Nokia 6.2 to Be Launched at HMD Global’s June 6 Event, Tipster Claims

Nokia 6.2 to Be Launched at HMD Global's June 6 Event, Tipster Claims

Finnish company Nokia is reportedly set to launch Nokia 6.2 aka Nokia X71 on June 6. A teaser from the company on Saturday revealed that it will be hosting a global launch event on the day. The teaser did not include any details on when or where this launch event will take place or what we can expect to see. A tweet by Twitter account Nokia Anew now suggests that we might see the launch of Nokia 6.2 on the day. HMD Global, the Nokia brand licensee, is also hosting a launch event in New Delhi on the same day, so it is quite possible that we might see the same announcements in India as well.

A tweet from Nokia anew indicates that the Nokia 6.2 will launch with a price tag around $290 (roughly Rs. 20,200), which is similar to the launch price of Nokia 6.1 in some markets. The Nokia 6.1 was launched in India with price starting at Rs 16,999. It is possible that Nokia 6.2 would fall in the same segment.

The Nokia 6.2 is rumoured to be the global variant of the Nokia X71 that was launched in Taiwan a few weeks ago.

In terms of the specifications, the phone was unveiled as a mid-range offering with a metal-glass sandwich design and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone features a 6.39-inch full-HD+ PureDisplay with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 660 processor, aided by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

The Nokia X71 also comes with a ZEISS-certified 48MP primary camera sensor at the rear with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree super-wide angle lens and a 5MP depth sensor at the back as well.

For selfies, the smartphone is fitted with a 16MP shooter that has an aperture of f/2.0. Stock Android 9 Pie and a 3,500mAh battery.


SpaceX to Launch 15th Resupply Mission to ISS on June 29

SpaceX to Launch 15th Resupply Mission to ISS on June 29

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

NASA’s commercial cargo provider SpaceX is set to launch its 15th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 29, the US space agency said.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, packed with more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit in about 10 minutes after launch and then would deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station.

It is expected to reach ISS on July 2, the report said.

The Dragon will deliver supplies, equipment for science investigations including: investigation on cellular biology in microgravity; ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) – an Earth science instrument studying plants and water availability; and a physical sciences study on soil and sediment to enable US National Laboratory research.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, backed up by fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, will supervise the operation of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon’s capture while NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor monitors the spacecraft’s systems.

After Dragon capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control in Houston for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module, the report noted.


Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Mom is not her disability — she is Mom.

Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

Say we are on a walk. I hear Mom say, “Look! There’s a bunny on that lawn.”

Heck, I’m a blind pup, but with my super nose on the job, I knew the rabbit was there 29 seconds ago — and two others Mom hadn’t spotted.

Then, a little farther down the road, she speaks up again.

“Must have been a pretty big animal coming out of the field here.”

I already have my nose to the ground where the tall grass has been flattened.

A fox had made itself a trail, my nose tells me. Cool! Too bad I can’t tell Mom, because she doesn’t have a clue.

Mom has the power to discern what I want her to write in my blog, she jumps up in the night if I seem uncomfortable on my bed beside her bed, but she’s got a heck of an olfactory disability.


It must be tough, in a world full of smells, to be aroma-impaired.

Even before I lost my sight, I delighted in the plethora of fragrances my nose pulled in and analyzed every second of the day.

Mom can smell chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, but I know they are starting to scorch long before — too late — she runs into the kitchen shouting, “The cookies! The cookies!”


And even when Mom can detect an odor, it seems too much of it gets her nose confused.

For example, she frequently shoves her shirt at someone else’s nose, asking, “Does this smell like dog?”

She says it like it’s a bad thing; but then again, sometimes people don’t smell all that good to me.

Then there was the cat we had that, so rudely, would retaliate for the smallest slight by peeing somewhere other than her litter box.

I solemnly swear here that I never prompted that revenge by teasing her or stealing her food.

Anyhow, it was absolutely sad to see Mom sniffing frantically to locate the site of the cat’s latest “accident.”

“Here it is,” she’d cry. Then, “Nope. Is it over here?” Then, after finally pressing her face right on the spot: “Eeew! I found it.”


Once in awhile, Mom’s disability becomes my advantage — like when I detect the irresistible scent of dead mouse deep in the grass in the backyard.

I flop down on it, and while she suspects there may be a disgusting scent there, she doesn’t know for sure, so I get to roll to my heart’s content.

It’s only when we’re back in the house and she bends down close to unhook my leash that l’odeur de rat at last gets translated by the “challenged” receptors in Mom’s nose.

And then she gets out the Clorox Wipes and scrubs away at the fur I just worked so hard to imbue with that delectable mousey smell.


It might seem like I feel a bit superior, what with a nose that has roughly 290 million more olfactory receptors than Mom’s does.

But I actually admire her for the way she rises above her disability.

I have never once heard her lament her nasal insufficiency. Mom takes me to my gigs at schools and libraries and talks about how I never stopped wagging my tail through all my surgeries and losing my sight and learning not to smack into doors and walls.

On my behalf, she recites my motto: “I’m not my disability; I’m me,” and never applies it to herself.

She probably doesn’t want me to feel bad, since my physical challenge is so much less severe than hers.

My mom is so brave, living life to the fullest despite all she’s missing.

I hate to say it, but I don’t think her ears work all that well either.

Pepper is the Press-Republican’s ambassador for unwanted animals — she promotes their adoption through the feature Pepper’s Pet Picks in the paper. She is also official mascot of the Plattsburgh Lion’s Club, helping to promote the club’s vision and diabetes education programs. Her other message as she travels around the region is: “When life gets ‘ruff,’ keep wagging your tail.”

To learn more about her Blind Pup Project presentations, email Pepper at [email protected]; call Suzanne Moore, 570-2052; follow Pepper’s tweets, @blindpupproject; or search for BlindPupProject on Facebook.


NASA to launch sounding rocket which releases artificial clouds on June 4

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These clouds or vapour tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. (Image for representation, Source : NASA)

NASA on Saturday scrubbed the launch of a sounding rocket which will release blue-green and red artificial clouds. “Launch scrubbed because of boats in the impact area for the second stage motor. We will try again Sunday, June 4,” NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility announced on its Facebook page. The launch window is 4:26 to 4:41 a.m.EDT (1:56-2.11 p.m India time).

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket testing a new deployment system to support space studies was originally scheduled for May 31, but it was subsequently delayed. “Clear skies are required at one of the ground stations to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. These artificial clouds may be seen from New York to North Carolina,” NASA earlier said.

The rocket will eject 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can between 10 to 20 kms from the rocket’s main payload, and these containers will release the vapour between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.These clouds or vapour tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

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The development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously allowed when deploying the vapour just from the main payload.Ground cameras will be stationed at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina, to view the vapour tracers. “The vapour tracers are formed through the interaction of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide. The tracers will be released at altitudes 96 to 124 miles high and pose absolutely no hazard to residents along the mid-Atlantic coast,” NASA said

Sounding rockets take their name from the nautical term “to sound,” which means to take measurements. The flight of a sounding rocket is short-lived, and has a parabolic trajectory — the shape of a frown. The total flight time for the current mission is expected to be about eight minutes. The payload will land in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles from Wallops Island and will not be recovered.