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Rivian’s R1S: An electric SUV for those with an adventurous lifestyle

Enlarge / After building the R1T adventure truck, Rivian has followed up with the R1S SUV. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Rivian provided flights from DC to Albany and back, plus two nights in a hotel so we could drive the R1S. Ars does not accept paid editorial content. Last September, we drove one of Rivian's new electric trucks and found...

The cryptopocalypse is nigh! NIST rolls out new encryption standards to prepare

Enlarge / Conceptual computer artwork of electronic circuitry with blue and red light passing through it, representing how data may be controlled and stored in a quantum computer. (credit: Getty Images) In the not-too-distant future—as little as a decade, perhaps, nobody knows exactly how long—the cryptography protecting your bank transactions,...

COVID was the leading cause of death in Americans ages 45-54 in 2021

Enlarge / A woman watches white flags on the National Mall on September 18, 2021, in Washington, DC. Over 660,000 white flags were installed here to honor Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. (credit: Getty | Chen Mengtong) COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in Americans between March 2020 and October 2021, accounting...

YouTube flags horror video as “for kids,” won’t let creator change rating

Enlarge / YouTube thinks the dark and creepy "Local58TV" series is for kids. (credit: Local58TV) Google's wonderful content moderation bots are at it again. After previously doing things like including suicide instructions in a children's video and the whole Elsagate problem, YouTube is now flagging a horror video as "for kids." Worst...

Lawsuit: At Tesla, racial discrimination is “standard operating procedure”

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Justin Sullivan ) Tesla is facing a new racial discrimination lawsuit filed by 15 factory employees who allege that Tesla's "standard operating procedures include blatant, open, and unmitigated race discrimination." Racial harassment and discrimination is "rampant" at Tesla, and the company has "done...

How Zelda fans changed the ending to Ocarina of Time on a vanilla N64

Enlarge / This... isn't supposed to happen in Ocarina of Time. Here's the story of how some fans made it happen anyway—all on a stock N64 with an unmodified Ocarina cartridge. (credit: Summer Games Done Quick) Shortly after our guide to Summer Games Done Quick 2022 went live, the event hosted an astounding demonstration of a classic...

Tesla deliveries drop by 18 percent in Q2 2022

Enlarge / Tesla's new factories in Berlin and Texas are proving more costly to set up than its plant in Shanghai (pictured). (credit: Tesla) After several quarters of impressive growth, Tesla is starting to feel the pinch. The US automaker announced on Saturday that, between April and June, it has produced only 258,580 electric vehicles...

Diablo Immortal is bringing in over $1 million a day in microtransactions

Use cash to buy orbs. Despite backlash from some players, Diablo Immortal's free-to-play, microtransaction-laden game design seems to be working out just fine for Blizzard's bottom line. Using data from mobile analysis firm Appmagic, MobileGamer.biz estimates that the iOS and Android versions of the game brought in $49 million in earnings...

Landmark EU rules will finally put regulation of Big Tech to the test

Enlarge (credit: the_burtons | Moment) Imagine an online world where what users want matters, and interoperability reigns. Friends could choose whichever messaging app they like and seamlessly chat cross-app. Any pre-installed app could be deleted on any device. Businesses could finally access their Facebook data, and smaller tech companies...

New Gmail rolls out to everyone, and you can hide that big sidebar now

The new Gmail. It's blue and has a big sidebar, but there are options for both of these big changes. [credit: Google ] The new desktop Gmail design started rolling out this weekend. If you use the default theme, you'll know it has...

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