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27-05-2017 The Multiverse

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World review

Enlarge (credit: Simon Ridgway/Des Willie/Ray Burmiston/BBC) This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World. River Song always warned the Doctor against spoilers, so be sure to watch the episode first. Doctor Who, season 10, airs on Saturdays at 7:45pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America. A hungover and reckless scientist, the Monks demanding consent to take over...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Doctor Who: The Pyramid at the End of the World review

27-05-2017 Ars Technica Videos

Say goodbye to the video store, hello to the non-profit foundation

120,000 movies, six minutes. Ars takes the Scarecrow Video tour. (video link) Despite fond memories running to Blockbuster as a kid, these days you probably have fewer video-store options while away at a cabin or vacation home this Memorial Day. Another one of the formative shops for our staff—Dallas-based Premiere Video—shutter its doors just this month, in fact. So as a tribute, let Ars remind you of our farewell tour at Seattle's Scarecrow Video, whose shift to...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Say goodbye to the video store, hello to the non-profit foundation

27-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Conan drops players into iconic fantasy battles—and their 1930s mindset

Enlarge (credit: Owen Duffy) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. If you want to run a ridiculously successful board gaming Kickstarter campaign, use this tried and tested trick: cram your box full of plastic miniatures. For proof, see horror hit Kingdom Death: Monster, a game with a huge collection of figures which racked...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Conan drops players into iconic fantasy battles—and their 1930s mindset

27-05-2017 Ministry of Innovation

Ars tests out Amazon’s first pick-up grocery store in the world

Enlarge / Amazon's first public grocery store, now open in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. But you can't go inside. Pickup only. (credit: Sam Machkovech) SEATTLE—For years, Amazon's worst-kept secret has been its interest in becoming a brick-and-mortar grocery company. After building permit leaks and employee-only beta tests, the online retailer's first public stab at grab-and-go groceries (grab-and-gro?) launched in its home city of Seattle on Friday. Amazon Fresh Pickup is now open in two Seattle locations...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Ars tests out Amazon’s first pick-up grocery store in the world

27-05-2017 The Multiverse

A fascinating graphic novel about the origins of Dungeons & Dragons

Almost 10 years ago, journalist David Kushner had a chance to interview Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the two creators of Dungeons & Dragons, before they died. Kushner's reporting became a story for Wired, and now he's expanded the scope of his tale into a graphic novel. Rise of the Dungeon Master (Amazon UK / Amazon US), beautifully illustrated by Koren Shadmi, is both a moving portrait of two creative outsiders and a chronicle of how a new kind...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

A fascinating graphic novel about the origins of Dungeons & Dragons

27-05-2017 Scientific Method

Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

Enlarge / That sharp red line is the high-energy radiation coming from our own galaxy, some of which is produced by the annihilation of antimatter. (credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration) Antimatter is rare in this Universe, but the Universe is a pretty big place, so even small quantities can add up fast. In our galaxy alone, there's a steady bath of radiation that indicates positrons are constantly running into their electron anti-partners and annihilating them...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

26-05-2017 Law & Disorder

Uber, Lyft returning to Austin as driver-fingerprinting dispute ends

Enlarge (credit: Alfredo Mendez) Uber and Lyft are returning to Austin—the capital of Texas and home to the South by Southwest festival. The move comes one year after the ride-hailing services left the area over a driver-background check dispute with city regulators and voters. The two companies are coming back now because state lawmakers passed legislation, which Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign Monday, that removes a controversial requirement that prospective drivers have their...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Uber, Lyft returning to Austin as driver-fingerprinting dispute ends

26-05-2017 Risk Assessment

Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

Enlarge (credit: US Food and Drug Administration) Pacemakers are devices that are implanted in the chest or abdomen to control life-threatening heartbeat abnormalities. Once they're in place, doctors use radio signals to adjust the pacemakers so that additional major surgeries aren't required. A study recently found that pacemakers from the four major manufacturers contain security weaknesses that make it possible for the devices to be stopped or adjusted in ways that could have dire...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think

26-05-2017 Cars Technica

Memorial Day weekend means F1, the Indy 500, NASCAR, and the Nürburgring 24

Enlarge (credit: Icon Sportswire/Shaun Botterill/Brian Lawdermilk/BMW) As we prepare to head into Memorial Day weekend, there's a bumper crop of wheel-to-wheel action on offer for the motorsports fan. Both IndyCar and Formula 1 have their biggest races of the year this Sunday, NASCAR has its 600-mile race at Charlotte, and over in Germany hundreds of thousands of fans are camping around (and possibly setting fire to) the mighty Nürburgring. Despite not being broadcast here in...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Memorial Day weekend means F1, the Indy 500, NASCAR, and the Nürburgring 24

26-05-2017 Staff

Dealmaster: Memorial Day deals like $350 off a Dell Inspiron 15 and more

Greetings, Arsians! Below are the best Memorial Day Deals on computers, electronics, TVs and more found by our partners at TechBargains. Act fast as stock is limited and these discounts will not last. We've updated this Memorial Day post, so check out the new deals! $50 Price drop! Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake 15.6" Win10 Pro Laptop w/ 512GB SSD for $549 (use code: LT300 - list price $899.99). NEW Dell XPS 15...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Dealmaster: Memorial Day deals like $350 off a Dell Inspiron 15 and more

26-05-2017 Law & Disorder

Uber walks away from Otto trademark

(credit: Court documents) At the heart of Uber's litigation with Waymo is another oddly-named self-driving startup called Otto. That's the company founded by Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski right after he left Google, the job at which he was accused of illegally downloading more than 14,000 files. Levandowski sold Otto to Uber within a few months. While the legal action between Uber and Waymo rages on, Uber is quietly ending another legal fight over the name "Otto" itself. Back...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Uber walks away from Otto trademark

26-05-2017 Ministry of Innovation

Comcast customer satisfaction drops 6% after TV price hikes, ACSI says

Comcast’s customer satisfaction score for subscription TV service fell 6 percent in a new survey, putting the company near the bottom of rankings published by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Comcast’s score fell from 62 to 58 on ACSI’s 100-point scale, a drop of more than 6 percent between 2016 and 2017. The ACSI’s 2017 report on telecommunications released this week attributed the decrease to “price hikes for Xfinity (Comcast) subscriptions.” Satisfaction with pay-TV providers dropped industry-wide...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Comcast customer satisfaction drops 6% after TV price hikes, ACSI says

26-05-2017 Scientific Method

Viral video of girl snatched by sea lion raises “seal finger” awareness

Enlarge (credit: WAVY TV 10) When a video showing a six-year-old girl getting yanked into the sea by a feisty sea lion went viral this week, her parents quickly received international flak—and some potentially critical health information. The online fuss is raising awareness of a severe infection called seal finger, along with some of the other dangers of messing with sea lions. The infection, which can lead to severe inflammation and amputations if not properly treated...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Viral video of girl snatched by sea lion raises “seal finger” awareness

26-05-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Destiny 2 moves to a more server-centric networking model

Enlarge With Destiny 2 moving the franchise to the PC for the first time, a lot of players were hoping Activision would use dedicated servers to ensure stability and reliability. The company mentioned last week that those hopes for a dedicated server wouldn't be fulfilled, but Destiny 2 Engineering Lead Mat Segur says the game's hybrid server model is a bit more complex than that announcements suggests. Unlike the original Destiny, where matches were hosted on...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Destiny 2 moves to a more server-centric networking model