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Fitbit OS 3.0 give Ionic, Versa new fitness-centric apps
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Fitbit is best known for making some of the world’s most popular smart fitness trackers. But when it acquired Pebble, it made its intention clear: it was getting into the smartwatch biz. That became reality it launched the Fitbit Ionic, followed by the more affordable Versa a few months later. There may, however, still be some doubts about whether Fitbit … Continue reading […]

Lenovo ThinkPad L390, L390 launched for price-sensitive business users
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

There is no one PC that works for every kind of user. There are some who are ready to pay whatever it takes to get the most powerful hardware possible. Others are prepared to sacrifice the latter to make sure they have something left for a rainy day. The holy grail of affordable yet powerful computer hasn’t been made yet … Continue reading […]

Lenovo's new ThinkPads are its first with Intel's 8th-gen processors
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Lenovo is updating its ThinkPad L-series lineup with two fresh laptops that won't break the bank for business users. The new entrants include the traditional notebook-style L390 and the flexible Yoga L390, which (as usual) has a hinge that lets you t... […]

Facebook Messenger's camera fakes portrait mode photos
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Facebook Messenger's camera just caught up to Instagram's in a few key areas, and then some. To start, you can snap software-based portrait mode photos -- if you don't have a dual-camera phone (or one with clever AI photography), you can still get th... […]

Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition is limited to 80 units – with steep price tag
Posted by Shane McGlaun on December 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Lincoln has been teasing fans of its ’60s era Continental cars with suicide doors with visions of a return of those rear-hinged doors. The teasing has stopped with Lincoln unveiling the new 2019 Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition. The ride was built to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Continental badge. The car is a limited run with only … Continue reading […]

Breathing moon dust could cause cancer tips study
Posted by Shane McGlaun on December 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm

The samples of moon dust and rocks on the Earth now mostly came from NASA’s Apollo missions in the ’60s and ’70s. At the time the humans were on the moon, it was known that lunar dust was hard on spacesuits, rovers, and humans. More research on moon dust has proven that it is worse for humans than previously thought. … Continue reading […]

LG's 32-inch QHD monitor packs AMD FreeSync for around $300
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm

LG is leading the charge with big, cheap gaming displays, having recently unveiled a 32-inch 4K model for less than $500. If you're willing to settle for QHD resolution, you can do even better with another new 32-inch model, the 32QK500-W. It packs A... […]

Hyundai will sell a car that can be unlocked with a fingerprint
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Hyundai has unveiled a new car system that lets drivers unlock and start a vehicle using their fingerprints. The tech is built in to the door handle and ignition button of the new 2019 Santa Fe SUV, showcased at an auto show in China last week. […]

The Morning After: Amazon's Alexa adds security to its resume
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

Good morning! As we feel our way through the haze that is a combination of corporate party and holiday-season prep, Monday kicks off with stories on Alexa's new security talents, a car coming in 2021 that we already drove, and expect Year In Review r... […]

VW's I.D. EV will deliver a 300 mile range for the price of a Golf
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

Volkswagen's Jürgen Stackmann has revealed a few key details about its mass-market I.D. electric car, including the range and how you'll buy one. It'll have a 550 km range by Europe's new WLTP method (345 miles), which equates to around 290 mile... […]

Amazon declares war on loss-making 'CRaP'
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:50 am

In its quest to cut costs and maximize profits, Amazon is reportedly looking to eliminate product quantities that it can't make money on. These goods, codenamed CRaP, are offerings that Amazon "Can't Realize a Profit" on, once you factor in shipping... […]

Razer Raiju Mobile joins the growing Android gamepad team
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

There is no shortage of game controllers for Android, both the wireless and the wired kind. That’s really no surprise, considering that other mobile platform barely supports such peripherals. So it probably doesn’t hurt to add one more to that list, especially when it involves one of the most trusted brands in the gaming industry. As announced last October, Razer … Continue reading […]

MIT can shrink 3D objects down to nanoscale versions
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 7:22 am

It's difficult to create nanoscale 3D objects. The techniques either tend to be slow (such as stacking layers of 2D etchings) or are limited to specific materials and shapes. MIT researchers might have a better way -- they've devised a technique for... […]

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey Project Stream testers get free game
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 7:09 am

It seems that Ubisoft and Google, but particularly Ubisoft, are knee-deep into developing this fancy new streaming tech that they’re prepared to spend a few hundred dollars just on beta testers. That’s because the game publisher has just revealed that those eager beavers who were able to get into Google’s Project Stream beta program will be able to continue their … Continue reading […]

Android phones’ face recognition fooled by 3D printed head, report says
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 6:05 am

With fingerprint sensors disappearing, either behind screens or, in the case of the iPhone, completely, there is a great deal of attention and scrutiny being placed on face recognition. Although most of the tests have moved past using photos or even images displayed on a phone screen, there is no expense spared for trying to dupe this new breed of … Continue reading […]

