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  • Asteroid From Another Star System Found Orbiting Wrong Way Near Jupiter
    Astronomers have spotted an asteroid orbiting our sun in the opposite (retrograde) direction to the planets. The 2-mile-wide asteroid, known as 2015 BZ509, is the first "interstellar immigrant" from beyond our solar system to remain, according to the…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:00am -
  • Trump Ignores 'Inconvenient' Security Rules To Keep Tweeting On His iPhone, Says Report
    According to Politico, "President Donald Trump uses a White House cellphone that isn't equipped with sophisticated security features designed to shield his communications." The decision is "a departure from the practice of his predecessors that poten…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 18, 7:00am -
  • German Test Reveals That Magnetic Fields Are Pushing the EM Drive
    "Researchers in Germany have performed an independent, controlled test of the infamous EM Drive with an unprecedented level of precision," writes PvtVoid. "The result? The thrust is coming from interactions with the Earth's magnetic field." From the…
    - 10 hours ago, 22 May 18, 3:30am -
  • Comcast Website Bug Leaks Xfinity Customer Data
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A bug in Comcast's website used to activate Xfinity routers can return sensitive information on the company's customers. The website, used by customers to set up their home internet and cable service, c…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 18, 2:10am -
  • The Toughest (And Weakest) Phones Currently On the Market
    New submitter Daneel Olivaw R. shares a report from Tom's Guide: To measure each phone's toughness, [Tom's Guide] dropped it from both 4 and 6 feet onto wood and concrete. After each test, we recorded the damage to the phone. If a phone was rendered…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 May 18, 1:30am -
  • Boeing's Folding Wingtips Get the FAA Green Light
    Boeing received FAA approval today for its folding wingtips, which will let the planes stop at airport gates big enough to accommodate typical 777 models. "Once the 777X lands, the wingtips will rotate until they point upwards," reports Engadget. "Bl…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 May 18, 12:50am -
  • Google and Microsoft Disclose New CPU Flaw, and the Fix Can Slow Machines Down
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft and Google are jointly disclosing a new CPU security vulnerability that's similar to the Meltdown and Spectre flaws that were revealed earlier this year. Labelled Speculative Store Bypass…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 May 18, 12:10am -
  • US Treasury Secretary Calls For Google Monopoly Probe
    After a 60 Minutes episode that focused on Google and its effective search monopoly, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called for large tech companies to be investigated for potential antitrust violations. Asked whether Google was abusing its mar…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 May 18, 11:30pm -
  • FCC is Hurting Consumers To Help Corporations, Mignon Clyburn Says On Exit
    Former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who left the agency this month, has taken aim at it in an interview, saying the agency has abandoned its mission to safeguard consumers and protect their privacy and speech. From her interview with ArsTechnica: "I'…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 May 18, 10:50pm -
  • Tesla Model 3 Falls Short of Consumer Reports Recommendation
    Consumer Reports published their review of the Tesla Model 3 today. The product review site liked the vehicle's range of the battery and agile handling, but had issues with braking, controls, and ride quality. Overall, it failed to get a recommendati…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 May 18, 10:10pm -
  • Should T-Mobile Stop Claiming It Has 'Best Unlimited Network'?
    An anonymous reader writes: Speed isn't everything, or is it? According to a report from Ars Technica, the National Advertising Division (NAD) says T-Mobile should stop claiming that is has "America's Best Unlimited Network" because it needs to prove…
    - 16 hours ago, 21 May 18, 9:30pm -
  • A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
    In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto. Their claim, which they made based on the curious orbits of distant icy worlds, quickly sparked a race t…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 May 18, 8:50pm -


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    • RED is building an 8K 3D camera for its holographic phone
      RED is partnering with a company called Lucid on an 8K, 3D prosumer camera that will work with its incoming Hydrogen One smartphone, Lucid announced. The device -- shown above in prototype form at RED's Hydrogen One party -- has two synced 4K cameras…
      - 2 hours ago, 22 May 18, 11:00am -
    • The Morning After: 'The Expanse' may live again
      Hey, good morning!Wake up! The Expanse might live again. Razer reinvents its Blade gaming laptops to battle a new generation of slim, powerful games machines. And if you don't like bleeding-edge gaming, we also reviewed a new game for the decades-o…
      - 3 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:34am -
    • Senators ask the FCC to investigate fake net neutrality comments
      Two Senators from opposing parties have put aside their differences to demand an investigation into the stolen identities that led to millions of fake net neutrality comments on the FCC's website. In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Senat…
      - 3 hours ago, 22 May 18, 10:04am -
    • Sony makes moves to dominate image sensors and music
      Sony's turnaround was started by its former chief, Kaz Hirai, who insisted that the business kill off weaker businesses to focus on its strengths. His replacement, Kenichiro Yoshida, has unveiled his own, three-year plan to help continue the work tha…
      - 4 hours ago, 22 May 18, 9:39am -
    • Twitter opts for its own emoji to ease frustration for Android users
      Twitter users on Android might be a little less frustrated that they can't see every emoji if they can't (or won't) upgrade to Android Oreo. That's because Twitter has dropped Android's native emoji and is using its own, open-source Twemoji to displa…
      - 5 hours ago, 22 May 18, 8:40am -
    • Razer’s revamped Blade gaming laptop is an upgrade in every way
      The Razer Blade is back, and it has pretty much all of the features you'd expect from a gaming notebook in 2018. Notably, the company has refined the laptop's design significantly. Gone are the bulky bezels around the last Blade's 14-inch screen.…
      - 6 hours ago, 22 May 18, 7:01am -
    • Razer unveils a cheaper external GPU case, the $299 'Core X'
      Razer's latest stab at an external GPU case, the $299 Core X, is its most interesting one yet. Like the company's earlier models, it's a way for you to bring the power of a desktop video card to ultraportable laptops. It just does so for much less th…
      - 6 hours ago, 22 May 18, 7:01am -
    • Oculus brings Boggle to VR because... why not?
      Hasbro isn't wasting much time bringing its board games to Oculus Rooms. As promised, you can now play Boggle in Facebook's social VR space, letting you play the classic word-finding game with up to four pals using Oculus Go or Gear VR headsets. It…
      - 7 hours ago, 22 May 18, 6:02am -