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amazon prime day 2018: best deals on tvs, laptops, video games, and tech

share this storyupdate (5:35pm et): amazon's site still appears to be taking a beating as a result of the prime day rush, but if you are able to get through, we've updated our master deals list to include a few new discounts on the xbox one s, samsung galaxy s9, and more. we'll continue monitoring for new offers and dead deals and update accordingly.original article: greetings, arsians! courtesy of our friends at techbargains, we have another round of deals to share. and not just any deals—prime day deals.yes, today is the big one. the one the dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps rocky ii-style for. from now through tuesday, it's amazon's prime day 2018 event, in which the online shopping giant discounts...




developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a rat

share this storya kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers.colton grubbs used the handle kfc watermelon to advertise the luminositylink administrative tool on hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month. the indictment said the tool provided a variety of malicious capabilities including the ability for purchasers to control others’ computers, surreptitiously record users’ activities, and to view their files, login credentials, and personal information. the defendant, prosecutors said, also used the hacker forum and a website located at luminosity...




amazon prime day 2018: best deals on tvs, laptops, video games, and tech

share this storyupdate (5:35pm et): amazon's site still appears to be taking a beating as a result of the prime day rush, but if you are able to get through, we've updated our master deals list to include a few new discounts on the xbox one s, samsung galaxy s9, and more. we'll continue monitoring for new offers and dead deals and update accordingly.original article: greetings, arsians! courtesy of our friends at techbargains, we have another round of deals to share. and not just any deals—prime day deals.yes, today is the big one. the one the dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps rocky ii-style for. from now through tuesday, it's amazon's prime day 2018 event, in which the online shopping giant discounts...




news of trump passing cognitive test may make it harder to detect dementia

enlarge/ us president donald trump answers questions about the 2016 us election during a joint press conference with russian president vladimir putin after their summit on july 16, 2018 in helsinki, finland. getty | chris mcgrathshare this storynews reports in january that president donald trump passed a widely used test that screens for mild cognitive impairment flung the little-known clinical tool into public focus. google searches for the test—the montreal cognitive assessment (moca)—spiked as dozens of media reports shared parts or all of the test and political commentators batted it around.the president’s supporters proudly played up the test, boasting of trump’s perfect 30-out-of-30 score and using it to laugh down those who qu...




the essential phone at $250 is the best smartphone deal of the year

share this story the essential phone. the back is all ceramic. the screen goes all the way to the edge, but there's that camera notch. the bottom has a chin. on the back, you've got the led flash, a dual-camera setup, two contact points for the modular system, and a fingerprint reader. here you can make out the earpiece, which is a tiny slot in the top bezel. the bottom has a slot for a speaker and another for a microphone. there's also the usb-c port. the top is blank, which means there's no headphone jack. this side is blank... ...while this side has the power and volume buttons. it's amazon prime day, and that means a large collection of deals that may or may not be a great value. we have a big post covering muc...




developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a rat

share this storya kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers.colton grubbs used the handle kfc watermelon to advertise the luminositylink administrative tool on hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month. the indictment said the tool provided a variety of malicious capabilities including the ability for purchasers to control others’ computers, surreptitiously record users’ activities, and to view their files, login credentials, and personal information. the defendant, prosecutors said, also used the hacker forum and a website located at luminosity...




as pubg-like contenders emerge, islands of nyne might already have them beat

share this storyislands of nyne originally launched in a limited, closed-alpha state. over the weekend, it officially launched via steam early access, so we are updating our april report with impressions of what you can expect from the $24.99 game on windows 10.call it a trend, if not an outright phenomenon. battle royale games have officially catapulted into the industry's pole position, largely fueled by the neck-and-neck popularity contest between playerunknown's battlegrounds (pubg) and fortnite: battle royale. and over the past few months, we have learned that even more of these games will likely show up by year's end, with announcements attached to major series like call of duty and battlefield.the news follows plenty of latecomer...




