screenshots of websites or apps that you want to have later. Just tap the Sleep button while you are holding down the Home button. Doing so creates a screenshot of whatever you are currently viewing so that you can retrieve it from your Camera Roll later on in the day or week.

If you are using Safari on your iPhone, it is rather easy to make your keyboard larger. Prior to tapping on the address bar, just turn your iPhone horizontally. This automatically makes Safari go into horizontal mode, which is what makes the keyboard so much larger. To revert back to a normal keyboard, turn the phone back to normal.

If you’re an iPhone owner, then you are probably at least partially aware of the vast number of things it can provide you. However, it becomes complicated when trying to sort through the maze of functions that are available to you. With everything you’ve just read, however, you should be feeling more confident in your ability to get the most from your iPhone.

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Amazon Echo Update Adds iCloud Calendar Feature: Here’s How to Enable It

Amazon this morning announced the availability of a new software update for its range of Alexa-powered Echo devices, which will enable users to sync up their information from Apple’s iCloud Calendar with their Echo, allowing even further integration between the e-commerce-giant’s proprietary voice-assistant platform and 3rd party products like Apple’s iOS.

Along with the ability to ask Alexa “what’s coming up on my iCloud Calendar?”, the new software update will allow customers to issue add or delete commands for new calendar entries — such as to add or remove a scheduled appointment. The most useful factor of all, is that anything added or deleted to your iCloud Calendar via your Alexa-powered Echo device will automatically sync across your entire line of Apple macOS/iOS devices.

“iCloud Calendar support has been a top requested feature from Alexa customers, and we’re thrilled to bring this to Alexa devices in US, UK and Germany today,” Amazon said, while adding that “Starting today, you can now link your Apple iCloud Calendar to Alexa. Once [your accounts] are linked, just say, ‘Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?’ or ‘Alexa, add lunch with Sarah at noon to my calendar.’”

How to Sync iCloud Calendar with Amazon Echo

If you’d like to sync your Alexa-powered Echo device with your iCloud account to enable Calendar syncing..

  1. Download and access the Alexa iOS app.
  2. From there, select the Settings tab from the menu bar.
  3. Sign into your Apple account by entering your iCloud ID and password.

Along with support for Apple Calendar/iCloud integration, Amazon announced that the new update will also enable Alexa-powered device owners to access their accounts for G Suite, Google/Gmail, Office 365 users with Exchange Online, and via

Amazons claims the new update will be available beginning today, May 31st, to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany — the only places where Amazon’s Alexa services are currently available.

Alexa-powered voice-assistant services are available on a variety of hardware devices manufactured and sold by Amazon, including the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look, and the all-new Echo Show. Interestingly, Amazon’s move to broaden Alexa integration with devices like the iPhone and iPad comes as Apple — perhaps even as early as next week at WWDC 2017 — is expected to unveil a premium Siri-only speaker device, which will directly compete with Amazon’s Echo family of offerings.

Will you be syncing your iCloud Calendar with your Echo device, or will you be holding out for one of Apple’s upcoming Siri speakers? Let us know in the comments!

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