Emerging Tech

NASA selects the all-important landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission

After years of consideration, NASA has finally chosen the all-important landing site for its Mars 2020 rover. The location is known as Jezero Crater, and on several occasions in the dim and distant past water is believed to have flowed into it before draining away. As a result, scientists believe that “microbial life could have […]

Gaming

The best Gamestop Black Friday deals in 2018

It’s that time of year again. The season of deals is upon us, and no day is better for grabbing discounted video games, consoles, and accessories than Black Friday. While many retailers have video game deals, GameStop is the only specialty chain around today. Every year, we can count on the video game giant to […]

Mobile

What Do Holiday Shoppers Really Want In a Smartphone?

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us. For many consumers, this means the best time to find a deal on one of the shiny new smartphones released over the past few months. Device makers are always touting the latest and greatest features in their newest flagship smartphones, but […]

Gears & Gadgets

The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office

Enlarge / A few gadgets we liked using in the home this year. Jeff Dunn The first entry in our holiday gift guide dealt with gear your loved ones could use on the go. In contrast, today’s edition centers all on tech that’s more suited for the house—be it gadgets for improving a desk setup or an […]

Computer

Service restored after glitch locks out Microsoft Office 365 business users

Albertus Engbers/123rf After Office 365 business users reported that they were unable to log in to their accounts in the early morning hours of Monday, November 19, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and applied a fix that’s slowly beginning to restore service to affected users. Microsoft says the issue was caused by a problem related to […]

Top Stories

Evan Spiegel spends most of his time during boardroom meetings on Snapchat

Getty According to a report by The Information, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel spends much of his time during board meetings tied to his phone and messaging people on Snapchat. When not glued to his screen, Speigel’s boardroom demeanor was “dismissive” to Benchmark partner Mitch Lasky, according to The Information report, who stepped down from Snap’s […]

Emerging Tech

Forget joysticks — the Guts Game is controlled by a sensor that you swallow

[embedded content] Unless it’s the junk food and endless energy drinks you down while playing a marathon session of Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s not all that often that video games can be said to play havoc with your guts. But that could be about to change — and in a good way, too. In […]

Gaming

Activision ignores accessibility guidelines, skips Spyro subtitles

[embedded content] More than 35 minutes of Spyro Reignited Trilogy cut scenes, none of which can be enjoyed by deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers (or those with the TV on mute). Last week’s release of the Spyro Reignited Trilogy disappointed many, including deaf and hard-of-hearing gamers, by not including subtitles in the games’ many spoken cut […]

Mobile

CDMA vs. GSM: What's the Difference?

Two basic technologies in mobile phones, CDMA and GSM, represent a gap you can’t cross. They’re the reason you can’t use older AT&T phones on Verizon’s network and vice versa. But what does CDMA vs. GSM really mean for you? CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and GSM (Global System for Mobiles) are shorthand for two […]

Photography

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer trades in his gear for a toy camera

[embedded content] “All the gear, no idea” is a quip often thrown at photographers weighed down with a ton of kit that they don’t know how to use, or whose images fall well short of expectation. It’s a taunt that could certainly never be leveled at Oded Balilty, an Israeli documentary photographer who has proved […]

Gears & Gadgets

Forget VR treadmills—Google patents motorized, omnidirectional VR sneakers

WHAT ARE THOSE? Google wants to add sneakers to your existing VR setup. USPTO You can just walk forever, and the shoe wheels will keep you in the VR safe zone. Patents always aim for the widest coverage possible, but Google offers up these wheel types as a suggestion. The omnidirectional wheels would be great. […]

Computer

HP Spectre x360 13 (Late 2017) Review

HP’s Spectre x360 13 has been our favorite convertible 2-in-1 for a while, taking the prize in our “Best 2-in-1s” list as the best for notebook use. Coinciding with Intel’s introduction of its 8th-generation Core processors, HP refreshed the line towards the end of 2017 (and it’s done the same in 2018 with a significant new Spectre […]

Top Stories

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue'

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the recent explosive New York Times article that reported the social network carried out a campaign to discredit those who criticized how it handled Russian interference and disinformation. In a lengthy Facebook post published Thursday night, the “Lean In” author wrote that the Times’ “allegations saying I […]

Emerging Tech

Here’s how the InSight mission to Mars will confirm its landing to NASA

NASA’s InSight mission aims to send a lander to Mars to study the crust, mantle, and core of the red planet. Launched in May this year, InSight is now nearly at its destination and will soon be touching down on the surface of Mars. NASA has shared details on how it will monitor the touching down […]

Gaming

Rainbow Six Siege: Hands-on with Season 4’s Operation Wind Bastion

Ubisoft‘s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is starting out its Year 3 Season 4 content with a new update dubbed Operation Wind Bastion. This kind of update is why the five-year-old game still has a big following a couple of years after launch and a grand total of 40 million players. I played the update […]