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Wednesday March 13, 2019. 09:49 PM
Enlarge (credit: Tim Drivas Photography / Getty) Update: The New York Post and the New York Daily News, our sources for this story, are now both describing this story as a hoax. 'The NYPD launched an investigation into a body-cam recording that purported to be of a Brooklyn ...
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Enlarge / The Android Q logo. (credit: Google) On Wednesday, Google released a preview of the next version of Android, codenamed 'Android Q.' The final release should happen sometime toward the end of the year, but for now we get a work-in-progress build that will get...
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Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images) Researchers have identified a massive adware campaign that invaded the official Google Play market with more than 200 highly aggressive apps that were collectively downloaded almost 150 million times. The 210 apps discovered by...
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Enlarge (credit: Caetano Candal Sato) It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming. Then again, injecting a bunch of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and warming the...
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Enlarge / University of New Mexico Taos Campus solar photovoltaic array. (credit: Getty Images) On Tuesday, New Mexico's state House of Representatives passed the 'Energy Transition Act,' which commits the state to getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources...
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When you first visit the site, you get this simple interface. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Mozilla has publicly launched its Firefox Send file-sharing service after a lengthy testing period. It allows you to send files via a link to anyone and set conditions for access like a...
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Enlarge (credit: Verizon) Verizon will launch its 5G mobile service in April, but it will only be available in two cities at first, and customers will have to pay an extra $10 a month to access it. One bit of good news is that Verizon won't apply throttling (or...
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Enlarge / A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in October 2018; a software fix based on the investigation was delayed by the US government shutdown. It's possible that the fix could have prevented the crash of a similar aircraft in Ethiopia on March 10, 2019. (credit: ...
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Enlarge (credit: Wojtek Arciszewski / SXSW) AUSTIN, Texas—In 2018, Elon Musk showed up at South by Southwest to inspire humanity. In 2019, 'Elon Musk' showed up to destroy it. “By the way, my accent? It’s correct,' 'Musk' told a sold out theater on Friday night toward ...
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Enlarge (credit: Blizzard) Even though there are just a few months left before Windows 7 stops receiving security updates, Microsoft has rather surprisingly ported a chunk of DirectX 12 to the decade-old operating system. The latest patch for World of Warcraft: Battle for...
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Enlarge / Exit 3, eh? (credit: Gearbox / Twitter) Here at Ars, we're usually reluctant to write stories about the mere announcement that yet another announcement of a video game is coming soon. But we'll make an exception today for apparent news about Borderlands 3, the...
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Enlarge / A baby with measles. (credit: CDC) As New York’s Rockland County grapples with a large and lengthy outbreak of measles, a group of anti-vaccine parents sued officials for temporarily barring their unvaccinated children from school—and the county is not having...
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Enlarge / SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell receives an American flag from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a NASA event in Houston to announce astronaut crews. (credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls) On Wednesday morning, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine appeared...
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Enlarge / Google's Pixelbook. (credit: Valentina Palladino) A report from Business Insider claims that Google has axed 'dozens' of employees from its laptop and tablet division. BI's sources describe the move as 'roadmap cutbacks' and also say that Google will likely 'pare...
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Enlarge / A traffic jam in New York City. (credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images) In 2015, a pair of hackers demonstrated just how easy it was to break into the UConnect system of a Jeep Cherokee, remotely manipulating the speed, braking, steering, even shutting the car...
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Enlarge / A (not serious) artist's conception of what Google's gaming hardware might look like. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Apple) Normally, Google showing up to the Game Developers Conference isn't a huge deal. The company does this pretty much every year—Android smartphones...
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Enlarge / The United States Capitol Building, the seat of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (credit: Omar Chatriwala / Getty Images) AUSTIN, Texas—Some legislators make for a sexier news headline at an arts-and-tech conference like South By Southwest....
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Tuesday March 12, 2019. 11:31 PM
Enlarge / 63red Safe... wasn't. (credit: 63red) A new application from the 'conservative news' site 63red, called 63Red Safe, is advertised as a sort of 'Green Book' for the MAGA set. It lets users rate local businesses 'from a conservative perspective,' according to the...
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Enlarge / It's good to see some PC logos in this image. (credit: Xbox Studios) After a seemingly endless run of rumors, the news Halo fans have been waiting for is here: the series is finally coming back to PC, and in pretty big fashion. Halo: The Master Chief Collection...
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Enlarge / Genuinely the worst. Windows appears to be getting a little smarter about updates that go wrong. A newly published support page (spotted by Windows Latest) describes what the operating system does when a recent update causes a boot failure. First, Windows will...
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