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BY JUSTIN BACHMAN BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS NASA conducted its first flight on another planet early Monday morning, a short hop for a small chopper named Ingenuity which demonstrated technology that could prove critical to the future of space exploration. The four-pound vehicle ascended to about 10…

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BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Attorney and entrepreneur Yusef Jackson is joining the executive team at Aventiv Technologies, a company that provides telephone services to prisons. Jackson is the son of Rainbow/PUSH founder Rev. Jesse  Jackson and has been a longtime advocate for…

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Instant healthcare launches in Florida SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Jetdoc, a digital healthcare platform that connects people with a licensed healthcare professional in minutes, announced a strategic partnership last month with Florida-based rapper and entrepreneur William Leonard Roberts…

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BY CAROLINE GLENN AND TREVOR FRASER ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched right on time at 7:27 p.m. Sunday on a historic mission with American astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi strapped inside the Crew Dragon cap…

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BY OLGA KHARIF AND TAKASHI MOCHIZUKI BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS The $60 video game dates back to at least the 1990s. Rarely has a game exceeded that price threshold in the three decades since, even as inflation drove the dollar’s value to nearly half of what it was in the days of the Super Nintendo.…

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BY SUHAUNA HUSSAIN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS In June, the hashtag #DCblackout erupted on Twitter. A series of tweets claimed authorities had blocked protesters from communicating on their smartphones in order to tamp down on unrest around police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Images …

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida was one of 11 states that joined the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a major antitrust lawsuit Oct. 20 against internet search giant Google. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Google has engaged in anticom…

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BY MURI ASSUNCAO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS Astronaut Jeanette Epps is getting ready to shatter a long-standing glass ceiling on her way to the International Space Station. NASA announced this week that Epps will go on her first six-month expedition to the orbiting space laboratory next year, m…

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A slap in the face in third grade launched Alvin Wellington Barlow on a successful legal career. His current goal: Transforming Florida’s criminal justice system. And he’s doing it right now.   BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Note: This story has been edited from the version published in the ‘h…

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BY RICH THOMASELLI TRAVELPULSE/TNS Global Entry has slowly but surely been getting a technological upgrade that is making the popular travel program even quicker to use at airports. Facial recognition has been added to the Global Entry program at 15 airports in the U.S. and overseas. Global …

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One carried an experimental coating to dim spacecraft BY CHABELI HERRERA ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The third batch of an Internet satellite constellation that could one day number in the tens of thousands launched to low-Earth orbit on a clear, cold night on the Space Coast Monday — wit…

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BY DOREEN CHRISTENSENSUN SENTINEL/TNS If your cellphone battery is running low, don’t plug it into a USB charging station at the airport or mall, officials are warning consumers as the busy holiday season gets underway. Those convenient USB charging stations in public places could be loaded …

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BY CHABELI HERRERA ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – SpaceX hit several major milestones with a launch of its next cluster of Starlink Internet satellites on Monday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40. The launch, the heaviest yet for SpaceX, lifted off at 9:56 a.m…

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BY GARY ROBBINSTHE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS SAN DIEGO – Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history on Friday, becoming the first all-female team of astronauts to perform a spacewalk. Meir and Koch floated out of the International Space Station shortly before 5 a.m. PDT for a roughly 5.5…

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Astronauts tribute, interactive exhibits part of 50th moon landing anniversary BY PATRICK CONNOLLY ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS The Florida summer sun shone down on Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as media and VIPs gathered for an event at Kennedy Space Center Vi…

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Black woman who worked on the Apollo 11 craft reflects on her job as an electric assembler. BY ISAIAH MITCHELL THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS When the Apollo 11 spacecraft blasted off to the moon 50 years ago this month, one African-American woman watched from the manufacturing facility that wo…

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50th ANNIVERSARY / APOLLO 11 NASA This photo of Apollo 11’s takeoff was taken on July 16, 1969 from atop the launch tower on Pad A, Complex 39 of the Kennedy Space Center.

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BY ROGER SIMMONSORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – The countdown for the Apollo 11 launch began 50 years ago today at the Kennedy Space Center, six days before the astronauts and their Saturn V rocket would blast off for the moon. “This is the big one we’ve been working on for eight or nine year…

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Review BY JIM ROSSMANDALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS Did you know Walmart has its own line of consumer gadgets? I have to admit, I did not. I was given the opportunity to review the Onn 8-inch Android Tablet and the Blackweb True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds. Both of these products are at the low end …

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BY CHABELI HERRERAORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Twenty-four satellites, including four NASA science missions, a tiny sail that may one day visit another solar system and the ashes of 152 dead loved ones — all contained in the bowels of the world’s most powerful rocket — streaked to space ea…

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BY ROGER SIMMONSORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – When Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong took his one giant leap on the moon nearly 50 years ago, it was a series of small steps that got him there. Four of the most important ones came from the crewed Apollo missions that immediately preceded the moon l…

