Month: March 2021

Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants

Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: Getty | Ivan Romano) Researchers have given out the first jabs of a tweaked version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, one aimed at fighting one of the most concerning coronavirus variants—the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa. The jabs are part of an early …

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HoloLens for 120,000 Army personnel: Microsoft inks $21.9 billion deal

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson | Microsoft | Getty Images) On Wednesday, the US Army formally moved forward with the largest ever government-related deal for headsets in the virtual and augmented reality sector: a 10-year agreement with Microsoft to provide 120,000 headsets “based” on the HoloLens line. Reports by CNBC and Bloomberg point to a $21.9 …

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Apple commits to build “grid-scale” energy storage in California

Apple’s “California Flats” solar energy farm in Northern California. [credit: Apple ] Apple announced Wednesday that it will build a “grid-scale” energy-storage project in California capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy. The storage will work closely with the 130-megawatt solar farm the company already built to power daytime energy needs at its headquarters in Cupertino. Additionally, Apple …

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Ubiquiti breach puts countless cloud-based devices at risk of takeover

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Network devices-maker Ubiquiti has been covering up the severity of a data breach that puts customers’ hardware at risk of unauthorized access, KrebsOnSecurity has reported, citing an unnamed whistleblower inside the company. In January, the maker of routers, Internet-connected cameras, and other networked devices, disclosed what it said was “unauthorized access …

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Xiaomi’s first foldable features a liquid camera lens, Samsung-style design

The Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold, which looks a lot like Samsung’s foldables. [credit: Xiaomi ] Xiaomi is resurrecting the Mi Mix model line with the Mi Mix Fold. The first Mi Mix was a futuristic-looking smartphone that kicked off the slim-bezel smartphone race. This new Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi’s first commercial foldable, and, like …

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Biden broadband plan will be hated by big ISPs, welcomed by Internet users

Enlarge / President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 29, 2021. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) President Biden’s plan to connect all Americans with high-speed broadband includes proposals to boost competition, build more publicly owned networks, lower prices, and prioritize “future-proof” networks instead of ones that …

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Mercedes-AMG shows off its new F1-based road car hybrid system

Mercedes-AMG has been developing this Project One hypercar—which uses the same powertrain as its all-conquering F1 cars—for a few years now. It’s not quite ready yet, but the hybrid system is about to appear on some other Mercedes-AMG road cars. [credit: Mercedes-AMG ] This week should have seen the start of the New York International …

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CDPR puts off planned multiplayer Cyberpunk game amid restructuring

Enlarge / Bad news if you’ve been hoping to shoot sword-wielding laser-beam punks controlled by other humans, rather than AI… A planned standalone multiplayer version of Cyberpunk 2077 is being “reconsidered,” developer CD Projekt Red says, as the company reconfigures itself for a new development structure going forward. In a “strategy update” video posted Tuesday, CDPR …

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Biden plan eliminates billions in fossil fuel subsidies

Enlarge (credit: Jose Luis Stephens | Getty Images) Today, President Joe Biden will unveil a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that promises to overhaul the nation’s highways, airports, electrical grid, and more. It will be partly paid for by repealing subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. Currently, the United States gives the $180 billion fossil fuel …

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Teens fully protected by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, company says

Enlarge / Jonathan, a 16-year-old teenager, receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services, in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021. (credit: Getty | Jack Guez) Adolescents ages 12 to 15 were completely protected from symptomatic COVID-19 after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine …

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