15 incredible photographs from the International Space Station

Space. There aren’t many things like it to set the imagination alight, and get the heart racing. Whether it’s from influential science fiction behemoths like the Star Wars franchise or from movies that set their stall out a bit closer to reality, like Gravity and First Man, we’re fascinated by life in orbit. 

But the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of us are never going to have the chance to experience time in space for ourselves. Whether that’s because space tourism is still only slowly becoming a thing, and is still cripplingly expensive, or because we just didn’t do outstandingly enough at our science subjects at school, it’s worth accepting. 

It’s great news, then, that agencies like NASA aren’t just interested in exploring space and documenting it for research purposes – there are also troves of jaw-dropping photographs being taken from orbit. These images do an amazing job of showing us what it’s like to be up there in the great expanse. 

We’ve gathered 15 amazing shots that NASA has made public, taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for your viewing pleasure.


A view inside the ISS

We’re starting off inside the space station, with a shot that we think gives you a great sense for how cramped it can be within its confines. Jessica Meir, one of NASA’s astronauts, is working in the airlock to get some spacesuits ready for use on spacewalks.

You can see from her floating laptop and the equipment all over the place that it must be easy to lose track of items while you’re up there!


Getting ready for a spacewalk

Here Jessica Meir is joined by another NASA astronaut, Christina Koch, as the preparations continue for a spacewalk that they’re going to do in order to install some new batteries on the exterior of the station. 

We like this shot because it gives you a sense for how big the suits are, relative to their occupants, and how that must impact on an astronaut’s ability to maneuver easily. 


Final preparations

Here, in our last picture from inside the station, we see Luca Parmitano from the European Space Agency doing checks on his spacesuit and that of a NASA astronaut before a spacewalk of their own. It serves to underline how important these checks and processes are to ensure that nothing goes wrong once outside the airlock at the mercy of space itself. 



Now we’re outside, as you can tell – Parmitano is getting going on his tasks, all the while tethered by that thin, almost imperceptible wire at the bottom left of the frame. It’s borderline scary, no?


A closer look

Here’s a more zoomed-in look at Parmitano as he works, letting you get a sense for how much equipment he has hooked to him and how difficult it must be to move around the outside of the station in any sort of an efficient manner. 

This is just one snapshot from a spacewalk that lasted over 6 hours in total. 


The tools of the trade

This shot is amazing on a few levels – from the reflection in Jessica Meir’s helmet showing Christina Kock in the act of taking the photo, to the close-up details you can see in the bottom left of the frame.

This helps you get a handle on how massive and clumsy the gloves they have to wear are, and how supersized the tools they use have to be both to work with the gloves and to cope with the conditions they’re in. 


A long way down

It’s possible to forget, looking at the shots we’ve shown so far, that these spacewalks aren’t just happening in an empty void – Earth is just out of shot, with the impossible height and scale that comes with it. 

This photograph perfectly captures that distinction, showing NASA’s Andrew Morgan in the foreground, with all the tethers keeping him safely in place, while behind him you can see ocean and clouds an insane distance away. 


Portrait of a photographer

This shot of Andrew Morgan is a fun one for a few reasons, not least because it captures him in the moment of photography, and you can see through the surface of his helmet through to his face. 

The lens flare next to him adds a filmic touch to things, while the glow of the sun just off frame at the bottom lends dramatic lighting to it all. It’s a unique perspective on things at the ISS. 



This was an obvious candidate for inclusion, and for obvious reasons, too. There are selfies, and there are selfies, and this effort from the ESA’s Luca Parmitano is one for the ages. 


Touching the void

Again, though, it’s good to get some context. Zooming out from Parmitano we can see the robotic arm he’s attached to, which looks fragile enough to give us palpitations down at ground level. Behind and beyond him is the pitch black yawn of space itself. 

This is a great shot for illustrating just how much contrast there is up there. You don’t get blacker blacks than this, but the white on the top of Parmitano’s helmet is also about as pure as it gets. 



Astronauts are endlessly interesting figures, but it’s also fair to say that the ISS itself is a bit of a marvel to photograph. Those solar fins are just iconic, while we have it on good authority that the little pod at the top right corner of the frame is called a cupola, with an astronaut very possiby inside it. 

If you wanted some more context, each other solar arrays is bigger than a tennis court by a decent distance. We’re not looking at some rinky-dink space station, here. 


Sunrise in space

This is another shot that we think speaks for itself. We get another look at the massive solar arrays from a different angle, while down on Earth sunrise is glinting over the Philippine Sea. 

It’s a gorgeous piece of photography, and the orange glow of the sun’s rays hitting the solar panels makes a marvellous accompaniment to the sun hitting the ocean far below. 


Night lights

Night offers just as impressive a set of views down to Earth, though, and this shot of South Korean metropoles lit up at night is beautiful. In the back of the photo you can even make out ships’ lights in the Sea of Japan, while the nexus of light in the centre-right is South Korea’s capital, Seoul. 

It’s a reminder of just how awesome human networks look from a huge distance. 


Time lapsed

This beautiful shot is a nice little repartee to flat-earthers, but also a lovely image of space and Earth in relation. That glow might look like it could be the Aurora Borealis or some similar effect, but it’s actually just the atmospheric glow of the planet. 

You can see the lights of civilisation at the bottom, elegantly juxtaposed against the starlight at the top of the frame. 

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Down to Earth with a bump

To round out our gallery we return to Earth, in the company of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. It’s just landed in White Sands, New Mexico, after a flight test in orbit, ready for further use.

It’s a great image that evokes memories of moon landings and exploration while actually existing on our own planet, and the NASA logo on the ship situates everything brilliantly. A nice final touch is added by the knowledge that the ship has been christened Calypso by its crew. 

