NASA brings a Hubble gyro back to life after a seven-year hibernation

Hubble Space Telescope above Earth, photographed during STS-125, Servicing Mission 4, May 2009.

After NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope entered “safe” mode about two weeks ago, its operations team has been scrambling to bring a balky gyroscope back online. Now, the space agency says it believes it has fixed the problem.

“The Hubble operations team plans to execute a series of tests to evaluate the performance of the gyro under conditions similar to those encountered during routine science observations, including moving to targets, locking on to a target, and performing precision pointing,” NASA said in a news release. “After these engineering tests have been completed, Hubble is expected to soon return to normal science operations.”

Ground operators put the telescope into a stable configuration earlier this month after one of the three active gyros that help point the telescope failed. According to NASA, the gyro that failed last week had been exhibiting end-of-life behavior for about a year, and its failure was not unexpected.

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Uber’s dealmaking chief Poetzscher resigns

Cameron Poetzscher, who oversaw a string of high-profile deals at Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], has resigned, weeks after a report on allegations of sexual misconduct against him at the ride-hailing firm.

6 Reasons For Optimism As Dodgers Face Red Sox In 2018 World Series

Rich Hill at Fenway, Hyun-Jin Ryu at home? The question mark is because we don’t know yet if the club will go with Hill in Game 2 at Boston and Ryu in Game 3 or 4 in Los Angeles, with Clayton Kershaw getting the ball in Game 1. But they ought to.

Guard shoots man trying to break into Washington TV station office

A security guard shot and wounded a man who kicked in the front doors of the offices of the Fox 5 channel in Washington on Monday afternoon, the television station and police said.

Trump lawyer: Manafort said nothing damaging in Mueller interviews

Under an unusual arrangement, Paul Manafort’s attorney has kept Donald Trump informed about the former campaign chairman’s meetings with prosecutors investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and, according to Trump’s lawyer, Manafort has not said anything damaging about the president.

Guillermo del Toro is making a stop-motion Pinocchio movie for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro, the Academy Award-winning director of “The Shape of Water” (not to mention “Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim”) is making a new version of “Pinocchio” for Netflix.

I’d thought that after del Toro’s awards victory earlier this year he might finally make his long-thwarted adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness.” And while I’m not giving up hope that I’ll see a del Toro-helmed version of the classic H.P. Lovecraft horror story one day, it seems that he’s going in a different direction for now.

The official announcement from Netflix describes this as del Toro’s “lifelong passion project,” and says that it will be both a stop-motion animated film and a musical.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro said in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

This isn’t the director’s first project for Netflix — he previously created the animated series “Trollhunters,” and he has another series in the works for the streaming service, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Netflix says that in addition to directing the film with Mark Gustafson (“The Fantastic Mr. Fox”), he will co-write and co-produce it. The Jim Henson Company (which is also making a “Dark Crystal” prequel series for Netflix) and ShadowMachine are producing as well.

Netflix also announced today that it’s raising an additional $2 billion in debt to fund its original content plans. It says production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall.

12 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal

A Florida man sets up a sign that says,

Verizon Wireless service is back up and running “essentially everywhere” throughout the area hit by Hurricane Michael, the company said today.

“Verizon engineers and fiber crews have been working around the clock after unprecedented damage to our fiber infrastructure caused by the most intense storm in history to make landfall in the Panhandle,” Verizon’s announcement said. “Services for our customers and first responders are back up and running today, providing wireless coverage essentially everywhere it was before Hurricane Michael hit.”

Verizon had faced repeated criticism from Florida Governor Rick Scott, who said Verizon lagged behind AT&T and other carriers in restoring service after the Category 4 hurricane made landfall on October 10. Scott last week suggested that Verizon misled the public about its post-hurricane recovery, saying that Verizon’s claim of covering “98 percent of Florida” was only accurate because it included customers “hundreds of miles away from impacted areas.”

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Apple Identifies Issue With GasBuddy App Causing Some iPhones to Become Unresponsive

Apple has identified an “issue” with the GasBuddy app that may result in some iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max devices becoming “unresponsive,” according to an internal announcement shared with Apple Stores today. The memo was obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source.

Apple says affected iPhones will have a black screen with an endlessly spinning wheel—aka a respring loop. In its memo, Apple says it is working with GasBuddy to “resolve” the issue, which started “sometime after October 18, 2018.”

If a customer reports the issue at an Apple Store, Apple has instructed its Genius Bar employees to force restart the iPhone, and then ask the customer to uninstall the GasBuddy app. If the device is still unresponsive, Genius Bar employees are instructed to continue with the standard service process.

It’s unclear why the GasBuddy app is crashing some iPhones. A spokesperson for GasBuddy said its team “has been and continues to investigate,” and delayed further comment until the company has more insight about the matter. A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

GasBuddy is a popular app for locating gas stations with the lowest-priced gas near you. The app, which claims to have 70 million users, relies on users submitting gas prices when they fill up to help alert others. GasBuddy also provides price hike alerts so that you can fill up before the increase.

According to GasBuddy’s release notes, the app was updated on October 17 with support for iOS 12. The update also “fixed some crashes.” On October 19, the app was again updated with bug fixes, including one that caused some location-based information to not appear on iOS 12 , and another with gas station details.

At some point between those updates, the issue causing some iPhones to become unresponsive began to occur, according to Apple’s memo.

MacRumors will update this article if and when we receive any new information from Apple or GasBuddy. In the meantime, if you have the GasBuddy app installed on your iPhone 8 or newer, it might be a good idea to uninstall it for now until this situation clears up. A software fix of some kind is likely on the horizon.

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