Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a handful of high-end 4K TV deals, with the likes of Vizio's P-Series, TCL's 6-Series Roku TVs, and LG's B8 OLED TVs all on sale.
As we noted last year, we're nearing the time when TV deals start to reach their apex. Black Friday has passed and this year's models are getting introduced, which means prices on many of the still-great models of 2018 will gradually drop until they are discontinued for good. It's very much possible that the TVs highlighted below will get even cheaper as the year goes on, but if you're interested in grabbing a high-end 4K HDR TV ahead of the Super Bowl, have a look at the various deals below.
And if you don't need a new TV, we also have deals on Black Ops 4, cheap wireless workout headphones, Echo devices, and more.
FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground
Congressman warns telco regulator: Must Pai harder
America's comms watchdog, the FCC, is under fire for refusing to brief Congressional staffers on what exactly it is doing about cellular networks selling citizens' location data to dodgy characters.…
Powerful inter-dimensional beings are wreaking havoc across Europe, Spidey finds a new ally in Mysterio, and Aunt May is getting it on with Happy Hogan in the first trailer for Spider-man: Far From Home.
(Spoilers for Infinity War below.)
When we last saw Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), [corrected] he was breaking our hearts by turning to dust in front of his mentor, Tony Stark. (Stupid Thanos with his stupid Infinity Glove.) Far From Home will purportedly pick up a few minutes after the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, so we can presume that the planned "Un-Snappening" was successful. Also returning from dust for this outing: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).
They'd also be able to make routine night flights under a proposed regulation.
Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors and facts: Feb. 20 launch, Snapdragon 855, 5G possibilities and everything we know about specs, features and price - CNET
With just over one month to go until the phone launches, so many questions remain. Like, will it support 5G?
Nearly 100 groups join with the ACLU to ensure facial recognition isn't used to limit people's freedom.
Science is our most effective means of understanding the natural world, yet the public doesn't always accept the understanding that it produces. Researchers have been trying to figure out why there's a gap between science and the public for decades, an effort that is becoming increasingly relevant as the US seems to have a growing discomfort with facts in general. In some cases, the issue is clearly cultural: politics and religion appear to have strong influences on whether people accept the science on climate change and evolution, respectively.
It would be easy to think that the controversy over GMO foods is similar. After all, opposition to GMOs is often ascribed to liberal granola eaters. But several polls have suggested that's not the case, as there's as much discomfort about GMOs on the right as there is on the left. Now, a new study in Nature Human Behavior suggests an alternate explanation: opposition to GMOs is highest among those who know the least about genetics but have convinced themselves they're experts. Or as the authors put it, "Extreme opponents know the least but think they know the most."Science literacy
A US-Canadian team of researchers started off by having a demographically diverse group of 500 US residents answer a series of questions. Participants were asked to rate their level of concern with and opposition to GMOs. As had been found in past surveys, there was a lot of uncertainty about the biotechnology; more than 90 percent of respondents reported concern, and a similar number were somewhat opposed to its use. But that opposition didn't break down along political lines: "there were no significant differences in extremity of opposition between self-reported liberals, moderates, and conservatives."
Rise of the Machines™ The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.…
Plenty of rumors pointed to unveilings that were supposed to happen in the Motor City but never did.
We got our hands on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 reference phone.
A Maine city invites people to take selfies with the bizarre ice circle.
Controller tech precedes NAND-tastic summer
An SSD controller company has demonstrated faster SSD access with a gen 4 PCIe controller that was twice as fast as gen 3 PCIe.…
Netflix's most popular $11-a-month plan will rise to $13 in the US. Its low-end plan will cost a buck more, and its premium tier gets a $2 bump up to $16.
The judge says the government's request "runs afoul" of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Toyota Supra, Ram Heavy Duty and more top our list for the best debuts at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Top US justices hear oral arguments in copyright battle
Rimini Street and Oracle were once again at odds in the courtroom yesterday, as the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the pair's long-running copyright battle.…
The Blue Oval's Detroit Auto Show star gets raw and uncensored.
Since making its public premiere at 2014’s Awesome Games Done Quick marathon, TASBot (the tool-assisted speedrun robot) has repeatedly amazed audiences by performing seemingly impossible in-game feats. Using nothing but pre-recorded electrical signals sent through a game console’s standard controller ports, TASBot has done everything from beating Super Mario Bros. 3 in under a second, to running Twitch chat through a standard SNES, to coding an SNES version of Super Mario Maker on the fly.
But no matter how amazing TASBot’s performances are, there’s still a group of naysayers out there that argues that the robot’s direct connection to the controller port makes the whole thing inauthentic, somehow. "Every single YouTube video I post, there's at least one guy calling us haxxors and saying we are filthy cheaters,” TASBot team manager Allan “DwangoAC” Cecil told Ars at the recent Awesome Games Done Quick charity marathon (AGDQ). “No matter how many times we explain that it's not a ROM hack, people assume that we've hacked the game, when we haven't, in the sense of changing its ROM."
So this year, in an effort to prove the doubters wrong, Cecil and the TASBot team set out to create “a replay device that’s the most insane thing we’ve ever done,” as Cecil put it on stage. Rather than just sending signals through the controller port, MASHBot (the Machine-Assisted Speedrun Hardware robot) can actually manipulate the controller itself (in this case, a Nintendo DS touchscreen), without any human intervention.
Now you'll never escape YouTube's event horizon.
The smart basketball shoe will let you make adjustments on the shoe or with an app.