Congress gives small ISPs $1 billion to rip out Huawei, ZTE network gear

Huawei's logo seen at a technology conference.
Enlarge / Huawei’s logo at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona in November 2019.

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The US House and Senate approved legislation to create a $1 billion fund that will help small telecom providers remove and replace Huawei and ZTE networking equipment.

The bill, which awaits President Trump’s signature, also prohibits telcos from using Federal Communications Commission funding to purchase Huawei or ZTE equipment. But the Congressional action is largely duplicative, as the FCC had already approved a ban.

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act was approved in voice votes by the House in December and by the Senate yesterday. It doesn’t mention Huawei or ZTE by name but says the FCC must produce a list of equipment providers “posing national security risks” and prohibits ISPs and phone companies from using FCC funding to purchase, rent, lease, or maintain equipment and services made by those companies.

The FCC already did that in November when it finalized its ban on using Universal Service funding on Huawei or ZTE equipment. Both the FCC action and the legislation allow the FCC to add providers to that list as necessary. Neither ban technically requires ISPs to remove Huawei or ZTE equipment they previously bought. But the FCC is working on another proposal to require removal of FCC-funded Huawei and ZTE equipment, and the legislation would help the FCC and ISPs make it happen.

Specifically, the bill directs the FCC to create a $1 billion reimbursement fund for ISPs that have 2 million or fewer customers. The funding would be used for “permanently removing,” “replacing,” and “disposing” Huawei or ZTE gear and equipment from any providers added to the prohibited list in the future. The FCC was already seeking public comment on how to pay for removal and replacement of equipment but hadn’t created a fund.

“The passage of this legislation comes at a critical time,” the Rural Wireless Association, a trade group that represents small ISPs, said yesterday. “Without this crucial funding, rural carriers would lack the financial means to effectuate rapid replacement of the banned equipment.”

Democratic and Republican members of the House Commerce Committee also praised the Senate action, saying, “The existence of Huawei’s technology in our networks represents an immense threat to America’s national and economic security.”

A Huawei spokesperson told Ars that the legislation “is considerably underfunded, would take longer than anticipated [to implement], and could put at risk some of our customers, who serve the most underserved areas… It does not address the most significant issues of network security, but sells out people and operators in rural areas at the expense of taxpayers.”

FCC will suggest replacement vendors

To help ISPs find replacement technology, the bill directs the FCC to “develop a list of suggested replacements of both physical and virtual communications equipment, application and management software.” The list is required to be “technology neutral.”

The $1 billion would presumably come from the FCC’s existing Universal Service Fund. But if the FCC determines that $1 billion won’t be enough “to fully fund all approved applications for reimbursements,” the commission is directed to “immediately notify” Congress, which would presumably consider adding money to the fund. The reimbursement funding can be used to purchase, rent, or lease replacement equipment and services. The bill attempts to prevent misuse of funds by requiring ISPs to provide a “detailed accounting” of how they spend the money.

The FCC this week opened an online portal for ISPs that receive FCC funding to submit information on their use of Huawei and ZTE equipment and services. The data collection is meant to determine how much Huawei and ZTE equipment is in FCC-funded networks and the costs associated with removing the equipment and replacing it.

Pai has justified the ban on Huawei and ZTE by saying they “have close ties to China’s Communist government and military apparatus. Both companies are subject to Chinese laws broadly obligating them to cooperate with any request from the country’s intelligence services and to keep those requests secret. Both companies have engaged in conduct like intellectual property theft, bribery, and corruption.”

Huawei in December sued the FCC in an attempt to stop the ban, but a US District Court judge ruled in favor of the FCC.

US government officials recently said they have “evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world.” But they haven’t made that evidence public, and Huawei said it “has never and will never covertly access telecom networks, nor do we have the capability to do so.”

The FCC’s Universal Service Fund distributes about $8.5 billion a year and is paid for by Americans through fees on their phone bills. There are several Universal Service programs, but the ones most affected by the Huawei/ZTE ban are the Connect America Fund and Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which give ISPs money to deploy broadband in rural areas.

Amazon’s best Apple AirPods Pro deal is back in stock


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~ Best Toilet Paper Holder

To help you choose the best toilet paper holder for your bathroom, we tested out dozens of top models, testing them for durability, ensuring they were manufactured using high quality components, efficiency, with the ability to effortlessly hold one roll of in-use toilet paper and several rolls of backup paper, and an elegant design, which should suit the aesthetics of most consumers.

The best product we tried was easily the AmazonBasics Free Standing Bathroom Toilet Paper Holder, which is highly durable, as it is made entirely from nickel, and can easily store up to four rolls of backup paper, in addition to effortlessly dispensing the paper from another roll. We also liked that it comes with a one year warranty. Keep reading to learn more about the AmazonBasics Free Standing Bathroom Toilet Paper Holder and the other products on this list.

Top 7 Best Toilet Paper Holder Compared

 #1  AmazonBasics Free Standing Bathroom Toilet Paper Holder – Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: It has storage up to five rolls, four in reserve and one to be used, with a pleasing vertical design and a weighted base, which is made entirely from nickel. This is just an excellent free standing toilet paper holder.


  • Holds five rolls
  • Made from durable nickel
  • Weighted base


  • Nearly 4 pounds
  • May not accommodate extra-large rolls
  • Not available in other colors

The AmazonBasics Free Standing Bathroom Toilet Paper Holder is free standing and made entirely from highly durable nickel, which is also easy to clean. The weighted base is not easily moved or tilted over and the pleasing vertical design allows for the storage of five toilet paper rolls, one that is currently in use and four extra rolls in reserve, the highest number on this list.

