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Gallery: The streamers, game makers, and costumed players of PAX East 2018
BOSTON, MA—The one overwhelming impression I'll take away from this year's PAX East is that gaming culture is now undeniably driven by "content creators," professional gamers, and amateur players sharing their work and their play with the world. This is far from a new trend, both in gaming in general and at conventions like PAX East, which attracted tens of…

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European grid dispute resolved, lost 6 minutes returned to oven clocks
This week, Europe's electric transmission lobby announced that oven, microwave, and alarm clocks across the continent were no longer six minutes slow. How did they get back the lost time? By resolving a grid dispute between Serbia and Kosovo, and running the continental grid at a slightly higher frequency than normal.

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How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS
The death of network neutrality and the loosening of regulations on how Internet providers handle customers' network traffic have raised many concerns over privacy. Internet providers (and others watching traffic as it passes over the Internet) have long had a tool that allows them to monitor individuals' Internet habits with ease: their Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

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A 5-liter V8 in a world of small-capacity turbos: The 2018 Lexus GS F
It's no secret that the V8 engine is going the way of the manual transmission, the Northern White Rhino, and original storytelling in American cinema. Anyone who follows the automotive business or simply loves cars knows it. Unless the topic of discussion is Italian supercars or muscled-up working pickups, the sun will inevitably rise on a day when even the…

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Dealmaster: Figuring out the right time to buy a new TV in 2018
For all the technical advancements televisions have made in recent years, the process of buying one remains as hazy as ever. The TV market operates on a cycle that creates a constant push-pull between the newest technology and good value. Then you have to consider the vagaries of TV manufacturers and your own preferences on top of that.

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Two women lost their hair after eating toxic, bitter squash, doctors report
For those who hate eating their vegetables, it’s easy to that they’re actually toxic plants masquerading as food. But, as Ars has reported before, many of the common vegetables, fruits, spices, and other plant matter that we shovel in do in fact contain toxins—albeit at minor, generally harmless amounts. This includes veggies in the Cucurbitaceae family also called cucurbits or…

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The puzzling case of two women who lost their hair after eating bitter squash
For those who hate eating their vegetables, it’s easy to that they’re actually toxic plants masquerading as food. But, as Ars has reported before, many of the common vegetables, fruits, spices, and other plant matter that we shovel in do in fact contain toxins—albeit at minor, generally harmless amounts. This includes veggies in the Cucurbitaceae family also called cucurbits or…

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The 2018 Audi RS5: Effortless speed and a magic carpet ride
At this year's New York International Auto Show, Audi surprised us all with the new RS5 Sportback. Now, it will be a while before that car reaches these shores and we get to drive it, but earlier this year that car's sibling—the RS5 coupe—went on sale. And we were on hand in Arizona to test it.

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DHS defends media-monitoring database, calls critics “conspiracy theorists”
Earlier this week, Bloomberg Law uncovered a Department of Homeland Security job listing for a "media monitoring services" request to keep tabs on over 290,000 "global news sources" and develop an extensive database for an unconfirmed number of "media influencers." After news outlets reported about the amount of data sought by this job listing, DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton issued…