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Apple closes in on $1 billion deal to buy Intel’s modem business: report

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook. (credit: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Apple is in the final stages of negotiations to buy the bulk of Intel’s modem chip business, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal says the deal, valued at $1 billion or more, could be finalized in the next week. The deal …

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Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy

Enlarge (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) The spinoffs from gravitational wave detectors are not just new scientific discoveries. The technology also has other uses. A good example of this is the gravity-measuring mission, GRACE Follow On, which was launched last year. The first reports on its laser rangefinder’s performance have been released, and it makes for impressive reading. …

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Nvidia RTX 2080 Super hands-on: The result when AMD is out of striking distance

It’s neither bird nor plane, but rather a new RTX Super GPU from Nvidia. Behold: the RTX 2080 Super, shipping as of today. [credit: Nvidia ] Earlier this month, Nvidia kicked a stool out from under AMD’s feet, just as the graphics-card sector began heating up anew. AMD was set to land a serious blow …

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Formula E five years on: Cars Technica grades the electric racing series

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) This past weekend, against a backdrop of lower Manhattan, Formula E held its season-ending double-header. After 13 races across the globe, the DS Techeetah team was triumphant, scoring more points than any of its rivals to take the team championship. And Jean-Eric Vergne, one of DS Techeetah’s two drivers, beat out his …

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Chances of destructive BlueKeep exploit rise with new explainer posted online

Enlarge (credit: One of the slides posted to Github) A security researcher has published a detailed guide that shows how to execute malicious code on Windows computers still vulnerable to the critical BlueKeep vulnerability. The move significantly lowers the bar for writing exploits that wreak the kinds of destructive attacks not seen since the WannaCry …

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Christopher Columbus Kraft, NASA’s legendary flight director, has died

Chris Kraft, left, and Robert Gilruth monitor the launch of Apollo 5 in 1968. [credit: NASA ] Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.—one of NASA’s founding engineers, its first flight director, and a key architect of the Apollo and space shuttle programs—has died at the age of 95. Back during the earliest days of NASA, the head …

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