SteelSeries Siberia 350: Should I buy these gaming headphones

SteelSeries made a name for itself in gaming audio with its its Siberia headphones, and the Siberia 350 was one of the more premium models. Now, the company has moved onto the Arctis line of headphones, with a new design. What does that mean for the Siberia headphones? It means they got cheaper and will almost definitely see even...

The Tetris Effect: how four simple tiles can help anxiety and reshape your brain

If you closed your eyes right now – and don’t actually do it, because then you won’t be able to read this article, but if you did – it’s a fairly safe bet that you could summon each of the seven tetrominoes into your mind’s eye. You know, those blocks, all made up of four tiles, that you’re...

The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy

Enlarge / A handful of gadgets we'd like to have with us on the road this year.Jeff Dunn The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it's once again time for the world to come together in...

Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices

Samuel Axon Small repair shops and tech enthusiasts who attempt to fix their new Apple devices may be taking a serious risk in doing so. According to a report from The Verge, Apple confirmed that its new...

Pokemon Let's Go review

When you consider the behemoth that Pokémon has become – a multimedia monster encompassing video games, movies, merchandise and a smartphone outing that practically prints money – it's hard to believe that the franchise only started in the mid-'90s and didn't hit the west until 1998.For many, the decade is dominated by memories such as the Spice Girls,...

The 10th anniversary of Bitcoin: trick or treat?

Back on 31 October 2008, when Satoshi Nakamoto described “a new electronic cash system” that’s “fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party", sceptics may have been excused for dismissing it as merely fiction – it was Halloween after all. However, fact is often stranger than fiction, and the payment system he described in Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,...

How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine learning algorithm learned that...

Google launches free, browser-based image optimization tool

Google Chrome Labs, which develops experimental web apps, has released an advanced browser-based optimization tool to get your images ready for the web.There's already a wealth of free online photo editors available, but Squoosh is designed to work as quickly as possible, showcasing the capabilities of modern browsers. Once Squoosh has loaded, you can use it without an internet...

Surface Go with integrated LTE available for preorder now, from $679

Last week Microsoft added an extra configuration to the Surface Go lineup. Today it's rounding out the range and filling the final gaps, adding systems with integrated LTE to the product mix. LTE adds $130 to the...

Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown

Following the controlled destruction of the Mac mini and the MacBook Air, iFixit turned its gaze to the new 11-inch iPad Pro. Its teardown reveals lots of adhesive, even more magnets, and only a few surprises...