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The Morning After: Two days with the always on, always online laptop
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:38 am

Welcome to the hump! The problems for Cambridge Analytica and Facebook won't stop, we have some intriguing indie games across several consoles as well as more reportage from GDC. We also strapped an updated, incredibly well-stabilized 360-degree came... […]

Google is reportedly acquiring Lytro for around $40 million
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

Lytro burst onto the scene in 2011 with its then-unprecedented "light field" technology that powered an oddly-shaped camera with the ability to refocus pictures after they're taken. The first $400 camera arrived in 2012, however, after a pivot to vir... […]

YouTube is testing floating picture-in-picture videos on the web
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:40 am

YouTube might bring one of its mobile apps' most useful multitasking features to the desktop version. The platform has started testing picture-in-picture playback on desktop, a feature that continues playing your video inside a small floating panel w... […]

Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect
Posted by JC Torres on March 21, 2018 at 5:39 am

Almost all of the major annual tech shows, like CES, MWC, and IFA, happen in the West, though, of course, their audience and exhibitors come from all over the world. There are, however, other equally big IT gatherings on the other side of the globe that also give important insight on the trends and developments in those regions. In two … Continue reading […]

'Hyper Light Drifter' is another indie game coming to Switch
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:36 am

Nintendo wasn't done with the indie game announcements after its #Nindies live stream earlier today. At an event and on social media it revealed three more ports coming to the Switch soon: Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands. All three are... […]

HTC Vive Tracker 2018 quietly sneaks onto the store
Posted by JC Torres on March 21, 2018 at 5:09 am

HTC is making a lot of noise over at GDC regarding its new VIVE Pro headset. You’d think it would also be making some noise about the new VIVE Trackers that would go along with it. But for reasons still unknown, HTC has not said a peep about the upgrade VIVE Tracker (2018). Which is quite strange considering it is … Continue reading […]

Ubisoft fights off takeover by entertainment giant Vivendi
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 3:46 am

Ubisoft is finally free of Vivendi. The entertainment titan behind the Universal Music Group and Dailymotion kept buying more and more Ubisoft shares since 2015 to the point that it became the video game publisher's largest stakeholder. While Vivendi... […]

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton calls for deleting Facebook
Posted by JC Torres on March 21, 2018 at 1:48 am

You know things have gone from bad to worse when you own ranks are either falling on their swords or turning against you. That’s the plight that Facebook is now facing after days of non-stop criticism over its handling of user data. Facebook is no stranger to controversy and calls to boycott its service. But the latest call to action … Continue reading […]

Huawei's P20 Pro reportedly packs a 40MP camera
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 1:08 am

Do you still have a hole in your heart where Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 used to be? It might be filled very shortly. WinFuture sources have claimed that Huawei's upcoming P20 Pro will include an ultra-high resolution 40-megapixel rear camera i... […]

Google ARCore 1.0: here are the first batch apps for your phone
Posted by JC Torres on March 21, 2018 at 1:06 am

At MWC 2018 last month, Google kicked the AR doors open when it launched ARCore, the spiritual successor to its now-defunct Project Tango, as a version 1.0 stable release. That was practically the green light for developers to start their engines and bring their AR ideas to life. There hasn’t exactly been a flood of those, sadly, but Google is … Continue reading […]

LG Zone 4 prepaid Verizon phone won’t break the bank
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 21, 2018 at 12:21 am

A new budget-tier prepaid smartphone has launched through Verizon: the LG Zone 4. This handset packs a 5-inch display and support for Verizon’s LTE network, as well as the promise of solid battery life and a decent camera. This model won’t be taking on the latest and greatest smartphones, of course, but rather things like the Moto E series and … Continue reading […]

WhatsApp co-founder tweets '#deleteFacebook'
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 11:44 pm

While calls for users to eliminate their presence on Facebook have increased due to reports of how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the platform, most of them haven't come from anyone walking around with a few billion dollars of Facebook's money. W... […]

'Apocalypse Cow' is a platform game inspired by 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 11:32 pm

One of the best things about attending GDC is that, more often than not, you come across some of the best-looking independent titles. Today, that honor goes to Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic adventure game that draws inspiration from animated films like... […]

