Under Trump, a Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Shortly after Donald J. Trump gave his inaugural address Friday, the Rev. Franklin Graham described the rain that began when our nation’s 45th president stepped to the podium as a symbol of blessing. After hearing Trump’s bleak and narrow vision for the United States, we’re not so sure. Trump began his speech by thanking outgoing President Barack Obama and First...

VA04-ArtsCulture-2017

Reflective Collective What happens when eight talented women — all of whom are involved in creative communities across Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties — meet to make poetry and art together? In the case of Exploded View, they create multimedia exhibits and spoken-word performances unlike anything else in the Valley. Exploded View was conceived by Candace Curran, who showed up at Samantha Wood’s studio...

#WMW: Photos from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

My impression of the Women’s March in D.C. was one of amazement, relief, and hope. At first, the prospect of joining the march was intimidating. I was unsure of my safety, of how the opposition would react toward the protest. We arrived at the rally site early Saturday morning. It was already packed. People filled the streets and kept on coming....

NASA Television to Air Service Celebrating Life, Legacy of Eugene Cernan

NASA Television will provide the pool coverage of the funeral service for NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Eugene A. Cernan at 3:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. CST) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, live from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

NASA TV to Broadcast Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station

Six weeks after delivering more than 4.5 tons of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station, an unpiloted Japanese cargo spacecraft is scheduled to depart the station Friday, Jan. 27. Live coverage of the departure will begin at 10 a.m. EST on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

All Chromebooks launching in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps

 All Chromebooks new in 2017 will support Android apps out of the box. An update will not be required. Owners will be able to take the Chromebook home, open it up and immediately access the Google Play Store. The news comes from a single line of text on Google’s list of Chromebooks compatible with Android apps. “All Chromebooks launching...

Go tell Neil Young that he can use the JustBoom DAC to play back his audio on a Raspberry Pi

 My, my, hey, hey lossless audio is here to stay thanks to JustBoom, a set of Raspberry Pi “hats” that connect to the mini computer and offer high fidelity audio playback and amplification. The $24 hats include a lossless DAC, a mini-amplifier, and a high-resolution audio output with COAX and optical audio out. If you, like Neil Young, require...

Soulja Boy Charged With Felony Gun Possession

Welterweight boxer Soulja Boy has run into a bit of legal trouble, according to TMZ. The rapper also known as Draco has been charged with two felonies stemming from the police raid on his Los Angeles home last December. During the search, authorities claim they found a Mini Draco AR-15, an assault rifle that is illegal to…

Axon VR promises real haptic feedback for your sojourns into virtual reality

 Have you ever wanted to feel a dragon breathe on your wrist? A tiny reindeer paw at your palm? A virtual robot skitter up your arm and burrow into your chest? Axon VR is about to let you. IEEE Spectrum’s Evan Ackerman checked out the Axon VR device at CES a few weeks ago and it looks like the sleeper...

Sprint Buys 33 Percent of TIDAL for a Reported $200 Million

Sprint has purchased 33 percent of TIDAL, the music streaming company owned by Jay Z and two dozen other artists. Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but Billboard reports the phone carrier invested $200 million. Jay Z, who bought TIDAL for $56 million in 2015, issued a statement praising the investment. "Sprint shares…