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UK ebook sales flounder as interest in print copies rebounds
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:43 am

Book sales in the UK are on the rise, but not because of ebooks. Figures for 2016 released by the Publishers Association show a 7 percent rise over 2015, the largest year-over-year growth in a decade. Physical book sales were up 8 percent, however eb... […]

SOG introduces a pen-shaped multi-tool with pliers
Posted by Dave Moore on April 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

The word “multi-tool” has become a household term since Leatherman marketed the original PST, Pocket Survival Tool, in 1983. I bought my first one in 1984 to replace a backpack full of tools that were required to bring to all of my engineering labs, making for a very heavy backpack. Since then, multi-tools have become […]

There’s a Windows 10 smartwatch you can’t have
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

Two of the three (or four) major software platforms are on smartwatches. There’s Android Wear and there’s Apple watchOS. For years, Microsoft fans have been waiting and crying out for a Windows-powered wearable. After the short live of the Microsoft Band, that possibility seemed dead in the water. Well, not anymore. Sort of. The good news: there is indeed an … Continue reading […]

BlackBerry KEYone reaches the US on May 31st
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:05 am

To say that the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone has been protracted would be an understatement. BlackBerry and TCL teased the high-profile phone in January, dished out proper details in February, and has left people wondering about a specific US rele... […]

The Morning After: Thursday, April 27th 2017
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

TV dinners for foodies? The beginning of the end for net neutrality? Someone beating up a poor robot? Must be a Thursday. We also hear more on the next Call Of Duty title and Amazon's new fashion camera. Really. […]

WS620 Bluetooth Walkman is rugged enough to keep up with you
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 9:45 am

When you’re working out, whether in a gym, running outside, or even swimming, some music helps you keep out the monotony and, ironically, keep you focused. Those activities, however, require you to have equipment that can withstand the forces of nature just as well as you. That’s the promise that Sony is making by launching its new Walkman WS620 series … Continue reading […]

NASA is running out of functional spacewalk suits
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

NASA already spent over $200 million on developing a next-gen spacesuit, but it's still years away from conjuring up a working unit. That's a bigger problem than you might think, because according to NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agen... […]

Two men admit involvement in the TalkTalk 2015 hack
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 9:04 am

Two men involved in 2015's TalkTalk hack have pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey court in London. Matthew Hanley, a 22-year-old from Tamworth, Staffordshire, admitted to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act, including the TalkTalk hack itself a... […]

Samsung’s new app replies for you when you’re driving
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 am

Despite being life-threatening, not to mention illegal in some countries, drivers still can’t seem to keep their mitts off their phones when they should be on the steering wheel. Hands-free controls and calls can only go so far and doesn’t cover one of the most common uses of phones while driving: text messaging. To make sure drivers no longer have … Continue reading […]

Google woos India with Gboard, Translate updates
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 8:15 am

The US and China are traditionally seen as the largest smartphone markets in the world. Of late, however, a third superpower has risen: India. The sub-continent is home to millions of users hungry for more affordable smartphones, more ubiquitous Internet access, and more accessible content. That’s why in its latest sweep of apps and services updates, Google is introducing new … Continue reading […]

B&O puts its smallest speaker in your pocket for $169
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

What's next for high-end audio company Bang and Olufsen following last year's handheld BeoPlay A1 speaker? Making a smaller model, of course. The Beoplay P2 fits in the palm of your hand and perhaps more closely resembles an earbud case than it does... […]

Nintendo Switch could outsell the Wii U in its first year
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:45 am

Nintendo's profits are up. It's claimed an operating profit of $1.6 billion (178 billion yen) for the last quarter, which, while around the same level as the last earnings report, is almost a billion dollars more than the same quarter in 2016, when i... […]

More Moto E4, E4 Plus details get leaked
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 7:30 am

Once upon a time, Motorola’s smartphone story was simple. The Moto X was its high-end champion, the Moto E its entry-level offer and the Moto G for those that wanted something in between. Now we have a Moto Z line with three models, a Moto G5 with two models, a still to be confirmed Moto X 2017, and a still … Continue reading […]

Acer Aspire Switch 3 Pro tipped to switch to Intel Pentium
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

Spurred by the success of the later Microsoft Surface models, OEMs of all sizes have hopped onto the 2-in-1 tablet market. Not all, however, have Microsoft’s money to throw at these devices. Forced to choose their battles, manufacturers like Chuwi have opted to go for lower price tags and mass market appeal by opting for a cheaper, and also less … Continue reading […]

Samsung's chip business kept things looking up to start 2017
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:14 am

