Qualcomm was all 5G all the time this week.
US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist
Plus: European AI researchers to create a new lab
Roundup Hello, welcome to this week's AI roundup.…
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.
PAX Unplugged, the tabletop board gaming conference that emerged from the PAX video game conference empire, took place in Philadelphia last week. It was bigger and better than last year's inaugural event, with more space allocated to the exhibit floor and an amazing "first look" section of games, many of which are not yet out in North America.
It was impossible to play even a fraction of the new material available, but I did my best, spending three straight days at the con and playing plenty of "new hotness" along with a few older games (hello, Roll Player). Here, I want to run down a few of the most interesting that might appeal to the Ars crowd—even if not all held my attention equally in the end.
Plus, US Congress wants more cybersec training, better breach laws
Sextortion emails take a dark turn and are now trying to infect users with the GandCrab ransomware.
'Sun in a box' system promises power storage from molten silicon
Energy boffins have proposed an alternative to lithium-ion batteries: Instead of costly electrochemical cells, which have been known to burst into flames, they have devised a "sun in a box" to store energy for power utilities.…
The latest update, WatchOS 5.1.2, rolled out two new heart features that could help warn users of life-threatening conditions.
We closed a lot of rings to test the six-hour activity tracking claim, automatic workout detection, and all the new fitness features on the new Apple Watch Series 4.
The detainment of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada on conspiracy charges is just the latest in a slew of problems for the Chinese tech giant.
Meng Wanzhou faces fraud charges over sanctions-breaking business with Iran, a Canadian court hears.
After the Snap, everyone seems as lost as we are.
In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes
First proof-of-concept, SplitSpectre, requires fewer instructions in victim
Analysis You've patched your Intel, AMD, Power, and Arm gear to crush those pesky data-leaking speculative execution processor bugs, right? Good, because IBM eggheads in Switzerland have teamed up with Northeastern University boffins in the US to cook up Spectre exploit code they've dubbed SplitSpectre.…
Ronin's return, Shuri's fate, Ant-Man's antics and more.
An analyst estimates Amazon's Prime Video Channels are big business.
It's the least they could do. Really. The bare minimum
Hotel-chain turned data faucet Marriott says it will help some customers cover the cost of replacing stolen documents.…
Facebook's Zuckerberg scoffs at Musk's many companies, but guess who's the one with the flamethrower?
But I still prefer the Bip.
Serkis tells how he used high-tech filming techniques to transform Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale for his version of The Jungle Book.
Obsidian Entertainment, developers of games like Pillars of Eternity, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and Alpha Protocol ran a trailer for a new game at The Game Awards last night. Titled The Outer Worlds, it's a first-person shooter and RPG that the trailer seems to position as a spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas, one of Obsidian's most beloved previous works.
Set to a song by Iggy Pop, the trailer includes witty, devil-may-care dialogue that might evoke Borderlands for some fans. The game's development is led by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, who are billed by publisher Private Division as the original creators of Fallout.
DNS overseer faces probe over decision to award TLD to dot-com giant
Analysis An ugly struggle over the .Web top-level domain may soon spill into public view again, after one of the companies vying for control of the dot-word demanded an independent review of DNS overlord ICANN's handling of the saga.…