uncharted fan film, starring nathan fillion, beats sony to live-action punch

share this story nathan fillion as nathan drake. allan unger drake punch. stephen lang as sully. mircea monroe as emily. drake's in a tight squeeze. ever since sony and naughty dog released the first uncharted video game, fans have pestered the companies about two things: wanting a live-action version, and dreaming of firefly's nathan fillion as its star. fillion's resemblance to fictional hero nathan drake, both in appearance and in sarcastic tone, has always been apparent.fillion himself got tongues wagging about the idea again over the weekend by posting a vague tease about the uncharted series on social media. he followed through on monday with quite the reveal: a 15-minute "fan film" (simply titled uncharted) in wh...




stranger things s3 teaser hides steve’s glorious hair, oozes mall nostalgia

share this storywith its first teaser, stranger things s3 is officially on the clock...through two seasons, the most dominant criticism of netflix's stranger things series has been that the show perhaps over-relies on nostalgia (and under-relies on things like original story or true stakes). but with its season teasers, the show seems to playfully lean into this. last year's season two trailer brought viewers hero kids in ghostbuster uniforms and ample amounts of dragon's lair, and, for season three, the team has focused on another staple of 1980s american culture: the mall.bookstores! old corporate logos! whatever these people were thinking with those pants, that hair, and all the bright color! made to lovingly look like an ad found on ...




ajit pai deals major setback to sinclair/tribune merger

enlarge/ fcc chairman ajit pai with his oversized coffee mug in november 2017.getty images | bloombergshare this storysinclair broadcast group's acquisition of tribune media company has run into a major roadblock at the federal communications commission.fcc chairman ajit pai said he won't approve the sinclair/tribune acquisition as it's currently structured, saying sinclair's plans for divested stations would violate the law. pai is recommending that the merger be reviewed by an administrative law judge, a move that could ultimately kill the deal.pai's decisions came after months of pressure from democratic lawmakers, consumer advocacy groups, and industry lobby groups. pai has been repeatedly accused of making regulatory changes that b...




microsoft killing off the old skype client, adding built-in call recording

enlarge/ skype 8.0.microsoftshare this storyskype's development history is a bit checkered; a wide range of clients has been developed with disparate features and a lack of clarity over direction. this has been especially true on windows, where two different clients were available—the "classic" client is a win32 application that can trace its heritage back to the days before microsoft bought skype, while the "modern" client shipped through the microsoft store—each with its own interfaces and features.microsoft has finally, however, managed to more or less unify its skype development across windows, macos, linux, and the mobile apps. this effort was itself years in the making (we reported on it in 2016), and with that work done, the co...




suspect behind bitcoin exchange that “catered to criminals” ordered to france

enlarge/ courts in thessaloniki, greece, rules extradition of the russian bitcoin master suspect alexander vinnik to france after the french authorities request. nicolas economou/nurphoto via getty imagesshare this storya greek court in thessaloniki ruled last week that the creator of a shady bitcoin exchange under investigation by american authorities will be extradited to france rather than to the united states or to his native russia.last summer, federal authorities identified alexander vinnik as a central figure in the massive bitcoin theft that was a major factor in the downfall of mt. gox, the japanese bitcoin exchange that led the market in bitcoin's early years. if vinnik is ultimately determined to be involved in the crash and ev...




d-wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system

enlarged-wave systemsshare this storyd-wave's hardware has always occupied a unique space on the computing landscape. it's a general-purpose computer that relies on quantum mechanical effects to perform calculations. and, while other quantum-computer makers have struggled to put more than a few dozen qubits together, d-wave's systems have already scaled to more than 2,000 addressable bits. but the d-wave systems don't perform calculations in the same way and, despite all those bits, haven't clearly demonstrated performance that can outpace even traditional computing hardware.but d-wave has come out with a research paper in science that suggests that the system can do interesting things even in its current state. the company's researcher...




dangerous plutonium stolen from rental car in a hotel parking lot

alex proimos / flickrshare this storytwo workers from the department of energy’s idaho national laboratory lost an undisclosed amount of plutonium and cesium from a rental car parked overnight in a san antonio, texas, hotel parking lot in a neighborhood known for car break-ins and other crimes, according to an article published monday by the center for public integrity.the loss of the highly radioactive material occurred in march 2017 and was discovered when the two workers awoke the next morning to find the window of their ford expedition had been smashed. missing were radiation detectors and small samples of plutonium and cesium used to calibrate them. the workers were transporting the equipment and materials during an assignment to retr...




