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Microsoft Edge becomes the second most popular desktop web browser
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 8:42 pm

Microsoft's gamble on a Chromium-based Edge browser appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. Bleeping Computer noted that Edge is now the second most popular desktop web browser based on usage, with NetMarketShare giving the softwar... […]

Music streaming subscriptions grew by nearly a third in 2019
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 7:19 pm

Streaming music still has a lot of room to grow, it appears. Counterpoint Research has determined that paid music subscriptions jumped 32 percent in 2019 to reach 358 million thanks to a mix of exclusives, phone service bundles, regional price cuts... […]

Apple TV Channels offers free Epix until May 2nd without signing up
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Apple is joining Roku and others in offering free access to premium TV, albeit with a slight twist. From now until May 2nd, Apple TV Channels is making Epix content free to watch without a subscription -- you won't have to sign up for a trial an... […]

School districts ban Zoom over security concerns
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Concerns about Zoom's security are having a real impact on its use in remote education. Some US school districts, including large ones like New York City and Nevada's Clark County, have banned or disabled Zoom over security and privacy worri... […]

Some Marvel comic books may be paused until summer over pandemic
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Closures caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have disrupted the comic book industry and it seems that may not change any time soon. A new report claims that Marvel Comics may end up pausing around one-third of its comic book issues until mid-summer at best over issues caused by the pandemic. The news follows a delay that impacted all Marvel … Continue reading […]

After Math: Life on the inside
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Congrats on surviving week three of the coronavirus quarantine... or, first if you happen to live in the American south. With so many people spending their days indoors, it should come as little surprise that headlines over the past few weeks have co... […]

Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Buds leak with unique bean earbud design
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 5, 2020 at 2:45 pm

A new leak suggests that the next generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds truly wireless earbuds may feature a unique ‘bean’ shape that offers a snug fit without the discomfort of in-ear designs. The ‘bean’ Galaxy Buds would measure just under 1-inch in length, the new leak claims, with the design nestling the body of each earpiece into the natural curvature … Continue reading […]

NASA’s Perseverance rover gets parachute and off-road wheels
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

NASA has announced that as part of its final assembly of the Perseverance rover, its team has installed the parachute, off-road wheels, and air brakes. The wheels are machined from flight-grade aluminum, according to NASA, which used titanium for the spokes. The parachute, meanwhile, will be used to slow down the rover on its descent to the Red Planet’s surface … Continue reading […]

Artemis Fowl movie plans changed: Disney+ tapped for premiere
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 5, 2020 at 11:15 am

If you were planning to catch the upcoming feature film Artemis Fowl in theaters, think again. In light of widespread theater closures, Disney has made the decision to bring the movie directly to the small screen on its Disney+ streaming service. This is a deviation from some of Disney’s recent plan changes, which have included postponing the theatrical release of … Continue reading […]

OPINION: How is Singapore handling the coronavirus?
Posted by Osmond Chia on April 5, 2020 at 10:01 am

As many states prepare for the worse of the coronavirus outbreak to come, several nations in the world seem to have the situation under control for now. One of these nations receiving praise from the World Health Organisation and other authorities is the tiny country of Singapore in South East Asia. As of 3 April, Singapore has seen 1,189 cases … Continue reading […]

ABC News Live starts streaming on Android TV and Fire TV
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 9:41 am

ABC is expanding access to its live news app right at a moment when as-it-happens updates are particularly vital. The broadcaster has released versions of its ABC News Live app for Android TV sets and Fire TV, giving many more people access to its m... […]

AMC's free streaming TV includes 'The Walking Dead' and 'MST3K'
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 3:28 am

AMC is joining the ranks of high-profile TV networks in streaming shows for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. To start, it's making the first half of The Walking Dead's tenth season free to watch from the AMC website and apps until May 1st.... […]

UK phone masts attacked over bogus 5G coronavirus conspiracies
Posted on April 5, 2020 at 1:20 am

Unfounded beliefs about 5G are leading to real damage to the UK's telecom network. People have torched cellular towers in multiple parts of the country in attacks possibly linked to debunked conspiracy theories claiming that 5G masts could play... […]

Apple may bring 'real' home screen widgets to iOS 14
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Widgets have been present in iOS for years, but they're usually on a dedicated screen rather than wherever you want them to be, as with Android. Soon, however, you might have that flexibility. As part of an ongoing string of code leaks, 9to5Mac... […]

E3 will return June 15th, 2021
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm

The Entertainment Software Association may have cancelled E3 2020 due to COVID-19, but it's still committed to holding an event next year. The organization has announced that E3 will return between June 15th and June 17th, 2021. It characterize... […]

Apple appears to to be acquiring virtual event company NextVR
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Apple's augmented reality plans may have received a quiet but important boost.The 9to5Mac team claims that Apple is the midst of acquiring virtual event broadcasting company NextVR in a deal worth about $100 million. While the deal hasn't clo... […]

Amazon reportedly in talks to test warehouse workers for COVID-19
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm

Amazon might follow up its COVID-19 safety measures with full-fledged testing for the associated virus. Reuters has obtained notes that reportedly reveal discussions with Abbott and Thermo Fisher about the prospect of testing warehouse workers, incl... […]

Google Search will highlight government's COVID-19 announcements
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Google will make announcements related to the coronavirus pandemic a lot more visible within Search results. The tech giant has introduced a way for websites to highlight special announcements, so that people can instantly see COVID-19-related inform... […]

ESPN2 will air 12 hours of esports coverage on April 5th
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 4:46 pm

TV networks are already trying to fill the void in sports coverage left by the COVID-19 pandemic, but ESPN is going all-out. The broadcaster's ESPN2 channel is airing a 12-hour ESPN Esports Day on April 5th starting at 12PM Eastern, and there wi... […]

HBO makes dozens of hit shows and movies available to watch for free
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Late last week, WarnerMedia announced that it was making dozens of its hit HBO shows, as well as movies and more, available to stream for free starting on April 3. The content is being made available without a subscription so that people staying home in quarantine can check out the service without signing up — and, potentially, get hooked on … Continue reading […]

Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to keep trolls out
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 3:28 pm

Zoom will make a couple of important security changes in an effort to prevent trolls from crashing shared video calls on the app. To be exact, it will require passwords to enter calls and will switch on waiting rooms by default starting on April 5th.... […]

Amazon Prime Day may be delayed this year over coronavirus pandemic
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Amazon may be forced to delay its Prime Day event this year over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a massive uptick in orders through its service. The company went on a hiring spree to keep up with the demand last month, also temporarily increasing pay rates for both warehouse workers and grocery packers. Amid all of that, the … Continue reading […]

Recommended Reading: Inside the PlayStation 5 with Mark Cerny
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

PlayStation 5 uncovered: The Mark Cerny tech deep dive Richard Leadbetter, Eurogamer If you're craving even more explanation on the PlayStation 5 than lead architect Mark Cerny shared during his in-depth chat a couple weeks ago, get comfy. Eur... […]

The Morning After: Apple's iPad turns 10
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Engadget's review of the first iPad ten years ago lauded its potential, even if the first version of tablet software couldn't do much for one's productivity. Since then, Apple has slowly gotten aroun... […]

Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm

A newly published study has found that consuming cannabis (“marijuana”) or an edible containing its psychoactive compound THC may have a major impact on female fertility. The findings will be presented at the ENDO 2020 event, according to the Endocrine Society, which reported on Thursday that women who consume THC products may struggle to experience a viable pregnancy. Cannabis, the … Continue reading […]

PlayStation Store Spring 2020 sale slashes prices on major games
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 4, 2020 at 11:15 am

It’s that time of year again — Sony is back with another PlayStation Store Spring Sale, this one offering up to 50-percent off the cost of games. As with past PS Store sales, the new spring sale covers both familiar and obscure game titles, some discounted so deeply that they’re nearly free, while others are substantially discounted compared to their … Continue reading […]

Major disruption: How Covid-19 is affecting supply chains worldwide
Posted by Osmond Chia on April 4, 2020 at 9:41 am

With entire countries coming to a standstill to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus, it will soon take its toll on supply chains around the world. The disrupted network of companies, factories and manufacturers could greatly affect the products we take for granted. Tech products, equipment, fashion, cars and other products are likely to have a stunted year ahead. … Continue reading […]

'Artemis Fowl' will debut on Disney+
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 8:19 am

Disney has adjusted the theatrical release dates for its biggest upcoming movies this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, except for Artemis Fowl. Instead of pushing back its opening date from May 29th to a later one, the entertainment giant won&#3... […]

Skype rolls out 'Meet Now' calls that don't need a a sign-up or installation
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 3:33 am

With people forced out of their offices and schools to avoid spreading coronavirus, there are more video calls going on than ever. However, a significant chunk of the action has gone to Zoom, and not Skype, Microsoft's product that has been at th... […]

ESPN plans esports marathon: Rocket League, Madden NFL, Apex Legends
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on April 4, 2020 at 12:30 am

In an announcement today, ESPN revealed that its ESPN2 network will host a 12-hour esports marathon on Sunday, April 5, with multiple popular games in the lineup. The company is calling this ‘ESPN Esports Day,’ explaining that it will broadcast competitive gameplay, game recaps, live (virtual) sports, and more. This will be the first time Rocket League will appear on … Continue reading […]

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Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]
Posted by Beth Mole on April 5, 2020 at 4:35 pm

This is a fast-moving epidemic—we'll update this guide periodically. […]

Flagship sedans like the Audi A8 are a dying breed
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on April 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Expensive SUVs are just more popular than big expensive sedans these days. […]

How to refuel a nuclear power plant during a pandemic
Posted by WIRED on April 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Swapping out spent uranium rods requires hundreds of technicians—challenging right now. […]

Exclusive: Amazon in contact with coronavirus test makers for potential screenings on employees
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm Inc has been in contact with the CEOs of two coronavirus test makers as it considers how to screen its staff and reduce the risk of infection at its warehouses, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters. […]

5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 7:23 pm

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched. […]

