Ariane Chief Seems Frustrated With SpaceX For Driving Down Launch Costs

Schwit1 shares a report from Ars Technica: Like United Launch Alliance, the [France-based] Ariane Group faces pricing pressure from SpaceX, which offers launch prices as low as $62 million for its Falcon 9 rocket. It has specifically developed the Ariane 6 rocket to compete with the Falcon 9 booster. But there are a couple of problems with this.… Read More »

Posted on 24 May 2018 | 2:00 am

Money's Better Than E-Cigs Or Nicotine Gum At Helping Smokers Quit, Says Study

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Providing free electronic cigarettes or other stop-smoking products to employees to get them to give up real cigarettes is less effective than the threat of taking away a cash reward for quitting, according to a new study that weighs the effectiveness of a variety of workplace incentive programs.… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 10:30 pm

Apple Signs Deal With Volkswagen For Driverless Cars

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Volkswagen (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source) to turn some of the carmaker's new T6 Transporter vans into Apple's self-driving shuttles for employees. The deal comes after the tech giant failed to partner with luxury carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz to develop an all-electric self-driving… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 9:05 pm

FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet

Kevin Poulsen. From the report: The FBI counter-operation goes… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 8:25 pm

Google and LG Unveil World's Highest-Resolution OLED On-Glass VR Display

A couple months ago, Road to VR reported that Google and LG were planning to reveal the "world's highest-resolution OLED on-glass display" for virtual-reality headsets on May 22nd. Well, that day has arrived and the two companies unveiled that very display. Android Authority reports: As expected, the 4.3-inch OLED 18MP display has a resolution of… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 7:45 pm

ACLU Sues ICE For License Plate Reader Contracts, Records

An anonymous reader quotes a report from SFGate: The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency's use of license plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records following multiple requests. In December, ICE purchased access to two databases of… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2018 | 7:03 pm