Mikael Kingsbury keeps adding hardware, named CP male athlete of the year

Mikael Kingsbury never had so much to lose as on Feb. 12, when he hit the track at the Phoenix Snow Park. As the odds-on favourite in the men's moguls event at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the 26-year-old ski star was well aware that only a victory would meet expectations. Going second-last in the super final, […]

Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Enlarge / The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. (credit: Eric Bangeman) If you’re a technology enthusiast—and you obviously are, because you’re reading Ars Technica—you’ll know that poor software or a bad UI can drag down even the best hardware. It’s frustrating, and not just because lousy software can make using the newest, shiniest gear less fun. […]

Apple announces hardware issues with its iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro

Getty/Carl Court On Friday, Apple announced that two of its products — the iPhone X and the 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) — have known hardware issues. Apple said that some iPhone X screens do not respond or intermittently respond to touch. For the 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple said some devices might have an […]

Elon Musk said Tesla stopped selling ‘full self-driving’ hardware online because customers were confused (TSLA)

Francois Mori / Associated Press Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that Tesla stopped selling self-driving hardware on its website because customers were confused. Last week, Musk said via Twitter that the option would be available “off menu” for a week, but on Wednesday suggested the feature would remain available to those who asked for it. […]

If SETI uses off-the-shelf hardware & software — can’t you?

VB EVENT: “We use gaming GPUs,” says Dr. Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI research center. “We use the GeForce series from Nvidia. We use consumer level flash drives.” Siemion is one of the speakers at VB Summit, coming up on October 22-23 in Mill Valley, CA. On Twitter, his team recently posted a […]

Carmack compares Oculus Quest hardware power to last-gen game consoles

Any excuse to reuse this image of Carmack is a good one. (credit: Oculus VR) SAN JOSE—In a wide-ranging and occasionally rambling unscripted talk at the Oculus Connect conference today, CTO John Carmack suggested the Oculus Quest headset was “in the neighborhood of power of an Xbox 360 or PS3.” That doesn’t mean the Quest, […]

Sikur launches high-security phones based on Sony hardware

Sikur garnered attention with its reportedly hack-resistant GranitePhone back in 2015, but the follow-up has been a long time in coming — it only just announced a follow-up in February. The sequels are here, however, and they’ll look more than a little familiar. The company has released the SIKURPhone XZ1 and SIKURPhone XA2, both of […]

Amazon’s latest onslaught of hardware proves it won’t stop until it reaches every aspect of your life (AMZN)

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Amazon unveiled 13 new hardware products, along with a slew of new services and Alexa updates, at an event on Thursday.  The new products give Amazon a greater reach than ever before. It now offers everything from an Alexa-enabled microwave, to high-end audio equipment, to a wall clock. Amazon’s reach exceeds that […]

Steam August VR hardware survey: Oculus Rift makes its biggest leap over HTC Vive

August’s Steam hardware survey results are now in, and the Oculus Rift takes its biggest leap over the HTC Vive yet. Last month’s survey showed less than a 2 percent difference in the use of the two leading PC VR headsets on Valve’s gaming platform, but that gap grew to just under 4 percent in August. Vive […]