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Samsung could launch a cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 8
At $929 (£869, about AU$1,499) the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a seriously expensive phone. So expensive that many would-be buyers may not be able to afford or justify it, but Samsung might be working on...
Redmi 4A now has an elder sibling, but only in China
Xiaomi today launched the Redmi Note 5A at an event in China. The Redmi Note 5A can be considered as a successor of the Redmi 4A or a toned-down version of the Redmi Note 4. Unlike the Redmi 4A, the Redmi...
Raspberry Pi’s new Raspbian update makes DIY computing even smoother
Raspberry Pi owners will be glad to know a new version of the Raspbian operating system has been unleashed on the world.Raspbian is the OS built specially for the Raspberry Pi, and its latest version,...
AMD launches Radeon RX Vega and returns to high-end graphics cards
Radeon RX Vega is finally here with two high-end graphics cards from AMD.After months of rumors, leaks and slivers of actual reveals, AMD has finally announced its next generation Radeon RX Vega graphics...
Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design may not be as expensive as you'd expect
Huawei's most expensive wearable yet is now out in the UK, but you may not be shocked by the price considering the market the Porsche Design product is aiming at.The Huawei Watch 2 Porsche Design is on...
Microsoft confirms it's not killing off Paint after outpouring of support
Microsoft is not killing off its Paint app in the next update of Windows 10, the company said late on Monday, after fears that the iconic software could be ditched. The U.S. technology company recently...
Microsoft Surface Pro: the latest news, tips and accessories
The 2017 version of the Surface Pro (Microsoft has decided to dispense with version numbers) is a huge improvement on the previous iteration, showing that Microsoft has taken the time to listen to users...
OnePlus 5 India launch, price and everything you need to know
OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone company, which has stood out of the league to leave an impression with some amazing value for money smartphones has is back with it's fourth iteration of flagship, the...
Mac gamers are in for a blast as Hitman arrives on macOS
Back at the start of the year, the compelling stealth action-adventure title Hitman made its way from Windows onto Linux, and now the same developer has brought the game to macOS.You can thank Feral Interactive...
Microsoft Surface Pro
There’s no doubt that the Surface Pro 4 has its fair share of issues, many of which took a bit too long to rectify or at least patch up. With the new, numberless Surface Pro, it couldn’t be more obvious...
WWDC 2017: what to expect
Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2017 is just days away, and as well as the announcement of iOS 11, we’re likely to hear about a variety of other new software – such as watchOS 4 – and even...
Kodi 18 'Leia' release date date and beta features
Kodi 17 Krypton hasn't been out for that long, but already attention has been turned to the next release, version 18. This time around, the XBMC Foundation has not let the community vote for a codename. Instead,...
HTC U11 colors: what shade do you want for your next phone?
The color of your new phone is one of the biggest decisions you need to make when you're looking to upgrade. You're likely to be stuck with it for upwards of two years and looking at it multiple times...
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...
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