Fighting space junk: UT, IBM project aims to bring order to orbital chaos – Business – Austin American-Statesman

It’s getting crowded in Earth’s orbital space.

More than half a million man-made objects — ranging from as small as a speck to as large as a school bus — are orbiting the planet at a variety of speeds and paths. Many of those devices are no longer active — space junk, if you will — and only about 26,000 satellites are being tracked.

Still, various governments and private companies have plans to send 20,000 more objects into orbit within the next five years.

Satellites serve a variety of key uses, from national security to keeping the Internet online. But for the most part space traffic — and the resulting debris — is being tracked imperfectly, inconsistently or not at all.

“There are no sort of laws or rules right now in the space. It’s the Wild West. Whoever can put stuff up, it’s yours,” said Naeem Altaf, an Austin-based

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Dell earnings jump on demand for remote work technology – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Driven by demand for desktop and notebook computers as the coronavirus pandemic forces more people to work from home, Dell Technologies saw its revenue and profit soar past Wall Street’s expectations in its fiscal third quarter, the company said Tuesday

Revenue for the quarter ended Oct. 30 was $23.5 billion, a 3% year over year increase, the company reported, beating analysts’ expectations of $21.9 billion.

The Round Rock-based technology giant has net income of $17 billion, or $1.08 per share. Dell said its adjusted earnings were $2.03 per share, well above Wall Street analysts’ forecasts for $1.42 per share.

Dell Technologies shares closed Tuesday up 1.3% at $70.33, and edged up less than 1% in after-hours trading following its earnings report.

In a call with investors, Dell Technologies chief operating officer Jeff Clarke said despite the pandemic, the company has been able to grow, innovate and deliver for its customers.

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New technology at Green Bay Austin Straubel airport makes it easier for TSA to detect explosives



a desk with a computer: Two state-of-the-art advanced 3D scanners are in use by TSA agents at Austin Straubel International Airport.


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Two state-of-the-art advanced 3D scanners are in use by TSA agents at Austin Straubel International Airport.

ASHWAUBENON – Those still traveling for the holidays this year may notice some new 3D scanners at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport’s security checkpoints. 

Transportation Security Administration officers are using two state-of-the-art advanced technology computed tomography scanners to inspect passengers’ carry-on luggage, according to a news release from the TSA.

The scanners use sophisticated algorithms to detect explosives by creating 3D images that TSA officers can manipulate on a screen to get a better view of what is inside bags. The scanners create such a clear image of a bag’s contents that the system can automatically detect explosives, including liquids, according to TSA. 



a person sitting on a bench: A passenger approaches the TSA security desk Friday at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.


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A passenger approaches the TSA security desk Friday at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport.

“This new technology

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Photographer Austin Mann Shares iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera Review

When it comes to testing the camera features in new iPhone models, photographer Austin Mann’s detailed reviews are second to none. iPhone 12 Pro Max reviews went live this morning, and Mann’s in-depth camera test is also now available.


Mann’s review a must-read review for anyone who is interested in the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max for its camera, because this is the first year in some time that Apple has introduced different cameras in the Pro and Pro Max models. The Pro Max has a larger sensor and larger pixels, plus a different telephoto lens.

Despite the improvements in the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max over the Pro, Mann said that in his testing, he could “barely see a difference” between the two iPhones in most lighting conditions. The exception was semi-low-light scenes, such as just after sunset or in a night urban scene.


In these situations, the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌

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Photographer Austin Mann reviews the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera

Travel photographer Austin Mann has taken the iPhone 12 Pro Max to Utah’s Zion National Park, providing a look at what 2020’s highest-end iPhone camera is capable of.

In October, Austin Mann reviewed the iPhone 12 Pro at Glacier National Park in Montana, praising the improvement to the lineup over the iPhone 11 lineup. Now, he’s taken the iPhone 12 Pro Max to Utah to see how it stands up against its smaller counterpart.

Mann goes on record stating that he prefers the size of the iPhone 12 Pro to its larger, more expensive sibling. Yet, he was curious to see what sort of improvements the iPhone 12 Pro Max boasted over the rest of the lineup.

He points out that the most significant improvement was in wide and handheld shots in semi-low-light environments. He says that the iPhone 12 Pro Max needed less time in night mode, which enabled

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Bee Cave teen shines off camera, and now on 2 TV shows – News – Austin American-Statesman

Fourteen-year-old Reagan Lowman has just hit the big screen. The Lake Travis High School student athlete is one of a number of local horseback riders introduced in “That Animal Rescue Show,” a CBS All Access docuseries. With Richard Linklater, Bill Guttentag and Phil McGraw as executive producers, the 10-episode program filmed in March focuses on Austin’s animal rescue community and Reagan speaks about her passion for horses.

She’s also getting a crack at the primetime camera when she’s featured on the Thursday episode of CBS’s “The Doctors,” airing at 4 p.m. The show, filmed this month, centers on health and wellness.

But getting there wasn’t easy.

Before Reagan was born, mother Marie Lowman said she and husband, Justin Lowman, were presented with “a myriad of challenges we should expect to face.” While in utero, the couple discovered their daughter — the eldest of four children — was diagnosed with Schizencephaly,

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Photographer Austin Mann Tests the iPhone 12 Pro’s Camera

Travel photographer Austin Mann usually performs an in-depth review of new iPhone models to test their camera performance in real-world scenarios. To test Apple’s new iPhone 12 Pro, Mann traveled to Glacier National Park, Montana.

Mann focused on some of the biggest camera upgrades with the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌, including the upgraded Wide lens, Ultra Wide Night mode, and LiDAR autofocus, across a range of conditions and environments.

The upgraded 26mm Wide angle lens with a f/1.6 aperture performed better in low light, according to Mann. In a 30-second exposure shot with almost no visible light (above), he found that Night mode and the Wide lens worked extremely well together.

When investigating the new seven-element Wide lens for better edge-to-edge sharpness, Mann shot images with lots of detail in the corners of the frame, but did not see better results than on the iPhone 11 Pro.

On the other hand,

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County’s Information Technology head retires – News – Austin American-Statesman

They guy who took Grayson County’s computer systems from closed mainframes to the internet retired this week.

After 23 years with the county, Ken Miller left the county’s information technology in the hands of his handpicked crew.

“Watching the growth over the last 20 plus years has been fascinating,” he said in an email lst week. “I’ve been very lucky to have a very dedicated, efficient and cohesive team to work with through that growth. Grayson County has been in the spotlight a number of times for successfully leveraging technology to improve processes that allow doing more with less. Our Criminal Justice Processes have been a benchmark for many counties and states.”

The folks that Miller will leave behind are just as proud to have worked with him.

“One of the biggest challenges I ever faced as an independent business person is finding first class, high quality IT support,” said

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