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Leon Fleisher: Pianist who battled hand condition dies at 92

BBC News - World - 14 hours 21 min ago
The renowned pianist spent a large part of his career focused on music written for the left hand.

Danskerklub klarer frisag og Cornelius tangerer Tomassons målrekord

DR Sporten - 14 hours 23 min ago
Genoa sikrede overlevelse, og Andreas Cornelius scorede for Parma, da han tangerede Jon Dahl Tomassons rekord for flest danskerscoringer på en Serie A-sæson.
Categories: Sport

Coronavirus: Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

BBC News - World - 14 hours 25 min ago
Nearly three times more people died than Iran's government admitted, records seen by the BBC show.

Global coronavirus cases cross 18 million mark: Live updates

Al Jazeera - 14 hours 50 min ago
More than 10.64 million of infected persons have recovered; Expert warns COVID-19 'extraordinarily widespread' in US.

Whale shark 'crushes' tourist in Australia

BBC News - World - 15 hours 32 sec ago
The woman is in a "serious but stable condition" after being hit by the shark's tail while snorkelling.

Casualties as gunmen storm prison in Afghanistan's Jalalabad

Al Jazeera - 15 hours 3 min ago
ISIL claims responsibility for attack that killed at least three people, injured several others following gunfight.

Tysk popkoncert skal fungere som smitteeksperiment

DR Nyheder - 15 hours 15 min ago
4200 raske publikummer er inviteret til koncert af coronaforskere.
Categories: Nyheder

Telesvindlere narrede 11 millioner kroner fra deres ofre

DR Nyheder - 15 hours 30 min ago
Seks mænd er anklaget for at lokke koder og oplysninger fra fortrinsvis ældre ofre og lænse deres konti.
Categories: Nyheder

Taylor Swifts nye album slår årets salgsrekord i USA på en uge

DR Nyheder - 15 hours 41 min ago
Den amerikanske sangerinde har på en uge solgt 615.000 udgaver af sit nye album "Folklore".
Categories: Nyheder

THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2020: Here's what over 400 IoT decision-makers say about the future of enterprise connectivity and how IoT companies can use it to grow revenue

Businessinsider - 15 hours 56 min ago

IoT systems and solutions are iterating rapidly, and providers are coming to meet more and more of companies' and consumers' needs.

Emerging tools and technologies like smart speakers, machine learning, and 5G are enabling huge gains to efficiency and more control at home and in the workplace.

The continued growth of the IoT industry is going to be a transformative force across all organizations. By integrating all of our modern day devices with internet connectivity, the IoT market is on pace to grow to over $2.4 trillion annually by 2027.

To give companies insight into who's using IoT solutions, who isn't, and key trends in the development and deployment of IoT projects, Business Insider Intelligence conducted its fourth annual Global IoT Executive Survey.

The annual survey, combined with past iterations of the study, offers a longitudinal look at adoption of the IoT generally, anticipated trends and their realization, and the evolution of decision-making processes alongside other points of interest in the wider space. Our survey includes over 400 responses from key executives around the world, including C-suite and director-level respondents.

Through this exclusive study and broad-based research into the field, Business Insider Intelligence details the components that make up the IoT ecosystem. We size the IoT market and use exclusive data to identify key trends in the connected devices sector. And we profile the enterprise, governmental, and consumer IoT segments individually, drilling down into the drivers and characteristics that are shaping each market.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • We project that there will be more than 41 billion IoT devices by 2027, up from about 8 billion in 2019.
  • 5G networks will figure into many companies' IoT projects before the year is out, with 39% of respondents to our survey saying they plan to support 5G in IoT products and services before 2021.
  • AI and machine learning are critical systems that are continually evolving to provide IoT users with the tools they need to parse mountains of data and quickly discern usable insights, while edge computing solutions are growing more central to IoT discussions and increasingly sophisticated as companies seek to reduce data transmission costs and lower latency.
  • The report highlights the opinions and experiences of IoT decision-makers on topics that include: drivers of adoption, major challenges and barriers, investment plans, and the types of solutions they're employing thus far.

In full, the report:

  • Provides a primer on the basics of the IoT ecosystem.
  • Offers forecasts for the IoT moving forward, and highlights areas of interest in the coming years.
  • Looks at who is and is not adopting the IoT, and why.
  • Highlights drivers and challenges facing companies that are implementing IoT solutions.

