Category Archives: Services

MoviePass forces annual subscribers to its new three-movie plan early

Earlier this month, MoviePass announced that its customers, previously allowed to see one movie per day, would be limited to just three per month. At the time, the company said that the change wouldn't affect annual subscribers until their plan renew…

Facebook makes it easier for researchers to analyze its ad archive

Back in May, Facebook made good on earlier promises and started labeling US election- and issue-related ads with who paid for them, and also linked to a searchable archive of such advertisements. Today, the platform started releasing an API that rese…

Lyft enables sloth with seat-specific stadium drop-offs

It's Lyft's turn to help you get to an event on time, and with a minimum of legwork at that. The ridesharing firm has forged a deal with SeatGeek to help you book rides to (and from) live events in both companies' apps. You can not only book a Lyft…

All Pandora users can now share tunes on Snapchat

Pandora thinks it has a way to thrust its not-so-dominant Premium music service into the public consciousness: hooking into a social network that's also fighting for relevance. Premium subscribers can now share songs, stations and whole playlists as…

Nokia will make €3 for every 5G smartphone sold

Licensing-related patent wars are pretty run-of-the-mill occurrences for tech companies — there's always a report of some spat or another in the news. But now Nokia, and a bunch of other giants, are taking steps to avoid future battles by publicly d…

Verizon data throttling hampered response to Mendocino wildfire

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden has filed an addendum (PDF) as part of a lawsuit headed by 22 state attorneys general that's seeking to reinstate net neutrality regulations repealed by the FCC in December. In the addendum, Ars Technica r…

Hulu is close to making a new season of ‘Veronica Mars’

Veronica Mars is the TV series you just can't ignore, it seems. Entertainment Weekly, Deadline, Variety and others have claimed that Hulu is "close to a deal" with Warner Bros. for a new season of Veronica Mars. Many of the details are up in the air,…

Three years in, Samsung Pay has a long way to go

Samsung Pay debuted roughly three years ago to much fanfare, but how's it been doing since? Pretty well — relatively speaking. The Korean tech giant has announced that its tap-to-pay service has racked up 1.3 billion transactions worldwide and is…

Audible’s first fitness programs guide you through workouts

Audible now wants to serve as your personal coach — the audiobook service is launching audio fitness programs through an alliance with Aaptiv. Each program has a professional trainer guiding you through a progressively challenging set of workouts w…

Hot Chips 2018: Microsoft Azure Sphere Live Blog (5:30pm PT, 12:30am UTC)

For the security section of Hot Chips, the first talk is from Microsoft on their Azure Sphere, which is an end-to-end solution for securing microcontroller powered devices with the cloud.