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Fortnite v10.31 patch notes detail mobile’s new Party Hub
Posted by Eric Abent on September 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Another Fortnite patch has landed, and this time around, the update is a bit on the small side. In fact, this week there’s no new weapon or item being added to the game, and there aren’t any big changes to the map happening either. Though it’s a pretty quiet week for Fortnite, mobile users are getting a big new feature … Continue reading […]

Pokemon GO Unova Region first 37x you can catch now
Posted by Chris Burns on September 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Today we’re expanding our list of Pokemon GO Gen 5 Unova Pokemon available in the wild and in Pokemon eggs. This expansion to Pokemon GO began earlier this week and will continue to evolve well through the future. From day one – Monday of this week – we’ve been seeing more and more new Pokemon appearing. It may be that … Continue reading […]

NASA image shows off volcanic moon Io casting a shadow on Jupiter
Posted by Shane McGlaun on September 18, 2019 at 3:02 pm

NASA is always sharing cool images of something going on in the solar system, and this shot of Jupiter is no exception. The image shows a round solar eclipse on the surface of Jupiter cast by the shadow of Io as it orbits the giant planet. Io is an interesting satellite and was the first volcanically active object discovered outside … Continue reading […]

Apple will use recycled rare earth metals in the iPhone's Taptic Engine
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Apple has a new strategy to make its products more environmentally friendly. Moving forward, the company plans to source the rare earth metals needed to build the iPhone's Taptic Engine from recycled components. The Taptic Engine is the small linear... […]

Xfinity internet-only customers now get the Flex streaming platform for free
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

As of today, Comcast will provide its internet-only customers with its streaming TV service Xfinity Flex at no additional cost. Xfinity Flex, which is essentially a streaming device and platform, launched in March and originally cost $5 per month. No... […]

Fleksy keyboard for Android can now play videos because why not
Posted by JC Torres on September 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Remember the days when third-party virtual keyboards for smartphones were the craze? No? How about the time before TV? Fleksy seemingly wants to take a stroll down memory lane to make the case for its latest Fleksyapp, a.k.a. mini addons that give that Android keyboard a bit more functionality. By partnering with VBoard, that “bit more” becomes searching for and … Continue reading […]

Portal TV heads up Facebook’s new smart screen lineup
Posted by Eric Abent on September 18, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Facebook has announced a big refresh for its Portal lineup, today announcing three new devices for the family of devices. The first is a device with a 10-inch display that’s taking up the standard “Portal” moniker. It’s joined by the 8-inch Portal Mini and a new device called the Portal TV. Of these new devices, it’s clear that Facebook is … Continue reading […]

YouTube is bringing a big, ugly ad banner to its TV app's home screen
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Your living room YouTube experience is about to become decidedly more cluttered. YouTube is bringing its usual Masthead ad to its TV app's home screen, guaranteeing that you'll see a promo before anything else. While the behavior is similar to what y... […]

2020 Honda Accord heads to dealers starting at $24,800
Posted by Shane McGlaun on September 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Honda has announced that the 2020 Honda Accord is heading to dealers around the country. The 2020 Accord offers drivers standard Honda Sensing and a choice of two turbocharged engines. The engine options include a 1.5L turbo-four making 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque with a CVT transmission. The other available engine is a 2.0L VTEC Turbo that makes … Continue reading […]

Pinterest makes it easier for groups to organize and react to their boards
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Pinterest is making it easier to figure out your Group Board collaborators' thoughts when you're working on projects together. Starting this week, the social network will make it possible to "react" to a pin in a Group Board. While you can already "h... […]

BioWare hopes to fix 'Anthem' by swapping acts for seasonal updates
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:41 pm

It's no secret that Anthem has had a lukewarm response. Dodgy game mechanics and various other bugs meant that developer BioWare published a blog post less than a month after its release, sharing its plans to make the game better. Now, the company ha... […]

Rockstar launches its own launcher and store, gives away GTA San Andreas
Posted by JC Torres on September 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

