Technology

Netflix welcomes 2019 with Stranger Things 3 release date: July 4

Netflix/YouTube Netlfix bestowed a New Year’s gift to all Stranger Things fans last night: the release date of the show’s third season. Stranger Things 3 will debut on July 4, 2019. Just before 2018 ended, Netflix tweeted out another trailer for Stranger Things 3 (the above video is a shortened version from Netflix’s YouTube channel). …

Netflix welcomes 2019 with Stranger Things 3 release date: July 4 Read More »

Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means

The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today.”> Enlarge / The copyright to The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture) As the ball dropped over Times Square last night, all …

Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means Read More »

Let’s kick off 2019 by pondering the dismal future prospects for humanity

Enlarge / Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees speaks at Stephen Hawking’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. (credit: Ben Stansall/WPA Pool /Getty Images) Human kind has long harnessed the fruits of scientific research into revolutionary technologies, with a few tradeoffs along the way. The benefits have generally outweighed the …

Let’s kick off 2019 by pondering the dismal future prospects for humanity Read More »

What could have wiped 3km of rock off the entire Earth?

Enlarge / Antarctica today. (credit: Eli Duke) Believe it or not, the geology at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is extraordinarily common. There, layers of sedimentary rock lie flat atop angled layers of significantly more ancient metamorphic rock. The gap there is enormous—if Earth’s rocks constitute a book of the planet’s history, there are …

What could have wiped 3km of rock off the entire Earth? Read More »

A bewildered, far-from-conclusive look at the state of public gaming in Tokyo

TOKYO—I’m not sure how much of my life has included dreams of traveling to Japan, but I know it’s a majority. I’m a child of the ’80s who grew up pledging allegiance to Japanese video game makers while drooling over the arcade and console games that that nation not only produced, but often had early …

A bewildered, far-from-conclusive look at the state of public gaming in Tokyo Read More »

Review: Changeling mixes the best parts of podcasts and horror novels into one

(credit: Simon & Schuster UK) True crime has taken over entertainment. Regardless of what that says about our society, observe the fruits of this trend has been fascinating. It’s a pick-your-poison landscape now, filled with riveting podcasts, multi-part streaming series, and other mediums exploring (or exploiting, depending on your view) our interest in the horrible …

Review: Changeling mixes the best parts of podcasts and horror novels into one Read More »

June postscript: 5 unusual things you can make in an Internet-connected oven

Enlarge / The air-fried “churros” were delicious, but they tasted nothing at all like churros. (credit: Megan Geuss) Earlier this month, Ars reviewed the June Oven, an Internet-connected, seven-in-one device that pushes the boundaries of the traditional toaster oven. Overall, I felt pretty positive about the June, especially the internal camera that allows you to watch …

June postscript: 5 unusual things you can make in an Internet-connected oven Read More »

Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory

Enlarge On Sunday, auto blog Electrek reported that there were more than 3,300 Model 3 vehicles sitting in Tesla’s US inventory, according to an unnamed source familiar with the matter. The source added that, although Tesla has been working to sell every last vehicle before the end of December 31, when the $7,500 Federal Tax …

Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory Read More »

Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling

Video by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) Update: It’s New Year’s eve and Ars staffers are enjoying a winter break (inevitably filled with some joy rides and whatever that choose-your-own Black Mirror thing is). As such, we’re resurfacing a few favorites from the site archives appropriate for the occasion—like this tour of a facility that will …

Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling Read More »