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Amazon's warehouse workers strike in Germany and Italy
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

As exciting as it may be go on an online shopping spree for Black Friday, there is a human price to be paid: thousands of warehouse workers often have to commit many exhausting hours to making sure your orders arrive on time. And some Amazon warehou... […]

Should you buy Skyrim on Nintendo Switch?
Posted by Eric Abent on November 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

One of the biggest Nintendo Switch surprises came in the form of a game that most people will be familiar with: Skyrim. From the very start, Nintendo has been advertising Skyrim on the Switch, and for good reason, as this is the first time we’ve seen Bethesda’s epic open-world Elder Scrolls series come to Nintendo consoles. As exciting as it … Continue reading […]

A lost 'Doctor Who' episode featuring Tom Baker is finally here
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Doctor Who fans have waited nearly four decades for today. Shada -- an episode that began filming in 1979 with Tom Baker as the legendary Time Lord -- is finally finished and available to download (a DVD will be released in the UK on December 4th, an... […]

Budweiser will send barley to ISS for space brewing experiments
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on November 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Following Anheuser-Busch’s previous announcement about brewing beer on Mars comes an update that’ll actually get the project started. The company has revealed that it will send barley to the International Space Station early next month for a series of experiments in space. This will help the company understand how microgravity affects the ingredients used to make Budweiser beer. If Budweiser … Continue reading […]

Which game controllers are worth buying?
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

If you're picking up a game console like the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro this holiday season, congratulations: You already have a great controller for your new system. Traditionally, third-party gamepads have always been a bit subpar, the kind of... […]

Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s biggest limits
Posted by Chris Burns on November 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

The Huawei Mate 10 is the realization of Huawei’s take on the highest-end smartphones released this year. As such, it replicates a number of the most pervasive trends – and not always the good ones. One of these is a “HUAWEI HullView Display” – which is part of the 18:9 screen ratio trend that’s popped up on the biggest brand … Continue reading […]

Dish Network gets CBS back after brief service blackout
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on November 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Dish Network subscribers once again have access to CBS following the brief service blackout resulting from an expired contract between the two. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network’s business relations souring. Now, less than a week later, Dish has announced that it has signed a new multi-year carriage deal with CBS. This … Continue reading […]

Ekster Parliament + Tracker Wallet review
Posted by Bob Patterson on November 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

What makes a wallet a “smart wallet?” How about an RFID-protected card-slider mechanism for storing your credit cards? Perhaps a solar-powered tracking system so that you can find your wallet when it goes missing? These are some of the features you’ll find in the Ekster wallets, all wrapped in luxurious leather. I’ve got the Ekster […]

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals: Jabra Bluetooth headphones, headsets, and speakerphones
Posted by Janet Cloninger on November 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Jabra has special sales prices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on some of their wireless headphones, speakerphones, and earsets.  Deals are available through Amazon and Best Buy, and most special prices are good through January 6th – so you can benefit from that holiday gift cash! The Jabra Move stereo headset is a lightweight […]

Giveaway: Win a ReoLink RLC-410 outdoor home security camera
Posted by Julie Strietelmeier on November 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

We have teamed up ReoLink to give away one of the RLC-410 home security cameras. Click through to see the details and rules. One winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on 11/27/17 at midnight. 1st Place Prize is 1 ReoLink RLC-410 super HD outdoor home security camera Check out our ReoLink […]

The best smartwatches and fitness trackers to give as gifts
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

If a plain-Jane fitness tracker seems like too uninspired of a gift, we have some other ideas. You could buy any number of smartwatches that fared well in our tests. Engadget's resident runners also say Garmin Forerunner watches are a good bet for at... […]

Black Friday deals: Save big on EasyAcc accessories for mobile devices
Posted by Janet Cloninger on November 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm

EasyAcc has a couple of deals available in the US through Amazon.  The first deal is for the Gooseneck Cellphone and Tablet Stand.  The gooseneck is 1m long, and the 3.1″-wide clamp can open to 2.8″ to accommodate a variety of table tops.  The stand adjusts to hold devices between 4″ to 10.6″, except for […]

2017 Ford Focus RS Review: Sideways seduction
Posted by Chris Davies on November 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Along came the third-generation Ford Focus RS, and all anybody could talk about was Drift mode. Seldom has a vehicle made going sideways such a priority, yet in all the “road-going rally car” furore the RS’ true talents were starting to get overlooked. The magic isn’t so much in the engine as it is the way the power from that … Continue reading […]

The best Black Friday deals 2017
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated... […]

Dromida Kodo FPV Camera Drone review
Posted by Joe Porletto on November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Dromida Kodo FPV Camera Drone is a fun, easy-to-set-up, beginner drone with some great extra features. Unfortunately, because of a poorly designed app and subpar hardware, it is not a true First Person View (FPV) drone. At $89.99, it’s still a good deal though for a drone that can (barely) stream Wi-Fi video and […]

How 'Dinner Party' tells an alien abduction story in VR
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

