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samedi 20 octobre 2018
04:08Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage
Enlarge / Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will have to put another dollar in the swear jar when he hears the news. (credit: Netflix) Just one week ago, Netflix surprised us all by canceling Iron Fist after a much-improved second season. Now we can add Luke Cage to the casualties. Netflix unexpectedly pulled the plug on a third season today. ...
vendredi 19 octobre 2018
18:55Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story
(credit: Wikipedia) Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg Business to retract a story that said his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. It's the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed. ...
18:50Comcast gigabit cable ($105 with 1TB data cap) now available in 39...
Enlarge / A Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 modem. (credit: Comcast) Comcast's gigabit cable service is now available to nearly all of the 58 million homes and businesses in the company's US territory, Comcast announced yesterday. Comcast, the nation's largest ISP with more than 26 million subscribers, began rolling out gigabit cable in early 2016. ...
16:19Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | eccolo74) The nation's largest broadband industry lobby groups have sued Vermont to stop a state law that requires ISPs to follow net neutrality principles in order to qualify for government contracts. ...
15:53More exclusive than a supercar: A beginner’s guide to buying a GT3...
Audi In the past decade, the well-worn automotive cliché Race on Sunday, sell on Monday has taken a surprising twist. Now, automakers have realized that they can race on Sunday and sell race cars on Monday. If you've got the money, Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi, Acura, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren, Nissan, Bentley, and more have a race car for you—for around $500,000. ...
15:04Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU
Google's Building 44, where Android is developed. (credit: Ron Amadeo) We're still seeing the fallout from the European Commission's $5 billion antitrust fine against Google. Earlier this week, Google announced it would comply with the ruling by unbundling the Google Android app package, allowing OEMs to skip Chrome and Google Search in favor of alternatives. ...
15:00Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare
Enlarge / 'Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.' (credit: MGM/UA) Today we’re presenting the fourth and final installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out parts one, two, and three if you missed them. ...
14:37New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power
Enlarge / A 110 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Israel’s Negev desert. (credit: OPIC) With the price of photovoltaics having plunged dramatically, solar is likely to become a major contributor to the electrical generating mix in many countries. ...
14:25Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!
Enlarge / Players duking it out in the new Blackout mode. Call of Duty, like video game war simulations in general, is caught in a paradox. It never changes, and yet, every year, it definitely does change. Approaching a new Call of Duty, especially from the multiplayer side, is a bit of a challenge. ...
13:41Two orbiters begin their long journey to Mercury Friday night
ESA One might think it's a relatively easy thing to reach Mercury, the innermost planet in the Solar System. At its closest approach, Mercury is just 77 million kilometers from Earth, or not all that much farther than the closest that Earth comes to Mars. The Earth-Mars transit typically only takes about six months. ...
12:52Tesla quietly drops “full self-drivingî option as it adds $45,000...
Enlarge (credit: Tesla) Elon Musk took to Twitter (where else, right?) on Thursday evening to inform his followers of a new addition to the Model 3 lineup. This is not the long-awaited $35,000 version, however; the mid-range Model 3 starts at $45,000. Musk also revealed that the Model 3 ordering process has been simplified and now has fewer options. ...
12:10Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland
Vivaldi The Web browser is likely the most important piece of software on your hardware, whatever that hardware may be. In fact, whenever a new bit of hardware arrives that somehow lacks a way to browse the Web, invariably one of the first things enthusiasts will do is figure out a way to run a browser on it. ...
10:30This business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend
Kyocera With Apple and most Android OEMs making increasingly larger phones while Apple discontinues the small iPhone SE, it's pretty clear where the smartphone market is going—at least for the near term. But that doesn't mean there aren't some companies bucking the trend by going smaller, not bigger. ...
10:00Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile...
Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace/Aurich Lawson) Welcome to Edition 1.22 of the Rocket Report! We have plenty to discuss this week, from Paul Allen's untimely passing to the Atlas V rocket's success as well as why SpaceX remains in Los Angeles despite California's high taxes and regulations. We also have a fun story about a Titan II missile silo for sale. ...
jeudi 18 octobre 2018
20:19Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from...
