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Google and Facebook, sure, but CNN’s The 2000s puts Microsoft vs. Apple center stage
"We're in for the communications ride of our lives," CNN's Greg Lefevre says in a January 2, 2000, broadcast dug up for the news network's latest decade documentary, "The coming years see cell phones small enough to fit in your pocket, the promise of video phones coming true, tiny hand sized computers that know your favorite subjects, and Internet everywhere.

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Garmin Fenix 5S Plus review: So capable, so enviable, so expensive
It may not look like it on the surface, but Garmin's new Fenix 5 Plus fitness watches are quite different from last year's models. Yes, they still have a design that tries to mesh sport and style as seamlessly as possible, but inside the 5S, 5, and 5X Plus models have much-needed new features.

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Neural network implemented with light instead of electrons
Neural networks have a reputation for being computationally expensive. But only the training portion of things really stresses most computer hardware, since it involves regular evaluations of performance and constant trips back and forth to memory to tweak the connections among its artificial neurons. Using a trained neural network, in contrast, is a much simpler process, one that isn't nearly…

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Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game
The video game may look like it has familiar trappings: Ssde-scrolling combat; deadly, hand-animated insects; a massive, explore-and-return world. Another Metroidvania, right? I made a similar assumption before diving into the 2017 game, which has since spread its insect wings after a PC Early Access debut and flittered all the way to the Nintendo Switch.

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Review: Azul, board game of the year?
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. At a local game night this week, my table was playing . If you don't know it, the game is a light "engine building" affair in which you gather gems, then use those gems to buy cards, which in turn help…

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Re-testing the MacBook Pro: Apple’s firmware update led to a big improvement
Prospective buyers of the 2018 MacBook Pro were faced with a dilemma shortly after the device launched. Reports emerged that the machine experienced heavy throttling and wildly inconsistent performance under heavy, sustained load—especially when both the CPU and GPU were being taxed simultaneously. Early speculation suggested that this was because of the inability of the MacBook Pro's thermal management system…

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Intel says not to expect mainstream 10nm chips until 2H19
Intel has set a concrete deadline for when it'll finally have processors built on a 10nm process in the mainstream market: holiday season 2019. While the company's 14nm manufacturing process is working well, with multiple revisions to improve performance or reduce power consumption, Intel has struggled to develop an effective 10nm process.

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Lando, Luke, and Leia (non-CGI) return for Star Wars: Episode IX
Lucasfilm took the wraps off the primary players for the next Star Wars film on Friday, and the studio is wasting no time clarifying a key player in the film: Carrie Fisher. A statement from director and co-writer J.J. Abrams confirms that the character of Princess Leia will be played by the actor thanks to "previously unreleased footage"—and that these…

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NY orders Charter out of state, says it must sell Time Warner Cable system
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today voted to revoke its approval of Charter Communications' 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC). The PSC said it is ordering Charter to sell the former TWC system that it purchased in New York, and it's "bring[ing] an enforcement action in State Supreme Court to seek additional penalties for Charter's past…