‘Spy camera’ will let you zoom 30x to see things miles away


Are you patiently waiting for the new iPhone 12 unveiling? The big reveal was delayed this year due to COVID-19, but we’re finally going to get a peek at that new iPhone this week.

The iPhone 12 reveal wasn’t the only delay, though. Apple’s annual fall event was pushed back earlier this year, too — and along with it, the unveiling of new iPads and Apple Watches. Did you miss the Apple fall event? Tap or click here to see new watches, iPads, and everything else that was announced.

The delayed unveiling of iPhone 12 sparked tons of speculation over what this version will look like — and a new leak has given us some pretty specific details about what to expect. If leaked details are accurate, the new iPhone 12 is going to have some pretty big upgrades. Let’s take a look.

What to expect with iPhone 12

Looking for a camera upgrade from iPhone 12? Well, if the leaked info from Twitter user Pineleaks is correct, that’s exactly what the new iPhone model will get. According to reports, some new models of the iPhone 12 will have a camera with a 30x digital zoom.

“Improved digital zoom will be achieved by combining several frames at different zoom levels and stacking them together – an hybrid of cropping and optical zooming. An algorithm based off of Deep Fusion will take care of correct alignment and sharpening. Smart HDR 3 does the rest,” according to leaked information.

What does that mean for you? Well, if the info is correct, the new iPhone 12 camera would be able to focus on subjects that are three times further away than the camera on the previous iPhone model.

Along with upgraded zoom capabilities, rumor has it that Apple has also upgraded the ultra-wide

Does Amazon spy on politicians?


Jeff Bezos wearing a suit and tie: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images

  • European lawmakers want to know if Amazon has spied on them.
  • 37 members of European Parliament wrote to CEO Jeff Bezos about the retail giant’s moves to sniff out union activity.
  • The letter follows now-deleted Amazon job postings for staffers who would monitor threats such as “labor organizing” and “hostile political leaders.”
  • “Has Amazon already spied on Members of the European Parliament?” the lawmakers asked.
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European lawmakers have written to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos demanding to know: Does Amazon spy on politicians?


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In the letter dated Wednesday, 37 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wrote expressed concerns about Amazon’s efforts to sniff out union activity within its ranks.

“We are concerned about whether European trade unions, as well as local, national, or European elected representatives, are affected by [Amazon’s] approach to ‘threat monitoring,’ which aims to repress collective action and trade union organizing,” they wrote.

The letter focuses on two job listings, which Amazon posted then removed last month, for “intelligence analysts.”

The roles appeared geared towards union-busting. The listings said applicants would be focused on “labor organizing threats against the company” and gathering material for potential legal action against labor groups protesting the company.

The MEPs note in their letter that the job listings detailed French and Spanish language skills, “suggesting that Amazon’s monitoring would be exercised in Europe.”

In both France and Spain, labor unions have resulted in Amazon workers going on strike, and in France unions forced Amazon warehouses to close for one month over safety concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the US, Amazon has been more successful in tamping down on union activity. In Europe, Business Insider

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office will take off from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex-37 in Florida shortly before midnight on Wednesday. Assuming, that is, there isn’t another one of the last-minute delays that have hounded the mission for months.

The rocket and its semi-mysterious payload, dubbed NROL-44, were originally slated to take off in June. But NROL-44 was delayed until Aug. 29 with no explanation ever offered to the public, according to Ars Technica. It then malfunctioned on that date, with a faulty part causing a hotfire abort after its three RS-68 engines had already begun firing. Repairs took weeks.

NROL-44 was then scheduled to take off on Sept. 26, but skipped that date after problems were discovered with the launch pad’s swing arm retraction system, according to Ars. ULA took several days to resolve the issue. The mission then missed a Sept. 29 launch date of shortly before midnight thanks to inclement weather, which also caused a mobile service tower to roll from its position. Trying to resolve this issue, ULA discovered “a hydraulic leak in the ground system required to move the tower which needs further evaluation.”

The 233-foot Delta IV Heavy is a gargantuan rocket that has only flown 11 times previously, per Space.com, and NROL-44 is only of only five remaining units as ULA plans to replace it with the new Vulcan Centaur. All remaining Delta IV Heavy missions will involve launches for the NRO, as it is currently the only rocket with a vertical payload configuration the

After lengthy delays, ULA’s most powerful rocket poised to launch classified spy satellite


After many weeks of delays due to faulty equipment and bad weather, the United Launch Alliance is set to launch its most powerful rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, lofting a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is finally ready to fly a full month after the rocket’s first launch attempt, which was aborted just three seconds before liftoff.

The rocket going up on ULA’s mission is the Delta IV Heavy, a giant vehicle that consists of three rocket cores strapped together to provide extra thrust. It’s one of the most powerful rockets in the world, though it falls short of the power packed into SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy. ULA doesn’t fly the Delta IV Heavy very often, as it’s an expensive vehicle to make, but the company uses the rocket for large, heavy satellites headed to super-high orbits.

The rocket’s payload is NROL-44, and like all NRO missions, its purpose is cloaked in secrecy. The office simply notes that “NROL-44 supports NRO’s overall national security mission to provide intelligence data to the United States’ senior policymakers, the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.” ULA has already launched 29 missions for the NRO, many of which have required the Delta IV Heavy.

ULA was all set to launch NROL-44 in the wee hours of the morning on August 29th. ULA counted all the way down to just seconds before liftoff, with the Delta IV Heavy’s main engines briefly igniting. But the engines quickly shut off and the rocket remained fixed on the launchpad. ULA later learned a piece of ground equipment had failed, prompting the abort. It took the company a few weeks to replace the faulty equipment.

Further problems with equipment on the launchpad pushed back the launch time again, but ULA is hoping to get off