Technology

Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018

Enlarge / The Apple Watch series 4. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Farewell, 2018. You brought us Facebook scandal after Facebook scandal, vastly more devices with Alexa and Google Assistant than anyone needs, a nosedive for net neutrality, endless political and regulatory challenges for Chinese smartphone makers, and oh so many notch-equipped smartphones. We’re ready for about …

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All we want for Christmas is the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us

Us.”> Enlarge / Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o) tells her kids (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to get their shoes on and be ready to run in Us. (credit: YouTube/Universal) This Christmas Day, we get our first look at the trailer for Us, Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to his 2017 film Get Out. And it looks …

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Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you

Ars tests an Ultra Saber replica lightsaber (video link) Update: It’s Christmas day and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with series binge-watching and fancy egg preparations). As such, we’re resurfacing a few favorites from the site archives appropriate for the occasion—like this review of what may possibly be the nerdiest (and most …

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Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case

Enlarge / The 1861 notebook of Sir William Crookes, containing all his data on thallium samples. (credit: SSPL/Getty Images) There’s rarely time to write about every cool science story that comes our way. So this year, we’re running a special Twelve Days of Christmas series of posts, highlighting one story that fell through the cracks …

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Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants

How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. (credit: Germanborrillo) An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet’s X “moonshot” division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of investors led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund that counts Jeff Bezos and …

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Dial Code: Santa Claus is our new favorite holiday cult classic

Dial Code: Santa Claus.“> Enlarge / Christmas Eve turns violent for young Thomas as Santa goes on a murderous rampage in Dial Code: Santa Claus. (credit: American Genre Film Archive) One year before young Macauley Culkin gleefully terrorized would-be burglars in the 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone, a Rambo-obsessed little boy named Thomas battled a murderous …

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TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges

Warning: This story discusses a handful of specific moments from TV in 2018. Though we’ve strived to avoid spoiling anything too major, please note this list includes specific references to The Good Place, Star Trek: Discovery, Westworld, Bojack Horseman, Preacher, The Americans, Killing Eve, and The Haunting of Hill House, among others. We are in the era of “peak TV,” …

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