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Razer Phone 2 Android Pie update nears, phone business in peril
Posted by JC Torres on February 20, 2019 at 1:48 am

It has barely been half a year since Razer boasted about the success of its new smartphone venture which eventually led to the launch of the Razer Phone 2. But within those five or so months, it seems that Razer has either had a change of heart or the business didn’t seem as profitable as it expected. Sources now hint … Continue reading […]

AT&T's LTE is now an option on all Airstream camping trailers
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 1:44 am

You no longer have to be overly picky about your choice of trailer if you want to stay online during a cross-country trip. Airstream has extended its team-up with AT&T to make LTE access available to any Airstream trailer, not just the 2019 Clas... […]

Epic plans to sue organizers behind unauthorized UK Fortnite event
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on February 20, 2019 at 1:15 am

Epic Games reportedly plans to sue the organizers behind a botched Fortnite live event that has held in the UK last week. The festival, which was called Fortnite Live Norwich, was supposed to provide attendees with the opportunity to experience a Fortnite-themed event in real life, but reports from people who attended reveal that it was poorly staffed with lackluster … Continue reading […]

Valve 'retires' Steam's video business
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

While Steam is mostly known as a gaming platform, over the years it has also become a hub for video. That's included its own documentaries and even major Hollywood releases, but today Valve announced it's going to "refocus." According to a blog post,... […]

nubia Red Magic Mars available now in the US
Posted by JC Torres on February 20, 2019 at 12:39 am

After a brief flash of popularity, it almost seems like gaming smartphones have become silent, pushed into the background by foldable phones and quadruple cameras. To prove that isn’t the case, nubia’s Red Magic brand has just announced the global availability of the Red Magic Mars gaming smartphone. Previously available only in China, you can now grab a hot gaming … Continue reading […]

Someone tried to end the 'Fortnite' dance lawsuits with a fake email
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 12:11 am

Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht, the law firm leading legal challenges against Epic Games for allegedly illegally copying dance moves used in Fortnite, claims that someone has been impersonating attorney David Hecht in an attempt to undermin... […]

2020 McLaren 600LT Spider First Drive: Speed with a Soundtrack
Posted by Chris Davies on February 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

If you thought slicing the roof off might leave the 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider softer, less extreme, or – dare I say it – even disappointing, worry not. The British automaker’s latest addition to its Sport Series may have gained a retractable hard top roof, but this is no dilution of what makes a Longtail special. Never mind giving you … Continue reading […]

Lightsaber dueling sport gets support from French Fencing Federation
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on February 19, 2019 at 11:50 pm

France is now officially home to what may be the most entertaining sport: lightsaber dueling. The sport has received support from the French Fencing Federation, which is reportedly providing fencing clubs with lightsabers for training and battles. What makes lightsaber dueling an appealing sport? It gets kids off their phones and engaging in a physical activity. Lightsaber dueling doesn’t involve … Continue reading […]

Social app Peach is looking for a benefactor on Twitter
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Remember Peach? The social network from Vine founder Dom Hoffmann was briefly all the rage, but petered out as the realities of competing with Twitter (and every other social network) set in. It's been largely coasting since then, but now its team... […]

Arrested Development Season 5, Part Two hits Netflix next month
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on February 19, 2019 at 10:57 pm

Beloved sitcom Arrested Development will return to Netflix on March 15, bringing the second half of Season 5. Referred to as Part Two, this new batch will include eight episodes that’ll be available to all Netflix subscribers globally. The new episodes join the first batch of Season 5 that was released by Netflix nearly one year ago. This is the … Continue reading […]

Star Wars' porgs can be your virtual pets on Magic Leap One
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm

Back in October, we got a chance to play with some adorable (some may say annoying) porgs of Star Wars: The Last Jedi fame in mixed reality at Magic Leap's developer conference, LeapCon. Now, those with a Magic Leap One headset can raise their own fa... […]

Amazon has one more season of 'The Man in the High Castle'
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

