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Five things every Nova Launcher user should try

Nova Launcher is one of the most popular third-party home screens in the Android ecosystem. If you’ve never tried it, the enthusiasm for it probably seems rather odd. What can possibly be so good about increasing the number of rows or columns on your home screen or installing icon packs, lots...

Tech

Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas

Enlarge Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Altiplano—or, as it is affectionately known 'round these parts, “the llama game”—displays a hobby in rude creative health...

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Faster and farther: Bulls Cross E8 electric bike review

Enlarge (credit: Eric Bangeman) As the managing editor of Ars Technica, one of my duties is to monitor the daily torrent of news tips and PR emails. The overwhelming majority of them is deleted after a glance, and the news tips and story ideas are passed along to the appropriate writer. Sometimes...

Tech

Made by Mozilla: 5 Cool Apps and Tools From the Developers of Firefox

Mozilla is synonymous with Firefox, which remains one of the best web browsers in the world. But there’s a lot more happening at Mozilla these days, from cool mobile apps to exploring and protecting the internet. Check it out. You probably know that Mozilla also makes apps like Thunderbird, an...

Tech

Instagram Adds a Questions Sticker to Stories

Instagram has added a new Questions sticker designed to make your Stories much more engaging. As its name suggests the Questions sticker enables you to put out the call for friends to ask you questions, and you can reply directly to any that interest you. In October 2017, Instagram introduced a Poll...

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Windows 10 Won’t Boot? Try These 12 Fixes to Get Your PC Running Again

Few computer issues are quite as frustrating as a PC that refuses to boot up. When your system can’t even initialize, it’s difficult to make any headway in locating the source of the problem. Of course, there’s no reason to despair. Even if things look bleak for your PC, you can tr...

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The Computer Mouse Guide: 8 Things to Know When Buying a Mouse

When you’re thinking about the best ways to upgrade your computer, you probably don’t give much thought to your mouse. All mice are the same, right? Well, not quite. It’s one of the most-used pieces of hardware with your PC. You shouldn’t be stuck with the same cheap piece of...

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How to Beat the Summer Heat Without an AC: 4 Tips for Staying Cool

If it’s really hot out and you want to stay cool, you need an air conditioner. There’s no getting around that, and you’d want to keep your home at optimal temperatures while using the least amount of energy. But if you don’t have an AC, can’t install one, or want to red...

Internet

YouTube TV gives users one week free following World Cup livestream outage

YouTube TV suffered an outage in the middle of the semifinal match between England and Croatia on Wednesday, causing outrage among viewers. To (somewhat) make up for the flop, YouTube TV is giving users a one-week credit, according to an email sent to customers, reports Variety. If you hav...

Android

Facebook Hires Away Googler Who Led Team Behind Pixel 2’s Pixel Visual Core

When Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL last year, one of the most interesting bits of info about its release was the surprise inclusion of Google’s first in-house chipset called Pixel Visual Core. While it wasn’t the silicon powering the entire device like the latest Snapdragon...


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