Lightsaber Dueling Registered as Official Sport in France

It's now easier than ever in France to act out Star Wars fantasies. The country's fencing federation has officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the weapon from George Lucas's space saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics. From a report: Of course, … Continue reading Lightsaber Dueling Registered as Official Sport in France

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CERN’s World-First Browser Reborn: Now You Can Browse Like It’s 1990

A team at Switzerland-based research center CERN has rebuilt WorldWideWeb, the world's first browser created in 1990 for its researchers. From a report: Earlier this month a group of developers and designers convened at CERN, or The European Organization for Nuclear Research, to rebuild WorldWideWeb in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The WorldWideWeb browser was … Continue reading CERN’s World-First Browser Reborn: Now You Can Browse Like It’s 1990

Logitech is Relaunching the MX518 Gaming Mouse

From a report: Logitech has announced it is bringing back the "legendary" (the company's word, not mine) MX518 gaming mouse. The announcement says "many consider [it] to be the finest gaming mouse of all time." I am definitely one of those people. Logitech first released the MX518 in 2005, as the successor to the already-pretty-good … Continue reading Logitech is Relaunching the MX518 Gaming Mouse

Qualcomm Urges US Regulators To Reverse Course, Ban Some iPhones

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Qualcomm is urging U.S. trade regulators to reverse a judge's ruling and ban the import of some Apple iPhones in a long-running patent fight between the two companies. Qualcomm is seeking the ban in hopes of dealing Apple a blow before the two begin a major trial … Continue reading Qualcomm Urges US Regulators To Reverse Course, Ban Some iPhones

Apple To Target Combining iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps by 2021: Report

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop -- an overhaul designed to encourage app development and, ultimately, boost revenue. The ultimate goal of the multistep initiative, code-named "Marzipan," is by 2021 to help … Continue reading Apple To Target Combining iPhone, iPad and Mac Apps by 2021: Report

Proposed Bill Would Force Arizonians To Pay $250 To Have Their DNA Added To a Database

technology_dude writes: One by one, thresholds are being crossed where the collection and storage of personal data is accepted as routine. Being recorded by cameras at business locations, in public transportation, in schools, churches, and every other place imaginable. Recent headlines include "Singapore Airlines having cameras built into the seat back of personal entertainment systems," … Continue reading Proposed Bill Would Force Arizonians To Pay $250 To Have Their DNA Added To a Database

Neuroscientists Say They’ve Found An Entirely New Form of Neural Communication

Scientists think they've identified a previously unknown form of neural communication that self-propagates across brain tissue, and can leap wirelessly from neurons in one section of brain tissue to another -- even if they've been surgically severed. The discovery offers some radical new insights about the way neurons might be talking to one another, via … Continue reading Neuroscientists Say They’ve Found An Entirely New Form of Neural Communication

FDA Warns Against Using Young Blood As Medical Treatment

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday against using plasma infusions from young blood donors to ward off the effects of normal aging as well as other more serious conditions. Plasma, the liquid portion of the blood, contains proteins that help clot blood. The infusions are … Continue reading FDA Warns Against Using Young Blood As Medical Treatment

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 Modem Is the 4G/5G Solution We’ve Been Waiting For

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest 5G modem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55. The chip is the company's second-generation 5G modem and successor to the Snapdragon X50 that was announced back in 2017. "Headline features of this new chip include multi-mode 4G and 5G in a single chip, blazing fast 7Gbps speeds, and futureproof support for the … Continue reading Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 Modem Is the 4G/5G Solution We’ve Been Waiting For

China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the US, Report Says

Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike says China has largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as President Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year. "A slowdown in Chinese hacking following the cybersecurity agreement Obama's administration secured in 2015 appears to have been reversed, the firm said in a report released Tuesday that … Continue reading China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the US, Report Says