From Engadget RSS Feed: Netflix leads the streaming pack with nine Golden Globe nominations

Nominations for next month’s Golden Globes ceremony were announced this morning and streaming services had a pretty decent showing. Netflix led the pack with nine TV nominations while Amazon and Hulu each received three.

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From Engadget RSS Feed: NASA’s high altitude ER-2 scans California’s wildfires

For the second time this year, swaths of California are burning out of control thanks to unseasonably warm and dry temperatures. To better study what’s happening and assess the environmental impact, NASA deployed its high-altitude ER-2 aircraft with…

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From GeekWire: Microsoft highlights new Paint 3D app in 2017 holiday ad that encourages inclusion

Microsoft is spotlighting the new version of its popular Paint app for the company’s 2017 holiday commercials. Called “3D Holiday,” the new ad debuted Sunday and tells the story of an imaginary world in space filled with characters built in Paint 3D, a new app available on Windows 10 PCs. There’s also a larger message — “when we are inclusive and celebrate our differences we can make the world a better place,” reads the video description. Paint 3D is the latest evolution of MS Paint, the beloved Microsoft program that debuted in 1985. In July, it appeared Paint was going… Read More

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From BGR: All of Amazon’s most popular devices were just discounted for the last time this year

We told you about a killer sale that kicked off on Sunday, but it bears repeating because it’s your last chance to save on all of Amazon’s most popular devices ahead of the holidays. And when we say all, we do mean all… Amazon has killer discounts going on more than a dozen different devices in its catalog. In fact, a couple of the deals offer even bigger discounts than we saw during Black Friday.

Highlights from the company’s big sale include Black Friday pricing on the Echo Dot and Fire HD 10, better-than-Black Friday pricing on the Echo Show, $20 off the Kindle or Kindle Paperwhite, $5 off the Fire TV Stick, and $15 off the All-New Fire TV. You can even save $50 on the bundle you’ll need to join Amazon Key, the crazy new service that lets Amazon delivery people securely drop packages inside your front door while you’re not home.

Check out all the great deals below.

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From BGR: Scientists finally know why meteors explode just before hitting Earth

Mankind hasn’t had to deal with much in the way of deadly meteors over the years, but on the few occasions when one of the pesky space rocks does target Earth, they often self-destruct in the air before it even reaches the ground. For years, researchers have puzzled over why that happens, but a new study published in the Meteoritics & Planetary Science suggests the first concrete explanation.

Using a recent meteor explosion event — the rock that detonated in the sky above Chelyabinsk, Russia — as an example, scientists attempted to explain why the massive object seemed to cut its life short before striking ground. Using computer simulations to model the incoming path of the large meteor, the data revealed that it wasn’t necessarily the friction of the upper atmosphere the caused the explosion, but rather the pressure difference between the air in front of the rock and the air behind it.

“There’s a big gradient between high-pressure air in front of the meteor and the vacuum of air behind it,” Jay Melosh, a professor with Purdue University and co-author of the study, explains. “If the air can move through the passages in the meteorite, it can easily get inside and blow off pieces.”

With the contrasting pressures surrounding the rock, and air seeping into the rock as it careened towards the ground, even a relatively strong chunk of rock would grow unstable and begin to fall apart. Given the speed at which meteors come flying in, that rapid disintegration takes the form of an explosion, and the resulting shockwave becomes the real damage-dealer for us here on the surface.

This might sound like a preferable outcome for any creatures that call Earth home, but that’s only if you’ve allowed images of asteroid strikes from disaster movies cloud your judgment. In reality, a fast-moving space rock exploding in the air above a city can cause just as much — and in some cases more — damage than a ground strike. The meteor that detonated over Chelyabinsk exploded with the force of a small scale nuclear weapon, and injuries numbered in the hundreds.

The study is also quick to note that this type of airborne disintegration is only likely to happen with smaller objects, while particularly large and strong “planet killer” rocks will almost certainly remain unaffected.

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From Engadget RSS Feed: ‘Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’ adds gardening to its list of chores

Collect fruit, trade it with villagers, build furniture, rinse, repeat. That’s been the experience with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp thus far, and if it’s getting tedious, know that there’s an update coming soon that’ll add some variety to the mix. N…

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