We now know the effect of altitude on classic “Diet Coke and Mentos“ fountain
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on April 4, 2020 at 6:20 pm

Any excuse for a fun DIY demo during these trying times of sheltering in place. […]

Will SARS-CoV-2 have a long-term impact on the climate?
Posted by Diana Gitig on April 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Pollution is down now, but policy decisions will drive its future direction. […]

The party goes on in massive online worlds
Posted by WIRED on April 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

MMORPGs aren't a perfect substitute for real-life socializing—but close enough for now. […]

Subscription drive, day 5: A plea from a punny pandemic reporter
Posted by Beth Mole on April 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm

There’s nothing funny about COVID-19, but we can still laugh at Goop together. […]

Tesla cuts contractors from California, Nevada factories: CNBC
Posted on April 4, 2020 at 3:19 am

Tesla Inc is cutting contractors from its U.S. car and battery plants, CNBC reported on Friday, citing workers and a contract staffing agency. […]

Exclusive: Amazon to delay Prime Day event due to coronavirus, outlines cloud risks
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 10:10 pm Inc is postponing its major summer shopping event, Prime Day, until at least August and expects a potential $100 million hit from excess devices it might now sell at a discount, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters. […]

Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras fetch $75k bounty
Posted by Dan Goodin on April 3, 2020 at 10:07 pm

Here's how one researcher bypassed stringent restrictions Apple puts on webcam access. […]

Xbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded console
Posted by Kyle Orland on April 3, 2020 at 8:50 pm

More signs of trouble as VCS project continues creep toward long-delayed launch. […]

“We hit 3M hard“—Trump orders 3M to keep US-made masks in the US
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on April 3, 2020 at 8:35 pm

A lot of 3M's mask manufacturing capacity is outside the United States. […]

Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home or not
Posted by Kate Cox on April 3, 2020 at 7:58 pm

Google knows where billions of phones are—and more importantly right now, aren't. […]

Face masks for COVID-19: A deep dive into the data
Posted by Beth Mole on April 3, 2020 at 7:45 pm

With all the talk of masks, here's what the data really says. […]

US edits National Stockpile website after Kushner claims it’s not for states
Posted by Jon Brodkin on April 3, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Strategic National Stockpile site edited to downplay role in helping US states. […]

Three VOIP companies may lose providers if coronavirus robocalls continue, U.S. agencies say
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm

Three voice over internet providers may lose access to the U.S. telecom network if they do not stop allowing their service to be used by robocallers touting coronavirus and other scams, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission said on Friday. […]

Intel’s 10th-generation H-series laptop CPUs break 5GHz
Posted by Jim Salter on April 3, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Comet Lake's newest H-series parts boast impressive clock frequencies. […]

Two U.S. state AGs seek info on Zoom's privacy practices
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 6:33 pm

At least two U.S. state attorneys have sought information from Zoom Video Communications Inc following multiple reports that questioned the privacy and security of the video-conferencing app. […]

Cisco's Webex draws record 324 million users in March
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 6:04 pm

Cisco Systems Inc's video-conferencing app Webex registered a record 324 million attendees in March, with usage more than doubling in the Americas, as the coronavirus-led lockdowns forced businesses to have employees work from home. […]

Apple Store appears to leak new, iPhone 8-like iPhone SE
Posted by Samuel Axon on April 3, 2020 at 5:50 pm

It would be the same size as the iPhone 8 but would likely have faster internals. […]

Haunting Tales from the Loop brings ’80s alternative timeline to vivid life
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on April 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

Producer talks challenge of turning Simon Stålenhag's paintings into must-see TV. […]

FCC: TracFone made up “fictitious” customers to defraud low-income program
Posted by Jon Brodkin on April 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

FCC proposes $6M fine, says TracFone “fabricate[d] enrollment data” to get cash. […]

Pandemics: Do we need an app for that?
Posted by John Timmer on April 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm

A new paper looks at how smartphones could enable instant contact tracing. […]

Leaked Amazon memo: Walkout leader “not smart or articulate”
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on April 3, 2020 at 3:37 pm

"We are not anti-union, but we are not neutral either," said a 2018 training video. […]

Subscription drive, day 4: A pitch from “Comcast’s least favorite journalist”
Posted by Jon Brodkin on April 3, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Subscribe to make sure Jon Brodkin keeps reporting on ISP mischief and Ajit Pai. […]

Google data shines light on whether coronavirus lockdowns worldwide are working
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 2:50 pm

Alphabet Inc's Google has published charts showing how the coronavirus has brought hard-hit Italy to a standstill, led to runs on grocery stores around the world and prompted a stark drop in going-out between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day. […]

Poland works on smartphone app to help stop coronavirus outbreak
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Poland is working on a smartphone application to help trace people who have come in contact with those infected with the coronavirus and warn them about the possible risk, the Digital Ministry said on Friday. […]

Europe's north-south lockdown divide revealed by Google data
Posted on April 3, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Italy and Spain, the two European countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus, have enforced the most drastic lockdowns to curb the pandemic but one country, Sweden, stands out for allowing life to go on much as before, Google data show. […]