Breathtaking Images From an Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Space has always provided a glimpse into many a fascinating world over the years, from research that has been undertaken by NASA to the Astronauts who have boarded the International Space Station as well as successfully landing on the moon. One such Astronaut, Scott Kelly, has been posting breathtaking images on social media that have included Twitter (1,158 photos and counting) and Instagram (684 posts and counting) during his yearlong visit to the ISS, below is a snapshot of these images.

The first image represents the massive blizzard passing over Chicago on Saturday 23rd January 2016, the image looks awe-inspiring.

The next image below is of what is known as “thundersnow” from the blizzard and was captured, again, on the 23rd January 2016.

The next image below, wow, is of an aurora and was captured on the 27th August 2015, this looks akin to a science fiction film.

The next image below is of Spain, well, more specifically Barcelona and was captured on the 28th July 2015, this is both a stunning and a detailed image.

The next image below is the Astronauts latest Twitter post as of writing (26th January 2016) and has the caption “Day 304. That’s 4,864 orbits a’round’ our beautiful planet #Earth. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace”, it is certainly a brilliant image.

The last image is of Scott Kelly undertaking a Q&A on Reddit from space, well, yes, as you do, this image was posted on the 23rd January 2016

Instagram To Get “Instagram Direct” For iOS and Android

Instagram has just launched its own private messaging service. With the latest update to version 5 of the app, you can now send images and videos directly to individuals and groups rather than have all your stalkers from the followers group see what you are doing.

You now have the option select where your image will be uploaded and sent, whether to “Followers” or “Direct”, after you’ve taken and edited your picture or video, and if you select Direct you’ll have a choice of sending to just one or several people of your liking. Once you have sent your picture, you’ll see an indication underneath the picture of who has seen and liked the photo, along with a standard Instagram comment thread underneath. It’s the same Instagram experience you know, but with a smaller audience of your choice.

You can go straight into the Direct feature of the app with a new inbox button in the top left of the home screen, where you’ll see both read and unread messages, along with “Direct Requests” from people who you don’t follow. The latest update is live in the Google Play Store and Apple AppStore, ready for you to download or update.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

Demo For Xbox One Friends App Released

A walk-through of the new Xbox One friends app has been demoed by Major Nelson, and has dealt with two of the most primary parts of the app, which are ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. The retired colonel takes you through the distinguishing factors between the two parts in this video demo.

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In Xbox One friends, the number of friends is a finite number, usually limited up to a few thousand. Meanwhile, the number of followers has no such restrictions. Additionally, you can befriend your follower by deciding to follow your friend back in return, which would unlock information available to each other, you can check when your friends is online, and their latest achievements in real-time.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

All friends will just get ported over to the Xbox One, so Xbox 360 gamers have nothing to worry about if they value their old friends too much. The video posted above will take you  through a tour of the app.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing is with this information.

Image and video courtesy of NextPowerUp.