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Tuesday September 25, 2018
14:01Blackhawks beaten out by Italian-designed copter for Air Force UH-1...
Enlarge / A military version of the Leonardo AW139 flown by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. A US version, built in partership with Boeing, has won the US Air Force's nuclear security helicopter competition. ...
13:35Huawei Mate 20 Pro pictures show off new triple-camera setup
WinFuture Huawei's latest flagship smartphone will be the Mate 20 Pro, and the first images of it have leaked. German site WinFuture has posted press images of the upcoming smartphone, which will be announced on October 16th. The pictures show a mostly cookie-cutter smartphone design on the front. There's a sizable notch on the top and a bit of a 'chin' bezel at the bottom. ...
13:27Pulsed engines provide high efficiency, output power, low fluctuations
Enlarge / Neither of these steam engines get close to the Carnot efficiency. (credit: Les Chatfield) Almost all of modern physics comes down to understanding steam engines. Yes, we have all sorts of fancy laws about the Universe and atoms, but thermodynamics rules them all (and not in Sauron’s benevolent dictatorship style). When thermodynamics slaps you, you feel it. ...
13:13Teardown reveals big changes inside the Apple Watch Series 4
Enlarge / iFixit opens up the Apple Watch Series 4. (credit: iFixit) Apple announced a number of features that got people excited for the Apple Watch Series 4, and its redesigned internals show how much thought the company put into its latest smartwatch. ...
12:32Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated...
The Nasca Boy's remains are now on display in the National Museum of Ica, Peru. (credit: Tilley et al. 2018) Most Peruvian mummies come bundled in cloth, with their legs folded up to their chests and their arms around their knees. ...
12:21After a decade of testing, propylene rocket fuel may be ready for...
Enlarge / In May, Vector launched a full-scale prototype of the Vector-R rocket. (credit: Vector) For a long time Rocket Propellant-1, or RP-1, reigned supreme as the fuel of choice for the first stage of rockets. This highly refined form of kerosene, which was derived from jet fuel, powered the Saturn, Delta, Atlas, Soyuz rockets throughout the 20th century. ...
07:00Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal...
Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Late last week, Apple released more details about how (with certain opt-in settings) the Apple Watch Series 4 will contact emergency services if the watch detects that you've had a hard fall. ...
Monday September 24, 2018
23:21After working with Tesla’s Australia battery, wind company wants more...
Enlarge / Bloomberg Best of the Year 2017: Powerpacks which will be used to form the world's largest lithium-ion battery stand on display during a Tesla Inc. event at the Hornsdale wind farm, operated by Neoen SAS, near Jamestown, South Australia, on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. ...
22:40Perpetually licensed Office 2019 now available for corporate customers
Microsoft The perpetually licensed version of the desktop Office apps, branded Office 2019, was released today. It's available as a one-time purchase for volume-licensed commercial customers. A consumer release will come in the next few weeks. Office 2019 is supported on Windows 10—but no Windows 7 or Windows 8. ...
20:25Microsoft unifying search across Bing, Office, and Windows
Enlarge / Even searches on Bing will show organizational results, in a section above the regular Web results. (credit: Microsoft) (credit: Joanna Bourne / Flickr) Microsoft is shaking up the search boxes found in Bing, Office, Windows, Teams, and everywhere else it shows up in productivity apps. ...
16:00macOS 10.14 Mojave: The Ars Technica review
Enlarge (credit: Apple) I ended last year’s review of macOS High Sierra by lamenting its invisibility but praising the much-needed work it did on the macOS foundation. ...
16:00How to make your own bootable macOS 10.14 Mojave USB install drive
Enlarge / It's still pretty easy to make a bootable USB install drive for macOS Mojave. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple hasn’t shipped operating systems on physical media in almost a decade, but there are still good reasons to want a reliable old USB stick for macOS Mojave. Luckily, it's not hard to make one—either with a handy graphical user interface or some light Terminal use. ...