Transparent isn't the only long-running Amazon show winding down in 2019. Amazon has confirmed that the fourth and final season of The Man in the High Castle will reach Prime Video sometime in the fall. While internet giant isn't much more specific b... […]

Why big teams like Apple develop and little ones like OnePlus disrupt
Posted by Chris Burns on February 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm

A study published this week on the size of teams in science and technology showed how one disrupts while the other tends to develop. I’m using Apple and OnePlus to extrapolate because Apple was, for a while, a disruptor. Now they’re not exactly the same company they were a decade ago – they still disrupt the industry, sometimes, but they’re … Continue reading […]

FDA warns risky plasma infusions from young donors won’t prevent aging
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on February 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm

The FDA has issued a report warning the public against receiving blood plasma infusions from young donors under the assumption that it will reverse aging or eliminate diseases. The advisory was prompted by reports from several states, according to the agency, about establishments allegedly offering infusions of plasma from young donors under claims of health and medical benefits. The idea … Continue reading […]

More hockey highlights are coming to Snapchat
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm

There's about to be a lot more hockey on Snapchat. The National Hockey League (NHL) has agreed to a new multi-year partnership that will bring more content to Snpachat that hardcore and casual hockey fans want to see. The league will produce curated... […]

FDA: Infusing yourself with young blood is pointless, dangerous
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration has stepped in to officially warn consumers against buying young blood in an attempt to improve their health. Yes, enough people thought it would be a good idea to infuse young blood -- an actual plot from The Simp... […]

Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse makes old mice look dumb
Posted by Eric Abent on February 19, 2019 at 8:49 pm

If you have a soft spot for the Logitech MX518, then here’s a bit of good news: Logitech is reviving the famous gaming mouse and outfitting it with some new hardware. Logitech says that its fans – many of whom consider the MX518 to be “the finest gaming mouse of all time” – have been asking the company to bring … Continue reading […]

House committee hopes to question Facebook over group privacy
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Facebook is facing even more government scrutiny this week. Members of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee have asked to meet Facebook over concerns about group privacy. They're responding to an FTC complaint alleging that the... […]

Study finds dementia takes away the ability to daydream
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on February 19, 2019 at 8:29 pm

A heartbreaking study out of the University of Sydney has found that people suffering from a type of early-onset dementia lose their ability to daydream and engage in inner monologues. Without the ability to let their mind wander, frontotemporal dementia patients are stuck always living in the moment, unable to anticipate the future or think about their past. Daydreaming and … Continue reading […]

Trump signs directive explaining his 'Space Force'
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Following weeks of speculation, Donald Trump signed the Space Policy Directive 4 during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, a document which explains how his administration will establish his Space Force. "Just as we've done in ages past, the... […]

Linux gaming is on a life-support system called Steam
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:07 pm

In September 2013, Valve founder Gabe Newell gave a rare, 20-minute presentation at LinuxCon. He called Linux "the future of gaming," predicting that as the industry became more user-driven and connected across both distances and devices, an open-sou... […]

Google teases a mysterious GDC 2019 event
Posted by Eric Abent on February 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Even though our attention has mostly been on MWC 2019, which kicks off next week in Barcelona, Google is looking beyond that show and to the annual Games Developer Conference in March. Google has announced that it’ll be hosting an event at GDC this year, sending out cryptic invitations to it and everything. That, of course, suggests that the company … Continue reading […]

Teenage Engineering OP-Z review: Small synth, big dreams
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Read the fucking manual. It's pejorative advice usually dispensed to someone struggling to find an answer — one typically available to them with minimal effort. The OP-Z from Teenage Engineering doesn't ship with a full manual (though there is... […]

Google Keep puts notes on your Apple Watch
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:13 pm

It's been more than a year since Google, Amazon and eBay apps were removed from the Apple Watch. Now, Google is making a comeback with an updated version of Google Keep, its note-taking app. […]

Part two of 'Arrested Development' season five arrives March 15th
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