It seems that the days of Steam being the de facto PC launcher and game store is now over. Epic Games exposed kinks in its armor now almost anyone and everyone wants to set up a store of their own. The latest to join that train is Rockstar Games who just announced its Game Launcher that, unsurprisingly, seems to revolve … Continue reading […]

Oppo's next phone can be fully charged in just 30 minutes
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

While a handful of recent flagship phones -- namely Samsung's Note 10+ (with the optional 45W adapter) and Vivo's NEX 3 5G -- can be fully charged in a little over an hour, Oppo's upcoming tech will soon render such "fast" charging speeds obsolete. W... […]

Fossil's latest hybrid watch is likely powered by Wear OS
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Back in January Google announced its plans to buy Fossil's smartwatch technology. Now, after a report by Wareable revealed that the deal involved the acquisition of the movements used in hybrid watches, we have our first clue as to what Google might... […]

Sonos Move Review: Cutting cords not corners
Posted by Chris Davies on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Expectations were high for Sonos Move, the multi-room audio company’s first portable, Bluetooth-compatible speaker. Dangerously high, you could argue: Sonos says its users have been asking for a completely wire-free speaker pretty much from day one, and that’s plenty of time for an outlandish wish-list to develop. The reality of the $399 Move is that it’s not quite the speaker … Continue reading […]

Sonos Move review: Versatility doesn't come cheap
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

It's late September, but still technically summer, so I'm writing this on my back deck, listening to the first Sonos speaker built to be used outside. The Move represents a number of firsts for Sonos: It's built to be used outdoors, it has a battery... […]

ZenBook Pro Duo review: ASUS makes a case for dual-screen laptops
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

ASUS already paved the way for dual-screen laptops with last year's ScreenPad on the ZenBook Pro, but now it's taking the concept to another level with the ZenBook Pro Duo. It's a powerful 15-inch workstation with a huge secondary display that sp... […]

Starbucks Japan wants customers to pay for coffee with pens
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Starbucks Japan sells a range of NFC-enabled goods and accessories linked to a digital wallet, which you can use to pay for your purchase. Unlike Costa's NFC-enabled cups in the UK, though, those products aren't even related to coffee. The latest add... […]

All iPhone 11 use Intel LTE modems, no Qualcomm yet in insight
Posted by Ewdison Then on September 18, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Apple has a rather complicated relationship with its suppliers. In order to prevent a single company from strong-arming it into some deal, Apple plays the field by using two suppliers for key components, at least those that it can’t make itself. That rather messy situation reached its height during the Apple v. Qualcomm lawsuit, forcing Apple to favor Intel’s LTE … Continue reading […]

North Focals smart glasses in-app sizing skips the store visit
Posted by Chris Davies on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

North’s Focals smart glasses are about to get much easier to buy, with a new measuring app using the iPhone TrueDepth camera to correctly size the connected eyewear, rather than demanding an in-person fitting. Addressing one of the biggest complaints of Focals, which launched last year, the online ordering should make the smart glasses much easier to try. Focals look … Continue reading […]

North's smart glasses are now available across the US
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

One of the greatest obstacles to buying North's smart glasses has simply been to find them. They've only been available at the company's Brooklyn and Toronto flagship stores as well as its pop-ups, which isn't much help to, well, most people. You mig... […]

Facebook's $149 Portal TV turns your television into a giant smart display
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Last year, Facebook made its first foray into hardware with the Portal and Portal+ smart displays, which featured an AI-powered camera that could track your movements. Facebook's sketchy reputation on privacy dampened their reception, however, as did... […]

Huge leak spoils Huawei's Mate 30 event
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

It doesn't look like Huawei has any more surprises left up its sleeve ahead of its Mate 30 launch event tomorrow. Yesterday, renders of the whole phone range leaked, now real-life images have emerged on Weibo (above), and it seems that details for ev... […]

UCLA OsciBot is powered and steered by light
Posted by Shane McGlaun on September 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

Researchers at UCLA have created a new design for a swimming robot that is powered and steered by constant light. The robot the team devised is called the OsciBot and it moves by oscillating its tail. Researchers hope that the design might eventually lead to designs for ocean-going robots and autonomous ships. The design of OsciBot was inspired by a … Continue reading […]

