NASA Mars rover Curiosity glitches again switches brains

first_imgEnlarge ImageCuriosity snapped this charming selfie of its “head” in early 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS It can be hard enough to troubleshoot a computer that’s right in front of you. NASA has to manage the process on another planet as the Curiosity rover continues to experience glitches on Mars. The latest problem prompted the rover team to switch computers entirely.NASA issued an update on Tuesday saying Curiosity’s Side-A computer experienced a reset on March 6, triggering the rover’s safe mode. This is the second time the computer unexpectedly reset in the last three weeks. NASA called the February incident a “hiccup during boot-up.” The agency says the resets were related to the computer’s memory.Curiosity got back to science operations, but the new issue prompted NASA to switch the rover over to its Side-B computer, which it had been using for most of the mission. A memory glitch in late 2018 caused NASA to switch the rover’s “brains” from Side-B to Side-A. Now we’re back to Side-B. Post a comment Sci-Tech Mars rovers NASA Space 0 17 Photos Share your voicecenter_img Tags NASA Mars rover Curiosity back to work after mystery snafu NASA Mars rover Curiosity hiccups, takes a break from science Curiosity faces challenges The rover team reformatted the Side-B computer to isolate bad memory areas. NASA hopes this will cure its 2018 issues. Curiosity is now out of safe mode once again and is ready to resume science operations as soon as Wednesday.Curiosity has survived technical snafus before and is the only remaining rover still functioning on Mars. NASA declared an end to the Opportunity rover mission in February, months after a dust storm blotted out its solar panels. NASA intends to send a companion to the Red Planet with the planned launch of the Mars 2020 rover, but we’re all watching Curiosity’s adventures and misadventures with an eagle eye until the next rover arrives. NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Marslast_img read more

Batman Captain America and Monty Python apparently worked for the US government

first_imgThe President’s annual economic report has a number of interns who have the names of superhero alter egos. Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images The 2019 Economic Report of the President lists many superhero alter egos as White House interns. Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Steve Rogers and even Aunt May are all included, as well as Monty Python member John Cleese and possibly the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch from Game of Thrones (it lists John Snow instead of Jon Snow).screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-44-40-pmThe 2019 Economic Report for the President features a list of interns, many of which have similar names to characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Screenshot by CNET This isn’t the first time characters with such fictional prestige have been interns according to the White House. The 2018 Economic Report of the President included Star Trek characters J.T. Kirk and J.L. Picard. (That’s James Tiberius Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.)We spot-checked the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2007 reports for superhero or famous interns but there were no obvious names.screen-shot-2019-03-19-at-1-50-43-pm2018 Economic Report of the President includes characters from Star Trek. Screenshot by CNET We reached out to the White House to try and ascertain how this came about, but they have not yet responded to a request to comment. White House Council of Economic Advisers responded via Twitter claiming it was intentional. Thank you for noticing, our interns are indeed super heroes! We’ve thought so all along, but we knew it’d take a little more to get them the attention they deserve. They have made significant contributions to the Economic Report of the President and do so every day at CEA.— CEA (@WhiteHouseCEA) March 19, 2019 It might be someone on the White House staff trying to troll the public or the administration. It could also be a way to beef up the number of actual interns, or placeholder names for interns who didn’t want to be named, although LinkedIn also lists some interns publicly. Another theory might be that those who refused to sign NDAs last month, as reported around the web, simply had their names removed in favor of more famous people.First published 2:10 p.m. PT. Updated 2:35 p.m. PT: Adds CEA response.  Politics Online DC Comics Marvel Star Trek Share your voice Comments Tags 4last_img read more

Galaxy Fold release delayed until June while Samsung investigates breaking screens

