Every day Information Roundup: Jeff Bezos, House Man


Yesterday, Amazon massive man Jeff Bezos took the stage in Washington, DC to unveil Blue Moon, the primary lunar lander from his firm Blue Origin. Bezos desires to take stuff—and other people!—to the moon. I’m so into this.

Bezos has bankrolled Blue Origin for almost 19 years with the aim of constructing house journey each extra inexpensive and extra dependable. The final word aim is to permit personal journeys to house, the place Bezos someday hopes to colonize. “It’s time to return to the moon, this time to remain,” Bezos mentioned yesterday throughout the announcement. Blue Moon is step one in making that dream a actuality.

The Blue Moon lander shall be able to autonomously navigating house, and soft-landing as much as 6.5 metric tons on the floor of the moon. And Bezos desires to get it there by the yr 2024—the identical yr NASA plans to return to the moon. They need to have a moon celebration. That might be neat.

So why does Bezos assume the moon can maintain folks? As a result of it has ice, it’s shut, and getting assets from Earth to the moon is “simple” due to low gravity. In accordance with Bezos, “that is Maui on its finest day all yr lengthy. No rain, no storms, no earthquakes.” I imply, if you put it that approach, who wouldn’t wish to go?

Bezos isn’t the one ultra-rich individual on this planet making an attempt to make it to house, both. Elon Musk has House X, which has already had profitable launches and landings with Falcon Heavy, and Virgin Group wildman Richard Branson has Virgin Galactic with the targets of constructing a industrial spacecraft to assist folks trip on locations that aren’t Earth.

Significantly although, that is cool. If somebody would’ve instructed 12-year-old me that we’d be speaking about sending folks to the moon to simply to hang around, I’d’ve freaked. Now if we are able to solely study from the errors that we’ve made right here on Earth to not, , destroy different planets, that might be good. [Wired, The Verge, CNET]

In Different Information

Digital Desktops are coming to Chrome OS in model 76, Google is gearing as much as settle for money funds within the Play Retailer, Apple desires you to “do one final great point” along with your iPhone, and extra.

  • Digital Desktops in Chrome OS shall be out there in 76: We’ve been preserving an in depth eye on the event of digital desktops in Chrome OS, and it appears like they’re getting fairly near prime time. In accordance with a developer session at Google I/O this week, they’ll be out there beginning in Chrome OS 76. Superior. [About Chromebooks]
  • Money cash in Google Play:  A brand new function referred to as “deferred funds” will let customers purchase apps then pay for them later by strolling right into a comfort retailer and dropping money cash. [Android Police]
  • Apple desires you to commerce in your iPhone: When it comes time to get a brand new iPhone, Apple desires you to commerce your outdated one in so it may be refurbished and “put it again into the world.” Or, if it’s on the finish of its life, be recycled. The brand new advert speaking up the buying and selling program is critically among the best adverts I’ve ever seen. Actually tugs on the heartstrings. Nicely finished, Apple. [YouTube]
  • Netflix buys StoryBots: You probably have younger children, you’ve in all probability seen StoryBots on Netflix (maybe even a number of instances). Excellent news! Netflix bought the model so these little robots will turn into a mainstay on the streaming service. My little man loves it, so I’m enthusiastic about this. [Engadget]
  • iFixit tears down the Pixel 3a: Seems it’s extra repairable than the Pixel three because it’s product of plastic and lacks water resistance. Nonetheless, it solely obtained a 6/10 for repairability. [CNET]
  • At I/O, Google talks Fuchsia: Android and Chrome lead Hiroshi Lockheimer opened up about Google’s “secret” mission Fuchsia at Google I/O, saying that “Fuchsia is about simply pushing cutting-edge” and never about changing Android or Chrome OS. Curious. [The Verge]

In case you remorse not shopping for a model new iPod again when Steve Jobs first introduced it, boy do we have now excellent news for you. A mint, factory-sealed unique iPod is up on the market on eBay. It’s been sitting in a field, unopened, ready for somebody to purchase it for 18 lengthy years. And proper now it may be yours for simply $19,995. What a cut price. [eBay via MacRumors]

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