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Netflix begins testing ads for its own series between binge-season episodes

NETFLIX BEGINS TESTING ADS FOR ITS OWN SERIES BETWEEN BINGE-SEASON EPISODES

Enlarge Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming service, effective as of this week for at least some users: video...

Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

NEXT WINDOWS 10 UPDATE NEARING COMPLETION AS IT GETS ITS OFFICIAL NAME

Enlarge The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features; instead these have focused on fixing...

 
 
 
Russia is down to a single female cosmonaut, and she may never fly

RUSSIA IS DOWN TO A SINGLE FEMALE COSMONAUT, AND SHE MAY NEVER FLY

Enlarge / Russia's newest class of cosmonauts is all male. The Russian space program gets a lot of credit for flying the first woman...

The blockchain bonanza is over for graphics card makers

THE BLOCKCHAIN BONANZA IS OVER FOR GRAPHICS CARD MAKERS

Enlarge / A Philadelphia cryptocurrency miner snapped this shot of his rig for us earlier this year. For almost a year, cryptocurrency...

 
 
 
HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019

HBO PICKS UP WATCHMEN LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES, WILL DEBUT IN 2019

Enlarge / HBO offered this teaser image with its Watchmen announcement today. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' groundbreaking comic series...

Star Wars Resistance brings Poe Dameron and BB-8 to the Disney Channel

STAR WARS RESISTANCE BRINGS POE DAMERON AND BB-8 TO THE DISNEY CHANNEL

Enlarge Another month, another new Star Wars TV show. On Friday morning, Disney released a trailer for Star Wars Resistance , a new...

 
 
 
After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

AFTER EMPLOYEE REVOLT, GOOGLE SAYS IT IS “NOT CLOSE” TO LAUNCHING SEARCH IN CHINA

Google's employees and Google's management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google's "Project Maven" military...

African palm oil expansion is bad news for the continent's primates

AFRICAN PALM OIL EXPANSION IS BAD NEWS FOR THE CONTINENT'S PRIMATES

Enlarge / The palm nuts satiating the world's hunger for vegetable oil and fueling habitat loss. Palm oil is ubiquitous and is set...

 
 
 
Elon Musk says the last year has been “excruciating”

ELON MUSK SAYS THE LAST YEAR HAS BEEN “EXCRUCIATING”

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2018. (credit: Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO) Elon Musk is one of...

Reveal metal objects with Wi-Fi; overexcited engineers think security

REVEAL METAL OBJECTS WITH WI-FI; OVEREXCITED ENGINEERS THINK SECURITY

Enlarge / Even in 2018, there's still a wooden sign proudly advertising "Free Wi-Fi." One of the least fun jobs when writing a scientific...

 
 
 
FDA approves generic version of Mylan's $600 EpiPens-but the price is TBD

FDA APPROVES GENERIC VERSION OF MYLAN'S $600 EPIPENS-BUT THE PRICE IS TBD

Enlarge / EpiPen two-pack. Mylan's life-saving epinephrine auto-injector, EpiPen, now has a generic rival, the Food and Drug Administration...

20 years of the iMac at Ars Technica, in reviews and pictures

20 YEARS OF THE IMAC AT ARS TECHNICA, IN REVIEWS AND PICTURES

Enlarge / The original iMac was hardly a workhorse. It was designed to be a relatively affordable, visually pleasing consumer desktop,...

 
 
 
Rocket Report: China aims for the Moon, SpaceX gets approval for load-and-go

ROCKET REPORT: CHINA AIMS FOR THE MOON, SPACEX GETS APPROVAL FOR LOAD-AND-GO

Enlarge Welcome to Edition 1.13 of the Rocket Report! This week's issue covers a lot of ground, from more commercial space activity...

Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees

JUST SAY NO: WI-FI-ENABLED APPLIANCE BOTNET COULD BRING POWER GRID TO ITS KNEES

Enlarge / Reddy Kilowatt is not ready for IoT botnets. (credit: EC Comics ) BALTIMORE-At USENIX Security Symposium here on Wednesday,...

