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Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place

Enlarge (credit: iRobot ) We could all use a little more help around our home, and luckily now there’s a lot of tech that can lend a hand. There are a plethora of smart home devices that can do everything from lock your doors, vacuum your carpets, or keep a watchful eye over your possessions while you’re away. Wading through ...

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5G won’t change everything, or at least probably not your things

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of millimeter-wave 5G speeds. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) The long-touted fifth generation of wireless communications is not magic. We’re sorry if unending hype over the world-changing possibilities of 5G has led you to expect otherwise. But the next generation in mobile broadband will still have to obey the current generation of the laws of physics ...

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Video: How Oddworld solved its narrative problems with mind control

Video shot by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. Some games entice you into playing them with loud marketing campaigns, sexualized cover art, or the promise of ludicrous over-the-top violence. But then there are games like Lorne Lanning’s Oddworld series—games that don’t lead with muscle- or bikini-clad heroes and defy easy categorization. Games like Oddworld tempt ...

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How neural networks work—and why they’ve become a big business

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) The last decade has seen remarkable improvements in the ability of computers to understand the world around them. Photo software automatically recognizes people’s faces. Smartphones transcribe spoken words into text. Self-driving cars recognize objects on the road and avoid hitting them. Underlying these breakthroughs is an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. Deep learning ...

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Dealmaster: The Cyber Monday tech deals worth knowing about

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a jumbo-sized roundup of hand-picked Cyber Monday tech deals. To be candid, many of the discounts we’re seeing on Black Friday’s sister holiday are similar to what we saw last week. We do have some new offers worth noting, including new Nintendo Switch bundles, a Sonos speaker sale, monitor ...

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Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts to share—and, well, it’s the big one. While the holiday sales have been steadily trickling out over the past few weeks, it’s now Black Friday, which means the floodgates are officially open for tech deals across the Web. Now, as is often the case with ...

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Ubuntu 19.10: It’s fast, like “make old hardware feel new” fast

Leaves are turning. Temperatures have dipped. These are sure signs—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, at least—that Canonical’s Autumn release is upon us. Things are a bit different in 2019, however. Not only is Ubuntu 19.10 nicknamed Eoan Ermine (no, I don’t know how you pronounce it either), but it’s the best non-LTS Ubuntu release Canonical has ever put ...

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2019 16-inch MacBook Pro review: Bye-bye, butterfly

The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ] The 16-inch MacBook Pro seems like the closest thing Apple might ever make to an apology tour. While it sticks to many of the principles established in the 2016 redesign for the product line, its major changes over the just-discontinued 15-inch model include an overhauled keyboard and improved thermal performance—the chief ...

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