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MacBook Air 2020 review: The most boring Mac is among the best

The 2020 Retina MacBook Air. This is the new Magic Keyboard, sans Touch Bar but with Touch ID. Samuel Axon Unfortunately, this computer only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and they’re only on one side. Samuel Axon It still has a headphone jack, though. Samuel Axon The lid looks the same. Samuel Axon That glossy …

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How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau

A camel in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt in modern times. Visions of America / Getty Images Compared to: One of the first ever photographs of the Pyramid of Khufu, taken by Charles Piazzi Smyth in early 1865. Public Domain The following excerpt comes from The Pyramids of Giza by …

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Before it sued Google for copying from Java, Oracle got rich copying IBM’s SQL

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty More than a decade ago, Google re-implemented the Java programming language as part of its new Android mobile operating system. Oracle, the owner of Java, then sued Google for copyright infringement in 2010. Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in this epic copyright case that will …

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Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Over 100,000 people have been infected with a new coronavirus that has spread widely from its origin in China over the past few months. More than 3,000 have already died. Our comprehensive guide for understanding and navigating this global public health threat is below. This is a rapidly developing epidemic, …

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Companies are contracting out more jobs—that’s not great for workers

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Until the 1980s, big companies in America tended to take a paternalistic attitude toward their workforce. Many corporate CEOs took pride in taking care of everyone who worked at their corporate campuses. Business leaders loved to tell stories about someone working their way up from the mailroom to a C-suite …

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War Stories: How Crash Bandicoot hacked the original PlayStation

Shot by Sean Dacanay, edited by Jeremy Smolik. Click here for transcript. When you hear the name Crash Bandicoot, you probably think of it as Sony’s platformy, mascoty answer to Mario and Sonic. Before getting the full Sony marketing treatment, though, the game was developer Naughty Dog’s first attempt at programming a 3D platform game …

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Ten rules for dating my teenage daughter placing your Wi-Fi access points

Enlarge / The top floor of our test house is relatively straightforward—although like many houses, it suffers from terrible router placement nowhere near its center. Jim Salter Here at Ars, we’ve spent a lot of time covering how Wi-Fi works, which kits perform the best, and how upcoming standards will affect you. Today, we’re going …

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How to Find Your Nearest Bitcoin ATM

</header> <strong>Cryptocurrency markets have experienced a few intensive weeks since the start of the year that took prices to 2020 highs in mid-February. The overall bullish sentiment is attracting more interest towards the crypto space. There are many ways to get started with Bitcoin but one the most accessible options is to find an ATM …

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The future of work looks like staying out of the office

Enlarge / Work in an actual office (artist’s rendering). It’s 2020: we finally live in the future! Or at least a future—one where broadband Internet connections and portable, reasonably high-powered computing tools are pervasive and widely accessible, even if they aren’t yet universal. Millions of workers, including all of us here at Ars, use those …

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