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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

June 25, 2017 5:24 AM
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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Sega Forever, Galaxy Note 8 always.

After an unfortunate end to the Galaxy Note 7 saga, Samsung is apparently ready to pick up where it left off. A rumor from VentureBeat suggests that the next Note will launch in September, and despite rocking a slightly smaller battery for obvious reasons, will be the most expensive one yet at around $900 unlocked. For that price, you should expect its trademark stylus, plus 6GB of RAM and, in a first for Samsung, a dual-lens 12MP rear camera.

Surprise! OnePlus is back with another phone that matches mostly high-end specs and design with an affordable price tag. The OnePlus is blazingly fast, with a good dual camera and solid battery life. Ultimately, despite some compromises, it's still an excellent value.

We don't know if it will happen, but Amazon has patented its concept for a warehouse that services drones as well as trucks. It manages to pull double duty with a beehive-style cylindrical tower that could spit quadcopters in any direction. It's just an idea, but remember who told you first when one is going up on top of your local Whole Foods.

This week the NTSB released its report on a crash involving the use of Tesla's AutoPilot feature. While it debunked reports that the driver may have been watching a movie at the time of the accident, it indicated that he might have only had his hands on the wheel for 37 seconds of the 25-minute trip, ignoring the system's warnings. The NTSB's next step will be to report the probable cause of the accident and make recommendations to prevent similar ones in the future.

Late last year the Obama Administration publicly sanctioned Russia in response to cyber attacks on the US election system. Secretly, according to a new report by the Washington Post, it also authorized a new kind of cyber operation in response, placing in critical Russian networks that could later be triggered remotely.

A new article published in Physical Review Letters details how to solve a dangerous issue with runaway electrons that has, until now, posed a major problem for fusion reactors. The team discovered that it's possible to decelerate electrons by injecting heavy ions, like neon or argon, into the fusion reactor. The electrons collide with these neutral atoms, resulting in energy loss and slower speeds.

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