Emerging Tech

Early-detection system for wildfires could save many states from big burns

When it come to dealing with the growing problem of raging wildfires, a number of high-tech solutions have been put forward, including using water-carrying, self-flying helicopters to help extinguish blazes. A new wireless smart sensor system could take a more proactive approach, however, by spotting wildfires before they get out of control to start with. […]

Emerging Tech

This all-in-one shaving system lets you use over 40 blades from different brands

Shaving today is more of a puzzle than it is a routine. Shaving cream, gel, aftershave, five-bladed razors, six-bladed razors, rotating heads, lubricating strips, no-nick blades … It’s a mess for any guy just trying to keep his face fuzz-free. To top that all off, every shaving company wants its own products in your hands. […]

Gears & Gadgets

Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Samuel Axon BROOKLYN—Apple’s new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC). Apple […]

Photography

Best camera accessories for your new DSLR or mirrorless system

Cameras nowadays seem to have every feature baked into them, but sometimes it can help to have a few extra tools on hand to both protect your gear and push to its fullest potential. To help get you started on your photographic endeavors, we’ve rounded up some of the must-have accessories for your kit, whether […]

Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ adds Black Market system to dress up your soldier

[embedded content] In case you haven’t heard yet, we really enjoy Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been playing a ton of competitive multiplayer and Blackout battle royale so far. If you’re looking to make your character stand out from the crowd a little more, the Black Market […]

Emerging Tech

You’re so vein: Palm-based biometric system could help confirm your identity

Face ID. Fingerprint scanners. Voice recognition. When it comes to biometrics, there a whole lot of means for checking a person’s identity in a way that’s far more personalized than a four-digit security code or password. Now a nonprofit group called the IOTA Foundation is working with biometrics company Iampass to introduce a system that […]

Photography

Gear from Leica, Sigma, Panasonic forms one system with new L-Mount Alliance

Leica / L-Mount Alliance While the new Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras can use existing lenses with an adapter, Panasonic decided to take a different approach in order to launch a full frame mirrorless that already has several lenses available: the L-Mount. Leica, Sigma and Panasonic have created the L-Mount Alliance that allows users to […]

Photography

Canon vs. Nikon vs. the Rest: Choosing the Right Camera System

If you’re reading this you are likely shopping for an interchangeable lens camera, and have decided to go with one of the two big brands—Canon or Nikon. But we recommend considering some other options as well. You might find that another system is a better fit, or you could end up picking a camera from […]

Emerging Tech

Don’t be fooled — this automated system sneakily manipulates video content

[embedded content] A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an artificial intelligence system that automatically transfers content from one film into the style of another. In the vein of “deep fakes”, the A.I.-augmented videos infamous for superimposing one person’s face onto another’s body, the CMU system presents another case for how difficult […]

Top Stories

New FEMA Alert System Would Have Trump Message You Directly

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is testing a new “presidential alert” system nationwide for the first time next week that will make it possible for Donald Trump to directly message nearly everyone in the nation who has a cell phone. Officials insisted that the system cannot be used for political purposes. FEMA also assured people […]

Gaming

Niantic rolls out suggestion system for new Pokémon Go locations

Enlarge Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images For over two years now, Pokémon Go‘s in-game Pokéstops and Gyms have been placed in real-world locations derived from Niantic’s previous GPS-based game, Ingress. Now, the developer is slowly rolling out the ability for Pokémon Go players to nominate their own places of interest to be integrated into the game. The […]

Top Stories

Police facial recognition system faces legal challenge

A legal challenge against the use of automatic facial recognition technology by police has been launched by a civil liberties group. Automatic Facial Recognition uses CCTV or surveillance cameras to record and compare facial characteristics with images on police databases. Lawyers for Big Brother Watch argue the use of AFR breaches the rights of individuals […]

Photography

Nikon's Full-Frame Mirrorless System Is Coming

Hot on the heels of Nikon’s European arm releasing a teaser video for its upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera system, the US branch has released an official development announcement. This will be the company’s second attempt at a mirrorless system after Nikon recently discontinued the Nikon 1 series (pictured above) about six and a half years […]

Photography

Nikon Puts the 1 System to Bed

Nikon has made the death of its 1 mirrorless camera system official. Launched in 2011, the small-sensor mirrorless system had a niche following, but never made a big splash in the marketplace. Rumors are swirling that it’s going to be replaced quickly, but instead of using a relatively tiny 1-inch image sensor Nikon will opt […]

Emerging Tech

Fishy surveillance system could keep tabs on ocean animals

We seem to have an insatiable taste for seafood and, as a result, global fish populations are in decline. At our current rate of plunder, fish stocks could collapse by 2048, according to some estimates. Around the world, groups like Global Fishing Watch monitor overfishing, using satellite data to track fishing vessels and minimize illegal operations. […]