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A top YouTuber did a 'blind' test to find the very best smartphone camera, and the iPhone lost in the first round

On paper, and in technical comparisons, the iPhone XS ranks among the world’s best smartphones when it comes to photography. But in a blind test conducted by popular YouTube tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the iPhone XS flunked out in the first round. Crazier still, it lost against a BlackBerry smartphone. Google’s Pixels, renowned for their […]

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Space Odyssey helps launch first 8K TV channel

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will help launch the world’s first super-high definition 8K television channel on Saturday. Japanese broadcaster NHK said it had asked Warner Bros to scan the original film negatives in 8K for its new channel. Super-high definition 8K pictures offer 16 times the resolution of HD TV. However, few people […]

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Ohio Becomes First U.S. State To Allow Businesses To Pay Taxes With Bitcoin

Ohio has just become the first U.S. state and one of the first governments in the world to allow businesses to pay taxes, including sales and public utility taxes, with bitcoin. State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday that businesses can now register for the program through the website OhioCrypto.com, a portal that will, via a […]

Emerging Tech

T-Mobile bets big on low-band 5G, completes its first data transmission

While U.S. carriers have long been in a cutthroat race in their quest to be the first to offer 5G, November has been a particularly busy month. Earlier this month, Verizon announced it has completed its first 5G transmission using the Moto Z3 and forthcoming 5G Moto Mod. A week later, T-Mobile completed the world’s first […]

Gaming

Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for live action film The Lion King

Enlarge / D’awwww… newly anointed baby Simba is presented to his people for the first time. Disney The fine folks at Disney just gave us a last-minute holiday surprise by releasing the first trailer for its hotly anticipated live-action remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King. The Mouse House sneakily didn’t give any hint […]

Gears & Gadgets

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 […]

Gaming

Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote… for the GameCube

Well, we’ve never seen this version of the Wii remote before! Behold: a GameCube port on a wired Wii-like controller. Yahoo Auctions This controller comes with a sensor bar, meant to plug into a GameCube’s memory-card port. This image includes the final Wii sensor bar for comparison’s sake. This one-handed “nunchuk” controller looks nearly identical […]

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers free rides through first Boring Company tunnel from December

[embedded content] Elon Musk says the Boring Company’s first test tunnel for its high-speed transit system will open to the public in a matter of months. In a tweet announcing the news, the billionaire entrepreneur said that free rides will be offered to the public on December 11 after a launch event on the previous […]

Gaming

Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets

[embedded content] Trailer for Laika The story of Laika—the first pup launched into space—has been documented everywhere from Ars Technica to Arcade Fire songs. This decidedly tragic tale starts with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev wanting to press his country’s perceived space advantage over the United States after the USSR’s Sputnik had beaten US efforts into […]

Computer

First Look at the Revamped Chrome OS on Google's Pixel Slate

With the Google Pixel Slate, unveiled on Tuesday, we finally know how Google is planning to light a fire under the currently quite boring non-iOS tablet market. When it ships later this year, the $ 599 Pixel Slate will come with a significantly redesigned version of Google’s Chrome operating system. It’s a secret weapon of […]

Emerging Tech

NASA’s planet hunter satellite gets first hit in its search for another Earth

Relocating is complicated enough when you’re simply moving to a new city. Scientists at NASA have taken property searches up an infinite number of levels, however, as they search for another Earth. NASA’s planet-hunting team turned up a potential relocation candidate on the first pass with a new satellite. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) uses four […]

Gaming

The first 18 minutes of ‘Destiny 2: Forsaken’ gameplay

Last week, Bungie put out a substantial 7GB update that changed some major aspects of Destiny 2 in preparation for Forsaken. We also covered some of the biggest overhauls in our everything you need to know roundup. Now, you can watch the first 18 minutes of Destiny 2: Forsaken gameplay (above) and get a bite-sized look […]