The first flight of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars is delayed at least a week because its software needs a tweak

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The Perseverance rover captured images of the Ingenuity helicopter before (left) and after (right) spinning its rotor blades.

NASA is trying to fix a glitch in its Mars helicopter.

The $85 million drone, called Ingenuity, was originally scheduled to make the first controlled, powered flight ever conducted on another planet on Monday. But an issue arose during a crucial ground test on Friday, throwing a wrench in that plan.

Now, NASA says the helicopter won’t fly before April 21. The agency intends to pick a new flight date next week.

In the unsuccessful ground test, Ingenuity was supposed to spin its blades at full speed without lifting off. For the 4-pound drone to fly in the thin Martian atmosphere, its two pairs of blades must spin in opposite directions at more than 2,500 rotations per minute – about eight times faster than a helicopter on Earth. So the test was a final checkout to ensure Ingenuity’s rotors would do just that.

But a “watchdog” timer built into the helicopter cut the test-spin short after it identified an issue with the command sequence that instructs Ingenuity to carry out the steps of the test. The timer intervened as the command sequence was trying to transition the helicopter’s flight computer from “pre-flight” to “flight” mode.

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After discovering the issue, engineers figured out a software patch that should fix the problem. In the meantime, Ingenuity is still “healthy,” NASA said in a statement on Monday.

Still, the NASA team behind Ingenuity have long known that the helicopter could run into problems, and consider it a “high-risk, high-reward” mission. It’s an experiment, after all, meant to prove that a rotorcraft flight could work on Mars.

“We are aware that failure is more likely in this kind of scenario, and we’re comfortable with it because of the upside potential that success has,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator, told Insider last week, before the spin test. “If something doesn’t go exactly like it’s planned, what we like to do is learn the most about it then go forward.”

Ingenuity’s software fix is ‘straightforward,’ but it takes time

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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, photographed on Mars by the Perseverance rover on April 4, 2021.

Over the weekend, Ingenuity’s engineers reviewed the data from its failed rotor-spin test and determined that the best fix is a “minor” and “straightforward” tweak to the flight software, according to NASA.

“This software update will modify the process by which the two flight controllers boot up, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition to the flight state,” the agency said in a statement.

It will take several days to run the software change through a validation process, then uplink it to the helicopter on Mars. Once that’s done, Ingenuity can re-do its high-speed spin test and NASA can set a date for its first flight.

If the patch works and Ingenuity flies successfully, it could open the door for a new era of helicopter exploration on other planets. Space drones could do all kinds of things that rovers can’t – flying through canyons or up mountains, hopping in and out of craters, or even doing reconnaissance for future astronauts.

“Suppose that it does, in fact, work. What we will have proven is that we can add an aerial dimension to discovery and exploration on Mars,” Zurbuchen said. “That aerial dimension, of course, opens up aspects of science and overall exploration that, frankly, at this moment in time, are only our dreams.”

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Nuance leaps 18% on Microsoft’s deal to acquire the AI speech-technology software maker

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  • Nuance Communications shares shot up 18% on Monday on a deal by Microsoft to buy the company in a $19.7 billion deal.
  • Microsoft plans to buy the speech-recognition software maker for $56 a share and the deal will include Nuance’s net debt.
  • Microsoft shares were slightly higher as the new trading week got underway.
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Nuance Communications shares surged 18% during Monday’s session following a deal under which Microsoft will purchase the AI speech-recognition software maker for $19.7 billion in cash, with the price to include Nuance’s net debt.

Microsoft, in a joint statement, said it will buy Nuance for $56 a share, which is a 23% premium to Nuance’s closing price on Friday at $45.58. Bloomberg reported late Sunday that the two companies were in talks, citing sources who asked not to be identified. An agreement with Nuance would be Microsoft’s largest since it purchased professional networking site LinkedIn in 2016.

Nuance climbed 18% to $53.93 as regular-session trading got underway. The stock during pre-market trade climbed by as much as 31%. Meanwhile, Microsoft shares edged up 0.1% to $255.97 as Wall Street’s new trading week kicked off.