Marvel offers Black Panther animated mini-series on YouTube for free
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 20, 2018 at 11:29 pm

Following the theatrical movie’s huge success is Marvel’s decision to launch Black Panther the animated series on YouTube for free. The animated show was made in 2011 and is only comprised of six episodes, making it more of a mini-series, one that spans 120 minutes. That makes it just a tiny big longer than the theatrical movie, which launched in … Continue reading […]

HTC slips out an upgraded VR object tracker
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 11:08 pm

HTC's Vive Tracker is barely half a year old for everyday users, but it's already being replaced with a new model. The VR hardware maker has confirmed to Tom's Hardware that it's now selling an updated "Vive Tracker (2018)" for the same $99. The pr... […]

Roku Channel with free movies arrives on Samsung smart TVs this summer
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 20, 2018 at 10:40 pm

The Roku Channel, which was announced back in September, will be available on some Samsung smart TVs this year. That marks the channel’s launch outside of the Roku hardware ecosystem, giving Samsung owners access to the same ad-supported channel enjoyed by Roku Streaming Stick and set-top-box owners. According to the company, Roku Channel is one of its top 20 channels, … Continue reading […]

Plan group trips in Skype with help from TripAdvisor and StubHub
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm

Bringing TripAdvisor into a group chat is pretty easy -- just tap the Add to Chat button and select TripAdvisor from the list of available plug-ins. You can choose a destination, then search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Sharing... […]

These 7 Jeep Safari concepts span Retro to Baja beast
Posted by Chris Davies on March 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm

If there’s one thing Jeep owners love, it’s customizing their trucks, and so the automaker has teamed up with Mopar to provide seven concept inspirations for the 52nd Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari. The seven customs won’t, sadly, be up for sale as you see them here: Mopar says it has used a mixture of production parts and new prototypes … Continue reading […]

Roku’s free movie channel arrives on Samsung smart TVs this summer
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 10:09 pm

Last year, Roku launched a free, ad-supported film channel available to those with a Roku player, stick or TV in the US. Now, the company has announced that The Roku Channel will be available as an app on select Samsung smart TVs this summer. The cha... […]

Sonos Audible support launches for real this time
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 20, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Remember earlier this month when Audible launched on Sonos, only it turned out it didn’t and it was all a cruel mistake? That changed today with the actual, official, guaranteed-real-this-time launch of Audible support for Sonos speakers, making it easy for users of both products to listen to their audiobooks through their sound system. Audible spent a very short time … Continue reading […]

Uber faces lawsuit for denying rides to woman with service animal
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Uber is facing still more legal trouble over its accessibility issues. Texas resident D'Edra Steele has sued the ridesharing company for allegedly denying her 25 rides due to the service dog she needs for her cerebral palsy. Reportedly, drivers would... […]

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid gains EV range and Co-Pilot360 safety tech
Posted by Chris Davies on March 20, 2018 at 9:50 pm

Ford’s 2019 Fusion Hybrid has addressed two of the biggest complaints from would-be EV drivers, gaining all-electric range and a host of new tech in its latest update. The plug-in hybrid sedan is among the first of the automaker’s vehicles to come with Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver-assistance technologies that include features like blind spot information and lane-keeping as … Continue reading […]

Stephen Hawking’s final resting place in Westminster Abbey: Amongst legends
Posted by Chris Burns on March 20, 2018 at 9:50 pm

The final resting place of Professor Stephen Hawking was announced this week in London. The theoretical physicist was announced to be honored at a Service of Thanksgiving later this year (2018) at Westminster Abbey. At that time, Hawking’s ashes will be interred at the Abbey near scientific minds of similarly revered status. “It is entirely fitting that the remains of … Continue reading […]

Uber’s driverless car unlikely to be at fault in fatal crash: Report
Posted by Chris Davies on March 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Early evidence suggests the pedestrian killed by an Uber autonomous car in Arizona may have been to blame in the controversial accident earlier this week. The ride-sharing company’s self-driving Volvo SUV fleet was grounded on Monday, after a collision overnight. The pedestrian was taken to hospital, but according to police died of her injuries. At the time, the preliminary evidence … Continue reading […]

