NASA Gives Up on InSight’s Burrowing Mars Heat Probe
NASA's InSight lander has been studying the red planet for more than two years now. During that time, InSIght has beamed back data on the planet's seismic activity, weather, and even the sound of blowing wind. It was also supposed to relay data on the planet's internal temperature, but NASA has announced that it's giving up on that endeavor after being unable to get the heat probe to burrow into the fine Martian soil.
Intel May Postpone Manufacturing Decision, Emphasizes Beating Apple
Intel may postpone its decision on whether to build 7nm CPUs in its own fabs or to partner with an outside foundry for future leading-edge nodes. Also, Pat Gelsinger has some harsh words for Apple.
Russia Might Issue Fines for Using SpaceX Starlink Internet Service
You can get Starlink internet in a few places, but Russia doesn't want any of its citizens going through the SpaceX system as it expands. In fact, the country has floated the idea of fining people for using Starlink or other foreign satellite internet services.
Why You Can’t Future-Proof Your Gaming PC
Trying to future-proof a system is a fool's errand. Plan your purchases intelligently, but don't pay a premium for features you can't use yet.
New Beagle Board Offers Dual-Core RISC-V, Targets AI Applications
Budget RISC-V hardware is on the way, and it's a heck of a lot more affordable than anything we've seen in the past, with just enough CPU horsepower that a hobbyist might be able to do something with it. Later models may compete with chips like Raspberry Pi, though likely at higher cost.
Tesla Ordered to Recall 150K+ Vehicles to Repair Memory Failures
Tesla has been asked — or "asked" — to recall some 159,000 vehicles to repair a NAND memory issue that will eventually cause failures on every affected vehicle.
Samsung Reveals Galaxy S21 Family With Snapdragon 888, $200 Price Cut
All three devices have the latest Snapdragon 888 ARM chip, lower price tags, and no included charger. Read our full breakdown of the different models here.
Intel Tosses CEO Bob Swan, Appoints Pat Gelsinger to Top Job
Intel is replacing Bob Swan as CEO by inviting an old familiar face back into the fold. Pat Gelsinger, a longtime Intel veteran, will return to take over the top job.
CDPR Apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077 Launch, but Explains Very Little
CD Projekt Red has apologized for the state of Cyberpunk 2077 on last-gen consoles at launch, but it's explanation of what happened and why is scanty at best.
Asus Announces Two New Dual-Display Laptops
Designers have tried to shoehorn a second display into laptops for years, but Asus might have gotten closer than ever to making dual-screen laptops practical with the new ZenBook Duo series.
Astronomers Find Oldest Supermassive Black Hole in the Universe
This recently spotted object is the oldest known quasar in the universe, with a supermassive black hole more than 13 billion years old. In fact, it's so old and huge that scientists don't know exactly how it could have formed.
Qualcomm to Acquire Nuvia, Head Back Into Custom CPU Development
Qualcomm will buy Nuvia for $1.4B. The ARM CPU developer has been working on a server chip to challenge x86, but we don't know yet if Qualcomm will continue those plans.