Gaming

Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

Enlarge Asmodee Digital Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Terraforming Mars is one of the most popular heavy strategy games of the last two years (read our 2016 review); it earned a nomination for the Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert’s “game of the […]

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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 GoDaddy.com last week. It announced its return Sunday evening with a new […]

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Gab, Social Network Favored By The Far-Right, Goes Offline After Synagogue Shooting

Gab.com, the self-described “free speech social media platform” popular with alt-right activists and white nationalists, has gone offline after facing widespread backlash in the aftermath of Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Several companies that had provided Gab with crucial services to keep the site running ― including its domain provider ― have cut […]

Mobile

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 […]

Gaming

Who Goes There?: The Thing returns to the tabletop

Enlarge / The boardgame for the book is better crowd? Charlie Theel Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Few moments linger in my brain like a particular scene in John Carpenter’s movie The Thing. In the cold of an Antarctic night, the […]

Gaming

Discord Goes Up Against Steam With New Game Store

Discord is moving beyond chatting and wants to start selling you games. On Thursday, the company launched the beta of its digital game store, which will carry a curated selection of new and popular hit titles. The store will be like a small boutique bookshop that contains recommendations from employees scribbled on little note cards, […]

Gears & Gadgets

Second-generation Threadripper goes on sale: $1,799 for 32 cores

Enlarge AMD Announced back in June, AMD’s second-generation Threadripper processors are now available for preorder. The top-end part, the Threadripper 2990WX, is a 32-core, 64-thread processor with a total of 64MB of level 3 cache, running at a base clock of 3.0GHz, boosting as high as 4.2GHz. It ships on August 13 and is selling […]

Mobile

MapleStory M mobile game goes live in 140 countries

When Nexon launched its free-to-play PC game MapleStory in 2003, the 2D side-scrolling massively multiplayer online role-playing game wasn’t that impressive. But it has stayed strong over the years (peaking at 92 million players in 2009), and it has generated an impressive amount of money each year. In 2016, Nexon took the game to mobile […]

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State of the Art: What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer

State of the Art What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer ImageFacebook executives from Mark Zuckerberg on down have been almost comically tripped up by some of the most basic questions the site faces.CreditGerard Julien/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Farhad Manjoo July 19, 2018 Facebook was once the most […]

Photography

This A.I. goes against the grain, cleans noisy images with a single shot

[embedded content] Low-light images are often plagued by grain, small dots created by increasing the camera’s sensitivity or ISO that obscure the image’s finer details. But researchers from Nvidia, Aalto University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have trained a computer to eliminate the grain using nothing but the original photo and software.  While earlier artificial […]