Though the design is attractive, it only comes in silver and is not available in chrome or other color options. Additionally, this unit is pretty heavy, at nearly four pounds, which could impede portability. A toilet paper holder is one of several bathroom essentials we all need.

 #2  Simple Houseware Paper Roll Holder – Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: Free standing design that excels with extra large toilet paper rolls, such as those found at Costco, and is available in two finish colors, chrome or bronze. This is a great product for those that prefer to use extra large rolls of toilet paper.


  • Free standing design
  • Available in 2 colors
  • Great for extra large rolls


  • Base is not weighted
  • Requires a bit of setup
  • Holds 3 backup rolls (top pick holds 4)

The Simple Houseware Paper Roll Holder boasts an extremely elegant and simple free standing design, allowing for the use of standard-sized and extra large toilet paper rolls. It is available in two colors, bronze and chrome, both of which look fantastic and should suit the aesthetics of just about any bathroom. We also liked that it seems durable and is sturdily constructed.

Though this product does accommodate extra large toilet paper rolls, the base is not weighted, so it could tilt if you aren’t careful while removing paper. Additionally, this holder only allows for three extra rolls to be stored, whereas our top pick allows for four backup rolls. You might also want to check out the best shower curtain and the best shower curtain liner to upgrade your bathroom.

 #3  KES Self Adhesive Toilet Paper Holder – Best Budget Dispenser

WHY WE LIKE IT: Self adhesive wall mounted design is extremely easy to install, and is available in a multipack option which saves. This is a great no-frills self adhesive option for the budget conscious consumer.


  • 4 gorgeous colors
  • Extremely easy to install
  • Available in multipack


  • No backup rolls
  • May not affix to every surface
  • Can damage surface when removed

This KES Self Adhesive Toilet Paper Holder is a great budget option for those who prefer self adhesive products. Installation is quick and easy and allows for a reverse installation, to suit varied bathroom layouts. It is also available in multipacks, saving a few bucks, and comes in four gorgeous finish colors, including polished steel, matte black and brushed brass.

Though we found this toilet paper holder to be extremely easy to install, it may not affix to every surface typically found in bathrooms, so do your research. Additionally, it affixes using an industrial strength adhesive, so removal is somewhat difficult and may damage walls. The best lighted makeup mirror is also a great addition to your bathroom.

 #4  iDesign Twigz Bath Free Standing Toilet Paper Roll Holder – Best Budget Dispenser and Holder

WHY WE LIKE IT: Featuring a cool vintage design, made from stainless steel, and is available in five color options, with a light form factor that makes it easy to move around. This is a great free standing toilet paper holder for the budget conscious consumer.


  • Cool vintage design
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Light and moveable


  • Base is not weighted
  • May not accommodate extra large rolls
  • Holds 3 backup rolls (top pick holds 4)

The iDesign Twigz Bath Free Standing Toilet Paper Roll Holder is manufactured using stainless steel, so it is highly durable. It also boasts a cool vintage design and is available in five color options, including satin, matte black and bronze, among others. We also liked that it is light, just over two pounds, making it easy to transport to different bathrooms throughout the home.

Due to the nature of the enclosed design, this product may not accommodate extra large toilet rolls, such as those found at Costco. Also, it can only store three backup rolls, whereas our top pick can handle up to four backup rolls. Also, check out the best shower caddy.

 #5  Gatco 1436BZ Pedestal Toilet Paper Holder – Best Warranty

WHY WE LIKE IT: Comes with a lifetime warranty, the longest on this list, and features a design that accommodates jumbo-sized toilet paper rolls.


  • Weighted base
  • Available in 5 finish colors
  • Compatible with extra large rolls


  • No backup rolls
  • Toilet paper can be difficult to install
  • On heavier side, at over 3 lb

The Gatco 1436BZ Pedestal Toilet Paper Holder comes with a lifetime warranty, cutely referred to as a “100 year” warranty, which is the longest to be found on this list. The product is super durable, made from stainless steel, and features a weighted base, so it won’t tilt over while reaching for paper. It is also fully compatible with extra large and jumbo-sized toilet paper rolls, which is fantastic.

The design may be durable and pleasing to the eyes, but it does not allow for the storage of backup rolls of toilet paper. Additionally, we found that installing a roll of toilet paper had something of a learning curve, thanks to a spring loading design. You may also need the best electric toothbrush.

 #6  TomCare Toilet Paper Holder – Best Modern Free Standing

WHY WE LIKE IT: Comes with a smartphone holder attached, which is a neat add-on, and boasts a lightweight design that is easy to move around.


  • Smartphone holder included
  • Lightweight and movable
  • Raised feet help maintain stability


  • Some assembly required
  • May not accommodate jumbo rolls
  • Only available in two finish color options

This TomCare Toilet Paper Holder features a unique design that actually attaches a smartphone holder to the top, just above the toilet paper, which is an interesting and useful add-on. The product is also lightweight, just over two pounds, which makes it easy to transport throughout the home. We also liked that it comes with raised feet, which helps it maintain stability despite not having a weighted base.

Though the design is durable and made from strengthened metal, it does require some assembly, though it comes in three pieces and it wasn’t too difficult. Also, due to the basket design, it may not accommodate extra large toilet paper rolls. The best kid’s toothpaste is also a must for your bathroom.

 #7  YIGII Toilet Paper Holder – Best Modern Self Adhesive

WHY WE LIKE IT: Boasts an extremely durable stainless steel frame, with an easy-to-install self adhesive design that can be affixed horizontally or vertically. This is a fantastic choice for value conscious consumers looking for a self adhesive toilet paper holder.


