Tech billionaire, Jared flying to space on SpaceX’s 1st all-civilian mission
America’s 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman will lead three fellow spaceflight novices to space on SpaceX’s first all-civilian crew launched into Earth’s orbit on September 15. He is the Founder & CEO of US-based payment processing company Shift4 Payments, that’s publicly listed on New York Stock Exchange. Although a licensed pilot, he’ll have no part to play in operating the spacecraft.
WhatsApp working on voice message transcription for iOS: Report
WhatsApp is working on a voice message transcription feature. According to the report, the voice messages will be transcribed by Apple and special permission will be required to access the feature. After the user allows WhatsApp to access speech recognition, they will be able to open a “Transcript” section for voice messages and also jump to specific timestamps.
Google rolls out dark theme for Search on desktop
Google is finally rolling out a dark theme for Search on desktop, the company’s Product Support Manager has announced. The feature will fully roll out over the next few weeks, she added. According to Google’s support page, the dark theme can be enabled by going to Appearance option under Settings and choosing from the Device default, Dark, or Light options.
TCL will not release lower-cost foldable phones this year
Electronics company TCL is pausing plans to release a lower cost foldable phone this year due to rising production costs and supply chain shortages, the company told The Verge. The smartphone would have been TCL’s first commercially available foldable smartphone. The company said it will wait until it can bring the phone to market “at a price point that’s accessible”.
Amazon’s Twitch sues users for alleged ‘hate raids’ against streamers
Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch has sued two of its users for allegedly conducting “hate raids” against black and LGBTQ streamers. It has accused the users of deploying bots to harass streamers with “racist, homophobic, sexist, and other harassing content”. “They have also demonstrated how the bots work so others can use similar methods to accomplish hate raids,” Twitch claimed.
NASA picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch GOES-U weather satellite
NASA said that it has selected billionaire Elon Musk-led SpaceX to provide launch services for its GOES-U mission. The space agency is targeting to launch the mission on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket in April 2024. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment, NASA said.