Nuance and Microsoft have been working together since 2019, focusing on Nuance’s products that allow clinicians to capture patient discussions and integrate them into electronic health records. Microsoft said the deal will double its total addressable market in the healthcare provider space to nearly $500 billion.

“AI is technology’s most important priority, and healthcare is its most urgent application,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in the statement.

The deal is expected to close by the end of the calendar year 2021 and has been unanimously approved by the boards of both Nuance and Microsoft. Nuance’s CEO Mark Benjamin will remain in his role.

“For Nadella & Co., this is the right acquisition at the right time with Microsoft doubling down on its healthcare initiatives over the coming years,” said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a Monday note in which he called the Nuance deal a “strategic no brainer” for Microsoft. Wedbush lowered its 12-month price target on Nuance to $56 from $65 to reflect the deal but maintained its outperform rating.

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Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E reportedly faces software glitch that’s left some owners unable to drive

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2021 Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD

  • Some owners of Ford’s brand new electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E, have reported battery issues.
  • Its smaller battery can reportedly stop charging when the car is plugged in, leaving it unusable.
  • Ford recently filed a service bulletin with a US safety agency disclosing the issue
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Some owners of Ford’s new Mach-E electric vehicle are reporting issues with charging their SUVs that leave them unable to drive.

As the Verge first reported, there appears to be a problem with some early Mustang Mach-E vehicles that cause the car to “brick” – that is, it’s unable to start.

Owners report that the issue occured when they tried to start their cars after leaving their cars plugged in to charge. According to the Verge, the car’s rechargeable lithium battery will sometimes stop feeding power to its smaller 12-volt battery when the car is plugged in. The result, the Verge reports, is the 12-volt battery has no power and dies, leaving the car unable to start.

Read more: Ford’s global business chief explains how it’s spending $6 billion to create US jobs in an EV-focused future

This issue is reflected in a service bulletin Ford filed with the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on March 25. In the bulletin, Ford disclosed that some early Mach-E vehicles “may exhibit the 12-volt battery becoming discharged while the vehicle is plugged in during the high voltage charging process.”

Ford did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The “low voltage” issue affects some cars built on or before February 3, 2021, according to Ford. The car maker did not provide a number of affected cars, but told the Verge that a “small number” of Mach-E cars have the issue.

Currently, owners can only get the issue fixed by bringing their Mach-E into a local Ford dealer equipped to deal with electric vehicles, according to the report. Ford told the Verge that Mach-E owners will be able to fix the battery issue with a wireless software update “later this year.”

Ford only put the Mustang Mach-E on the market in late 2020. Ford reported it sold more than 6,500 Mach-Es in its first three months of production.

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How to disable Secure Boot on your PC when you need to install components that aren’t compatible with the security feature

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You can disable Secure Boot through your PC’s UEFI.

  • To disable Secure Boot, you need to restart your PC and open the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).
  • Secure Boot is a feature in your PC’s UEFI that only allows authorized operating systems to boot.
  • You can re-enable Secure Boot from UEFI, but you may need to restore Windows to factory conditions.
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Secure Boot is an important safety and security feature found on most modern PCs – it prevents unauthorized software like malware from taking over your PC when it turns on. It’s a feature in your computer’s UEFI designed to authenticate security keys on compatible software like Windows 10.

Sometimes, though, you might need to disable Secure Boot. This might be the case if you need to install an operating system or other bootup utilities that are not compatible with Secure Boot. Only Windows 8 and Windows 10 have Secure Boot certificates, for example – if you needed to install Windows 7 on a Secure Boot-enabled PC, you would need to disable Secure Boot.

Please exercise caution before doing this, though. Secure Boot is an important element in your computer’s security, and disabling it can leave you vulnerable to malware that can take over your PC and leave Windows inaccessible.

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What is software? A guide to all of the different types of programs and applications that tell computers what to do

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Software consists of code that dictates how a computer operates.

