Hackers Have Been Holding the City of Baltimore’s Computers Hostage for 2 Weeks – This Week in Tech – 05/26/2019

Hackers Have Been Holding the City of Baltimore’s Computers Hostage for 2 Weeks

Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight…


Self-Driving Trucks Begin Mail Delivery Test for U.S. Postal Service

(Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight…


China Claims New Breakthrough Cuts Lithium Production Costs to Record Low, EVs Look to Benefit

The Chinese government claims a new technological breakthrough pushes lithium production prices to a record low, which could have a big effect on electric car battery costs…


Sony Shows Crazy Fast PS5 Load Times With Custom SSD

Sony has revealed one of the killer features of its next-generation game console, the PS5, and is outlining some of its future plans regarding the PlayStation brand…


Microsoft Just Yanked Huawei Laptops From Its Online Store

We talk a lot about how good Huawei’s smartphones have been in recent years, like the Huawei P30 Pro. What often gets less attention is that it also produces some high-quality laptops too…


NASA Photographed the Crash Site of Israel’s Failed Moon Lander, and It’s Not Pretty

On April 11, the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL tried to land a small robot on the surface of the moon. But an errant software command apparently caused the lander’s main engine to shut off…


ARM Cuts Ties With Huawei, Threatening Future Chip Designs

Chip designer ARM has suspended business with Huawei, threatening the Chinese company’s ability to create its own chips. BBC News reports that ARM employees have been instructed to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei due to the US trade ban. The US has banned any US companies from doing business with the Chinese telecom giant without permission from the American government, but ARM is based in the UK and owned by the Japanese SoftBank group…

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