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Boeing is reportedly ending production of its 747 jumbo jet
Posted on July 5, 2020 at 2:03 am

If it wasn’t already apparent that the era of ‘big’ flying is ending, it might be soon. Bloomberg sources say Boeing is ending production of its iconic 747 jumbo jet (specifically, the 747-8) in about two years. A spokesperson for the aircraft maker... […]

Nigerians face US charges over online fraud worth 'hundreds of millions'
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 10:25 pm

US law enforcement is cracking down on a pair of alleged online fraudsters that appear to have been wildly successful. The United Arab Emirates has sent the US two Nigerian nationals, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas and Olakean Jacob Ponle, to face charges rela... […]

Watch Rocket Lab launch a Canon satellite into space at 5:19PM ET
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm

Public fireworks shows may be in short supply this weekend due to the pandemic, but Rocket Lab is ready to fill the gap. It’s planning to launch its 13th mission, “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” from a complex on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 5:19PM E... […]

Porsche unveils more affordable rear-wheel drive Taycan, but only for China
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 6:32 pm

Porsche is finally ready to offer a rear-wheel drive Taycan, but you probably can’t buy it — at least, not yet. As Autoblog reports, the company has unveiled a China-only version of the electric car that removes the front motor in favor of a RWD syst... […]

Scientists create special nose-swabbing robot to test for COVID-19
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm

In the future, a special robot designed to help protect healthcare workers may test you for the flu, COVID-19, and other pathogens that require a nose swab. The contraption was created by engineers at the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM), which explains that the robot can be also be used to swab a patient’s throat for conditions like … Continue reading […]

Reddit and LinkedIn will fix clipboard snooping in their iOS apps
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 3:29 pm

The clipboard privacy feature in iOS 14 is prompting more major developers to tone down their apps’ nosy behavior. To start, Reddit told The Verge in a statement that it would fix code in its iOS app that copies clipboard data with virtually every ke... […]

Netflix just released its best UI customization feature to date
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

If you’re like the average Netflix subscriber, you’ve likely started to watch some random show or movie, only to realize that you really don’t want to watch it. You exit the show and continue to browse, but there’s a problem — every time you launch the app, that barely-watched and unwanted show reappears in your ‘Continue Watching’ row where you’re … Continue reading […]

Animal Crossing fans get real about the fictional NookPhone
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Animal Crossing: New Horizons may be set in a tranquil island paradise, but even there you can’t escape the technology of the modern world. Every resident is issued a proprietary NookPhone in the game, which allows you to take photos, look at your li... […]

NASA remembers July 4 Mars milestone that made its rovers possible
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

NASA is remembering one of its most notable July 4th events: the arrival of its Sojourner on Mars in 1997. Depending on your age, you may not be familiar with Sojourner, having instead learned about Curiosity, the now-defunct Opportunity, and perhaps even the Spirit rover, which was active on the Red Planet from 2004 to 2010. Lesser known is the … Continue reading […]

Study warns fireworks can cause long-term lung damage
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 4, 2020 at 11:02 am

Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate a big occasion, but they may have consequences that last beyond an enjoyable evening under the sparkling lights. A newly published study warns that colorful fireworks like the kind often used at public celebrations produce toxic metal particles that persist in the air, potentially causing damage to human cells that come into contact … Continue reading […]

Galaxy Watch 3 release date, features, pricing and things you should know
Posted by Bharat Bhushan on July 4, 2020 at 9:57 am

Countdown for the launch of Samsung’s next-generation smartwatch has officially started. After various rumors and countless back and forth, we have July 22 as the alleged release date; as it nears – we can expect more details of the watch to surface. From what we already know, courtesy some of the most credible speculations we have come across, the new … Continue reading […]

House approves $100 billion in broadband funding for rural areas
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 1:00 am

The US House of Representatives approved the Moving Forward Act this week, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that puts $100 billion toward bringing high-speed broadband to underserved areas. The ambitious bill also allocates funds toward transporta... […]

'Horizon Zero Dawn' hits Steam and Epic Games Store on August 7th
Posted on July 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

Sony confirmed a few months back that Horizon Zero Dawn would no longer be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and now we know when it’ll make its way to PC. Guerrilla Games’ hit action RPG will hit the Epic Store and Steam on August 7th.The PC version of Hor... […]

The UK buys a 45 percent stake in broke satellite startup OneWeb
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 11:00 pm

After losing access to the EU's satellite-navigation system Galileo due to Brexit, the UK is hoping to replace it with OneWeb satellites. A government-led consortium has won an auction for the satellite internet company, which filed for Chapter 11 ba... […]

