End of the world: What is Nibiru? The mysterious planet ‘that will DESTROY Earth’

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What is Nibiru?
Christians claim that the arrival of the planet will mark the apocalypse and could herald Jesus’ return, while other conspiracy theorists believe that it is a rogue planet which has yet to be detected by space officials – or has but they are covering it up to prevent widespread panic.

The mysterious object, otherwise known as Planet X, is allegedly due to enter the solar system in September 23 and will wreak havoc on our galactic neighbourhood.

Paranormal researchers believe Planet X is so large it would be able to counter the sun’s gravitational pull.

It is believed that it is difficult to spot due to the angle in which the huge mass is approaching Earth – towards the South Pole.

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Planet X is supposedly heading to Earth
As the planet approaches it is expected to interfere with Earth, pulling it slightly off its axis, which would result in severe earthquakes and storms.

Christians such as David Meade have been analysing biblical texts and astronomical signs, and believe that Planet X will arrive on September 23, and herald the end of days.

Revelation 12:1 says: “A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head.

“And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in anguish of delivery.”

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Planet X is ‘at the edge of the solar system’

The ‘sign in the sky’ supposedly refers to the eclipse which took place on August 21.

Mr Meade explains: “The great sign of The Woman as described in revelation 12:1-2 forms and lasts for only a few hours. According to computer generated astronomical models, this sign has never before occurred in human history.

Bizarre moment ‘Planet X Nibiru is spotted from Earth

“It will occur once on September 23, 2017. It will never occur again. When it occurs, it places the Earth immediately before the time of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.

“During this time frame on September 23, 2017, the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo.”

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EU to End Barriers to Netflix, BBC iPlayer in 2018

EU to End Barriers to Netflix, BBC iPlayer in 2018
The EU took a major step toward allowing people to use their online entertainment such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer all across Europe, officials said Wednesday.

Europeans spend about one billion nights in other EU countries every year but face a frustrating inability to access subscription services while outside their home country.

The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm which proposed the change, reached a compromise late Tuesday with negotiators from the European Parliament and the European Council of 28 member states, virtually guaranteeing that the measure will succeed.

Once formally approved, EU consumers on the move will be able to enjoy entertainment as if at home in early 2018, the commission said.

“Today’s agreement will bring concrete benefits to Europeans,” said Andrus Ansip, the commission’s vice-president for the Digital Single Market.

“People who have subscribed to their favourite series, music and sports events at home will be able to enjoy them when they travel in Europe,”
As it stands, a subscriber to the Netflix or Amazon streaming service in, for example, France, will only have access to the service as it is available in a country they are visiting, where the movies or series often drastically differs to their home version.

In another example, digital subscribers to Sky Sports in London are unable to access Premier League football matches on their iPads or laptops when travelling abroad.

“This is very good news for EU consumers,” said Monique Goyens, head of Brussels-based the European Consumer Organisation.

“Artificial barriers blocking you from using your online video, music or game subscription contradict the very principle of a single market,”

Crucially, the measure puts a zero limit on the amount of time travelling Europeans can enjoy their home-based subscriptions.

This is unlike the EU’s free roaming promise for mobile phones that comes into effect in June, but comes with a list of restrictions.

Tags: Netflix, EU, European Union, Online Streaming, BBC iPlayer, Entertainment, Internet, Apps

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Death’s End Review

Death's End Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Death’s End is a new science fiction novel
  • It was originally written in Chinese by Cixin Liu
  • It is a landmark novel in science fiction

The language barrier that divides China from the English-speaking world also has hidden some the greatest science fiction writing from the rest of us. Cixin Liu’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy is one of these gems. Now that the series has been translated to English, the rest of the world can enjoy it as well. The books in the trilogy are called The Three-body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death’s End. The English version of Death’s End (translated by Ken Liu) was published towards the end of last month and it’s well worth a read.

The one distinguishing characteristic of the Remembrance of the Earth’s Past trilogy is its scope. The Three-body Problem starts on Earth where humanity is grappling with first contact, while The Dark Forest tackles some of the problems of deep space adventures, highlighting the challenges humans face in reaching even the nearest stars. Death’s End has the entire universe as its playground. Imagine millions of stars in just one galaxy, and increase that exponentially across galaxies in the universe. The scope of Death’s End is that vast.

This can lead to some exceedingly dense passages and chapters that will be hard to follow for some people. However, if you’ve read hard science fiction (a category of science fiction characterised by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail) before – such as Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero, or Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama, among others – then you shouldn’t have much of a problem reading Death’s End.As fans of space opera, we love theories about the existence of intelligent life forms in the universe and of the beginning and end of the universe, so it is no surprise that we loved Death’s End. The characters in the book are quite insignificant and as they discuss the events of the universe, they tend to feel sad and insignificant. In the grand scheme of things where much more powerful intelligent life forms battle each other, the human race can only observe and try to survive.

