DEAL: Fossil Sport Drops to $154 at Amazon, Explorist Gen 4 to $150

DEAL: Fossil Sport Drops to $154 at Amazon, Explorist Gen 4 to $150


Amazon is hosting a huge sale on two of the best Fossil smartwatches at the moment, with the Fossil Sport down to its lowest price ever.

We aren’t sure the occasion, but if you want a Fossil Wear OS watch, this is the time to buy. As I mentioned, the Fossil Sport (review) is at an all-time low at $154. The previous low was a Black Friday sale that dropped it to $178.

Other Fossil smartwatches are super cheap too, like the Explorist Gen 4, which is just $150 in all-black or silver.

With recent price increases to $275 for both of these, we’ve got discounts here around $120.

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“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

Enlarge / Maybe this is the “Mark Taylor” I seek… (credit: Getty Images | vladru)

After a layoff dumped me into the job market for the first time in more than a decade, I had an all-too-close encounter with a new breed of digital fraudsters who prey on the unemployed. These high-tech predators use a new twist on an old scam to “hire” the victim in order to gain access to their bank account. The scheme was cleverly engineered, but a couple of small irregularities tipped me off to my would-be assailants’ plans before they could steal anything more than two days’ worth of my time. Once alerted, I was even able to use some of their own tactics to inflict a bit of pain on the folks who sought to scam me.

Embarrassing as it might be, I’m sharing my experiences in the hope that they might help you

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The WWDC Liveblog: All the OS details from Apple’s annual keynote

The WWDC Liveblog: All the OS details from Apple’s annual keynote

Enlarge / Neon emoji and animoji images accompanied the invites to press. (credit: Apple)

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At 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 5pm GMT) on Monday, June 3, 2018, Apple will host its “special event”—or as we’ve long called it, the keynote—to kick off the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. In front of an audience of press and developers, the company is expected to share details about its upcoming major annual operating system updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other products.

Ars will once again be on the scene at WWDC in San Jose, and on Monday we’ll be sharing live updates throughout keynote in our liveblog—just come back here a few minutes before the event starts to follow along.

The main focus is expected to be iOS 13, the new version of Apple’s software for iPhones. Previous leaks and reports have suggested a number of

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Everyone needs a good pillow—even astronauts bound for Mars

Everyone needs a good pillow—even astronauts bound for Mars

Enlarge / Make sure you have your pillow… and your towel. (credit: NASA)

By all accounts, sleeping in space is a dream. After a long day of running experiments and rigorous exercise, astronauts on the International Space Station retire to their padded sleep pods, which have just enough room to fit the astronaut, a laptop mounted to a wall, and a few practical items. To prevent themselves from drifting through the station while catching some zero-g z’s, astronauts snuggle into a sleeping bag mounted to the wall of their sleep pod. As they start to slumber, their bodies relax and their arms drift out in front of them, making them look like floating zombies.

Absent from astronauts’ bedrooms, though, are pillows. In microgravity you don’t need one—you don’t even need to hold your head. Instead, it just naturally tips forward.

But just because pillows aren’t needed in space

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XPRIZE selects winners of autonomous seafloor-mapping competition

XPRIZE selects winners of autonomous seafloor-mapping competition

Enlarge / Part of the winning team’s system. (credit: XPRIZE)

The winners of the latest XPRIZE competition were announced on Friday. Sponsored by Shell with a bonus prize from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the competition focused on the challenge of exploring the seafloor and saw 32 teams from around the world competing for $7 million.

The primary goal was to build an autonomous, high-resolution seafloor-mapping system that could be launched from a similarly uncrewed boat. Seafloor mapping is incredibly expensive, which limits its use. If the research vessel and extensive crew weren’t necessary, a lot more work could get done with the current amount of funding.

XPRIZE’s competition overview.

Nine finalist teams split $1 million last year before the final rounds of testing. Each team took its creations to Kalamata, Greece (an audible after hurricanes scrambled the initial plan to work in Puerto Rico), where

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Review: Amazon’s Good Omens is very bit as entertaining as original novel.

Review: Amazon’s Good Omens is very bit as entertaining as original novel.

Heaven and Hell prepare to face off in the long-planned battle of Armageddon, but an angel, a demon, and a rebellious Antichrist aren’t quite as enthusiastic about the prospect in Good Omens. The six-part limited series is based on the original 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, and it’s every bit as entertaining as the source material.

(Some spoilers for the book and series below.)

Confession: I am an uber-fan, having read the book multiple times over the last 19 years. I’ll likely read it several more times before I kick off this mortal coil, so I’m very much in the target audience for the series. Good Omens is the story of an angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and a demon Crowley (David Tennant) who gradually become friends over the millennia and team up to avert Armageddon. They’ve come to be rather fond of the

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Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light

Wireless nanowire lasers absorb infrared, emit blue light

Enlarge / This article is about lasers (not necessarily the one pictured). (credit: Knick Banas / Flickr)

Some of us are anxiously awaiting the photonics revolution, where photons will band together to overthrow the tyranny of electrons. One of the perpetual problems that’s slowing up the revolution is light sources: you need to have a laser that is coupled to a circuit that is going to do something. All of this has to be on a tiny scale that can compete with electronics. It shouldn’t consume much power either.

That’s a hard collection of hurdles to clear. But there is a loophole: a photonic circuit could have the sort of application that electronic devices don’t do very well.

Now, researchers have used that loophole as an excellent excuse to do a very cool experiment in powering lasers. The researchers showed how to power a laser with a laser—something that

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Cryptocurrency firms renew push to break free from SEC rules

Cryptocurrency firms renew push to break free from SEC rules

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Many cryptocurrency startups and investors are unhappy with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s uncertain approach to the sector, saying the agency is killing innovation and driving companies from the US. Now the Canadian social media company Kik—backed by prominent voices in the crypto world—is stepping up its effort to use the courts to force the SEC’s hand.

On Tuesday, Kik announced a crowdfunding effort to help it fight the SEC over the company’s 2017 initial coin offering, in which it sold nearly $100 million worth of a token it called kin. The company says it sold a currency that could be used across a network of apps, whether to get paid for taking surveys or to buy new stickers and themes. The SEC disagrees, arguing in a proposed action last November that kin are securities—investments subject to strict rules about how they can be sold.

Kik’s fight has drawn

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