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Here's a first look at the new Google Earth that just launched
Google just released a brand new version of Google Earth. If you've used Google Earth before, chances are you buzzed around the planet for a couple of minutes, checking out some random places, and then...
New iPad is out today and you can buy it now
Apple's new iPad is out and you can buy one right now - plus the new iPad is cheaper than the iPad Air 2, which it is replacing. You can buy the cheapest version of the new iPad for $329 (£339, AU$469)...
Casio's new watch is a premium Android Wear 2.0 device for adventurers
Casio has announced a new limited edition version of its new WSD-F20 Android Wear smartwatch.The wearable is running Android Wear 2.0 and is designed for those with a taste for adventure packing in low-power...
Lucid to offer a cheap(er) version of its luxury electric car
Aspiring Tesla competitor Lucid Motors plans to offer a less-expensive version of its flagship luxury electric sedan, the company announced Wednesday. The standard Lucid Air will go more than 300 miles...
Microsoft might cancel the next HoloLens and here’s why that’s a good thing
News on the AR grapevine is that Microsoft has cancelled the next version of the HoloLens, in order to be able to skip straight to the ensuing, more advanced, incarnation.According to Thurrott.com, that...
Download of the day: WordPress
WordPressWordPress comes in two flavours: the fully-online version that lets you create your own site and have it hosted on the company’s own servers, and the downloadable version that lets you host it...
Microsoft hosts the Windows source in a monstrous 300GB Git repository
EnlargeGit reader comments 21 Share this story Git, the open source distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to handle Linux's decentralized development model, is being used for a...
Tails 2.10 Linux Delivers Updated Security and Privacy Tools
The Amnesic Incognito Live System, also known more simply as Tails, is a privacy-focused Linux distribution loaded with tools and features to help users stay somewhat anonymous on the internet. Tails first...
Samsung Galaxy S8 could have 6GB of RAM – but you might only get 4GB
Until now leakers haven’t been able to agree on whether the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and it now looks like that could be because it will have both, with two different versions of...
Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro X get big updates including Touch Bar support
Apple has today announced several impressive updates for GarageBand on iOS and Logic Pro X on Mac. If you happen to use both of these music-creation tools, the biggest news will likely be the ability...
Nintendo Switch vs Wii U: Zelda's resolution reveals big difference between the two
Nintendo wasn’t 100% clear on the differences between the two versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the next iteration of the world’s most well-known franchise coming to Nintendo Switch...
WikiLeaks to US government: Stop leaking secrets!
Enlarge / Julian Assange's Wikileaks is shocked—shocked—that someone would leak secrets for political reasons.Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images reader comments 56 Share this story On Thursday, NBC News...
Google and Fiat-Chrysler will show off Android-as-a-car-OS concept
Enlarge / This is the current version of Uconnect, but the Android version should look a lot like this. FCA reader comments 8 Share this story Ars at CES 2017 Honor 6X released: A lot of phone for not...
Create your own Windows themes with Rainmeter 4.0
Rainmeter has earned itself a reputation as one of the finest free PC modding tools around, enabling you to tweak just about every aspect of your operating system. Its offers countless mods, skins, icons...
Star Wars IV in 4K already exists, so let's get excited about a public release
It’s one of the most iconic films of all time, and has made an appearance on pretty much every single format possible, but it’s looking hugely likely that a 4K version of Star Wars is close, with Rogue...
Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 Released Providing up to Five Years Support
While new releases of OpenStack debut every six months, organizations tend to want to run stable cloud deployments for longer period of time. As such, Red Hat is now providing its users with up to five...
Nokia’s upcoming Android phone could be very affordable
Two Nokia handsets, currently both known as the Nokia D1C, are rumored to be launching at MWC 2017 in late February, and the latest leak suggests they could start at just $150 (around £120/AU$200).That’s...
BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017: Welt am Sonntag
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German luxury carmaker BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company...
Moto G (2015)
Update: Time has passed, and Moto's latest line of budget-friendly phones is full of better options than the Moto G (2015). If you're interested in a good all-around smartphone that won't cost a whole...
Windows switching to differential patching in the Creators Update
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story Major Windows 10 updates, including this summer's Anniversary Update and next year's Creators Update, are distributed as essentially full operating system installs....
PSA: Free Doom 2 mod combines updated visuals, N64 version’s levels
Enlarge / Hurt me plenty.ModDB reader comments 0 Share this story Happy Halloween! We at Ars invite you to celebrate the most morbid of Western holidays with one of the most morbid Western game series...
Mac Evernote user? You may have lost some data
Evernote has confirmed in an email sent out to its users that a serious bug in some versions of its MacOS app has resulted in “a small number” of users losing their data. In the email, Evernote says that...