  • Software is computer code that tells a computer how to perform a specific task.
  • There are many kinds of software, including operating systems, applications, and malware.
  • Software can be distributed for free, as shareware, commercially, or with its source code (which is called open-source).
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Software is a set of instructions, written in computer code, that tells a computer how to behave or how to perform a specific task. Software usually comes in the form of commercial programs (like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop), games, a computer operating system, or even malware like viruses and ransomware. Any program or code that runs on a computer is an example of software, and anything you do with a computer requires the use of software. Software is created by computer programmers, commonly referred to as coders.

Types of software

There are many types of software in use today. To give you a sense of the scope of the software industry, here is an overview of the major kinds of software in use today.

System software

System software is the general category of software that allows the computer hardware to function and serves as the underlying platform for applications to run. System software is particularly complex, and there are multiple “layers” associated with any computing device. For example:

  • Operating system (OS): Without an operating system like Windows or MacOS, a computer is just a collection of hardware components unable to perform any functions. The OS allows the computer to perform basic functions, provides an interface so users can interact with the computer, and a platform on which applications can run. The OS “abstracts” many common tasks for applications to minimize redundancy – for example, the OS offers printing as a service to applications so every program doesn’t need to have its own way of sending files to the printer.
  • Firmware: Many devices and components have firmware, which is semi-permanent software that tells the device how to behave and how to interact with other devices. Firmware can often be updated, but persists when there’s no power applied to the device.
  • Device drivers: Device drivers are small programs that allow the operating system and computer components to communicate. Every component needs a driver so the OS knows how to use that device. Virtually every component in a computer, including the video card, sound chip, keyboard, and mouse have their own drivers.
  • Utilities: Blurring the line between system software and application, utilities are small programs that often come with or tightly integrate themselves into the OS to perform specific OS tasks. Anti-malware software, hard drive cleanup, and file compression tools (like WinZip) are examples of utilities.

Application software

This is the kind of software you are probably most familiar with – also called programs or apps, they are packages that usually have a specific purpose and you use to accomplish a certain goal.

There’s a virtually limitless variety of applications. Some of the most common include productivity software like word processors, spreadsheets, and email clients (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook are common examples). Database software like Microsoft Access is used to organize and manage large volumes of data.

Games are also popular applications, as well as multimedia software (the Camera app on your phone is an application, as well as Adobe Photoshop, which is used to edit graphics and photos). Web browsers are also among the most common software applications.

Programming software

It’s probably no surprise that software is created with other software. Coders rely on a number of different software tools to create programs. Here are a few examples of programs used by coders during software development:

  • Compilers are programs that convert the code written by humans into a lower-level form of machine code that’s directly interpretable by computer hardware. The existence of compilers makes it practical to create extremely sophisticated software.
  • Debuggers are computer programs used to test and “debug” (find and remove errors) from computer code.
  • Linkers are programs that take the output from a compiler – often many individual files – and combine them into a single executable file that can be run on its own by a user without the need to run it within a programming environment.
  • Malware is software designed to act in harmful ways, and there are many examples of malware today including viruses, worms, Trojans, and ransomware. When infected with malware, a computer and its software may misbehave or stop working entirely. There’s an arms race between malware developers and anti-malware utility writers, and it’s important to have anti-malware software installed on your computer. You should also follow best practices to avoid malware.

How software is distributed

Not all programs are distributed, sold, or shared the same way, and the primary method of distribution has changed over the years. At one time, virtually all software was commercial and sold through retailers. That’s far from the case today. Here are some of the major distribution mechanisms.

  • Commercial: A lot of software is still commercial, though it’s far less common than it once was. Any program you purchase and get a physical or digital copy of is commercial software. Keep in mind that you don’t own the software; you only own a license that confers the right to use the software. The distinction is important for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is it gives the publisher the right to change the software via online updates without your express permission.
  • Open-source: Often seen as the opposite of commercial, open-source software is usually made available with all of its source code, which allows an entire community of coders to update, modify, and improve the program. Not all open-source software is free; some is sold at retail prices.
  • Freeware: A lot of software is completely free to download and use. The freeware model allows publishers to distribute its software more easily because a lot of people will be willing to try something for free. Some freeware is also referred to as adware because while the application is free, it comes with embedded advertising.
  • Shareware: A variation of freeware, shareware is free for a limited time. If you find the application useful, you have the option to pay for it to continue using it. Many shareware programs are free for a limited period of time, though other programs will only work for a specific number of uses.