  • Stainless steel design
  • Easy installation
  • Can be affixed horizontally or vertically


  • No finish color options
  • Does not accommodate backup rolls
  • Not suitable for some surfaces

The YIGII Toilet Paper Holder is a highly durable product, made entirely from stainless steel, and boasts an extremely attractive finish. The self adhesive design makes for an extremely easy install, and can be affixed horizontally or vertically, suiting a variety of preferences. We also liked that either choice can easily accommodate jumbo toilet paper rolls, such as those that are found at Costco, Walmart and similar stores.

Though the finish is attractive, there are no further color options beyond stainless steel. Additionally, this does not affix to every surface that can be found in a typical bathroom, including wallpaper, concrete and brick, though it does affix to wood, ceramic and marble. Don’t forget the best floss for your cabinet.

How We Decided

To help narrow down to the above list, we tried out dozens of top products, testing them for the easy disbursement of toilet paper, preferring models that easily handle standard-sized rolls and jumbo rolls, such as found at Lowes and similar stores. We also liked models that boasted built-in storage for extra rolls, up to five total as seen in our top pick.

We liked models made from ultra durable components, such as stainless steel, that came with a variety of color options for the finish, including brass, matte black and satin, among others. Additionally, we preferred freestanding products with weighted bases or raised feet, so as to support balance and reduce tilt.

We populated the above list with a nice variety of free standing and self adhesive models. Free standing models are useful because they are extremely easy to install, often just requiring placement, with self adhesive models taking up less space in the bathroom. Finally, we liked products that came with long-lasting warranties, anywhere from one year, as seen in our top pick, to a lifetime.

Toilet Paper Holder Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Free Standing or Self Adhesive
    These products are typically available in two different designs, free standing and self adhesive. Free standing models offer some neat features, such as light form factors for easy placement and the ability to store extra rolls of toilet paper. Self adhesive models take up much less space, as they are simply affixed to the wall, but are often no-frills devices with no storage for extra rolls, for instance.
  2. Durable and Corrosion-resistant Components
    Look for products that are manufactured using highly durable components, often metals such as stainless steel, which are naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. This can come in handy, as bathrooms tend to be moist and humid, and imperfections can develop over time. All of the above products are corrosion-resistant to some degree, so you can be sure they’ll be sitting in your bathroom for years to come.
  3. Weighted Base and Other Anti-Tip Mechanics
    Cheaply made toilet paper holders can easily tip over while you are reaching for a roll, which can be frustrating. Many products skirt around this issue by adding weighted bases and anti-tilt mechanics, such as raised feet, both of which help maintain stability. Tilt can also be avoided by using the built-in storage some products provide, which can add some much needed weight.


  • What side of the toilet should the toilet paper holder be on?
    This depends on the placement of your toilet and the arrangement of your bathroom, but typically these should be put on the left side, though some models allow for reverse installation. Placing it on the right side usually works but could create an awkward reach while grabbing toilet paper.
  • What is the ADA height for toilet paper holder?
    The Americans With Disabilities Act recommends that toilet tissue dispensers should be installed on the nearest side wall, a minimum of 19 inches above the floor and a maximum of 36 inches from the rear wall.
  • How do you remove a self adhesive toilet paper holder?
    Remove the toilet paper holder by heating the adhesive behind the back of each post and the wall with a hair dryer or heat gun. Tap the handle of a putty knife until the blade slides behind the posts easily once the ceramic and adhesive are heated. Be careful, as this can occasionally damage the surface it is adhered to.

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DOJ asks: How should biometrics be added to Con Air?

DOJ asks: How should biometrics be added to Con Air?

The U.S. Department of Justice is considering the addition of biometric verification to two mobile apps used by the government to transport prisoners on its U.S. Marshals Service airline, known as Con Air.

Officials in the Justice Department have published a request for ideas about building biometric data into an Apple iOS logistics app used in transporting prisoners as well as an Android app carrying prisoners’ records. According to the request document, officials want a response time of less than a second.

The goal is to eliminate prisoner mix ups and to speed up exchanges. The government is asking respondents to think in terms of a software development kit. The deadline for ideas is March 11.

Con Air, also known as the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPAT), scheduled and performed 103,563 air movements in fiscal 2019, according to the marshal’s service. To get prisoners to and from planes, JPAT manages a fleet of cars, vans and buses.

The transportation system is a division within the marshals service, which in turn falls under the Justice Department’s umbrella.

To help pull off this logistical feat, the marshals service uses a native iOS management-information system app deployed on government-owned portable devices that are carried by operations workers, aviation officers and medics.

Flight schedules and prisoner manifests are managed using the devices. The app also provides biographical information about each passenger, including medical and security information.

The other app mentioned in the request for information, called the Movement Packet, or MPAC, could use biometric data, too.

It is being developed to automate electronic travel packets created each time a prisoner is moved among prisons or to a distant court. The Movement Packet is expected to replace paperwork that today accompanies all prisoners being transported by air.

About 1,000 mobile devices would have these data and verification applications when the project is completed.

Workers in the field must be able to verify a prisoner’s identity on their mobile screen and “immediately proceed to identify the next prisoner in a fully automated multi-transactional session and preferably without a user initiated manual trigger.”

The Marshals Service also recently published a request for information on presentation attack detection and other “counter-biometric” technologies.

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Mirrorless boss is back & better than ever

The long-standing Fujifilm X-T series has in the past set the benchmark for being the mirrorless camera to beat all others. Indeed, the X-T3 won Best Camera in the 2019 Pocket-lint Awards.

Now there’s a new kid in town: the Fujifilm X-T4. But does this latest camera add enough extra to warrant its purchase? We got to play with a pre-production camera ahead of its official announcement, so here’s what you can expect.