Hands-on review: LaCie Rugged USB-C 2TB
LaCie is probably not a name you'd recognise as a popular hard drive vendor. However, the Seagate-owned French brand ('Cie' is a shorter version of 'company' in French) has carved out a nice little niche...
CryptoWall Ransomware Sees Dramatic Decrease in Infections
While the groups using CryptoWall version 4 attempted to spread the ransomware to millions of users, they likely took in less than $18 million, according to an industry report. The well-known CryptoWall...
Witness the new Raspberry Pi interface, shiny and Chrome
There's some good news for the many millions of Raspberry Pi owners out there, and indeed those about to pull the trigger on a purchase, as they'll benefit from a fresh new interface which has been dubbed...
Opera's Free VPN Takes On Internet Privacy Challenge
Opera earlier this week released a new version of its browser, Opera 40, which comes with a free virtual private network service built in. The official rollout follows five months of user experimentation...
The unreleased Half-Life multiplayer mod that you can play now
Enlarge / A screenshot from the newly playable Half-Life mod Threewave shows where the "quad damage" logo was in the original Quake version. reader comments 4 Share this story It's not every day that...
Nvidia Unveils Single-Chip Version of Drive PX 2 for Autonomous Cars
The new offering will expand the GPU maker's portfolio of products aimed at the rapidly growing autonomous vehicle market. Nvidia officials are looking to accelerate the development of self-driving cars...
MSI's thin, light and quiet VR backpack is literally the coolest yet
MSI's has just announced its VR Backpack PC has evolved into its final form, the VR One. First debuting at the Tokyo Game Show, the MSI VR One features a new robotic armor pack design and a serious hardware...
LinkedIn launches 'Lite' version for mobile browsing in India
By Rishika Sadam LinkedIn Corp, the operator of the world's largest online business networking service, has launched in India a "Lite" version of its website for mobile browsing. The company, which is...
Sony to reveal two new PlayStation 4 consoles next month: Report
Sony will show off a new slimmer version of its current PlayStation 4 console next month, the Wall Street Journal reports, a smaller and less expensive machine that would go on sale alongside the upgraded...
Apple Watch Battery Life Issues Mean No LTE in Next Version: Report
Built-in cellular service in Apple's next smartwatch is being delayed as the company continues to struggle with LTE and battery life. Apple's next Apple Watch will still have to be used alongside an Apple...
Parallels Desktop 12 lets you play Overwatch on your Mac
A new version of Parallels Desktop has been unleashed for the Mac, boasting a number of fresh features including one that gamers will be particularly excited about.Parallels Desktop allows Mac users to...
Parallels for Mac has a new version, but no huge reason to upgrade
EnlargeParallels reader comments 0 Share this story Like clockwork, Parallels releases a new version of its desktop virtualization software for Mac computers every year. They often coincide with major...
The 6GB of RAM Galaxy Note 7 is real - but you won't be able to buy it
Samsung is set to release an even better version of the Galaxy Note 7 than we've already seen – but you probably won't ever be able to buy it.Samsung has confirmed a 6GB of RAM with 128GB storage version...
Apple Watch 2 to Boast Built-in GPS, Barometer, Better Battery: Reports
The next-gen Apple Watch will also have a faster processor and is expected to be released in the second half of 2016, according to reports. Apple's long-awaited next-generation Apple Watch 2 is now rumored...
Updated: The best free video editing software [August 2016]
IntroductionIt's the first law of movie-making: no matter how expensive your camera, or how skilled you are at using it, your raw footage will always be rubbish. And so, if you're looking to add a little...
Windows 10 Redstone 2 preview could be here sooner than you think
The fallout from the big Anniversary Update has barely settled, but already there are whispers on the Windows 10 grapevine that the first preview build of the Redstone 2 (RS2) version of the OS – the next...
Pixinote App Puts Photos, Notes Back on the World's Refrigerator Doors
In today's digital world, many people have stopped sending photos and personal notes via the U.S. Mail. Pixinote aims to bring them back. Social media and the internet connect people instantaneously,...
Round up: The best free keyloggers 2016
The best free PC monitoring softwareTrack kids' keystrokes and program useWhen it comes to protecting kids from online nasties, there are two schools of thought. One school prefers to block inappropriate...
At last, Pokemon Go is now available in the UK
It's happened. It's here. Pokémon Go is now available in the UK on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.The game began rolling out around the world on July 6 but was stalled before hitting the...
How To Get iOS 10 On Your iPhone Today
iOS 10 is the latest version of the firm's iPhone and iPad software, and after weeks of developer testing it is now being made available to the public to try.But as it's a beta version, there are likely...
