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A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream

Enlarge / The default look of ElementaryOS Juno. Scott Gilbertson Everyone is a Linux user, but almost no one knows it. The operating system is a strange beast. You’d be hard pressed to come up with another tool so widely used, so widely deployed, and so absolutely necessary to the functioning of the modern world […]

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Pilot project demos credit cards with shifting CVV codes to stop fraud

A dynamic CVV card from Idemia. Idemia A closer look at the e-ink CVV display used by Idemia. Idemia US-based PNC Bank is in the middle of a pilot project that aims to test out credit cards with constantly changing card verification values (or CVVs) to reduce online credit card fraud. The dynamic CVV is […]

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Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study

Enlarge / The more people who are on Facebook, the more valuable it becomes for its users. But that’s not the same thing as its market value or GDP contribution. CCO There’s rarely time to write about every cool science story that comes our way. So this year, we’re running a special Twelve Days of […]

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Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018

Enlarge / The Apple Watch series 4. Valentina Palladino Farewell, 2018. You brought us Facebook scandal after Facebook scandal, vastly more devices with Alexa and Google Assistant than anyone needs, a nosedive for net neutrality, endless political and regulatory challenges for Chinese smartphone makers, and oh so many notch-equipped smartphones. We’re ready for about two […]

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“Samsung x Ars Technica” is not happening

Enlarge / From Samsung’s press site. Wait, that logo looks familiar! Samsung Samsung’s official news site had a bit of a mishap this week, and somehow Ars Technica’s logo ended up in one of the company’s press releases. The press release, first spotted by Android Police, was for an HDR10+ certification and content program. The accompanying […]

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Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you

Ars tests an Ultra Saber replica lightsaber Update: It’s Christmas day and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with series binge-watching and fancy egg preparations). As such, we’re resurfacing a few favorites from the site archives appropriate for the occasion—like this review of what may possibly be the nerdiest (and most awesome) gift […]

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Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device

Enlarge June Oven When my husband and I received a flashy, $ 250 Breville toaster oven for our wedding in 2014, we couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It revolutionized the two-person meal in our household. We were freed from using the geriatric, unreliable oven that came with our apartment, and cookies, pizzas, and baked […]

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Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets

I remember the first time I read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was back in junior high, around 1982, before I knew about the radio series. I got to the part where the automatic door talks to Arthur Dent, and I remember very clearly thinking: “This is ridiculous. Why would an automatic door need […]

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Some iPad Pros ship a little bent, and Apple says that’s normal

Enlarge / The iPad Pro is just one-fourth of an inch thick. Samuel Axon Gadget-makers have long played with the idea of bendable displays, but this isn’t what they were going for: Apple has confirmed that some brand-new iPad Pro units have a slight bend to them—and this is expected and not a defect. There […]

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Huawei Band 3e

As the price of some fitness trackers creeps past the $ 299 mark, keeping your eye out for a bargain makes sense. The Huawei Band 3e is one of the least expensive fitness trackers I’ve seen in years at just $ 29.99, but it’s a case of getting what you pay for. It manages to […]

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AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot

Pictures of Netgear’s 5G hotspot. Pictures of Netgear’s 5G hotspot. Pictures of Netgear’s 5G hotspot. The era of 5G mobile networks is quickly approaching, and while there isn’t any smartphone out yet sporting the new network connectivity, AT&T says that “select” early adopters will soon be able to jump on AT&T’s mobile 5G mmWave service […]

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Logitech disables local access on Harmony Hubs, breaks automation systems [Update]

Enlarge Logitech Many users of Logitech’s Harmony Hub smart home hub and remote were recently met with a nasty surprise. The device’s latest firmware update, version 4.15.206, reportedly cuts off local access for Harmony Hubs. As a result, many users who created home automation and smart home systems using third-party APIs haven’t been able to […]

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Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine

Enlarge F Delventhal A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual machine for running untrusted applications in an isolated environment. That feature has now been officially announced with a new name, Windows Sandbox. Windows 10 already uses virtual machines to […]