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Sunday July 15, 2018. 04:00 PM
Enlarge / US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rosenstein announced indictments against 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking computers used by the Democratic National...
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Enlarge (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Over the last few years, the failed biomedical startup Theranos has become synonymous with some of the worst aspects of Silicon Valley. Through a combination of hubris, mendacity, and paranoid secrecy, the...
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Saturday July 14, 2018. 07:30 PM
Chrome is getting a major redesign soon, and this week new changes have started to land in the Chrome's nightly 'Canary' build. Google is launching a new version of Material Design across its products, called the 'Google Material Theme,' and after debuting in Android P and...
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Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Altiplano—or, as it is affectionately known 'round these parts, “the llama game”—displays a hobby in rude creative...
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Enlarge (credit: Eric Bangeman) As the managing editor of Ars Technica, one of my duties is to monitor the daily torrent of news tips and PR emails. The overwhelming majority of them is deleted after a glance, and the news tips and story ideas are passed along to the...
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Enlarge / Want Aliens: Colonial Marines to better resemble this 'shopped image? Just remove one letter! (credit: Gearbox / Sega) History may never be kind to Aliens: Colonial Marines, but the present tense isn't looking so good for the lawsuit- and complaint-ridden Gearbox...
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Enlarge / Joss Whedon, courtesy of HBO. (credit: HBO) Joss Whedon, the creator of acclaimed TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has been announced as showrunner for a new HBO series titled The Nevers. The Friday announcement confirms Whedon as 'executive...
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Friday July 13, 2018. 08:25 PM
On Thursday, Blockbuster Alaska announced that the rental chain's last two Alaskan stores will shut down on Monday, with liquidation sales to follow. The news means that only one Blockbuster store will remain in the United States, in Bend, Oregon. 'We hope to see you at our...
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Enlarge / Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays. (credit: Getty | Ian Nicholson) Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study. Employees at two Fortune 500 multinational...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | moodboard) Two Democratic US senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate privacy problems related to Internet-connected televisions. 'Many Internet-connected smart TVs are equipped with sophisticated technologies that can...
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Enlarge (credit: Thomas Claveirole) PC sales were up year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, the first such increase since the first quarter of 2012. Market research firms Gartner and IDC both reported growth in the market, of 1.4 and 2.7 percent, respectively. The two...
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Super Mario Odyssey modder TheSunCat takes you through his insanely difficult custom level for the game. Since a simple method for unlocking most Switch hardware was revealed back in March, much of the hacking community has been focused on developing homebrew...
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Enlarge (credit: NW Escape Experiences) A burglar in Vancouver, Washington, made four panicked 911 calls after breaking into an 'escape room' business last weekend—and having trouble getting out. Escape rooms are timed challenges that let groups of customers test their...
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Enlarge / Red Square in Moscow, circa 1990. (credit: DEA / W. BUSS/De Agostini/Getty Images) The US Justice Department on Friday filed criminal indictments that accuse 12 Russian intelligence officers of carrying out the 2016 hacks on the Democratic National Committee and...
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Enlarge (credit: Tesla) The release of the Model 3 was supposed to be the moment when Tesla finally made a car that was affordable for the masses. 'In terms of price, it'll be $35,000,' Musk said at the March 2016 Model 3 announcement event. 'And I want to emphasize that...
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Enlarge / 'OMG I love this song.' (credit: Warner Bros.) Today, we present the third and final installment of my interview British astronomer Stephen Webb on the subject of Fermi’s paradox. Please check out parts one and two if you missed them. Otherwise, press play on...
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Enlarge / Messages like this one would have come up every time hackers pushed a modified app to their victims. But YOLO, apparently. (credit: Cisco Talos) In what appears to be a case of highly focused social engineering against a small group of iPhone users, malicious...
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Enlarge / The 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Adobe is working on a full version of the popular photo-editing program Photoshop for Apple's iPad, according to a Bloomberg report. Sources claim the software company plans to announce the new app at its annual...
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Ron Amadeo As someone who spends a lot of time with smartphones, I often get asked, 'Hey Ron, what Android phone should I buy?' The high-end answer is usually easy: buy a Pixel phone. But not everyone is willing to shell out $650+ for a smartphone, especially the types of...
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Enlarge (credit: (C)SouthtyrolarchaeologymuseumEuracM.Samadelli) In his final days, the Iceman ate a hearty mountaineer’s diet of red deer, wild goat, and whole grain einkorn wheat—but he may also have accidentally eaten toxic ferns. Even after being chewed up,...
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