A virtual company-wide hackathon is worth the investment
At our annual company retreat, we usually run a hackathon for our dev team. But this year (at our virtual retreat), we decided to expand the hackathon framework to the entire company. We took the basic premise of the hackathon — deep work on a single project — and... Read more
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies at 85; Mark Hamill and others pay tribute
Actor David Prowse played villain Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies, while actor James Earl Jones provided the voice. Lucasfilm David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars movies, has died at 85, the actor’s family and management team confirmed on Saturday evening.  Prowse’s death is... Read more
34 Best Cyber Monday Deals If You Work From Home (2020)
This is another all-around capable mouse in our Best Mouse Guide. Writer Jess Grey says it has a comfortable chassis, it’s responsive, and there are customizable RGB lights if you’re into that sort of thing. Monitor Deals Photograph: LG LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch HD Ultrawide for $330 ($50 off) Amazon... Read more
Ethical AI isn’t the same as trustworthy AI, and that matters
Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are facing increased scrutiny due to their aptitude for amplifying both good and bad decisions. More specifically, for their propensity to expose and heighten existing societal biases and inequalities. It is only right, then, that discussions of ethics are taking center stage as AI adoption... Read more
Staples’ best Cyber Monday deals: A Lenovo laptop, an AOC monitor and a gaming chair
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Black Friday might be over, but Cyber Monday is almost upon us, which means the deals are still in full flow. Those... Read more
34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation
Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Now that the newest iterations are out, previous-gen games are seeing discounts all over the place. It’s... Read more
WarGames for real: How one 1983 exercise nearly triggered WWIII
Update, 11/29/20: It’s a very different Thanksgiving weekend here in 2020, but even if tables were smaller and travel non-existent, Ars staff is off for the holiday in order to recharge, take a mental afk break, and maybe stream a movie or five. But five years ago around this... Read more
Best Amazon Black Friday deals still available: $65 Echo Show 8, $60 Amazfit smartwatch, $300 Sonos Move and more
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Black Friday may have come and gone, but Black Friday Deals Week is still going strong this weekend, with plenty of discounts available... Read more
Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes
At first, “everything seemed to work,” Jerolmack said. Domokos’ mathematics had predicted that rock shards should average out to cubes. An increasing number of actual rock shards seemed happy to comply. But Jerolmack soon realized that proving the theory would require confronting rule-breaking cases, too. After all, the same... Read more
COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Will Require Unprecedented Global Cooperation
We are all looking forward to the day when we have a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus. It cannot come soon enough for any of us — we want this nightmare to be over. But the COVID-19 logistics will require unprecedented global cooperation and must be supported by a... Read more