14:50Comcast stock tanks after company strikes $40 billion deal to buy Sky
(credit: Comcast) Comcast on Saturday won an auction to purchase Sky, the UK-based media and telecom company, with a $40 billion bid that topped an offer from 21st Century Fox. Sky on Monday recommended that its shareholders accept the offer from Comcast before a deadline of October 11. 'This is a great day for Comcast,' Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in an announcement. ...
13:54SiriusXM to pay $3.5 billion for Pandora
Enlarge (credit: Bill McChesney) Pandora has agreed to be acquired by satellite company SiriusXM for $3.5 billion. The deal will expand SiriusXM's reach. The satellite company has 36 million subscribers, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users. The companies say users shouldn't expect any immediate changes, and Pandora will continue to operate as a separate service. ...
13:24Neutrinos may decay invisibly, resolving problems in IceCube data
Enlarge / IceCube is actually under the ice, pointing downward. The Earth is a big filter to remove all the other stuff the Universe throws at us. (credit: Eli Duke) I’ve largely given up writing stories about new dark-matter candidates. Theoretical physicists keep coming up with more elaborate scenarios to make dark matter more interesting and less inert. It all seems a bit forced. ...
13:12When supplies of drugs run low, drug prices mysteriously rise, data...
Enlarge / Not so honest drug pricing? (credit: Getty | YinYang) When nearly 100 drugs became scarce between 2015 and 2016, their prices mysteriously increased more than twice as fast as their expected rate, an analysis recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reveals. ...
13:04Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the coast of Rhode Island
Enlarge (credit: Archives New Zealand) 250 years ago, Captain Cook and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks set sail in HMS Endeavour to find the rumored southern continent (of course, indigenous Australians had known about it for tens of thousands of years at that point). In 1770, the voyage arrived at Botany Bay, on the Australian coast, as part of three of Cook's famed voyages. ...
12:45Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content
Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K and remote. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple's original shows are reportedly going through a lot of fine-tuning to fit the company's family-friendly standards. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple has edited or axed some of its original programming plans because it doesn't want shows to include 'gratuitous sex, profanity, or violence. ...
12:08Financial document reveals Vulcan rocket engine competition is over
Enlarge / An artist's conception of the AR1 engine. (credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne) The latest financial release from aerospace manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne reveals that the company spent none of its own money on development of the AR1 rocket engine this spring. ...
12:00Windows Virtual Desktop gives you a Windows 7 or 10 desktop on Azure
Enlarge / A VT100 remote terminal, which is basically the same thing as Windows Remote Desktop. (credit: Wolfgang Stief) A new Windows version for multiple users was spotted last month, and now we know what it's for: Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a new service providing multi-user remote desktop and VDI in the Azure cloud. WVD combines three things. ...
12:00Surface Hub 2 splits into two: 2S in 2019, 2X in 2020
Surface Hub 2 Intro video. Microsoft's unveiling of the Surface Hub 2 in May this year provoked a very positive reaction. So much so that the company says it's going to shake up its plans with a staggered launch. The Surface Hub 2 as originally envisaged is a 50.5-inch 4K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a webcam, and a touchscreen. ...
12:00Microsoft offers completely passwordless authentication for online apps
Applications using Azure Active Directory (AD) to authenticate—a category that includes Office 365, among other things—will soon be able to stop using passwords entirely. Azure AD accounts can already use the Microsoft Authenticator app for two factor authentication, combining a password with a one-time code. ...
12:00New Roku Premiere devices make 4K HDR streaming as affordable as $39
Roku Roku announced two new streaming devices today that sit in the middle of its device lineup. The Roku Premiere and Premiere+ set-top boxes are barely 'boxes' at all; instead, they resemble the company's streaming sticks more than any of its other devices. ...
Sunday September 23, 2018
19:30Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US
A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster) The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017. ...
16:30Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of...
Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. ...
15:30Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.
Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway) Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. ...
