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“A truly otherworldly holiday”: NASA showed a winter fairy tale on Mars

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The American Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA spoke about their winter research on the Red Planet.

“A truly otherworldly holiday”: NASA showed a winter fairy tale on Mars

As noted in the press service, cube-shaped snowflakes, icy landscapes and frost are all part of the coldest season on Mars. NASA poetically emphasized:

When winter comes to Mars, the surface turns into a truly otherworldly holiday.

The coldest is at the poles of the planet, where the temperature drops to -123 degrees Celsius. However, no region of Mars receives more than a few feet of snow. The elliptical orbit means that it takes many more months for winter to set in: one Martian year is equal to about two Earth years.

In the course of research using robots, scientists were able to find out that Martian snow is of two types: water ice and carbon dioxide or dry ice.

“A truly otherworldly holiday”: NASA showed a winter fairy tale on Mars

Sylvain Piqué, a scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, said:

There are enough waterfalls to walk on snowshoes. However, if you wanted to ski, you would have to go into a crater or onto a rock where snow could accumulate on the sloping ground.

It has also been found that snow occurs only at the coldest edges of Mars: at the poles, under cloud cover and at night. Also on Mars, there are not six-beam snowflakes, but “cubic” ones due to the peculiarities of the binding of carbon dioxide molecules to molecules in dry ice during freezing.

“A truly otherworldly holiday”: NASA showed a winter fairy tale on Mars

“A truly otherworldly holiday”: NASA showed a winter fairy tale on Mars
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Inexpensive 90 Hz and 100 MP: Honor X8a presented

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Inexpensive 90 Hz and 100 MP Honor X8a presented

Honor from the Huawei ecosystem has introduced the new Honor X8a smartphone, which belongs to the inexpensive price range, to the international market.

Inexpensive 90 Hz and 100 MP: Honor X8a presented

Honor X8a is available in three body colors. In the UK, it’s on sale for £220 ($266) for the 6GB RAM, 128GB RAM version. When pre-ordering before February 14, the user receives the Honor Band 6 fitness bracelet for free.

Inexpensive 90 Hz and 100 MP: Honor X8a presented

The smartphone is equipped with a 6.7-inch Full HD + (2388 x 1080 pixels) LCD display with a frame rate of 90 Hz, a 16 MP front camera, a main triple camera (100 MP, 5 and 2 MP), MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, battery 4500mAh with 22.5W charging support. There is a side fingerprint scanner.

Inexpensive 90 Hz and 100 MP: Honor X8a presented

The Android 12 operating system with the MagicUI 6.1 shell is installed on the smartphone. 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC are supported.

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Apple releases first update for MagSafe Duo charging station

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Apple releases first update for MagSafe Duo charging station

Apple has released a software update for the MagSafe Duo charging station.

Apple releases first update for MagSafe Duo charging station

While Apple frequently releases firmware updates for most of its hardware, this is the first release since the MagSafe Duo officially debuted in 2020.

It’s not yet clear exactly what the firmware update does, as Apple hasn’t provided any release notes, but the latest firmware usually includes performance and security improvements, as well as increased compatibility with other devices.

The charging station will update automatically when it is in use and connected to the mains.

MagSafe Duo lets you charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time and costs $129 in the US.

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Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11 “spy” compared to older Microsoft OS

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Get your tinfoil hats out how much more Windows 11

Many have heard claims that Windows 11 is heavily “spying” on users. As a recent YouTube video on The PC Security Channel shows, Windows 11 does send massive amounts of data to its own and third-party servers.

Get your tinfoil hats out: how much more Windows 11

Worst of all, the OS does this before the user even installs or opens their first app. The author of the channel used the Wireshark application to analyze network activity on two “clean” versions of Windows.

The first was the brand new Windows 11, and the second was the good old Windows XP. A quick analysis revealed that Windows 11 connects to many third-party servers and services, most of which do nothing but track for ads. And it’s worth noting that all of these actions take place on every Windows 11 computer out of the box, without prompting the user and before he tries to use the Internet.

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