Weekly Recap - 25th to 31st May 2020
Updated: Jun 1
SpaceX and NASA make history;
On Saturday 30th May 2020, history was made by two American companies working together. SpaceX and NASA joined forces to launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft into space to dock with the International Space Station. The spacecraft was carrying two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. The launch was initially delayed from earlier on in the week due to weather conditions, and there was only a 50% chance the launch would take place on Saturday. Docking of the spacecraft took place around 10:29 AM ET Sunday 31st May. At this point in time, it is unknown how long the astronauts will spend upon the International Space Station.
More information regarding the launch can be found here: https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/05/30/nasas-spacex-demo-2-launch-a-great-day-for-america/
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Twitter hides Donald Trump;
Earlier this week, Twitter the social network acted against the President of The United States by hiding one of the tweets posted on the site from his account. Twitter acted after it felt that the tweet had “violated the Twitter rules about glorifying violence”. The particular tweet by Donald Trump was in relation to protests in Minnesota over the death of George Floyd, who was in police custody at the time. The tweet has been hidden but users can unhide the tweet by pressing the “view” button, other interaction with the tweet has been limited.
More information regarding this can be found here:
Intel launches new 10th Gen Desktop CPUs:
Intel has launched its new 10th Gen desktop CPUs under the name “Comet Lake”. These latest generation CPUs from Intel offer up to 10 cores and can boost the Turbo speed up to 5.3GHz. Whilst the new CPUs are impressive, they are still based on a 14nm process. When compared to the competition (AMD) who are currently designing CPUs on a 7nm process and can have up to 16 cores on a single CPU, these new CPUs from Intel can seem a little archaic. But don’t let the old fabrication process fool you, they are no slouch. All of the Core range of CPUs (i3, i5, i7, i9) will have HyperThreading enabled which means two threads to each core. Pricing for the i9 CPUs can reach up to $488 USD RRP.
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Working from home in the UK made harder due to a fault with an ISP;
On May 29th, employees in the UK working from home due to lockdown may have found it harder to actually “Work” from home. Whether they were attempting to work or binge on Netflix, connection to the internet may have been intermittent if they were using an ISP named TalkTalk. Around 30,000 reports of issues with the ISP started around 10:00 AM BST with the issue reportedly fixed around 11:30 BST. Find out more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52848894
AMD Ryzen rumoured refresh;
AMD is rumoured to be refreshing their 3000 Series of desktop CPUs with potentially 3 new models. These new rumoured CPUs (potentially named ‘Matisse Refresh’) will adopt the XT moniker from the Radeon GPU line-up to indicate they are the faster/more powerful model. The three CPUs rumoured to receive a refresh are the Ryzen 9 3900X, Ryzen 7 3800X, and Ryzen 5 3600X. The refresh will apparently not make a change to add additional cores, but instead to improve base and boost clock speeds. Find out more here: https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/amd-ryzen-3000-matisse-refresh-cpu/
Zoom offering stronger encryption;
Sony will show off some PS5 Games on June 4th;
MacOS 10.15.5 Update Has Tool to Keep It’s Battery Healthier;