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  1. Are You FLoCed?

    By William Spurlin, 04/10/2021


    The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently launched a tool that will determine if your Chrome browser is reporting data to advertisers. Currently 0.5% of Chrome browsers have been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment. FLoC takes most of your browsing history in Chrome, and analyzes it to assign you to a category or “cohort.” This identification is then sent to any website you visit that requests it, in essence telling them what kind of person Google thinks you are. Am I FLoCed is one of an effort to bring to light the invasive practices of the adtech industry. You can read more about it from the EFF.
     

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  2. iTest: Samsung’s taste of Galaxy Android on iPhone

    By William Spurlin, 04/09/2021


    If you're using an iPhone and wondered what is so great about Galaxy phones and it's android operating system, now you can have a glance into the world of Samsung's Galaxy. The lighthearted jab at Apple is a way to create exposure for the Galaxy's ecosystem and what it has to offer. I doubt it will sway any diehard Apple fans, but it's a fun thing that Samsung put out for Apple. Check it out if you have an iPhone and let us know what you think!
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  3. Starlink Satellites Near Global Coverage with Latest SpaceX Launch

    By William Spurlin, 04/08/2021


    The company now has 1,378 satellites in orbit. The Starlink constellation is now nearing the size needed to provide at least basic service globally. “We do have global reach, but we don’t have yet have full connectivity globally,” Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said during an April 6 panel discussion at the Satellite 2021 LEO Digital Forum. “We hope after about 28 launches we’ll have continuous coverage throughout the globe,” she added.

    This launch is the 23rd of v1.0 satellites, although a few v0.9 satellites launched nearly two years ago remain in orbit, along with 10 v1.0 satellites launched into polar orbit on a rideshare mission in January. That suggests the company will reach the continuous coverage milestone after four to five more launches.
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  4. Mars helicopter Ingenuity unlocks its rotor blades to prepare for first flight

    By William Spurlin, 04/08/2021


    Ingenuity arrived on Mars Feb. 18 along with NASA's Perseverance rover. As of April 4, the little chopper has parted ways with Perseverance, preparing to take to the skies during a month-long test campaign. "The blades of glory, aka rotor blades of the #MarsHelicopter, have been unlocked and are ready for testing," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California wrote in a tweet posted early today (April 8). "Next, we'll do a slow-speed spin-up of the blades for the first time on the Martian surface."
     
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  5. Guy Succeeds at "Slap Cooking" a Chicken

    By William Spurlin, 04/06/2021


    The question was asked a couple of years back, on a subreddit r/NoStupidQuestions, which allows people to ask all kinds of questions, no matter how embarrassing it may be to do so, and we have the answer. After one user asked, A physics major decided to do some math and answer the question, can we, humans, cook a raw chicken breast by slapping it? Here's his calculation. 

    Originally thought to be impossible to practically execute the theory, one Youtuber has succeeded. Check out the epic video below.

    Although not one slap, after numerous quick succession slaps, he gets the internal temperature to cooking temperatures.
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