Technology

Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Weaponized drones aren’t new. The US military, and more recently that of other countries, have been using large, expensive, missile-equipped models for remote strikes for many years. But lightweight drones have been limited by the amount of gimbal required to deal with recoil, and the weight of a weapon plus ammunition. Startup Duke Robotics says it is changing all that. Its TIKAD system combines a remote-control weapon system with a purpose-built, eight-rotor drone. The combination ...

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Leaked Microsoft Memo Reveals High Return Rates on Surface Hardware

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, Consumer Reports yanked its recommendations on the four Microsoft Surface products it had previously recommended. The organization then compounded the situation by switching the entire Surface product line over to ‘Not Recommended’ status based on its findings that 25 percent of Surface owners experienced problems with the device by the end of their second year of ownership. Microsoft, unsurprisingly, disputed these findings. Now there’s further evidence that the company has not only had ...

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Possible Unexploded WW2 Munitions Found At Fukushima

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Workers at the decommissioned nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi have reported finding an unexploded bomb at a parking lot undergoing maintenance. The bomb (or bomb-like object) is reportedly 33 inches long and 6 inches in diameter. It is not clear if those dimensions refer to the entirety of the object, or just a segment of it. There’s reference to what may be a stabilizer on the tail, but this could also mean that the tail, alone, matches ...

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The ISS is Getting the Most Powerful Computer Ever Sent to Space

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When SpaceX’s next mission launches on August 14, it won’t just be carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has partnered with HP to perform a long-term experiment on how high-end, modern computers will perform in space compared with on Earth. Space, as you may or may not know, is absolutely murder on electronics. Cosmic rays are sufficiently plentiful that astronauts since the 1960s have reported seeing flashes of light when their eyes ...

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LG Adds FM Radio Support in Current, Future Phones

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The phone industry may officially have many players, but in the United States its nearly a duopoly between Samsung and Apple. Worldwide, those two companies extract virtually all the profit from the phone market, but that’s a different topic. It can be difficult for other companies to stand out in the US, but LG may have hit on an interesting way to do so, by offering free FM radio on its phones. Outside the United ...

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NASA May Use Atomic Rockets to Reach Mars

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Engineers have developed some truly impressive rockets over the decades, including the Saturn V that sent men to the moon. However, they’ve all been chemical rockets, which need an enormous amount of fuel just to slip the bonds of gravity and reach orbit. As NASA sets its sights on more distant goals like Mars, there’s renewed interest in a Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system. NASA has partnered with BWXT Nuclear Energy to develop one. NASA ...

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Essential Phone Production Has Started, Launches Next Week

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Andy Rubin has been involved in the mobile industry for years, including a role in founding both Danger (makers of the Sidekick) and Android before it was acquired by Google. Now, Rubin is heading up an effort to build new phones at his new company, Essential. Rubin says the phone is coming soon — as soon as next week — and he has the pictures to prove it. The long-teased Essential Phone PH-1 was unveiled ...

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Intel Kills the Atom SoC Powering Microsoft’s HoloLens

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last month, we wrote about new information about the follow-up to Microsoft’s HoloLens, and how the new device would integrate an AI co-processor. At the time, we speculated that Intel’s Atom SoCs might not be long for this world, though we didn’t expect the hammer to drop quite as quickly as it has. Intel is killing its Atom X5-Z8100P processor, the chip that powers the Microsoft HoloLens. This chip isn’t publicly listed on Intel’s website ...

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Intel Kills the Atom SoC Powering Microsoft’s HoloLens

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last month, we wrote about new information about the follow-up to Microsoft’s HoloLens, and how the new device would integrate an AI co-processor. At the time, we speculated that Intel’s Atom SoCs might not be long for this world, though we didn’t expect the hammer to drop quite as quickly as it has. Intel is killing its Atom X5-Z8100P processor, the chip that powers the Microsoft HoloLens. This chip isn’t publicly listed on Intel’s website ...

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Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Once upon a time (read: prior to the late 1990s), you had workstation-class hardware and desktop-class hardware, and never the twain shall meet. If you had a workstation, it meant you ran a CPU based on a real ISA, like MIPS, SPARC, or Alpha. In later years, after Wintel buried its non-x86 competitors, it still implied a system meant for professional and business applications, with an emphasis on stability and reliability. The lines between workstations ...

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