Science & Technology




The vexing tech challenge of fighting ransomware: A battle of milliseconds

115 milliseconds.

As quick as a blink, that’s the amount of time a new technology — developed by researchers from Australia’s national science agency and a university in South Korea — takes to detect that ransomware has detonated on a computer and block it from causing further damage.

The finding seeks to address a vexing challenge ...Read more


5 games worth watching from the Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 showcase

Microsoft’s buying spree of studios finally looks like it’s paying off as the company announced a flurry of 30 games at its E3 Showcase with Bethesda. Twenty-seven of those titles will be included on Xbox Game Pass, which is the centerpiece of the company’s strategy to capture this generation of gamers.

By building a large library of ...Read more


Gadgets: New Victrola all-in-one turntable has great sound, look

Victrola’s new Eastwood hybrid 3-speed turntable is one of those gadgets that takes up a lot of my time. And I don’t mind a bit.

The all-in-one turntable with a modern look played my classic vinyl with great success, which is exactly the reason it took so much time. I’ve been prepared for the resurgence of vinyl with my entire record ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Is Amazon Sidewalk cool new technology, or a security risk?

If you own an Amazon Echo Alexa voice assistant or Ring doorbell or camera, I’m hoping you’ve at least heard of a new technology from Amazon called Sidewalk, which is drawing a bit of controversy.

Amazon Sidewalk shares a small portion of your internet service with Amazon devices and third-party gadgets that partner with Amazon in areas ...Read more

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CNET: Best 43-inch TVs for 2021

If you have the space, CNET recommends buying at least a 55-inch 4K TV screen. They're affordable, and every inch of screen real estate is a good thing. But if you're on the hunt for a new television and you're limited by size and budget, a 43-inch TV screen is definitely a better option than 32- or 40-inch models — you get more screen for ...Read more

5 big takeaways from Ubisoft Forward’s E3 announcements

Ubisoft’s E3 showcases are usually raucous events with awkward humor, a technicolor “Just Dance” performance and a slew of unintentional curse words. With the E3 Ubisoft Forward showcase being virtual this year, the company treated fans to announcements that were more subdued but nonetheless important. The publisher revealed several new ...Read more

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Review: ‘Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’ reveals a maturing franchise

“Ratchet & Clank” has always been slanted toward children. It’s a family-friendly series that has made its name on cartoonish violence and big personalities. Unlike its peers, though, it has managed to evolve with age.

The puerile sense of humor gave way to more sophisticated jokes, ones that work for children and adults. The ...Read more

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Can robots speed up drug discovery? San Diego firm's software helps labs embrace automation

At Biosero's San Diego headquarters, a mobile robot named Yoda wheels down the hallway to personally escort visitors to the company's Acceleration Lab.

Then Yoda gets to work — picking up and delivering biological assay trays between scanning instruments scattered throughout the lab in a demonstration of how the Biosero's technology helps ...Read more

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Google to open first retail store steps away from Apple in NYC

Google will open its first retail store in New York City, highlighting the internet giant’s effort to promote its consumer hardware devices.

The store, in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood, will open to the public Thursday, the Mountain View, California-based company said Wednesday in a blog post. The shop, which is a block away from ...Read more


Relaxed rules attract entrepreneurs to state 'sandboxes'

Sandboxes aren’t just play areas for toddlers. Increasingly, state and national governments around the world are creating so-called regulatory sandboxes: programs that allow software companies to skirt regulations in order to test a new product or service.

The most common U.S. sandbox programs serve companies that make financial technology, ...Read more

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Tech Q&A: How to get good Wi-Fi reception in a really old house

Q: We have 114-megabit cable internet service in a 100-year-old house. When we stream to our TVs, we constantly have problems with buffering (delays while the TV waits for the streaming to catch up).We have the most buffering delays with the second-floor TV (about 10 feet on the other side of a wall from the wireless router) and two TVs on the ...Read more

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GE and Safran tout new 'open rotor' engine future for sustainable aviation

To advance the goal of achieving environmentally sustainable aviation, the jet engine giants of the U.S. and France on Monday unveiled a joint vision that would significantly change both the look of airplane engines and how they work. Their timeline suits Airbus but may be problematic for Boeing.

For the next big advance in future aircraft ...Read more


Qualcomm unveils 7 new Internet of Things chips to power smart grocery carts, remote work tech

Qualcomm has been working for years to get its mobile technology into other products besides smartphones — think drones, laptops and smart security cameras.

Those efforts to connect the unconnected — generally called the Internet of Things — have recently started to deliver consequential financial results for Qualcomm, with revenue ...Read more


‘Far Cry 6’ preview shows players igniting a revolution against a dictator

Ubisoft title will launch Oct. 7 and takes place in an nation inspired by Cuba

For a long time, Giancarlo Esposito, who starred in “The Mandalorian” and “Breaking Bad,” was the face of the first-person shooter series “Far Cry" as the dictator Antón Castillo, but a recent Ubisoft announcement detailed the role players will take in ...Read more


Jim Rossman: How to find your laptop’s hidden battery stats

This week a reader writes in: “If I was going to look at buying a refurbished laptop, is there any simple way to determine the state of the battery? I know it is not going to be a new battery, but is there any way to tell if it is on its last leg?”

The answer is yes, you can get a look “under the hood” and see some battery statistics ...Read more


Gadgets: Dewalt power cleaner kit delivers 10 times the pressure of the average garden hose

What was supposed to be an hour or two for testing turned into a successful 12-hour cleaning project with the Dewalt 20 V MAX 550 PSI power cleaner kit.

I’ve been a power washing fan for a year, so now adding the portable outdoor cleaner gives me a full arsenal. The 20V MAX 550 PSI power cleaner is an addition this spring to Dewalt’s 20V ...Read more

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CNET: Best smartwatches for 2021

If you're looking for your first smartwatch or replacing an old one, there are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out the best smartwatch for your needs — especially since it will probably be strapped to your wrist 24/7. You'll want to decide on your preferred shape for the watch face, whether you want a model with a fitness ...Read more

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'Mass Effect: Legendary Edition' makes classic games feel modern: review

It’s been nine years since the final proper "Mass Effect" game was released on the Xbox 360. It was 2012 and that game was "Mass Effect 3," the third part of a trilogy that involved you as Commander Sheperd, the Reapers, and the vast part of the galaxy. It was the culmination of a wild ride that blended space politics, shooting, and RPG ...Read more

Review: ‘Subnautica: Below Zero’ thrives on survival, exploration and mystery

Sequel is more than ‘underwater Minecraft’ by giving players a compelling plot even if it meanders a bit

Scientist Robin Ayou is alone on a strange planet and everything is trying to kill her. If it’s not the wintry weather on the surface threatening her with hypothermia, it’s the creatures of the ocean world trying to eat her while ...Read more

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Amazon advertising rates soar in pandemic-fueled surge Inc.’s advertising rates jumped more than 50% in May from a year earlier, signaling the online retailer’s rising profitability should continue through busy periods like its upcoming summer sale Prime Day and the holiday shopping season.

The rise in ad rates, reported by industry researcher Marketplace Pulse, may give lawmakers ...Read more