Technology

Report: Apple is developing satellites so the iPhone can skip wireless carriers

Enlarge / The iPhone 11. (credit: Samuel Axon) Bloomberg has cited sources familiar with Apple plans saying that the iPhone-maker has a “top-secret” team dedicated to developing satellite technology that could, among other things, allow Apple’s mobile devices to communicate with each other without relying on wireless carriers like Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, or China Mobile. …

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Motorola gets cold feet, delays $1,500 Razr foldable days before launch

The new Moto Razr. [credit: Motorola ] The $1,500 foldable Moto Razr was announced in November and quickly became one of the most striking and talked-about smartphones in recent memory. Motorola combined the nostalgic design of one of the most iconic flip phones ever, with new-age foldable display technology and a wild new hinge design that didn’t …

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New federal rule will hurt renewables, help gas and coal

Enlarge / Pennsylvania wind turbines that probably spent the day trying to understand what a “MOPR” is. (credit: Jeff Kubina) On Thursday, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a long-awaited decision that had been log-jammed until Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur stepped down, breaking a 2-2 tie. The details are complex, and they relate to …

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Woman had 524x the normal level of mercury in her blood from skin cream use

Enlarge / A woman applying cream in a mirror (not the woman at the center of this health story, though). (credit: Flickr | Kylie Aquino) A 47-year-old woman in Sacramento, California, has been left severely impaired—unable to talk or care for herself and requiring a feeding tube—after using tainted face cream that contained highly toxic …

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Starliner’s timer was off—capsule thought engines were firing when they weren’t

An Atlas V rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday morning. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] Right on schedule Friday morning, an Atlas V rocket launched the Starliner spacecraft into a planned suborbital trajectory. This is a critical mission for NASA and Boeing, as the company seeks to use this test flight to …

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New boson appears in nuclear decay, breaks standard model

Enlarge / A collision in the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector produces a Higgs boson signature. (credit: Thomas McCauley/Lucas Taylor, CMS) In the world of physics, nothing gets the blood flowing like the thought that a new particle has been discovered. For decades now, physicists have been hunting for evidence that modern physics isn’t …

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Tenet marks Christopher Nolan’s return to high-concept sci-fi thrillers

John David Washington stars in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet. A pair of international spies must prevent the outbreak of World War III in the first trailer for Tenet, a forthcoming science fiction thriller from Director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight), who also gave us the mind- and reality-bending futuristic thriller Inception in 2010. …

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