Sapphire is known for its toughness, and in the tech world has been used to cover phone screens and smartwatch screens due to its impressive scratch resistance. This, along with the beautifully unique sheen, is also why it has long been used on mechanical watches too, ensuring the dial stays free of marks and blemishes. In 2016 luxury watch brand Hublot decided using sapphire over the dial just wasn’t enough, and launched the Big Bang Unico Sapphire with a case made entirely of sapphire. The eye-catching piece was only the start, and Hublot’s ultimate goal was to develop a sapphire bracelet to go along with it. Now, in 2021, it’s a reality. This is the Hublot Big Bang Integral Tourbillon Full Sapphire , and it’s an extraordinary, mesmerizing, audacious piece of technology. Hublot’s CEO Ricardo Guadalupe spoke to Digital Trends via email about the complexity of the project. Two-year development “For the Tourbillon Full Sapphire, it has taken us over two years to develop … [Read more...] about The amazing story behind the making of Hublot’s $422,000 all-sapphire watch
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The Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board has released its findings regarding the University of Minnesota's (UMN) contributions to the Linux kernel—including those related to the research projects that got the university banned from working on that kernel. The group also explained how the school might be able to earn some forgiveness, but it won't be easy. A quick refresher: In mid-April, the Linux developer who oversees the kernel's stable channel, Greg Kroah-Hartman, banned the entire UMN system from contributing to the Linux kernel in response to a couple of the university's research projects that centered on purposefully introducing faulty code to the kernel. The situation quickly became a point of contention to many in the Linux developer community. UMN's Department of Computer Science & Engineering apologized for the research , as did the assistant professor and the graduate students who conducted it , in the days following Kroah-Hartman's … [Read more...] about Linux Foundation Issues Frosty Final Judgment in UMC Scandal
Last week’s maiden Mars flight by NASA’s diminutive Ingenuity helicopter represented a remarkable feat of engineering as it became the first aircraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another planet. Since then, the drone-like flying machine has taken two additional flights of increasing complexity, with the next one planned for Thursday, April 29. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is operating the Mars mission, has revealed that Ingenuity’s fourth airborne adventure will see the team “push [the aircraft’s] performance envelope” by flying it further and faster than ever before. It means we can expect to see the 4-pound, 19-inch-high aircraft climb to an altitude of 5 meters before setting a new flight-time record of 117 seconds, 37 seconds longer than its previous effort. The autonomous rotorcraft will also be instructed to increase its airspeed from 2 meters per second to 3.5 (4.5 mph to 8), and to fly 133 meters across the Martian surface — 83 meters further than … [Read more...] about NASA reveals ambitious plan for Mars helicopter’s fourth flight
Amazon Prime Day 2021 isn’t set to arrive until June, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start embracing what we expect to be the retailer’s most exciting event to date with a little bit of harmless speculation. For starters, it’s safe to assume that Prime Day 2021 will see more discounts than ever before. How do we know? Because each Prime Day is bigger and better than the last — duh! So, Prime Day 2021. What’s it about? Well, it’s far too early to say with absolute certainty what we’ll see. Heck, we don’t even know for certain when it will be (though we have a pretty good idea — more on that in a bit). One thing is almost for certain, though: While Amazon will be at the heart of Prime Day 2021, other retailers will also be throwing their hats into the ring. What happened on Prime Day 2020? Before we can look forward to Prime Day 2021, we first need to look back to Prime Day 2020 — an anomaly in the history of the event. Amazon was left with no choice but to reschedule the … [Read more...] about Prime Day Deals 2021: When is it, and what can we expect?
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is getting a next-gen upgrade. The news comes as part of a list of Star Wars gaming announcements ahead of Star Wars Day on May 4. Released back in 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an action-adventure game that launched on PS4 and Xbox One. The game got a free patch after the PS5 and Xbox Series X released, which optimized the game for those consoles. This new upgrade is a full-blown next-gen version launching this summer. The new version brings “a number of technical improvements” to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S . LucasFilm didn’t share the specifics but says that more details are coming soon. Players who already own the game will be able to upgrade it to the new version for free. Players can buy the standard and deluxe edition 70% off from now through May 12. Starting tomorrow, fans can also grab a triple bundle that features Fallen Order , Battlefront 2 , and Squadrons for 50% off its normal list price. That deal ends on May 11. … [Read more...] about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gets a next-gen version this summer