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Wednesday February 27, 2019. 01:45 PM
Enlarge (credit: Max Headroom / Aurich) In 1985, the TV film Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future presented a science fictional cyberpunk world where an evil media company tried to create an artificial intelligence based on a reporter's brain to generate content to fill ...
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Enlarge / Wakefield acceleration can use different drivers. In the laser-driven case (top), a strong laser pulse is fired into a preformed plasma. In the proton-driven scenario (bottom), a high-energy proton bunch is sent into a gas. (credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker) Particle...
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Apple introduces a revised Mac App Store at WWDC 2018 in San Jose, California. (credit: Valentina Palladino) For a while now, Apple has been encouraging app developers to consider subscriptions as a key revenue source, and the company is introducing some new options for...
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Tuesday February 26, 2019. 10:21 PM
Enlarge / USB Type-C cable and port. (credit: USB-IF) USB 3.2, which doubles the maximum speed of a USB connection to 20Gb/s, is likely to materialize in systems later this year. In preparation for this, the USB-IF—the industry group that together develops the various USB ...
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Enlarge / The hero of THQ Nordic's Darksiders series, as seen here fused with the Baghdad Bob meme, seems appropriate after today's THQ-8chan blow-up. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Game publisher THQ Nordic concluded a rollercoaster of a promotional Tuesday by apologizing for its ...
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Enlarge (credit: Lawrence Berkeley Lab) For most of the industrial era, a nation's carbon emissions moved in lock step with its economy. Growth meant higher emissions. But over the past decade or so, that has changed. Even as the global economy continued to grow, carbon...
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Enlarge (credit: TechBargains) Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by another deal on the Nintendo Switch, as the popular portable game console is currently available for $270 at...
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Oppo's foldable prototype. Here's the front. [credit: Brian Shen ] Mobile World Congress is happening this week, and so far it has definitely been the foldable smartphone show. Samsung and Huawei have so far wowed the world with their folding smartphone demos, offering a ...
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First generation HoloLens from above, showing the visor and the headband. (credit: Esy Casey) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that company's $480 million contract to supply HoloLens technology to the military is a 'principled decision' and that the company will not...
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Enlarge (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) A federal appeals court has upheld AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, dealing a blow to Trump administration lawyers who had tried to stop the deal. The Trump administration sued to stop the deal back in 2017, arguing...
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Enlarge / A rig stands over a well pad at the Southern California Gas Co. Aliso Canyon underground natural gas storage facility in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, January 12, 2017. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images) ...
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Video directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Paul Isackson. Click here for transcript. When I was working at Babbage's in the mid-'90s, I recall there being three specific PC games that sat in the 'coming soon' column seemingly forever—like, for years—and generated...
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Making a qubit is easy. Controlling how they communicate, however... (credit: NSF) We will update this story with links to the preprint when it goes live on arXiv.org later today. Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message...
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Enlarge Apple is reportedly working on bringing a feature to the Apple Watch that has been noticeably absent since the wearable's inception: sleep tracking. According to a report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, 'people familiar with the work' claim the iPhone maker has been...
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Europe is planning to develop the Themis demonstrator in the early 2020s. [credit: Ariane Works ] Late last week, the European rocket maker Ariane Group and the French space agency CNES announced the creation of an 'acceleration platform' to speed development of future...
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Enlarge (credit: Jeremy Brooks / Flickr) More than five years have passed since researchers warned of the serious security risks that a widely used administrative tool poses to servers used for some of the most sensitive and mission-critical computing. Now, new research...
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A front view of the Lenovo M14 monitor connected to a laptop with USB-C. [credit: Lenovo ] Mobile World Congress is mostly about phones and other mobile tech, but Lenovo also used the show to introduce a handful of new products outside that narrow-but-vast category. The...
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Enlarge (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images) The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a federal judge to hold Tesla boss Elon Musk in contempt for tweeting last Tuesday that 'Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019.' In reality, Tesla only...
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Enlarge / An Airbus SE A380 aircraft operated by Qantas Airways Ltd. approaches to land at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (credit: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Air travel is a major source of carbon pollution, and currently,...
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Enlarge / Xbox One X. But what good is a monolithic box without some software to test on it? (credit: Microsoft) The last few Windows 10 preview builds have included some vague instructions from Microsoft to install a special edition of a game, State of Decay, and report...
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