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Google Pixel 4 review—Overpriced, uncompetitive, and out of touch

The Pixel 4 XL. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] The Pixel 4 arrived on the market as one of the most leaked, most talked about smartphones of 2019. This year, Google seems like it is really trying to find something unique to offer, with new features like the Google-developed “Motion Sense” radar gesture system, face unlock, a 90Hz display, the next-gen ...

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Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Finding a gift for your most tech-savvy friends and family can be tough, especially with electronics getting more expensive as the years go by. While it may seem like the only electronics worth getting are those that exist outside of your budget, that’s not actually the case. Plenty of tech gifts are available at affordable prices—the ...

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Space-grade CPUs: How do you send more computing power into space?

Mars beckons. (credit: NASA) Phobos-Grunt, perhaps the most ambitious deep space mission ever attempted by Russia, crashed down into the ocean at the beginning of 2012. The spacecraft was supposed to land on the battered Martian moon Phobos, gather soil samples, and get them back to Earth. Instead, it ended up helplessly drifting in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for a ...

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Can science break its plastic addiction?

Enlarge / There is no shortage of plastic in your average science lab. (credit: © Daniel Stier at Twenty Twenty and Miren Marañón at East Photographic for Mosaic) Lucy Gilliam has an infectious passion for environmental action. Today, she works in Brussels on environmental transport policy. But in the early 2000s, she was a molecular microbiologist in Hertfordshire. Like many ...

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Video: A chat with Mac Walters on the unsolved mysteries of the Mass Effect universe

Video shot by Justin Wolfson and Raoul Bhatt, edited by Aulistar Mark. Click here for transcript. Our “War Stories” and “Unsolved Mysteries” gaming videos have gotten us some amazing interviews. We’ve talked to folks like Dead Space’s Glen Schofield; the power duo of Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, who made Star Control and The Ur-Quan Masters; and even Lord ...

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Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages (credit: designer491 / Getty Images) Once upon a time, there was a phone company—or rather, the phone company. AT&T Corp., the venerable “Ma Bell,” provided nearly all telephone service to nearly all Americans for decades… until it didn’t. The company infamously broke up on New Year’s Day in ...

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The best new board games from the world’s biggest board game show

Enlarge / There were a lot of people at Essen this year. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. For four days each year, the German city of Essen becomes the center of the tabletop gaming universe. The annual Internationale Spieltage fair—better known simply as “Spiel”—sees publishers from ...

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Death Stranding is Kojima unleashed, and it’s as weird as you’d expect

A certain sect of gamer has been waiting for this one since 2016. (credit: Kojima Productions) Death Stranding is Hideo Kojima unleashed. That sentence carries a lot of weight in the video game universe, where solid personal branding and marketing across decades of Metal Gear titles means Kojima ranks as one of the rare game auteurs players actually know by ...

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