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NASA’s Artemis I launch has officially been delayed until November

NASA called off last week’s Artemis I launch due to Hurricane Ian. | Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images The long-anticipated launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket has been pushed back to mid-November after NASA waved off its September 27th launch plans in the wake of Hurricane Ian ( via Space.com ). The space agency announced on Friday that it’s aiming to squeeze in the Artemis I launch between November 12th and November 27th. While there was initially a slight chance that NASA’s next launch attempt could take place in October, that was ultimately scrapped after NASA decided to roll the rocket back to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to shield it from the storm. NASA successfully secured the rocket on Tuesday after an hours-long trek to the VAB. Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, but weakened into a tropical storm by the time it reached the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. NASA says “there was no damage to Artemis flig
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The best cheap Amazon Echo deals and sales for October 2022

If you're bringing Alexa into your home, you'll do best to check out the latest Amazon Echo deals. The cost of adding a smart display or speaker array to your whole house can quickly add up, which is why it's best to time your purchase with one of Amazon's many sales on its own devices. Thankfully, we're seeing plenty of Amazon Echo sales landing all around us, with bundle options and straight discounts regularly available.  We're also seeing some great updates to older models, which bring a range of speaker upgrades as well as new software. As always, though, the diminutive Amazon Echo Dot deals start the list at the cheaper end today, offering a great starting point to any smart home.  We expect more deals to roll in on previous Dot models as Amazon has unveiled a new Amazon Echo Dot with upgraded audio. The new Dot will be launching soon and we'll publish a review as soon as we've put it to the test. If you're looking for pure Alexa functiona

The best Instax Mini prices and deals for October 2022

Fujifilm Instax Mini deals can bring the prices of these popular instant cameras way down, and some discounts also include additional film packs to boot. The latest release, the Instax 11, has been on the shelves for a considerable amount of time now, and record low $59.99 costs are becoming more and more frequent (this model launched with a $79.99 MSRP). Not only that, but older models still represent excellent value for money as well.  These fun cameras are always sought after during the summer months for outdoor holiday snaps and their popularity shoots up as fun Christmas presents too. We're rounding up all the latest Instax Mini deals right here, so you can find the lowest prices going on the best models.  We're here to help you compare all the best Instax Mini deals on the most popular instant cameras, running through everything from the budget Mini 8 or 9 to the retro themed lenses like the Mini 70 and 90. Prices alone might not be enough to make your decision, though

The latest Google Pixel 7 leak includes face unlock and eSIM details

We're mere days away from the grand unveiling of the Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, but the leaks are unlikely to dry up until the launch event is underway. The latest information to emerge on the flagship phones covers details of the face unlock and eSIM features. This comes from Android expert Mishaal Rahman (via Android Police ), who has been digging into the code in the Google Play Console – that's the platform used by developers to manage the availability of their apps on Android. Google has been doing some groundwork for the arrival of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro – codenamed Panther and Cheetah respectively – and that means some of the features of the new phones are now referenced in the Google Play Console database. Oh, and also, both Pixel 7s declare support for 'android.hardware.biometrics.face', meaning they support secure face unlock! pic.twitter.com/vjGdkWgvj9 September 29, 2022 See more Trading features Based on the code now in place, ful

Warner Bros. Discovery is ‘absolutely not for sale,’ says CEO

My “We Are Not For Sale” shirt has people asking a lot of questions already answered by my shirt. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav seems to be trying to squash rumors that he wants to sell the company to the likes of Comcast. According to a report from Deadline , he told employees that “we are not for sale, absolutely, not for sale,” during a Zoom call on Wednesday attended by staff from all over the company. While he reportedly didn’t address any specific rumors, a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter seems to be the likely target of his comments. Earlier this month, the outlet suggested that “top industry execs” were “convinced” that Warner Bros. was on the brink of merging with Comcast, owners of NBCUniversal and the Peacock streaming service (and, disclosure , an investor in Vox Media, The Verge ’s parent company). One was even already mourning the loss of another major studio after Disney bought 21st Century Fox , accor

Apple removes Russia’s largest social network from the App Store

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge VK, the Russian technology conglomerate behind a social network with hundreds of millions of downloads called VKontakte, says that its apps have been removed from Apple’s App Store . The translated statement says “some VK applications are blocked by Apple” but that it will “continue to develop and support iOS applications.” The Russian Ministry of Digital Affairs told state-controlled media outlet RT that it was investigating “the reasons for deleting VK applications and developer accounts, underlining the social significance and scale of use of the services provided by the Russian company.” The apps are still available on Google’s Play Store. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, its government has blocked several American social media sites, including Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter . The US and other governments have sanctioned many Russian-government-affiliated individuals and businesses, including VK Group CEO and Putin ally Vladimir Kiriye

Apple Watch Ultra durability test is hard to watch for all the right reasons

Everything about the Apple Watch Ultra is bigger. It has a bigger and brighter display than the Apple Watch 8, a bigger battery, bigger (and more) buttons, and it has a bigger capacity to handle the rough and tumble world of outdoor activities. It can also take a punch, or at least a series of whacks, from a small sledgehammer. In a recent video spotted by MacRumors, YouTuber TechRax joyfully smashes the new $799 / £849 / AU$1229 Apple Watch Ultra to bits. It's a rather unrealistic durability test of the beefy 49mm wearable, but if you watch from beginning to end, you will glean some hard (in a good way) Ultra truths. It would be unfair to call the Apple Watch Ultra a ruggedized version of the Apple Watch 8 (or really any generation). It's not simply a toughened exterior. It's a completely redesigned Apple Watch. At 49mm, it's 5mm larger than the biggest Apple Watch 8. Naturally, it's also heavier. The titanium case helps it put on an additional 23 grams ov