Gaming

Ars community gives more than $20,000 in annual charity drive

Enlarge A month ago, I asked readers to donate to our 2018 Charity Drive sweepstakes. All told, Ars Technica readers donated $ 20,210.66 to Child’s Play and the EFF through the charity drive. That brings our total donations over 12 years of charity driving over the $ 300,000 mark! Well done, Arsians! Thanks to everyone […]

Gaming

Esports needs more than growth in 2019

Bigger isn’t better. That’s the refrain I constantly repeat when discussing esports, because too many people seem to think more money or a bigger audience is the same as meaningful improvement. In 2018 — like in every year in recent memory — esports got bigger, but what if that isn’t enough? Yes, growth is good […]

Computer

D-Link’s 5G router promises up to 40 times faster speeds than your broadband

Ahead of CES 2019, D-Link announced a new home broadband router and modem that ditches the traditional connection to either a cable or DSL line in favor of 5G network access. The 5G-capable D-Link DWR-2010 5G NR Enhanced Gateway supports download speeds up to 3Gbps, which is up to 40 times faster than the average […]

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The world's most popular video game chat app is now worth more than $2 billion, as it gears up to take on the makers of 'Fortnite'

DiscordDiscord offers a variety of text and voice chat channels, along with a shop for digital video games. Discord is the world’s largest chat platform for gaming, with more than 200 million users. The company is now valued at more than $ 2 billion after raising $ 150 million in a new round of funding. […]

Gaming

Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever

Enlarge / All hail Hypnotoad! Game details Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Platform: Xbox One (played), PS4, Windows Release Date: November 14, 2018 ESRB Rating: M for Mature Price: $ 60 Links: Amazon | Bethesda Store | Official website The first few hours in Fallout 76 are strange. It’s both familiar and foreign. The well-trod […]

Photography

Full frame or 4K for less than $1K? These 4 older cameras still have a lot to offer

Cameras tend to come in tiers — there are the big, professional rigs; the mid-priced enthusiast models; and the baby beginner ones. Each tier has a corresponding price point, with the professional models naturally costing the most. But, as cameras age, those prices begin to fall — and eventually, the price an older upper tier […]

Computer

Got an NES Classic? Here’s how to hack it to play more than 700 games

Although the NES Classic was once hard to find and even ceased production at one point, now it’s readily available at retailers. That’s exciting for fans of classic games. While it comes with 30 of the best NES games, even masterpieces like Super Mario Bros. 3 get old after a while. Fret not! It is […]

Computer

Apple misses estimates for the iPhone, but still made more money than in 2017

Apple is having a pretty good quarter. The company has announced its fourth-quarter 2018 earnings, showing earnings that beat Wall Street estimates, thanks largely to the heightened average selling price of the iPhone. While Apple sold about as many iPhones as it did in the fourth quarter of 2017, the iPhones it did sell were […]

Computer

Apple’s latest feature ensures MacOS apps are safer than ever

MacOS is mythically known for being more immune viruses and other problems when compared to Windows, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to make the operating system safer. In the latest development, Apple is using an app notarization feature in macOS Mojave to protect users from downloading malicious apps, originally noted by Mac Rumors. […]

Emerging Tech

New tech blocks noise disruption faster than the speed of sound

[embedded content] We’ve all been there: You finished checking social media and are finally ready to get down to some serious work when a construction crew starts drilling a hole in the sidewalk or your neighbor decides to mow their lawn. Sure, there are noise-canceling headphones available, but they’re kind of bulky and not necessarily […]

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Uber could rake in more than $10 billion in revenue this year, but its growth is starting to slow down

GettyUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber gave CNBC its second-quarter fianancials. Uber’s Q2 net revenue was $ 2.7 billion, up 51% from the same quarter last year, and gross bookings were $ 12 billion, up 41% year-over-year. That represents a slight slowdown in growth from Q1. Uber is cruising toward $ 10 billion in revenue this […]

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The ex-president of Goldman Sachs says that banks were 'more responsible citizens' before the financial crash than Facebook is now

Trump’s ex-chief economic advisor says banks were “more responsible citizens” prior to the 2008 financial crisis than some social media companies are today. Gary Cohn singled out Facebook and how it was used to criticise banks at the time, but is now facing its own woes. Cohn was president and COO of Goldman Sachs between […]

Gaming

A rare Magic: The Gathering card just sold for more than a Porsche

A Black Lotus game card for Magic: The Gathering sold last week on eBay for $ 87,672, according to Kotaku. But this wasn’t just any old card. Four factors led to the card’s high selling price: Printing, rarity, condition, and the card’s power when used in gameplay. When Wizards of the Coast‘s Magic: The Gathering launched in […]

Emerging Tech

Cornell’s popcorn-powered robots are far more practical than they sound

[embedded content] Popcorn is tasty, easy to prepare, goes well with your favorite Saturday night movie, and … it could help power future robots? At least, that is the unorthodox conclusion of work coming out of Cornell University, where researchers have demonstrated how it is possible to use nothing more than popping kernels to make […]