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Updated 2020-08-15 07:41
NASA official may face criminal investigation for contact with Boeing
This does not bode well for keeping to the 2024 landing goal.
Charter can charge online video sites for network connections, court rules
Court kills ban on interconnection fees because FCC didn't defend merger condition.
FDA finds new toxic hand-sanitizer ingredient, expands warning to 157 products
Regulators find toxic 1-propanol as well as methanol in some products.
Trump admin. finally kills off Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions
Limiting greenhouse gases is apparently not part of “environmental protection.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes final bow with high-octane journey through time
Ars chats with the show's VFX team about the challenges for this time-jumping season.
Ripped chemical bags added to risk of Beirut blast
Documents show more than half of the sacks of explosive ammonium nitrate were torn by 2014.
SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11 to 60Mbps
Ookla tests aren't showing the gigabit speeds SpaceX teased, but it's early.
Epic’s battle for “open platforms” ignores consoles’ massive closed market
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo demand the same platform control—and the same 30% fee.
Tesla research partnership progresses on new battery chemistry
Lithium metal batteries could increase EV range, but longevity must improve.
People slept on comfy grass beds 200,000 years ago
The earliest members of our species slept on piles of grass alongside warm hearth fires.
Disney+ will show a Lego Star Wars Holiday Special on Wookiee Life Day
It airs on the streaming service on November 17.
Spooky action at a distance: The future magic of remote collaboration
In a world where you have to social distance, how do you scrum?
Appeals court ruling for Qualcomm “a victory of theory over facts”
Scholars pan the ruling, describing one part as “crazy” and “a bit of a mess.”
Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks
“With God's help, he will teach our technicians to make rockets.”
Astronomers kill all the fun, blame dust for Betelgeuse’s dimming
Internal convection and a regular cycle combine to make a big blob of dust.
NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security
Previously unknown Drovorub is being used by advanced hacking group APT 28.
Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]
Google Play pulls the game too following attempt to skirt in-app purchase rules.
New Zealand baffled by new COVID-19 cases, eyes frozen-food packaging
Experts says frozen goods unlikely source as health officials race to investigate.
The 2020 McLaren GT—never mind the looks, love the way it drives
A magic carpet ride and rocketship speed, but the styling isn't everyone's taste.
FCC beats cities in court, helping carriers avoid $2 billion in local 5G fees
Judges uphold FCC preemption of city rules, including limits on small-cell fees.
Grab our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock for its lowest Amazon price to date
Dealmaster also has deals on Amazon Fire HD tablets, PS4 games, and more.
Apple’s Prime equivalent “Apple One” will launch in October
The imminent announcement follows months of rumors about “Apple Prime.”
Investment platform pays record $140,000 for sealed Super Mario Bros.
New owner hopes to sell pieces of the collectible for even more next week.
AMC tries to reopen again, with 15-cent tickets as COVID-19 risk incentive
AMC won’t pay you to come, but it’ll show old movies—that you can stream at home—for cheap.
Epic and Unity rev their engines for the next era of entertainment
Two rival developers of 3D graphics tools increase funds and look beyond video games.
Gmail’s big merger with Google Chat and Meet starts rolling out today
Gmail’s merger with Google Chat, Google Meet, and Google Docs is going live.
Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs are ready to take on Ryzen 4000 mobile
Intel showed us something new at Architecture Day 2020: confidence.
2020 27-inch iMac review: A classic Mac for the end of an era
With Apple Silicon around the corner, is this Intel-based Mac refresh a good buy?
Hackers can eavesdrop on mobile calls with $7,000 worth of equipment
VoLTE calls were supposed to be more secure. A fatal flaw can unravel that promise.
Apple releases new software updates for iPhones, iPads, and Macs
Today's updates are all about bug fixes.
Researchers find a chemical that makes locusts swarm
Future swarms could face decoy pheromones, genetic manipulation, blocking chemicals.
Ousted COO sues Pinterest, alleges rampant gender discrimination
Suit claims woman-focused social platform discriminates against female employees.
How your PS4 and Xbox One games will work on PS5 and Series X
From backward compatibility to “optimized” upgrade plans, it’s all explained here.
Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks
Advance could pave way for industrial-scale inkjet printing of electronic components.
Mozilla cuts 250 jobs, says Firefox development will be affected
Mozilla reduces investment in developer tools and platform feature development.
The Surface Duo, Microsoft’s first-ever Android phone, is $1,400
The Duo finally has a price and ship date, but the spec sheet raises a lot of concerns.
Uber CEO warns California ruling could force a months-long shutdown
A November ballot initiative will let California voters decide Uber's fate.
Will any new smallsat rockets make it to orbit this year?
Four companies appear to have a shot: Astra, Firefly, Virgin Orbit, and ExPace.
How to turn regular bricks into electricity-storing supercapacitors
A coating process makes it work. But is it practical?
The Hyperion XP-1 hypercar wants to give hydrogen a halo effect
The specs claim more than 1,000 miles of range and a top speed of 221mph.
0days, a failed patch, and a backdoor threat. Update Tuesday highlights
A few of the more notable updates in this month's patch batch from Microsoft.
High Score review: Netflix’s story of gaming’s “golden age” is honestly solid
The good outweighs the bad, though weird interview choices add unfortunate bloat.
Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules
Use of the tech needs to be narrower to conform to human rights law, court held.
Always read the fine print? GM Super Cruise only free for three years
It turns out the advanced hands-free driving system requires a subscription.
Microsoft announces November launch for Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite delay
High-profile shooter pushed back to 2021. Hardware price still unknown.
US childhood SARS-CoV-2 infections surging with the current peak
The last two weeks of July saw nearly 100,000 new cases in school-age kids and teens.
Charter tries to convince FCC that broadband customers want data caps
Charter petitioned FCC to eliminate merger condition that forbids data caps.
Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets are back on sale today
Dealmaster also has deals on PS4-exclusive games, iPhone cases, and more.
EA shareholders say no to massive proposed raises for executives
Proposal would have seen year-to-year increases of over 100% for some execs.
Russia skips COVID-19 vaccine trial, says millions to be vaccinated this month
Despite lack of data, design pitfall, Putin said his daughter was already given a dose.