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Windows 10 1809: iCloud incompatibility fixed, but other blockers remain

Enlarge Patty’s Photos / Flickr While the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809 (the October 2018 Update) has been problematic, Microsoft really does try to avoid sending the update to configurations that it knows just won’t work properly. One of these situations involved PCs with Apple’s iCloud client. The system would break when trying to […]

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Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Enlarge Google Fi Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google’s cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats. The rebrand is easy—Project Fi is losing its “Project” designation and is now just “Google Fi.” There’s a sweet new […]

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Moto G7 Play pops up at the FCC with notch design, dramatically smaller battery

The Moto G7 Play (believe it or not) in two different colors. FCC This manual picture is more enlightening than the FCC’s not-great device photography. Check out that notch and bottom logo. FCC The colors! It comes it in black and blue, with a rear fingerprint reader. FCC You can just make out the notch […]

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Microsoft explains one Azure authentication outage as another one happens

Enlarge followtheseinstructions In a stroke of bad timing that would be comical if it weren’t so annoying, Microsoft’s multifactor authentication (MFA) system, used for Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics, has gone down for a second time this month, just hours after the company published its findings into a 14-hour outage on November 19. The Azure […]

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Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today

Enlarge / Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft For a brief period today, Microsoft achieved greater market value than Apple, which is often called the world’s most valuable company. The temporary shift recalls a long, up-and-down history of a rivalry between the two companies—though they are partners in many areas today. Microsoft reached a market capitalization […]

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New wearable tech lets users listen to live music through their skin

Enlarge / Deaf and hearing concert goers enjoy a shared live experience in Las Vegas with new wearable technology from Music: Not Impossible (M:NI). Zappos Back in September, 200 music fans gathered at the Bunkhouse Saloon in downtown Las Vegas for a private live concert with a unique twist: several of the fans were deaf. […]

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Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?

Bloodhound SSC Update: It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so many Ars staffers are working through leftovers instead of to-do lists. And with the recent news that one of the most interesting land-speed engineering projects around is experiencing funding issues (just a year after it finally ran a test and hit 210mph), we’re resurfacing this […]

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Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew

[embedded content] Homebrewing hard cider: The basics Update: It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and Ars staffers are off experimenting in the kitchen rather than on the page. Actually, sometimes we experiment in the kitchen in order to put it on the page, too—like this 2013 series on home brewing some delightfully autumnal hard cider. While […]

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Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Kobo has its work cut out for it. The digital bookshop company reentered the US market this year, teaming up with Walmart to sell Kobo e-readers, the millions of books in its e-book library, and a new audiobook subscription service. The Rakuten-owned company faces stiff competition not just from Amazon, the reigning […]

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Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device

Enlarge If you’ve ever lost your Android phone, it’s usually a help to use Google’s “Find My Device” service to see the phone’s last known position on a map. As Google Maps get better and better, it makes sense to keep Find My Device up to date with the latest in mapping technology. With the […]

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Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation

Enlarge / Visualization of the spread through social media of an article falsely claiming 3 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. Filippo Menczer Shortly after the 2016 election, newly elected President Donald Trump—peeved at losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—falsely claimed he would have won the popular vote if […]

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Samsung reportedly planning five flagship phone models for early 2019

The Galaxy A9, with its four rear cameras. The S10 setup will probably be similar. Samsung The S10 is expected to use the third “hole punch” display pictured here, from Samsung’s developer conference. Android Police We’re rapidly approaching 2019, and that means it will soon be time for Samsung’s yearly Galaxy S flagship launch. The […]

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Now it’s Office’s turn to have a load of patches pulled

Enlarge Benjamin After endless difficulties with the Windows 10 October 2018 update—finally re-released this month with the data-loss bug fixed—it seems that now it’s the Office team’s turn to release some updates that need to be un-released. On November’s Patch Tuesday two weeks ago, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for Office to update its […]