first_img 60 Photos AT&T Samsung 10:12 News of the phone’s delayed release was reported earlier Monday by The Wall Street Journal. That report follows a tweet from Engadget’s Richard Lai on Sunday about the postponement of launch-related events in Hong Kong and Shanghai that were originally scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.  Samsung’s Galaxy Fold woes began last week, two days after it distributed a small number of review devices to reviewers, including CNET. Reviewers discovered that peeling the plastic film off the Galaxy Fold’s 7.3-inch interior screen, which is made of a thin sheet of bendable plastic rather than glass, instantly made the phone unusable.  Comments Now playing: Watch this: 5:50 Tags Share your voice Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung Galaxy Fold problems explained Originally published April 21.Updates, April 22 at 7:52 a.m. PT: Adds the WSJ report about the launch delay; 10:22 a.m.: Adds confirmation from Samsung; 12:03 p.m. PT: Adds Samsung preorder email. Republished at 5:22 p.m. PT and April 24 at 10:41 a.m. PT.center_img “Samsung.com will have a dedicated Galaxy Fold FAQ for consumers to learn more about caring for the Galaxy Fold, including information about the protective layer. Retail representatives and customer care are trained with information about the top protective layer.”CNET is keeping an eye on developments with the Galaxy Fold. While we’re continuing to review the early production device, we will not assign a rating until after we test the final production phone we ordered. See how it’s going with our Galaxy Fold so far. Samsung hit the pause button on its beleaguered Galaxy Fold after several incidents with screens last week left early-production review units unusable. Although the phone-maker said that it will announce a new release date for its first foldable phone “in the coming weeks,” AT&T on Tuesday sent an email to preorder customers with a new shipping date: June 13.CNET has fully reviewed the Galaxy Fold and our review unit has remained intact. We’ve been in contact with Samsung about the reported screen issues. Samsung also emailed everyone who preordered the device — including CNET reviewers — saying that it will update them “with more specific shipping information in two weeks.” It’s possible that T-Mobile and Samsung will choose slightly different shipping dates, or that AT&T should shift its new timetable as a result of the Fold’s future fixes. Samsung isn’t charging credit cards for the Fold until it ships, and the brand is also giving preorder buyers and out if they change their mind and want to cancel the order before it ships.An email Samsung sent on Monday to people who preordered the Galaxy Fold. Screenshot by CNET Foldable phones are a brand-new concept rocking the phone world. The design is supposed to give people double the screen space on a device that’s small enough to carry around, unlike today’s pocket-busting devices. But the enormous expense — the Galaxy Fold starts at $1,980 — and concerns over the durability of a bendable screen and hinge could threaten the ability of foldable phones to get off the ground.The incidents with the Fold’s plastic screen — which include a screen bulge and flickering display — have caused a kerfuffle among onlookers, casting doubt on the durability of Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone. While Samsung’s screen woes could have been much worse, rivals might also find a way to learn from Samsung’s mistakes. Huawei has also announced a foldable device, the Mate X, and Motorola is rumored to have a foldable Razr in the works.”Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance,” Samsung said in a statement. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.”Read: Galaxy Fold “loss” could help other foldable phones succeed Another discovered that the left half of the Galaxy Fold strongly flickered, and two more noticed a bulge under the screen that caused noticeable distortion in the screen’s image, possibly from debris that worked its way under the display. “While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience,” Samsung said Monday. “We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.” 201-galaxy-foldThe Fold is extremely pocketable when all closed up. Sarah Tew/CNET The incidents with the Galaxy Fold are also putting Samsung under intense scrutiny as consumers and industry pundits draw parallels with Samsung’s double recall of 2016’s Galaxy Note 7, after numerous reports that its battery overheated and sometimes caught fire. Screen issues tied to the Galaxy Fold have “broken” the phones, but have not been reported to cause a fire or any other damage to people and property. Samsung can address at least one recurring issue, where reviewers pulled off a sheet of plastic that wound up being an integral part of the screen. The company told CNET in a statement last week: “We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that information about protective layer is clearly delivered to our customers. Materials in the Galaxy Fold box, including the quick-start guide, will include information about the protective layer.”  19 Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge People try the Galaxy Fold for the first time Now playing: Watch this: 3:56 Now playing: Watch this: Foldable Phones Tabletslast_img read more

2020 Nissan Altima adds a little more kit for a little more

first_img 2019 Altima Platinum is a giant leap for Nissan’s midsize… $30,125 Model $32,485 2019 MSRP 2019 Nissan Altima photo gallery: Better styling, a trick turbo engine and a ton of tech $24,995 2.5 S FWD $150 $100 $28,775 $150 2.5 SR AWD $350 More From Roadshow Review • 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech $30,985 2.5 SL FWD VC-Turbo SR FWD $150 Now playing: Watch this: $27,945 $350 $26,245 $26,245 $29,075 $32,335 2020 Cadillac CT6 first drive: Going out with a Blackwing bang 6:42 $100 Nissan $150 Enlarge ImageThis is the 2019 model, but considering it’s unchanged visually, you can just pretend it’s a 2020. Jon Wong/Roadshow The 2019 Nissan Altima was a radical reimagining of Nissan’s bread-and-butter sedan, and after some time behind the wheel, it wasn’t hard for us to see just how much better the new model was. Now, one whole year later, it’s time for the latest generation of Altima to enter its second model year, but not without some mild tweaks.Nissan on Friday unveiled pricing for the 2020 Altima sedan. The changes are minimal, but there are some pretty notable updates in there. Perhaps most important is the addition of Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment on the Altima SR, which adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic and automatic high beams. It’s not standard on the base S model, but there’s an optional package that adds it. Other small tweaks include having a memory function for mirrors on the Platinum trim, and there are some new piano-black interior trim bits on the SV, SL and Platinum models.Otherwise, it’s all the same car. The base engine is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I4 putting out 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 with variable compression (VC-Turbo, as Nissan calls it) bumps the output up to 248 hp and 273 lb-ft, but it’s only available on higher trims. A continuously variable transmission is standard across all trims with both engines. Front-wheel drive is standard, but AWD is available on 2.5-liter models for an extra $1,350.The prices aren’t much different than last year. The base S trim is up just $100, to $24,995, including the mandatory $895 destination fee. The top-tier Platinum trim comes out to $33,075 with FWD, $34,425 with AWD and $36,075 with the VC-Turbo engine. Most trims saw a $150 price hike, but SR trims went up $350. Perhaps the best news comes from the SV trim, which is $300 cheaper than it was last year.The 2020 Nissan Altima is already at dealers around the nation. You can check out a full breakdown of the Altima’s various prices (again, including destination) below. Sedans 2.5 SR FWD ($300) $30,425 ($300) $30,295 2.5 SL AWD 2.5 SV AWD $26,345 $26,595 75 Photos Net change Comments 2.5 Platinum AWD $30,645 2.5 S AWD Share your voice VC-Turbo Platinum FWD 3 $150 $34,275 Tags More about 2019 Nissan Altima $27,595 2.5 SV FWD 2020 MSRP 2.5 Platinum FWD $35,925 $33,075 $350 Preview • 2019 Nissan Altima: More compelling than ever $36,075 $24,895 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Nissan 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss $31,135 2020 Nissan Altima pricing $32,925 $34,425 last_img read more