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Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows

Enlarge / Manufacturers would prefer it if iFixit guides (like the one pictured on a Motorola Xoom from 2011) didn’t exist. (credit: iFixit) Kelsea Weber is apologetic for being hard to get ahold of. “We were all busy tearing down the iPhone XS,” she says. A few minutes’ conversation with Kelsea is enough to convince you that she would be ...

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The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things

Enlarge / Robots making things! (credit: Getty / Ekkasit Keatsirikul / EyeEm) Big data, analytics, and machine learning are starting to feel like anonymous business words, but they’re not just overused abstract concepts—those buzzwords represent huge changes in much of the technology we deal with in our daily lives. Some of those changes have been for the better, making our ...

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The best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019

C’mon, how can you deny Keanu? (credit: Xbox / Microsoft) LOS ANGELES—There’s no getting around it: Walking through the Los Angeles Convention Center for 2019’s Electronic Entertainment Expo felt weird. This year’s new Sony-sized hole compounded the fact that Xbox and EA held events elsewhere (and Activision, once again, didn’t really show up). As a result, this year’s E3 was ...

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Guidemaster: Ars picks 11 gifts you can get Dad for Father’s Day 2019

Enlarge / These kids evidently got their dad a tie or some kind of parking lot toy… were wireless, noise-cancelling headphones not yet a thing? (credit: Los Angeles Examiner/USC Libraries/Corbis) The annual day devoted to dads is approaching yet again, so it’s time to start thinking (if you haven’t already) about what you can do to make your father figure ...

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DOOM Eternal gameplay world premiere: Devil horns in the air—literally

If your workplace has rules that restrict images of virtual blood and gore, consider this your last warning: DOOM Eternal only looks more gruesome from here on out. [credit: id Software ] SANTA MONICA, Calif.—I don’t often get as jazzed about an in-development video game the way I have about DOOM Eternal. After playing its 20-minute E3 demo to completion ...

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EverQuest’s long, strange 20-year trip still has no end in sight

Behold, EverQuest—looks a bit different than it did in 2000, eh? [credit: Daybreak Games ] Twenty years ago, a company in Southern California launched an online game that would go on to serve as the model for many more titles to come in the massively multiplayer online RPG (MMORPG) space. And unlike many games that sought to replace it over ...

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War Stories: How Subnautica made players love being hunted by sea creatures

Directed by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, game designer Charlie Cleveland had a goal: he wanted to make a game that wasn’t built around guns and combat. The underwater exploration game he and the folks at Unknown Worlds Entertainment eventually built is a sleeper masterpiece—a game ...

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Lenovo Smart Clock review: A small smart display that doesn’t display much

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Google, Amazon, Facebook, and the like want to convince you that you need a smart display. But as we’ve explored in previous reviews, most smart displays are luxury versions of their screen-less counterparts. Everything that you can do with an Amazon Echo or a Google Home can be done with a comparable smart display, but the ...

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