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An Elephant s Trunk in Cepheus

With image data from telescopes large and small, this close-up features the dusty Elephant’s Trunk Nebula. It winds through the emission nebula and young star cluster complex IC 1396, in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Also known as vdB 142, the cosmic elephant’s trunk is over 20 light-years long. The colorful view highlights bright, swept-back ridges that outline the region’s pockets of cool interstellar dust and gas. Such embedded, dark, tendril-shaped clouds contain the raw material for star formation and hide protostars within. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a large region on the sky, spanning over 5 degrees. This dramatic scene spans a 1 degree wide field, about the size of 2 Full Moons. via NASA

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Pre-order the Oak & Oscar “Jackson” Watch oak-and-oscar-jackson-watch

Oak & Oscar, the company behind limited-edition watches such as the Burnham and the Sanford — we’ve written about them here and here, respectively — have unveiled another addition to the lineup: the Jackson.

The Jackson is a 40mm, hand-wound, column wheel, flyback chronograph inspired by Chicago’s Jackson Park — one of my favorite areas to visit in the Windy City — and is Oak & Oscar’s most complicated (heh) watch to date. It has a stacked chronograph counter at three o’clock, with a dark grey hand on the outer track that tracks elapsed minutes and a smaller white hand on the inner track that counts the hours. Over at nine o’clock, a separate counter displays the seconds. Down at 6 o’clock is a color-matched date wheel with custom font.


Turn the watch over, and you’ll be treated to a view of the watch’s inner components through the sapphire display back, including the column wheel, some custom engravings, and a Côtes de Genève finish on some of the bridges. The whole thing is water-resistant to 5 ATMs (50 meters).

The Jackson will be released sometime during Q1 2018. It will come in three variations, all of which are available for pre-order prices:

  1. Grey — $2,650 (down from $2,850)
  2. Navy Blue — $2,650 (down from $2,850)
  3. Charcoal PVD — $2,850 (down from $3,150)


As with all Oak & Oscar watches, every Jackson will include two Horween leather straps (one of which sports a custom-made orange color) and a modular, Horween-and-Tasman leather watch wallet with detachable suede pouches and a strap tool.



Scosche unveils the Rhythm24 waterproof armband heart rate monitor

rhythm24Scosche is a household name when it comes to rolling out different kinds of accessories for smartphones, mobile devices, and road warriors who are always on the move. This time around, their genius has reached new heights with the introduction of the Rhythm24, a waterproof armband heart rate monitor. This next generation device will continue from where the Rhythm+ left off in 2014. Arriving in an all-new look while accompanied by expanded features, there are variable activity modes that will help ensure accurate biometric measurements are always captured, stored and shared with Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ devices including smart/sport watches, smartphones, tablets, and exercise equipment, among others.

What makes the Rhythm24 a whole lot better than its predecessor? For starters, it comes with a 24-hour battery life, accompanied by an IP68 sweatproof/waterproof rating, five changeable training/use zones/modes and two multi-modes (designed for biathletes and triathletes training and activities), an LED battery indicator and on-board data recording. This particular recording feature is very useful, since users can leave their mobile devices behind as they indulge in their respective fitness activities before uploading captured workout data at a later time.

Rhythm24 heart monitoring modes provide a slew of data capturing, starting with heart rate variability (HRV) mode. This mode will enable users to monitor the time between each heartbeat for increased stress and recovery tracking, while arriving with heart rate profiles for a wide range of activities. The more popular ones like swimming, running, and cycling are thrown into the mix, of course.

Using both green and yellow optical sensors, these deliver superior measurement across all skin tones. Not only that, it will integrate the latest advances in PerformTek sensor technology that measures heart rate non-stop in order to provide a highly accurate and consistent reading regardless of the exercise performed or physical environment one is in.

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Vansky Motion-Activated Bed Light vansky-motion-activated-bed-light

If you’re the type who commonly gets up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or take a trip to the bathroom, these motion-activated bed lights can help guide your way. They give off a soft ambient light from under your bed as your feet reach the floor, and they have an auto shut-off timer that can be adjusted between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.

They don’t just have to be installed under a bed frame, either. These lights can also be placed on stairways, under kitchen cabinets, in closets, or wherever else you could use some motion-activated lighting at night. The kit is $24 on Amazon.

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Apple Sued Over Meltdown and Spectre in U.S. as iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits Now Total 45 Apple faces its first legal action over Meltdown and Spectre in the United States, even though the vulnerabilities were found to affect nearly all computers and other devices, according to court documents reviewed by MacRumors.

Meltdown and Spectre are serious hardware-based vulnerabilities that take advantage of the speculative execution mechanism of a CPU, allowing hackers to gain access to sensitive information. All modern Intel, ARM, AMD, and Nvidia processors are affected, with many patches and mitigations already released.

Anthony Bartling and Jacqueline Olson filed a class action complaint against Apple last week in a U.S. district court in San Jose on behalf of anyone who purchased a device with an ARM-based processor designed by Apple, ranging from the A4 to A11 Bionic chips used in iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV models.

The complaint alleges that Apple has known about the design defects giving rise to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities since at least June 2017, and could have disclosed details to the public more promptly.

An excerpt from the complaint:

ARM Holdings PLC, the company that licenses the ARM architecture to Apple, admits that it was notified of the Security Vulnerabilities in June 2017 by Google’s Project Zero and that it immediately notified its architecture licensees (presumably, including Apple) who create their own processor designs of the Security Vulnerabilities.

The complaint added that it is unlikely Apple would be able to fully and adequately release fixes for Meltdown and Spectre without the performance of its processors decreasing by between five and 30 percent.

Apple addressed Meltdown in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2, while Spectre mitigations were introduced in a macOS 10.13.2 supplemental update and iOS 11.2.2, both of which were released early last week. The vulnerabilities have also been addressed in older versions of macOS and OS X.

Despite one claim that Apple’s patch for Spectre resulted in a significant performance decrease on one developer’s iPhone 6s, Apple said its testing indicated that the Safari-based mitigations had no measurable impact on its Speedometer and ARES-6 tests and an impact of less than 2.5 percent on the JetStream benchmark.

The complaint expects at least 100 customers to be part of the proposed class, with the combined sum of compensatory and punitive damages expected to exceed $5 million if the case proceeds to trial.

A group of Israelis have filed a request with the Haifa District Court to file a class action lawsuit against Apple, Intel, and ARM over Meltdown and Spectre as well, according to local news publication Hamodia.

iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits Continue to Mount

Apple continues to face an increasing number of lawsuits that either accuse the company of intentionally slowing down older iPhones, or at least of failing to disclose power management changes it made starting in iOS 10.2.1.

In the United States, the iPhone maker now faces at least 39 class action complaints as of January 15, according to court documents compiled by MacRumors. Additional lawsuits have been filed in France, Israel, Russia, Korea, and Vietnam, with another pending in Canada, bringing the total to 45.

Many of the lawsuits demand Apple compensate all iPhone users who have experienced slowdowns, offer free battery replacements, refund customers who purchased brand new iPhones to regain maximum performance, and as Apple has already promised, add more detailed info to iOS about a device’s battery health.

We’ve already answered many frequently asked questions about Apple’s power management process, and covered the issue extensively, so read our past coverage for more information about the matter.

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Four spacecraft that orbit in the magnetic bubble surrounding Earth are starting a new mission phase. From new heights, they will study the Sun-facing side of Earth’s magnetic environment. Get the details from @NASASun: