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The best Microsoft programs killed before their time
Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be dropping its classic drawing app Microsoft Paint into the Recycle Bin with the launch of this year's Fall Creator's Update. Windows users reacted with horror...
The August solar eclipse on your smartphone
For eclipse enthusiasts, amateur astronomers and those with just a passing interest in the Aug. 21 coast-to-coast solar eclipse, look no further than your web browser or smartphone to learn how to make...
Underwater forest preserved since Ice Age
An ancient underwater forest found south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico could provide a time capsule to a pre-human era on Earth.The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000...
Satellite tech to tackle blight of fly tipping
Illegal dumping of waste has been called the new narcotics, with profits said to rival that of the drugs trade.Now satellite imaging is so advanced that vast areas of the countryside, hidden from ground...
1&1 MyWebsite Basic
1&1 MyWebsite is a comprehensive Wix-like website builder which aims to make it easier to build featured-packed and professional websites.Unlike some of the competition, the MyWebsite plans don't have...
Oldest fossils push back origin of modern humans
The oldest known bones of our species, dating back around 300,000 years, have been discovered in a cave in Morocco.The fossils — which belong to five individuals, including a teenager and a younger child...
Google confirms details of upcoming ad-blocker in Chrome
Google has confirmed it's getting into the ad-blocking game, as has been previously reported — but in a very limited way. The company told CNBC that it will allow publishers to participate in a new program...
Founded way back in 1999, Pickaweb is a UK-based web host which currently provides services for more than 20,000 customers.Pickaweb's shared hosting starts with a very restrictive Budget plan. It's £2.49...
Not decided which type of web hosting you need? Hostwinds does its best to help by offering you every possible option: shared, business, vBulletin, reseller, VPS, dedicated, budget Linux, premium Linux,...
Founded back in 2003, A2 Hosting now provides products for just about all your web hosting needs. The company has a particular focus on performance, with website talk of ‘turbo servers’ and ‘up to 20x...
Founded some 20 years ago, Berlin-based Strato is a mammoth web hosting company which now manages 4,000,000 domains on more than 60,000 servers.Exploring Strato’s plans is tricky, as they vary considerably...
PlanetHippo's website caught our eye immediately with an ad for its ‘One Account’. With this you get 1GB of web space, 1 website hosted, 1 database and 1 email address, for – you guessed it – only £1...
California-based Arvixe has been hosting personal and business websites since 2003, and is now owned by Endurance International Group, the company behind tech names like Domain.com, Bluehost, iPage, SiteBuilder.com...
Humans in California 130,000 years ago? Study sees clues
A hominid species may have lived in what is now California as long as 130,000 years ago — turning the record of early humans in North America upside down, according to a provocative paper published Wednesday...
Wikipedia Founder Launches Site to Fight Fake News
The founder of Wikipedia is starting a website he says will fight so-called fake news. Jimmy Wales says his Wikitribune site will bring journalists and volunteer fact checkers together to stop the spread...
Canadian web host Netfirms was founded in 1998 and went on to host 1.2 million domains, before being acquired by tech giant Endurance International Group back in 2011. Some Endurance companies keep their...
HostPapa is a Canadian web host which is still independently owned, as opposed to being a part of some massive corporation you've never heard of before. The company presents itself as a little different...
Dallas-based HostGator is a well-known budget hosting company. It's now part of Endurance International Group, along with Domain.com, Bluehost, iPage, SiteBuilder.com and more.The company has been around...
Trump plans to revive nuclear waste plans axed by Obama in 2010
Tunnel vision: there are perhaps safer alternatives for burying dangerous spent fuel than Yucca mountain in NevadaBryan Chan/GettyBy Fred PearceThe Trump administration last month revived controversial...
Some hosts make it easy to find the product you need, but UK2's site isn't quite as well organised. There are highlighted plans, menus, tables, a product finder and more, but we found it hard to locate...
If you've ever looked for a UK web host, you're sure to have come across Easyspace. The company has been around for 20 years and is now a consumer hosting brand of iomart, a group which also includes...
Nottingham-based Heart Internet has been a popular domain registrar and hosting provider since 2004. It's a part of the same corporate group as 123-Reg, Host Europe and Webfusion, and now owned by GoDaddy,...
Fake news: Why does this simple Google search autosuggest a neo-Nazi site?
Google is very quick to autocomplete search results from rather innocent searches in a way that leads to murky white supremacist sites, and also places them high in search results. Why? It’s not clear,...
Founded in Germany way back in 1988, 1&1 is now Europe's largest web hosting provider, handling a mammoth 19 million domains spanning 70,000 servers in data centres across Europe and the US. 1&1 offers...
Fireside Fiction Company is science fiction’s best-kept secret
Enlarge / Galen Dara's illustration for Stephen Blackmoore's short story, "La Bestia," published in 2015 by Fireside. Illustration by Galen Dara reader comments 7 Share this story You may not have heard...
The best WordPress plugins 2017
WordPress pluginsWordPress is a fantastic platform for building your own blog, portfolio, or ecommerce site. It's packed with tools to help you create a professional-looking site and monitor its performance,...
Looks like there's a Fitbit Alta HR in the works
A new leak suggests the Fitbit Alta is about to be upgraded with a heart rate sensor on the rear.Fitbit’s range of trackers are slowly being upgraded with the latest tech - for example, the Charge 2 and...
Breitbart gets to keep using Shopify to sell its merchandise
Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke said the Canadian e-commerce company won't bow to pressure to kick the far-right Breitbart News site off its platform. He wrote in a Medium post Wednesday that he believes refusing...
Playpen moderator sentenced to 20 years in prison
EnlargeFlorian Gaertner/Getty Images reader comments 14 Share this story Further ReadingTop admin of Tor child porn site gets 20 years in prisonA Kentucky man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison...
How Google fought back against a crippling IoT-powered botnet and won
EnlargeAlex Eylar reader comments 20 Share this story OAKLAND, Calif.—In September, KrebsOnSecurity—arguably the Internet's most intrepid source of security news—was on the receiving end of some of the...
1000 year-old Native American structure was designed using sophisticated math
reader comments 14 Share this story This is a satellite photo of the Sun Temple archaeological site in Colorado with illustrations demonstrating its geometrical properties. Sherry Towers At Pueblo Bonito,...
Ars announces HTTPS by default (finally)
Enlarge reader comments 32 Share this story We are excited to announce that Ars Technica has made the jump to greater security: we now have HTTPS browsing by default. The switch to encryption will help...
LinkedIn Integrating Mobile App Look to Desktop Experience
LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, gives its web app a look and feel that's similar to its mobile counterparts. Using LinkedIn on a desktop browser is a very different experience than using the professional...
Google Refresher For Optimizing Sites For Web Crawling Posed on Blog
Google is letting webmasters know that there are multiple factors can affect how efficiently Googlebot crawls a site, company says. Efficient crawling improves website indexing and a site's visibility...
The best free website builder 2017
The best free website builderCreating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but these days it is something anyone can tackle. The problem is that there are so...
Perhaps best known for its site unblocking SmartDNS service, UK-based OverPlay also offers a premium SmartDNS+VPN package for a chunky $9.95 (£8, AU$13.20) a month, falling to an equivalent of $8.33 ($6.70,...
Contamination from Ivy League lab animals worries neighbors
HANOVER, N.H. — Neighbors of Dartmouth College property where for years the Ivy League school disposed of mice and other small animals used in science experiments say they fear pollution from the site...
Ancient solstice "sun trap" might be modern invention
Every year at the winter solstice, people gather at Newgrange, an ancient Irish round tomb that dates back to the Stone Age, to watch the first sunrise of winter stream through an opening in the site’s...
The DDoS vigilantes trying to silence Black Lives Matter
EnlargeSean Rayford/Getty Images / Aurich reader comments 1 Share this story “Through our e-mails and our social media accounts we get death threats all the time,” said Janisha Gabriel. “For anyone who’s...
Black Death "plague pit" with 48 skeletons unearthed
A 14th-century mass burial pit full of victims of the Black Death has been discovered at the site of a medieval monastery hospital, according to archaeologists.Researchers uncovered 48 skeletons — 27 of...
YouTube to lose its biggest star
PewDiePie said he will leave YouTube Picture: Youtube kristinpix YOUTUBE personality PewDiePie has vowed to delete his account in protest to recent changes made by the video sharing site. The Swedish vlogger...
AngelList buys Product Hunt
AngelList, a popular website for young technology startups to raise capital from wealthy investors, said it’s acquiring Product Hunt, a must-read site for many entrepreneurs wanting to keep up with the...
Viking King’s ancient site unearthed
The Norwegian town of Trondheim where a Viking king burial site has been uncovered. ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Trondheim, Norway have unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as...
World’s largest music torrent site goes dark after French police seize servers
reader comments 13 Share this story It took nearly 10 years, but authorities have finally targeted and taken down what.cd, which had risen to become the Internet's largest invite-only, music-trading torrent...
Twitter suspends 'alt-right' Trump backers
Richard Spencer, director of a white nationalist think tank, accused the social media site of "corporate Stalinism" after his personal account was terminated, along with those associated with his magazine...
AdultFriendFinder hacked: 400 million accounts exposed
Enlarge reader comments 25 Share this story AdultFriendFinder has been hacked, revealing the account details of more than 400 million people who would undoubtedly prefer to keep their identities private...
Social Media Bug Creates #FacebookRapture
Many Facebook users have been discovering a new problem with their accounts — a banner on the top of their homepage, telling people they are dead. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the victims of...
FBI operated 23 Tor-hidden child porn sites, deployed malware from them
EnlargeThomas Trutschel / Getty Images News reader comments 19 Share this story Further ReadingJudge: child porn evidence obtained via FBI’s Tor hack must be suppressedAs Ars has reported, federal investigators...
Google Begins Shift to Mobile-First Indexing for Search
Google's algorithms will use websites' mobile versions, rather than their desktop versions, for ranking sites in searches. . Google has begun testing the use of the mobile version of a website's content...
4K game analyzers say YouTube isn’t good enough, unveil new video site
If you want to display every pixel in a 4K video test, a streaming platform may not be ideal, according to some of the industry's biggest video analyzers.Nokia / Sam Machkovech reader comments 10 Share...
Facebook faces allegations of rule-bending for Trump, announces guideline changes
reader comments 12 Share this story Facebook's guidelines visually sum up "offensive things" with this blue text balloon. Meaning, it doesn't resemble a "fully exposed buttock."Images and posts of cultural...
Mars orbiter spots new crater that may be ExoMars’s lost lander
The lander may have been lost when it released its parachuteESABy Lisa GrossmanThere it is. New pockmarks on the surface of Mars appear to be related to the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander, which was lost...
Mars Probe Crash Site Photographed
The European Space Agency says it has found the crash site of its ill-fated Schiaparelli probe on the surface of Mars. "I believe we have found where Schiaparelli landed,” said ExoMars Flight Operations...
Backpage.com CEO fights pimping charges, says 1st Amendment protects him
EnlargeIan Waldie/Getty Images reader comments 7 Share this story Carl Ferrer, the embattled CEO of Backpage.com, filed papers Wednesday demanding that a local judge dismiss pimping and other charges...
Hacked Republican website skimmed donor credit cards for 6 months
Enlarge reader comments 27 Share this story A website used to fund the campaigns of Republican senators was infected with malware that for more than six months collected donors' personal information,...
Google Offers Free Version of Its Optimize Site Usability Testing Tool
Google Optimize will make it easier for site owners to identify and implement features for delivering a more personalized experience for users. Google has introduced a free version of a tool designed...
14,000-year-old campsite in Argentina adds to an archaeological mystery
Enlarge / Humans living in Argentina 14,000 years ago were hunting giant armadillos. This one looks especially grumpy.Heinrich Harder reader comments 16 Share this story For more than a decade, evidence...
Report: North Korea flub reveals its entire internet
Too much choice may be a bad thing at times, but evidently that’s not a problem for North Korea’s internet users.Thanks to (presumably) a higher-up in the country making a horrible mistake, the e-sleuths...
North Korea accidentally lets world access its internet and it only has 28 websites
Someone in North Korea is in a lot of trouble. The secretive state somehow accidentally opened access to all the websites hosted on its servers, revealing that it only has 28 registered domains. On Monday...
Did FBI cross the line with ‘Playpen’ porn site?
The FBI took control of ‘Playpen’, a notorious child porn website operating on the dark web. THE line between good and bad — right and wrong — can be hard to define. What the FBI did during February and...
Amazon has launched 'Hub' - storage lockers for deliveries in your home
Amazon has launched a new service called Hub, which is a locker system that allows delivery people to drop off parcels for you even when you aren’t home. The units currently start at six feet wide, and...
Amazon is on a huge hiring spree for AWS and ad salespeople
Amazon's stock price dropped more than 3 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the e-commerce giant recorded a smaller second-quarter profit as expense growth outstripped revenue growth. One...
People are 'mystified' by Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition, says investor
It's still unclear exactly why Amazon decided to buy Whole Foods, a company with thin margins and slowing growth. But one investor believes there's a very clear reason for doling out $14 billion on the...
Amazon falls roughly 3% after earnings miss
The company indicated the investment cycle is likely to continue, as it gave third quarter operating income guidance in the range of a $400 million loss to $300 million profit. Revenue guidance came in...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark