There's a star nearly 5 light-years from Earth. Stephen Hawking is sending a spacecraft to it

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Stephen Hawking, Mark Zuckerberg and a group of tech and science giants want to send a tiny probe the size of a postage stamp traveling at 100 million mph to the nearest star.

This $100 million “Breakthrough Starshot” project is a “proof of concept” program designed to assess the feasibility of sending a tiny spacecraft out to Alpha Centauri —  light-years — surfing on light beams.

Sails would be attached to the nanocraft that would catch the light from a ground-based light beam that could propel it through the solar system and beyond. Read more…

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The HTC 10 is the first Android phone to officially support AirPlay

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HTC’s newly announced HTC 10 looks like a real winner. But it’s also got another cool trick: It supports AirPlay, Apple’s wireless streaming protocol.

Although there are third-party apps, like doubleTwist, that let you stream music to an Apple TV from an Android device, the HTC 10 is the first Android phone to have the feature built right in.

It’s not full AirPlay streaming, mind you — only audio to the Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible speakers. For people with AirPlay devices, it’s definitely one reason to consider purchasing the HTC 10 when it launches in early May. Read more…

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Tesla updates the Model S with Model X nose, faster charging, more décor

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Tesla fans, I hope you like the blunt-nose Model X look because the Model S now has it, too.

Tesla has officially refreshed the Model S, which, as the company reminds, is in keeping with the company’s efforts to make its “vehicles get better over time.”

More than just a new nose and headlights, the Model S interior received an update as well. The Tesla HEPA air filtration system that first debuted on the Model X, and includes a Bioweapon Defense mode, is now available on Model S.

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In addition, the standard Model S charger has been upgraded from 40 amps to 48 amps. This enables faster charging when connected to higher amperage chargers. Read more…

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Tesla updates the Model S with Model X nose, faster charging, more décor

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Tesla fans, I hope you like the blunt-nose Model X look because the Model S now has it, too.

Tesla has officially refreshed the Model S, which, as the company reminds, is in keeping with the company’s efforts to make its “vehicles get better over time.”

More than just a new nose and headlights, the Model S interior received an update as well. The Tesla HEPA air filtration system that first debuted on the Model X, and includes a Bioweapon Defense mode, is now available on Model S.

Image: Tesla Motors

In addition, the standard Model S charger has been upgraded from 40 amps to 48 amps. This enables faster charging when connected to higher amperage chargers. Read more…

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Google is quietly testing trending topics section for mobile search

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It appears Google is quietly testing a new feature on mobile that shows trending search topics from within the search bar.

Similar to Facebook and Twitter’s trending topics section, I recently spotted popular searches populating on Google in my Safari browser on iOS.

After typing a letter into Google search, a drop down menu appears with a list of trending searches. In the photo above, you can see what people were recently looking for over the weekend, from which channel the MTV Movie Awards were on — oh, irony; clearly, it was clearly on MTV! — to news about Anderson Cooper’s mother. Selecting one of the topics will bring you to a collection of news articles about the topic. Read more…

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Microsoft adds QR codes to the Blue Screen of Death

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Windows crashes are traditionally accompanied by the annoyingly hard-to-understand blue screen with information about the error that caused the crash, commonly known as the “Blue Screen of Death.” Now, it seems Microsoft is finally updating the BSoD to make it a little more helpful to users. 

A Reddit user posted an image of the new BSoD late last week, generated in a Windows 10 version identified by The Register as Insider Preview build 14316. Besides the standard notification that your PC “ran into a problem” and a short description of the issue, the BSoD now also contains a QR code users can hit up to learn more about the problem plaguing their PC.  Read more…

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