Cambridge Analytica CEO: 'we ran all the digital campaign' for Trump
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm

At the same time Cambridge Analytica announced it's suspending CEO Alexander Nix, Channel 4 News released a second report on the company based on undercover videos. In this report, it shows executives claiming that their work was responsible for Trum... […]

BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League rewards praise on social media
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

BlackBerry is hoping to drum up new customers by turning existing handset owners into its biggest fans. The company has launched a new fan club of sorts, a new social campaign that’ll reward “superfans” for sharing BB-related content on social media. Users who participate in challenges through the campaign will be given points that can be redeemed for a chance … Continue reading […]

Samsung's commercial-grade Galaxy Tab Active 2 is available in the US
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Active2 is available starting today for $420 if you go the WiFi route; there's also an LTE option available on AT&T and Verizon. Whether you're on the shop floor or working outdoors, the slate's unique build should be up to t... […]

New York joins Massachusetts investigation of Facebook's data use
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm

All eyes are on Facebook as more and more information rolls out regarding Cambridge Analytica, its involvement in recent elections and forums and how it came to obtain 50 million Facebook users' profile information. Now, New York Attorney General Eri... […]

First look at SyFy's 'Nightflyers' is equal parts 'Aliens' and 'Psycho'
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 8:21 pm

If you're getting a little antsy waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish the next book in his Game of Thrones series, you can always turn to another television project based on one of his older books. Instead of dragons, however, this one has spaces... […]

HP LaserJet Pro M15, M28 tiny printers are for micro businesses
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on March 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm

HP has launched what it says is the smallest laser printers of their kind, the HP LaserJet Pro M15 and M28 series. Laser printers are popular given the huge cost of printer ink, but more often than not they come in large sizes most suitable for libraries, schools, and other places where multiple people will be using them. The new … Continue reading […]

Tencent fourth-quarter profit nearly doubles, beats estimates on investment gains
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:21 am

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd posted a near doubling of quarterly net profit that beat expectations, as it deepened monetization of its growing customer traffic and its investments paid off following a string of IPOs last year. […]

In India, digital gold sellers hope trickle will become a rush
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

(Reuters) - A digital revolution is reshaping India's $34 billion gold market, with smartphones, e-wallets and flexible investment schemes drawing new buyers into a business dominated by traditional, face-to-face transactions.Digital payment systems have ballooned in popularity in India since the government scrapped large-value bank notes in 2016. […]

BMW raises R&D spending for electric, autonomous cars
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

Munich (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW will increase research and development (R&D) spending to an all-time high of up to 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) this year as part of efforts to bring 25 electrified models to market by 2025. […]

Academic behind Facebook breach says he is a 'scapegoat': BBC
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 9:33 am

LONDON (Reuters) - A Cambridge University academic who harvested data on millions of Facebook users said he has been made a scapegoat by the social network and a UK-based political consultancy that is accused of trying to sway public opinion for Donald Trump. […]

China smartphone makers join hands on apps, pose threat to WeChat
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's biggest smartphone makers are collaborating to promote download-free "fast apps", in a move backed by the government and likely to threaten Tencent Holdings' grip on mobile traffic with its wildly popular WeChat app. […]

Exclusive: Kaspersky Lab plans Swiss data center to combat spying allegations - documents
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 5:18 am

MOSCOW/TORONTO (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab plans to open a data center in Switzerland to address Western government concerns that Russia exploits its anti-virus software to spy on customers, according to internal documents seen by Reuters. […]

Expedia's Orbitz says 880,000 payment cards hit in breach
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 12:46 am

(Reuters) - Orbitz, a subsidiary of online travel agency Expedia Inc , said on Tuesday that hackers may have accessed personal information from about 880,000 payment cards. […]

EU to unveil plan to tax turnover of big U.S. tech firms
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 12:38 am

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will propose rules on Wednesday designed to make digital companies pay their fair share of tax and set to hit U.S. tech giants such as Google and Facebook . […]

Arizona says not time to rein in self-driving cars after Uber fatality
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 12:09 am

