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Xiaomi Mi 8 specs: Should OnePlus and others be on the lookout?

The Xiaomi Mi 8 is finally official, alongside the rather fetching Mi 8 Explorer Edition (seen above) and the cheaper Mi 8 SE phone. Is the base Mi 8 an underwhelming device? Will the Mi 8 SE have enough grunt for you? Is the Mi 8 Explorer Edition more than just a transparent phone? You can check o...


UK Deals of the Week: £120 off Samsung Galaxy S8, Gear S3 Classic for £189

Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile.Editor's PickSamsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus review: Almost to Infinity Update (2/16): Wi...


Samsung HW-N650 soundbar

The HW-N650 is latest soundbar to emerge from Samsung’s state-of-the-art Audio Lab in California. The company’s investment in audio development has already paid dividends, with a number of very impressive soundbars launched over the last few years. This year sees Samsung build on that su...


After dispute on freeway, Uber driver shot his passenger, who died soon after

Enlarge / Morning rush hour traffic makes its way along I-25 on October 12, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (credit: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Denver police announced Friday that they had arrested a local 29-year-old Uber driver, Michael A. Hancock, on suspected first-degree murder....


The original Doom cartridges, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history

Enlarge / Cutting edge at the time, we swear. Doom (1993): Doom’s success lay not only with its addicting gameplay and technical innovations, such as its introduction of a portable game engine, but also in its innovative digital distribution. Note the prominent “shareware” adver...


“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”—high-end auto designers go electric

Enlarge (credit: Jaguar) Change comes hard. And sometimes, it's slow. Until recently, no industry played closer to that model more than that of the automobile. Ever since the first series-produced cars of the 1900s placed the big internal combustion lump of iron at the front, the drive wheels at...


Here’s how to send Ars confidential information, securely

Enlarge (credit: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) In the wake of the 2013 Snowden revelations, a lot of reporters, including here at Ars, began to take a long look at the digital tools we were using for secure communications. After all, the National Security Agency whistleblower famously t...


Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal

Enlarge / No, no. Time crystals aren't anything like The Dark Crystal. (credit: Jim Henson Studios) Sometimes, a paper contains so many buzzwords it is hard to take it seriously. Time crystals were first mooted in 2012, and a realistic discrete time crystal was observed in 2017. The crystals we a...


In California, utilities will spend $768 million on electric car infrastructure

Enlarge / Detail of the plug of an electric car being charged (credit: Getty Images) On Thursday, California regulators approved three plans from the state's three largest utilities, which will together result in nearly $768 million in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure spending. As a whol...


Best free and public DNS servers of 2018

DNS (Domain Name System) is a system which translates the domain names you enter in a browser to the IP addresses required to access those sites.Your ISP will assign you DNS servers whenever you connect to the internet, but these may not always be the best choice. Slow DNS servers can cause a lag be...

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