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Xiaomi Mi 9 hands-on: Speedy, stylish and a great camera, too
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Xiaomi officially pulled back the curtain on its new Mi 9 in China a few hours ago, but a flashy presentation only ever tells you so much. Sure, the top-level stuff seems solid enough: there's a Snapdragon 855 with either 6GB or 12GB of RAM inside, p…

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The great white shark's genetic healing powers have been decoded     – CNET
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We now know more about how they heal so rapidly and, potentially, how they stave off cancer.

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Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic—it’s a gameplay revolution
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Enlarge / What happens when more people get their hands on Tetris pieces in a single online match? A lot more than you might realize. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) In an interview with Ars Technica last year, Brendan Greene, the game designer best known for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), offered a throwaway opinion: every […]

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Last chance for great TV deals for watching the big game     – CNET
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A 55-inch for $330! A 75-inch for $1,000! An HD projector for under $450! But act fast, because time is running out for these deals to ship in time for the big game.

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Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged
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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. PAX Unplugged, the tabletop board gaming conference that emerged from the PAX video game conference empire, took place in Philadelphia last week. It was bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, with more space allocated […]

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Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind
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Enlarge / A giant Tetris board illuminating the windows of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in 2016. Playing Tetris provides a useful distraction during anxious waiting periods. (credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) There’s nothing worse than waiting to hear potentially upsetting news, whether it’s a bad medical diagnosis or learning if you got into your top college […]

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Google Doodle honors baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente     – CNET
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The Hall of Famer gave his life trying to help victims of a massive earthquake.

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Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it's trapped in Apple's world     – CNET
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The HomePod delivers amazing audio quality, but this pricey speaker is an iOS-only device that effectively requires an Apple Music subscription.

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This is the Story of the 1970s Great Calculator Race
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An anonymous reader shares a thread [Editor’s note: all links in the story will lead you to Twitter]: In the 1970s the cost — and size — of calculators tumbled. Business tools became toys; as a result prestige tech companies had to rapidly diversify into other products — or die! This is the story of […]

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