Is the chip company an abusive monopolist – or tough negotiator?
The chip industry's strong-arm tactics have been laid bare this month in the anti-trust legal battle brought by America's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Qualcomm.…
In October 2018—10 days before video game studio Gearbox Software sued its former general counsel over allegations of fraud—the counsel in question filed a discrimination claim with Texas authorities.
On Monday, Ars obtained the formal October 27, 2018 filing made by former Gearbox general counsel Wade Callender. Its existence suggests that Gearbox's November lawsuit could be retaliation for his claim with the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division. It alleges that Gearbox (and CEO Randy Pitchford in particular) engaged in "harassment, discipline, inequitable terms and conditions, and discharge" due to an employee being Christian.
Callender's claim matches a timeline he outlined in his December countersuit against Gearbox: that Callender did not depart the company as a voluntary "resignation." Instead, Callender alleges he was forced out after Pitchford began crafting a "false narrative about Callender's employment." His December lawsuit has roiled the video game industry in part because it included sensational allegations. One of those—about a lost, unencrypted USB stick full of industry secrets and pornography left behind at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament—was confirmed (in part) by Pitchford himself.
Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery debuts January 17, and CBS All Access just confirmed to Deadline Hollywood that it will be producing a spinoff series starring Michelle Yeoh. Yeoh plays Federation Captain Philippa Georgiou on the series; rumors that the character would get a spinoff surfaced in November. This should hopefully blunt fan disappointment over the shelving of a planned Star Trek 4 movie (a sequel to Star Trek Beyond).
(Some spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery below.)
The spinoff will be co-produced by Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt and will focus on Capt. Georgiou's work with Starfleet's secretive Section 31 (long part of the Star Trek canon since it was first introduced on Deep Space Nine in the 1990s). The original Capt. Georgiou died early on in Season 1 but soon reappeared via a mirror universe, and she has been a fan favorite ever since. Georgiou was approached by Section 31 in the season finale, and since she appears in teaser trailers for the upcoming season, it's safe to assume Yeoh will still show up occasionally on Discovery.
Cops told: No, you can't have a warrant to force a big bunch of people to unlock their phones by fingerprint, face scans
Judge rules compelled use of biometrics runs into Fifth Amendment protections
A US judge last week denied police a warrant to unlock a number of devices using biometrics identifiers like fingerprints and faces, extending more privacy to device owners than previous recent cases.…
Ars may be turning 20, but the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) makes us feel downright youth-y. The annual tech gathering has been around quite a while at this point, some 50-plus years. And over that time, the show has hosted countless industry-wide announcements—big (IoT everywhere, the Windows 7 public beta), small (USB C, 802.11ad WiGig routers), and just plain insane in retrospect (has using your eyes as a video game controller caught on yet? What about screens made of air?).Ars Technica's 20th Anniversary
2019 makes it a baker's dozen for Ars—we've covered it on-the-ground annually since 2006. We've learned several times over that robots love "Gangnam Style" and that early Chromebooks proved only moderately effective for covering such a news fest. But looking back reveals some admirable prescience from CES. Maybe the TV Hat at CES 2010 genuinely did pave the way for Oculus-fever in 2014 and our present-day "VR is so close to happening, right?" realities. Or perhaps the abundance of personal transportation vehicles—Spinkix remote-controlled skates in 2013 to Inmotion unicycle-y things in 2015 to US Marshals targeting hover boards in 2016—really did set the stage for today's scooter-laden urban landscapes. CES 2010 stoked the tablet wars between Microsoft and Apple months before the iPad, 2014 pushed curved displays (at least TVs), 2018 highlighted the utility of self-driving cars. Heck, even in 2006 they knew years later we'd all be watching TV on our phones (c'mon, that's totally what Palm and Mobi TV had in mind).
So with another CES fresh on our minds and nostalgia levels a bit higher than normal given the site's anniversary, we decided to take a walk down Ars-at-CES memory lane (err, memory midway?) as part of our initial 20th anniversary series. Who knows what kinds of showcased technological movements we'll look back on as groundbreaking after we complete our 20th January in the desert? But we at least have total confidence that future tech executives will continue the proudest CES tradition—inviting friends from Slash to Tom Hanks onstage for some totally casual conversation about upcoming products.
A free texting service used by teachers, students, and parents may stop working on the Verizon Wireless network because of a dispute over texting fees that Verizon demanded from the company that operates the service. As a result, teachers that use the service have been expressing their displeasure with Verizon.
Remind—the company that offers the classroom communication service—criticized Verizon for charging the new fee. Remind said its service's text message notifications will stop working on the Verizon network on January 28 unless Verizon changes course. (Notifications sent via email or via Remind's mobile apps will continue to work.)
The controversy cropped up shortly after a Federal Communications Commission decision that allowed US carriers' text-messaging services to remain largely unregulated.
In addition to the connected door lock Hampton released last year, the company is gearing up to release several new smart home products in 2019.
Located at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas, the Avengers interactive exhibit was perfectly jenky -- and utterly transfixing.
Is there anything you can't do with 1,000 pound-feet of twist?
Expect a price close to a midrange smartphone.
Chipzilla adds to Windows IT admins security update load
While admins were busy wrangling with the mass of security patches from Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP last week, Intel slipped out a fix for a potentially serious flaw in its Software Guard Extensions (SGX) technology.…
Tesla will be the first auto company to be a willing subject in the annual hacking competition. Winner gets a Model 3.
After that, you're on your own -- you won't get updates or security fixes.
CES 2019 has finally come to an end—and by and large, it was a more interesting show than last year's. To that end, the Ars reviews staff has put together another annual Best in Show list, and this group of products we consider particularly interesting.
As was the case with CES 2018, the main takeaway from most of the press releases and product pitches we've read and heard over the past couple of weeks has been "Google Assistant and/or Amazon Alexa are in everything." But to be frank, we don't find that to be the most interesting thing happening at CES right now. For most users, digital voice assistants are still just a curiosity, and nothing major happened at CES to push them forward—the voice assistant story this year was simply one of ubiquity. The best innovations and products in this category were largely iterative ones or one-off clever designs that wouldn't find a place in broader "CES trends" pieces.
By contrast, our list is a small one given the vast number of products at the show. There's always a tension when judging CES products this way: do we select the products that represent remarkable innovation and give us a glimpse of something neat or useful in a not-too-distant future or the products that are going to be easiest to recommend to prospective buyers right now in 2019? This year, the Ars team wants to err on the side of the here and now, but we stretched that a little bit for certain gadgets that pushed the envelope while still being viable products that will ship to real users.
Apple COO Jeff Williams testifies in court that Qualcomm refused to sell modems to Apple because of the companies' licensing dispute.
This all-electric, autonomous sedan features sleek looks, SUV-height seating and a 3D-printed cabin with virtual avatar.
The redesigned 2019 Jetta is a return to form for VW's compact sedan.
A new Signature trim level and a powerful turbo engine give us even more reasons to like the Mazda CX-5.
Jupiter has a Great Brown Spot.
With 341 horsepower on tap, it's guaranteed to be a good time.