US Air Force spends $60 million on supersonic commercial airliner

US Air Force spends $60 million on supersonic commercial airliner

Enlarge / Could Air Force officers fly on Boom Supersonic’s Overture aircraft one day? The US military has indicated its interested in commercial supersonic flight by granting as much as $60 million to Boom Supersonic for its airliner development efforts. The Colorado-based company has announced that the Air Force awarded a three-year contract to Boom to accelerate research and development of its Overture airliner. Separately this week, Boom also selected Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the site of its first full-scale manufacturing facility. There, Boom plans to begin production in 2024, with the first Overture aircraft slated to roll... Read More
Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket global rollout officially starts

Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket global rollout officially starts

Today Huawei officially announced the start of the global availability of its recent flagship smartphones. The first phase of the P50 Pro and the P50 Pocket’s will hit marktes across Asia Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, Europe, and South America. P50 Pocket The P50 Pocket features a folding clamshell design with Huawei’s Multi-Dimensional Hinge with no visible gap when closed. The external screen is a 1-inch Cover Screen that lets you interact with notifications, controls, and the cameras. Speaking of which, the triple camera setup on the P50 Pocket consists of a 40MP main camera, a 13MP ultrawide, and... Read More
Booby-trapped sites delivered potent new backdoor trojan to macOS users

Booby-trapped sites delivered potent new backdoor trojan to macOS users

Researchers have uncovered advanced, never-before-seen macOS malware that was installed using exploits that were almost impossible for most users to detect or stop once the users landed on a malicious website. The malware was a full-featured backdoor that was written from scratch, an indication that the developers behind it have significant resources and expertise. DazzleSpy, as researchers from security firm Eset have named it, provides an array of advanced capabilities that give the attackers the ability to fully monitor and control infected Macs. Features include: victim device fingerprinting screen capture file download/upload execute terminal commands audio recording keylogging Deep pockets,... Read More
Mission: Impossible release dates have been pushed back again

Mission: Impossible release dates have been pushed back again

The release dates of the seventh and eighth installments of the Mission: Impossible series have been pushed back again due to pandemic-related delays, Deadline reported. The two flicks are the latest in a long list of movies to be delayed by the pandemic, which upended Hollywood as it has struggled to deal with closed movie theaters and halted or scaled back productions. The films Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, both co-produced by Paramount Pictures and Skydance, are the latest installments in the film series that began in 1996, starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an agent for Impossible... Read More
Batgirl HBO Max Adds Trans Actress Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh

Batgirl HBO Max Adds Trans Actress Ivory Aquino as Alysia Yeoh

Ivory Aquino at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony (Getty Images) The cast of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s HBO Max film Batgirl keeps growing, today adding a best friend for Barbara Gordon: Ivory Aquino, who’ll play bartender Alysia Yeoh—a former roommate of Barbara’s who also happens to be one of DC Comics’ most notable trans characters. Deadline reported the news. Previously, Aquino played transgender civil rights leader Cecilia Chung in ABC’s 2017 docuseries When We Rise, which explored the history of LGBT... Read More
Spinning black holes may prefer to lean in sync

Spinning black holes may prefer to lean in sync

Enlarge / A simulation of a black hole merger. LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet) I was pretty excited when LIGO, the giant double-eared gravitational wave observatory in the US, detected the first gravitational waves. When Virgo came online, triangulating gravitational wave signals became possible, and gravitational wave astronomy became a reality. Once the initial excitement of seeing individual events died away, it was only a matter of time and statistics before scientists started pulling new insights out of the data. A pair of new papers has looked at black hole merger statistics, and the papers’ results suggest that there might be... Read More
Google Pixel 6a rumored to launch in May

Google Pixel 6a rumored to launch in May

Google is rumored to launch a midrange Pixel 6a later this year featuring the in-house Tensor chipset and less impressive camera hardware than the flagship Pixel 6 phones. Earlier rumors said the device will not launch before August but well-known tipster Max Jambor thinks otherwise saying the device will be official come May. Past Pixel A-series phones like the 5a 5G and the 4a came in August so this would be quite the shift by Google. Pixel 6a render Apart from the Tensor chipset, Pixel 6a is said to share the same basic design as its more expensive... Read More
Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets

Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets

Bitcoin dropped to a six-month low on Saturday, extending a steep fall recorded in the previous session as the cryptocurrency market was swept up in a powerful shift by investors out of speculative assets. The price of the biggest digital token by market value fell 4.3 percent in the European morning on Saturday to $35,127, the lowest level since July 2021. Bitcoin has now lost almost a quarter of its value this year. Other cryptocurrencies have also come under intense selling pressure, with an FT Wilshire index of the top five tokens excluding bitcoin down 30 percent in the first... Read More