Monthly Archives: August 2018

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US says China is aggressively recruiting spies on LinkedIn

Forget trying to recruit spies in clandestine meetings — apparently, you just have to go to a job website. US National Counterintelligence and Security Center chief William Evanina told Reuters that Chinese intelligence agencies were conducting a "…

Cab Forward Is Coming Back

The other day I saw a Volvo XC60 driving through traffic while I walked to the subway. It’s a handsome car, or crossover I could say, but even I was surprised. “Why is the hood so big?”

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The Best Labor Day Sales Happening Right Now

These are the best Labor Day sales happening right now, so you can spend the money you’ve made from all your labor. Keep checking back, as we’ll continue to add more throughout the holiday weekend.

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Start your ‘NBA 2K19′ MyCareer before the game is even out

NBA 2K19 doesn't come out until September 7th (Anniversary Edition), but those of you who are impatiently waiting for the game can get a good taste for it starting today. Thanks to the Prelude demo, you can can play the first chapter of this year's M…

Will E-Scooters Be a Disaster For New York City?

On Thursday, scooter startup Bird hosted a demonstration of its electric scooters in preparation for legislation that aim to make the company’s scooter-sharing service legal on the streets of New York City. While the scooters themselves are a joy to ride, I can’t help but worry New York will find a way to ruin the…

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New lawsuit shows your phone is unsafe at American borders

A recent case filed in federal court, in which an American woman had her iPhone seized and cracked by Customs and Border Protection in a New Jersey airport puts a whole new spin on the things we now need to worry about when leaving the country. It ap…

Basically Every Digital Marvel Comic Is 50% Off For Labor Day

Amazon’s running a Marvel digital comic sale that’s bigger than any Avengers movie today, with literally thousands of titles marked down by 50%. If Marvel published it, and it came out before this week, it should be included in the sale. You’ll find everything from the Guardians of the Galaxy to Darth Vader to Deadpool

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Rolls-Royce Will Finally Let Me Turn the Backseat of My Phantom Into a Personal Opium Den

As I have extensively documented before, riding in cars is extremely difficult for me. Not only do they place the masses directly in my line of sight, but I also have the driver to contend with. Usually, I just hire ones that don’t speak any English to ensure maximum privacy, but then there’s still the issue of them…

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‘Madden’ shooting survivor files lawsuit against EA and the venue

Last week, there was a tragic shooting at a Madden 19 tournament at a bar in Jacksonville, Florida. Two professional players were killed and 10 others were injured. Now, one of the victims who survived the attack has filed a lawsuit against EA, the s…

Exclusive: Valve walks us through Artifact’s new demo, leaves us wanting more

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Enlarge / Getting one’s Artifact on. (credit: Valve Software)

Editor’s note: This feature’s two videos include transcripts, and many of their details appear in the article’s text and galleries. So however you want to learn about Valve’s latest video game, Ars has your back.

BELLEVUE, Washington—Right as this article goes live, Valve Software is taking the wraps off its next video game, Artifact, in a major way. At this weekend’s PAX West expo in Seattle, lines of eager fans are currently waiting to play the first public demo of Valve’s online trading card game (TCG), and they have good reason to be excited.

I say that not just because of the game’s pedigree—designed in part by the creator of the world’s biggest TCG, Magic: The Gathering, and supercharged by the fantasy world and characters of the Valve smash Dota 2. I say it because Ars already went hands-on with this PAX West demo, thanks to an exclusive invite to Valve’s headquarters ahead of the show. I had a blast. Plus, unlike PAX’s attendees, I had quite the guide sitting over my shoulder: MtG‘s creator and Artifact lead designer Richard Garfield.

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