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Wolfenstein Youngblood review: In my day, we called this an expansion pack

Enlarge / Soph and Jess, ready for duty. (credit: Bethesda) Five years ago, the Wolfenstein game series enjoyed a triumphant return as a back-to-basics excuse to virtually slaughter hundreds of mechanized Nazis. Its 2017 sequel was fine enough but failed to turn any gears in terms of gameplay evolution. And now we have another game in …

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Guidemaster: Ars tested and found the best USB-C accessories you can get now

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) The transition to USB-C hasn’t been smooth or swift, but that won’t matter when you need to upgrade accessories to fit your new USB-C computer. OEMs started forcing users into the USB-C world by making their flagship laptops and tablets USB-C only. And while USB-A ports aren’t scarce by any means, …

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Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem

Enlarge (credit: UNC Charlotte) Recent excavations south of Jerusalem unearthed a ditch used to defend against siege towers, along with a ruined house Crusaders may have used as cover during a battle. The finds confirm some oft-questioned details of historical accounts of the First Crusade, including how a ditch along the city’s southern wall thwarted …

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SpaceX scrubs third Dragon flight due to weather, will try again Thursday

Enlarge (credit: SpaceX) 6:30pm ET Wednesday Update: SpaceX took the countdown down to T-30 seconds, but at that time the company had to scrub the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket due to poor weather conditions. Inconveniently, a fairly large thunderstorm complex moved over the launch site just as the clock was counting down. The …

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Still available via Google Analytics: Data slurped from 4 million browsers

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) Six days after Ars revealed an online service selling links to tax returns, prescription refills, and reams of other sensitive information collected from more than four million browsers, the data remains available to existing customers—thanks, in part, to essential assistance from Google Analytics. In a July 11 email, Nacho …

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TV blackouts hit record high as customers get screwed by industry squabbles

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | AndreyPopov) Broadcast TV stations are being blacked out on cable and satellite TV systems in record numbers this year, with 230 blackouts so far in 2019. That beats the record of 213 blackouts set in 2017, even though 2019 is just seven months old. The 230 figure represents a huge …

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FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

Enlarge / The company can afford to shrug it off. (credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images) The Federal Trade Commission today announced a long-rumored, record-smashing $5 billion settlement with Facebook over allegations related to user privacy. The fine is high, and the settlement demands more privacy oversight at the company. But what the deal does …

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Rutger Hauer, genre actor and Blade Runner icon, has died at 75

Blade Runner.”> Enlarge / Hauer on the set of Blade Runner. (credit: Warner Bros) Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, an icon of genre fiction perhaps best known to general audiences for his portrayal of renegade android Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic Blade Runner, died on Friday. As reported today in Variety, Hauer’s agent …

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Arkansas’ ban on veggie-meat labels is total bologna, says Tofurky

Enlarge / A stack of plant-based Impossible Burgers. (credit: Impossible Foods) Tofurky is searing mad over Arkansas’ new food-labeling law that prevents makers of meatless meat products from using words such as “burger,” “sausage,” “roast,” “jerky,” and “meat” in their labeling. Instead, veggie burgers and sausages will have to be served up with unappetizing descriptors …

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