Intel and ESL extend their esports alliance with a $100 million deal
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 4:58 am

Intel and ESL have been esports buddies for years, but they're deepening that commitment as 2018 winds to a close. The two have extended their partnership with a $100 million deal that will last through 2021. Intel will provide the computing power... […]

Nio unveils lower-cost ES6 electric SUV
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 3:33 am

Nio is already preparing to launch its second electric SUV mere months after releasing its first. The Chinese automaker has unveiled the ES6, a lower-priced SUV that will start at the equivalent of $52,000 -- a sizeable $14,000 less than the ES8. Whi... […]

Nintendo Switch InkyPen comics subscription launching tomorrow
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 3:00 am

The Nintendo Switch, one of the most loved gaming console in the past two years, is slowly turning into more than just a gaming console. Just last month, it finally got a YouTube app that made it into a portable video streaming device. Starting tomorrow, it will be embarking on a new form of entertainment. As teased a few months … Continue reading […]

California will require zero-emissions buses by 2040
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:06 am

California isn't just interested in taking fossil fuel cars off the streets -- it wants to clean up buses, too. The state's Air Resources Board has voted to require that all buses are emissions-free by 2040. The transition will start in earnest in... […]

Galaxy S10 Powershare will wirelessly charge other phones
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 2:00 am

In the past, Samsung has been criticized, warranted or not, for copying Apple’s designs and features. These days, Samsung may be accused of settings its eyes on the smartphone market’s new #2. From the triple cameras to the dock-less desktop mode, Samsung may be seen as trying to catch up to Huawei’s rising popularity. The latest leaked feature for the … Continue reading […]

SQLite “Magellan” bug affects Chrome-based browsers, thousands of apps
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 1:15 am

With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities. One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”. While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, … Continue reading […]

Senate report details Russia's online meddling in 2016 election
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:34 am

The US Senate is about to receive a report detailing Russia's online manipulation attempts during and after the 2016 Presidential election, and it promises to shed new light on the subject... including a lack of evidence from the internet giants them... […]

Cydia paid store shutdown could signal iPhone jailbreaking’s end
Posted by JC Torres on December 17, 2018 at 12:23 am

No, iPhone jailbreaking still isn’t completely dead but it may have just been put on life support. Earlier reports pointed to Cydia’s shutdown, the most popular app store for jailbroken iPhones, but was clarified to affect only its purchasing system. While it simply means you won’t be able to buy apps there anymore, it could be the start of the … Continue reading […]

Driving Audi’s beautiful E-Tron GT concept car
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 11:01 pm

If an automaker unveils a concept car, the chances that anyone has the opportunity to set foot in that vehicle and drive it on the street within a year is slim to nil. If it's a design study don't expect to see anyone ever drive it. If it's a con... […]

CBS launches streaming-only news service for New York City
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 10:23 pm

CBS is acting on its promise to add a local flavor to its streaming news service. The broadcaster has launched CBSN New York, its first major local streaming service. The internet-only channel promises around-the-clock coverage of NYC's goings on,... […]

The best wireless powered bookshelf speakers
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

By Brent Butterworth This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full bookshelf speakers guide here.... […]

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll dies of apparent overdose
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm

One of the mobile app world's more influential and controversial executives has passed away. TMZ has learned that Colin Kroll, the co-founder of both HQ Trivia and Vine, has died of an apparent drug overdose in Manhattan at the age of 34. Kroll had b... […]

Rocket Lab launches NASA's first dedicated cubesat mission
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Rocket Lab isn't quite done establishing firsts. The company has successfully launched ElaNa-19 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites), NASA's first cubesat mission to get a dedicated ride to space. Until now, the agency's tiny satellites have piggyb... […]

After Math: Where are the adults
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm

It's been quite the week of tantrums by the man-babies who run some of the largest companies in the tech industry. While Elon Musk cried and stamped his feet through what should have been a softball 60 Minutes interview, Twitter head Jack Dorsey spen... […]

The McLaren 600LT is not what I expected
Posted by Chris Davies on December 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Speedtail, Longtail, Senna… McLaren is in the midst of a model explosion, flexing more than a billion dollars to grow its line-up by 18 new models or variations by the time 2025 is through. Still, if you had any concerns that quantity would come at the cost of quality, the 2019 McLaren 600LT should settle your fears. Latest addition to … Continue reading […]

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Foxconn not in settlement talks with Qualcomm in Apple battle: attorney
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm

The lead attorney for the group of Apple Inc device assemblers seeking at least $9 billion in damages from Qualcomm Inc said on Sunday the contract manufacturers are not in settlement talks with the mobile chip supplier and are "gearing up and heading toward the trial" in April. […]

As bitcoin trading shifts shape, big money stays away
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

(This version of the December 7th story corrects spelling of first name to Erik (not Eric) in paragraph 21) […]

German regional state to sue VW over diesel scandal: FAZ
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg plans to sue Volkswagen over the carmaker's cheating of emissions tests, newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Monday. […]

