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lundi 20 novembre 2017
10:00Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board
Enlarge (credit: Sam Machkovech) Find me a critic who would recommend any company's first-ever earbuds priced at $159, and I will find you that critic's sordid history of wire-transfer scams on Craigslist. Headphones and earbuds have to cater to so many tricky, subjective variables: various ear fits, sound preferences, and desired features. ...
dimanche 19 novembre 2017
20:00Archaeologists find mysterious, 4,000-year-old dog sacrifices in Russia
A map of the area on the northern Russian steppes where the sacrificial dogs were found. The Krasnosamarskoe settlement was a tiny ritual center, part of the larger Indo-European Srubnaya culture in the late Bronze Age. ...
17:10Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional...
Enlarge / Morgan Marquis-Boire, then a security researcher at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs’ Citizen Lab, seen here on July 24, 2012. (credit: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A well-known computer security researcher, Morgan Marquis-Boire, has been publicly accused of sexual assault. ...
15:02Some Instacart workers to strike over pay that can be as low as $1 per ...
Enlarge / Kaitlin Myers, a shopper for Instacart, studies her smartphone as she shops for a customer at Whole Foods in Denver. Myers received a grocery list for a shopper and then completed the shopping on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. (credit: Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon) OAKLAND, Calif. ...
14:00What I learned visiting my first live eSports tournament
Kyle Orland At this point, I don't have much patience for the argument that eSports fans should stop watching other people play video games and just play those games themselves. For one, it's an argument that few people make about spectator sports like basketball and football, where the skill difference between a pro and a novice is roughly the same as in eSports. ...
12:41How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry
Enlarge / A nori farm off the coast of Japan. (credit: H. Grobe) The tasty Japanese seaweed nori is ubiquitous today, but that wasn't always true. Nori was once called “lucky grassî because every year's harvest was entirely dependent on luck. Then, during World War II, luck ran out. No nori would grow off the coast of Japan, and farmers were distraught. ...
samedi 18 novembre 2017
12:00Pandemic Legacy: Season 2—The world’s “best board gameî gets better
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. How do you follow the most popular board game ever made? In a world where three separate versions of Smurfs Monopoly exist, Pandemic Legacy: Season One (PL:S1) isn’t the biggest-selling game of all time—but it has topped the popularity charts at Board ...
11:30Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon
(credit: Wikipedia) A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1. ...
10:30Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims...
Enlarge / John Draper, seen here in 2011. (credit: campuspartycolombia) John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as 'phreaking,' has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. ...
vendredi 17 novembre 2017
22:20Weekend code warriors prepare to clash in Codewarz
Enlarge / Obviously a Codewarz competitor. (credit: Alain Daussin/Getty Images) If you didn't have any weekend plans yet—or maybe even if you did—and you're interested in scratching your programming itch, there's something to add to your calendar. ...
20:30Dealmaster: The Black Friday tech deals that might actually be worth...
Enlarge / Get ready for lots of ads like this. (credit: Best Buy) Update (9/19/2017 11:20 AM ET): Updated to mark various deals that have gone live since this article's publication. Original post: Brace yourself for Walmart fights and snarky tweets about capitalism, because Black Friday is nearly here. ...
20:24How to fix a program without the source code? Patch the binary directly
Enlarge (credit: Flickr user: Ivan T) When a company like Microsoft needs to fix a security flaw in one of its products, the process is normally straightforward: determine where the bug lies, change the program's source code to fix the bug, and then recompile the program. But it looks like the company had to step outside this typical process for one of the flaws it patched this Tuesday. ...
19:45Hairy situation: DC’s rail system may be taken down by human shedding
Enlarge / The DC Metro, when it's not on fire. (credit: Getty | Bill Clark) For residents of our nation’s capital, news of a fire on the city’s rapid transit system—the Washington Metro—is not surprising. It catches fire and smokes quite regularly. At some points last year, there were reports of more than four fires per week (although there’s some dispute about that rate). ...
18:42Argentine Navy diesel sub disappears, NASA plane joins in search
NASA The US Navy and NASA have joined the search for an Argentine Armada (navy) diesel-electric attack submarine—the ARA San Juan (S-42)—and its crew of 44 sailors missing in the Southern Argentine Sea. The last contact with the TR-1700 class sub, built in 1983 by the German shipbuilder Thyssen Nordseewerke, was on November 15. ...
