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Updated 2018-03-22 17:30
Future Windows updates will take longer to install, but it’ll feel quicker
It should now take about half an hour during the reboot phase.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is now free on iOS, Android—and dang, it’s solid
We break down our first session with the Western version to explain why we’ll come back.
Tesla virtual power plant may face headwinds under new South Australian premier
A new program may offer incentives for any home to install storage.
Samsung updates the Galaxy S8 to a less-old version of Android
Android 8.0 finally rolls out to the US version of the Galaxy S8.
Ancient Maya traded dogs for use in religious ceremonies, new study shows
The ancient Maya imported dogs from across Guatemala for religious rituals.
Although they can’t tell us about it, infants can reason
Babies’ pupils dilate when they have to make an inference—just like millennials.
Uber self-driving car hits and kills pedestrian [Updated]
An Arizona pedestrian died in the hospital following the crash.
Ars answers a federal judge’s questions about climate change
As two California cities sue oil companies, judge requests climate tutorial.
Ajit Pai celebrates after court strikes down Obama-era robocall rule
FCC rule improperly treated everyone with a smartphone as potential robocaller.
Bay Area: Join us 3/21 to explore the future of video game design
Award-winning indie game designer Tracy Fullerton will discuss what’s next for the industry.
This electric car could set a new record to the top of Pikes Peak this year
A brief history of Pikes Peak and why VW wants to win it so bad.
SpaceX indicates it will manufacture the BFR rocket in Los Angeles
“A facility to manufacture large commercial transportation vessels.”
DirectX Raytracing is the first step toward a graphics revolution
Microsoft’s 3D API takes the first step toward movie-quality graphics.
Our week at SXSW among barbecue, Bob Ross, engine tech, and Elon Musk
Last week, we also learned a surprising number of bands have MacBook as a member.
Apple reportedly developing microLED displays for its mobile devices
Hundreds of Apple engineers are experimenting with microLED tech in new panels.
After closing down Paragon, Epic makes its assets free-as-in-speech
Content can only be used in Unreal Engine 4, because Epic isn't running a charity.
That one time Stephen Hawking went for a carriage ride in Texas
Hawking spent a lot of his limited time trying to engage the public.
Be ready to pay a lot for Vive Pro’s higher-res virtual reality
Lack of bundled controllers and trackers decreases the value proposition.
Relive portable gaming’s limited LCD past through the magic of emulation
MAME-powered "Handheld History Collection" captures everything but the molded plastic.
The station wagon is alive and well: Driving the Buick Regal TourX
Remember the station wagon? Buick does, and it’s pretty good.
Hyper-efficient gas engines, next-gen wind turbines, and more early-stage wonders
Where grant recipients come to show off the cutting edge of energy research.
Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway
The Ethereum cryptocurrency is below $500 for the first time since 2017.
Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative
When times got tough, early humans got craftier, more social, and eventually brainier.
People’s Republic of Desire film review: Yes, Black Mirror is already here
A portentous look at the impact of unchecked money-for-popularity online services.
VR headsets have become the new arthouse—the best of SXSW’s fantastic VR festival
David Attenborough gave me fossils. Jessica Chastain whispered me through a black hole.
Staring at Firefly Aerospace’s hot rocket-engine flames in a Texas pasture
“Hopefully you’ll be able to look back and say, ‘Hey, I knew those guys when they were nobody.’”
Rum and Bones: Second Tide—A piratical tabletop MOBA
Prepare to walk the cardboard plank.
Fortnite brings out the 10-year-old fort builder in all of us
Recapturing the childish fun of just building something.
Adrian Lamo, former hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dead at 37
Intruder of Yahoo, Microsoft, and NYT was best known for reporting Manning leaks.
Sega announces Sonic Mania Plus, hints at new Sonic “racing” game
Existing owners can pay for updated content; no word on PC version yet.
Apple’s App Store mysteriously went dark in Iran yesterday
US sanctions? Iranian actions? Simple error?
Avengers, assemble! Marvel drops new Infinity War trailer
We dig into the trailer's reveals about how various series' heroes will team up.
Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application fetches $174,000 at auction
Under "abilities," Jobs wrote "electronics tech or design engineer. digital."
New York power companies can now charge Bitcoin miners more
With few community benefits, power authorities are cracking down.
US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media
"Finder" will geotag images by terrain, sky features.
Entire broadband industry will help FCC defend net neutrality repeal
NCTA, CTIA, and USTelecom sign up to defend net neutrality repeal in court.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 hits stores today
The S9 and S9+ are on sale everywhere for $719.99 and $839.99, respectively.
Students and teachers are the focus of Apple’s surprise March 27 event
Rumors of a lower-cost iPad and an updated MacBook Air abound.
Star Wars: Battlefront II’s new update axes “pay-to-win” upgrades
Character upgrades now earned through linear, in-game experience system.
Was the Connaught Type-D the best car never built?
It would have featured a 2-liter V10 and hybrid drive system—in 2004.
Part of the Great Barrier Reef exposed to more CO₂; results are grim
Results from the ocean mimic those from the lab: We’re screwed.
Pfizer CEO gets 61% pay raise—to $27.9 million—as drug prices continue to climb
In a recent three-week span, the company hiked 116 drug prices as much as 9.46 percent.
Quantum computing’s future is almost semi-here—are we ready for it?
As we approach useful hardware, human elements of computing are becoming critical.
Why the first state with a net neutrality law isn’t scared of lawsuits
Washington lawmaker: FCC can’t preempt state laws “just because it says so."
Congress debates allowing tens of thousands of cars with no steering wheel
GM needs help from Congress to spin up production of smooth-dashed driverless cars.
How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz
SXSW: NRK’s dedicated tech team employs “open source” tactics to fight trolling.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: The high price of tunes on a runner’s tool
At $449, this wearable offers a lot, but runners will get the most from it.
Galaxy S9+ review—Faster specs, better biometrics in a familiar package
The Snapdragon 845, fingerprint reader, and camera all get tweaks.
Here’s Ford’s badly needed plan to catch up on hybrid and electric cars
Ford is investing $11 billion in electric vehicles.
Logitech’s successor to the G413 mechanical keyboard doubles key switch choices
Logitech will also ship gaming speakers with RGB technology.