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80 percent of buses will be electric by 2040, study claims - Roadshow - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:58pm
Bus fleets will become electrified far more quickly than regular cars, according to a new study.

Inside an Amazon warehouse that ships your supersized purchases - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:44pm
Because if you want a javelin or a life-size Yeti statue, you need it with two-day shipping.

LG Q7 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - May 21, 2018 - 5:36pm
Big display. Some AI. Coming soon.

NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 5:34pm

Enlarge / The Earth's magnetic field is remarkably sneaky. (credit: NASA)

It was bound to happen eventually. A group of researchers that may actually be competent and well-funded is investigating alternative thrust concepts. This includes our favorite, the WTF-thruster EM-drive, as well as something called a Mach-Effect thruster. The results, presented at Space Propulsion 2018, are pretty much as expected: a big fat meh.

The key motivation behind all of this is that rocket technology largely sucks for getting people around the Solar System. And it sucks even worse as soon as you consider the problem of interstellar travel. The result is that good people spend a lot of time eliminating even the most far-fetched ideas. The EM-drive is a case in point. It's basically a truncated hollow copper cone that you feed electromagnetic radiation into. The radiation bounces around in the cone. And, by some physics-defying magic, unicorns materialize to push you through space.

Well, that explanation is at least as plausible as any of the others. There is no physics explaining how this could work, but some people at NASA have claimed that it does.

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Get the Cheapskate Mystery Box for $60 - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:34pm
With a total value of over $250 and all net proceeds going to charity, it's a triple-win!

Ford recalls 273 EcoSport SUVs for European cross-contamination - Roadshow - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:17pm
Imagine the horror of opening the manual in America and seeing the word "tyres."

Mark Webber drives Porsche Mission E, finds hints of 919 Le Mans racer - Roadshow - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:13pm
This thing's gonna be good, no doubt about it.

Tesla leaps up Fortune 500 and Apple slips, but Walmart beats them all - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:08pm
The big-box retailer is still bigger than Apple according to the Fortune 500.

Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 5:07pm
Three fixed, including critical remote code execution bug

Infosec outfit Foregenix has uncovered six vulnerabilities in Dell EMC's data protection platform RecoverPoint, three of which have been fixed.…

X-Force, Deadpool 2's new superhero team, explained - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 5:06pm
Deadpool 2 features the cinematic debut of a long-running Marvel comics team. Here's everything you need to know about them. Mild spoilers ahead.

Alexa coming to Acer Spin notebooks from May 23 - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 4:52pm
But some notebooks won't be shipping with Alexa onboard.

A Segway vending machine debuts in Singapore - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 4:37pm
The vending machine hopes to snag impulse buyers.

Who is Deadpool 2's Cable? Here's everything you need to know - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
The most convoluted backstory in comics, explained.

Ariane chief seems frustrated with SpaceX for driving down launch costs

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 4:25pm

Enlarge / The Ariane 5 rocket launches in April, 2018. (credit: Ariane Group)

The France-based Ariane Group is the primary contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, and it has also begun developing the Ariane 6 rocket. The firm has a reliable record—indeed, NASA chose the Ariane 5 booster to fly its multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope—but it also faces an uncertain future in an increasingly competitive launch market.

Like Russia and the US-based United Launch Alliance, the Ariane Group faces pricing pressure from SpaceX, which offers launch prices as low as $62 million for its Falcon 9 rocket. It has specifically developed the Ariane 6 rocket to compete with the Falcon 9 booster.

But there are a couple of problems with this. Despite efforts to cut costs, the two variants of the Ariane 6 will still cost at least 25 percent more than SpaceX's present-day prices. Moreover, the Ariane 6 will not fly until 2020 at the earliest, by which time Falcon 9 could offer significantly cheaper prices on used Falcon 9 boosters if it needed to. (The Ariane 6 rocket is entirely expendable).

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 4:24pm
Full details of case now available after Reg legal victory

Computer parts reseller Aria Technology, which trades as Aria PC, is appealing against a ruling that it defrauded the UK taxman out of £750,000 of VAT.…

Top Monday deals: $100 off Apple Watch Series 1, mini projector for $250 - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 4:22pm
Here are a few of the top tech deals we think are worth checking out as the work week starts.

Capcom requires high-speed streaming to play Resident Evil 7 on Switch

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 4:12pm

Capcom's announcement video for the Japanese Biohazard 7: Cloud Edition.

Capcom will give Japanese Switch owners a chance to play last year's Resident Evil 7 on the Switch later this week. But the port will only be playable as an online stream running on Capcom's own servers, rather than a downloaded version that would run directly on the Switch's relatively low-powered hardware.

On May 24, Biohazard 7: Cloud Edition will be offered to Japanese consumers as a 15-minute free trial and a 180-day, ¥2,000 (about $18) streaming "play ticket," according to a trailer posted by Nintendo Everything. The 45MB download includes streaming access to all of the game's DLC but not the English-language translation, so most Westerners shouldn't even bother trying to play from across the ocean.

Earlier this month, Sega's Japanese Switch port of Phantasy Star Online 2 used a similar cloud server structure to stream gameplay to the system. This seems to be the first time an exclusively single-player game is being streamed to the Switch rather than ported as a direct download, though. There have also been cloud-powered versions of Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Quest X for Japanese smartphones in recent years.

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Huawei MateBook Pro X will be landing in the US - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 4:12pm
As trade negotiations with China start to warm, Huawei's wasting no time.

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