TEMPE, Ariz./DETROIT (Reuters) - Arizona officials said on Tuesday they saw no immediate need to tighten rules on the testing of self-driving cars in the state in reaction to a fatal accident involving an Uber autonomous vehicle that has focused attention on the safety of the new technology. […]

Windows Server 2019 coming later this year, out now in preview
Posted by Peter Bright on March 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm

No big surprises about the timing, given the company’s new release timetable. […]

AMD promises firmware fixes for security processor bugs
Posted by Peter Bright on March 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

All bugs require administrative access to exploit. […]

USS Fitzgerald collision deaths ruled negligent homicide by Japanese coast guard
Posted by Sean Gallagher on March 20, 2018 at 9:40 pm

Bridge officers on both ACX Crystal and Fitzgerald could face criminal charges in Japan. […]

Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed company, tops Alphabet
Posted on March 20, 2018 at 9:34 pm

(Reuters) - became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time. […]

These early humans survived a supervolcano eruption 74,000 years ago
Posted by Annalee Newitz on March 20, 2018 at 9:19 pm

Striking evidence means the “Toba Catastrophe Theory” is headed for the dustbin. […]

When will the US feel the heat of global warming?
Posted by John Timmer on March 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm

For the Great Plains, natural variability will dominate until late this century. […]

NY says Charter lied about new broadband, threatens to revoke its franchise
Posted by Jon Brodkin on March 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

Charter tried to count old broadband toward new merger commitments, NY says. […]

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, explained [Updated]
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on March 20, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Trump operatives got private data from 50 million Facebook users. […]

Dealmaster: Take up to 30 percent off various Lenovo ThinkPad laptops
Posted by Ars Staff on March 20, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Plus deals on the HTC Vive, the Switch Pro Controller, and a sitewide eBay sale. […]

China’s largest game publisher adds Ubisoft to its massive portfolio
Posted by Sam Machkovech on March 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Vivendi is officially out of the picture—but Tencent’s Western dominance only rises. […]

3 Myths About the Site Reliability Engineer, Debunked
Posted by Emily Johnson Digital Content Editor, InformationWeek on March 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm

As automation becomes a fact of life, newer roles, such as site reliability engineer, emerge. For IT pros looking for their next move, here's a little background about the role as well as some common misunderstandings about it. […]

The Play Store gets a “try now” button for games, no install required
Posted by Ron Amadeo on March 20, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Google Play Instant can launch a demo instantly on Android, with no install process. […]

UK High Court perma-bans efforts to extradite Lauri Love for US hacking trial
Posted by Sean Gallagher on March 20, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Sets precedent for blocking extradition of hackers to US on humanitarian grounds. […]

US electricity use drops, renewables push fossil fuels out of the mix
Posted by John Timmer on March 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

2017 saw both coal and natural gas use decline. […]

Epic Games CEO: AR glasses will “eventually replace smartphones”
Posted by Kyle Orland on March 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Before that, console-quality games on mobile phones will be the big trend. […]

Virus fished from pond cures man’s deadly antibiotic-resistant infection
Posted by Beth Mole on March 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm

The clinical success suggests promising strategy for fighting antibiotic resistance. […]

Alabama lawmaker seems desperate to keep rocket tech in his home state
Posted by Eric Berger on March 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Law mandates Marshall Space Flight Center as "essential" to future of US propulsion. […]

Video: What younger generations think of their elders online
Posted by Lee Hutchinson on March 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Episode 2 of “Every Generation Online” asks about what all those Boomers are doing. […]

Big Data Tech Hadoop and Spark Get Slow Start in Enterprise
Posted by Jessica Davis Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps on March 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

There are plenty of success stories about Hadoop in the enterprise, but those may be the exception and not the rule. Gartner Research VP Merv Adrian provides a reality check on deployment rates, successes, and failures of big data technologies in the enterprise. […]

Winter tires 101: “An all-season is only an all-season if you live in Phoenix”
Posted by Ars Staff on March 20, 2018 at 11:30 am

If the temperature is below 45˚F, your all-seasons aren’t really working. […]

The Discriminating Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing
Posted by Rich Murr, CIO, Epicor Software on March 20, 2018 at 11:30 am

Business leaders need more than technical speak; they need cogent answers to critical business questions. […]