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New Android feature could trick users into thinking they have better cellular signal than they do

When Android P comes out, it will decouple the signal bar display from dBm strength, leaving carriers to decide how to define signal strength.

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Lenovo X1 Carbon laptop has a screw loose, poses a fire hazard

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Lenovo has issued a recall of 5th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops built prior to November 1 (if you own one, you can check y..

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DOD “Red Flag” exercise ushers in GPS jamming season across West

This is the official 2018 season kickoff for Sitrep, a (mostly) regular Ars video series. We'll be presenting quick updates every few weeks on the latest tech-focused developments in defense and ..

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Grubhub drivers are contractors—not employees—judge rules

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In what is believed to be the first gig economy case to be fully decided on the merits, Grubhub has beaten back a labor lawsuit filed by one of its for..

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The 2018 Ars Technica Valentine’s Day gift guide

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We, the unfeeling and tech-obsessed robots of Ars Technica, are not ones for romance. We’re usually more concerned with the inner workings of operating systems, gaming c..

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Cryptocurrency boom, a problem for gamers, is a bonanza for GPU makers

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The cryptocurrency boom has created a persistent shortage of high-end graphic..

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Coding without a keystroke: The hands-free creation of a full video game

Dig Dog is a pretty fun little video game. Call it “Spelunky for kids”—and don't think of that as a backhanded compliment, either. Dig Dog, which launched Thursday on iOS, Xbox, Windows, and Mac,..

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Watch McLaren’s stumble into the 2017 F1 season in new Amazon show

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Amazon Prime has returned to things four-wheeled with its late..

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Waymo and Uber end trial with sudden $244 million settlement

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In a stunning turn, Waymo and Uber have settled their self-driving trade secrets lawsuit on the fifth day of the trial.
Ars has learned that Uber..

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A wave of cheating AI robots is threatening to ruin HQ Trivia [Updated]

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Cheating in online games is an ever-present problem that infects the likes of shooters, MMOs, and open-world crime simulators—and just about everything..