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Oppo is the latest to be caught cheating on phone benchmarks
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 8:04 pm

You can add another big name to the list of phone makers found cheating on benchmarks. UL Benchmarks has delisted Oppo's Find X and F7 phones from its 3DMark charts after testing from itself and Tech2 revealed that both devices were artificially ram... […]

Google Gboard's floating keys make your giant phone more comfortable
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Google is giving you the power to make its mobile keyboard float and to move it anywhere you want to. No need to chant Wingardium Leviosa -- it's Le-vi-O-sa, by the way -- just tap on Gboard's G icon, and you'll find the "Floating" option under its m... […]

Audi delays E-Tron SUV by a month over software updates
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Audi's E-Tron SUV has seemingly been in development for ages, but you're going to have to wait longer still to see it on the road. The automaker has delayed the electric SUV's arrival by four weeks due a "software development issue," a spokesman told... […]

The USSV Rhino GX might just be the perfect family car
Posted by Jessica Mack on October 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm

While it certainly doesn’t look like a minivan the Rhino GX, from US Specialty Vehicles, is actually well-suited to carting your kids to soccer practice, family road trips, driving the school carpool, or picking up the weekly groceries. No, it doesn’t exactly blend in like ever other SUV on the school run, or indeed like any sort of minivan you’ve … Continue reading […]

After Math: Paying more for less
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

The rent is too damn high unless you're living in a van down by the river, medical care routinely puts people into bankruptcy, gas prices are still floating around $3 a gallon nationwide and Senator Ted "Zodiac Killer" Cruz is worried that his six fi... […]

How to Use Your Existing Phone Overseas
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

By Geoffrey Morrison 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 blog here. […]

The Top 8 Cars with the Highest Depreciation
Posted by Alvin Reyes on October 21, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Depreciation is a drag. Although we all know that depreciation is the loss or reduction in value of a particular asset – like cars, for example – there are vehicles that lose their value faster than other cars in the market. This could prove tricky if you’re buying a new car. Of course, you should look for a vehicle that … Continue reading […]

Electric cars could store energy in their carbon fiber bodies
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Electric cars typically need larger, denser batteries if they're going to meet the range expectations of people used to gas-powered vehicles, but available space and weight limit the size of that battery. Researchers might have a solution: turn the... […]

Amazon fixes security flaws allowing smart home hijacks
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 7:54 am

Some smart home device owners may have dodged a bullet. Amazon recently patched 13 security flaws in an operating system for the Internet of Things, FreeRTOS, as well as Amazon Web Services connection modules. The holes let intruders crash devices,... […]

Tougher emissions rules helped cut US air pollution deaths in half
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 3:58 am

There's little doubt that air quality has generally improved in the US in recent decades, but quantifying that improvement has been difficult. However, a recently published University of North Carolina study might have produced a more tangible figur... […]

Facebook carried ads from mysterious pro-Brexit group for months
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 2:34 am

While Facebook might be making strides in clamping down on fake news and shady political ads, there appear to have been holes in its strategy. The UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has published data showing that Facebook carried ads... […]

Watch the visual effects for 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' come to life
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 1:10 am

One of the most entertaining aspects of Ant-Man and The Wasp was how the film played with the characters' shrinking and growing powers. Marvel obviously relied on CGI to turn that building into a roller suitcase and that Helly Kitty pez dispenser int... […]

Tesla's future 'dog mode' would prevent humans from panicking
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 11:37 pm

Tesla already has a feature to prevent its electric car interiors from overheating. Not everyone knows that, though, and that's a problem when people may call the cops or break into your ride to rescue a pet that's actually quite safe. You might no... […]

Google Assistant may soon have a web app for lists and notes
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Google Assistant might soon have its own list- and note-taking functions instead of leaning on third-party apps. The 9to5Google team has sifted through the Google search app's code to discover an unannounced "Lists and Notes" web app for Assistant t... […]

Lightweight gloves help you touch virtual objects
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 8:36 pm

One factor that prevents virtual reality from being truly immersive is the fact that you still can't feel what you see. A group of scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich is trying to change that by creating a pair of high-tech gloves that "provides extr... […]

Saudi Arabia reportedly asked Twitter employee to spy on dissidents
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

Saudi Arabia may have done more than use large-scale social media campaigns to stifle political opposition. New York Times sources claim the country was "grooming" a Twitter engineer, Ali Alzabarah, to snoop on the accounts of dissidents and other t... […]

Victrix Pro AF ANC gaming headset Review
Posted by Chris Burns on October 20, 2018 at 6:01 pm