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai speaking at a press conference on October 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Mark Wilson ) The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay 'completely unacceptable. ...
20:00Twitter publishes dump of accounts tied to Russian, Iranian influence...
Enlarge / This image was the profile banner of one of the accounts allegedly run by the Internet Research Agency, the organization that ran social media 'influence campaigns' in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and the US dating back to 2009. ...
19:25Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy
Enlarge / Pink vs. blue—innocent gender self-expression or material wealth creating more entrenched gender stereotypes? (credit: lambda's / flickr) In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school and university as boys are. Women make up a greater proportion of the country’s professional and technical workers than any other country in the world. ...
18:17Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric...
Enlarge / A Britten Norman Islander plane, similar to the kind used in the Orkney Islands to shuttle people short distances. (credit: Britten Norman) Up in the remote northeast of Scotland, residents of the Orkney Islands use small island-hopping aircraft to commute around the archipelago. ...
17:41New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life
Enlarge / The triangular shapes had been described as possible relics of 3.7 billion-year-old microbial life. The rock has been flipped upside down since then, but the red arrow highlights that one of these triangles is not like the others. (credit: Abigail Allwood) Few things in science seem to be as controversial as claims to the oldest evidence of life on Earth. ...
16:45Dealmaster: Hot deals on an Asus ROG gaming laptop and more
Enlarge Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, the dealmaster is back with a big bunch of deals for your consideration. The top featured item today is a ASUS ROG Strix gaming laptop. This 15.6-inch behemoth has an Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, and a 128GB SSD plus a 1TB hard drive. Normally this is $1,039. ...
16:40Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1
Samsung Samsung today announced the Galaxy Book2 (sic; the company has not put a space between the word and the number), a 2-in-1 tablet running Windows 10, powered by a Snapdragon 850 processor. The first generation of Windows 10-on-ARM machines were roundly criticized for the performance of their Snapdragon 835 processors. ...
16:39“There’s more in the makingî—Apple announces October 30 event
Apple Apple will host another product announcement event on October 30 at 10am Eastern time, according to invitations that have gone out to members of the press and an update to Apple's live events page. The invitation for the event carries the copy, 'There's more in the making,' and it's accompanied by artistic renditions of Apple's logo. ...
16:25The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar...
Brian Cleary/Getty Images BRASELTON, Ga.—The Petit Le Mans is a 10-hour endurance race held each fall at Road Atlanta in Georgia. As the name suggests, it's run with similar rules as the French race that runs for 24 hours each June, which means a mix of prototype and production-based sports cars take to the track at the same time. ...
15:46Microsoft making more of the Windows 10 built-in apps removable
It will soon be possible to discard more of the in-box apps that ship with Windows 10. Currently, a handful of pre-installed apps can be removed, including OneNote, Skype, and Weather, but most of the other built-in apps are permanent fixtures. Windows 10 has also promoted a number of third-party applications such as Candy Crush Saga to the chagrin of many. ...
15:20What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories
Enlarge / Participants in new neuroimaging study watched an edited version of Forrest Gump. (credit: Paramount Pictures) Watching the 1995 film Forrest Gump can elicit sincere emotion and pleasure or more negative responses in viewers, depending on one's subjective cinematic tastes. ...
15:05Video: What to expect from the Oculus Quest
Video edited by CNE. Click here for transcript. When the consumer-level VR revolution came in 2016, it left behind a lot of potential consumers. That's because, as Ars editor Sam Machkovech puts it, 'a lot of [existing VR] is very expensive or very underwhelming.' Oculus' upcoming Quest headset is setting out to be the middle ground between these two poles. ...
15:00Ars on your lunch break: Let’s talk about religion, politics, guns,...
Enlarge This is the third installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out part one and part two if you missed them. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded audio player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below. ...
