A factory on Mars — Dunn played an important role in the history of SpaceX. Eric Berger - May 18, 2020 11:21 pm UTC Enlarge / Zach Dunn with the Merlin engine that powered the successful fourth flight of the Falcon 1 rocket.Relativity Space, a California-based company pushing hard toward the inaugural flight of its…
Would you like one Galaxy S20 or 10 Walmart tablets? — Android 10, Google Play, and USB-C? This is... good? Ron Amadeo - May 18, 2020 11:05 pm UTC The Onn.8 Tablet Pro. A straight-on shot of the 8-incher. And Walmart, I know you are Walmart, but wow, please get a better photographer. Walmart A…
Georgia out of its mind — Promising vaccine trials, questionable research ethics, and clearly bad policy. John Timmer - May 18, 2020 9:58 pm UTC Enlarge / BFFs.During the pandemic, Ars has done its best to keep you on top of the most important news. But there are definitely gaps in our coverage: small updates…
Just Can't hack it — Team-Xecuter hackers plan solderable device that even works on "updated" hardware. Kyle Orland - May 18, 2020 9:26 pm UTC Enlarge / An SX OS menu screen showing multiple pirated games, as seen in Nintendo court documents.Team-XecuterNintendo is going to court to stop a number of retailers that allegedly sell…
Denied — He had hoped to spare his health—and everyone else's, too. Beth Mole - May 18, 2020 8:57 pm UTC Enlarge / NEW YORK - AUGUST 4: Shkreli was found guilty on three of the eight counts involving securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud.A federal judge on Saturday denied Martin…
Photo not-voltaic — A solar-driven hydrogen-producing machine that makes more copies of itself. John Timmer - May 7, 2020 10:39 pm UTC The price of photovoltaic power has plunged, making it competitive with fossil fuel-powered electrical generation. But there is still a range of applications, like ships and aircraft, where electrical power doesn't help much.…
[sic] [sic] [sic] — Typo-ridden document shows defendants calling victims while posing as journalists. Timothy B. Lee - May 7, 2020 10:19 pm UTC The FBI says that the men behind the disgraced GirlsDoPorn website were willing to go to extraordinary lengths to harass and intimidate 22 women who sued them for fraud and coercion.…
Facebork — It's not the first time Facebook has wreaked havoc on iOS, either. Samuel Axon - May 7, 2020 10:08 pm UTC Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook's F8 summit in 2018.Users of numerous popular iPhone apps such as Spotify, Venmo, Tinder, TikTok, DoorDash, and Pinterest experienced persistent app crashes as a result…
Leaked — Trump admin allegedly told CDC its reopening guide would "never see the light of day." Beth Mole - May 7, 2020 9:50 pm UTC Enlarge / Signage stands outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Public health experts at the US…
No big deal — A new paper analyzes what we know about the sample the probe grabbed last year. Scott K. Johnson - May 7, 2020 8:20 pm UTC Enlarge / The surface of Ryugu as Hayabusa2 made its approach.The following series of events is not fiction: fly a probe to an asteroid, bounce off…