The Victrix Pro AF ANC gaming headset is the pair of headphones I’ve been looking for since I first fell in love with Saint’s Row. They’d fit in perfectly with their aesthetic – what with the purple and the both extreme yet subdued (somewhat) industrial design. The look is good, the sound is tight, the total package is worth your … Continue reading […]

Lime's Gen 3 scooter is built to survive rider abuse
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Lime might have lost access to San Francisco, but it does have a consolation prize: a new scooter to entice you in those cities where its shared service does operate. The Lime-S Gen 3 touts technology upgrades like a color screen (for speed, batter... […]

Watch the 'Forza' esports championship starting at 1PM Eastern
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

If you enjoy watching top-tier virtual motorsports, you're about to get your fill. Microsoft and Turn 10 are streaming the season-ending Forza Racing World Championship this weekend, starting with an initial pack of 24 racers on October 20th at 1PM E... […]

Still waiting for a video game developer to win a Genius Grant
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Every year since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has handed out the "Genius Grant," awarding a handful of individuals $625,000 each in recognition of their creative skills and success in their chosen field. The money is no-strings-attached, designed t... […]

2019 Volvo V60 first drive: The wagon’s time has come
Posted by Chris Davies on October 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm

America may love SUVs and crossovers but, if Volvo has its way, at least a small portion of those sales will be carved out by the 2019 Volvo V60. Latest in the automaker’s all-new 60 series, it follows in the tread-marks of the handsome V90 and V90 Cross Country. Question is, has Volvo done enough to make this wagon a … Continue reading […]

The Morning After: Netflix cancels 'Luke Cage'
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! Friday night brought a successful rocket launch and some bad news for another Marvel hero on Netflix. Also, we'll take a look at Tim Cook's request to Bloomberg, and take a ride in Audi'... […]

YouTube video embeds now include a 'Subscribe' button
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 7:42 am

Up until now, if you saw a YouTube video you liked embedded in a website, you had to click through the video to YouTube's page in order to subscribe to that channel. Now, YouTube is making it a little easier for viewers to see the videos they want (a... […]

HTC's standalone Vive Focus will soon get 6DoF VR controllers
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 3:48 am

While Facebook's Oculus Quest won't arrive until the spring of 2019, its seemingly beefier inside-out tracking plus 6DoF controllers may already pose a threat to HTC's Vive Focus, as well as to other Vive Wave-based standalone VR headsets -- includin... […]

Netflix cancels 'Luke Cage' a week after dropping 'Iron Fist'
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 2:38 am

When Marvel and Netflix announced Iron Fist wouldn't return for a third season, there were reports Luke Cage was close to being renewed. That is not the case, however, as they announced tonight that the show will end after two seasons, even though ad... […]

YouTube TV gives subscribers one-week credit after outage
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on October 20, 2018 at 2:26 am

On October 16, YouTube experienced an outage that affected all of its users, including YouTube Music and YouTube TV customers. Though the sites weren’t down for long before being restored, Google is offering a one-week service credit for YouTube TV customers who were impacted. A new support page has been created where customers can redeem their credit. YouTube TV subscribers … Continue reading […]

YouTube TV apologizes for outage with a one-week credit
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 1:29 am

If you're one of many who experienced the Youtube TV outage on October 16th, check your email. YouTube TV sent its subscribers an apology today which contained a link to a form you can fill out to receive one week's free credit. […]

KiiPix smartphone instant printer doesn’t require batteries
Posted by Brittany A. Roston on October 20, 2018 at 1:06 am

Tomy, a toy company, has launched a new instant printer designed for smartphones. Unlike existing instant mobile printers on the market, though, KiiPix doesn’t require a battery, instead relying on the user hand-cranking a dial to produce the image. The printer uses ordinary Fujifilm Instax Mini film, which is cheap and easy to order. Instant printer cameras have surged in … Continue reading […]

BepiColombo orbiters take off for Mercury tonight
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 12:45 am

If you've ever wondered what's happening over on Mercury, you'll have an answer soon. Well, soon-ish. BepiColombo, a joint effort between the space agencies of Europe and Japan, will send off a spacecraft Friday night at about 9:45 PM ET with the des... […] security breach leaks info for 75,000 people
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 12:15 am

Today The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, the federally operated health insurance marketplace, has suffered a data breach. Apparently it detected "anomalous system activity" in a tool that's supposed... […]

Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert
Posted by Megan Geuss on October 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Albemarle and SQM can't settle water disputes and a sale might draw them closer. […]

The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling
Posted by Nathan Mattise on October 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Director tells Ars—"This is like us not trying to show the shark for the whole film.&rdquo […]

First thing we do, let’s kill all the experts
Posted by John Timmer on October 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Tom Nichols' book describes how experts are no longer ignored—they're attacked. […]

