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Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte Explorer is getting a dark theme, and it’s very dark

Tech computer IT hexbyte Explorer is getting a dark theme, and it’s very dark

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Enlarge / The dark Explorer theme. As long-time practitioners of the “dark theme” concept—it’s still an option here at Ars for those who prefer light text on dark backgrounds—we’re excited to see that Microsoft is extending the reach of its dark theme to include Explorer. Windows 10 has a toggle to switch between the standard…

Signal’s “disappearing messages” live on in macOS notifications | Tech  computer  IT  HexByte

Signal’s “disappearing messages” live on in macOS notifications | Tech computer IT HexByte

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Enlarge / You may want to nicely ask your friends who use Signal on the Mac desktop to change their notification settings. Signal, the privacy-focused voice and text messaging application, offers an attractive bit of operational security: ephemeral text messages that “self-delete” after a predetermined amount of time. There is just one small problem, however,…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

Tech computer IT hexbyte Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting

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Enlarge / A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. Back in 1998, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts housed the 27th most-powerful supercomputer in the world, with 116 cores providing a maximum performance…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte Hackers find “official,” usable PSP emulator hidden in PS4’s PaRappa

Tech computer IT hexbyte Hackers find “official,” usable PSP emulator hidden in PS4’s PaRappa

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Enlarge / Hack, mod, it’s all in the mind / If you look at the code, I’m sure you’ll find / The emulator runs now or later / Nevertheless, the PSP we now cater… Sometimes it seems that Sony itself is a PS4 hacker’s best friend. In January, we wrote about how hackers were taking…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte T-Mobile pays ex-FCC commissioner to lobby for Sprint merger

Tech computer IT hexbyte T-Mobile pays ex-FCC commissioner to lobby for Sprint merger

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Enlarge / Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 17, 2014 during a hearing on net neutrality. Readers of Fortune on Monday were treated to an op-ed titled “I’m a Former FCC Commissioner, and I Think the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Is Great for America.” The author is Robert McDowell, a Republican…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte California approves measure to require solar on new homes after 2020

Tech computer IT hexbyte California approves measure to require solar on new homes after 2020

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On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission approved a set of standards that will require most new homes built in the state after 2020 to include solar panels on their roofs. The standards (PDF) apply only to single-family homes and certain low-rise condos, townhomes, and apartments. Exceptions are made for homes with roofs that would receive excessive…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte Valve will soon let you stream Steam games to phones and tablets

Tech computer IT hexbyte Valve will soon let you stream Steam games to phones and tablets

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Enlarge / The Steam Link app will go well beyond the functionality of the existing Steam Mobile app shown here, but we don’t have imagery for the Steam Link yet, so…. Users will be able to turn their phones and tablets into de facto portable PC monitors for playing Steam games around the house later…

Tech  computer  IT  hexbyte Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future

Tech computer IT hexbyte Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future

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The problem with scientific papers is that they hide about half of the interesting stuff. Recently, a group of scientists set out to directly measure a property of a laser, something that goes by the exciting-sounding name of “spatial hole burning.” In the process, though, they discovered how to turn a laser into a very…

The Search for Dark Matter Continues, More Than a Mile Underground

The Search for Dark Matter Continues, More Than a Mile Underground

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The search for WIMPs—the leading candidate for dark matter particles—is kicking into high gear.