Samsung's Q1 2017 earnings are in, showing the company's highest quarterly profit since Q3 2013. That's despite the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and a markdown in the price of its Galaxy Note 7, apparently because the company's chip business (making memory,... […]

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 3:44 am

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiF... […]

2018 FIFA World Cup will be the first with instant replay
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 2:18 am

Soccer (or, to the rest of the world, football) traditionalists have shunned video replay for years, claiming it would alter the sanctity of referees' calls. But well-documented flubbed calls like those that erroneously eliminated England and Mexico... […]

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is finally rolling out
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 2:15 am

Better late than never, as they always say. And considering this is Microsoft and smartphones we’re talking about, the default is, more often than not, “never”. Still, the Creators Update for the mobile version of Microsoft’s operating system has been promised and, in truth, was already rolled out to its Insiders group. Following the release of the update for Windows … Continue reading […]

Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance requests in 2016
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 1:37 am

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it... […]

Moto X Pure Edition from 2015 gets a Nougat update
Posted by JC Torres on April 27, 2017 at 1:26 am

The sad fact about Android is that youth is never an assurance of timely updates. Even a year-old phone may not get the latest software updates, depending on the resources, business sense, mercy, and whim of its manufacturer. So when a 2015 smartphone is given a late 2016 Android update, the fuss is understandable. That is exactly what is happening … Continue reading […]

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 27, 2017 at 12:31 am

It has long been the stuff of science fiction — the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven … Continue reading […]

Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots from your phone
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

Many modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some... […]

GTA Online Tiny Racers ‘retro-style’ game now available
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Rockstar Games has announced the availability of GTA Online Tiny Racers, a game in which players race tiny cars around various maps while avoiding a fiery explosion. Rockstar says Tiny Racers is a retro-styled game for GTA Online, putting gamers above the roads and cars with a bird’s-eye view. This is similar to the Dead Ops Arcade game — in … Continue reading […]

DJI grounded its drones in Iraq and Syria to lock out extremists
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 11:15 pm

The most recognizable name in drones has reportedly stepped in to help the United States in its ongoing war on terror. As The Register reports today, Shenzhen-based DJI -- makers of the ever-popular Phantom and Inspire series quadcopters -- quietly c... […]

Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (gulp). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film It's No Game, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during... […]

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

Google’s Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We’ve seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among … Continue reading […]

Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ original comedy series arrives on August 25
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 26, 2017 at 10:18 pm

One pilot episode and a lot of waiting later and we finally have a premiere date for the first season of Amazon’s original ‘The Tick’ series: August 25. Amazon announced the premiere date in a new (very short) teaser trailer, which doesn’t show any footage but does hint at the show’s comedic nature. It’s not clear whether Amazon will release … Continue reading […]

Air Force enlists hackers to hunt bugs in its site
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Bug bounties have been a staple among startups and online businesses since the days of Netscape Navigator but the federal government has been slow to adopt the beneficial code hunts. However, a year after the DoD's first such program, Hack The Pentag... […]

FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 10:03 pm

The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an... […]

Why Google Pixel 2 might come early
Posted by Chris Burns on April 26, 2017 at 9:42 pm

This week we’re having a peek at the next generation in Google Pixel hardware – through its software running Android. What we’re doing today is taking a tip we’ve received with a giant grain of salt. Massive, I’m telling you – you might end up feeling better about this if you take TWO grains of salt with it. Thanks to … Continue reading […]

Nintendo sees Switch console doubling profit, ending 8-year sales slide
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:38 am

OSAKA (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd expects its new Switch console to more than double annual operating profit and end the eight-year sales decline that dogged its previous offering just as players were turning to smartphone gaming. […]

Didi seeks $6 billion funding, to become China's second-most valuable private firm
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 10:32 am

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Didi Chuxing, China's top ride-hailing firm, is set to become the country's second-most valuable privately owned company, with a valuation of more than $50 billion, through a fund raising round of up to $6 billion, sources said on Thursday. […]

Nokia outpaces Ericsson in first quarter as network market recovers
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 8:02 am

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish telecom networks equipment maker Nokia reported a slowing rate of sales decline on Thursday, saying the global networks market was showing signs of recovery, particularly in North America and India. […]

South Korea's LG Elec reports best quarterly profit in nearly eight years
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:49 am

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday its first-quarter operating profit rose to its highest in nearly eight years on strong sales of home appliances and televisions, with revenue likely to increase in the current quarter. […]

Samsung Elec flags stronger second quarter; Elliott welcomes share cancellation
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 6:03 am

