Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge (credit: g4ll4is / Flickr) There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped […]

Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?

(credit: Bloodhound SSC) Update: It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the US, so many Ars staffers are working through leftovers instead of to-do lists. And with the recent news that one of the most interesting land-speed engineering projects around is experiencing funding issues (just a year after it finally ran a test and hit 210mph), we’re resurfacing […]

This Unlikely Tech Queen Wants to Build a New Global Hub in Kyrgyzstan

The blinds are pulled in all the windows of the fifth-floor office. Computer screens and cracks of daylight cast a gray-blue glow, complementing the dark grays and dark purples of mismatched furniture, seemingly thrown together yet too cool to be accidental. The only accents of color are lime greens and bright pinks that dance across […]

Sorry, Britain: Vacuum Tycoon Decides to Build Dyson EVs in Singapore

British vacuum magnate James Dyson has decided to construct his company’s planned electric vehicles in Singapore, rather than his home country. The choice prompted a mild uproar in the UK, as Dyson was a major proponent of Brexit. However, he’s also still a businessman. China currently buys more EVs than any other nation on the planet, […]

Her Parents Wanted Her to Land a Cushy Job. She Wanted to Build Their Legacy

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an oral-history series where Aaron Reiss interviewed the young-adult sons and daughters of Chinatown shopkeepers about how they are helping to keep their families’ businesses alive. Olympia Moy, a 35-year-old with a background in nonprofit work and advocacy who helps manage her parents’ music school, shares the struggle […]

Elon Musk likes anime and says it's time to build a giant robot

Billionaire Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame has revealed another facet to his eccentric nature: he likes anime. Perhaps too much so, because he may be planning to build a giant anime robot. It began as an innocent tweet where Musk simply said he loves ‘Your Name’, a romantic fantasy drama anime with a […]

Honda investing $2.75 billion in GM Cruise to build self-driving car

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Filed under: Earnings/Financials,GM,Honda,Emerging Technologies,Autonomous With Honda’s stake, it’s now a $ 14.6 billion project Continue reading Honda investing $ 2.75 billion in GM Cruise to build self-driving car Honda investing $ 2.75 billion in GM Cruise to build self-driving car originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Oct 2018 08:35:00 […]

The math of why it’s so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space

Enlarge / Geometry puts some real design constraints on Darth Vader’s desire for a spherical Death Star. (credit: Ben Orlin) Opting to build the Death Star in the shape of a sphere may not have been classic Star Wars villain Darth Vader’s wisest move, according to math teacher Ben Orlin. He investigates this burning question, […]

OnePlus wants to build smart TVs, move into connected home space

Enlarge / OnePlus’ last phone, the OnePlus 6. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Here’s an unexpected news item that popped up over the weekend: OnePlus, the Android smartphone maker, wants to start making televisions. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau made an announcement on the company forums that a smart TV was on the way. “We are building a […]