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Wednesday December 19, 2018. 03:47 PM
Enlarge (credit: Rafael Matsunaga) Estimates of the economic impact of climate change have generally been perceived as conservative, failing to capture the full damage. The debate is understandable, given the incredible array of factors that have to be not just considered,...
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SpaceX SpaceX may not have launched a rocket on Tuesday (it has yet to confirm a new launch date for the GPS 3 mission), but it did finally get a chance to show off its new Dragon spacecraft that will carry humans into orbit. Not only did Vice President Mike Pence visit the ...
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Enlarge It's once again that special time of year when we give you a chance to do well by doing good. That's right—it's time for the 2018 edition of our annual Charity Drive. Every year since 2007, we've been actively encouraging readers to give to Penny Arcade's Child's ...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images / Hiroshi Watanabe) On Tuesday evening, The New York Times revealed more startling news about Facebook: the company 'gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has...
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The Boring Company HAWTHORNE, CALIF.—On a breezy Tuesday evening across the busy street from SpaceX's headquarters, Elon Musk's Boring Company invited a group of journalists to take a ride through the company's first test tunnel. The test tunnel stretches 1.14 miles from...
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Enlarge / The iPhone XR. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple released a new version of iOS yesterday, and the public notes this time apply just to iPhones. Labeled iOS 12.1.2, it arrives just two weeks after 12.1.1 hit, and primarily, it fixes a couple of bugs. Both bugs are...
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Disney Pixar While Ars Technica takes a comprehensive approach to film reviews, we usually skip one portion: any pre-film 'bumper.' For one, these cartoon shorts are usually dissimilar from the film they're attached to. More importantly, most studios don't bother with them. ...
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Tuesday December 18, 2018. 11:01 PM
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) T-Mobile has denied an allegation that it lied to the Federal Communications Commission about the extent of its 4G LTE coverage. A group that represents small rural carriers says that T-Mobile claimed to have 4G LTE coverage in ...
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Enlarge / Who doesn't love some new Windows? (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, continues to limp out of the door. While the data-loss bug that saw its release entirely halted has been fixed, other blocking issues have...
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Enlarge / Two layers of one of the materials used in this work. (credit: The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database) We seem to be on the cusp of a revolution in storage. Various technologies have been demonstrated that have speed approaching that of current RAM...
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Enlarge (credit: Google) Have you ever been to a website where the back button just doesn't work? In these instances, you press 'back' to go back but instead you just end up at the same page where you started. A new commit on the Chromium source (first spotted by...
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Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google's self-driving car project, has reached an important milestone: it has started making fully autonomous grocery deliveries on public streets. Fry's Food, a brand owned by grocery giant Kroger, launched a self-driving grocery...
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Enlarge / Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) toasts friends and family at the witchy winter solstice in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special. (credit: Netflix) Looking for a palate cleanser after all those wholesome Christmas movies saturating every TV channel? ...
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Enlarge (credit: FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images) A Southern California man has become the latest person to sue the federal government over what he says is an unconstitutional search of his phone at the Los Angeles International Airport. According to his lawsuit, which was...
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Enlarge / SpaceX's first Starlink broadband satellites. (credit: Elon Musk) SpaceX is raising $500 million from investors to help build its worldwide satellite broadband network, The Wall Street Journal reported today. The company run by Elon Musk has agreed on financing...
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Shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Motion graphics by John Cappello. Click here for transcript. Creative Assembly's Total War franchise has been around for so long that it's old enough to drive, vote, and even drink in most countries. For the three people reading this who...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | tazytaz) Charter has agreed to pay $62.5 million in refunds to more than 700,000 customers to settle a lawsuit filed by the New York state attorney general's office, which alleged that Charter defrauded customers by promising Internet speeds...
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Enlarge / SpaceX held its Falcon 9 launch with 7 minutes, 1 second left in the countdown. (credit: SpaceX webcast) Tuesday had the potential to be a pretty amazing day of rocket launches, with SpaceX, Arianespace, and United Launch Alliance all on the pad for their final...
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type 'beach,' and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade. I never went through my photos and labeled them; instead, Google identifies beaches based on the contents of the...
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Monday December 17, 2018. 11:19 PM
Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) With Microsoft's decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google. That's a worrying turn of events, given the company's past...
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