Author Archives: Satsuki Then

Satsuki Then is the editor-in-chief of SlashGear Japan - She is based in Tokyo and has been covering the consumer electronics industry since 2007. Satsuki earns dual bachelors in early childhood development and communication studies from the University of North Texas.

Toilet issue with Crew Dragon capsule will be fixed before launch

Toilet issue with Crew Dragon capsule will be fixed before launch

SpaceX is getting ready to launch another Crew Dragon to send astronauts to the ISS this weekend. The fact that the Crew Dragon had a toilet aboard is something that many didn't know until the Inspiration4 mission that sent an all civilian crew into space. On that mission, SpaceX confirmed that an alarm did go off, indicating an issue with the toilet aboard the spacecraft.

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Pimax Reality 12K QLED VR headset has impressive specifications

Pimax Reality 12K QLED VR headset has impressive specifications

Virtual reality games and hardware have increased in popularity over the last few years, leading many fans of VR to hope for improved hardware. Pimax has revealed a new virtual-reality headset with impressive specifications called the Pimax Reality 12K QLED. That headset has eye-tracking, full-body tracking, and up to 200-hertz refresh rates.

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Samsung drops three new PCs in the Galaxy Book family

Samsung drops three new PCs in the Galaxy Book family

Samsung has revealed the trio of new PCs that all slot into its Galaxy Book family of offerings. The new machines include the Galaxy Book, Galaxy Book Odyssey, and Galaxy Book Pro 360 5G. The three machines all run Windows 11. The first is the Galaxy Book.

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Researchers solve the mystery of Bennu’s lack of regolith

Researchers solve the mystery of Bennu’s lack of regolith

The NASA OSIRIS-REx mission ran into a surprising discovery when it visited asteroid Bennu in late 2018. Mission planners believed the asteroid's surface would have been abundant in fine sand and pebbles, similar to a sandy beach here on Earth. However, when the mission arrived, mission controllers discovered the surface of the asteroid was covered in boulders and lacked the fine regolith expected.

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NASA announces Lunabotics Junior Contest to design moon robots

NASA announces Lunabotics Junior Contest to design moon robots

NASA has announced a new contest open to students in grades K-12 in public and private schools around the country, as well as homeschooled children. The contest is called the Lunabotics Junior Contest and seeks input from students to design a robot concept to support excavation on the moon. NASA knows in the future, when travel to the moon is again common, we will need to be able to construct habitats and other structures on the moon.

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Raspberry Pi announces supply chain shortages and a price increase

Raspberry Pi announces supply chain shortages and a price increase

The pandemic currently impacting most of the world has resulted in significant production shortages for many types of products, particularly those that rely on microchips. Those who like to tinker with electronics often turn to the inexpensive and small Raspberry Pi device. However, some Raspberry Pi developer boards have become difficult to find, and the company has now announced it is facing supply chain shortages.

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Missing-link crab discovered in amber has been preserved for 100 million years

Missing-link crab discovered in amber has been preserved for 100 million years

Researchers have studied a piece of amber that has a complete and well-preserved tiny crab captured inside. It's believed that the crab crawled out of the water and onto the land and became trapped in the amber about 100 million years ago. The discovery is the oldest known modern-looking crab in the fossil record.

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NASA’s DART asteroid redirection mission arrives at Vandenberg

NASA’s DART asteroid redirection mission arrives at Vandenberg

One of the more ambitious and interesting missions that NASA has conducted in recent memory is the DART mission. DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is a mission intended to determine if an asteroid that will impact the Earth can be redirected by hitting it with spacecraft. NASA has confirmed that within two days of leaving the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, DART arrived in California at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

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Rockspace AC2100 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system is a bargain

Rockspace AC2100 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system is a bargain

Anyone who lives in a larger multistory home and wants to get Wi-Fi signals in every room of the house knows that the modem and Wi-Fi router combo most Internet providers give you with the service doesn't perform well. One surefire way to expand Wi-Fi coverage within your home and ensure signals in every room and on every level is by using a mesh Wi-Fi system.

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Facebook to change company name as part of a refocus

Facebook to change company name as part of a refocus

A report is going around that Facebook is gearing up to change the company name next week to reflect a focus on building a metaverse. Reports of the name change come from a source who claims to be familiar with Facebook's plans. According to the claim, the announcement of the changing name will come on October 28 from CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the annual Connect conference.

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Apple reveals its own polishing cloth for $19

Apple reveals its own polishing cloth for $19

If you add the Apple logo to anything, many people believe you can also significantly markup price compared to similar products without the Apple logo. Apple recently held an event where it released new MacBook Pro laptops and AirPods earbuds, along with some color changes for its HomePod Mini smart speaker.

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Google rolls out 2 Gig fiber broadband in San Antonio

Google rolls out 2 Gig fiber broadband in San Antonio

Google has announced that it is rolling out 2 Gig fiber Internet services in San Antonio, Texas. Customers in some parts of the San Antonio service area can now sign up for Google's 2 Gig service that provides 2000 mbps downloads and up to 1000 mbps uploads for $100 per month. Making the service even more appealing compared to the competition, Google does not include a data cap on the service.

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