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The August 21st Eclipse Will Be a Significant Test for Solar Power

The eclipse on Monday isn't just a nifty thing to watch -- it'll also be an important test of our power grid's ability to quickly load balance as solar energy goes offline. The post The August 21st Eclipse Will Be a Significant Test for Solar Power appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It 'Oreo'

Google has added a countdown timer to the Android O landing page, confirming that Android O's release will coincide with the total solar eclipse in the US. The post Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It 'Oreo' appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup

A leaked slide points to significant performance uplifts between Kaby Lake and the upcoming Coffee Lake. These new chips could prove potent competitors to AMD's Ryzen family. The post Leaked Intel Slide Reveals Coffee Lake CPU Lineup appeared first on ExtremeTech.

iOS 11 Will Implement a 'Cop Button' to Disable Touch ID

A new feature in iOS 11 will allow users to disable Touch ID and make an emergency call to 911 in a more simplified fashion. Given Apple's spats with the DOJ, the "cop button" tag was inevitable. The funniest thing is, it works *both* ways -- you can summon the police more easily, and you can ...

Intel Launches Atom C3000 Servers With Up to 16 Cores, 256GB RAM

Intel has refreshed its dense server Atom hardware with new CPUs based on the Goldmont architecture, with 2-16 cores, low TDPs, and up to 4 10GbE ports. The post Intel Launches Atom C3000 Servers With Up to 16 Cores, 256GB RAM appeared first on ExtremeTech.

AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

AMD has released a beta driver optimized for cryptocurrency mining, and its Vega launch pricing may not hold long-term. The post AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Citizen Scientists Will Help Document Next Week's Total Solar Eclipse

Various universities and scientific organizations are working to unite fans of science to collect data like temperature, photos, and even radio signals. The post Citizen Scientists Will Help Document Next Week's Total Solar Eclipse appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Union May Win Battle Against Self-Driving Trucks, But Not the War

The Teamsters got Congress to keep big trucks out of legislation allowing autonomous vehicle testing. Long term, though, self-driving trucks will happen. The post Union May Win Battle Against Self-Driving Trucks, But Not the War appeared first on ExtremeTech.

How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse

No matter where you are in the US, the sun will be at least partially eclipsed, so there will be the temptation to look up. Here's how you do that safely. The post How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Scientists Find 91 Volcanoes Underneath Antarctica's Melting Ice

Geologists analyzing ice-penetrating radar data on Antarctica have found an additional, previously unknown 91 volcanoes, many of them in active rift zones across the continent. The post Scientists Find 91 Volcanoes Underneath Antarctica's Melting Ice appeared first on ExtremeTech.

ET deals: Dell Inspiron 3650 dual-core desktop for $299

Is your current PC loud, bulky, and slow? Well, it must be time for an upgrade. Thankfully, you won't have to spend much for a nice modern desktop -- just take a look at this Inspiron 3000 from Dell. If you're looking for a PC for everyday tasks like email and web browsing, you'll be hard-pressed to ...

Tesla Model 3 Buyers Report Being Shoved Towards Model S Instead

Multiple Tesla owners have reported being given a hard sell, pushing them towards the Model S and away from the Model 3. if the Model 3 is Tesla's true mass market car, why is the company encouraging people not to buy it? The post Tesla Model 3 Buyers Report Being Shoved Towards Model S Instead ...

Two Weeks Later, Bitcoin is Forking Again

Two weeks after Bitcoin forked into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the cryptocurrency has announced another impending fork. How many more are we going to see? The post Two Weeks Later, Bitcoin is Forking Again appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics

Researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed a "micromotor" capable of transporting antibiotics to the site of infection, making them more effective and reducing side effects. The post Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Researchers May Have Found MH370's Resting Place

New, manual analysis of satellite data gathered in the wake of the MH370 disaster may have helped Australian scientists finally locate the plane. But after so long, will anyone go look for it? The post Researchers May Have Found MH370's Resting Place appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Qualcomm Develops Active Depth-Sensing Camera for Android Phones

Device makers won't even need to do any of the hard stuff -- they can just license the technology. The post Qualcomm Develops Active Depth-Sensing Camera for Android Phones appeared first on ExtremeTech.

$20,000 Rebates on Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 EVs Offered in California

Get a new $25,000 Nissan Leaf for just $5,000 after rebates and credits. The Leafs and BMW i3s offered get 100-plus miles on a charge. That said, 2018 models will double the range. The post $20,000 Rebates on Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 EVs Offered in California appeared first on ExtremeTech.

ET Deals: Save 22% on Kaby Lake Dell XPS 15 Laptop with GTX 1050

Today, Dell is offering up a $400 discount on the excellent XPS 15 laptop. With a half-terabyte SSD, a generous amount of memory, and all-day battery life, this sleek modern machine is absolutely worth the premium asking price. The post ET Deals: Save 22% on Kaby Lake Dell XPS 15 Laptop with GTX ...