X-T4 vs X-T3: What’s new?

  • X-T4 adds:
    • New in-body stabilisation unit (IBIS)
    • New shutter unit (15fps mechanical)
    • Dedicated movie mode
    • New battery system

At a glance the X-T4 looks a lot like its X-T3 younger brother. But there are some clear differences. The newer camera is a little larger and heavier, on account of a new battery system that’s designed to last longer.

Some weight has been shed elsewhere, to avoid it getting altogether too heavy, by introducing a newer, smaller in-body stabilisation system, which is said to be capable up to 6.5 stops (up from the 5 stops of the X-H1, where in-body was first introduced by Fujifilm).


In tandem with the stabilisation system is a new shutter mechanism, capable of up to 15 frames per second (15fps) burst shooting. It’s also tested to 300,000 shutter cycles, doubling the durability over the X-T3.

Other little tweaks should make a big difference for movie users: a dedicated movie mode, with its own Q Menu on-screen settings (useful for silent adjustment), and even a removable SD card door, should you be shooting from a rig. The rear LCD screen is also a little higher in resolution than before (1.62m-dot compared to 1.04m-dot).

Elsewhere the specification is built around the same core as the X-T3: this means the X-T4 has the same sensor and processor combination, same on-sensor autofocus capabilities (albeit with some algorithm tweaks to improve tracking and face/eye-detection). So if you’re looking for higher resolution or advances iin quality in that area, then the two cameras don’t differ.

How does the X-T4 perform?

  • New magnesium alloy body footprint: 134.6mm x 92.8mm x 63.8mm / 607g
  • 3-inch tri-adjustable LCD touchscreen, 1.62m-dot resolution
  • 0.5-inch, 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Improved autofocus algorithm
  • 425 selectable AF areas

The X-T4 is made primarily from magnesium alloy, which gives it a robust feeling in the hand. It’s also weather-resistant, so paired with a suitable lens you needn’t worry about splashes and rain.

The X-T4 is larger than the X-T3 given its new battery system, but that extra little bit of bulk and 10 per cent weight increase is worth it on account of longevity. The new battery is 2,200mAh in capacity, which is a big increase over the 1,260mAh of the X-T3’s cell. Fujifilm says you can expect over 500 shots per charge as a result.


There’s also a new vertical grip, which can house two additional batteries, and comes with a dedicated switch to flick between normal, boost and economy performance modes. The X-T3 grip won’t fit onto the X-T4 due to the new battery system and different camera footprint.

Recharging takes place via USB-C, much like an Android phone, but you’ll need to use a 15W charger at the wall for the fastest possible recharge times. It’ll take about three hours to recharge the one cell, which isn’t especially quick, but use a low power USB port and it’ll take three or four times longer than that!

The X-T4 has the now staple rear LCD and OLED viewfinder setup. The vari-angle touchscreen is easy to use, benefits from that added resolution, while the X-T4’s OLED finder is the exact same as found in the X-T3. That means it’s got all the resolution you’ll need, complete with a high refresh-rate, deep contrast, and a massive 0.75x equivalent magnification size – which makes for a formidable finder scale to this eye.

If you’re familiar with the X-T3’s autofocus – which we found did a great job at the Goodwood Revival motor show – then it’s much the same with the X-T4. The camera uses a massive 2.16-million phase-detection pixels embedded across its sensor’s surface, designed to cover the full width from edge to edge. That means you can focus anywhere in the field of view, as far vertically or horizontally as you wish, and still acquire the same focus ability as you would in the centre.


The autofocus system is pared down to 425 areas maximum, which can be further reduced to simplify operation as you wish. The AF point can be adjusted between a variety of point sizes, too, by using the rear thumbwheel. There’s still no Panasonic-style Pinpoint mode, however, which we always miss when using other brands’ mirrorless cameras.

Fujifilm claims the X-T4 has tweaked the tracking and face/eye-detection for the better, but we’ve not been able to shoot in suitable scenarios as yet to discern any major difference.

With a decent lens on the front and the X-T4 is a formidable shooting machine (yes, we know, it’s pictured here with a basic 18-55mm kit lens, but Fujifilm offers plenty of better glass). From its 15fps burst, to the various custom settings (much like you’ll find in a pro DSLR, in a scenario-appropriate format), mirrorless system cameras don’t really get any better than this.

What’s the X-T4’s image quality like?

  • 26-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
  • ISO 160-12,800 (80-51,200 ext)
  • New: Eterna Beach Bypass filter

Just like the X-T3, the X-T4 features Fujifilm’s fourth-generation X-Trans CMOS sensor. This sensor is backside illuminated, with the copper wiring placement beneath the photo diodes in the sensor, in order to create a cleaner signal path.

That all worked a treat in the X-T3 and it’s much the same here: image quality is exemplary. Although, as we always say, a lot of that comes down to the lens on the front of the camera. And Fujifilm’s range of optics means there’s something for more or less every situation. The 18-55mm we’ve used for this preview is fine, but not the hottest ticket, we’ve found the 40-150mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/2.0 to impress us much more – especially those wider aperture lenses.


We’ve shot with the X-T4 in and around Fujifilm’s House of Photography in central London, where there’s a variety of light sources and situations. That’s given a broad scope to test out the baseline ISO 160 sensitivity, right through to the higher ISO 12,800 setting when shooting a vase of flowers in the dim-lit (off public limits) basement at the property.

Low-light will show some grain, of course, but it’s not overwhelming by any measure and even the four-figure ISO settings are really clean looking. But daylight is where things really shine, those lower settings giving real clarity.

