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Updated 2018-12-16 08:16
To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme
It looks pretty good, too.
Microsoft wants Azure to be the multiplayer server solution for every platform
PlayFab's Multiplayer Server service means that every developer can handle the crushing load of a big hit.
Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150
Essential's "handcrafted," "limited edition" audio adapter is made of 100% titanium.
Original Command & Conquer devs will remaster series’ first games in one package
Ex-Westwood devs have "gotten the band back together," insist "no microtransactions."
Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season
A catalog of the living things that float through the air.
Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes
Galaxy mergers create gas cloud that hides glowing supermassive black hole.
Comcast forced to pay refunds after its hidden fees hurt customers’ credit
AG: Comcast tricked customers into long-term contracts, then raised bills 40%.
Walmart agrees to work with Ford on self-driving grocery delivery pilot
Pilot project will be in Miami, where Ford is already testing self-driving cars.
Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space
Mammoth Cave served as "nature's muse" for audio engineer Yuri Lysoivanov.
Spotify officially releases first version of its Apple Watch app
Spotify's standalone Wear OS and Garmin Connect IQ apps debuted last month.
Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts
A 9-bit crossbar array works great, but it uses platinum.
Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks
Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.
Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that led to death of Kansas man
Prosecutor: Tyler Barriss' "disregard for the safety of other people was staggering."
What is going on with California’s horrific fires?
The last two years should be understood within the context of climate change.
Dealmaster: Take 22% off an Nvidia Shield TV 4K media streamer
Plus $100 off a DJI Mavic Air drone, a 500GB Samsung SSD for $80, and more.
We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to
Find out exactly what Bethesda is charging $200 for—and how it fits on our heads.
Thermal power plants use a lot of water, but that’s slowly changing
Renewable energy and combined cycle gas turbines have helped.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data
Microsoft is opening up about some of its testing procedures, too.
Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones
No new footage, but it gives a quick tour of major highlights from seasons past.
Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of
737 Max safety bulletin revealed changes to system that pilots never knew about.
Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions
Much-hyped selection process ends in the least surprising way possible.
Bay Area: How can we integrate e-scooters into our cities?
At the next Ars Live we'll discuss Lime, Bird, and these new transportation startups.
Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service
Project Fi's VPN will encrypt all your traffic, everywhere, on LTE and Wi-Fi.
PUBG’s “console exclusivity” ends, PS4 version out on Dec. 7 [Updated]
New version launches as popular "battle royale" game nears its first Xbox anniversary.
AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster”
AT&T's proposed law would ban blocking and throttling, allow paid prioritization.
Russian space leader suggests engineers test spacecraft Stalin’s way
"If the constructor survived, it was a good machine."
Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices
If a certain diagnostic software isn't present, your machine could be bricked.
The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy
The first of our 2018 holiday gift guides focuses on tech you can take on the go.
Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China
Google says it doesn't believe leak was malicious despite suspicious appearances.
Report: Amazon chooses New York City neighborhood, DC suburb for HQ2
WashPost: DC area believed to be favored as CEO Jeff Bezos owns a home there.
A new “fuzzy Pikachu” debate headlines a trailer-filled Monday
Promos range from incredibly revealing to incredibly vague—but we're excited by each.
Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door
Two small, carved sarcophagi contained a six-legged surprise: mummified scarabs.
French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech
French President Emmanuel Macron urges Silicon Valley to submit to regulation.
The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP
HTTP is switching to a protocol layered on top of UDP.
Being a morning person might have some health advantages
Important details from a huge study have gotten lost in translation.
A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips
At least 116 different router models are infected by unusually well-written malware.
Making light twist into a bowtie may reveal dark matter
Corkscrewing light may be slowed by axions, "simple" experiment may reveal them.
Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died
Comics legend helped create icons from Spider-Man and Iron Man to X-Men and Black Panther.
Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown
A hodge-podge of magnets, adhesive, and pull tabs make the iPad Pro tricky to service.
Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time
Long-lost supplementary communications have been unearthed and digitized.
Comcast uses NBC to harm other cable companies, rivals say
Lobby requests DOJ antitrust probe into Comcast abuse of TV channel ownership.
Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher
"Rapid and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites."
Surface Go with integrated LTE available for preorder now, from $679
Consumers have one LTE variant available; corporate users have two.
Dems to probe whether Trump retaliated against CNN, Washington Post
Top Democrat wants to know if Trump used his power to "punish the press."
Hitman 2’s Denuvo DRM cracked days before the game’s release
But recent Denuvo variants can often ward off pirates for months.
VA’s software so SNAFU’d that vets were made homeless waiting for benefits
Ongoing IT train wreck is putting veterans on streets as agency promises fixes soon.
Volkswagen plans to make 50 million electric cars, CEO says
But building more EVs could result in thousands of jobs lost.
Samsung’s foldable smartphone reportedly costs $1,770, launches in March
Samsung's futuristic smartphone gets a name, price, and some specs revealed.
Attenborough’s calming narration comes to Netflix in 2019 doc Our Planet
Eight-part 2019 series is BBC director's first project since 2015's The Hunt.
New year, same story: Cost of wind and solar fall below cost of coal and gas
The direction of the cost of storage is less clear and depends on metals prices.