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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Point-to-point Wi-Fi bridging between buildings—the cheap and easy way

Point-to-point Wi-Fi bridging between buildings—the cheap and easy way

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Enlarge / We tested these TP-Link outdoor Wi-Fi bridges—both 2.4GHz and 5GHz versions—across 80 meters of partially-wooded terrain, with great success.Jim Salter Extending your Wi-Fi properly from one building to another is, unfortunately, a bit of a secret art—but it doesn't need to be either difficult or expensive. The secret lies mostly in knowing the…
Cadillac saves its best for last: The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing

Cadillac saves its best for last: The 2022 CT4-V Blackwing

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This is Cadillac's final generation of internal combustion-powered sports sedans, and the company is going out on a high with the 472-hp CT4-V Blackwing. In fact, this might be my new favorite performance sedan. Jonathan Gitlin The CT4-V Blackwing comes with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. The cabin ergonomics are good, and…
What is LMDh and why are we so excited about sports car racing in 2023?

What is LMDh and why are we so excited about sports...

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Enlarge / This sketch is all we've seen of Porsche's forthcoming LMDh hybrid racer. But now we know that when it starts racing in 2023, it will be run by Team Penske.Porsche In 2021, there is a real buzz building in the world of sports car racing. After many years of running incompatible technical regulations,…
How Final Fantasy VII radicalized a generation of climate warriors

How Final Fantasy VII radicalized a generation of climate warriors

I mean, all the packaging required for a game spanning three CDs might help inspire some environmental mindfulness on its own.In September of 1997, Final Fantasy VII was released for the original Playstation in North America. The watershed game swapped the series’ swords-and-sorcery and sun-dappled-forests motif for bombs and machine guns in a dark, rainy…
Dread Pirate Roberts escaped development hell: Making Silk Road work as a film

Dread Pirate Roberts escaped development hell: Making Silk Road work as...

Trailer for Silk Road.In the last decade or so of Ars, two pre-COVID news stories stand out to me as the "biggest"—the kind of stuff that captivates a general audience in the moment and will attract the eyes of Hollywood eventually. The first one happened back in 2013, when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked…
Collectors are as confused as you are about that $1.56M Super Mario 64 sale

Collectors are as confused as you are about that $1.56M Super...

Enlarge / Collectors say bare cartridges in "sous vide" condition can command a premium at auction.Aurich Lawson If you aren't immersed in the world of high-end video game collecting, it's probably hard to understand why someone paid in excess of $1.5 million for a single, shrinkwrap-sealed boxed copy of Super Mario 64 last Sunday. But…
Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

Every day, some little piece of logic constructed by very specific bits of artificial intelligence technology makes decisions that affect how you experience the world. It could be the ads that get served up to you on social media or shopping sites, or the facial recognition that unlocks your phone, or the directions you take…
Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

Is our machine learning? Ars takes a dip into artificial intelligence

Every day, some little piece of logic constructed by very specific bits of artificial intelligence technology makes decisions that affect how you experience the world. It could be the ads that get served up to you on social media or shopping sites, or the facial recognition that unlocks your phone, or the directions you take…
Google Chat review: Terrible as a Slack clone, good as a consumer chat app

Google Chat review: Terrible as a Slack clone, good as a...

Enlarge / Google Chat, in just some of its many form factors. Google Chat officially launched for consumers recently, and that means the time has come to dive back into everyone's favorite subject: Google messaging services! Google Chat is the latest in Google's long and prodigious line of (usually) short-lived messaging applications, but this one…
AtGames Legends virtual pinball review: The better pre-built choice… mostly

AtGames Legends virtual pinball review: The better pre-built choice… mostly

If you'd told me at the beginning of 2021 that I'd review not one but two virtual pinball options for the home, I would have nodded and said, sure, that sounds entirely unsurprising. A replica arcade experience seems like a great antidote for any nerd going stir-crazy in a pandemic. Yet while stand-up arcade multi-cabinets…

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