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Asteroid Impact May Have Caused Megatsunami on Mars 3.4 Billion Years Ago
Researchers say they have found the remains of a crater left 3.4 billion years ago when an asteroid impacted.The post Asteroid Impact May Have Caused Megatsunami on Mars 3.4 Billion Years Ago appeared first on ExtremeTech.
LastPass Hacked for the Second Time in 6 Months
LastPass was founded in 2008 to make managing passwords easier, but it is developing an unfortunate reputation.The post LastPass Hacked for the Second Time in 6 Months appeared first on ExtremeTech.
FCC: SpaceX Can Only Launch 7,500 Second-Gen Starlink Satellites
While SpaceX initially wanted authorization to launch almost 30,000 v2 satellites, the FCC has only given the go-ahead for 7,500.The post FCC: SpaceX Can Only Launch 7,500 Second-Gen Starlink Satellites appeared first on ExtremeTech.
As RTX 4080 Scalpers Struggle To Sell Their Cards, Newegg Halts Refunds
It's time to bust out that tiny violin you've been saving for special occasions.The post As RTX 4080 Scalpers Struggle To Sell Their Cards, Newegg Halts Refunds appeared first on ExtremeTech.
This Week in Space: You Wouldn’t Hack an Exoplanet…
Mauna Kea erupts, November 30, 2022. Image: USGSScientists found clouds on Titan, and two never-before-seen minerals inside a meteorite. Meanwhile, Mauna Kea is erupting for the first time in 40 years, and you can see it from space. The post This Week in Space: You Wouldn’t Hack an Exoplanet… appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Can You Double CPU Performance by Cooling It With a Chip Instead of a Fan?
The company's solid-state cooling device is just 2.8mm thick and might appear on notebooks and tablets in 2023. The post Can You Double CPU Performance by Cooling It With a Chip Instead of a Fan? appeared first on ExtremeTech.
ZIP, RAR Have Surpassed Office Files as Most-Used Malware Containers
Data from HP Wolf Security shows that encrypted file archives have become the most common way of distributing malware, and your antivirus scanner may be of little help.The post ZIP, RAR Have Surpassed Office Files as Most-Used Malware Containers appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Astronomers Spot Black Hole Devouring Star on the Other Side of the Universe
It's 8.5 billion light years away, so we don't exactly have a front-row seat, but we did catch the start of the show.The post Astronomers Spot Black Hole Devouring Star on the Other Side of the Universe appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia-Powered ‘Smart Tractors’ Enable Autonomous Farming
Farming equipment of the future will soon begin work at a few of California’s vineyards and grain fields.The post Nvidia-Powered ‘Smart Tractors’ Enable Autonomous Farming appeared first on ExtremeTech.
TSMC to Produce 4nm Chips at Arizona Fab in 2024
Credit: Laura Ockel/ Unsplash, PCMagCompany executives will be announcing the news in the coming week. The post TSMC to Produce 4nm Chips at Arizona Fab in 2024 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink Expects to Install Brain Chip in Humans in 6 Months
In the latest update, Neuralink discussed improvements to the design, and Musk claimed Neuralink could begin human trials in just six months.The post Elon Musk’s Neuralink Expects to Install Brain Chip in Humans in 6 Months appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Valve’s Steam Deck Giveaway Is Already Experiencing Issues
Valve planned to give away a Steam Deck for every minute of the Game Awards, but sign-ups are proving to be a bit challenging. The post Valve’s Steam Deck Giveaway Is Already Experiencing Issues appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Chemists Develop Process to Turn Previously Unrecyclable Plastics Into Propane
Less than six percent of the country's plastic waste is currently recycled. With a new type of hydrogenolysis, chemists might change that.The post Chemists Develop Process to Turn Previously Unrecyclable Plastics Into Propane appeared first on ExtremeTech.
San Francisco Legislators Approve Use of Lethal Police Robots
You know, for when tasers, beanbag guns, flashbangs, duty pistols, and SWAT vehicles aren’t enough. The post San Francisco Legislators Approve Use of Lethal Police Robots appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia’s Scrapped RTX 4080 12GB Will Return as the 4070 Ti: Report
It'll likely be launching in January, with pricing TBD. The post Nvidia’s Scrapped RTX 4080 12GB Will Return as the 4070 Ti: Report appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft Fixes Windows 11 22H2 Gaming Issues, Resumes Updates
It wouldn't be a Windows update without some bugs, and indeed, there were some annoyances when Microsoft finally released the 22H2 update.The post Microsoft Fixes Windows 11 22H2 Gaming Issues, Resumes Updates appeared first on ExtremeTech.
SpaceX Fires 11 Raptor Engines as It Prepares for Orbital Starship Test
SpaceX has just conducted the longest-yet firing test of the Super Heavy's Raptor engines, and nothing exploded.The post SpaceX Fires 11 Raptor Engines as It Prepares for Orbital Starship Test appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Sony Launches Personal Motion Tracking System for 3D Avatars
If you’re looking for a way to show off that new TikTok dance in the metaverse, good news: there’s now a system for that.The post Sony Launches Personal Motion Tracking System for 3D Avatars appeared first on ExtremeTech.