The First True Multi-User Holographic Table Has Been Built

An Australian company has created a prototype holographic projector that can support multiple users and angles of presentation simultaneously. If it works, it could be a major breakthrough. The post The First True Multi-User Holographic Table Has Been Built appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule

Details on Intel's next-next-generation chip have leaked. Say hello to Ice Lake. The post Details Leak on Intel's Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Apple Rumored to Release LTE-Equipped Apple Watch

The Cupertino company is said to be working on a new version of the Apple Watch that can operate over its own dedicated LTE connection, which it hopes will get more people to buy it. The post Apple Rumored to Release LTE-Equipped Apple Watch appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Battle.net is Back and Starcraft Remastered Has Gone Live

It's a good day for retro gaming: Starcraft Remastered is out, and Battle.net is back to being a branded services instead of flying under the "Blizzard app" label. The post Battle.net is Back and Starcraft Remastered Has Gone Live appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Hellblade is One Patch Away From Greatness on PS4

Historically, there has been a stigma associated with budget releases. If there wasn't enough confidence to charge full-price, there was a good chance that the game was a real stinker. Thankfully, that paradigm has changed completely, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is an excellent example of what ...

Airbnb 'Smart Locks' Bricked By Bad Firmware Update

Smart lock company Lockstate mistakenly sent a firmware update out to a set of "smart locks" that should never have received it, bricking the devices in the process. Expected replacement time? Between 5 - 18 days. The post Airbnb 'Smart Locks' Bricked By Bad Firmware Update appeared first on ...

ET deals: Save $350 on a Dell XPS 8910 desktop PC

In search of an affordable desktop that has plenty of room for upgrades? Take a look at the XPS 8910 tower PC from Dell. With a sleek modern design, a quad-core CPU, space for three 3.5-inch drives, and support for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, this PC is up for almost anything. The post ET deals: Save ...

$2.9 Million Pizza-Making Robot Still Can't Make Pizza

Rodyman, the pizza-making robot, is having trouble with his pizza, despite four years of work. Will the robot be ready to make dough in time for the Naples Pizza Festival in May 2018? The post $2.9 Million Pizza-Making Robot Still Can't Make Pizza appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Russian Rocket Engines May Have Fueled North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions

North Korea's missile capabilities have grown tremendously in recent years. Analysis of their rocket designs suggests they may be using engines sourced from either a Russian or Ukrainian company, likely smuggled into the country. The post Russian Rocket Engines May Have Fueled North Korea's Nuclear ...

The Best Free Games on the Xbox One

Consoles were once exclusively home to big-budget full-price games, but today it's different. The Xbox One has plenty of excellent free-to-play games; here are our favorites. The post The Best Free Games on the Xbox One appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere

NASA's Cassini probe has been studying Saturn and its moons since 2005, and it's almost time for the spacecraft to call it a day. The post Cassini Probe Dips Its Toes in Saturn's Atmosphere appeared first on ExtremeTech.

AMD's Vega Arrives to Mixed Reviews, Modest Results

AMD's RX Vega has hit the market, but it isn't the knockout blow that AMD fans were hoping for. The post AMD's Vega Arrives to Mixed Reviews, Modest Results appeared first on ExtremeTech.

New Android Malware Secretly Records Audio

Online criminals have sometimes created spyware apps that aim to make phones into listening devices, and a particularly nasty version of this is currently spreading through the Android device ecosystem. The post New Android Malware Secretly Records Audio appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

There have been a few amateur attempts to mount guns to lightweight drones, but now an Israeli startup promises to deliver a battlefield-ready, eight-rotor drone capable of carrying a grenade launcher or automatic weapon. The post Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You appeared first ...

Leaked Microsoft Memo Reveals High Return Rates on Surface Hardware

Last week, Microsoft claimed Consumer Reports' decision to yank recommendations for its laptops was based on bad data. A leaked memo has revealed this as a lie; Microsoft's rate of return on some products has been quite high. The post Leaked Microsoft Memo Reveals High Return Rates on Surface ...

Possible Unexploded WW2 Munitions Found At Fukushima

A suspected WW2-era unexploded bomb was found at Fukushima Daiichi last week, because life has a highly developed sense of irony. The post Possible Unexploded WW2 Munitions Found At Fukushima appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The ISS is Getting the Most Powerful Computer Ever Sent to Space

The International Space Station is getting a major computer upgrade, thanks to a new project between HP and NASA and delivery by SpaceX. The post The ISS is Getting the Most Powerful Computer Ever Sent to Space appeared first on ExtremeTech.