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Y Combinator invests in a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant

Y Combinator has invested $120,000 in Mac’d, a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant that lets customers choose their own adventure from the beginning. I popped over to one of the Mac’d locations last week in San Francisco to get my mac on and chat with the founders. For starters, th...

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Facebook buys Vidpresso’s team and tech to make video interactive

Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it. That’s set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive, full of conversation with broadcasters and fellow viewers. It’s racing against Twitch, YouTub...

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Airbnb shows off new collaboration features that let co-travelers plan trips together

In recent years, Airbnb has been working to expand its business beyond accommodations, by becoming a more robust travel companion with features like guidebooks, suggested experiences, and full-service hospitality for high-end travelers with its still invite-only Airbnb Beyond, for example. Now the...

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The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide

Enlarge / A few gadgets we think will be appreciated this school year. (credit: Jeff Dunn) College is a time for meeting new people, opening up your worldview, taking in new experiences, reading (please, for the love of God, read), and generally experiencing the last years of a life untainted by...

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Bitcoin and ether are both down more than two-thirds from their peaks

Enlarge / Ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network. (credit: https://ethereumprice.org/) Ether, the currency of the Ethereum network, has plunged 9 percent over the last 24 hours. The virtual currency is now worth about $290—the first time it has been below $300 this year. The decl...

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This Bugatti EB110 video is a great reminder of the 1990s supercar boom

Raphael GAILLARDE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Bugatti in 2018 is precisely where corporate parent Volkswagen wants it to be. The Alsatian automaker is once again known the world over for making what some consi...

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Archaeologists use ancient dirty dishes to reconstruct climate shifts

Enlarge / Artist's reconstruction of the east and west mounds at Çatalhöyük. In the foreground, you can see the newer west mound, with the older east mound decaying in the background. (credit: Çatalhöyük Research Project) Around 8,200 years ago, melting glaciers...

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Lenovo’s new P1 workstation packs Xeon, 64GB ECC RAM, 4TB SSD into 0.7 inches

If you need more power than the typical 13-inch Ultrabook can handle, Lenovo's new mobile workstations might be the answer. The ThinkPad P1 looks like a 15-inch Ultrabook, 0.7 inches thick and under 4lbs, but inside, it has a mobile Xeon processor, up to 64GB of ECC RAM, and as much as 4TB SS...

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Just like iOS 11, Apple is delaying a key feature of iOS 12: Group FaceTime

Enlarge / Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Apple released the seventh beta build of iOS 12 today. The update is focused on performance improvements on older devices—a tentpole promise of iOS 12—but the beta release notes reveal something un...

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AMD vs Intel: which chipmaker does processors better?

Now that the battle between Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen has died down a bit, and the war between Ryzen 2nd Generation and Cannon Lake is about to begin. It’s also time for us to dive into the perennial deathmatch: AMD vs Intel.Essentially acting as the brain of your computer, the best processors...


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