Researchers trained a quadruped robot to cross a balance beam
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm

While four-legged robots can achieve impressive feats, like pulling an airplane or climbing a fence, they still have a few limitations. In most cases, they need a fairly large surface to walk on. A team of Italian robotics researchers is looking to c... […]

Rotating streaming services trend pushes back against rising costs
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 3, 2020 at 9:45 pm

The streaming industry has grown seemingly exponentially over the past couple of years, with a huge variety of major and minor services launching across the already fragmented landscape. Companies are competing to earn subscribers by releasing original shows exclusive to their own platforms, ultimately fueling the biggest complaint from consumers: the costs have gotten too high. A growing trend pushes … Continue reading […]

Disney axes 4K re-release of 'The Empire Strikes Back' in UK cinemas
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm

As cinemas in the UK prepared to reopen after lockdown, they promised Star Wars fans a treat. Disney and Vue planned to release a 4K version of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. That would have been the first time a UHD version of an or... […]

2020 Honda CR-V Touring Review: The Benchmark
Posted by Chris Davies on July 3, 2020 at 8:01 pm

There’s a reason the CR-V is a perennial best-seller for Honda; nothing else in the automaker’s line-up quite epitomizes its combination of practicality, attainable refinement, and uncontroversial good looks. In the case of the 2020 CR-V Touring AWD, a recent refresh sets it up to better fend off rivals like VW’s Tiguan, Nissan’s Rogue, and Toyota’s RAV4. Of the set, … Continue reading […]

Lime brings Jump bikes back to London
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm

When Uber handed Jump, its scooter- and bike-sharing division, over to Lime, it sent thousands of Jump e-bikes in the US to the scrapheap to be recycled. In Europe, thousands of the bikes were pulled from city streets. Now, under Lime’s direction, so... […]

Hamilton alone makes Disney+ worth it
Posted by Eric Abent on July 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past three weeks, then you likely know that Hamilton is now live on Disney+. Hamilton is one of those benchmark Broadway musicals, like Phantom of the Opera or Wicked, that changed the game and generated insane amounts of hype when it first premiered. And like those two shows, it’s going … Continue reading […]

Harvard's transforming robotic fabric could lead to therapeutic wearables
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Robotic fabrics or textiles are far from new, but they’re usually attached to bulky external machines that can modulate air pressure inside them to make them move or change their shape. Since that could limit their potential applications, a team of H... […]

Olympus rolls out PC app that turns some of its cameras into webcams
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Olympus may be selling its camera business — to the same company that bought Sony’s VAIO PC division — but it’s not abandoning its products just yet. It has just released a new beta application called OM-D Webcam, which gives Olympus cameras webcam c... […]

Shiny Pokemon GO watch list today: Party Hats, Balloons, Flying types
Posted by Chris Burns on July 3, 2020 at 5:43 pm

Starting today in Pokemon GO, here on July 3, 2020, there’s a brand new list of Shiny Pokemon in the wild. Spawning during this event in the wild, in Pokemon Raids, and in Pokemon Eggs, you’ll find as wide and diverse a list of Shiny Pokemon as there’s ever been. Here we’re seeing not just bug Pokemon, not just flying … Continue reading […]

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Review – Heritage Heresy
Posted by Chris Davies on July 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Nobody asked for the 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, but that’s not to say there’s not an audience for a feistier, crossover-adjacent, heritage-inverting sports sorta-sedan. Unexpected to the eyes and even more shocking when you consider what’s going on beneath, there’s more to figure out here than just the lengthy name. Just what defines a “Gran Coupe”? It’s basically … Continue reading […]

Watch Hamilton on Disney+ now: 5 key facts you’ll want to know
Posted by Chris Burns on July 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm

So you’re watching the Disney+ (or Disney Plus, if you prefer) release of Hamilton right now. You’ve listened to the Broadway soundtrack a billion times at this point, and you might well have seen a bootleg version of the play – maybe you even saw the play live on stage. Now you’re watching this Disney+ version and you’re wondering if … Continue reading […]

What to expect from the next version of 5G
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

5G coverage may still be sparse, and the world is still trying to understand how it works or affects us, but the people that define networking standards won’t stop working on it. The 3GPP, which is a group of organizations that develop protocols for... […]

Minecraft is so big it’s getting a breakfast cereal
Posted by Eric Abent on July 3, 2020 at 4:51 pm

When it comes to video games, few have become so big that they get their own breakfast cereal. The fairly short list includes franchises like Angry Birds, Super Mario, and Overwatch, but it won’t be long before we see Minecraft join them. Kellogg’s has announced that it’s making a breakfast cereal themed around Minecraft, and that can only mean one … Continue reading […]

