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Alexa, what’s new?
That is Thursday’s question, as the tech spotlight turns to Amazon, and its annual fall event outlining new 2020 Alexa and Fire TV products.
Amazon is expected to unveil several new speakers, TV and TV-related products, home security and internet devices and perhaps some surprises.
Unlike rivals Apple and Samsung, which live-stream their events to a worldwide audience, the Amazon event is open only to media, and there is no live feed. Instead, Amazon will be updating its Day One blog with text and photos as the new products are revealed.
The event begins at 10 a.m. PT. Be sure to also stick with USATODAY.com right here for the latest updates and analysis.
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In years past, Amazon unveiled dozens of
Discovered only on September 18, in Tucson, Arizona, the school bus-sized asteroid which is estimated to be somewhere between 15-30 feet in diameter is expected to graze past our planets surface with about 13,000 miles of breathing room. This falls well below the orbit of our geostationary weather satellites which are located about 22,000 miles above earth’s surface.
Its closest approach to earth will occur around 7:12 a.m. ET on Thursday, as it skirts over the Southeastern Pacific Ocean, near Australia and New Zealand.
Its approach will be so close to earth, that our gravity will alter its speed and trajectory according to earthsky.org.
“There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times every year,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.… Read More
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Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard spacecraft will take to the skies this week for the first time in nine months.
New Shepard, which is designed to ferry people and payloads to suborbital space and back, will launch on an uncrewed test flight Thursday (Sept. 24) at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) from Blue Origin’s Texas location, company representatives announced today (Sept. 22).
You can watch the flight, which is called NS-13, live here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company, which is run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
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The suborbital flight will be the seventh for this particular vehicle and the 13th for Blue Origin’s New Shepard program overall. Thursday’s liftoff will also be the first launch for the company since December 2019, when this same New Shepard vehicle launched on its