OpenAI experiment proves that even bots cheat at hide-and-seek
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

Can artificial intelligence evolve and become more sophisticated when put in a competitive world, similar to how life on Earth evolved through competition and natural selection? That's a question the researchers at OpenAI have been trying to answer t... […]

Surface Pro 7 Surface Pen could have a few tricks up its sleeve
Posted by JC Torres on September 18, 2019 at 10:36 am

Smartphones have been on the front page of tech news for the past weeks and will continue to do so until next month. There might, however, be a brief pause in early October when the consumer electronics world shift its focus to computers and software coming from Microsoft. Redmond is expected and hoped to announce a great many things, some … Continue reading […]

The Morning After: Preparing for Google's Pixel 4 event
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro aren't even here yet, but we're already looking forward to Google's Pixel 4 event. In the meantime, HP is showing off a very light laptop, and Edward Snowden has a new squabble wi... […]

Fortnite's new 'Party Hub' feature gives mobile players a voice
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 10:05 am

Fortnite recently united players with updates that everyone hated equally, but today it unveiled an app that will literally bring players together. Party Hub is an all-new cross-platform voice chat app that lets players socialize even when they're no... […]

Intrigue at the Nurburgring as Tesla unofficially beats Porsche's fastest lap
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 9:15 am

When Porsche beat the Nurburgring lap record for a four-door EV, it was sending a message to rival Tesla: "Hey, 2-second 0-60mph acceleration times are cool, but how long can your brakes, motor, tires and batteries last?" Tesla boss Elon Musk got the... […]

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has 23 percent more battery capacity than the Pro
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:31 am

When you check the iPhone 11 model's technical specs on Apple's website, you won't see specific information about its RAM and battery capacity. Those are information you'd usually discover later when people start taking new devices apart for teardown... […]

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Apple spars with EU as $14 billion Irish tax dispute drags on
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Apple accused the European Commission of misunderstanding its business on day two of the iPhone maker's appeal against a $14 billion tax order, in a dispute that is key to the EU's drive to collect more taxes but which could also run for years. […]

Apple taps recycled rare earth elements for iPhone parts
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Apple Inc's new iPhones will use recycled rare earth elements in a key component, the company said on Wednesday. […]

Deutsche Telekom to take on telecom ops from slimmed-down T-Systems
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Deutsche Telekom is taking back responsibility for corporate telecoms clients from its restructured T-Systems unit, which will emerge as a slimmed-down operation focused on IT and digital services. […]

Protocol found in webcams and DVRs is fueling a new round of big DDoSes
Posted by Dan Goodin on September 18, 2019 at 1:00 pm

WSD is supposed to be confined to local networks. It's not, and researchers are concerned. […]

Comcast to provide free Xfinity Flex TV device for internet customers
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Comcast Corp said on Wednesday it will offer Xfinity Flex, its streaming media set top box, and a voice remote for free to its internet-only customers. […]

Facebook unveils new Portal video chat, TV streaming devices
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Facebook Inc unveiled new models of its Portal video chatting devices on Wednesday, making the company's first foray into TV streaming hardware but offering a limited selection of subscription services. […]

The world’s best bush plane is destroyed on takeoff in Reno
Posted by Ars Staff on September 18, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Mike Patey and his two passengers were unharmed, but the plane wasn't so lucky. […]

Make smartphones last longer to cut emissions in EU: activists' report
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the European Union, a report from environmental groups said on Wednesday, urging new EU rules to make electronics last longer. […]

France to host pilot plant for Franco-German battery consortium: source
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 11:33 am

France will host a pilot plant to make electric car batteries, a French Finance Ministry source said, part of a pan-European project to rival Asia's dominance of the battery market. […]

Police across Europe raid illegal streaming service platforms
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

Police forces across Europe are carrying out raids against illegal video streaming service platforms, the Italian postal police said in a statement on Wednesday. […]

Police test 'Spider-Man' device as alternative to Taser
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 8:58 am

