Norway chooses not to explore new oil fields, may invest billions in renewables

Enlarge / A faint but colourful aurora from the Lofoten Islands, Norway, on March 10, 2018. (credit: VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images) On Saturday, the leader of Norway’s Labor Party said the party would stop pushing for oil exploration in the country’s ecologically-sensitive Lofoten Islands, according to Bloomberg. Norway is a major oil producer, pumping …

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SpaceX likely to win NASA’s crew competition by months, for billions less

Enlarge / SpaceX’s Crew Dragon approaches the International Space Station in March, 2019. (credit: NASA) Nearly five years ago, NASA faced a difficult decision. The agency had spent about $1.5 billion to help Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada Corporation design spacecraft that could carry US astronauts to the International Space Station. As it sought to …

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Hands-on: First public previews of Chromium-based Edge are now out

Enlarge / There’s really no difference between how the Ars front page looks in Edge and Chrome. Microsoft’s switch to using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser was announced in December last year, and the first public preview build is out now. Canary builds, updated daily, and Dev builds, updated weekly, are available …

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More jails replace in-person visits with awful video chat products

Enlarge / Kiosks from GTL, a leading video-visitation provider. (credit: GTL) After April 15, inmates at the Adult Detention Center in Lowndes County, Mississippi will no longer be allowed to visit with family members face to face. Newton County, Missouri, implemented an in-person visitor ban last month. The Allen County Jail in Indiana phased out …

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Well-funded surveillance operation infected both iOS and Android devices

Enlarge (credit: Maurizio Pesce Follow) Researchers recently discovered a well-funded mobile phone surveillance operation that was capable of surreptitiously stealing a variety of data from phones running both the iOS and Android operating systems. Researchers believe the malware is so-called “lawful intercept” software sold to law-enforcement and governments. Exodus, as the malware for Android phones …

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Samsung Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor defeated by a $450 3D printer

Enlarge / A slide from Samsung’s Galaxy S10 launch. (credit: Samsung) This year in the world of smartphone fingerprint sensors, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, the 3D Sonic Sensor, is expected to get widespread adoption. The first phone with the new sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S10, has been in the wild for about a few …

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Tesla sells European emissions law lifeline to Fiat Chrysler

Enlarge / The ultimate compliance car? Sergio Marchionne, the late CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, had said that the company lost either $14,000, or $20,000, on every Fiat 500e, depending who you believe. (credit: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) Over the weekend, the Financial Times reported that Tesla and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have entered into an …

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