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Google confirms that advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices | Ars Technica
After Google successfully beat back Triada in 2017, its developers found a new way in.
security  android  Ars_Technica 
5 weeks ago by dizzzz
Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s | Ars Technica
From the archives: Does anybody remember Erwise? Viola? Cello? Let's reminisce.
archive  browser  ifttt  toread  Ars_Technica  comphist  Feedly  forc  Geschichte  history 
7 weeks ago by xer0x
Now That’s What I Call Ars Technica, Volume 1: Favorite stories from Ars’ 20 years | Ars Technica
We asked; you delivered: Here are some of the most memorable Ars stories of all time.
It's true—Ars Technica is in the process of turning 20 years old throughout 2019. If you've ever looked at the whois info, our official birthday hits on December 29. But Ars was really birthed all throughout that first year, as Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher (err, Caesar) and his fellow computer prosumers figured out how to start the most comprehensive PC enthusiast outlet around. "Our love for the PC is gonna lead us into bad, bad things like NT, Linux, and BeOS content under the same roof," as the original Ars Mission Statement noted. "Please don't report us!"
Since then, well, Ars has definitely expanded. You can find anything from LARPing to archaeology industry trends alongside the latest Linux review on the site today. But throughout these past two decades and the site's numerous evolutions, Ars still feels like it has stuck with the ethos of that initial public declaration—"having fun, being productive, and being as informative and as accurate as possible," as Caesar put it.
So to cap off this week (itself likely a small start to what will inevitably be numerous trips down memory lane during our 20th anniversary year), we recently polled the Ars community—aka, staff and readers—to find out what folks consider some of the site's greatest hits. The first batch of story suggestions is below, but don't be shy about starting a second list in the comments.
ars_technica  history  anniversary  favorites 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year | Ars Technica
More Arsians joined the reviewing fun, and the death of the sedan was prematurely announced.
Just as I finally got used to writing the date as 2018, it's time to learn a whole new number. As is now traditional, the end of the year is an opportunity to remember some of the four-wheeled friends we made on this most recent trip around the sun. It was a busy 12 months for the Cars Technica gang—and we are officially a gang now.
Tim Lee has been responsible for some great coverage of Waymo, Uber, Cruise, and that whole autonomous driving thing. When she wasn't busy holding the EPA's feet to the fire or covering the growth of zero-emissions mass transit, Megan Geuss got to ride in Audi's new battery electric vehicle before anyone else. Cyrus Farivar has done the old-school thing with some shoe-leather reporting on Tesla's factory troubles. Sean Gallagher wrote his first (but not last) truck review, and Ars managing editor Eric Bangeman has gamely tested every SUV, crossover, and minivan we could get to Chicago.
As for me? I discovered I'm at peace with the fact that I'm not a professional racing driver, for one thing. My plan to travel by air less often didn't work out so well—people are welcome to buy trees in my name—but I did get to see some interesting new concept cars and, more importantly, drive some good new BEVs.
With all that automotive authority, these are the vehicles that impressed us most in 2018.
cars  review  SUV  ars_technica 
january 2019 by rgl7194
iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices | Ars Technica
The second generation is always better.
With last year's iPhone X, Apple introduced the most significant redesign to the iPhone since the iPhone 4. All three of the phones Apple announced this fall—the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR—are modeled after that blueprint.
That means near-edge-to-edge displays. It also means they have the TrueDepth sensor array, which powers Face ID, the facial recognition feature that replaces the Touch ID fingerprint authentication method used on iPhones since the iPhone 5S in 2013. There's no home button either, which had been part of the iPhone since the very first one back in 2007.
Today, we're reviewing the iPhone XS and XS Max. This might be the smallest year-over-year iteration Apple has ever done for the iPhone. Yet somehow, there's a whole lot to talk about, from wireless bands to performance to ambitious, under-the-hood camera tech.
The iPhone X has been the best-selling smartphone for most of the time since its launch just under a year ago. So how do you follow up the most popular new phone in the world? And how do you convince previous iPhone owners who didn't jump for the iPhone X, and who were happy with the way iPhones were before, to spend more than $1,000 to upgrade?
iphoneXS  review  ars_technica 
october 2018 by rgl7194

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