Feature Archive

  1. What the advent of 5G—mmWave and otherwise—will mean for online gaming

    If you game on your portable devices, 5G could bring more consistent pings.

  2. Bridgefy, the messenger promoted for mass protests, is a privacy disaster

    Researchers notified the company in April of serious flaws that have yet to be fixed.

  3. Respawn point: The inevitable reincarnation of the corporate office

    Forget the utopian visions—nothing ever happens neatly, or without struggle.

  4. The Golden Age of computer user groups

    Long before subreddits, computer enthusiasts used to get together—in-person!

  5. War Stories: Diablo’s loot lottery was almost a turn-based affair

    Lead designer David Brevik reminisces on Rogue and the path almost-but-not-quite taken.

  6. Could a Dragon spacecraft fly humans to the Moon? It’s complicated

    "Do you really want to get to the Moon by 2024 or not?"

  7. Spooky action at a distance: The future magic of remote collaboration

    In a world where you have to social distance, how do you scrum?

  8. 2020 27-inch iMac review: A classic Mac for the end of an era

    With Apple Silicon around the corner, is this Intel-based Mac refresh a good buy?

  9. The 2021 Polestar 2 has a great cabin—and deep Android integration

    A welcome addition to the battery electric vehicle market.

  10. Lawn chairs and kitchen tables: Ergonomics in the involuntary work-from-home era

    Or, how to work at home for the long haul without violating workplace health and safety laws.

  11. Here’s why Apple believes it’s an AI leader—and why it says critics have it all wrong

    Apple AI chief and ex-Googler John Giannandrea dives into the details with Ars.

  12. Unsolved Mysteries of the Mortal Kombat Universe

    NetherRealm Studios digs deep into the lore of Mortal Kombat.

  13. How cell phones and Facebook are changing remote Nunatsiavut

    Canada’s Inuit culture has come to Instagram and Facebook.

  14. Flight Simulator hands-on: Microsoft looks different 20,000 feet in the air

    The news is (mostly) great: VR, Steam, TrackIR, night flying, tons more.

  15. OnePlus Nord review: Android’s best bang for your buck

    90Hz, modern design, and a $450 price? Awesome.

  16. The real science behind SETI’s hunt for intelligent aliens

    Inside the current hunt for “technosignatures” in radio waves.

  17. Meet the 4 frontrunners in the COVID-19 vaccine race

    Safety and immune responses look good, but do these vaccines work?

  18. Hands-on: The $300 Kano PC, a “build-it-yourself” Chromebook competitor

    2-in-1 Windows PC is fun and functional—but embarrassingly hefty.

  19. Are we ready to recycle the “rare earths” behind an energy revolution?

    New mines are coming, but the potential for recycling is huge.

  20. TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta

    ZFS features—with no command-line management.

  21. Apple has finally embraced key-based 2FA. So should you

    Hardware keys are more secure—and finally ready for the masses.

  22. The painstaking, hyper-granular process behind Amazon’s artful Undone

    Director/production designer Hisko Hulsing pulls back the mystery on rotoscoping magic.

  23. Paper Mario: The Origami King folds the usual RPG tropes into knots

    Family-friendly quest is a great introduction to puzzle-filled adventure.

  24. Ghost of Tsushima review: An open-world haiku of honor, stealth, and revenge

    A beautiful and story-rich contender for 2020's game of the year.

  25. How small satellites are radically remaking space exploration

    "There’s so much of the Solar System that we have not explored."

  26. Is SARS-CoV-2 airborne? Questions abound—but here’s what we know

    A look at the data on aerosol transmission.

  27. The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

    Before Flash Player sunsets this December, we talk its legacy with those who built it.

  28. Homebound with EarthBound

    On the 25th anniversary of the SNES game's US release, it feels more relevant than ever.

  29. The ~$100 tablet shootout—Amazon Fire 8 HD Plus vs. Walmart Onn 8 Tablet Pro

    The benchmarks are comparable to 2015 phones, but $100 Android tablets have come a long way.

  30. Human Interface: What (almost) every button in an F-15C fighter’s cockpit does

    We kick off a new video series designed to show off high-tech systems and how they work.

  31. A decidedly non-Linux distro walkthrough: Haiku R1/beta2

    1995’s finest operating system in 2020—plus, our $140 EVOO laptop rides again.

  32. How to move your role-playing game nights online

    A look at Roll20, which helps you run RPGs online.

  33. What’s new in Windows 10 Build 2004

    Improved Linux, Sandbox, and Cortana features dominate Build 2004's changelist.

  34. The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car

    GPS at your fingertips may now be ubiquitous, but it took a convergence of tech over decades.

  35. We bought Walmart’s $140 laptop so you wouldn’t have to

    EVOO's 11.6" EV-C-116-5 has more substantial problems than its low specs imply.

  36. What to expect from WWDC 2020: OS updates, ARM Macs, and more

    Will AirTags finally make an appearance? What about a new HomePod?

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