3D Radiogram of Mars’ North Pole Uncovers a ‘Hidden Canyon’
A new analysis of Mars using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed previously hidden structures under the northern ice cap.The post 3D Radiogram of Mars’ North Pole Uncovers a ‘Hidden Canyon’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Trailblazing Orion Snaps Stunning Selfie With Earth, Moon
Image: NASAHalfway through Orion's epic journey to the moon and back, it snapped this selfie with our very own pale blue dot. The post Trailblazing Orion Snaps Stunning Selfie With Earth, Moon appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Samsung’s New GDDR6W Graphics Memory Rivals HBM2
Samsung's new memory features Fan-Out, Wafer-Level Packaging. (Image: Samsung)Samsung's innovation offers double the capacity, and bandwidth, in the same footprint as GDDR6. The post Samsung’s New GDDR6W Graphics Memory Rivals HBM2 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft to Offer Sony 10-Year Call of Duty License to Appease EU Regulators
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)With European Union watchdogs especially wary of the storied Activision acquisition, Microsoft appears prepared to do whatever it takes to push the deal through.The post Microsoft to Offer Sony 10-Year Call of Duty License to Appease EU Regulators appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Astronomers ‘Troubled’ as New Satellite Outshines Most Stars in the Sky
Trails in the night sky left by BlueWalker 3 are juxtaposed against the Nicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, a Program of NSF's NOIRLab. The breaks in the trail are caused by breaks between four twenty second exposures that were stacked to create this image.The IAU warns that the proliferation of objects like BlueWalker 3 could have disastrous effects on astronomy.The post Astronomers ‘Troubled’ as New Satellite Outshines Most Stars in the Sky appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Epson to End All Laser Printer Sales by 2026
The company will instead focus on its more environmentally-friendly inkjet printers, which consume less energy and produce less waste.The post Epson to End All Laser Printer Sales by 2026 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Tesla Releases Full Self-Driving Beta to Everyone in North America
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that the Full Self-Driving Beta is now live for anyone in North America who wants it. Of course, you need to have paid for that feature in order to access it.The post Tesla Releases Full Self-Driving Beta to Everyone in North America appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Hubble Telescope Captures a Surreal Galaxy Merger Resulting in a ‘Colossal Ring’
The galaxy merger Arp-Madore 417-391 steals the spotlight in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Arp-Madore catalogue is a collection of particularly peculiar galaxies spread throughout the southern sky, and includes a collection of subtly interacting galaxies as well as more spectacular colliding galaxies. Arp-Madore 417-391, which lies around 670 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus in the southern celestial hemisphere, is one such galactic collision. The two galaxies have been distorted by gravity and twisted into a colossal ring, leaving the cores of the two galaxies nestled side by side. Hubble used its Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) to capture this scene — the instrument is optimised to hunt for galaxies and galaxy clusters in the ancient Universe. Hubble’s ACS has been contributing to scientific discovery for 20 years, and throughout its lifetime it has been involved in everything from mapping the distribution of dark matter to studying the evolution of galaxy clusters. This image comes from a selection of Hubble observations designed to create a list of intriguing targets for follow-up observations with the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, as well as other ground-based telescopes. Astronomers chose a list of previously unobserved galaxies for Hubble to inspect between other scheduled observations. Over time, this lets astronomers build up a menagerie of interesting galaxies while using Hubble’s limited observing time as fully as possible. [Image description: Two galaxies right of centre form a ring shape. The ring is narrow and blue, and the cores of the two galaxies form a bulge on the ring’s side. A bright, orange star lies above the ring. Two smaller spiral galaxies appear left of centre, as well as a few stars. The background is black and speckled with very small stars and galaxies.]The galaxies may eventually settle into a single, large elliptical galaxy, but for the time being, the collision looks quite messy.The post Hubble Telescope Captures a Surreal Galaxy Merger Resulting in a ‘Colossal Ring’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia Is Reportedly Ending Production of Its Most Popular Turing GPUs
Nvidia is reportedly 86'ing the beloved RTX 2060 and GTX 1660. The post Nvidia Is Reportedly Ending Production of Its Most Popular Turing GPUs appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Old Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Remain Unpatched on Samsung, Google Phones
A recent batch of serious flaws in Arm's Mali GPU was reported by Project Zero and fixed by the manufacturer. However, smartphone vendors never implemented the patches, among them Google itself.The post Old Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Remain Unpatched on Samsung, Google Phones appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano is Erupting for the First Time Since 1984
The volcano's first eruption in 38 years began Sunday night after a period of increased seismic activity. The post Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano is Erupting for the First Time Since 1984 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
New Wireless Smart Bandage Accelerates Chronic Wound Healing
Early research suggests these flexible devices might reduce wound healing time by 25 percent. The post New Wireless Smart Bandage Accelerates Chronic Wound Healing appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microplastics Found in Formerly ‘Pristine’ Antarctic Water, Air, Sediment
All of 82 samples from Antarctica's Weddell Sea contained some form of microplastic pollution. The post Microplastics Found in Formerly ‘Pristine’ Antarctic Water, Air, Sediment appeared first on ExtremeTech.
