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Chrome OS 64 beta allows Android apps to run in the background

  Smoothly running Android apps on Chrome OS has been a work in progress for years now. Google has done a lot to improve the experience of running mobile apps on its browser-based operating system, and it appears a forthcoming software update could fix one of the remaining problems. A report by Chrome Unboxed details [...]

By |2017-12-31T20:12:49+00:00December 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chrome OS 64 beta allows Android apps to run in the background

T-Mobile customer data plundered thanks to bad API

  A bug disclosed and patched last week by T-Mobile in a Web application interface allowed anyone to query account information by simply providing a phone number. That includes customer e-mail addresses, device identification data, and even the answers to account security questions. The bug, which was patched after T-Mobile was contacted by Motherboard's Lorenzo [...]

By |2017-12-26T20:14:18+00:00December 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on T-Mobile customer data plundered thanks to bad API

Our favorite—and least favorite—tech of 2017

  2017 is almost over. For most of us, there are reasons to be nostalgic and there are reasons to be glad we can just move on. That's how we feel about tech from this year, too. We've polled each member of the Ars Technica reviews team about their favorite and least favorite tech products [...]

By |2017-12-25T19:26:10+00:00December 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our favorite—and least favorite—tech of 2017

OkCupid begins enforcing real-name rules, insists its a good idea

  Over the past year, online dating service OkCupid has shaken up a few of its core features, and the changes have all pushed the service far closer to resembling rival dating app Tinder. Thursday's big change, however, sees the site borrowing a subtler Tinder "feature" that has long enraged users of other online platforms: [...]

By |2017-12-23T14:40:50+00:00December 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on OkCupid begins enforcing real-name rules, insists its a good idea

Chinese hackers go after think tanks in wave of more strikes

  2016 saw a significant drop-off in cyber-espionage by China in the wake of a 2015 agreement between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jingping. But over the course of 2017, espionage-focused breach attempts by Chinese hackers have once again been on the rise, according to researchers at CrowdStrike. Those attempts were capped [...]

By |2017-12-22T18:00:39+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chinese hackers go after think tanks in wave of more strikes

Geekbench and Reddit cracked why iPhones get slower over time

  Update: Apple has shared the following statement with TechCrunch confirming the functionality and its reasoning: Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices. Lithium-ion batteries become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge or as [...]

By |2017-12-21T18:31:31+00:00December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Geekbench and Reddit cracked why iPhones get slower over time

Hackers take control of security firm’s domain, steal secret data

  A Dutch security firm recently fell victim to a well-executed attack that allowed hackers to take control of its servers and intercept clients' login credentials and confidential data. The security firm, Fox-IT, said in a blog post published last week that the so-called "man-in-the-middle attack" lasted for 10 hours and 24 minutes, although the [...]

By |2017-12-20T17:17:23+00:00December 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hackers take control of security firm’s domain, steal secret data

New York City moves to create accountability for algorithms

  The algorithms that play increasingly central roles in our lives often emanate from Silicon Valley, but the effort to hold them accountable may have another epicenter: New York City. Last week, the New York City Council unanimously passed a bill to tackle algorithmic discrimination—the first measure of its kind in the country. The algorithmic [...]

By |2017-12-19T17:28:46+00:00December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New York City moves to create accountability for algorithms

Ars Technica System Guide: December 2017

  In classic Ars system guides, we assumed that everybody wants the same thing out of a computer—the only question is how much you spend. And in that case, the beloved "Budget Box / Hot Rod / God Box" classifications made a lot of sense. In this latest era of the guide, though, I'd like [...]

By |2017-12-17T16:09:48+00:00December 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ars Technica System Guide: December 2017

Stealth turns 40: Looking back at the first flight of Have Blue

  On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada. Looking more like a giant faceted gemstone than something designed to lift-off, the aircraft (nicknamed the "Hopeless Diamond") had been flown out to Groom Lake in parts aboard a Lockheed C-5 [...]

By |2017-12-16T16:33:35+00:00December 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stealth turns 40: Looking back at the first flight of Have Blue