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  • Remember Zip disks? These election departments do

    Thu 8:27pm
    You may recall that a couple of years ago we ran a piece talking about how Ada County, the most populous county in Idaho, was desperately looking for Zip disks and drives to help keep its aging voting machines running.…
  • Secret colours of the Commodore 64

    Thu 8:21pm
    This was freaky. When you owned any 8-bit computer, you became intimately familiar with its colour scheme. This simple photograph blew my mind. That blue colour just wasn't possible.…
  • Maybe Android tablet apps will be better this year

    Wed 8:38pm
    There's a new Android tablet you can go and buy, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Here's our review of it, where Jake notes that apps freeze if they're not in the foreground. Which is a good reminder: Android apps on tablets have never really been very good. They…
  • Update on HTML5 video for Netflix

    Wed 6:42pm
    About four years ago, we shared our plans for playing premium video in HTML5, replacing Silverlight and eliminating the extra step of installing and updating browser plug-ins.  …
  • Google releases Android O Developer Preview

    Tue 7:27pm
    Google has released the first Developer Preview for Android O, which is probably going to be released somewhere in the Fall. There's a lot changes in this one, but the biggest one is probably the limits Android O is going to place on applications running in…
  • Nintendo approached Cyanogen for the Switch's OS

    Tue 7:14pm
    In the early life of the Nintendo Switch, when it was still codenamed Nintendo NX, there were a lot of rumors floating around about the device. We saw a console with an oval shape and a screen that seemed built into the buttons and rumors that the new device…
  • MiniDisc: an appreciation

    Mon 8:02pm
    In this video you'll see the first machine and the last machine as well as some in-between. There's talk about MD-LP, Net-MD and HiMD. It's a personal retrospective of a format that was loved by many people around the world but one that is all too often is…
  • Hacking Final Fantasy 1 on the NES

    Mon 7:44pm
    I decided I wanted to hack Final Fantasy 1, one of my favorite games growing up, that I put in more than 100 hours playing. I used fceux as my NES emulator, same as in the video and followed mostly the same patterns.…
  • They used to last 50 years

    Mon 7:42pm
    Now refrigerators last 8-10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? I've bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950s that still work perfectly fine. I've come across washers and…
  • Swatch takes on Google, Apple with own watch OS

    Mar 17, 2017, 8:51 pm
    Swatch Group AG said it's developing an alternative to the iOS and Android operating systems for smartwatches as Switzerland's largest maker of timepieces vies with Silicon Valley for control of consumers' wrists.…
  • Intel still beats Ryzen at games, but how much does it matter?

    Mar 17, 2017, 6:48 pm
    Realistically, nobody should have expected Ryzen to be king of the hill when it comes to gaming. We know that Broadwell isn't, after all; Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake parts both beat Broadwell in a wide range of games. This is the case even though Skylake and…
  • Microsoft is infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads

    Mar 17, 2017, 6:45 pm
    Now Microsoft is planning to preload another app in Windows 10: Sling TV. While only US Windows 10 users will get Sling TV preloaded without the necessary subscription, it will sit alongside Candy Crush and Solitaire as other examples of what will soon be…
  • NetBSD 7.1 released

    Mar 16, 2017, 7:14 pm
    NetBSD 7.1 has been released.…
  • Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips imminent

    Mar 16, 2017, 7:09 pm
    Ars Technica reports:…
  • Google lies about Google Home playing audio ads

    Mar 16, 2017, 6:46 pm
    Today some Google Home owners reported hearing something extra when they asked for a summary of the day ahead from the smart speaker: an advertisement for the opening of Beauty and the Beast. Several users on Reddit have noticed the audio ad and Bryson Meunier…