Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Debate Recap, NASA Spacesuits & LinkedIn Events

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Debate Recap:
The fourth and largest Democratic presidential debate featured a dozen candidates on stage at once, starting with the question, "Should President Trump be impeached?” But it wasn't all about Trump. Candidates got into some heated exchanges with each other as they debated healthcare, taxes, gun control, foreign policy and more. Frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren faced more attacks from fellow candidates than in previous debates.
Read more: AP, The Hill, NBC News, CNN, NYT, WSJ

Impeachment Inquiry Update:
There’s been more testimony -- and pushback -- as the impeachment inquiry continues. State Department official George Kent says administration officials told him to “lay low” on Ukraine. The president’s former top Russia adviser became the first White House official to cooperate with the investigation, providing new details. Meanwhile, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Vice President Mike Pence say they won't be cooperating with subpoenas because the inquiry is a sham.
Read more: AP, Politico, ABC News, The Hill, CNBC, WSJ

LeBron James Controversy:
NBA superstar LeBron James is facing backlash for his comments surrounding pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. He said the NBA executive who showed support for protesters was "misinformed." Critics say James’ comments show he’s more worried about his own brand and business dealings in China than about the people of Hong Kong.
Read more: NPR, AP, CBS News, BBC

New NASA Spacesuits, All-Female Spacewalk:
NASA astronauts are getting new spacesuits. One is meant to be worn during launch and reentry onboard the Orion spacecraft, and the other is meant for actual moonwalking. NASA plans to send the first woman and the next man to the moon by 2024 wearing these new suits. Also, the all-female spacewalk scheduled for next week has been rescheduled again. It’s been moved up, possibly, to this week.
Read more (Spacesuits): CNN, Cnet, Fox News
Read more (Spacewalk):, CBS News

Nationals in World Series:
The Washington Nationals are going to the World Series. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series, making it the first time the nation’s capital has made it to the World Series in 86 years. They’ll play the Houston Astros or New York Yankees.
Read more: AP, CBS Sports

Walmart In-Home Delivery:
Walmart will now deliver groceries and put them away in your fridge. In-home grocery delivery requires that shoppers buy a $50 smart lock and a $20 monthly membership. Walmart is testing the feature in Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach, Florida.
Read more: CNBC, The Verge

Google’s New Devices:
Google revealed a bunch of new products, including new phones, earbuds and WiFi. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL will have multiple high-quality cameras, gesture controls and a faster Face Unlock. There’s also new Pixel buds with a better fit meant to lock the buds in the ear and block out other sound. Google also talked about a video game streaming service called Stadia, a new flagship Chromebook and a new Nest Mini and Nest Wi-Fi.
Read more: Engadget, CNET, The Verge

Fortnite Returns:
Fortnite is back online after a two-day blackout. Developers rebooted the game with an all new Chapter 2, featuring a new map and making some changes. The popular video game virtually exploded over the weekend, leaving players watching a spinning black hole with no way to play.
Read more: Engadget, CNN, Reuters

Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube:
A robotic hand just solved a Rubik’s cube in about four minutes. Though other computers can do the same task in one second, this was unique because it wasn’t specifically programmed for this particular task. That means the robotic hand learned mostly on its own.
Read more: The Verge, NYT

Work Wednesday - LinkedIn Events:
LinkedIn is launching a new Events feature. It’s free for now, and helps people plan, announce and invite people to work-related meet-ups -- from networking happy hours to in-person training sessions.
Read more: TechCrunch