We’ve always praised Fujifilm for its image quality prowess, a trend that the X-T4 continues. No, it’s not more resolute or more advanced than the X-T3, which some will see as a downer, but as that camera was already accomplished you’re really looking to buy this newer model for its better battery, faster burst rate and improved image stabilisation (although it’s a marginal improvement in that regard).

The X-T4’s new video capabilities

  • Dedicated movie mode, via physical switch dial
  • Dedicated Q Menu with silent mode selection
  • 4K 60fps maximum, 1080p 240fps slow-mo
  • Can fix crop to 1.29x for all modes

The X-T4 has also clearly been engineered with the videographer in mind. Not only on account of the better battery and removable SD card door, but also the dedicated movie mode, which is activated via a physical switch beneath the shutter speed dial atop the camera.

Moving this switch over to ‘Movie’ means you get a dedicated Q Menu, which is accessible during shooting and means silent adjustment of modes is possible using the touchscreen. The physical dials will also work, but if you want to avoid the physical motion and clicking sounds then this is one way around it.


The frame-rate possibility has also increased, with Full HD (1080p) now available at up to 240fps. Some would call that slow-motion to one eighth the speed of a normal 30fps capture. The X-T4 is also 4K capable, offering 60fps in this Ultra-HD mode (just like the X-T3).

All this adds up to a much more accomplished and movie-focused device, in an attempt to outsmart the Panasonic and Sony options on the market.

First Impressions

The Fujifilm X-T4 might rely on the same sensor as the X-T3 before it, with an autofocus system that’s much the same, but its variety of feature boosts make it an altogether more considered camera.

The addition of a faster burst mode, better battery life and improved image stabilisation make for a more rounded camera. Plus its dedicated movie mode sees a boost that could lure in a wider audience – although Sony does have that market largely wrapped up.

Stand the X-T4 up against any camera of its type in the same price bracket and it’ll more than hold its own. Whether for stills or video, this is Fujifilm showing it can still set the benchmark in this category.

The Fujifilm X-T4 is expected to launch end-of-April 2020 with a body-only price of £1,549.

Facebook cancels F8 conference over coronavirus fears

Mark Zuckerberg speaks.
Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook’s F8 summit in 2018.

Facebook is canceling its massive F8 developers’ conference over fears of COVID-19. The conference had been scheduled to begin on May 5 in San Jose, California.

“F8 is an incredibly important event for Facebook, and it’s one of our favorite ways to celebrate all of you from around the world—but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees, and everyone who helps put F8 on,” wrote Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms.

Facebook will attempt to compensate for the closure of the main event with “locally hosted events, videos, and live streamed content,” Papamiltiadis said.

In recent months, organizers of major international events have become increasingly skittish about the risk that their venues could aid the global spread of the coronavirus. Earlier this month, the Mobile World Congress was canceled at the last minute over coronavirus concerns. Several major companies have also announced they are pulling out of the Game Developers Conference—though conference organizers have said the show will go forward.

In recent days, efforts to contain the coronavirus’ spread to China have been increasingly unsuccessful, with hundreds of people now infected in South Korea, Iran, and Italy, according to one tally.

The number of known cases in the United States remains fairly small—around 60. But on Thursday, authorities reported a possible first case of community spread: someone who contracted the coronavirus without traveling abroad or being in contact with other known carriers.

Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro used to film new Lady Gaga music video ‘Stupid Love’


Pop diva Lady Gaga is set to release a new single titled “Stupid Love” on Friday, and in a tweet revealed the song’s accompanying music video was shot using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga in “Stupid Love,” shot on iPhone 11 Pro.

Gaga referenced Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign in a tweet teasing the upcoming release of “Stupid Love” to her more than 80 million followers on Thursday. The song and video debut on Friday at midnight.

Along with still shots from the video and what appears to be the single’s cover art, Gaga offered a sample of “Stupid Love” in two roughly minute-long clips that were concurrently published to her official YouTube channel. The entire production, which appears to take place on an alien planet, was captured using Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, according to a short description.

With “Stupid Love,” Gaga marks a return to the spotlight after a nearly three-year hiatus. Her last single, “The Cure,” was released in April 2017. In the interim, Gaga starred in and penned tracks for the film “A Star is Born” and inked a two-year concert residency at Park MGM in Las Vegas.

Gaga is not the first major act to rely on iPhone for music video duties. In October, Selena Gomez used iPhone 11 to film a moody black-and-white accompaniment to “Lose You to Love Me,” a long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Revival.

Prior to Gomez, Apple partnered with FKA Twigs, Florence and the Machine, and Kamali Washington to produce the “Shot on iPhone On Tour” series, which featured live concert footage captured on iPhone XS.

~ Best Car Battery Charger

Having your car’s battery die on you is an absolute nightmare, which is why having the best car battery charger or jump starter around is always a good idea. To help you choose the best car battery charger, we tried out 15 of the most recommended products in the market today and listed down our seven favorites below. After 72 hours of testing, we narrowed down our choices based on charging efficiency and usefulness in emergencies.

Our #1 pick, the DBPOWER 800A Portable Car Jump Starter, rose above the rest thanks to its fast and efficient 800A charging power. It also outranked the others due to its handy ports and advanced safety measures. Read on to find out more about our top picks.

Top 7 Best Car Battery Charger Compared

 #1  DBPOWER 800A Portable Car Jump Starter – Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: The DBPOWER 600A Portable Car Jump Starter has a strong, 600A power output that can reliably jump-start 12V cars with 7.2L gas or 5.5L diesel engines. It comes with an 8-in-1 adaptor and the usual 18000mAh capacity and smart cable protectors.