amazon prime day 2018: best deals on tvs, laptops, video games, and tech

share this storyupdate (5:35pm et): amazon's site still appears to be taking a beating as a result of the prime day rush, but if you are able to get through, we've updated our master deals list to include a few new discounts on the xbox one s, samsung galaxy s9, and more. we'll continue monitoring for new offers and dead deals and update accordingly.original article: greetings, arsians! courtesy of our friends at techbargains, we have another round of deals to share. and not just any deals—prime day deals.yes, today is the big one. the one the dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps rocky ii-style for. from now through tuesday, it's amazon's prime day 2018 event, in which the online shopping giant discounts...




the downfall of theranos, from the journalist who made it happen

enlargedavid paul morris/bloomberg via getty imagesshare this storyover the last few years, the failed biomedical startup theranos has become synonymous with some of the worst aspects of silicon valley. through a combination of hubris, mendacity, and paranoid secrecy, the company fooled investors and the press into thinking it had created a nearly magical medical tricorder, earning a "unicorn" valuation of $9 billion before the whole endeavor was revealed to be smoke and mirrors.much ink has been spilled documenting theranos' rise and then fall—but the most important work has arguably been that of wall street journal reporter john carreyrou. and bad blood: secrets and lies in a silicon valley startup, his recent book on the subject, is a...




amazon prime day 2018: best deals on tvs, laptops, video games, and tech

share this storygreetings, arsians! courtesy of our friends at techbargains, we have another round of deals to share. and not just any deals—prime day deals.yes, today is the big one. the one the dealmaster has been stretching and preparing and running up steps rocky ii-style for. from now through tuesday, it's amazon's prime day 2018 event, in which the online shopping giant discounts an absolute truckload of things for members of its prime subscription service. if you don't pay for prime, you'll have to sit this one out, but remember that new signups can still get a 30-day trial for free.now, is amazon going to pass off a whole lot of junk as "deals" over the next two days? you betcha. is the whole event a giant ad for an already ma...




amazon prime day 2018: competing deals from walmart, best buy, dell, newegg

share this storygreetings, arsians! the dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. today, as you may have heard, amazon prime day begins—it's the annual sales event/advertisement/sunk cost celebration in which amazon discounts thousands of items for members of its prime subscription service.while more than 100 million people now subscribe to prime, the event still leaves a big chunk of would-be bargain hunters out in the cold, and the recent price hikes to the service don't make it any more welcoming. naturally, this has left the door open for competing stores to swoop in and try to capitalize on the prime day buzz with alternative deals of their own.below we've rounded up a preliminary list of tech deals from non-amaz...




elon musk could face lawsuit for calling cave rescuer a “pedo guy”

enlarge/ elon musk speaks onstage at sxsw on march 11, 2018 in austin, texas. getty images | diego donamaria share this storya diver who helped rescue boys trapped in a thailand cave may sue elon musk after the tech billionaire called the rescuer a "pedo guy."diver vernon unsworth was instrumental in the rescue, and he said that musk's attempt to build a small submarine for the rescue effort was a "pr stunt" that had no chance of working. musk soon promised to prove unsworth wrong—and lobbed a baseless charge of pedophilia at the rescuer.in a series of tweets yesterday, musk initially challenged unsworth to "show [the] final rescue video" before writing, "you know what, don't bother showing the video. we will make one of the mini-...




uber faces new probe over alleged gender discrimination in hiring practices

enlarge/ dara khosrowshahi, chief executive officer of uber, arrives at the sun valley resort for the annual allen & company sun valley conference, july 10, 2018 in sun valley, idaho.drew angerer/getty imagesshare this storythe united states equal employment opportunity commission has opened a formal investigation into the hiring and employment practices of uber.according to the wall street journal, the probe has been going on since august 2017. it seeks to reveal whether there is a pay disparity between male and female employees, among other labor concerns.uber did not immediately respond to ars’ question as to how many federal inquiries the company currently faces, but the company told multiple media outlets in a statement that uber h...