Computer

The biggest laptop trends from CES 2019

Like a passing storm, CES 2019 has come and nearly gone. With it, we’ve seen a very impressive lineup of laptops from manufacturers ranging from Lenovo and Dell to MSI and Razer. Each individual laptop has its pros and cons, but we saw some broad trends across almost every device. These are the trends that will define […]

Computer

Nose cam no more. How Dell avoided a notch and fixed the XPS 13’s biggest flaw

The new, 2019 version of the XPS 13 sports its redesigned webcam. Riley Young/Digital Trends We love thin-bezel displays. The thinner, the better. Yet there is one issue that has plagued this otherwise awesome design innovation. The webcam. Dell, the pioneer of thin-bezel laptops, opted to place the webcam below the display. The result was […]

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A huge new game starring Disney's biggest characters is nearly out – here's what you need to know about 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Other than the central heroes — protagonist Sora and his friends Riku and Kairi — the majority of other characters in “Kingdom Hearts 3” are major Disney characters. Other than the central heroes — protagonist Sora and his friends Riku and Kairi — the majority of other characters in “Kingdom Hearts 3” are major Disney […]

Gaming

Sony just acquired the gaming industry’s biggest audio toolset

Enlarge / Wwise’s logo, now slapped onto a Sony backdrop. What’s to come of this new audio-toolset arrangement? Aurich / Sony / Audiokinetic Sony Interactive Entertainment announced its latest studio acquisition on Tuesday, but the company it is set to acquire, Audiokinetic, is a different kind of “development” studio. Instead of making games, Audiokinetic makes […]

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The Shift: Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom

Supported by The Shift Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom ImageCreditCreditElijah Nouvelage/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Kevin Roose Jan. 5, 2019 When Apple lost more than $ 75 billion in market value this past week after a surprise announcement that it is expecting lower iPhone sales than originally projected, the company put most of the […]

Photography

What are the biggest color trends in photography? Study suggests these bold hues

Previous Next Shutterstock Shutterstock Shutterstock Shutterstock What hues are most eye-catching in photos and videos? A recent Shutterstock study suggests a trio of three bold colors are seeing the most downloads. Released today, November 29, the Shutterstock 2019 Color Trends report highlights UFO Green, Plastic Pink, and Proton Purple as the most downloaded colors from the […]

Gaming

Nintendo’s biggest Switch-download sale yet includes legitimately good offers

Enlarge / It’s not Christmas yet, but Nintendo is already wishing Switch owners a Merry Yoshi-mas via a Thanksgiving-timed eShop sale. Nintendo While you’ll want to stay tuned to our regular Dealmaster guides for this week’s range of Thanksgiving-timed sales, we wanted to quickly point out a rarity in the digital-gaming world: a legitimately good […]

Gaming

Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. This past weekend, tens of thousands of tabletop gaming fanatics made a pilgrimage to the German city of Essen for the annual Internationale Spieltage fair—better known to board gaming fans simply as Spiel (or Essen). It’s […]

Emerging Tech

7 of the biggest scandals in tech history

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images The tech industry isn’t immune to scandal. With literally trillions of dollars at stake and the ability to gain access to people from all over the world for personal or political gain, that’s no surprise. But what are the biggest scandals to have shaped the history of high tech as we know […]

Gears & Gadgets

Which Technology Will Have the Biggest Impact on Your Life?

For better or worse, technology affects all of us, but which gadgets or concepts do consumers believe have the biggest impact on their lives? Just ask Alexa. Fifty-eight percent of consumers believe the smart home will have the biggest impact on their lives, up from 51 percent in 2015, according to research firm GfK. That’s […]

Emerging Tech

Kia wants to solve one of the biggest problems with electric cars

Wireless charging is a godsend when it comes to cleaning your desktop clutter. Shouldn’t it be just as handy in your garage? That’s the vision behind a recently completed three-year pilot program by Kia to develop a wireless fast-charging system for future electric vehicle models. As part of a joint venture with Mojo Mobility, and […]

Gears & Gadgets

Apple releases iOS 11.3, the biggest update for iPhones since iOS 11 first launched

Enlarge Apple Today, Apple released iOS 11.3 to all supported devices, including the iPad Air and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPhone 5S and later, and the sixth-generation iPod touch. The update is available for download now in supported regions. With several new features, it’s arguably the biggest update to iOS since […]