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Apple introduces its large-scale gym partnership program, Apple Watch Connected

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 5. (credit: Valentina Palladino) According to a report from CNBC, Apple this week introduced “Apple Watch Connected,” an initiative that sees the Cupertino company partnering with major gym chains to bring Apple Watch-related technologies and benefits to members of those gyms. Benefits include workout machines that play nice with …

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This amazing glitch puts Star Fox 64 ships in an unmodified Zelda cartridge

In my years writing about games for Ars, I’ve covered my fair share of surprising glitches, long-secret codes, arbitrary code execution tricks, and deeply hidden content buried within some classic games and hardware. But none of that prepared me for the above Twitch video clip I saw this morning, showing a fleet of flying Arwings …

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Star Trek: Picard frontloads fanservice so it can get on with going boldly

Picard’s first impulse is to slowly tear down the sense of comfort and safety the audience starts with.”> Enlarge / The character Picard’s first impulse is to be comforting and safe. The show Picard’s first impulse is to slowly tear down the sense of comfort and safety the audience starts with. (credit: CBS) The first …

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China locks down 35M people as US confirms second coronavirus case

Enlarge / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – JANUARY 24: Disinfection workers wearing protective gear spray anti-septic solution in a train terminal amid rising public concerns over the spread of China’s Wuhan Coronavirus at SRT train station on January 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (credit: Getty | Chung Sung-Jun) An outbreak of a never-before-seen coronavirus continued …

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Google I/O 2020 set for May 12-14 at Shoreline Amphitheater

The Shoreline Amphitheater, the home of Google I/O. It’s right in Google’s backyard. (credit: Shoreline Amphitheatre) The dates are set for Google I/O 2020—Google’s biggest show of the year will take place on May 12-14. As usual, the show is at the Shoreline Amphitheater, an outdoor venue located right next to Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Google …

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Sonos sunsets several smart speakers’ software support, spurring storm [Updated]

Enlarge / The Sonos Connect:Amp in what is soon to be its natural setting: a room filled with old stuff that may or may not work. (credit: Sonos) Update: Sonos CEO Patrick Spence published an open letter to Sonos customers Wednesday, apologizing for the way his company handled the announcement. Spence pledged to keep legacy …

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Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment

The Galaxy Fold, screen off, featuring the big crease down the middle. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] The Galaxy Fold was supposed to be The Future™. Samsung, the world’s leading display manufacturer, invested six years and $130 million to birth its ultimate creation: the flexible OLED display. And with the holy grail of display technology under its …

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Librem 5 phone hands on—Open source phone shows the cost of being different

The Librem 5. This is the home screen, I guess? It is just totally blank. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] It is hard to do something truly different in the smartphone industry. Companies, especially smaller companies, are all working from the same parts bin with the same manufacturing partners. You take your Qualcomm SoC, your Samsung …

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