Audi's electric SUV faces four-week delay because of software bug
Posted on October 21, 2018 at 10:09 am

Audi's first electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) will hit showrooms four weeks later than planned because of a software development issue, a spokesman for the German luxury car brand said on Sunday. […]

Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data
Posted by Dan Goodin on October 20, 2018 at 7:45 pm

A recovered 98MB file underscores the risks of trusting personal info to strangers. […]

Facebook's WhatsApp flooded with fake news in Brazil election
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm

Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp has become a political battleground in Brazil's most polarized election in decades, raising concerns that it is distorting debate beyond the public eye. […]

Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it
Posted by Peter Bright on October 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Buggy updates point at deeper problems. […]

Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on October 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Extreme weather events led to cascading failure of critical water infrastructure. […]

Exclusive: CrowdStrike hires Goldman Sachs to lead IPO - sources
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 1:07 pm

(This October 19 story corrects penultimate paragraph to show that Tenable shares have gained, not declined, since the company's IPO) […]

Review: Istanbul: The Dice Game rules the bazaar
Posted by Nate Anderson on October 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Like chucking dice? Check this game out. […]

Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps: source
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 8:50 am

(This Oct. 19 story has been refiled to fix wording in fourth paragraph) […]

Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on October 20, 2018 at 5:08 am

Harlem's hero is the latest casualty as Netflix does a little housecleaning. […]

Brazil election battle rages over Facebook's WhatsApp
Posted on October 20, 2018 at 12:11 am

Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging service became the frontline in Brazil's bitter presidential campaign on Friday, as front-runner Jair Bolsonaro angrily denied accusations he had encouraged widespread misinformation campaigns on the platform. […]

U.S. CMS says 75,000 individuals' files accessed in data breach
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Friday it was responding to a data breach that exposed the files of about 75,000 individuals. […]

Apple CEO urges Bloomberg to retract spy chip story
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday told an online news website that Bloomberg should retract a story that claimed Apple's internal computer systems had been infiltrated by malicious computer chips inserted by Chinese intelligence agents. […]

Tesla launches new $45,000 Model 3
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Tesla Inc on Thursday introduced a new $45,000 version of its Model 3 sedan on its website, launching the car as U.S. tax breaks for Tesla cars are about to decrease. […]

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story
Posted by Dan Goodin on October 19, 2018 at 7:55 pm

"We were very clear with them that this did not happen," Cook tells BuzzFeed. […]

Comcast gigabit cable ($105 with 1TB data cap) now available in 39 states
Posted by Jon Brodkin on October 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Comcast gigabit cable rollout is nearly done, but uploads are limited to 35Mbps. […]

Facebook hires former UK deputy prime minister as head of global affairs
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Facebook Inc has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team, as the social network deals with a number of scandals related to privacy, fake news and election meddling. […]

Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law
Posted by Jon Brodkin on October 19, 2018 at 5:19 pm

State law says ISPs must follow net neutrality to get government contracts. […]

More exclusive than a supercar: A beginner’s guide to buying a GT3 race car
Posted by Ars Staff on October 19, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Automakers are selling hundreds of these turn-key racing supercars. […]

Money-laundering watchdog to set first cryptocurrency rules by June
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 4:20 pm

The global watchdog for money laundering will set up its first rules on oversight of cryptocurrencies by June, a major step towards creating international standards for an asset currently subject to patchy regulations. […]

Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU
Posted by Ron Amadeo on October 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

After the EU ruling, OEMs can unbundle Google's Android apps, but it will cost them. […]

Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare
Posted by Ars Staff on October 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The interview with Sam Harris wraps up with plenty of existential doom. […]

China consumer group raps Apple after ID thefts
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 3:58 pm

A Chinese consumer body has criticised iPhone maker Apple Inc over a recent data security issue which impacted a number of consumers in China who said they had suffered financial losses after having their Apple IDs stolen. […]

New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power
Posted by John Timmer on October 19, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Could allow us to generate electricity using supercritical carbon dioxide. […]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!
Posted by Ars Staff on October 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Even with new modes and without single-player, it's still just Call of Duty. […]

Two orbiters begin their long journey to Mercury Friday night
Posted by Eric Berger on October 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Only in March 2026 will science activities begin in earnest at Mercury. […]

Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3
Posted by Jonathan M. Gitlin on October 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm

260-mile range cars use same battery pack but fewer cells to cut the cost. […]

Dell to take $21.7 billion tracking stock offer to December vote: sources
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Dell Technologies Inc will ask holders of "tracking stock" tied to its software company VMware Inc to vote on its $21.7 billion cash-and-stock offer to buy it back from them on Dec. 11, according to people familiar with the matter. […]