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World waits to see where a Chinese booster will come down

Enlarge / An artist’s depiction of the Tianhe station module. While that’s safely in orbit, the booster that got it there isn’t in a stable orbit. (credit: Xia Yuan / Getty Images) In late April, China successfully launched a major component of its planned space station. Since then, the booster that put the component into […]

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Fix for critical Qualcomm chip flaw is making its way to Android devices

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Makers of high-end Android devices are responding to the discovery of a Qualcomm chip flaw that researchers say could be exploited to partially backdoor about a third of the world’s smartphones. The vulnerability, discovered by researchers from security firm Check Point Research, resides in Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem, a system of […]

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Dell patches a 12-year-old privilege escalation vulnerability

Enlarge / At least three companies have reported the dbutil_2_3.sys security problems to Dell over the past two years. (credit: Blogtrepreneur via Flickr) Yesterday, infosec research firm SentinelLabs revealed 12-year-old flaws in Dell’s firmware updater, DBUtil 2.3. The vulnerable firmware updater has been installed by default on hundreds of millions of Dell systems since 2009. The five […]

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SpaceX successfully lands a Starship test flight

Enlarge / Starship SN15 descending back to Texas under two of its three upgraded raptor engines. Successful landing! (credit: Trevor Mahlmann) By now many readers are familiar with SpaceX’s Starship tests. The rocket makes its way skyward and performs maneuvers that seem like impossibilities to a generation raised on rockets that simply shot things to orbit. […]

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Google tries to resurrect Android tablets with “Entertainment Space”

Entertainment Space. It’s like Google TV, but for your tablet. Google just remembered that Android tablets exist, and the company has announced “Entertainment Space,” a new, tablet-exclusive interface that the company says is “a one-stop, personalized home for all your favorite movies, shows, videos, games and books.” Google’s blog post is vague about the details […]

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Biden backs plan to accelerate vaccine production by waiving patents

Enlarge / Pharmaceutical bottles on a conveyor belt in South Africa. (credit: Westend61 / Getty Images) The Biden administration has thrown its weight behind an international effort to loosen patent and other legal protections for COVID vaccines. “The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver […]

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At trial, Epic and Apple squeeze Microsoft over Xbox, xCloud restrictions

The monkey wrench of the legal system. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Microsoft Vice President of Xbox Business Development Lori Wright took center stage at the Epic versus Apple trial today. The executive’s testimony served up some interesting comparisons and contrasts with Epic’s complaints and addressed questions about the Xbox consoles’ closed, iOS-style app market and the difficulties […]