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Download IObit Uninstaller Pro Free License key

Last Updated on March 16, 2021 by Justin Su

In the previous article All In One RunTime Software which you can use to make sure that your computer is working fine and without any interruption.  In this article, I am going to talk about IObit Uninstaller Key.

There is much software which can help you to remove already installed software from your computer for absolutely free.

What Is IObit Uninstaller Pro

IObit Uninstaller Pro is the online software that helps users to uninstall software, bundleware, browser extensions, and windows apps for a clean and safe PC.

It is very simple and fast to use and perform the task very cleverly. It helps you to remove any software that involves in your PC. You can choose which software do you want to have and which doesn’t.

It is one of the most known and safest software that you can find on the Internet.

IObit Uninstaller Pro is not a free product. If you will purchase their software then it will cost you $14.77 per month.

Key Features

Following are some best and useful features.

  • Get rid of bundled programs and plug-ins while uninstalling the main program
  • Support removing stubborn programs, Malicious plug-ins, Advertising plug-ins
  • Uninstall latest Universal Windows Platform Apps on Win 10
  • Uninstall Windows Apps even under the non-administrative account
  • Block site notification prompts for a smooth browsing experience
  • Automatically scan existing leftovers on your PC
  • Automatically monitor system changes during program installation.
  • Free 24/7 technical support on demand
  • Auto clean leftovers that cannot be deleted by other utilities

These are some of their top key features. For more details regarding features, you can visit their official website.

Overall it is one of the best software to remove unwanted apps and software.

Below are The Updated IObit Uninstaller 10 key

License #1: D3EFA-ACE9E-C1983-85DT0 (version 10.x, updated: Dec 22, 2020)

License #2: 7206E-3D337-FC9DF-CCAT0 (version 10.x, updated: Dec 03, 2020)

License #3: 62F27-5FDEB-790A9-923T0 (version 10.x, updated: Dec 03, 2020)

License #4: 5BF10-497AB-B9871-EEFB0 (version 10.x, updated: Oct 16, 2020)

 

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All In One RunTime Software Download: AIO Runtime Libraries

Last Updated on March 15, 2021 by Justin Su

In computers, there are many programs that are working to make sure your computer running properly. To make ensure that all the installed programs should work or working properly or not you should use such programs.

All in One Runtimes or AIO Runtimes is the program that makes sure your computer is working properly.

These installers do allow you to install your runtimes.

What Is All In One Runtime Installer

All In One Runtime or AIO Runtime is the free program that involves the major runtime environment. It includes major and various versions of Net Framework, Java, Visual C++, DirectX, and Silverlight.

By using this software you can avoid the problem of lagging and slow down your computer. It automatically checks the installed programs and installs the not available programs. It excludes already installed programs.

Included Programs Updated In 2021

AIO Runtime software includes the following programs:

  • .NET Framework 4.8 + Updates
  • Java Runtime Environment 8
  • DirectX 9.0c Extra files
  • General runtime files
  • Microsoft Visual C++ Runtimes (v2005 – v2019)
  • Microsoft Visual J# 2.0 SE
  • Microsoft Visual J-Sharp
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5
  • Silverlight (plug-in)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer)
  • Shockwave Player 12 (Internet Explorer Plugin)

You will definitely find almost all the latest and up-to-date programs in AIO. If you are facing the problem of the above or included programs then you should use this software to make sure you have them or not.

And install it if you don’t have it.

Download All In One Runtime

The official link is not available.

But currently, it is available on SoftPedia. Here is another link to download the official software. Another place is at  4Downloads is here.

