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Sunday December 16, 2018
23:01HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder dead at 34
Enlarge / Honorees Rus Yusupov (L) and Colin Kroll accept the Breakthrough Award for Emerging Technology onstage at the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards during the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
20:30Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week
Enlarge / US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H. W. Bush on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images) On Friday, President Trump announced on Twitter that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down from his post in the coming weeks. ...
17:13No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery
Enlarge / LIGO's February 11, 2016, press conference in Washington, DC, where they announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Just last month, we told you about a small group of Danish physicists who were casting doubt on the original gravitational wave signal detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), ...
16:30California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus...
Enlarge / One of Antelope Valley Transit Authority's 79 electric buses. (credit: Megan Geuss) On Friday, California's Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved a regulation that would compel the state's public transit agencies to build zero-emissions fleets by 2040. ...
13:30Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh
Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Only a handful of wearable operating systems exists today. Dominating the market are watchOS and Wear OS, unsurprisingly so, as they accompany the two most popular smartphone operating systems. But there are a few challengers out there, like Samsung's Tizen and Fitbit OS, that give users other options. ...
12:22Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft
Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Though my ten-year-old’s obsession with Minecraft first took hold three years ago—back when Minecraft was all the rage—I have to hand it to him. He’s sticking with it, despite the imperialist hegemony of Fortnite. What’s more, he’s not a fan of the newer game. “Too much violence,î he says, despite his affection for Nerf guns and laser tag. ...
Saturday December 15, 2018
13:15Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban
Enlarge / Graffiti urging people to use Signal, a highly-encrypted messaging app, is spray-painted on a wall during a protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. ...
12:09Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be...
Enlarge / Secretaries use typewriters, before the word processor changed everything. (credit: Evening Standard | Getty Images) Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died at 93 this week. She was most known as the designer of the first true word-processing computer. ...
11:15KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and...
Enlarge (credit: Charlie Theel) As a concept, KeyForge is enthralling. The game is the latest effort from legendary Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield—and the big idea here is that every sealed deck is unique. Decks are pre-constructed and can’t be altered; there’s no card chasing, and there’s certainly no over-arching “metaî game that must be respected. ...
Friday December 14, 2018
18:43Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents
Enlarge / Ebola treatment center at the Hospital in Beni, North Kivu Province. (credit: MONUSCO/Alain Coulibaly) The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a city of nearly 1 million residents. There are now 30 confirmed cases and 15 deaths in the city of Butembo reported in the latest update provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). ...
18:35Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995
Enlarge / The Kona EV is relaxing to drive but does not demand you take it by the scruff and carve some canyons. (credit: Hyundai) In October, we finally got a chance to drive the Hyundai Kona EV, a rather wonderful little electric vehicle. Based on the internal combustion-powered Kona, it packs in 64kWh of lithium-ion to give it an EPA range of 258 miles (415km). ...
18:10Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race...
Formula E Most of the motorsports world takes a well-deserved break in December. The long Formula 1 championship is done, as is the even longer NASCAR season. But this weekend, one series is about to get started: it's time for Formula E, which holds its first race of the 2018/2019 championship on Saturday. ...
17:19“We’re sorry,î Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions
Enlarge (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) Another day, another privacy issue with Facebook. The company announced Friday morning that a photo API bug might have resulted in millions of people having their private photos become improperly accessible by up to 1,500 apps for a period of 12 days in September 2018. ...
16:40Get your binge on: Season 3 of sci-fi gem Travelers is out now
Enlarge / Travelers. (credit: Netflix) One of our favorite streaming shows of the last few years has been time-travel adventure Travelers. The world of the future is in some ill-defined crisis, and the only way this can be averted is to send people back in time to make better decisions. But in a Quantum Leap-style twist, only people's consciousnesses can be sent back in time. ...
16:06Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues
Enlarge / Discord wants to attract more developers to its game store as it continues to expand beyond simple communications features. Discord has announced that it will start taking a reduced, 10-percent cut from game revenues generated on its online store starting next year, one-upping the Epic Games Store and its recently announced 12-percent cut on the Epic Games Store. ...
15:07Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm
Enlarge / Heroes of the Storm will continue to increase this character roster going forward, but maybe not as quickly as previously. Blizzard may only have seven active games listed on its Battle.net launcher at the moment, but that list includes some of the biggest in the gaming world. ...
14:03Apple says iOS update will avoid Qualcomm patents, China iPhone ban
Enlarge / iPhones are seen at an Apple Store in Tianjin, China. (credit: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images) Apple's patent battle with Qualcomm in China has intensified this week, with Qualcomm seeking a broader ban and Apple claiming it has a workaround to avoid Qualcomm's patents. On Monday, Qualcomm announced that a Chinese court had banned the sale of most iPhone models. ...
12:20Nearly 100 Lyft drivers sue, complaining of illegally being paid too...
Enlarge / Sticker for Lyft on the back of a Lyft ride-sharing vehicle in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara, California, August 17, 2017. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Several dozen Lyft drivers across California have filed a new labor lawsuit against the ride-hailing company, arguing—like many before them—that they are being inadequately paid. ...
12:00Don’t buy a 5G smartphone—at least, not for a while
Enlarge / 5G is here, but that doesn't mean you have to buy into it. 2019 is going to be the year of 5G—at least, that's what the cellular industry keeps saying. ...
11:30Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just became your must-see December...
Enlarge / Spider... sweatpants? That's just one of the many weird things you'll find in the hilarious, entertaining Into the Spider-Verse. (credit: Sony Pictures Animation) I'll keep this glowing review short for two reasons: because I'm on vacation, and because there's not much I need to say to make my point. ...
11:15Rocket Report: Virgin soars, Falcon Heavy cores on the go, Astra...
Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.29 of the Rocket Report! This week, we send our hearty congratulations to Virgin Galactic, which reached an important milestone Thursday with its first flight above 80km. ...
10:45When will electric airliners make sense?
Enlarge (credit: NASA) Currently, the world is struggling to keep its carbon emissions from rising. But to reach the longer-term goals we have for stabilizing the climate, we're going to have to do far more than roll out some renewable energy. Keeping the earth from warming by 2°C above preindustrial temperatures means a deep decarbonization of our energy use. ...
00:45Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada
Enlarge (credit: Tony Webster / Flickr) A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and businesses across the US and Canada. ...
Thursday December 13, 2018
21:20Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail
Enlarge A recent phishing campaign targeting US government officials, activists, and journalists is notable for using a technique that allowed the attackers to bypass two-factor authentication protections offered by services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail, researchers said Thursday. ...
20:24Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt) Verizon is parting ways with 10,400 employees in 'a voluntary separation program,' despite the Trump administration providing a tax cut and various deregulatory changes that were supposed to increase investment in jobs and broadband networks. The cuts represent nearly seven percent of Verizon's workforce and were announced along with a $4. ...
20:03Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoinî
Enlarge / Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) wants Americans, Mexicans, or just about anyone else to be able to donate cash to build a wall. And he thinks a 'WallCoin' could help do that. ...
19:29We finally talked to an actual Waymo passenger—here’s what he told us
Enlarge / Waymo signage is displayed on the open door of a Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, on Monday, July 30, 2018. (credit: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images) For the last 18 months, Waymo vehicles have been ferrying passengers around the southeast corner of the Phoenix metropolitan area. ...
19:08Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new...
Enlarge / Apple's existing campus in Austin, Texas. (credit: Apple) Earlier this year, Apple announced it would launch a major new campus in the US, its second largest behind the Cupertino headquarters. Now we know where. ...
18:45Microsoft is putting together a Microsoft 365 subscription for home...
Enlarge (credit: Patty's Photos / Flickr) Microsoft has had success in the enterprise space with its Microsoft 365 subscription, which bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and remote management with Enterprise Mobility + Security. Its home-oriented Office 365 subscriptions have also been growing steadily, with 32.5 million subscriptions as of the company's most recent financial reports. ...
17:52Volvo’s coming all-electric semi will compete with Tesla’s
Volvo On Wednesday, Volvo Trucks North America announced that in 2019 it will demonstrate an all-electric Volvo semi truck, which it expects to go into production in 2020. ...
17:31Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek:...
Enlarge / Spock relishes the prospect of danger. 'Are you smiling, Spock?' 'Yes, Captain, I believe I am.' (credit: CBS All Access) Everyone's favorite sober-minded Vulcan, Spock, cracks a rare smile in a new, action-packed trailer for Star Trek: Discovery's upcoming second season. ...
16:28Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school...
Enlarge / Now you're playing with power. Playing old-school games on the Switch thus far has been a choice between various control compromises. You can use two Joy-Cons held in two hands, but the tiny buttons and lack of a true d-pad make this setup less than ideal. ...
16:06Virgin Galactic just flew to 82.68 kilometers—is this space?
Enlarge / The VSS Unity spacecraft returns to Earth on Thursday. (credit: Virgin Galactic) On a clear and cold Thursday morning in the Mojave Desert, Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two aircraft took off. It carried the VSS Unity spacecraft, which on its fourth powered flight, sought to make the company's highest and fastest flight ever. It succeeded. With Mark 'Forger' Stucky and C. ...
15:45T-Mobile lied to the FCC about its 4G coverage, small carriers say
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) T-Mobile lied to the Federal Communications Commission about the extent of its 4G LTE coverage, according to a trade group that represents rural wireless providers. T-Mobile claimed—under penalty of perjury—to have coverage in areas where it hadn't yet installed 4G equipment, the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) said in an FCC filing Monday. ...
12:47Chromecasts are finally available from Amazon again
Enlarge (credit: Jeff Dunn) Amazon and Google haven't played nicely with each other over the past few years, but consumers were just thrown a bone. Amazon has finally restocked Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra devices in its online store, selling them for $35 and $69, respectively. ...
10:45Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Enlarge / The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. (credit: Eric Bangeman) If you're a technology enthusiast—and you obviously are, because you're reading Ars Technica—you'll know that poor software or a bad UI can drag down even the best hardware. It's frustrating, and not just because lousy software can make using the newest, shiniest gear less fun. ...
01:00Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES ...
Samsung We weren't impressed with this year's Notebook 9 Pen, Samsung's attempt at a high-end ultrabook, but the company will be trying again in 2019. Samsung announced two new versions of the Notebook 9 Pen—a 13-inch and a 15-inch model—that it will show off at CES in January and release sometime in 2019. ...
Wednesday December 12, 2018
21:09Microsoft adds Dark Mode support and more to Office 365 for Mac
Nate Anderson Microsoft has released version 16.20.18120801 of Office 365 for the Mac platform, bringing support for a couple of key Mac features introduced in September's macOS 10.14 Mojave release, as well as a number of small features and user experience improvements not related to Mojave. The headline feature is, of course, dark mode support, which requires Mojave to work. ...
20:16ULA chief Tory Bruno on competing with Blue Origin, SpaceX rocket...
Enlarge / Jeff Bezos (right), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, and Tory Bruno, CEO of United Launch Alliance, display the BE-4 rocket engine during a press conference in 2014. ...
19:55A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it
When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its smartwatch, the big new selling point wasn't a feature we typically associate with a watch or any sort of smart device. Instead, the company added a feature that had only recently arrived in the form of specialized consumer devices: an electrocardiograph (ECG), a device made for monitoring the heart's electrical activity. ...
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