After a nearly year-long hiatus, Arrested Development will be back on Netflix with new episodes on March 15th. The streaming service announced the return of the Bluths for the second and final part of season five. The run will include eight episodes... […]

YouTube changes strike system to go easier on first-time rule breakers
Posted by Eric Abent on February 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Ask any YouTube creator who has dealt with the platform’s community guidelines strike system and they’ll probably tell you that it’s confusing and at least fairly inconsistent. Those are issues YouTube is looking to solve today by updating its community guidelines and overhauling how it hands out strikes. This includes consistent punishments for channels that break its rules, as well … Continue reading […]

Logitech resurrects its classic MX518 gaming mouse
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Long-time PC gamers have fond memories of the MX518 for a reason: the 2005-era mouse combined a comfortable shape, convenient buttons and brisk performance at a fairly reasonable price. Even its 2011 replacement was ultimately a spin on a successful... […]

Sphero RVR details: The DIY do-anything robot
Posted by Chris Burns on February 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm

This morning Sphero revealed a project called Sphero RVR, a do-it-yourself robot. This robot works with simple-to-use software and 3rd-party hardware, and is part of a Kickstarter right out the gate. In less than 12 hours, the project reached $145k of its $150k goal (with 30 days left to go). This is RVR, an extension of the Sphero Edu app … Continue reading […]

Germany may use Huawei hardware for its 5G networks
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

The UK isn't the only country skeptical of American hostility toward Huawei over spying fears. German officials talking to the Wall Street Journal say the country has made a "preliminary decision" to let Huawei bid on contracts for 5G networking desp... […]

Latest Samsung leak shows new watch and earbuds from every angle
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:20 pm

With all the leaks in advance of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event tomorrow, we can practically forecast the whole launch. The company started taking S10 reservations in the US earlier this month, and it seemed all but certain earbuds and a smartwatch... […]

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Qualcomm urges U.S. regulators to reverse course and ban some iPhones
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 2:16 am

Qualcomm Inc is urging U.S. trade regulators to reverse a judge's ruling and ban the import of some Apple Inc iPhones in a long-running patent fight between the two companies. […]

The McLaren 600LT Spider: A lighter, more focused track supercar
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on February 20, 2019 at 2:10 am

The stripped-out convertible is a track-day special turned up to 11. […]

Exclusive: China regulator requests pause in new game applications to clear backlog - sources
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 2:03 am

China's top content regulator has asked local authorities to stop submitting requests to monetize new video games while it processes a backlog of applications built up after a lengthy pause last year, three people with knowledge of the matter said. […]

Tesla prepares to offer Model 3 leasing to boost demand: Electrek
Posted on February 20, 2019 at 1:55 am

Elon Musk's Tesla Inc is preparing to launch its leasing products for Model 3 to boost demand, news website Electrek said on Tuesday, citing an email sent to employees. […]

These quarries supplied the stones that built Stonehenge
Posted by Kiona N. Smith on February 20, 2019 at 12:57 am

Work at the Welsh quarries dates to around 5,000 years ago. […]

LendingClub forecasts bigger-than-expected first-quarter loss
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 10:54 pm

Online lender LendingClub Corp forecast a bigger-than-expected first-quarter loss on Tuesday, and revenue that missed Wall Street estimates, sending its shares down 5 percent in after-market trading. […]

Qualcomm is already announcing next year’s 5G chips: Meet the Snapdragon X55
Posted by Ron Amadeo on February 19, 2019 at 10:40 pm

As partners begin to talk about X50 solutions, Qualcomm is already touting the X55. […]

Blood of the young won’t spare rich old people from sadness and death, FDA says
Posted by Beth Mole on February 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm

FDA's Gottlieb: "Simply put, we're concerned that some patients are being preyed upon." […]

EA opts Origin users out of “real-name sharing” after complaints
Posted by Kyle Orland on February 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Players report having their real names displayed without their consent. […]