MIT Is Working on Self-Assembling Robots
Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) have created robotic subunits called "voxels" that can self-assemble into a rudimentary robot, and then collect more voxels to assemble larger structures or even more robots.
Unchecked Carbon Dioxide Is Shrinking Earth’s Upper Atmosphere
The resulting domino effect could make it difficult for ships and satellites to deorbit in the future.
Tax Filing Websites Caught Sending Users’ Financial Data to Facebook
Filing status, dependent names, adjusted gross income...once it's on any of these three websites, it's likely in Facebook's hands.
Webb Telescope Collects First-Ever Atmospheric Data From an Exoplanet
Webb is making history again by collecting a full chemical profile from the atmosphere of a distant exoplanet.
Vivo X90 Pro Plus Is the First Phone With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chip
Qualcomm announced its next flagship mobile processor just a few days ago, and Vivo is wasting no time while the new chip is still top of mind.
iCloud for Windows Users Report Receiving Random Strangers’ Family Photos
It’s just like the Talking Heads said: “This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife.” The post iCloud for Windows Users Report Receiving Random Strangers’ Family Photos appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Mercedes to Charge $1,200 Per Year for EV ‘Acceleration Increase’
The Acceleration Increase package represents Mercedes’ step into a controversial practice: charging customers on a subscription basis for features their cars already possess.The post Mercedes to Charge $1,200 Per Year for EV ‘Acceleration Increase’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Amazon Alexa Deemed ‘Colossal Failure’ Following $10 Billion Loss
Since the beginning, Alexa has been more a novelty than an integral part of Amazon customers’ everyday lives. The realization of that discrepancy took Amazon eight years and billions of dollars. The post Amazon Alexa Deemed ‘Colossal Failure’ Following $10 Billion Loss appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Perseverance Rover Finds Sandstone Bedrock That Could Contain Evidence of Life
NASA reports that Perseverance has spotted an alluring bit of bedrock to add to its collection.The post Perseverance Rover Finds Sandstone Bedrock That Could Contain Evidence of Life appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU Prices Drop Ahead of Black Friday
Retailers are cutting prices on Ryzen 7000 CPUs ahead of Black Friday. If you've been looking to build an AM5 system there are some deals to be had. The post AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU Prices Drop Ahead of Black Friday appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Volcanic Eruptions May Have Caused the ‘Heat Death’ of Venus
Volcanic activity lasting millions of years may have turned Venus from a watery world into the inhospitable hellscape we see todayThe post Volcanic Eruptions May Have Caused the ‘Heat Death’ of Venus appeared first on ExtremeTech.
TSA Discovers Knife Cleverly Hidden in the Guts of a Gaming Laptop
The weapon appears to have been adhered to the inside of the laptop’s bottom casing.The post TSA Discovers Knife Cleverly Hidden in the Guts of a Gaming Laptop appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Australia’s First Homegrown Rocket Could Head to Space in April 2023
Australia is a bit of an outlier among developed nations in that it has never launched a rocket of its own into space. The post Australia’s First Homegrown Rocket Could Head to Space in April 2023 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Sony, Honda to Take on Tesla With In-Car PS5 Hardware
Entertainment is Sony’s bread and butter, and the hardware giant plans to use its expertise to set its vehicles apart from competitors’.The post Sony, Honda to Take on Tesla With In-Car PS5 Hardware appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft Taking Windows 8.1 Off Life Support in January 2023
Windows 8.1 Start screenThe company has announced the end of Windows 8.1 support will hit in January 2023, at which point anyone still running Microsoft's old OS will be unprotected from any new system vulnerabilities that may crop up.The post Microsoft Taking Windows 8.1 Off Life Support in January 2023 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia Finally Responds to RTX 4090 Cable-Melting Controversy
Nvidia confirms it was user error all along, but that doesn't mean it is blameless in this fiasco. The post Nvidia Finally Responds to RTX 4090 Cable-Melting Controversy appeared first on ExtremeTech.
NASA: Orion Successfully Completes Lunar Flyby
It's not heading back to Earth quite yet -- Orion will get into a stable lunar orbit to perform some system tests first.The post NASA: Orion Successfully Completes Lunar Flyby appeared first on ExtremeTech.
EU Mulls Putting Data Centers in Space
Space: The Data Frontier.The post EU Mulls Putting Data Centers in Space appeared first on ExtremeTech.
FCC’s New Broadband Map Shows ISP Availability in Much More Detail
Credit: FCC.govThe map is just one tool the FCC is using to hand power back to consumers. The post FCC’s New Broadband Map Shows ISP Availability in Much More Detail appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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