 
 
 
F1 2018 is worth buying even if you own last year's version

F1 2018 IS WORTH BUYING EVEN IF YOU OWN LAST YEAR'S VERSION

Enlarge Reviewing the latest version of a yearly sports franchise game isn't always something to look forward to. "It's just like...

Game dev tackled, arrested by police after filming gas station arrest

GAME DEV TACKLED, ARRESTED BY POLICE AFTER FILMING GAS STATION ARREST

Enlarge / Patricia Pizer posted images of visible injuries after being released on bail from a Rock Hill, SC, prison. Pizer and her...

 
 
 
New Iron Fist Season 2 trailer renews our hope for the Netflix series

NEW IRON FIST SEASON 2 TRAILER RENEWS OUR HOPE FOR THE NETFLIX SERIES

Enlarge / Train up: Iron Fist 's second season premieres on Netflix on September 7. You'd be forgiven for losing track of Marvel's...

Polls: America is “meh” about Space Force

POLLS: AMERICA IS “MEH” ABOUT SPACE FORCE

Enlarge / Soon to be an actual MOS? President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for a new military branch focused on space is apparently not...

 
 
 
The nightmarishly complex wheat genome finally yields to scientists

THE NIGHTMARISHLY COMPLEX WHEAT GENOME FINALLY YIELDS TO SCIENTISTS

Enlarge (credit: State Historical Society of North Dakota ) Bread, like wine, is pivotal in Judeo-Christian rituals. Both products...

After coffee brewhaha, CA fears cancer warnings have “gone seriously wrong”

AFTER COFFEE BREWHAHA, CA FEARS CANCER WARNINGS HAVE “GONE SERIOUSLY WRONG”

Enlarge / Delicious, non-cancerous, coffee. After a judge ruled in March that coffee should be served with jolting labels that alert...

 
 
 



Blizzard Would Love To See Diablo In Super Smash Bros

Blizzard Would Love To See Diablo In Super Smash Bros

With Diablo 3 for the Nintendo Switch having been made official, it opens the door to all kinds of possibilities, such as seeing more Blizzard games launched on the Switch , or... Read more ...

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Pull Up Recorded Security Camera Footage

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Pull Up Recorded Security Camera Footage

Amazon's Echo Spot and Echo Show come with displays which makes it a useful device for watching videos. In fact both the Echo Spot and Echo Show are ideal devices if you have... Read more ...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Barbearian'

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Barbearian'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to... Read more ...

BlackBerry KEY2 receives August Android security update

BlackBerry KEY2 receives August Android security update

BlackBerry prides itself on making its version of the Android software it provides to licensees, safe and secure. To that end, it has been pretty good on updating its Android... Read more ...

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with easier access to Your Phone

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with easier access to Your Phone

Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with easier access to the Your Phone app. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company... Read more ...

Next-Gen Google Chromecast Will Get Bluetooth, Improved WiFi

Next-Gen Google Chromecast Will Get Bluetooth, Improved WiFi

Earlier this year it was revealed that Google could be looking to introduce a next-gen Chromecast. The FCC filing at that time revealed that the device could be gaining... Read more ...

Netflix testing ads for its own content in between episodes on ad-free service

Netflix testing ads for its own content in between episodes on ad-free service

Netflix is practically built upon being able to binge watch content, especially tv series while seamlessly moving from one episode to the next. That and also being ad-free... Read more ...

VMVPD Usage Up 58% Year-Over-Year, According To Latest Data

VMVPD Usage Up 58% Year-Over-Year, According To Latest Data

While the use of virtual multichannel video programming distributors is still small, it is growing at a significant rate, according to a new comScore report. The data here is... Read more ...

Alphabet Scoop 020: Made by Google Smart Display, Pixel 2 XL sluggishness...

Alphabet Scoop 020: Made by Google Smart Display, Pixel 2 XL sluggishness, Material Theme

This week we talk about Made by Google Smart Display, reportedly sluggish Google Pixel 2 XL issues, Material Theme redesigns , and much more. Alphabet Scoop is available on... Read more ...

U.S. government wants Facebook to break Messenger encryption for a criminal...

U.S. government wants Facebook to break Messenger encryption for a criminal investigation

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a... Read more ...