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The new Snapdragon 865 Plus packs Wi-Fi 6E, 10% higher clocks

Enlarge (credit: Qualcomm) Qualcomm is announcing its midcycle chip upgrade today: the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Like always, these "Plus" chips are higher-clocked versions of the major designs that were released earlier in the year, but new for the 865 Plus specifically is Wi-Fi 6E compatibility. First, the speed increases: Qualcomm is promising a 10-percent...

Mazda adds 250 horsepower turbo engine to the 2021 Mazda 3

Enlarge / Black wheels and a black grille are a few small clues to the fact that this Mazda 3 has a turbo. (credit: Mazda) On Wednesday morning, Mazda confirmed something enthusiasts had long hoped for: for model year 2021, the carmaker will offer a turbocharged engine as an option for the Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan. The engine is the company's...

SpaceX will try to launch Starlink satellites with “visors” on Wednesday

After the rain cleared Tuesday, media were permitted an opportunity to visit an LC-39A surrounded by photo-worthy puddles. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] Storms rolled through the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon—as they often do during...

Duke scientist questions his own research with new study faulting task fMRI

Enlarge / A new review study has bad news for scientists keen on using task-oriented fMRI to draw conclusions about any one person's brain. (credit: Duke University) It all started with a rejected grant proposal. Ahmad Hariri, a neuroscientist at Duke University, was interested in using so-called "task fMRI"—in which subjects perform specially designed...

IT pros indicted after arranging credit card payments for weed startup

Enlarge / Marijuana plants in a greenhouse in Santa Cruz, California. (credit: Ian Philip Miller / Getty Images) On March 9, 2020, a German IT consultant named Ruben Weigand had a layover in Los Angeles as he traveled from Switzerland to Costa Rica. He never made it to his destination because US authorities arrested him as he was changing planes....

Independent reviewers offer 80 suggestions to make Starliner safer

Enlarge / The Boeing Starliner spacecraft is back home at the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility after its December test flight. (credit: NASA) Following the failed test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft in December, NASA on Monday released the findings of an investigation into the root causes of the launch's failure and...

Trump administration “looking into” ban on TikTok, other Chinese apps

Enlarge / A stand of TikTok (Douyin) at The First International Artificial Products Expo Hangzhou on October 18, 2019, in Hangzhou, China. (credit: Long Wei | VCG | Getty Images) The Trump administration is considering banning Chinese social media apps inside the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. The ban would start with...

Trump “officially” takes US out of WHO, but withdrawal is a year-long process

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Westend61) The Trump administration has officially withdrawn the United States from the World Health Organization, according to a Democratic senator and multiple news reports. But the withdrawal process will take a year, so Trump may not be able to see it through. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially...

AMD’s Ryzen 3000XT CPU refresh is here—benchmarks inside

Enlarge (credit: Jim Salter) Specs at a glance: Ryzen 3000XT CPUs, as tested OS Windows 10 Professional CPU Ryzen 9 3900XT (12c/24t)—$499 at Amazon Ryzen 7 3800XT (8c/16t)—$399 at Amazon Ryzen 5 3600XT (6c/12t)—$249 at Amazon RAM 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 3200—$200 at Amazon GPU MSI GeForce 2060 RTX Super—$450 at Amazon HDD...

Does First Amendment let ISPs sell Web-browsing data? Judge is skeptical

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino) The broadband industry has lost a key initial ruling in its bid to kill a privacy law imposed by the state of Maine. The top lobby groups representing cable companies, mobile carriers, and telecoms sued Maine in February, claiming the privacy law violates their First Amendment protections on free speech...

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