Apple Arcade introduces a cheaper annual subscription option

Enlarge / Apple Arcade on the Mac. Andrew Cunningham For a couple of years now, Apple has been exploring subscriptions as a way of bolster revenue in the face of slowing iPhone growth. This year saw a turning point in that strategy, with Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Arcade joining the company’s suite of […]

HP Elite Dragonfly Review: A Luxury Business Laptop

Valentina Palladino There are more ultra-mobile professionals now than ever before, which is why OEMs are developing increasingly thin-and-light laptops that will appeal to those users. No one wants to add heft to their bag, regardless of whether they’re going off on a 10-hour flight or a 10-minute commute to work, thus increasing the appeal […]

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says

Enlarge / From left to right: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. Samuel Axon Earlier this week, security reporter Brian Krebs published a story explaining that Apple’s latest iPhones (iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro) periodically check the user’s location even if the user disables location services individually for each and every […]

The Best Smart Home Devices: Home Tech to Gift in 2019

iRobot Ars Holiday 2019 View more stories We could all use a little more help around our home, and luckily now there’s a lot of tech that can lend a hand. So that’s where we’re looking for our latest holiday gift guide. There are a plethora of smart home devices that can do everything from […]

Hulu is finally offering 4K and 5.1 audio on Roku devices

Enlarge / The Handmaid’s Tale, a Hulu original series. The long, give-and-take saga of 4K streaming on Hulu continues with the addition of 4K streaming for supported Roku devices. Hulu also added 5.1 surround sound capabilities on Roku. The Disney-owned streaming platform updated its user-facing help pages with the information sometime in the past few […]

3D printing can keep aging Air Force aircraft flying

Enlarge / USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress taking-off with undercarriage retracting and trailing-edge wing flaps lowered at the 1998 Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo RIAT. Glenn House and his colleagues spent more than four years making a new toilet for the B-1 Lancer. The challenge wasn’t fitting the john into the cockpit (it went behind the […]

Cloudy with a chance of neurons: The tools that make neural networks work

Enlarge / Machine learning is really good at turning pictures of normal things into pictures of eldritch horrors. Jim Salter Artificial Intelligence—or, if you prefer, Machine Learning—is today’s hot buzzword. Unlike many buzzwords have come before it, though, this stuff isn’t vaporware dreams—it’s real, it’s here already, and it’s changing your life whether you realize […]

Render shows OnePlus tackling the midrange market with OnePlus 8 Lite

The new OnePlus midranger. It has a hole punch for the front camera. There are a lot of sensors on the back here. I spy two cameras, an LED flash, and three sensors in the main camera assembly, and then a block for a few more sensors on the right. There’s no headphone jack, but […]

WireGuard VPN is a step closer to mainstream adoption

Enlarge / You want receipts? I got receipts. Jim Salter As of this morning, Linux network stack maintainer David Miller has committed the WireGuard VPN project into the Linux “net-next” source tree. Miller maintains both net and net-next—the source trees governing the current implementation of the Linux kernel networking stack and the implementation of the next Linux […]