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Massive Martian dust storm has put Opportunity rover in a low-power sleep

Enlarge / The vanishing Sun, progressively obscured by the dust storm on Mars. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU) Over the weekend, NASA declared a spacecraft emergency for its remarkably durable rover Opportunity. The culprit? A dust storm blocked out a record amount of sunlight on the Martian surf...


Volkswagen Group will pay another $1.2 billion in Germany over diesel scandal

Enlarge (credit: Alexander Koerner / Stringer / Getty Images) A German court fined Volkswagen Group €1 billion ($1.2 billion) this week for its role in the 2015 diesel scandal. The fine is among the largest imposed on a company in Germany's history, according to the prosecutor in the case,...


Latest estimate shows how much Antarctic ice has fallen into the sea

Enlarge (credit: NASA/James Yungel) The frozen continent of Antarctica holds a lot of ice. Like, a lot of ice. So finding out how much of it is melting into the oceans—raising sea level—and how much will melt in the future is a huge task. Not only do we need comprehensive measurements...


The Joy of Sleeping: Bob Ross recordings recast as bedtime audio series

Enlarge / TV painting instructor/artist Bob Ross using a large paint brush to touch up one of his large seascapes in his studio at home. (credit: Acey Harper / Getty Images) Blissful and soothing reruns of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting can make even hardened Internet users drift away to a s...


Comcast disabled throttling system, proving data cap is just a money grab

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Comcast has disabled a throttling system that it deployed in 2008 in order to slow down heavy Internet users. Comcast's network is now strong enough that a congestion management system isn't needed, the company says. The system has been "essentially...


10 things PC gamers can’t give up: PC gaming’s essentials for the newcomer

As PC gaming continues to grow into a full-fledged subculture, there are certain things that have become ubiquitous among PC gamers. From things like RGB lighting on, well, everything and keyboards that make a ton of noise, but feel amazing – we here at TechRadar have created a list of 10 thin...


Apple quietly banned developers from selling and sharing users’ contacts

Apple has quietly tightened its App Store rules to better protect users from developers who want to harvest their data or sell it to third parties. Previously, developers would ask for users’ phone contacts and sometimes then sold that data without the explicit consent of the users or their co...


Apple iOS 12: the biggest new features coming to the iPhone

We expected coming into WWDC that iOS 12 would focus less on major new features and more on improving performance and eliminating bugs, and that’s partially true based on what Apple showed onstage. “For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” said software VP Craig Federighi....


Apple’s App Store bans on-device cryptocurrency mining on iOS and macOS

Apple has explicitly banned apps that mine cryptocurrency on its devices, according to newly updated Review Guidelines for the App Store. The new ban extends to all Apple platforms. In March, Apple removed Calendar 2 from the Mac App Store after the app began mining cryptocurrency on people’s...


How to Install Fonts on iPhones and iPads

Did you know that your iPhone or iPad is capable of installing and displaying different fonts? While you can’t change which fonts are used by the OS itself, you can still use custom fonts in non-system apps like Microsoft Office, iWork, and Adobe CC. You just need to download and install the f...

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