Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Snapchat can already recognize faces well enough to apply puppy dog ears and floral crowns, so why not use the technology to blur the background for a better selfie? Apparently, Snapchat is thinking the same thing. Reverse engineering of the Snapchat app recently uncovered a handful of potential features for the Snapchat camera. The biggest feature […]


LG’s Gram 17-inch laptop packs plenty of power, but stays thin and light

The LG Gram 17 (Image via If you’re looking for a 17-inch laptop, you will probably find that most devices are too heavy for your liking. Well, LG’s Gram 17 might soon be a good option for consumers who want a thin and light laptop with a large screen, as it comes in at under […]


We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to

Big helmet, bigger box. Sam Machkovech Though this is the “power armor” edition, it does not include matching body armor. That version might cost another $ 1,200, if we’re gauging relative retail prices here. Sam Machkovech Crack ‘er open for the model number listed here. Sam Machkovech Instructions. Getting the batteries in (three triple-A) is […]


Games aren’t power fantasies. They’re reality repairers

Let’s start with something simple but weird: Game-related purchases account for 75 percent of App Store revenue. That means we spend three times more on play than we do on everything else combined. Three times more on games than on every dollar we dedicate to music and weather and productivity and photography and fashion and […]


‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’: Power through the grind with our leveling guide

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t the first game in the series to have an RPG leveling system — Origins had a similar setup last year — but it’s incredibly important in Odyssey. How important? If you don’t actively seek out ways to earn experience points, you’ll fall way behind and have an extremely hard, if not […]

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U.S. Army wants to use laser power to keep drones airborne indefinitely

Drones can be used for a wide variety of purposes, but one problem that hinders almost all of them is limited battery life. Consumer-focused drones have a flight time of around 10 to 20 minutes, while even the most serious, record-breaking unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can stay airborne for only hours, or maybe a few […]

Gears & Gadgets

1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today?

Enlarge / Have you ever seen a more glorious sight? Chris Wilkinson Back in September 2014, Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham took on a Herculean challenge in modern computing. Egged on by his coworkers, he used a PowerBook G4 running OS 9.2.2 as his “daily driver” for a couple of days, placing a turn of the […]

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Japan aims to power Tokyo Olympics with 100 percent renewable energy

With the Tokyo Olympics just two years away, the event’s organizing committee has announced it wants to power the games using renewable energy only. That means building systems to supply the Games — both Olympic and Paralympic — with electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar as part of efforts to promote […]

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The best portable power stations

Affordable and efficient portable power is a necessity these days, keeping our electronic devices operational while on the go. But, there are literally dozens of options to choose from, making it abundantly difficult to decide which mobile charging solution is best for you. We’ve sorted through countless options and came up with the six best portable […]

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Electric cars can serve as mobile power storage, save billions on energy infrastruture

Despite recent revelations that car dealerships talk down on electric vehicles, clean cars still have plenty of pull for prospective buyers, not least of which is the sense of environmental responsibility that goes along with abandoning fossil fuels. A new study out of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California shows how EVs may also […]


IoT Group revives a power plant to fuel a blockchain applications complex

IoT Group Limited recently signed an agreement with Australia’s Hunter Energy to build a blockchain applications complex (BAC) within a decommissioned coal-fired power station. Hunter Energy is currently working on getting the Hunter Valley-based power station back online. Once completed, IoT Group will obtain power at wholesale cost, which will be more economical for businesses running […]