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We’re hiring! Are you a grade-A gadget lover and tech reviewer in NYC?

Friends! Arsians! Lend me your ears—and your resumes because we are a-hiring!

Ars is looking to hire on a tech reviewer and gadgetologist to join our butt-kicking gadget review team. Perks of the job include being able to argue about Android in-person with Ron Amadeo, hear wisdom from Andrew Cunningham’s Reviews Cat, touch Peter Bright’s glorious beard, and maybe even down some Soylent shots with me in a well-ventilated location. We need someone who’s sharp, tech-savvy, personable, and who doesn’t mind appearing on camera, since you’re going to see a lot more video on Ars in the near future.

There are two catches: first, this is not an entry-level job. We need someone who’s been in the reviewing game before, at least a bit, and we need to see some writing samples. Second: you have to be in the New York City area, no exceptions.

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Kim Dotcom promises to launch an open-source competitor to Mega

Third time's a charm. Kim Dotcom — creator of Megaupload and Mega file-sharing sites, New Zealand politician, US fugitive — plans to launch a third cloud-storage company when his existing non-compete clause runs out at the end of the year. Dotcom…

Kim Dotcom promises to launch an open-source competitor to Mega

Third time’s a charm. Kim Dotcom — creator of Megaupload and Mega file-sharing sites, New Zealand politician, US fugitive — plans to launch a third cloud-storage company when his existing non-compete clause runs out at the end of the year. Dotcom b…

Researchers craft atom-thick version of a junction used in transistors

The discovery that it was possible to isolate graphene, a single-atom thick sheet of carbon, has opened the door to the development of a variety of atomically thin materials, many with distinctive properties. But developing devices using these 2D materials is challenging. A lot of the traditional techniques for manipulating their behavior either don’t work or require that the 2D material be linked to bulkier, three-dimensional hardware.

Now, some researchers may have taken a tiny step toward developing a device that’s entirely one atom thick. They’ve managed to create a key electrical junction, used in devices like diodes and transistors, from two different 2D materials. The border between these materials is atomically sharp, and the sheets themselves are only a few hundred picometers deep.

The device in question is called a p-n junction. It’s formed at the boundary between (wait for it) p-type semiconductors and n-type semiconductors. The p-type tends to have “holes” that are missing an electron, while the n-type is characterized by an excess of electrons. Normally, these are formed by “doping,” or adding small numbers of other atoms to a crystal of silicon. They’re key components of diodes, transistors, LEDs, and photovoltaic cells, so being able to produce them is critical to pretty much all of modern electronics.

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HBO is selling ‘Game of Thrones’ S5 downloads earlier than usual

In another sign that HBO is trying to convert some of the numerous Game of Thrones pirates into paying customers, the network announced that season five will be the first one available for downloaders to own before it hits DVD and Blu-ray. It's act…

What It’s Like to Have the Oldest Phone in San Francisco

I live in the world’s most famous tech city, surrounded by the most advanced personal electronic devices. None of them, however, grab quite as much attention as my own phone does.

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Pocket Beta Adds New Recommendations Tab to Find New Articles

Pocket Beta Adds New Recommendations Tab to Find New Articles

Web/Android/iOS: Pocket has always been a bookmarking service, but they’re experimenting with a new way to find articles in a public beta, which is available right now to check out.

The beta includes a new recommendations tab where you’ll find popular articles that other people are saving. It’s still in early beta, so they’re looking for feedback about how it works and what types of articles should be included. That said, it works pretty well for finding popular articles when you’ve already read everything on your reading list. You can check out the beta for your device of choice at the link below.

Introducing the Pocket Beta Channel

These disposable vapes let you huff your caffeine instead of drink it

Dammit, Logan. I'm glad it's your first day working at this coffee shop; congrats on getting hired and all. But dude, seriously, I don't have time to waste waiting for you to fish that beard hair out of my coffee. I'm "latte" enough for work as it…

Stop Buying Cheap Used Sports Cars And Expecting Them To Be Perfect

In life, the curmudgeons and pessimists who think of themselves as realists will regurgitate the tired trope of “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” While it is true that cheap steak may include some gristle, it could potentially be the best steak you’ve ever had. But you could also choke on it.

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The best of Public Access Vol.7: online security and Android frustrations

Microsoft set the world on fire this week with the release of Windows 10 as a free download for existing Windows users. And in our review of the OS, we found that Edge, Windows 10's new web browser, is a sleek and speedy onramp to the information s…