Companies mentioned in this report include: Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Attest, Audi, AWS, Baidu, Blink, Carbon Black, China, Mobile, China UnionPay, Cisco, Cimcon, Deutsche Telekom, eero, enSilo, Ericsson, Etisalat, Foninet, Goldman Sachs, Google, Google Cloud, Honeywell, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Huawei, Internet of Things Consortium, Intersection, Jacuzzi, Michelin, Microsoft, NEC, Nest, NXP Semiconductors, Oracle, Orange, Particle, Qualcomm, Ring, Salesforce, Sidewalk Labs, Sigfox, Singtel, SoftBank, Software AG, Sprint, STMicroelectronics, T-Systems, Telefonica, Telstra, Tenable, Tencent, Tolaga Research, Verizon, VMWare, Z-Wave, ZigBee.

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China sends first Covid-19 medical testing team to Hong Kong

BBC News - World - 16 hours 7 min ago
Local councillors fear China could use the trip to collect DNA samples for surveillance purposes.

Massevis af mundbind har kurs mod Danmark

DR Nyheder - 16 hours 9 min ago
I løbet af denne uge vil der blive fyldt op med mundbind i butikkerne, vurderer Dansk Industri.
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Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down

BBC News - World - 16 hours 54 min ago
The SpaceX capsule touches down off Florida, in the first crewed US water landing in 45 years.

Apple Fire: Massive California wildfire forces evacuations

BBC News - World - 17 hours 1 min ago
Around 7,800 people are told to leave their homes in southern California because of the fire.

Microsoft to continue talks to buy TikTok's US operations

BBC News - World - 17 hours 40 min ago
The firm said on Sunday it had talked with President Trump about buying the China-based app's US business.

Forskere: Corona-apps tvinger brugerne i armene på Googles overvågningsmaskine

Version2 - Seneste nyheder - 18 hours 15 min ago
Langt de fleste androidbrugere lever allerede med at afgive data via Google Play Services. Alligevel kritiserer to irske forskere, at myndighederne - herunder de danske - udgiver corona-apps, hvor datahungrende Google Play Services er uomgængelig.
Categories: IT

Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer

BBC News - World - 18 hours 19 min ago
"The Sledgehammer" is caught after releasing a bizarre, tearful video declaring war on security forces.

Duterte reimposes coronavirus lockdown as he criticises doctors

Al Jazeera - 18 hours 24 min ago
Philippine president orders restrictions in Manila, neighbouring provinces, approves hiring of 10,000 health workers.

US entering 'different' phase of coronavirus outbreak

BBC News - World - 19 hours 1 min ago
Top medical adviser Deborah Birx says the virus is affecting rural communities as well as cities.

SpaceX just brought 2 NASA astronauts back to Earth in its Crew Dragon spaceship, kicking off 'the next era in human spaceflight'

Businessinsider - 19 hours 30 min ago

  • NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley just completed a crucial test flight of SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship.
  • The men splashed the space capsule into the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, following a risky plunge through Earth's atmosphere.
  • NASA's administrator said the mission marks "the next era in human spaceflight," since the agency is now poised to purchase flights from SpaceX.
  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said after the mission's launch that he once doubted the company would ever see this day.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

SpaceX just achieved a feat that even CEO Elon Musk thought improbable when he founded the rocket company in 2002: flying people to and from space.

On Sunday afternoon, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely careened back to Earth after a 27-million-mile mission in orbit around the planet. The men flew in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship, landing the cone-shaped capsule at 2:48 p.m. ET in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida.

Ahead of the landing, the crew undocked from the $150 billion International Space Station, where they'd spent 63 days, then performed a series of maneuvers to return home to their families. The capsule handily survived a blistering 3,500-degree-Fahrenheit return through Earth's atmosphere, a high-stakes parachute deployment, and the final splashdown.

Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, a SpaceX and NASA recovery crew pulled the astronauts from their toasted ship. 

"Thanks for doing the most difficult part and the most important part of human spaceflight: sending us into orbit and bringing us home safely," Behnken said shortly before leaving the spaceship, which he and Hurley named Endeavour. "Thank you again for the good ship Endeavour."

"It's absolutely been an honor and a pleasure to work with you, from the entire SpaceX team," a capsule communicator responded from mission control at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

SpaceX privately designed, built, and operated the vehicle with about $2.7 billion in contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The money helped SpaceX create its newfound spaceflight capability and is funding about half a dozen missions — including Behnken and Hurley's demonstration flight, Demo-2, which launched on May 30.

With Demo-2's completion, SpaceX has put an end to a nine-year drought of crewed spaceflight from US soil. The company also resurrected NASA's ability to reach the ISS, where the agency hopes to ramp up work to help it return humans to the moon and eventually reach Mars.

"These are difficult times when there's not that much good news. And I think this is one of those things that is universally good, no matter where you are on planet Earth. This is a good thing. And I hope it brightens your day," Musk said during a NASA TV broadcast after the landing.

