Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A look at Chrome’s new tab design

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A look at Chrome’s new tab design

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The new Chrome design. We get new tab shapes, a white tab background, rounded address bar, and more. A single tab window has a white background, and with a white current tab, the tab and tab background blend together. With multiple tabs open, the background changes to gray allowing for some tab separation. Still, background…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Altiplano review: A brain-tickling board game about… alpacas

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Altiplano—or, as it is affectionately known ’round these parts, “the llama game”—displays a hobby in rude creative health. As you’d expect from noted German designer Reiner Stockhausen, the game is a formidable packet of innovative interlocking…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Faster and farther: Bulls Cross E8 electric bike review

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Faster and farther: Bulls Cross E8 electric bike review

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Eric BangemanAs the managing editor of Ars Technica, one of my duties is to monitor the daily torrent of news tips and PR emails. The overwhelming majority of them is deleted after a glance, and the news tips and story ideas are passed along to the appropriate writer. Sometimes a product announcement will catch my…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines‘ weird AI

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines‘ weird AI

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Enlarge / Want Aliens: Colonial Marines to better resemble this ‘shopped image? Just remove one letter! History may never be kind to Aliens: Colonial Marines, but the present tense isn’t looking so good for the lawsuit- and complaint-ridden Gearbox game, either. This week brought to our attention one of the weirdest coding typos we’ve ever…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Joss Whedon will return to sci-fi TV with HBO’s The Nevers

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Joss Whedon will return to sci-fi TV with HBO’s The Nevers

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Enlarge / Joss Whedon, courtesy of HBO. HBOJoss Whedon, the creator of acclaimed TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has been announced as showrunner for a new HBO series titled The Nevers. The Friday announcement confirms Whedon as “executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director” for his first-ever non-network TV series, following his RECENT…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Sky Watch: The great summer scorpion is on the prowl

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Sky Watch: The great summer scorpion is on the prowl

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The southern end of the early sky is a bit congested this summer, with the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn already shining away and Mars about to add to the fray in the early evening sky. In fact, Mars is going to be putting on quite a show next month because it’ll be as close…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Astronauts explain why nobody has visited the moon in more than 45 years — and the reasons are depressing

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Landing 12 people on the moon remains one of NASA’s greatest achievements, if not the greatest. Astronauts collected rocks, took photos, performed experiments, planted some flags, and then came home. But those week-long stays during the Apollo program didn’t establish a lasting human presence on the moon. More than 45 years after the most recent…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-sensitive Telescope

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-sensitive Telescope

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Scientists and politicians in South Africa are together celebrating the official opening of a gigantic telescope that is already transforming astronomy research in the nation. A ceremony that was live-streamed on national television stations on 13 July from a remote site in Northern Cape province marked the completion of the powerful MeerKATT radio telescope, which…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Russians Found One Use for Bitcoin: Hacking the 2016 US Election

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Russians Found One Use for Bitcoin: Hacking the 2016 US Election

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Bitcoin is a pain to spend. It is energy-guzzling, perilously slow and, with the prospect of dazzling returns (at least until recently), perhaps best to HODL ‘til you retire. But Bitcoin can count at least one group of spendthrifts among its users: Russian hackers accused of hacking in the 2016 election. According to an indictment…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Panos on Surface

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Panos on Surface

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Microsoft is making a big bet on a tiny-computer future: Earlier this week, the company announced the Surface Go, a 10-inch, 1.15-pound little detachable that runs full Windows 10. It’s not the first time Microsoft has made a 10-inch tablet, but its previous efforts resulted in underpowered machines; whereas now, Microsoft exec Panos Panay says,…