Virgin Galactic Plans First Commercial Space Flight for This Year

Virgin Galactic already has about 700 customers who are each paying roughly Rs. 1.7 crores Highlights Virgin Galactic may actually fly customers to Space sometime this year It is moving to New Mexico Spaceport, relocating 100 employees Founder Richard Branson said he will be among the first passengers to fly Almost 15 years ago, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson made a bet on launching tourists into space from the scrublands of southern New Mexico. Now, he’s about to move the headquarters of his space venture to the so-called “Land of…

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Most of Anti-Satellite Test Debris Has Decayed, Says DRDO Chief

India has said to have chosen a much lower orbit to avoid threat of debris Highlights The anti-satellite test India conducted in March created lots of debris DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy says most debri has decayed He said the rest should all decay in some time as well Most of the debris generated from the anti-satellite test India conducted in March have decayed and rest of it will dissipate in a “short period of time”, Defence Research and Development Organisation’s Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said Friday. He said this…

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Google I/O 2019: How to Watch Livestream, Keynote Timing, What to Expect

Google I/O 2019: Google is likely to announce multiple hardware products during the keynote Highlights Google I/O 2019 might be used to details new Android Q features We also expect to see a new Android Q developer beta Event highlights will be available on the Google I/O 2019 website The 2019 edition of Google I/O – the search giant’s annual developer conference – is set to start today, and we are expecting some major announcements such as the unveiling of the Pixel 3a duo, Android Q, smart home devices, and…

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Mi A3, Mi A3 Lite Tipped to Sport Snapdragon 700-Series SoCs

The Xiaomi Mi A-series is part of the Android One software program Highlights Xiaomi Mi A3 and Mi A3 Lite are in development The phones could sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 700-series SoCs The Android One smartphones from Xiaomi are quite popular in India Xiaomi’s popular Mi A-series has been a fan-favourite for many reasons, the biggest of which is the Android One software that puts stock Android on the device. There is also the promise of faster software updates and security patches, and the familiar interface on quality affordable Xiaomi hardware.…

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Singapore’s coding education shows how much HK is lagging behind

Earlier, we talked about a team in Singapore that develops teaching resources on computer coding, which were then localized and introduced in Hong Kong. Many people are curious to know: why do these people choose Singapore as a base for a coding project? The answer cannot be simpler: in terms of startup spirit and emphasis on computer coding, Singapore is far ahead of Hong Kong. When I met with people from the Consulate of Singapore for lunch, I listened to their ambitious plans about the future – that all civil…

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The Soul of University Education

Dr Winnie Tang, Harbour Times columnist. Universities in Hong Kong and abroad are hard-pressed to prove their worth to students – through dramatically improved job prospects – and to society, through ‘quality of life’ improving policy and scientific breakthroughs. While those goals are eminently worthy and necessary, they must be achieved while also delivering the deeper mission of promoting our core values as a society and elevating mankind. Fortunately, we can do it all – if we avoid narrow thinking and keep the big picture in mind. Delivering the goods…

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Scout24 Expresses Interest in eBay’s Classifieds Business

Scout24, the Germany-based autos and property marketplace, expressed an interest on Monday in acquisitions if eBay sells its classifieds business following pressure from activist investors to do so. “That is a concrete example we are looking at,” CEO Tobias Hartmann told journalists after Scout24 reported double-digit growth in revenue and profits last year. Scout24 is itself the target of a EUR 5.7 billion ($6.4 billion) friendly takeover by private equity firms Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone amid churn in the classifieds sector as players seek scale. CFO Christian Gisy said Scout24 expected…

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Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e Start Receiving Software Update with March Security Patch, Improved Wireless Powershare

Highlights Samsung Galaxy S10 Series update is currently live in Europe Update claims to improve Wireless PowerShare feature March security patch is also included in this update Samsung’s latest smartphones from the Galaxy S10 Series are already receiving software updates. No, these aren’t Android version upgrades since the phones were launched with Android Pie. In fact, the updates bring the latest security patch as well as a few other improvements to the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ smartphones. The Galaxy S 10 smartphones were recently launched in India…

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Science academies should influence education in Africa

Speed read African universities are lacking balanced and inclusive education Science academies should aid innovation and entrepreneurship training Integrating indigenous knowledge and entrepreneurship could boost development By: Ochieng’ Ogodo [LAGOS] African science academies largely provide evidence-based scientific advice for policymaking, but need to influence educational systems to produce science and entrepreneurship-oriented graduates, a conference has heard. The regional conference on balanced and inclusive education (BIE) aimed to offer suggestions for addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which encourages inclusive and quality education. The meeting, which was hosted in Lagos on…

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‘We can’t just fold our arms and watch inequalities’

Speed read Africa must build on young female population to achieve development Attention to gender meets need for cohesion within scientific community Business incubators for young girls one way to meet challenges facing the continent By: Amzath Fassassi , Bilal Taïrou Women make up just under a third of all scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa (31 per cent), on par with the global average of 29 per cent. But this figure hides many disparities, which can be seen, for example, between South Africa’s 43.7 per cent compared with Togo’s 9.5 per…

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