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Huawei bracing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments
Hot off the news of Huawei cancelling a laptop launch and delaying its foldable smartphone, we're now starting to see hard numbers for just how much the Trump Administration's export ban may affect the Chinese company's business. A report from Bloomberg claims to detail Huawei's internal estimates, saying the company is expecting a 40 to 60 percent drop in international…

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Ars on your lunch break: Let’s talk about the extinction of humanity
Welcome back to Ars on your Lunch Break! It’s been a while since we’ve done this, so I’ll start with a brief orientation. This series is built around the After On Podcast—which itself is a series of deep-dive interviews with thinkers, founders, and (above all) scientists.

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Domino’s will start robot pizza deliveries in Houston this year
Domino's will begin delivering pizza using self-driving robots in the Houston area later this year, the company announced on Monday. The company will use delivery vehicles from the Silicon Valley startup Nuro. “Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey," said Kevin Vasconi of Domino's in…

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Firefly opens first Alpha rocket launch to academic and educational payloads
One of the questions facing any company as it brings a new rocket to market is what to put on top of the booster. After all, things can sometimes go all with inaugural flights. So the first flight of any rocket typically serves as demonstration missions, to prove via an actual test flight that all of a company's modeling and…

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After June fires, energy group says hydrogen is future’s fuel
Hydrogen fuel facilities experienced two fires this month in Santa Clara, Calif., and in Norway. But despite these setbacks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Friday saying that the fuel is an important potential part of a low-carbon future. Further ReadingThe hydrogen fuel strategy behind Nikola’s truck dreamThe first fire in Santa Clara happened on Saturday, June…

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E3 2019 in photos: Gooigi, crazy arcade machines, and a DOOM museum
LOS ANGELES—If you couldn't or didn't make it to E3 2019, you're not the only one. Anecdotal evidence suggests this was the most poorly attended E3 in some time (though its organizers at the ESA insist that this E3 had only 3,000 fewer attendees than 2018's jam-packed affair), owing perhaps to Sony's no-show or the abundance of live-streamed options for…

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Review: Director Jim Jarmusch puts his deadpan stamp on The Dead Don’t Die
With , director Jim Jarmusch puts his unique, deadpan stamp on this staple of the horror genre. As one might expect, Jarmusch's vision is more ironically cerebral than your typical zombie fare and a bit less viscerally horrifying—even when the aforementioned dead are chowing down on their victims' viscera. It's not a perfect film, but it's got Tilda Swinton brandishing…

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Final Fantasy VII Remake hands-on: Already feels like the one for jaded JRPG fans
Further ReadingThe best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019 Really, I'm shocked to admit that. Yet familiar elements, new combat, and incredible polish across the presentation and dialogue have me convinced that I'll be a day-one player, no matter how good, weird, or poor the final game turns out to be.

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Hackers behind dangerous oil and gas intrusions are probing US power grids
In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday. Further ReadingGame-changing attack on critical infrastructure site causes outageThe group, now dubbed Xenotime by Dragos, quickly gained international attention in 2017 when…