[Update (Nov. 2, 2018): Following the publication of the report below, Sony appears to have extended the server shutdown dates for the affected gamesthrough January. Reddit user Ember_Rising says he received an e-mail from Sony saying, "We wanted to update you on a planned service shut down, which impacts online access for , and .
Welcome to Edition 1.24 of the Rocket Report! This week we catch you up to date on efforts by Europe, Japan, and China to develop reusable rockets. (Spoiler alert: they're a bit behind their Western competition.) We've also got a couple of articles about NASA's development of the large Space Launch System.
In the US, the effort to slash the CO2 emissions of our electrical grid has actually gotten an early bump from the low price of natural gas. New natural gas plants can produce electricity with about half the emissions of the older, dirtier (and now more expensive) coal plants they’re replacing.
Lenovo's quirky Yoga Book is back with some significant updates for 2018. The original Yoga Book was a unique hybrid of a tablet sporting a "halo" keyboard panel with no actual keys and a real paper drawing pad. Part netbook and part convertible, this year's edition remains quirky but seems more practical and less cumbersome than the original.
Further ReadingLimo firm to judge: Tell us whether Uber drivers are employeesTwo Lyft drivers, one in Massachusetts and one in California, have recently filed another pair of proposed class-action lawsuits. Like previous similar cases, the plaintiffs here accuse the ride-hailing company of inadequately paying them, and misclassifying them as contractors, rather than employees.
Remember the good old days, when the US and China were supposedly working out new norms for the cybers, and China was going to stop all that hacking of US companies to steal intellectual property? It turns out the Chinese were just upping their hacking game, improving their operational security and penetration skills—learning from the methods of their Russian counterparts.
A report released this week puts a surprisingly high figure on the societal cost of obesity in the US: $1.72 trillion annually, or 9.3 percent of GDP. By contrast, the current CDC estimates are in the region of $150 billion, less than one tenth as high. By far the biggest chunk of that $1.72 trillion is the $1.24 trillion chunk…
Apple announced on its earnings call today that it had surpassed its revenue estimates for Q4 2018. The iPhone maker boasted $62.9 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $60-62 billion it previously estimated, as well as $14.1 billion in profit, up from $11.5 billion in the previous quarter.
As displays consume more and more of the front real estate on a smartphone, the question of where to put the front-facing camera and sensors arises. The primary answer this year has been to slice out a chunk of the display and create a "notch" for the camera, but we've also seen a few companies push forward alternate ideas.