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So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

Join astrophysicist Janna Levin on a mind- and space-time-bending journey into the force to end all forces.
Source: Wired

The 5 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows of 2019

This may have been the best year for genre television—ever.
Source: Wired

Watch Boeing launch its new astronaut spacecraft to the Space Station for the first time

Boeing is getting ready to launch its new passenger spacecraft for a very special mission: Its first trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The Boeing CST-100 Starliner is the company’s contribution to NASA’s commercial crew program, which will see the U.S. regain the ability to launch astronauts to space from U.S. soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle program ended.

Today’s launch is scheduled for 6:36 AM EST (3:35 AM PST) and will take off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Starliner capsule is loaded atop a ULA Atlas V rocket, which will deliver it to space before detaching, at which point the Starliner will propel itself the rest of the way to the required orbit for its docking with the ISS.

This is a key launch on the way to a crewed flight, but there isn’t anyone on board this time. Instead, this is what’s called the “orbital flight test” (OFT) for the Boeing-made crew capsule, which will test all systems in an actual flight to the station, with everything treated as though it were a crewed mission, but minus the astronauts.

If all goes to plan, a successful OFT will be a key milestone towards the target of flying a crewed test flight sometime during the first half of next year.


Source: TechCrunch

SoftBank Vision Fund invests $275M in India’s Lenskart

Lenskart, an omni-channel retailer in India that sells eyewear products, said on Friday that it has raised $275 million in a new financing round from SoftBank Vision Fund as it looks to expand its business in the nation.

As part of the new financing round — dubbed Series G — some of the nine-year-old startup’s existing investors are selling their stake, said Peyush Bansal, founder and chief executive of Lenskart in an interview with TechCrunch. He did not name the investors, though.

SoftBank Vision Fund’s investment pushes Lenskart’s all-time raise to $456 million. A person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the new round values Lenskart at over $1.5 billion.

The nine-year-old startup, which began as an e-commerce service to sell spectacles, contact lenses and eye care products, has expanded to brick and mortar stores in recent years. Today, the startup has presence in over 500 stores across more than 100 cities in India, it said. Online sales still account for more than 60% of the company’s overall revenue.

Bansal said the startup will use the fresh capital to improve its technology infrastructure and supply chain. “We are thrilled to have Softbank Vision Fund with us in our journey. Their understanding of consumer and technology will help us build the next edition of Lenskart,� he said.

According to industry estimates, more than half a billion people in India are affected by poor vision and need eyeglasses, but only 170 million of them have opted to get their vision corrected.

Lenskart said it sees immense potential in growing within India, especially in smaller towns and villages that don’t have many trained optometrists. To reduce the friction, it offers a free eye inspection tests to all potential customers. On its website, the startup uses a 3D AI model to allow users to check how different pairs of glasses would look on their face.

Much of the eyewear market in India remains unorganized. According to research firm Euromonitor International, India’s eyewear market is worth $4.6 billion.

More to follow…


Source: TechCrunch

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo: Green with envy – Roadshow

We all love a good wagon, but the Green Mamba Metallic paint just pushes this Porsche over the top.
Source: CNET

Boeing Starliner: Watch live as historic NASA mission launches to ISS – CNET

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has seen SpaceX take an uncrewed spaceship to the ISS — now it’s Boeing’s turn.
Source: CNET

The top Baby Yoda merch on Amazon so far – CNET

He’s the cutest thing since Baby Groot.
Source: CNET

The Witcher on Netflix review: A fun Games of Thrones chaser – CNET

Henry Cavill is Geralt, the sword ‘n’ sorcery monster-hunter who learns people can be the real monsters. Subtext!
Source: CNET

Curve, the ‘over-the-top’ banking platform, launches “Curve Send� for P2P payments in 25 currencies

Curve, the so-called “over-the-top” banking platform that lets you consolidate all of your bank cards into a single Curve card and app, is launching new feature to make it possible to send money to friends and contacts.

Dubbed “Curve Send,” the feature lets you send money from any of your bank accounts (via the debit cards you have linked to Curve) to any other account in over 25 different currencies. It does this by utilising the APIs of Visa and Mastercard, essentially turning the card networks into a single money transfer network via Curve as the intermediary.

“Curve Send instantly solves people’s problem of financial fragmentation by consolidating all their cards into one, eliminating the lengthy money transfer process experienced by most customers when they want to send money to their friends or peers using multiple bank accounts or multiple currencies,” says the London-based fintech.

To transfer money via Curve Send, you simply open the Curve app, choose a contact and amount, and then select which of your linked bank cards you want to send the money from. The recipient will then get notified and be asked to take a photo of their bank card, and Curve will send the money directly to their bank via the card network.

Curve says it doesn’t charge fees for sending or receiving payments via Curve Send. It will also handle FX, too, at a claimed “mid-market” rate with no fees (capped at £500 per month for Curve users on its free plan, and unlimited for Curve Black and Curve Metal).

In a brief email exchange with Curve founder and CEO Shachar Bialick, he said that “Curve is basically operating like an exchange” in that it brings Visa and Mastercard together, with Curve powering communication between the two card networks for peer-to-peer payments. “We’ve done tests for the past two months and people love it,” he says.

Adds Diego Rivas, Curve’s Head of OS Product, in a statement: “Customers want to send money to their friends and family with just a few touches. But with so many different options and the rise of challenger banks, the process is unnecessarily complicated and customers end up having 3-4 apps just to send money. We wanted to make this whole process ten times easier for our customers. Now they have one simple, smart platform which can move money from any account to any account, securely and fee free”.


Source: TechCrunch

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review — Everything fans could ask for, except heart – CNET

Spoiler-free review: Episode 9 ticks all the boxes, but there’s way too much going on.
Source: CNET

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