Central Londoners to be subjected to facial recognition test this week
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on December 17, 2018 at 9:30 am

Met Police: No worries—if you decline to be scanned, it won't be suspicious at all! […]

Costs for early retirement of workers to slash Bezeq's 2018 profit
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:26 am

Bezeq Israel Telecom said on Monday its expected 2018 annual profit would fall by almost half after approving a cost cutting plan to retire 337 workers early at an expense of 512 million shekels ($136 million). […]

German union calls strike at Amazon warehouses
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

German trade union Verdi called on workers at two Amazon logistic centers to strike on Monday, part of a long-running campaign for better pay and conditions. […]

Uber welcomes, unions criticize UK plan to maintain flexible gig economy
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

Uber Technologies Inc welcomed on Monday the British government's response to a review into workplace rights, which looks set to preserve the business models of gig economy companies, but unions rubbished the business ministry's plans. […]

Careem launches delivery service, expects to close funding round soon
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 8:34 am

Careem launched a delivery service covering everything from takeaway food to pharmaceuticals on Monday, diversifying from its core Middle East ride-hailing business and increasing competition with rival Uber Technologies. […]

Canada gets consular access to second man detained in China
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 7:53 am

Canadian diplomats gained consular access on Sunday to the second of two men detained by China over the past week, Canada's foreign ministry said in a statement that gave few details, as China said it was ensuring their rights were protected. […]

Japanese electronics firms look to re-engineer their design mojo
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:11 am

Akihiro Adachi, a 31-year-old audiovisual equipment designer at Panasonic Corp, longed for some personal space during his lengthy train rides from Osaka to Tokyo. So when his company set out to encourage innovation, he joined with some colleagues and came up with "Wear Space," a headset that limits noise and peripheral vision. […]

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder dead at 34
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on December 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

Colin Kroll died of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment. […]

Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week
Posted by Megan Geuss on December 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Zinke leaves as a number of investigations open up into his spending habits. […]

No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on December 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm

But Danish group that first raised doubts refuses to accept it was wrong. […]

California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus fleets
Posted by Megan Geuss on December 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Buying gas or diesel buses after 2029 will be prohibited in the state. […]

Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh
Posted by Valentina Palladino on December 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Huawei's wearable OS could be great, but it doesn't fit this $230 smartwatch. […]

Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft
Posted by Ars Staff on December 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Haven't we reached Peak Minecraft? Not in my house. […]

Israel's tech sector faces challenge from shortage of workers
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

Israel is struggling to recruit enough workers to its technology sector, a report showed on Sunday, creating a challenge for an industry seen as the country's main potential driver of economic growth over the next decade. […]

Saudi telecom operators agree annual royalty fees
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 7:18 am

Telecommunications operators Saudi Telecom Co (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that they had agreed with the government to a change in the calculation of their annual royalty fees. […]

Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint see Huawei shun clinching U.S. deal - sources
Posted on December 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm

(This story corrects paragraph 8 to show Wanzhou was arrested in Canada, not China) […]

Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban
Posted by Cyrus Farivar on December 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Country's efforts to slow Signal and other apps is a "disappointing development." […]

Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered
Posted by Samuel Axon on December 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Engineer, physicist, businesswoman, venture capitalist, inventor. […]

KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable
Posted by Ars Staff on December 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm

No "meta" game, no cards to chase. […]

Robinhood's checking plan could face regulatory scrutiny
Posted on December 15, 2018 at 4:15 am

Financial technology startup Robinhood could face scrutiny by U.S. regulators over statements that its new checking and savings accounts are insured by an industry-backed protection fund. […]

Intel, TPG in early talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo: source
Posted on December 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm

Private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC is in early talks to buy security software company McAfee from TPG Capital and Intel Corp, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. […]

Poste Italiane can withstand competition from Amazon: CEO
Posted on December 14, 2018 at 9:59 pm

Poste Italiane can weather competition from Amazon.com in its deliveries business, the chief executive of the former Italian postal services monopoly said on Friday. […]

Irish regulator investigates Facebook over private photo glitch
Posted on December 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm

An Irish regulator said on Friday it was investigating Facebook Inc following the company's disclosure that a bug may have exposed private photos of up to 6.8 million users, the latest in a series of Facebook privacy glitches. […]

Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents
Posted by Cathleen O'Grady on December 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

Containing the outbreak in a conflict-heavy region is challenging. […]

Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on December 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm

MSRP is $36,450 before the delivery charge and $7,500 IRS credit are applied. […]

Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on December 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Formula E begins a new chapter this weekend—here's what to expect. […]

Starbucks sales growth to be steady despite UberEats deal, plans for China expansion
Posted on December 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Starbucks Corp said on Thursday it was partnering with UberEats for delivery from about 3,500 U.S. stores and would nearly double its outlets in China over the next four years, but forecast that same-store sales would remain steady, sending shares down 3 percent. […]