At our first Engadget Experience in LA last week, we premiered five virtual reality projects that pushed the boundaries of the new medium. Among them was Dinner Party, a retelling of the famous Betty and Barney Hill alien abduction story. Based on wh... […]

2019 Infiniti QX50 packs world’s first variable compression engine
Posted by Shane McGlaun on November 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Infiniti has announced the 2019 QX50 SUV that is a mid-size SUV on an all-new platform using new engine tech for the first time in the automotive world. The turbo four is an all-new type of engine that has been 20-years in the making according to Infiniti. The engine is called the VC-Turbo. That engine is a 2.0L unit that … Continue reading […]

Yamaha's MX88 synth turns your iPhone into a real instrument
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

I hate, hate, hate computers and phones/tablets on stage. To me, a Macbook sitting next to a keyboardist or percussionist is just asking for trouble. Computers freeze, apps crash and sometimes you forget to turn off notifications and now everyone in... […]

ASUS Windows 10 on ARM device benchmarks are terrible
Posted by JC Torres on November 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

When it announced its Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon 835, thrust late last year, Microsoft emphasized power efficiency as the primary selling point. What it might not have disclosed is that those savings in battery life might come at the cost of a significant hit in performance. Following last week’s revelation of a now deleted Geekbench entry comes … Continue reading […]

NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing
Posted by Shane McGlaun on November 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Drone racing is a sport that is demanding of pilots. The person flying the drone must be paying attention and have fast reflexes to avoid crashing into obstacles or other drones. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is racing drones pitting human pilots against an AI to see who’s better. The race happened back on October 12 and was … Continue reading […]

'MST3K' will mock B movies for another season on Netflix
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

If Twitch's Mystery Science Theater 3000 binge-fest didn't scratch your itch, we've got good news for you: Netflix is renewing the show's revival MST3K: The Return for a second season (and the 12th season overall). A brief announcement video (featuri... […]

Black Friday deal: Give someone a professionally-written biography of their own life
Posted by Janet Cloninger on November 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Story Terrace assigns an author (junior writer, senior writer, or critically-acclaimed writer, depending on purchased package) to write an illustrated biography of your special person.  The author will interview the subject and write a book about their life experiences.  In addition to being a gift for the book’s subject, the Story Terrace book will serve […]

EE's next phone will be all glass and cost just over £100
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

It's been so long since EE launched a new own-brand smartphone, scan its online store and you won't find any handset bearing the carrier's logo on offer. It appears EE is planning to release such a device in the coming weeks, however, just in time to... […]

Singapore's driverless buses to serve three towns by 2022
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

While driverless buses are making cameos in Las Vegas and Michigan, they're set to become a more common sight in Singapore in the near future. Following initial trials of an autonomous shuttle (fit for 80 passengers), the country plans to bring a mix... […]

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo spied sans camo
Posted by Shane McGlaun on November 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm

The 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo has been spied out cruising around for testing and it looks mean. The car clearly has very wide bodywork to fit some very meaty tires under the fenders. These shots are the first seen of the car and surprisingly it has no camo to hide the new touches. Perhaps with the minimal changes traditionally made … Continue reading […]

Windows 10 keyboard offers emoji suggestions in latest preview
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring were the first to try out Microsoft's emoji 5.0 bonanza in June, before support rolled out widely with the Fall Creators Update. And, the tech giant is bundling yet more emoji goodness in its latest preview, which... […]

Two of three Cydia jailbreaking app sources have shut down
Posted by JC Torres on November 24, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Once upon a time, jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad was really the only way for users to truly get the best experience out of their expensive devices. Fast-forward 10 years later, jailbreaking iOS devices feels almost like a distant memory. That memory might be fast fading too, as ModMy and ZodTTD/MacCiti shut down, leaving BigBoss as the last remaining major … Continue reading […]

Windows Phone prototype shows working Surface Pen support
Posted by JC Torres on November 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

Here’s another one for the “things Microsoft should and could have done but didn’t” files. It wasn’t too long ago that there rumors and leaks of abandoned plans for a Windows 10 Mobile Lumia phone that could have become the Surface Phone that Windows fans have been dying to have. Unfortunately, that possibility no longer seems to even be on … Continue reading […]

Latest 'Pokémon' games include an ode to Nintendo's late president
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

Developers are still eager to show their gratitude to Nintendo's late Satoru Iwata. Gamers have learned that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon include a clear, heartfelt tribute to the company's long-serving president. It requires that you ha... […]

The Morning After: Friday, November 24th 2017
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Black Friday is here. With some help from our friends at Wirecutter, we've distilled some of the best deals right here. As you process yesterday's carbs and bird protein, take a look at some of the tech news you... […]

U.S. shoppers browse stores, buy online as Black Friday deals beckon
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stores offered deep discounts, entertainment and free gifts to draw bargain hunters on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but some shoppers said they were just eyeing goods, reserving their cash for online purchases. […]

Brands pull YouTube ads over images of children
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Cadbury chocolates maker Mondelez, Lidl, Mars and other consumer goods marketers have pulled advertising from YouTube after The Times newspaper found the video sharing-site was showing clips of scantily clad children alongside the ads of major brands. […]