'Iron Man VR' has moments of brilliance, but shows the limits of PSVR
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Iron Man should be the best hero to transition from comics to VR. His own interactions with his suit touch on augmented reality controls, steering a powerful avatar in sync with Stark’s movements. So, just like me, with a pair of digital wands with c... […]

Surprising study finds drinking alcohol may protect brain health
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on July 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Studies over the potential risks and benefits of drinking alcohol are all over the place, with some reporting that light drinking may be relatively health-neutral, while others have found that even small amounts can be harmful — and, of course, there are the studies linking alcohol to protective benefits. A new study follows that latter line, reporting that up to … Continue reading […]

This week's best deals: Apple Watch Series 3, Nest Hub Max and more
Posted on July 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm

The Independence Day weekend kicks off with a bunch of deals on popular electronics and outdoor tech. The Apple Watch Series 3 remains at its lowest price ever and you can get $100 off the newest MacBook Air. Weber’s connected SmokeFire grills are $2... […]

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After a second stage failure, Rocket Lab loses seven satellites
Posted by Eric Berger on July 4, 2020 at 11:01 pm

"The In-Space team is absolutely gutted by this news." […]

The explosive physics of pooping penguins: they can shoot poo over four feet
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on July 4, 2020 at 6:45 pm

It builds on findings of a 2003 study that won an Ig Nobel Prize in Fluid Dynamics. […]

5G was going to unite the world—instead it’s tearing us apart
Posted by WIRED on July 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Divisions over technical standards and Huawei are jeopardizing 5G rollouts. […]

How one IndyCar driver turned his type 1 diabetes into an advantage
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on July 4, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Blood glucose becomes just one more telemetry feed to track during a race. […]

A few good tech deals happening this July 4th weekend
Posted by Ars Staff on July 4, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Including discounts on video games, Apple Watch, Bluetooth speakers, and more. […]

The remote British village that built one of the UK’s fastest Internet networks
Posted by Ars Staff on July 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham is becoming known for more than its views. […]

We traced Namco’s “new” Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack
Posted by Kyle Orland on July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Ars connects the dots to unearth the previously unheralded work of "Coke774." […]

The 416 quadrillion reasons why Japan’s supercomputer is number 1
Posted by Financial Times on July 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Fugaku's compute power focus on parsing earthquakes, weather patterns, and coughs. […]

Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on July 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Meet the (reluctant) new Chosen One of the Order of the Cruciform Sword. […]

Schools already struggled with cybersecurity. Then came COVID-19
Posted by WIRED on July 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm

A lack of resources has made it hard to keep data secure. […]

How mobile games crushed consoles
Posted by Financial Times on July 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Revenues set to hit $100B this year as locked-down masses flock to casual gaming. […]

Stellar deepfake thriller The Capture lands in USA thanks to NBC Peacock
Posted by Ars Staff on July 3, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Spoiler-free take on why the show's worth watching—and some streaming questions for BBC. […]

The bat-virus détente
Posted by Ars Staff on July 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Bats cope with myriad viruses—including what caused COVID-19—so how do they do it? […]

Rocket Report: SpaceX faces South Texas review, the Angara A5 costs too much
Posted by Eric Berger on July 3, 2020 at 11:00 am

"Ariane 6 is a necessary step, but not the ultimate aim." […]

EVO 2020 game tourney canceled, co-founder fired [Updated]
Posted by Sam Machkovech on July 3, 2020 at 12:55 am

Co-founder has apparently acknowledged vile accusations: "I was young and reckless." […]

NY partygoers get subpoenas after stonewalling COVID-19 contact tracers
Posted by Beth Mole on July 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm

County executive vows to keep "ignorance, stupidity, or obstinance" from risking lives. […]

Commerce Inspector General says “Sharpiegate” report being blocked
Posted by Scott K. Johnson on July 2, 2020 at 7:36 pm

A redacted summary memo has appeared, but the full report has been held back. […]

Can’t afford to fly to space? Settle for smelling like it
Posted by Jim Salter on July 2, 2020 at 7:10 pm

There are no smells in vacuum—but recycled air in an orbiter is another story. […]

Heated seats as a service? BMW wants to sell car features on demand
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on July 2, 2020 at 6:55 pm

BMW says it's a way to try before you buy, but do people want an extra monthly fee? […]

Police infiltrate encrypted phones, arrest hundreds in organized crime bust
Posted by Kate Cox on July 2, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Police in UK and EU got “millions” of explicit criminal messages from Encrochat. […]