NASA gets ‘powerhouse’ that will bring astronauts to deep space

BERLIN — Europe’s Airbus on Friday delivered the “powerhouse” for NASA’s new Orion Spaceship that will take astronauts to the Moon and beyond in coming years, hitting a key milestone that should lead to hundreds of millions of euros in future orders. Engineers at the Airbus plant in Bremen, Germany on Thursday carefully packed the spacecraft into a special container that will fly aboard a huge Antonov cargo plane to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the first step on its way to deep space. In Florida, the module will…

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Tesla says it got SEC subpoena about Model 3 production numbers

Tesla said on Friday it received a subpoena from the US Securities and Exchange Commission regarding certain projections the electric car maker made for Model 3 production rates during 2017. The company said no government agency in ongoing investigations has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred. “Should the government decide to pursue an enforcement action, there exists the possibility of a material adverse impact on our business, results of operation, prospects, cash flows, and financial position,” the company said in a filing. Tesla said last week it did not receive a…

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A foldable smartphone already exists

The first foldable phone in the world isn’t just a concept, as I first thought when seeing it demoed on video in Asia. It’s an actual Android phone that you can buy right now, although it’s not made by a top vendor like Samsung or Huawei, the two Android phone makers that are usually associated with foldable smartphone reports. Called Rouyu Technology in China, which translates to Royal in English, the company has started taking preorders for the foldable phone we saw the other day — the FlexPai, as they…

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Wall Street is worried shoppers won’t buy pricey iPhones

It’s official: Wall Street has iPhone anxiety. Apple delivered unexpectedly strong sales and profits for its latest quarter, but its shares tanked as a weak holiday forecast stoked worries that shoppers are hesitant to shell out for a new crop of extra-pricey iPhones. The Silicon Valley juggernaut posted the strongest fiscal fourth-quarter results in its history — with $62.9 billion in revenue, handily beating the $61.4 billion analysts had forecast. But Apple also revealed that it moved only 46.9 million iPhones, missing Wall Street’s forecast of 48.4 million and growing…

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Spotify stock drops as subscriber growth forecast cut

Spotify stock plunged 8 percent after the Swedish music streamer cut its forecast for subscriber growth and downplayed speculation it’s looking to compete directly with big record labels. “We don’t view this as Spotify has to win and the labels have to lose,” Spotify Chief Executive Daniel Ek said during a Thursday call on the company’s third-quarter earnings. Speculation has been building that the world’s largest music-subscription service, with 87 million paying customers, would use its distribution clout to bypass the labels and sign up artists itself. Spotify said during…

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The true cost of an iPhone over your lifetime: $300,000

If you think your family’s smartphone addiction is bleeding you all dry, you don’t know the half of it. Based on typical smartphone costs and usage patterns, your kids will end up spending a staggering $75,000 apiece on their phones over the course of their lives, according to valuation company Flipsy. And even that’s only scratching the surface, because they missed out the biggest cost of all: The opportunity cost of all that money. If you factor opportunity cost in, the true lifetime cost of your kids’ love affair with…

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Hubble telescope spots ‘bat signal’ in space

This is no joke(r) – the Bat signal has been found in space. The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted what officials from NASA and the European Space Agency have dubbed “a cosmic Bat Shadow” in a distant gas cloud, the Serpens Nebula. At a distance of 1,300-light-years, the Serpens Neblua is further away from Earth than Gotham is from Metropolis, but the shadow that stretches from the star known as HBC 672 has two deep, dark (but not brooding) streaks emerging from it, lighting up the surrounding nebula. “By clinging…

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Google workers protesting sexual misconduct not really talking

Google is a tight-lipped company — and it’s got tight-lipped protesters, too. Hundreds of Google employees — miffed that the search giant kept mum about fat severance packages it reportedly gave to execs despite sexual misconduct allegations — marched out of the company’s New York offices to protest on Thursday. But when asked by reporters to talk about their gripes, dozens of Google workers refused — even as they held aloft signs that said “WORKER’S RIGHTS ARE WOMEN’S RIGHTS” and “TIME’S UP TECH.” “Sorry, I’m not authorized to speak to…

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Google workers protest handling of sex misconduct allegations

Google employees across the world staged a mass walkout Thursday in protest of the tech giant’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations. Thousands of workers streamed out of Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, as well as offices in London, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo and Singapore. Employees in New York planned to follow suit at 11 a.m. The walkout comes following a bombshell reports of sexual assault and harassment at the company at the hands of some of its top executives. One report revealed Google planned to pay Android creator Andy Rubin a…

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Founder of World Wide Web ‘disappointed’ in what it has become

LONDON — Silicon Valley technology giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of the World Wide Web told Reuters. The digital revolution has spawned a handful of US-based technology companies since the 1990s that now have a combined financial and cultural power greater than most sovereign states. Tim Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, said he was disappointed with the current state of the…

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