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday flagged stronger earnings and announced a cancellation of treasury shares after posting a solid first-quarter profit boosted by the memory chip business, sending its shares to a new high. […]

Vietnam says Facebook commits to preventing offensive content
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 5:45 am

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country's laws from appearing on its platform. […]

Canadian police investigate Facebook beating video in murder case
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 2:10 am

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Wednesday they were investigating whether a beating captured on video, reported to have been distributed through social networking site Facebook Inc, may be connected to a young woman's murder. […]

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated
Posted on April 27, 2017 at 12:35 am

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199. […]

A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices
Posted by Dan Goodin on April 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm

When it comes to features and robustness, Hajime surpasses its blackhat rivals. […]

Early Nintendo programmer worked without a keyboard
Posted by Kyle Orland on April 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Sakurai programmed a Game Boy classic with a trackball and a Famicom Twin. […]

U.S. FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutrality' rules
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others. […]

Experts: Headline-grabbing editorial on saturated fats “bizarre,” “misleading”
Posted by Beth Mole on April 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Authors' argument is once again based on weak, cherry-picked data. […]

NASA inspector says agency wasted $80 million on an inferior spacesuit
Posted by Eric Berger on April 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

The space agency seems to be running out of usable suits for space station operations. […]

Project Cars 2 is on the way, with much-improved tire physics
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on April 26, 2017 at 9:30 pm

The new game should be more accurate and accessible as a result. […]

Comcast and other ISPs celebrate imminent death of net neutrality rules
Posted by Jon Brodkin on April 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

ISPs say they support net neutrality—but oppose FCC's authority to enforce it. […]

Digital ad spend jumps 22 percent to $72.5 billion in 2016: report
Posted on April 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm

(Reuters) - Marketers spent $72.5 billion on digital advertising last year, an increase of 22 percent from 2015, as Google and Facebook once again booked the lion's share of new revenue, a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau said on Wednesday. […]

Garmin Vivosmart 3 review: Shots fired at Fitbit, but some don’t hit
Posted by Valentina Palladino on April 26, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Rep counting in a $140 device is great, but that's not the whole story. […]

Dealmaster: Get a $10 credit when you sign up for a free trial of Amazon Music
Posted by Ars Staff on April 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

And deals on bluetooth headphones, laptops, hard drives, and more. […]

Picture this: Senate staffers’ ID cards have photo of smart chip, no security
Posted by Sean Gallagher on April 26, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Senate employees just use passwords, and their badges sport a picture of an alternative. […]

Climate change is turning dehydration into a deadly disease
Posted by Ars Staff on April 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Climate change makes a new chronic kidney disease worse, "and it will grow and grow.&rdquo […]

Luxury Fashion Finds Bigger Sales, Returns In Cloud
Posted by Charles Babcock Editor at Large, Cloud on April 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Net-A-Porter didn't know how much money it was leaving on the table when the Web site failed to keep up with traffic. New microservices captured it. […]

Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules
Posted by Jon Brodkin on April 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Vote to begin net neutrality rollback scheduled for May 18. […]

Incredible discovery places humans in California 130,000 years ago
Posted by Annalee Newitz on April 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Date is a whopping 115,000 years earlier than previous findings of humans in the Americas. […]

Tech demo shows Scorpio’s superior graphics at both 4K and 1080p
Posted by Peter Bright on April 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm

The much more powerful GPU enables better textures, better models, and better anti-aliasing. […]

Big content cheers as Congress votes on changes to US Copyright Office
Posted by Joe Mullin on April 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Copyright Office will be split off from Librarian of Congress, an Obama appointee. […]

Amazon’s Echo Look takes outfit photos and suggests the best styles for you
Posted by Valentina Palladino on April 26, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Is the mirror-selfie dead? […]

Palantir settles US charges that it discriminated against Asian engineers
Posted by David Kravets on April 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

"We disagree with the allegations made by the Department of Labor." […]

A Fitbit Flex 2 “exploded” on woman’s wrist, leaving second-degree burns [Update]
Posted by Valentina Palladino on April 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm

No other Flex 2 devices have reportedly had this problem. […]

So Far, So Fast in Enterprise Analytics
Posted by James M. Connolly Executive Managing Editor, InformationWeekEditor in Chief on April 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

A special research report by UBM Tech highlights how aggressively enterprises are embracing data-driven decision making and analytics technology. […]

What Remains of Edith Finch is an effective experiment in storytelling
Posted by Kyle Orland on April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Touching, tightly paced tale follows the emotional arc of a cursed family. […]