With 49 people killed last year after being shocked by Tasers, police departments across the United States are trying out a "Spider-Man"-like device that fires a tether that entangles and restrains the suspect. […]

Huawei expects to see revenue uplift from 5G roll-out next year
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 7:14 am

Huawei Technologies expects the roll-out of next-generation 5G wireless networks to start contributing to the firm's revenue from next year when China launches services, the company's deputy chairman said on Wednesday. […]

HP debuts Elite Dragonfly 2-in-1 with ultra-light chassis, 24-hour battery life
Posted by Valentina Palladino on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

Mixing privacy and security features with Ultrabook style—starting at $1,549. […]

Apple says $14 billion EU tax order 'defies reality and common sense'
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:54 am

The European Union's order to Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes "defies reality and common sense", the U.S. firm said as the two sides sparred in a case key to the EU's crackdown on sweetheart deals to multinationals. […]

Top U.S. antitrust regulators admit to infighting on big tech probe
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:52 am

The top U.S. antitrust regulators admitted at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that they had wasted time arguing over who would investigate which tech company, as they take on major probes of firms like Alphabet's Google for allegedly using their market power unfairly. […]

Factbox: Big Tech faces growing number of federal, state probes
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:52 am

U.S. antitrust enforcers testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel on Tuesday as the number of antitrust probes into big tech companies grows. […]

U.S. Justice Dept official calls big tech antitrust probes a 'priority'
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:52 am

The Justice Department's antitrust division chief, Makan Delrahim, said Tuesday that its probes of "market-leading online platforms" such as Alphabet's Google were a "priority" that could result in either "law enforcement or policy options as solutions." […]

Colombia can only suspend app drivers' licenses for 3 years, not 25-court
Posted on September 18, 2019 at 1:27 am

Colombia can only suspend the licenses of drivers who provide services via ride-hailing apps for three years, not 25, the president of the Constitutional Court said on Tuesday. […]

Musk spent $50,000 digging into critic’s personal life
Posted by Timothy B. Lee on September 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm

"Bet ya a signed dollar it's true" was an expression of uncertainty, Musk says. […]

Trump to eliminate California’s car emission standards waiver
Posted by John Timmer on September 17, 2019 at 9:26 pm

New standards aren't ready, so the target is the main barrier to their adoption. […]

Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad
Posted by Kyle Orland on September 17, 2019 at 8:56 pm

Impressions: Small interface improvements matched by sloppiness around the edges. […]

France's Macron bets on private-sector funding to fuel startup push
Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:42 pm

France aims to raise 5 billion euros ($5.53 billion) in funds from private-sector investors to give French startup companies a leg up and help the most promising ones grow further, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. […]

Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes
Posted by Jennifer Ouellette on September 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Ringdown overtones yield accurate estimates of mass and spin of a new black hole. […]

Facebook oversight board won’t have mandate to change policy
Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

Facebook Inc will allow a new outside oversight board to make final decisions on whether individual pieces of content can be displayed on the social media site, but the group won't be able to make policy changes, the company said on Tuesday. […]

NBCUniversal names streaming service 'Peacock,' to launch in 2020
Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal will name its upcoming streaming service "Peacock," offering a broad slate of original content, including "Dr Death" starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin, the company said on Tuesday. […]

Oracle, VMware agree to deal on cloud technology, technical support
Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

(Changes "with" in sixth paragraph to "without" in September 16 story.) […]

Millions of Americans’ medical images and data are available on the Internet
Posted by Ars Staff on September 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Anyone can take a peek. […]

Wells Fargo tests cryptocurrency for internal transactions
Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:05 pm

Wells Fargo & Co said on Tuesday it will pilot its own digital currency powered by blockchain to help move cash across borders and between branches in real time. […]

Feds seek to seize all profits from Snowden’s book over NDA violation
Posted by Sean Gallagher on September 17, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Snowden didn't submit it to gov't for pre-approval; DOJ says he's in breach of contract. […]

Dealmaster: You can still convert 3 years of Xbox Live to Game Pass Ultimate for $1
Posted by Ars Staff on September 17, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Plus Prime-only deals on a bunch of Amazon devices, Xbox One gamepads, and more. […]