New Nissan engine bids to extend life for internal combustion
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 5:35 pm

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co, an early mover in the electric vehicle market, will use the Los Angeles auto show next week to send a message about gasoline-fueled engines: They're not dead yet. […]

Exclusive: Paddy Power Betfair, William Hill hold deal talks with CrownBet
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Paddy Power Betfair and William Hill have separately held talks about a deal with Australia's CrownBet as UK-focused gambling companies seek to expand overseas to offset tougher regulations in Britain. […]

IceCube turns the planet into a giant neutrino detector
Posted by John Timmer on November 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Tests energies thousands of times higher than accelerators can go. […]

Dealmaster: All the Black Friday tech deals we can find [Updated]
Posted by Ars Staff on November 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Here's our rolling master list of Black Friday's noteworthy tech deals. […]

Portugal's Sonae to expand cybersecurity business with deals
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's retail-focused conglomerate Sonae plans to buy more cybersecurity firms as it builds a portfolio in Portugal, Spain, the United States and Germany, a company official said. […]

As DOJ calls for “responsible encryption,” expert asks “responsible to whom?”
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on November 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Video: At Ars Live, Riana Pfefferkorn brings us up to speed on the Crypto Wars du jour. […]

How four Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on November 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

From the archives: How this quartet nearly got fired for it. […]

Uber seeks to appeal UK workers' rights decision at Supreme Court
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber submitted a request to appeal to the Supreme Court a decision by a British tribunal which said its drivers deserved workers' rights such as the minimum wage, the taxi app said on Friday. […]

Tesla announces truck prices lower than experts predicted
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on November 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Experts thought Tesla's truck could cost $300,000. Tesla says it'll be $180,000. […]

How to protein-up your holiday muffins. Hint: don’t add powdered crickets
Posted by Beth Mole on November 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

We did this for you, dear readers. You’re welcome. […]

The best board games we played at PAX Unplugged
Posted by Nate Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

A few of our favorite games from the big new board gaming convention. […]

BMW to spend $237 million on battery cell center
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW will bundle its battery cell expertise in a new competence center, the German luxury carmaker said on Friday, adding it would invest 200 million euros ($237 million) in the site over the next four years. […]

Uber, Yandex ride services can merge in Russia, regulator FAS rules
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] and Yandex's ride-sharing businesses can merge in Russia, anti-monopoly regulator FAS ruled on Friday, but stipulated that the combined company not bar drivers from working for competitors. […]

Uber to partner with Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles in India
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 9:24 am

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Ride-hailing firm Uber will partner with automaker Mahindra and Mahindra to pilot electric vehicles on its platform in India, the two companies said on Friday, at a time when the government is pushing to have all new vehicles electrified by 2030. […]

Virtual reality boom brings giant robots, cyberpunk castles to China
Posted on November 24, 2017 at 8:59 am

GUIYANG, China (Reuters) - Giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of lush mountain slopes on the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China's poorest provinces. […]

Elon Musk wins bet, finishing massive battery installation in 100 days
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on November 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm

South Australia battery installation has 100 MW capacity, a world record. […]

Judge who once ruled against NSA metadata program tosses lawsuit
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on November 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Lawyer who brought case the day after Snowden revelations vows to appeal. […]

Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared
Posted by Valentina Palladino on November 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Ars details everything you need to know before buying any Echo device. […]

Here’s how to emotionally manipulate your family with alcohol this holiday
Posted by Beth Mole on November 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Alcohol offers all the feels. But different drinks link to different moods, study finds. […]

Mug shots: How Ars Technica editors prefer to stay caffeinated
Posted by Nathan Mattise on November 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Whether coffee or tea, cocoa or Soylent, your mug reveals more than beverage choice. […]

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp impressions: Nintendo should be ashamed
Posted by Sam Machkovech on November 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Lots of good AC series content, but core experience is too low on free-to-play scale. […]

Uber hit with 2 lawsuits over gigantic 2016 data breach
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on November 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

“Uber knew or should have known its security systems were inadequate.&rdquo […]

When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug
Posted by Sam Machkovech on November 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Refunds for some MxM players; in-game coins for all (which won’t matter by Jan. 31). […]

The PC BIOS will be killed off by 2020 as Intel plans move to pure UEFI
Posted by Peter Bright on November 22, 2017 at 9:50 pm

The ability to boot DOS and other legacy relics is going to disappear. […]

FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal
Posted by Jon Brodkin on November 22, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much. […]

By year’s end, you’ll know if you liked a Kremlin-created Facebook page
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on November 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

"This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center." […]

Review: Coco delivers Pixar’s best technical and emotional magic
Posted by Annalee Newitz on November 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

A boy searches for music in the Land of the Dead in a plot twistier than a telenovela. […]

Belgium denounces loot boxes as gambling; Hawaiian legislator calls them “predatory”
Posted by Peter Bright on November 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Belgium decides that the combination of random rewards and pay-to-play is gambling. […]