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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data

Enlarge / This message, shown during Windows upgrades, is going to be salt in the wound. Just over a month since its initial release, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update widely available today. The update was withdrawn shortly after its initial release due to the discovery of a bug causing data loss. […]


Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Byte If you’ve never quite gotten over the loss of video-looping app Vine, then listen up. A similar offering from one of its co-founders is coming to smartphones soon. Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann said in a tweet on Thursday that his new video-looping app will be called Byte and plans go live in the spring […]

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Gab, Social Network Favored By The Far Right, Goes Back Online

Gab, a social network popular among alt-right activists and white nationalists, went back online Sunday after having gone dark following the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which killed 11 people. The platform, a self-labeled champion of free speech, was dropped by domain provider last week. It announced its return Sunday evening with a new […]

Emerging Tech

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a ride through the history of self-driving cars

Seemingly within just a few years, autonomous cars have gone from science fiction fantasy to road-bound reality. But while it seems like this technology emerged virtually overnight, the path to self-driving vehicles has  been a long and winding one. While it’s not easy to compress the history of self-driving cars into just ten milestones, we’ve […]


YouTube is back after crashing for users around the world

YouTube went down for a little more than an hour on October 16, a rare outage for the Google-owned company. The video-streaming site, which has nearly 2 billion monthly active users, began suffering issues globally at around 9 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday. During this time, the website and apps weren’t fully accessible. On desktop, for […]


Step back in time with Google’s secret text-adventure game

Are you feeling a bit nostalgic for the days of Zork and other classic text adventure games? If so, then Google has you covered with an Easter egg embedded in its website. A Reddit user discovered that searching for a particular phrase on the site and then accessing the developer console in your browser presents […]

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Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody

Enlarge / In addition to a press release, USMS sent an updated wanted poster to media. USMS In a late evening press release on Saturday, September 22, US Marshals announced they have received and taken custody of Cody Wilson at the International Airport in Houston. The 3D printed guns activist is charged in nearby Travis […]


Destiny 2: Forsaken review: Hallelujah, Destiny’s back

Enlarge When Destiny was released in late 2014, expectations were high. The “looter shooter” genre had shown itself to be a force after the success of Gearbox Software’s Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and developer Bungie—whose pedigree of unmatched gunplay and inventive worldbuilding—had signed a ten-year contract with publisher Activision to build out a deep universe […]


Day goodbye to highlights: Microsoft goes back to basics with Skype redesign

In a recent blog post, Microsoft offered a look at the new face of Skype. If we had to sum up the basics of Microsoft’s new strategy for Skype, it would be back to basics. Over the past several years, Microsoft has added a lot of new features to Skype. Some of them were well-received […]

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India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants

India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants ImageIndia is trying to establish strong data protections for its citizens, as Europe did, while giving the government the right to obtain private information as it sees fit.CreditCreditSanjit Das/Bloomberg By Vindu Goel Aug. 31, 2018 NEW DELHI — In India, American companies dominate the internet. Facebook’s […]


Sharp jumps back into the phone market with a trio of midrange devices

Sharp is heading back into the smartphone market. At IFA 2018, the company announced three new smartphones for the European market — the Sharp B10, Sharp Aquos C10, and Sharp Aquos D10. The new phones cover a range of different price ranges, and while we don’t expect them to make a huge dent in the […]

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Printed 3D-gun blueprints back online

A firm that distributed 3D-printer blueprints for guns has circumvented a ban on sharing them online by selling flash drives containing the files. The designs had been available for free download but a temporary ban was imposed by a US judge concerned that they could fall into the wrong hands. Defense Distributed now promises to […]

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MacOS Mojave won’t support Back to My Mac; Apple suggests pricier alternatives

Enlarge Samuel Axon Mac users began receiving alerts that Apple will end support for its Back to My Mac feature when macOS Mojave comes out this fall. The iCloud feature lets users remotely connect one Mac to another for file transfers and screen sharing. Users could create a network of multiple Macs and access information […]


Lomography's Founders Look Back On 25 Years

Sally Bibawy and Matthias Fiegl, cofounders of Lomography, came of age as the world changed. As students in Vienna, Austria in the early 1990s, they were able to see the Soviet grip on neighbors to the east slip away. The Berlin Wall had come down just a few years earlier, the USSR became the Commonwealth […]

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The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide

Enlarge / A few gadgets we think will be appreciated this school year. Jeff Dunn College is a time for meeting new people, opening up your worldview, taking in new experiences, reading (please, for the love of God, read), and generally experiencing the last years of a life untainted by taxes and a daily job. […]