As a result, a large part of the narrative reads like commentary on society. When beings that can destroy the entire solar system remotely start to threaten your existence, you’re bound to panic. Death’s End takes you through humanity’s struggle for survival and how every false alarm almost leads to disaster. It also does well to highlight the weaknesses of humankind. On a galactic scale, human technology and civilisation have the maturity of an adolescent, as the book itself says.

That’s not to say that there is no hope for survival. It’s what keeps humans going in the trilogy. However there are plenty of examples of characters and society making extremely irrational and borderline suicidal decisions. That might be frustrating but you’d do well to remember that in the real world, humanity has probably never achieved global unity and even in democratic nations there is a bit too much of infighting that holds back progress.

Cixin Liu has a lot of ideas and you’d find it hard to find authors who can match his incredible imagination, but at times we did feel that the author got a bit too immersed in theory. There are pages upon pages of descriptions of how society behaved in the various eras of the future, which can feel a bit tedious. If you love speculation on what technologies we could use in the future or how other civilisations could attack each other in interstellar wars, there’s a lot of that in this book. There are parts where the book explores existence in two- and four-dimensions as well, as opposed to the 3D world that we currently live in.

While the characters weren’t as interesting to us in this book, Liu manages to make one particular character stand out with a stroke of genius. Without venturing into spoiler territory, we can say that a character whose fate was uncertain in The Dark Forest returns with three fascinating fairy tales. Not only is the character incredibly resilient but they manage to pass on some critical scientific information hidden inside these fairy tales. The way information is buried in these tales is just pure genius and the tales, even when read in isolation, are excellent.

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Death’s End is not a book that will fill you with hope. It can get quite depressing at times. We ended up feeling sad for many of the characters and the human race in general, given the odds against them. When someone you can’t even perceive can destroy entire star systems from afar threatens the existence of humanity, the tale is unlikely to have a happy ending. Liu’s observations about humanity and the odds of its survival in the universe could very well be accurate. In the grand scale of the universe, humankind’s existence can’t even be equated with the blink of an eye.

Death’s End is the culmination of an excellent trilogy and a landmark work in science fiction. That’s not very surprising given that Cixin Liu has won the Galaxy Award (Chinese equivalent of the Hugo nine times) and is probably China’s greatest science fiction author. If reading is not for you, then you can perhaps catch The Three-body Problem movie, which is scheduled to release in 2017 in China, but you’ll need English subtitles.

Cixin Liu’s Death’s End ebook is available at Rs. 362 and the paperback costs Rs. 1,134. You can also buy The Three-body Problem ebook at Rs. 361 or paperback edition at Rs. 951 and The Dark Forest ebook at Rs. 298 and paperback edition at Rs. 951.

Tags: Cixin Liu, Threebody Problem, Remembrance of the Earths Past, Deaths End, The Dark Forest, Ken Liu
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USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks

USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks

USB-IF Publishes Audio Device Class 3.0 Specification; Signals the End of Headphone Jacks
HIGHLIGHTS
Ditching the 3.5mm jack eliminates the need for multiple ports
Allows for slimmer devices, better water resistance, room for innovation
USB sound specification would also reduce power consumption
Apple may have created quite a buzz after it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but it wasn’t the first company to do that. The natural progression of technology is slowly killing the iconic jack and moving towards making the USB port more accessible. To make that happen, USB Implementers Forum recently published its Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which will provide device makers the solution they need to get audio over USB Type-C port.

Ditching the 3.5mm jack eliminates the need for multiple ports, according to a statement released by USB-IF. This hints towards an all-in-one connector, which Apple is also aiming for after the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Removing the headphone jack also allows for slimmer devices, better water resistance, and room for more innovative features.

(Also see: iPhone 7 Drops the 3.5mm Headphone Jack: Pros and Cons)

USB-connected headphones would provide better audio support with possibilities of inbuilt DACs and noise cancellation. USB sound specifications from USB-IF would also reduce power consumption and bring in features like hotword detection for voice controls.

A jack-less future may not be embraced by all. Many still hold on dearly to the classic 3.5mm jack, but the benefits of jack-less devices do exist and are worth considering as technology progresses.
“USB is the simplest and most pervasive connector available today, making USB Type-C the logical choice for the future of digital audio,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO.

(Also see: Dropping the 3.5mm Headphone Jack Was the Right Move by Apple)

Popular names like Apple, Moto, and Intel have supported the removal of the headphone jack, while some companies like Samsung still believe in the classic rounded port. Meanwhile, other companies were perhaps waiting for a an official support to make that move and we might soon see more brands coming out with devices that leave behind the headphone jack.

Tags: USB Type C, Headphone Jack, Apple, iPhone 7

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