New and improved CryptXXX ransomware rakes in $45,000 in 3 weeks
Enlarge / A screenshot from the latest version of CryptXXXSentinelOneWhoever said crime doesn't pay didn't know about the booming ransomware market. A case in point, the latest version of the scourge...
Android N Developer Preview 4 finalizes APIs, teases “7.0” version number
The latest version of the Android N Developer Preview is out, and the Developer Preview Program is really starting to wrap things up. Version 4 brings finalized APIs and the final SDK for developers,...
Minecraft Realms brings cross-platform play to Windows 10, iOS, Android, Gear VR
Minecraft for iOS, Android, Gear VR, and the version in the Windows 10 store, got a big upgrade today: Realms. Worlds built in the game can now be shared cross-platform, allowing users of the different...
Bethesda unveils Quake Champions, Prey, and a VR version of Fallout 4
Check out that motion blur on the tree creature.Bethesda might not have had anything on the scale of Fallout 4 to announce at its E3 press conference this year, but the publisher did have a few surprises...
Review: Updated: Moto G (2015)
Introduciton and designWhen the first Moto G arrived back in 2013, it was a revelation. It showed us that phones under £150 (US$220) didn't have to come with rubbish screens and dodgy performance. Now...
Halo 5 online multiplayer, Forge mode are coming to Windows 10 for free
This Halo 5 combatant looks like he's praying. If he's praying for some actual Halo 5 on PC, then he's in for some good news.Microsoft's play to bridge the gap between Xbox One consoles and Windows 10...
Quick Tip: Preventing WordPress Plugin Incompatibilities
With WordPress taking over more than 25% of the web, developers need to be able to prepare their plugin for maximum compatibility. According to the latest statistics, WordPress can be installed on six...
The Mi Max is Xiaomi’s new 6.44-inch smartphone
With a 6.44-inch display, the Mi Max will make anyone's hands look small. With a 6.44-inch display, the Mi Max will make anyone's hands look small. Yep that's big. It comes in three colors: white, gold,...
Players can start testing Forza’s first PC release on May 5
Forza 6 Apex's weather effects weren't shown in motion beyond a mere trailer tease, so we're curious whether rain detail will impact 4K performance.Microsoft/Turn 10After its late-February tease, Microsoft...
Amkette EvoTV 2 first impressions: The smart box for the Netflix age
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Published:April 28, 2016 2:07 pm Amkette EvoTV 2 box looks a lot like its predecessor though there is a dash of colour now in the form of orange stands for the box...
Opera bundles free, unlimited VPN client into its browser
Opera Software has become the first major browser maker to introduce a built-in VPN client for its Web users. The Norwegian company said that the latest version of its browser is only available via its...
Minecraft Education Edition, aimed at teachers, arrives in May
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it was expanding its investment in Minecraft, the popular game it acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, by building out a new version that would allow teachers...
Google launches distributed version of its TensorFlow machine learning system
Google today announced the launch of version 0.8 of TensorFlow, its open source library for doing the hard computation work that makes machine learning possible. Normally, a small point update like...
Next Apple Watch Will Be More 'S' Than 2
Most of the changes in the next version of the Apple Watch will be on the inside and not the outside of the case, according to an investors note issued Monday by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. His comments...
GifGrabber re-emerges as Giphy Capture
It looks like some of the $55m Giphy raised recently was burning a hole in its pocket: GifGrabber is now part of the Giphy family, and the new version of the app turned up in the Mac App store today....
New Dell XPS 13 review: Should Apple's MacBook beware?
The newest version of Dell’s well-received XPS 13 series can take on any MacBook – and then some. I spend most of my time within the Apple ecosystem: using MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads. But I’m not averse...
ISIS taps tech for Web radio
The Islamic State is harnessing apps and websites in an effort to distribute its radio station, Al-Bayan, via the Internet, the Middle East Media Research Institute warns. ISIS has released three versions...
Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard app to iPhone
Microsoft today released its first standalone keyboard application for iOS users. No, it’s not the rumored version of its Windows Phone keyboard that’s being ported to the iPhone –...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled his pay last year to $200 million
Google CEO Sundar Pichai cashed in big during his first full calendar year at the helm of the Internet giant, nearly doubling his total compensation to $200 million in 2016. Pichai received a salary of...
Google now has a Raspberry Pi-like computer for Android
Want to run Android, but don't want to buy a smartphone, tablet or Android TV device? Then this may be the answer to your prayers: Google has teamed up with Huawei to deliver the HiKey 960, a Raspberry...
Google made 'thousands of calls' to prevent advertisers from boycotting YouTube
An uproar that began with hate speech on YouTube was quelled only after a major charm offensive by Google. The Internet giant was forced to make an all-out public relations push in recent weeks to reassure...
YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Google
YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending...
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