  • 800A output
  • Smart jumper cable protection
  • 8-in-1 adaptor

The DBPOWER 800A Portable Car Jump Starter is an excellent choice for quickly powering up car batteries as well as other small devices. It can draw a maximum of 800A in a single use from its 18000mAh power bank for fast and easy jump starting. It has an 8-in-1 adaptor for charging laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other compatible gadgets.

The provided jumper cables have added clamp protection that prevents over-current, short circuit, overload, over-voltage, and over-charge. This jump starter also comes with an LED light and compass for convenient navigation and a 3-year manufacturer warranty. Overall, DBPOWER is great for general purpose jump starting and perfectly fits in your glove compartment, making it our top pick. Check out more best car accessories.

 #2  Battery Tender Plus 12V – Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Battery Tender Plus has a built-in microprocessor that assesses the condition of your battery and adjusts accordingly. Its automatic and reliable charging ability, smart safety features, and a generous 10-year warranty landed this charger next to our top spot.


  • Automatic charging at 1.25A
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • 10-year warranty


  • Lower amperage than other chargers

The Battery Tender Plus is an excellent charger that can fully charge a battery without causing any damage to it or anything in its surroundings. This 1.25A charger is good for 12V batteries. Its built-in processing unit can automatically switch it from full charge to floating/maintenance mode with no trouble at all. It also has reverse polarity protectors to keep your battery safe.

The Battery Tender Plus’ amperage is only rated at 1.25A, which is slightly less than the standard 2A rating in other chargers. However, its smart charging feature more than makes up for it. It’s fully compatible with lead-acid, flooded, or AGM/gel cell batteries. The best car charger will help with your gadgets too.

 #3  NOCO Genius G750 – Best Budget

WHY WE LIKE IT: This smart charger reliably works with all 12V/6V batteries and it’s equipped with an onboard computer that can monitor battery activity for safe and efficient charging.


  • Very compact & portable
  • Smart charger
  • Water-resistant


  • 0.75A charger
  • Vulnerable at freezing temperatures

The NOCO Genius G750 is a smart charger that performs just about as well as our top pick. It’s compatible with all 12V and 6V batteries. It can automatically assess the condition of your battery and adjust itself accordingly to prevent any problems from happening. It also has spark-proof technology and reverse polarity protectors as added safety measures, giving you less worry about any accidents.

The 0.75 amperage on the G750 is lower than that of the Battery Tender’s 1.25A, but the G750 can still charge without fail or any noticeable difference. Be warned that NOCO has stated in the user manual that the G750 shouldn’t be used in temperatures below 32-degree F/0-degree C. Also, check out the best car stereo.

 #4  GOOLOO GP37-Plus Car Jump Starter – Best Quality

WHY WE LIKE IT: The GOOLOO GP37-Plus Car Jump Starter can unleash up to 800A that can revive a dead car battery in seconds, and its smart safety features make sure it’s extra safe. It also has a USB charging port for small devices and an LED flashlight, which is handy in a pinch.


  • 800A current output
  • USB charging ports
  • Advanced safety features


  • Not ideal for large vehicles

The GP37-Plus jump starter can be a real lifesaver if your car battery’s charge falls dangerously low. This jump starter can output up to 800A of power from its 18000mAh power bank to get your battery up and running in no time. It has a number of essential safety features that can prevent its high current from harming you or your battery.

The jump starter also has convenient USB charging ports for phones or other devices as well as an LED flashlight. It can work with up to 7L gas or 5.5L diesel engines, but it seems to have issues with jump-starting large vehicles like trucks. Speaking of vehicles, read about the best cars.

 #5  TACKLIFE T8 800A Jump Starter – Best for Emergencies

WHY WE LIKE IT: The TACKLIFE T8 is a jump starter that’s perfect for when you find yourself stuck with a weak battery in the middle of a dark road. Its powerful 800A output can charge your car battery quickly, and it also comes with bright, multi-purpose LED lights to help with visibility.


  • Powerful 800A current
  • Great utility
  • 18000mAh power bank


  • Slightly confusing to use

The TACKLIFE T8 is a very handy jump starter that can output an 800A current with no problems whatsoever. Its 18000mAh power bank makes sure it will always have enough juice so long as it’s fully charged, and it can double as a charger for USB-powered devices like phones. The T8 has strong LED lights that are perfect for emergencies. It has a bright emergency flashlight, a strobe light, an SOS signal, and even a compass to help with navigation.

The T8 has all the essential safety features of a jump starter including a smart indicator and durable jumper cables. It’s also very easy to store and carry. What sets this apart from the GOOLOO GP37-Plus jump starter in our list is it can be manually turned off to slow down its passive charge loss, but it needs to be turned on before it can receive incoming currents. You can also read about the best car subwoofer.

 #6  DieHard 71219 6/12V Smart Charger – Best Smart Charger

WHY WE LIKE IT: The DieHard 71219 is a budget smart charger for most 6/12V car batteries that uses a 5-stage smart charging process for fast and efficient charging. It has reverse polarity protectors and an automatic cutoff feature to prevent overcharging.


  • Very easy to use
  • 5-stage smart charger
  • Reverse polarity protection

The DieHard 71219 is the best battery charger-maintainer for lead-acid, gel, and AGM-type 6/12V batteries. It uses a 5-stage charging process that accurately measures your battery’s power level and charges it accordingly. This makes charging with the 71219 more energy efficient and less prone to overcharging. The smart charger’s safety measures will automatically detect if your battery is fully charged, and it will also light up to let you know if you have the wrong polarities connected.

The 71219 is larger than some of the chargers in our list, making it better suited for home use. The clamps that come with this charger may be a bit too small for some batteries, but it’s nothing that a quick trip to the store can’t fix. Also have a look at the best transmission jack.

 #7  Schumacher SC1280 6/12V Rapid Charger – Best Quick Charger

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Schumacher SC1280 can automatically detect a battery’s voltage and adjust its charge rate for charging and maintaining, and it has the usual reverse polarity protection that’s standard in car chargers.


  • Fast, 15A charge rate
  • Automatic voltage detection
  • Self-adjusting


  • Processor unit is a bit faulty

The Schumacher SC1280 is a rapid, 15A charger for 6/12V batteries. It can conveniently detect what battery it’s connected to and automatically adjusts its settings to match said battery, which can save you a bit of time. It has the standard reverse polarity protectors found in the other chargers in this list, but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of other safety measures.

The 15A current can significantly cut down on charging times, and the charger can maintain your battery’s charge level with a constant 3A current. However, the charger’s processor unit is somewhat faulty—it can recognize 12V batteries with very low charge levels as 6V ones. The best radar detector is also a great accessory, along with the best car tablet mount.

How We Decided

All of our picks for the best car battery charger were chosen based on their overall charging performance, as well as their safety and quality of life features. The standard amperage output of car battery chargers is about 2A, while jump starters commonly peak at 800A, so we picked the ones that were close to those numbers (with the exception of the Schumacher S1280 Rapid Charger).

We prioritized items that are equipped with standard reverse polarity safety measures to prevent any user-made errors. We also gave bonus points to products that came with extra features such as auto-switching or auto-cutoffs to prevent overcharging. All of these chargers are compatible with the most commonly used battery types in the country for the sake of convenience.

Buying Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Amperage
    The ampere (A) output of a charger determines how fast it can charge a battery; the higher the number, the faster the charge rate. It’s important to note that higher amperage rates may damage batteries or worse, start fires.
  2. Safety Features
    Batteries are prone to damage because of the complex mix of chemicals inside them, which is why a charger should always have some form of safety measure. This can prevent a battery from sustaining irreparable damage or from causing harm to you or anyone else.
  3. USB or Smart Device Charging
    Power bank-style car chargers typically come with USB charging ports for you to charge them with. These ports can also be used to power up mobile devices like laptops and smartphones to keep them topped off in case of an emergency.


  • What’s the difference between a car battery charger and a jump starter?
    The difference lies in three factors: charging speed, power, and size. Jump starters are used more for emergency purposes while batteries are for maintenance. Jump starters have stronger electrical currents than chargers. This means they can give your battery a small yet quick charge to get you out of a pinch, but ultimately, you’ll still need to charge your car in the end. On the other hand, chargers trickle power into your battery. It will take much longer before you can start your car again, but you’ll be able to fully charge your battery, unlike jump starters.
  • Can jump starters charge your battery?
    Jump starters are only meant to supply your battery with enough power to start a vehicle.
  • What is a maintainer?
    As its name implies, a car battery maintainer is designed to maintain the current level of charge that your battery has. Maintainers slowly trickle small amounts of energy to your battery to sustain them over long periods of time. This will keep your battery from self-discharging. And since the amount of electricity being supplied is so small, your battery will also be safe from overcharging.

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Deque’s Axe Pro Beta Guided Accessibility Testing a Hit with Developers

Surpassing 6,000 beta users, Intelligent Guided Tests Fundamentally Changing How to Do Accessibility Testing

Deque Systems, a leading software company specializing in digital accessibility, today announced that its axe Pro beta, with its breakthrough automated and guided accessibility testing features, is generating significant developer traction with over 6,000 beta users currently on board.

Using axe Pro, users have identified more than 600,000 accessibility issues to date, 82,000 of which previously would only have been discovered manually. Typically requiring outsourced expertise, manual testing can be a very labor-intensive practice. Flagging these issues in development is a crucial step to ensure that websites and apps are accessible to all people, including those with disabilities.

Deque’s intelligent guided testing is fundamentally changing how organizations allocate testing resources, enabling developers to extend their test coverage and identify issues that may otherwise take days or weeks to discover. Users can save results, export them, test specific components on a page, and run multiple tests. There is no other solution with this combination of intelligent guided testing and automated accessibility testing in one.

Building Momentum for Accessibility in the Developer Community: With over 70 percent of the axe Pro users holding roles in development, the community has already begun to shape the future of the product. As a free beta, it has received a high level of feedback and ideas for improvement from more than 1,000 users.

The recently launched keyboard testing tool is a direct result of this community feedback. Keyboard testing is one of the more time-consuming manual testing tasks. Axe Pro’s newly added keyboard testing tool automates most of this work. Developers can easily and automatically identify missing focus indicators, missing ARIA roles and other keyboard accessibility problems.

“The new Keyboard Guided Test feature automates testing I have been doing manually for years (and saves me time). Thank you,” says John Otley, Systems Analyst & axe Pro beta user.

“Getting developers to dedicate time to accessibility testing beyond simple push-button solutions has been a challenge historically. Ninety-two percent of users reported ‘positive’ feedback with more than half of those specifying their reaction to axe Pro beta was ‘very positive,’” comments Dylan Barrell, CTO, Deque Systems. “Combined with a testing session length increase of 60 percent, these statistics show that developers are finding a lot of value in the new functionality and are accomplishing more while they’re at it.”

Deque continues to work on improvements and additions to the axe Pro beta and more guided tests and features will be added to the beta in coming weeks.

Anyone wishing to sign up for the axe Pro beta can visit this web page: https://www.deque.com/axe-pro-sign-up/.

About Deque Systems

Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a web accessibility software and services company, and our mission is Digital Equality. We believe everyone, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to the information, services, applications, and everything else on the web.

We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible. Installed in over 250,000 browsers and with over 1,000 audit projects completed, Deque is the industry standard.

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Ryan Bateman, 703-225-0380, [email protected]
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