18:33Tax bill that passed the House would cripple training of scientists
Enlarge / Whatever you made in that flask, it's going to cost you. (credit: Oak Ridge National Lab) Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed its version of a tax bill that would drop corporate tax rates and alter various deductions. ...
17:30Man gets threats—not bug bounty—after finding DJI customer data in...
Enlarge / A security researcher says he was trying to play fair with DJI's bug bounty program. DJI calls him a hacker who exposed customer data. DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures the popular Phantom brand of consumer quadcopter drones, was informed in September that developers had left the private keys for both the 'wildcard' certificate for all the company's Web domains and the ...
17:15The world of Skyrim is thrilling and flawed in VR [Updated]
Enlarge / The disembodied hand of fate falls on you, tree! Since consumer-grade virtual reality became a thing last year, there has been some criticism over the lack of lengthy, meaty VR experiences that can draw players in an epic story for dozens of hours. ...
17:02New Tesla Roadster sounds impressive, but it’s not the only game in...
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) On Thursday night, Elon Musk upstaged his own semi truck launch with the news that Tesla is going to build a new performance car, the Roadster. The specs certainly have the Internet ablaze this morning: a 200kWh battery and 620-mile (1,000km) range, 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, the standing quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds, and a top speed of 250mph. ...
16:55Apple’s HomePod speaker isn’t coming out this year
Enlarge / Look at this happy couple enjoying voice commands and high quality audio in their home! (credit: Apple) In a statement to CNBC this morning, Apple said its HomePod smart speaker will be released in 2018, not by the end of this year as originally announced. ...
16:51Bitcoin is hitting new highs—here’s why it might not be a bubble
Enlarge (credit: Bullion Vault) In early September, one Bitcoin was worth almost $5,000. Then the Chinese government cracked down on cryptocurrency investments, and Bitcoin's value plunged 40 percent in a matter of days, reaching a low below $3,000. But Bitcoin bounced back. By early November, one Bitcoin was worth almost $8,000. ...
16:10Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone...
Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | vladru) Phone companies are now authorized to be more aggressive in blocking robocalls before they reach customers' landlines or mobile phones, but you might have to pay for the new blocking capabilities. ...
15:11Swiss lab develops genetic tool kit to turn any cell into a tumor...
Enlarge / T cells latch on to a cancer cell before killing it. (credit: NIH) We've made some impressive advances toward inducing the immune system to attack cancers. One of these techniques, using CAR-T cells, is amazing. CAR-T cells are made by inserting receptors that recognize cancerous cells into a leukemia patient’s own T cells. ...
15:01First-ever marijuana overdose death? Let’s review what “potential...
Enlarge / Even this baby is annoyed. (credit: Getty | VW Pics) The US Drug Enforcement Administration plainly reports that no death from an overdose of marijuana has ever been reported—a tidbit often repeated by cannabis enthusiasts when discussing the potential harms of the popular drug. But this week, many news outlets coughed up headlines saying that the famous fact had gone up in smoke. ...
13:32Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem in future iPhones
Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) While it will be some time before 5G LTE becomes standard, Apple is thinking ahead about how to best incorporate 5G technology into its iPhones. According to a Fast Company report, Apple has been working with Intel to incorporate the chipmaker's 5G modems in future iPhones while talks with Qualcomm, the world's biggest modem supplier, have been 'limited. ...
13:28Converting natural gas to hydrogen without any carbon emissions
Enlarge / Hard to believe that this stuff could cut carbon emissions. (credit: Department of Energy) The boom in natural gas production has been essential to the drop in carbon emissions in the US, as methane, the primary component of natural gas, releases more energy for each carbon atom when burned than other fossil fuels. ...
12:00Justice League review: Who will avenge these shortchanged heroes?
Enlarge / Someone is (thankfully) missing here, and his name rhymes with 'hot-mud-sand.' (credit: Warner Bros.) This week's feature-length Justice League film benefits as much as it suffers from a 'can't get any worse' reputation. ...
10:30Star Wars: Battlefront II review: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope,...
Enlarge / The pull of the Force is strong with things like an impeccably rendered Millennium Falcon. (I mean, gosh, that's purty.) But Star Wars: Battlefront II can't paint over most of its failings. (credit: EA / DICE) I've tried to give the new video game Star Wars: Battlefront II a fair shake, and I tried to do so through three types of fandom, at that. ...
