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Thursday March 7, 2019. 06:03 PM
Enlarge (credit: jakeandlindsay) Microsoft's embrace and adoption of open source software has continued with the surprising decision to publish the code for Windows Calculator and release it on GitHub under the permissive MIT license. The repository shows Calculator's...
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Enlarge / One of the few safe-for-work images of Rape Day offered on the game's Steam page before it was taken down. Since last June, Valve has claimed that 'the right approach is to allow everything onto the Steam Store,' with only minor exceptions for content that is...
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Enlarge / The plug design will remain the same, but you'll know a V3 Supercharger by its thinner cable. (credit: Tesla) On Wednesday night, Tesla announced that it has developed a new, faster Supercharger for its electric vehicles. Currently, the company's almost-13,000...
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Enlarge (credit: Andrew Brooks | Getty Images) A researcher's most important grant is often the first one. These grants provide the money for critical equipment and pay for technicians, graduate students, and post-graduate researchers—the key ingredients to successful...
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Mark Zuckerberg discussing issues with an audience. (This time he used a blog post, though.) (credit: Facebook) On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a more-than-3,000-word blog post that seems to declare a major shift in Facebook's strategy. In it, he says...
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Enlarge (credit: Blizzard / Aurich) Two years ago, Blizzard announced its intention to release a series of remastered classic games, and so far, the company is making good on that promise. StarCraft Remastered launched as a solid, faithful recreation in August 2017, while...
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Enlarge / With its nose cone open, Dragon reveals its docking mechanism while approaching the station's Harmony module. (credit: NASA) One of the big questions surrounding the first launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft was how the Russians would react. They have held...
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Enlarge / In isolation, the 'leather daddy' enemies in Sega's Crime Fighters 2 (the Japanese version of Vendetta) could strike you as either offensive or harmless. But these 'queer coded' enemies speak to a larger trend, and Feminist Frequency's latest video series explores...
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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches on Saturday morning from Kennedy Space Center carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft. (credit: SpaceX) Thus far, the flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station has gone just about as well as one might hope. It...
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Nintendo's cardboard-fueled Labo line is back, and this time, it's draped over your Switch as a headset to simulate a VR effect. Buy either the starter set or the full VR Kit bundle. [credit: Nintendo ] Rumors of a VR-fueled Nintendo Switch app or add-on have swirled for ...
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Wednesday March 6, 2019. 11:40 PM
Enlarge / Alex Trebek speaks directly to Jeopardy! fans about his health on Wednesday, March 6. (credit: Jeopardy!) Alex Trebek, the host of TV's Jeopardy! for 35 years, took to YouTube on Wednesday to announce bad news about his health. The 78-year-old has been diagnosed...
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Enlarge / Prepare to say goodbye to this slot... (credit: Sam Machkovech) A download-only Xbox One that doesn't include a Blu-ray optical drive could be on the market very soon. Windows Central reports that the device, codenamed 'Maverick' and carrying the pithy branding...
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Enlarge / The Galaxy Fold in many colors. (credit: Samsung) It seems like many companies in the smartphone industry are moving toward developing foldable smartphones. There are two real devices so far: Samsung has announced the Galaxy Fold and Huawei is building the Mate...
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Enlarge / If CyberAgent Inc had its way, this game would have tried to squeeze more money from its players. (credit: Nintendo / CyberAgent Inc.) Here at Ars Technica, we've scrutinized Nintendo's smartphone games with a frank conclusion: they're often brutal about...
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Artist conception of high-occupancy autonomous electric vehicle (AEV) running between exhibit halls. [credit: The Boring Company ] On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced that it would recommend The Boring Company to build a...
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Crowley (David Tennant) and Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) are a demon and an angel who join forces to avert Armageddon in the TV adaptation of Good Omens. An angel and a demon team up to stop a reluctant Antichrist from ending the world in the latest trailer for Good Omens,...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty | Spencer Platt) In a motion to dismiss an explosive lawsuit brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma argues that it is not responsible for the current epidemic of opioid overdoses as the Commonwealth alleges—even...
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Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) looking on, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol Building on May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted and passed a Resolution of...
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Enlarge / Coinbase, the California cryptocurrency exchange startup valued at $ 8 billion, bought an analytics firm started by former members of HackingTeam. You won't believe what happened next. After a wave of protest from the cryptocurrency community, Coinbase CEO Brian...
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Enlarge (credit: Microsoft) A little later than planned, two new Azure data centers have gone live in South Africa. With these, Microsoft has become the first major cloud provider to have any infrastructure on the African continent. First announced in 2017, the company...
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