Hollywood tries to cripple several alleged pirate TV services in one lawsuit
Posted by Jon Brodkin on February 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm

"Omniverse" sells illegal streams to several online TV services, lawsuit says. […]

Dealmaster: Take $340 off Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon ultrabook
Posted by Ars Staff on February 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Plus deals on monitors, 4K Roku TVs, iPads, mesh WiFi routers, and much more. […]

EU's Vestager says not precluding Facebook case in future
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm

Facebook is not currently in EU regulators' crosshairs but it may well be in future because of the crucial role played by data, Europe's antitrust chief said on Tuesday. […]

Google to buy data migration company Alooma in cloud push
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it will buy data migration company Alooma, as part of efforts to catch up with bigger cloud service rivals Inc and Microsoft Corp. […]

Anthem review: BioWare’s sky-high gaming ambition crashes back to Earth
Posted by Sam Machkovech on February 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

It's out, finally. But maybe it shouldn't be. […]

Finnish startup Varjo rolls out $5,995 VR headset
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Atomico-backed Finnish startup Varjo on Tuesday launched its top-of-the-range virtual reality headset, aiming to take VR technology to the aerospace and automotive sectors. […]

Vox lawyers briefly censored YouTubers who mocked The Verge’s bad PC build advice
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on February 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

We talked to a copyright expert about The Verge's anti-fair use stance. […]

Mandatory update coming to Windows 7, 2008 to kill off weak update hashes
Posted by Peter Bright on February 19, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Microsoft is phasing out SHA-1 hashes on its patches. […]

Netflix Toronto production hub to create 1,850 jobs annually
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:02 pm

Netflix Inc said on Tuesday it is creating a production hub with two studios in Toronto that is expected to create 1,850 jobs per year. […]

Poland's state operator seeks leading role in 5G launch
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Poland should form a consortium of private and state companies to develop 5G network infrastructure to ensure lower costs and better protection from security threats, the chief executive of Poland's state-owned telecom group Exatel said. […]

Germany still in talks on Huawei 5G network role, minister says
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Germany's government is still in talks on whether China's Huawei will be allowed to participate in building the country's high-speed internet infrastructure, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday. […]

German government unlikely to make quick decision on Huawei: source
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The German government will probably not take a quick decision on whether to allow China's Huawei to build Germany's 5G network, a government source said on Tuesday. […]

After nearly $50 billion, NASA’s deep-space plans remain grounded
Posted by Eric Berger on February 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

"As far as I'm concerned, SLS and Orion are doing their jobs of providing work." […]

Gene editing still has a few bugs in the system
Posted by John Timmer on February 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Gene editing to treat genetic diseases in mice highlights some considerable problems. […]

Mexico pushes mobile payments to help unbanked consumers ditch cash
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Mexico's new leftist government is betting on financial technology to help lift people out of poverty. […]

New carbon capture solvent is another stab at optimism in a stagnant industry
Posted by Megan Geuss on February 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Tax credits could spur investment; so far there's little movement to capture carbon. […]

Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political campaign ads tied to crucial European Parliament elections in May amidst fears of Russian disinformation campaigns and threats of regulatory action. […]

Amazon's China unit in merger talks with NetEase's Kaola: report
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 2:31 pm Inc's Chinese joint venture is in talks about a merger with local e-commerce firm Kaola, which sells imported products in the Asian country, business magazine Caijing reported on Tuesday. […]

Retina resolution headset puts the “reality” into “virtual reality”
Posted by Peter Bright on February 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Clever dual-display tech means you really can't see the pixels. […]

High-tech toilet seat monitors your heart as you sit on the can
Posted by Beth Mole on February 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Everybody poops. Cardiologists are counting on it. […]

Cyber security provider Palo Alto to buy Demisto for $560 million
Posted on February 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm

Cyber security company Palo Alto Networks Inc said on Tuesday it would buy U.S.-Israeli information security firm Demisto Inc for $560 million in cash and stock. […]