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BY CAROLINE ENGELMAYERLOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on June 6 to authorize phone carriers to automatically recognize and block robocalls, a move that could spare Americans from billions of unwanted telemarketing and scam calls each…

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BY WENDY LEELOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SAN FRANCISCO — It’s finally happened: Americans now spend more time on their phones and tablets than they do watching TV. In the United States, adults will spend an average of 3 hours and 43 minutes each day on their smartphones, feature phones and tablets …

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BY CHABELI HERRERAORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS CAPE CANAVERAL – SpaceX’s highly anticipated entrance into the satellite industry kicked off Thursday night with a launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40. At 10:30 p.m., a Falcon 9 rocket took off with 60 small satellites packe…

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BY SAMANTHA MASUNAGALOS ANGELES TIMES/TMS LOS ANGELES – SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning (March 8), marking the last major milestone of a NASA test mission and precursor to future human spaceflights. The hatch of the capsule, which did not ha…

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FAMILY FEATURES In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisio…

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Devices still not addressing problem, activists say By Anna Orso The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS PHILADELPHIA – For generations, women have carried devices with the goal of preventing sexual assault, whether it was stashing pepper spray in a purse or attaching a rape whistle to a key chain. No…

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BY KYLE ARNOLD ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – A local number on Evan Dimov’s caller ID and a confident voice on the other line had the Orlando restaurant owner convinced he was in imminent danger of having his power shut off. When the caller asked for a Western Union money order, Dimov grew …

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BLACKNEWS.COM The HBCU Technology Summit (#HBCUTECHSUMMIT) will be held on Oct. 27 and 28 at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The event is led by the National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO). The event theme is “Inspiring Innovation, Encouraging Collaboration, and …

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BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS AND GREG GORDON MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON – Facebook will boost its diversity efforts after hearing concerns from Black lawmakers that Russian operatives used its social media platform to spread racially divisive messages during the 2016 elections, a top F…

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Some companies, empowered by the click-through habits of consumers, exploit the information by selling it to data brokers. BY TIM JOHNSON TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops u…

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Secretive corner of internet a hub for child videos, weapons, drugs, stolen identities BY TIM JOHNSON TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LAS VEGAS — An internet realm known as the dark web was once promoted as a safe haven for political dissidents and libertarians worldwide, and financed partly by the Sta…

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BY SHARON NOGUCHI MERCURY NEWS/TNS U.S. teenagers think they are savvy about cybersecurity — so much that nearly one-third skirt school safeguards to access banned content and 29 percent admit to using tech devices to cheat in school — but more than twice that many say they know of classmate…

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BY TRACEY LIEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SAN FRANCISCO – Instagram continued to play copycat to Snapchat, launching on Tuesday its own version of face filters — a feature popularized on Snap Inc.’s app. The new Instagram tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats, makeup and masks ov…

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Computer Mentors Group of Tampa held its annual Teen Business Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. The challenge is an annual event where teens challenge themselves over a weekend of creation, competition and community. Teens submit applications…

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BY SHARON NOGUCHI MERCURY NEWS/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. – They limit their kids’ screen time, set filters on their browsers and banish digital devices from the dinner table. Then those same parents pick up their own iPhones to check email, scan Twitter and update their Facebook statuses. Even as…

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FAMILY FEATURES Just a generation ago, it was difficult to imagine a single palm-sized device that could serve as a phone, camera and day planner all in one. Today, smartphone users are discovering that new technology and sophisticated apps make it unbelievably easy to manage virtually every…

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Powering down before bed for a good night’s rest From Family Features Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality ZZZs, you should put down that smartphone. The National Sleep Foundati…

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FAMILY FEATURES When your to-do list is miles long and deadlines are looming, it can be hard to tap into a creative, problem-solving mindset. Creating a more intentional approach to productivity will let you shift gears to not only cross items of your list, but to deliver higher quality, mor…

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BY ROCHELLE OLSON STAR TRIBUNE TRIBUNE NEW SERVICE Smiling eyes might by lying eyes. University of Minnesota researchers have found that anthropomorphic emojis, like language, can get lost in translation, causing significant misunderstandings. This happens two ways. There’s the technical tra…

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Father’s day is one of the best shopping times of the year to buy electronics, according to many tech companies. Shelves and websites are stuffed with endless choices. Here, they’re narrowed down to about a half dozen options for Dad’s Day and beyond: (click here)

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BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Have you ever been befuddled by a feature on your iPhone, only to have your 6-year-old show you how it works? A new study helps explain how this happens. Most children have been using smartphones and digital tablets practically since birth — literally. F…

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story by journalist Charles Moody III. BY CHARLES MOODY III SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER While you are reading this article, do me a favor: Open up a new tab in your browser Visit your favorite major gaming outlet Find the staff section Count …