NASA reports that the OSIRIS-REx capsule “has been bagged” and is flying suspended from a helicopter to the space agency’s clean lab to recover samples gathered from the Bennu asteroid in 2020.
When it gets to NASA’s on-site clean room, scientists will remove the canister containing the sample to be opened at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on Tuesday.
Check out this gallery of screenshots from NASA’s live coverage. NASA had a photographer on site, so we’ll probably get some much nicer shots of the process soon.
Team members have also placed flags in the area to note potentially interesting environmental samples to collect in the area around the capsule for later examination.
The reported prices are $100 up from their respective Pixel 7 counterparts. Google will hold an event on October 4th to discuss its new Pixel hardware.
The “time capsule to our ancient solar system” from the OSIRIS-REx mission has officially touched down in the Utah desert.
NASA’s live coverage notes it landed about three minutes sooner than expected. The team is now heading to it with helicopters to begin the process of gathering the samples.
Also, I am reliably told we set off a lot of people’s smart speakers with all the Alexa talk, which, sorry about that. But there was a lot of Alexa to talk about on this episode! And Windows, and corporate intrigue, and the future of Xbox, and YouTube AI, and a whole bunch more. Also: Shivers.
A reader tipped us off that Evernote, which was acquired by Bending Spoons, had informed them that their Evernote Plus plan had been shifted to an Evernote Personal plan instead. Here’s an excerpt from the email they shared with us:
Going forward, the cost of your Monthly subscription will be updated to match the current Evernote Personal subscription price of 14.99 USD per Month. This price will take effect on your next renewal, 10/19/2023.
Long-time subscribers at The Verge haven’t received this email. Users on Reddit have reported receiving similar messages, though some have been told by Evernote support that the switch was a mistake.
We’ve reached out to Evernote for confirmation.
It’s a PCIe Gen 3 device, so don’t be surprised if it comes on its own tiny SSD-sized M.2 expansion card. Here’s a whitepaper about its siblings. Meteor Lake won’t need a separate NPU like this:
Consumers, states, and the FTC are taking marketing claims from wellness companies more seriously — and, increasingly, there are legal consequences.
The lawsuits come as online promoters move from endorsing other companies’ products to creating and pushing their own. Meanwhile regulators are looking more closely at influencer marketing, which is expected to exceed $21 billion this year, according to an industry report.
Apple didn’t choose the USB-C life, but boy are we glad it got here anyway.
Now that the update’s launch on September 26th was announced during Thursday’s Surface, Windows, and AI showcase event, Microsoft released Windows 11 Build 22621.2361 (KB5030310) to the Release Preview Channel of its Insiders test program.
This version 22H2 update adds the Copilot AI sidebar to Windows, the Windows Backup dedicated app, managing saved Passkey authentication under account settings, and more. Check out our video below as Tom Warren explains the biggest news from Microsoft’s event and what changes Copilot is bringing to Windows.
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The biggest changes to Microsoft’s high-end laptop are on the inside — but the device itself still looks good.
Today on The Vergecast: AI is taking over the gadget world.
Today on The Vergecast: iPhone reviews, Watch reviews, and how widgets really work.
After 10 years covering startups, former TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino tells us what’s next
We tried to make a hit song with only AI tools — and it got messy
Today on The Vergecast: The mysteries of the iPhone’s Thread radio, and what’s at stake in US v. Google.
Right now, a NASA press conference is letting the media ask questions of the project’s leaders about what to expect this weekend.
Not going to lie: the iPhone 15 makes me want a dumb phone even more. Once again, we’ve got a new and even more capable iPhone. Yet with all those new exciting features, I can’t help but think Apple’s just given us a shinier new distraction. That’s why now, more than ever, I wish dumb phones would make a comeback.
It is frankly shameful that Judge Amit Mehta still hasn’t ruled on opening up access to documents in this industry-shaking trial, let alone made it clear when any of the trial itself would be open to the public. Today, Apple’s John Giannandrea testified in closed court while reporters waited outside with no communication from the court at all. Ridiculous.
Here’s a roundup of all the news from Microsoft’s September event.
The phenomenal cast of Baldur’s Gate 3 is now live on Twitch playing a Dungeons and Dragons one shot as their characters. I don’t typically watch D&D actual plays, (sorry Critical Role fans) but I will be present and seated for this because I love all my murder hobo companions and I can’t get enough of them.
MySmartPrice shared official-looking renders of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro and some of the colors that the phones will apparently come in. The article includes three colors for each phone, and you should check the galleries for yourself to see what Google might have in store at its Pixel launch event on October 4th.
Below, I’ve included an image of my favorite color of the lot: a Pixel 8 Pro in a nice porcelain. And check out our storystream to see more leaks about the phones.
We’ve literally just now gotten word that Unity has changed its disastrous new pricing model after developers' protests, which you can read about from Ash Parrish here.
In an interview with Brian Tong on the Apple Blitz XL podcast, Apple VP of sensing and connectivity Ron Huang explains that while the second-gen AirPods Pro earbuds also have the H2 chip just like its new USB-C model, the new ones are capable of communicating at 5GHz instead of just 2GHz.
He says that’s why the new USB-C AirPods Pro earbuds have enough bandwidth to do lossless audio wirelessly when combined with the upcoming Vision Pro.
The H2 chip in the latest AirPods Pro and Apple Vision Pro, combined with a groundbreaking wireless audio protocol, unlocks powerful 20-bit, 48 kHz Lossless Audio with a massive reduction in audio latency
AI-generated imagery is the new clip art, and Microsoft’s now making it dead easy to add to your chats — just swipe and type in SwiftKey to generate AI art on iPhone or Android.
Have you seen how much work goes into a Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew? I have. They have to get a blender dirty every! Single! Time! It would have been the bane of my existence as a barista.
Starbucks is apparently implementing a new high-tech system to simplify the drink-making process. If this means making a PSL is a little less tedious, then I’m all for it.
“We were never meant to see our faces this much,” argues a Dazed essay. The increase in video conferencing may also mean an increase in body dysmorphic disorder, one survey of more than 7,000 people suggests. (The survey also found an increased use of fillers in people aged 18 to 24.) Personally, I find it helpful to turn off self-view in video calls and insist on phone calls as often as possible.