14:30OnePlus takes just 45 days to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6
Enlarge (credit: Google Android) OnePlus continues its trend of getting better and better at updates. Earlier this year, it finally released a formalized update plan for its devices, and now it's releasing one of its fastest device updates in recent memory. The OnePlus 6 is being updated to Android 9 Pie. This release comes just 45 days after Google's release of Android 9 Pie. ...
14:00“Rainbowî weevil could hold the secret to generating nature’s colors...
Enlarge / The colorful spots of a rainbow weevil (left) as seen through a bright-field light microscope (right). (credit: Bodo D. Wilts) There are many insects that boast one or two bright colors on their cells. But the so-called 'rainbow weevil' is unique because it has many different colored spots. ...
13:50Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody
Enlarge / In addition to a press release, USMS sent an updated wanted poster to media. (credit: USMS) In a late evening press release on Saturday, September 22, US Marshals announced they have received and taken custody of Cody Wilson at the International Airport in Houston. The 3D printed guns activist is charged in nearby Travis County for the alleged sexual assault of a female minor. ...
13:00Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store...
Enlarge / This is probably the TPR pedals' best angle—looks almost like a race car engine. (credit: Lee Hutchinson) Specs at a glance: Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder pedals Manufacturer Thrustmaster Device type Flight simulator rudder pedals with toe brakes Axes Three Sensor type 3D Hall effect magnetic Controller precision 16-bit (all axis) Interface USB type-B Price $499. ...
12:00AI learns to decipher images based on spoken words—almost like a...
Enlarge / Given this picture and audio of the word 'airliner,' a neural network identifies the portions of the image where there's an airplane (indicated by the red lines). The software learned to do this entirely by looking at 400,000 pictures, each paired with a brief, free-form spoken description of the scene. (credit: David Harwath et al.) Babies learn words by matching images to sounds. ...
Saturday September 22, 2018
13:00Review: Founders of Gloomhaven groans beneath its own weight
Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. “In the age after the Demon War, the continent enjoys a period of prosperity. Humans have made peace with the Valrath and Inox. Quatryls and Orchids arrive from across the Misty Sea looking to trade. ...
11:30Post-Cody Wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or...
Enlarge / At Defense Distributed's nondescript space among the North Austin business parks, it was business as usual on September 21, 2018. (credit: Nathan Mattise) AUSTIN, Texas—On the surface, everything appears to be normal at Defense Distributed, the firearms company founded by 3D printed guns activist Cody Wilson. Employees have been reporting to work as usual. ...
10:45Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow
Enlarge / Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, gestures from the balcony of Ecuador's embassy in London. (credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. ...
10:34Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery
Enlarge / The original letter in which Galileo argued against the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. (credit: Royal Society) Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. ...
Friday September 21, 2018
18:52Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game...
Enlarge / If today's news about Telltale Games' closure is true, that 'final' season description may prove more accurate than Telltale originally intended. (credit: Telltale Games) Update, 5:49 p.m. ET: Telltale Games has issued a statement to Ars Technica confirming that the game maker has begun taking steps to shut down completely. ...
18:25Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out
Enlarge / Navajo Generating Station and Navajo Mountain. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks without purchasing the coal plant. The 2. ...
18:12Skype support coming to Alexa later this year
Enlarge / Skype calling on Alexa hardware. (credit: Microsoft) Later this year you'll be able to say 'Alexa, call Mom on Skype' and have Amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft's messaging network. Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. ...
17:54PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying he “promoted hateî
Enlarge / Alex Jones in Cleveland in 2016. (credit: Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images) Payment processing giant PayPal has cut off the account of Alex Jones—the latest in a long line of technology companies to cut ties with the radio host and online provocateur. ...
16:40iFixit’s iPhone XS and XS Max teardown: Like the iPhone X with a...
iFixit When we went hands-on with the iPhone XS and XS Max, we were mainly struck by how similar they felt to the iPhone X—particularly the iPhone XS. But it turns out that inside, it's the iPhone XS that diverges with an unusual new battery design. iFixit tore down both phones and provided analysis and gorgeous pictures as always. ...
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