"I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one," he added.

The mission's end likely brings SpaceX just weeks from a NASA certification of its Crew Dragon for regular flights of astronauts — and private citizens.

"We don't want to purchase, own, and operate the hardware the way we used to. We want to be one customer of many customers in a very robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said ahead of the landing.

He added: "This is the next era in human spaceflight, where NASA gets to be the customer. We want to be a strong customer, we want to be a great partner. But we don't want to be the only ones that are operating with humans in space."

In a news briefing following the landing, officials and astronauts remarked on how uneventful the astronaut's return flight was (except for a few surprises on the ground, such as civilian boats pulling up to the space capsule).

"It did not seem like this was the first NASA SpaceX mission with astronauts on board," Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut who's slated to fly on SpaceX's next mission, Crew-1, said. "It seemed to go extremely smoothly."

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and CEO, said even SpaceX leadership was a bit taken aback.

"I think we're surprised — minorly surprised, but obviously incredibly pleased — that this went as smoothly as it did," she said.

American astronauts, rockets, and spaceships launching from US soil

Before Demo-2, the United States hadn't launched humans into space from American soil since July 2011, when NASA flew its final space shuttle mission.

During the following nine years, NASA had to rely on Russia's Soyuz launch system to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station. But that became increasingly expensive.

Over time, Russia charged more and more per round-trip ticket for each NASA astronaut. The cost rose from about $21 million in 2008 (before the shuttle was retired) to more than $90 million per seat on a planned flight for October. A seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, meanwhile, is projected to cost $55 million (not including NASA's $2.7 billion in funding), according to NASA's inspector general.

Also, with just one to two seats for NASA astronauts aboard each Soyuz flight — compared to the space shuttle's seven — the arrangement limited American use of the ISS, which has housed as many as 13 people at once (though space-station crews are typically six people).

Most concerning to mission managers, the arrangement left NASA reliant on a single launch system. That became especially worrisome when high-profile issues arose with Soyuz over the past few years, including a mysterious leak and a rocket-launch failure that forced an emergency landing. After these incidents, NASA and other space agencies had nowhere else to turn. 

With SpaceX's successful Demo-2 flight — and the upcoming test flights of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spaceship — that insecure footing for US astronauts is now in the rearview mirror.

"This is the culmination of a dream," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "CBS This Morning" ahead of the mission's launch in May. "This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal."

In addition to giving NASA better access to the space station, having a spacecraft and launch system enables the agency to use the space station's microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments — in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more.

"The International Space Station is a critical capability for the United States of America. Having access to it is also critical," Bridenstine said during a briefing on May 1. "We are moving forward very rapidly with this program that is so important to our nation and, in fact, to the entire world."

Demo-2 brings SpaceX one step closer to the moon and Mars

With the completion of Demo-2, SpaceX has also gained operational experience flying people to and from space for the first time. That's hugely important to Musk, who has big plans for SpaceX.

The company plans to fly tourists into space: In February, SpaceX announced that it had sold four seats through a spaceflight tourism company called Space Adventures. Then in March, news broke that the company Axiom Space — led in part by a former ISS mission manager at NASA — had also signed a deal with SpaceX.

There's even a flight of actor Tom Cruise aboard Crew Dragon in the works — part of a plan to film a movie aboard the ISS.

But Musk's primary aim is to launch people around the moon, later land others on the lunar surface, then move on to establish Martian cities. His ultimate goal is to put 1 million settlers on the red planet.

NASA shares some of Musk's ambitions to send humans back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Sending astronauts to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon represents a major milestone toward those goals.

Bridenstine also said  that he'd eventually like to see entire commercial space stations in the future. 

"The next big thing is we need commercial space stations themselves. And in order to create the market for commercial space stations, we have to have these transformational capabilities," Bridenstine said ahead of the landing.

'I doubted us, too'

During a briefing following the launch of Demo-2, Business Insider asked Musk if he had a message for those who ever doubted him or the company.

"To be totally frank, I doubted us, too. I thought we had maybe — when starting SpaceX — maybe had a 10% chance of reaching orbit. So to those who doubted us I was like, 'Well, I think you're probably right,'" Musk said.

He added: "It took us took us four attempts just to get to orbit with Falcon 1 ... People told me this joke: How do you make a small fortune in the rocket industry? 'You start with a large one' is the punch line."

Musk said SpaceX "just barely made it there," adding, "So hey, I think those doubters were — their probability assessment was correct. But fortunately, fate has smiled upon us and brought us to this day."

This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published at 2:48 p.m. ET on August 2, 2020.

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