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Available For Following Devices

AIO runtimes are available for almost all types of devices. According to an official source, it is available for the following devices.

  • Windows 10 32/64 bit
    Windows 2003
    Windows 8 32/64 bit
    Windows 7 32/64 bit
    Windows Vista 32/64 bit
    Windows XP 32/64 bit

The size of the app is around 37 MB.

Should You Download?

So should you use them or not? There is no official website but the official announcement was done on one forum which is MyDigitalLife. Here is the official thread.

Thread is closed for some reason, hence check out the latest news and reason on their thread before installing it.

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Okta drops after company gives weak guidance and announces $6.5 billion Auth0 acquisition

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Okta cofounders Frederic Kerrest and CEO Todd McKinnon (top L to R) on a video call signing the agreement to acquire Auth0 for $6.5 billion with its cofounders CEO Eugenio Pace and Matias Woloski (bottom L to R)

  • Okta fell by nearly 10% Thursday as the ID-authentication software company’s outlook missed Wall Street’s view. 
  • The company expects a first-quarter adjusted loss of $0.20 to $0.21 a share compared with the consensus of a loss of $0.07. 
  • Okta plans to buy rival Auth0 in a transaction valued at $6.5 billion. 
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Okta shares dropped nearly 10% Thursday following a quarterly outlook that missed Wall Street’s estimate while the identity-authentication software maker said it plans to buy rival Auth0 in a $6.5 billion stock deal.

The company late Wednesday projected a first-quarter adjusted loss of $0.20 to $0.21 per share, which was wider than the consensus estimate of a per-share loss of $0.07. It also expects year-over-year growth in total revenue to $237 million to $239 million compared with Wall Street’s view of $237 million.

Shares of Okta lost as much as 9.6% when it hit an intraday low of $218. The stock later pared the decline to 4.5%. Over the past 12 months, the shares have advanced about 79%.

The company’s projection came within its fourth-quarter financial report and alongside a separate announcement about planning to buy Auth0. Okta said its guidance does not include any potential impact from the proposed Auth0 deal.

Okta said the pending deal will stoke growth in the $55 billion identity market. Auth0 will run as an independent business unit inside of Okta and both of its platforms will be supported and integrated over time.

The transaction “will accelerate our innovation, opening up new ways for our customers to leverage identity to meet their business needs,” said Todd McKinnon, Okta’s CEO and co-founder, in the statement.

For the fourth quarter, the company posted adjusted earnings of $0.06 a share, swinging from a loss of $0.01 a year ago. Revenue of $234.7 million increased from $167.3 million in the same period a year ago.

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Apple’s latest computers are being targeted by a new type of malware – and 30,000 machines are already infected

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Apple’s M1 chip is the target of a new type of malware.

In November 2020, Apple unveiled a sleight of new computers that were powered by the company’s first-ever in-house silicon: The Apple M1 chip.

By early 2021, it looks like Apple’s line of new computers has already been breached by a malicious set of software nicknamed “Silver Sparrow.” Just shy of 30,000 of Apple’s new computers have already been infected, according to the security firm Red Canary, primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Germany.

The infected machines range from the Mac Mini desktop to the latest version of Apple’s laptops. Both the latest MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are powered by M1 chips.

Notably, security researchers have yet to observe the Silver Sparrow malware actually doing anything harmful. 

“Though we haven’t observed Silver Sparrow delivering additional malicious payloads yet,” Tony Lambert, an analyst at Red Canary intelligence, wrote in a blog post. “Its forward-looking M1 chip compatibility, global reach, relatively high infection rate, and operational maturity suggest Silver Sparrow is a reasonably serious threat, uniquely positioned to deliver a potentially impactful payload at a moment’s notice.”

Though viruses are uncommon on Apple’s computers, a variety of other malicious software impacts Macs. The best way to protect yourself is to use free software from companies like Malwarebytes, which scans your computer and quarantines harmful software.

Got a tip? Contact Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email (bgilbert@insider.com), or Twitter DM (@realbengilbert). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.

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