GamesBeat Decides 139: Hollywood movie star Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog is in theaters, and reviews editor Mike Minotti has seen it. Turns out it’s pretty good even though it features an unfortunate fart joke. Mike and PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb talk about the new record-setting video game movie on this week’s episode of the GamesBeat... Read more
Meet Qualcomm’s X60, the modem that will power 5G phones in 2021
Qualcomm’s X60 modem will power 5G phones next year.  Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Qualcomm has a new modem for next year’s 5G phones that aims to boost the average speed on devices by aggregating different types of wireless signals.   The company on Tuesday unveiled its Snapdragon X60... Read more
Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware
That laptop on your desk or server on a data center rack isn’t so much a computer as a network of them. Its interconnected devices—from hard drives to webcams to trackpads, largely sourced from third parties—have their own dedicated chips and code as well. That represents a serious security... Read more
Industry chief tells Facebook to adapt to EU
(Reuters) — EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday it was for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, not the other way round, as he criticized the U.S. social media giant’s proposed internet rules as insufficient. The blunt comments came after a short meeting with Facebook CEO Mark... Read more
Protect yourself from coronavirus with a mask that looks like your face
An N95 mask with flair. Danielle Baskin It’s hard to stand out in a crowd when everyone’s wearing the same bone-white N95 protective facial mask. That could change if one San Francisco designer follows through on her idea to custom-print the respirator masks with images of wearers’ faces. The... Read more
Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano
To celebrate his wife’s birthday last year, Canadian photographer Larry Louie took her to a sulfur mine. That wasn’t the plan—their original itinerary was in Bali. But after a couple of days in that tourist-plagued paradise, they began looking for something a little less commercialized. A bit of online... Read more
Japan Display launches 1058ppi 2.1-inch screens for smaller VR glasses
Two of this year’s most important evolutions of VR glasses involve increasing their display resolution and reducing their size — changes that Japan Display (JDI) is making possible. The company backed by Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba announced today that it’s now mass-producing a pair of high-pixel-density screens designed for... Read more
Watch a Boston Dynamics robot dog pull a rickshaw
Boston Dynamics recently recruited former MythBusters host Adam Savage to experiment with the dog-like Spot Mini to see what the robot is capable of. Savage previously ran Spot successfully through a police training obstacle course, and now it looks like the robot has a new skill — rickshaw driver.... Read more
A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off
This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Two scientific studies of the number of insects splattered by cars have revealed a huge decline in abundance at European sites in two decades. The research adds to growing evidence of what some scientists... Read more
Apple will miss Q2 2020 revenue projection due to coronavirus impacts
Less than a month ago, Apple reported a record first quarter with revenues of $91.8 billion for the holiday season, and predicted second fiscal quarter revenues in the $63 billion to $67 billion range. Today, the company warned investors that it will fall short of that guidance due to... Read more