09:03If NYPD cops want to snoop on your phone, they need a warrant, judge...
Enlarge (credit: Sergi Reboredo/VW PICS/UIG via Getty Images) A New York state judge has concluded that a powerful police surveillance tool known as a stingray, a device that spoofs legitimate mobile phone towers, performs a 'search' and therefore requires a warrant under most circumstances. ...
04:24Tesla promises a new wicked-fast $200,000 Roadster
Tesla HAWTHORNE, CALIF.—At tonight's Tesla Semi event we got a lot more than a vague truck design. After a short presentation of the Semi's intended specs, one of the trucks backed onto the stage and a new red Roadster rolled out. 'The foundation of the whole company was the Roadster,' Musk told the crowd of employees. ...
03:29A first look at Tesla’s promised electric semi
Tesla HAWTHORNE, CALIF.—On Thursday evening, a couple of months later than originally promised, Tesla showed the world its first proper look at the company's heavy duty electric vehicle, the Tesla Semi. The tractor can hook up with any trailer; no brand-specific trailer is necessary. ...
01:40After fan outcry, EA kicks real-money purchases out of Battlefront II
Enlarge / Perhaps Star Wars: Battlefront II won't go down in flames after a major EA about-face. (credit: Electronic Arts) Just hours before Star Wars Battlefront II's retail launch Friday, Electronic Arts and developer DICE announced that they are 'turning off all in-game purchases... and all progression will be earned through gameplay. ...
00:00Apple’s iOS 11.1.2 fixes the cold weather input bug on the iPhone X
Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads this afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago. iOS 11.1.2's patch notes are short and sweet. The update fixes just two problems. ...
jeudi 16 novembre 2017
23:05Comcast wants to get bigger, again, has begun talks with 21st Century...
(credit: Comcast) Comcast and Verizon have each, separately, approached 21st Century Fox about buying part of the company, according to several news reports. Comcast already owns NBCUniversal and numerous regional sports networks. Adding part of 21st Century Fox would give Comcast even more programming to pair with the nation's largest cable broadband and TV network. ...
22:15Microsoft and GitHub team up to take Git virtual file system to macOS, ...
Enlarge (credit: Git) One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft had to modify Git to handle the demands of Windows development but said that it wanted to get these modifications accepted upstream and integrated into the standard Git client. ...
21:05New “Quad9î DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone
Enlarge / All you really have to do is set your DNS to 9.9.9.9. (credit: GCA/ Quad9) The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)—an organization founded by law enforcement and research organizations to help reduce cyber-crime—has partnered with IBM and Packet Clearing House to launch a free public Domain Name Service system. ...
20:40Tezos, a cryptocurrency that raised $232 million in July, is in crisis
Enlarge (credit: Money) Tezos, a blockchain technology project that made headlines in July by raising $232 million, has been hit with its second class-action lawsuit in less than a month. It's the latest blow for the project's founders, husband-and-wife team Arthur and Kathleen Breitman. ...
20:10New Deadpool 2 trailer is delightfully insane and contains zero...
It's a trailer! No, it's an avant-garde satire! No, it's an extended joke about masturbation! Wait, what? At last, Deadpool has given us the answer to the age-old question of how you tell fans everything about a new movie without actually telling them anything that happens in the movie. ...
19:45Sorry, poor people: The FCC is coming after your broadband plans
Enlarge / This never goes fast enough. (credit: Getty Images | Yuri_Arcurs) Poor people may soon find it more difficult to purchase subsidized broadband plans, and many of them could even be forced to find new carriers. That's thanks to changes pushed through today by the Federal Communications Commission's Republican majority. ...
19:32Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell laptop with a 512GB SSD for $580
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. We're in a bit of a 'calm before the storm' mode with Black Friday a week away, but today's list still has a few discounts worth noting, including a number of deals on Dell laptops and early Black Friday savings on Bose's QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones and iRobot's Roomba 690. ...
19:16Senator urges ad blocking by feds as possible remedy to malvertising...
Enlarge / It's a federal style. (credit: Ron Cogswell) A US Senator trying to eradicate the Internet scourge known as malvertising is proposing that all federal agencies block ads delivered to worker computers unless advertisers can ensure their networks are free of content that contains malicious code. ...
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