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Engineers claim Samsung's aggressive design led to Note 7 fires

Engineers claim Samsung's aggressive design led to Note 7 fires But manufacturing technology company Instrumental has gotten its hands on a Note 7 to do a detailed third-party analysis.The Note 7 was getting universally excellent reviews several months ago as it hit the market.

30 years later, $1.6B mega-project finally puts Chernobyl to rest

30 years later, $1.6B mega-project finally puts Chernobyl to rest The Chernobyl reactor (hereafter, Chernobyl) has of course been buried in concrete and steel this entire time, but it’s also been 30 years since Russian authorities put that original “sarcophagus” into place.And the project, called New Safe Confinement, certainly was mega.

Plume ships its value-priced entry into the mesh Wi-Fi fray

Plume ships its value-priced entry into the mesh Wi-Fi fray We’ve written extensively about a variety of new mesh-based Wi-Fi solutions that are designed to replace both your router and access points, while providing whole home access to the internet.Startup Plume introduced a less-expensive alternative earlier this year, and is now delivering on its promise.

Why you should (or shouldn't) root your Android device

Why you should (or shouldn't) root your Android device There were several apps and tools that could root almost any Android phone or tablet, and you’d be ready to truly master your device in mere minutes.Gaining root access on Android is akin to running Windows as an administrator.

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images

The 25 best Hubble Space Telescope images The Hubble Space Telescope has been silently hovering above Earth for over 25 years, but it’s still returning spectacular images of the cosmos.Most of the famous Hubble images were taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day

Want a Death Star? That'll be $7.7 octillion per day British energy supplier Ovo Energy decided to pull together all the available data on the Death Star and estimate how much it would cost to power.To be accurate, this analysis is not estimating what it would cost the Galactic Empire of Star Wars to power the Death Star.

iPhone 8 rumors increasingly point to curved OLED display

iPhone 8 rumors increasingly point to curved OLED display As Apple preps for the iPhone 8, component suppliers are amassing stockpiles of OLED parts.Specifically, recent reports point to Interflex, BH, and Samsung Electro-Mechanics as suppliers of the components, which will be used by Samsung Display to manufacture the panels used in the iPhone 8.

SSD Pricewatch: SSD prices are expected to jump this quarter thanks to limited NAND supply, surging demand

SSD Pricewatch: SSD prices are expected to jump this quarter thanks to limited NAND supply, surging demand For the last few years, SDD prices have been falling steadily, thanks to increased NAND production by multiple companies and the transition to 3D NAND, which offers vastly increased densities for lower cost-per-bit.According to DRAMeXchange via CTimes, average contract prices for MLC NAND flash drives are expected to rise by 6-10% , while TLC products are anticipated to rise by 6-9%.

Gears of War 4 competitive cross-play being tested this weekend between PC, Xbox One owners

Gears of War 4 competitive cross-play being tested this weekend between PC, Xbox One owners If you’re still playing Gears of War 4’s multiplayer, this weekend has something special on offer.The Coalition team has decided to enable competitive cross-play for this weekend in hopes of gathering data on what it’s like for Xbox One and PC gamers to go head-to-head.

Hands-off the steering wheel with a Delphi-Mobileye autonomous test-drive

Hands-off the steering wheel with a Delphi-Mobileye autonomous test-drive And this is 4-5 years before we’re likely to see the first self-driving cars offered for sale.Still, most autonomous vehicles being tested drive like your grandfather: They’re painfully slow.

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS

This week in space: The future of NASA, the ESA diagnosed its Mars probe failure, and setbacks while resupplying the ISS A Russian Progress spacecraft was lost six minutes into its resupply flight to the ISS on Thursday.But the ISS crew is all fine, they’re not out of supplies, and there’s another resupply flight scheduled for next week.

Dark patterns and the dark web: FBI joins Rule 41 in setting troubling precedent

Dark patterns and the dark web: FBI joins Rule 41 in setting troubling precedent The FBI seized the physical server hardware under a previous warrant, but that wasn’t enough to get the people involved.So they seized administrative control over the site under the auspices of a warrant issued by Federal Magistrate Judge Theresa C.

Did the Navy steal the design for one of its new Littoral Combat Ships?

Did the Navy steal the design for one of its new Littoral Combat Ships? The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship has had a troubled design and deployment history.In theory, the LCS can tackle anti-submarine warfare, minesweeping, surface warfare, and special warfare missions, provided the proper hardware is installed first.

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial

MDMA rolls onto the psychotherapy scene as FDA greenlights Phase III clinical trial And it’s true that the brain changes in response to drug use.In light of what we know, the FDA has just made a controversial decision to greenlight a Phase III clinical trial, using MDMA to treat PTSD.

Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration

Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration This week Intel joined Delphi and Mobileye in a partnership that would produce the sensor components and autonomous driving software, some of it embedded on Intel chips, that would let automakers create self-driving cars.The self-drive technology package would be turned over to automakers in 2019, with the expectation vehicles would go on sale a year or two later.

Final Fantasy XV compromises visual quality differently in every version

Final Fantasy XV compromises visual quality differently in every version Similarly, the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XV currently holds an 84/100 on Metacritic based on 35 reviews.Sadly, the Xbox One version hasn’t been widely reviewed yet, so there’s not a great apples-to-apples comparison available.

Chinese company begins construction of full-sized Titanic replica—what could go wrong?

Chinese company begins construction of full-sized Titanic replica—what could go wrong? It has been more than a century since the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.The real Titanic sank on April 15 1912, taking 1,500 people down with it.

Femtosecond electron-diffraction beam can produce x-ray movies

Femtosecond electron-diffraction beam can produce x-ray movies Now a team of researchers from MIT and Germany have built a device the size of a matchbox that could use electron imaging to make X-ray movies.Now with the higher-energy terahertz beam, the whole shebang is the size of a shoebox.

ET deals: Dell Latitude 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop for $679

ET deals: Dell Latitude 15 3000 15.6-inch laptop for $679 Today, Dell is discounting the 15.6-inch Latitude 15 3000 laptop by a whopping 52% off the sticker price.

Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update is causing huge battery life problems for some users

Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update is causing huge battery life problems for some users No OS update is ever perfect, but Apple’s iOS 10 initially launched to strong reviews and fewer reports of problems than we’ve seen with some of Apple’s other launches.A number of users are reporting drastically reduced battery life and much higher device temperatures.