Tech

Tech
60,000 board gamers, one convention hall: Gen Con 2018 in pictures
This past weekend, we stormed downtown Indianapolis with 60,000 other tabletop gamers to attend the biggest board game party in America. Gen Con—"the best four days in gaming"—is now in its 51st year, and 2018's show was just as entertaining and exhausting as we remember from years past. We brought some pictures home to share the madness with those who…

Tech
Android 9 Pie proves Android’s update situation is actually getting better
Android 9 Pie launch day was yesterday, and while a major new version of Android is always a big deal, today Android hit another big milestone: the first ever day-one update on a non-Google phone. For years, the Android ecosystem has made updating the OS of a device seem like an impossible task.

Tech
Quantum swings sync when they are free to lose and gain energy
Here's something you might be familiar with: a performance ends, the audience begins to applaud, and the sound becomes thunderous and continuous. But in your immediate neighborhood, everyone seems to be clapping at the same moment. This synchronization is common in the classical world. Attach a few grandfather clocks to a wall and over the course of the day, their…

Tech
Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday acknowledged that the FCC lied about its public comment system being taken down by a DDoS attack during the net neutrality repeal proceeding. Pai blamed the spreading of false information on employees hired by the Obama administration, and said that he isn't to blame because he "inherited.

Tech
Don’t touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing
It's Friday, August 3, and I have hooked a live one. Using StreamingPhish, a tool that identifies potential phishing sites by mining data on newly registered certificates, I've spotted an Apple phishing site before it's even ready for victims. Conveniently, the operator has even left a Web shell wide open for me to watch him at work.

Tech
SpaceX reflies a Block 5 rocket for the first time [Updated]
On May 11, SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Just before the flight, Ars asked company founder Elon Musk how long it would be before we saw the first reflight of a Block 5 booster. "We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming…

Tech
Pentagon tells troops: Turn off fitness tracker GPS when you head to warzones
The Pentagon has now made it official. Eight months after a researcher discovered that the "heatmap" feature of the Strava fitness tracking community was revealing the location of US military facilities in Syria and other conflict zones as well as some troop movements, the Department of Defense has instructed troops headed to potentially hostile territory to turn off the Global…

Tech
Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start
" meets " sounds like one of those Netflix ideas generated by bots (a tactic that Netflix has employed in the past). That kind of experiment, as cute as it sounds at first blush, could flop if it stitches two dissimilar series together in messy fashion. But the team behind , the first Matt Groening animated series since launched in…

Tech
Live tonight: SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time
On May 11, SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. Just before the flight, Ars asked company founder Elon Musk how long it would be before we saw the first reflight of a Block 5 booster. "We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming…