Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon | Relativity Space will produce entirely 3D-printed rockets to launch satellites as a first step, though.

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon

Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon
Huge 3D printers could produce Mars-bound rockets soon
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Relativity Space is an LA-based startup which is another in a growing list of firms to truly innovate with large-scale 3D printing, although in this case, it’s not a boat which is being printed as we recently saw – but a rocket.

Indeed, Relativity has just received $140 million worth of Series C funding towards its overarching aim of being the first company to launch an (almost) entirely 3D printed rocket into orbit.

Other outfits, like SpaceX, may 3D print certain parts, but not the whole rocket – or rather 95% of it, with the exceptions being some electronics, cables and rubber gaskets – with that process achieved by giant 3D metal printers called Stargate.

These are the largest such devices in the world, the company claims, and as Wired reports, the first version of Stargate is 15 feet tall and has three robotic arms used to weld metal (supplied by miles of thin custom-produced aluminum alloy wire).

Stargate produces all the large parts needed for the rocket, with standard commercially available metal 3D printers used for the smaller bits and pieces which require more precision.

The first rocket the company is set to produce – Terran 1 – will have 100 times fewer parts than a comparably-sized standard rocket, with the aim being to manufacture it from raw material to launch-ready in under 60 days.

Terran 1 will have a payload capacity of up to 1,250kg and will be capable of launching mid-sized satellites. Commercial launches are expected to begin in 2021, and the firm already has contracts with the likes of Telesat and mu Space.

Mars needs printers…

Looking further out, Relativity sees its rockets as playing a key part in much grander ventures such as transporting infrastructure to the surface of Mars.

Tim Ellis, co-founder and CEO, observed: “Relativity was founded with the long term vision of 3D printing the first rocket made on Mars and expanding the possibilities for human experience in our lifetime.”

As well as the gargantuan 3D printing hardware, the other really clever bit is that machine learning algorithms are employed so the printer recognizes mistakes, corrects its own work, and learns from these errors to get better in the future.

Ellis told Wired: “To print stuff on Mars you need a system that can adapt to very uncertain conditions. So we’re building an algorithm framework that we think will actually be transferable to printing on other planets.”

Apple’s Safari Browser on iOS Sends Browsing Information to China’s Tencent, Which May Log IP Addresses

Apple’s Safari Browser on iOS Sends Browsing Information to China’s Tencent, Which May Log IP Addresses

Apple has come under scrutiny following a post by the online privacy and rights blog Reclaim The Net which pointed out that users of the Safari Web browser might have had their browsing behaviour sent to Chinese tech giant Tencent. Safari uses Tencent's Safe Browsing filter in addition to Google Safe Browsing in order to protect users from phishing attacks and similar online scams IP addresses, raising concerns that the data might also be used to help track users' online activity and circumvent privacy measures. Apple has not been keeping this a secret, but the blog post points out that it is not known whether data only from users in China is sent to Tencent, or whether those in other parts of the world are also affected.  

According to the blog post, Apple's privacy information page for Safari in iOS 13 clearly states that information might be sent to Tencent, but it is not clear how much data is sent or if there are any privacy protections in place. This appears to have been incorporated with iOS 12.2 for devices outside China, according to a tweet cited by Reclaim The Net, although AppleInsider points out that it was introduced within China with iOS 11.

Users can disable Safari's Fraudulent Website Warning feature, but it is enabled by default and many people might not even know that it is working in the background. It works by checking hashed versions of the website addresses that users attempt to visit against Google and Tencent's vast databases of known malicious websites. As this is happening, the user's IP address is also sent to the companies. By correlating these requests and tracking browsing patterns, it could be possible to identify individual users.

The notice is found several levels deep in the iOS Settings app, and also appears on iOS 12.2 and iOS 13 in India. Safari on macOS only names Google as a company that information will be sent to. 

Reclaim The Net cites several examples showing that Tencent has close ties with the Chinese government, and suggests that the company might be forced to hand over data to be used for other purposes such as surveillance. The discovery comes against the backdrop of long-running protests in Hong Kong against Chinese political influence, as well as the recent controversy around game developer Blizzard banning a Hearthstone player and withholding his prize winnings for expressing support for Hong Kong.

Apple has also recently been in the news for pulling an app used by Hong Kong protestors to track police movements from the iOS App Store, and for removing the Taiwan flag emoji from iOS in China.

The company has not yet responded publicly to concerns about this new issue. Gadgets 360 reached out to Apple for comment, but did not hear back at the time of this report.

Microsoft is adding Office and (for some reason) emoji keys to its keyboards

Microsoft is adding Office and (for some reason) emoji keys to its keyboards

Microsoft has a new range of keyboards on the way, and they have two additional keys for you to get to grips with. To the right of the space bar on the new versions of the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard and the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard you'll find dedicated Microsoft Office and emoji buttons.

The two new keys join the existing application/menu and Windows shortcut keys which have now become familiar to everyone, and they are likely to prove divisive – or at least one of them is. The Office key is not entirely new, as it has been seen on a handful of keyboards already, and provides an easy way to access Windows 10's Office apps.

In addition to this, the Office key can be used in conjunction with a second key to launch individual Office apps – such as [Office]+[W] for Word, and [Office]+[X] for Excel. While it could certainly be argued that the Office key is a helpful aid to productivity, opinion about the dedicated emoji key will probably split opinions.

An intriguing decision

The purpose of the emoji key is simply to call up Windows 10's emoji picker, which is currently accessible by pressing [Windows]+[.] or [Windows]+[;] simultaneously. It's certainly not a key that everyone will use, and the addition of such two such vastly differing new buttons – a genuine productivity enhancer and arguably rather more niche – is an intriguing decision by Microsoft.

According to The Verge, it won't be possible to use the emoji key for anything other than calling up the emoji picker. It would have been nice to have been able to 'type' a specific emoji with a keyboard shortcut. Maybe this will happen in future.

You can see the new dedicated buttons in the Microsoft Store where you can order the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard ($49.99 – about £40, AU$75) and the Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard ($59.99 – about £50, AU$90). Both keyboards are due for release on October 15. ⌨️ 💸

Via The Verge

Every Disney Plus launch title is being posted on its official Twitter account

Every Disney Plus launch title is being posted on its official Twitter account

Want to know what's going to be on Disney Plus at launch? Well, you won't need to wait until November 12 to find out, as the official Disney Plus Twitter account is currently posting every Disney Plus TV show and film that will be on the service at launch – or, most of them at least.

You can see a brief video in the post below, which shows off a number of titles at increasing speed, though if you head over to the Disney Plus Twitter you can see everything being posted by the profile.

The account appears to be starting from the oldest content first, and is listing each title with its original TV / cinema release date. What shows and films get you excited will be down to your own tastes, of course, and whether you're keener on older content or the latest Disney blockbusters.

Right now the TechRadar team are particularly excited by the chance to revisit 90s classics like That's So Raven (originally on the Disney Channel) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – or the Gravity Falls animated series shown in the picture above – but there's plenty of other titles across Pixar, Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and National Geographic for both nostalgic and modern titles alike.

The wording is quite careful as "basically everything", and we imagine a curation plan for Disney Plus is ongoing and subject to change. You can see our separate guides to all the Disney Plus Star Wars shows coming at launch and beyond, or when we think the Disney Plus UK launch date might be.


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