On Monday, US aerospace companies submitted their final bids to capture some of the $1.2 billion on offer from the Air Force over the next five years to develop new launch systems for military purposes. The “Launch Services Agreement” competition has been closely watched in the aerospace industry, because the winners will help determine the future of US rocketry.
Through the competition, the Air Force seeks to end its dependence on Russian-made engines to get its spy and communications satellites into space. It wants commercial companies to provide two US-manufactured launch systems that can meet all of the national security requirements, including the launch of complex and heavy payloads.
Previously for this program, the Air Force has invested in technology development, and in 2016 it provided rocket engine development awards to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, United Launch Alliance, and Aerojet Rocketdyne. In future awards, the Air Force is likely to eventually winnow the number of participants. But which way would it go?
The phone maker's growth has exploded thanks to word of mouth. But the CEO hopes to win you over to the OnePlus 5T, even if you're not a hardcore fan.
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Survey reveals GDPR training and investment is on the rise
Multinationals whose data protection compliance was rubberstamped by the UK's privacy regulator have been assured they won't be stripped of the authorisation after Brexit.…
Chinese students say they were forced to work for Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn in order to graduate from high school.
Brit biz bosses, improve your infosec. We'll handle Russia
The chief exec of the National Cyber Security Centre – a branch of the UK's spy nerve-centre GCHQ – has called on everyone to enable two-factor authentication for their emails. This follows revelations that almost the entire population's details are available for sale on the dark web.…
Even phones that have been reset to their factory settings can tell Google where you are.
Machine-learning engine stapled to 3PAR arrays
HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.…
Black Friday week? Is that a thing? Er, not for all retailers
What started as a Saturday afternoon nap for SagePay turned into a three-day snooze fest, angering retailers that were as of last night still struggling to process sales in a peak shopping week.…
Tether says it is taking steps to prevent thieves from cashing in the stolen funds.
Alphabet's Eric Schmidt says the search engine's algorithms can help reduce spread of propaganda.
Ma Huateng's company is the first Asian firm to reach a market value of more than $500bn.
On Tuesday morning, the second vehicle in Aston Martin's new "Second Century" plan was revealed to the world. The new Vantage sports car is a modern replacement for the company's best-selling model of all time. Powered by a 503hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8, it's a lighter, more-focused vehicle than the related DB11, which first saw daylight in 2016.
The Vantage is the company's entry-level car—although this is Aston Martin we're talking about, so "entry-level" means $150,000. It'll be some time before we get to drive the new Vantage. But just based on these photographs, plus my experience of the new DB11—by a quirk of fate, you'll be able to read about that vehicle tomorrow—the Vantage will almost certainly justify that price tag.
The two best Androids battle it out in an old-fashioned camera comparison.
Another day, another online banking snafu
Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.…
User files bug report
A Debian software package containing an "ASCII representation of zoophilia" has been installed automatically on some users' machines.…
Burkina Faso the most expensive, UK in top third cheapest
Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband (if you're willing to ignore political and social problems).…
Yeah? Us neither. Here's another 'anchored benchmark' of a storage round-up
We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.…
Got a few quid and want to launch a lawsuit? Now is a good time
Comment Infamous online cesspit Twitter may have unintentionally made itself easier to sue for the things users write on its site, following recently announced changes to its "blue tick" verification system.…
Storage-class memory Nirvana 1.0 could be a 2019 event, says our man
Analysis Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen?…