14:47Rockstar developers speak out about “100-hour weeksî comment
Enlarge / Are developers being asked to push themselves too hard to make games like Red Dead Redemption 2? (credit: Aurich / Getty / Rockstar) Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser has drawn criticism this week for an interview where he said 'we were working 100-hour weeks' on the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. ...
14:20Essential circles the drain, lays off 30 percent of staff
Enlarge / The Essential Phone and 360 camera. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Things aren't looking good for Essential, Andy Rubin's smartphone startup. After announcing it was cancelling its next smartphone earlier this year, the company will now lay off 30 percent of its staff, according to a report from Bloomberg. Essential produced a pretty good product for its first-ever smartphone. ...
14:00Da Vinci’s possible vision disorder may have influenced his art
Enlarge / The recently restored oil painting Salvator Mundi, attributed to Leonardo, shows evidence of exotropic eye alignment, a new paper claims. (credit: Christopher Tyler) The great Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci may have suffered from an unusual visual tic: an intermittent outward turn of the eye, clinically known as strabismus. ...
13:55Gorillas that are great with kids are also luckier in love
Enlarge / 'Resting in contact,' primatologist jargon for 'getting a cuddle.' (credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund) Cantsbee the gorilla was great with kids, which is why it struck gorilla researcher Stacy Rosenbaum as odd when he suddenly started grunting aggressively at his usual gaggle of baby gorilla sidekicks. Cantsbee seemed oddly annoyed by them tagging along behind. ...
09:30Party in the front, pain in the back: The BMW X4 reviewed
Enlarge / The 2019 BMW X4 xDrive 30i. (credit: BradleyWarren Photography) BMW's display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show was bewildering. Among the massive lineup of vehicles, the company had at least four obviously different models that were all connected by a common thread. From biggest to smallest, the BMW had a bunch of fastbacks—the 640i GT, X6, 330i GT, and X4—on display. ...
mercredi 17 octobre 2018
22:38New 100-mile electric van matches diesel vans on price, Workhorse says
Enlarge / Workhorse's new truck starts initial production this week. (credit: Workhorse) Electric-vehicle maker Workhorse announced today that it has begun initial production of a 100-mile range electric delivery truck called the NGEN-1000. ...
18:34Report: Former top Waymo engineer altered code to go on “forbidden...
Enlarge (credit: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images) In the early days of what ultimately became Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division (known at the time as 'Project Chauffeur'), there were 'more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious,' according to a new article in The New Yorker. ...
17:25How did Easter Islanders survive without wells or streams?
Enlarge / A freshwater seep in the tidal zone near Tongariki. (credit: Brosnan et al. 2018) Archaeologists are piecing together more details about how the Rapanui people once erected the formerly enigmatic stone statues, or moai. But one of the island’s lingering mysteries is how the Rapanui found enough water to sustain thousands of people on a small island. ...
17:15Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support
Enlarge (credit: Spotify/Fossil) Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it's bringing a stand-alone wearable app to Google's smartwatch platform. Spotify's stand-alone app lets you browse and control music from your wrist. ...
17:05Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen...
Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality rules. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) The New York attorney general's office is widening an investigation into fraudulent net neutrality comments, saying it estimates that up to 9.5 million comments were submitted using stolen identities. ...
16:52Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your ...
Enlarge (credit: Helm) There’s no doubt that Gmail has changed the way we consume email. It’s free, it gives most of us all the storage we’ll ever need, and it does a better job than most in weeding out spam and malware. But there’s a cost to all of this. ...
15:31Mad scientists flip the Earth’s spin in climate models, watch water go ...
Enlarge (credit: Gabriela Pinto) Climate models—computer simulations of Earth’s climate system—are crucial tools for scientists, given that it's impossible to run experiments on the entire planet. Access to these digital laboratories also gives people the option to occasionally play “mad scientistî and mess with the Earth a bit. ...
15:19After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for...
(credit: Aurich Lawson) Google is adjusting to life in the EU after the $5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) antitrust fine levied against it by the European Commission earlier this year. ...
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