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Updated 2018-12-16 09:15
Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…
We spoke at length with Harvard astronomy chair Avi Loeb, and there's a lot to unpack.
Congress: Amazon didn’t give “sufficient answers” about facial recognition
"Does Amazon Rekognition contain a mechanism for… deleting unused biometric data?"
How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype
User tests indicate throttling, but there's some room for doubt.
Luther is back and as broody as ever in new trailer for fifth season
"Sexiest man alive" Idris Elba reprises his role as the bane of serial killers.
The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more
Style and a V6 are no match for the simplicity of a stick shift.
Trump tried to rescue coal. Instead, coal capacity retirements doubled in 2018
Coal consumption around the world is the next big problem to tackle.
Microsoft wins $480 million military contract to bring HoloLens to the battlefield
The contract should see the military buy more than 100,000 headsets.
Adult Swim, Crunchyroll announce first-ever co-production: A Blade Runner anime
Black Lotus "inspired" by 2049, brings back Cowboy Bebop's Watanabe as producer.
US life expectancy continues to move in reverse
Drug overdoses and suicide play an important role in the increasing death rate.
Feds: AriseBank duped investors out of over $4M in cryptocurrency scam
AriseBank had been endorsed by celebrity boxer Evander Holyfield.
Nightflyers has the blood, body count we expect from George R.R. Martin
Showrunner Jeff Buhler talks about the challenges of adapting the novella for TV.
Mass router hack exposes millions of devices to potent NSA exploit
Years-old UPnP vulnerability being used to expose ports 139 and 445.
Nintendo ends controversial YouTube revenue-sharing program
Videos with Nintendo content now need to include "creative input and commentary"
High-density lithium in graphene: An intriguing battery possibility
Bi-layer graphene creates high-density lithium, may increase battery capacity.
Starbucks will begin filtering pornography from its Wi-Fi networks
Starbucks promised to block porn in 2016 but was slow to follow through.
Pixel Slate review: Paying the “Google” premium for Chrome OS
Starting at $599, the overpriced tablet showcases Chrome OS' promising tablet future.
Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed
Tradeoffs are minimal with this budget, subcompact SUV.
Facebook pondered, for a time, selling access to user data
Ars simply copy-pasted a 2017 court document into a text editor to reveal redactions.
Putting Nintendo Switch’s 8.2 million US Switch sales in context
First 20 months of sales data puts Nintendo's hybrid console in rarified company.
Windows 10 1809: iCloud incompatibility fixed, but other blockers remain
The most awkward of these is a video card incompatibility.
Black box data shows pilots fought control system in Indonesia crash
Flight data shows bad sensor data kept forcing nose of aircraft down.
Congress has refused to restore net neutrality as Dec. 10 deadline nears
There's almost no Republican support for forcing vote to restore net neutrality.
Dealmaster: Get a $100 Apple App Store and iTunes gift card for $85
Plus deals on Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, and more.
DOJ made secret arguments to break crypto, now ACLU wants to make them public
In MS-13 case, ACLU is challenging sealing of DOJ filings, judge's order.
The Boring Company won’t pursue LA tunnel under 405 freeway anymore
Wealthier neighborhoods have more resources to object to tunnels.
Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents
Study confirms rare paternal mitochondrial transmission in three families.
Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs
Poorly secured certificate lets hackers impersonate any website on the Internet.
Bose Einstein condensate may reveal supersolid’s secrets
BEC droplets form crystal that may have supersolid-like properties.
Netflix’s anime announcement frenzy, capped off by live-action Cowboy Bebop
Plus, Neon Genesis Evangelion's "world streaming debut," new Ultraman.
Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess
The online-only post-apocalypse has great moments overshadowed by an empty world.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week
"Search engines can be used to suppress particular viewpoints," Congressman says.
Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones
Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it sort of works on most Android and iOS devices.
Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range
With $500 million in the bank and a factory in Illinois, Rivian readies for production.
Bring in the ads—YouTube may let everyone watch Original shows, films
Instead of throwing more money into original content, YouTube is shifting focus.
South Australia is fueling energy storage investment
An AU$100 million fund for energy storage has brought battery companies to Adelaide.
I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Why AutoCAD malware keeps chugging on
CAD forever changed the design of modern buildings and industrial espionage alike.
Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD
There's overlap with risk for a range of other conditions and behaviors.
PlayStation Classic review: A far-from-classic experience
Graphical issues, lack of options mar a so-so selection of "classic" early CD games.
First trailer for Artemis Fowl might make you believe in fairies
Director Kenneth Branagh brings Eoin Colfer's popular sci-fi/fantasy novel to life.
Microsoft explains one Azure authentication outage as another one happens
Three different problems came together to break authentication earlier this month.
Google employees demand that Google stop work on censored Chinese search
Google employees are getting bolder about publicly protesting Google policies.
Drilling on US public lands causes 24 percent of the nation’s CO2 emissions
But lifecycle emissions have decreased slightly between 2005 and 2014.
Moto G7 Play pops up at the FCC with notch design, dramatically smaller battery
Moto moves from a Snapdragon 427 to a 632 and from a 4000mAh battery to 2820mAh.
Trump proposes a government-run TV news network to counter CNN
Trump wants "Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!"
A hot PlayStation mic captures sounds of apparent rape, leads to arrest
Defendant allegedly stepped away from GTA Online; chat mic captured alleged assault.
How Apple hopes to stop a customer lawsuit over its App Store monopoly
Apple argues a 1977 Supreme Court precedent bars customers from suing.
Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained
Wi-Fi protocols are more confusing than ever, so here's the TL;DR.
Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement
Agreement contingent on Dominion Energy purchasing the South Carolina energy company.
Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today
Microsoft's cloud strategy has impressed. Apple's smartphone sales? Not so much.
Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files
App maker had been ordered to not share docs obtained via discovery, but did anyway.