US computer science grads outperforming those in other key nations


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There’s a steady flow of reports regarding the failures of the US education system. Read the right things and you’ll come away convinced that early grades fail to teach basic skills, later grades fail to prepare students for college, and colleges students fail so much that they can’t cope with the world outside the campus walls. But this week brought a bit of good news for one particular area: college-level computer science programs appear to be graduating some very competitive students.

This comes despite the fact that US students enter colleges behind their peers in other countries.

The work, done by an international team of researchers, compares US college seniors to those of three countries where US companies have outsourced some of their work: China, India, and Russia. All of these countries have a reputation for first-rate computing talent, with India and China

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Zane Lowe on Why Apple Music Is in the Storytelling Business


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Speaking of Apple Music and Billie Eilish, Tim Ingham, writing at Music Business Worldwide, has an interview with Zane Lowe. It’s a good interview that covers a range of topics from how Lowe builds relationships with artists to what differentiates Apple Music and what they see in Billie Eilish.

An artist like Billie Eilish thinks in sounds, she thinks in colors, she thinks in visuals, she thinks in collaborations, she thinks in all kinds of different forms of creativity. When you’re dealing with an artist like that, it opens all these other areas that you can help build things around.

With Billie, there’s color everywhere, this attitude and it’s like, ‘Wow, this is really interesting.’ At Apple, because of where we’ve all come from, we understand streaming, but [we’re thinking], ‘How can we make a streaming service that is deeper and more layered and speaks to the aspects Continue reading “Zane Lowe on Why Apple Music Is in the Storytelling Business”

Tips: How to check on and cancel software and service subscriptions on your iPhone or iPad


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It’s very easy to add another cheap subscription if you’re want to try out an app or a video service. Before you know it, though, you’re paying out a lot of money every month. Here’s how to find out what you’ve subscribed to, through the App Store and what you can do about it.

Apple Music, Exclusive Extras, and Merch


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Apple and Billie Eilish, whose highly anticipated album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (out March 29) has set a new record for pre-adds on Apple Music, have launched an interesting new kind of partnership on the company’s streaming service. At this link (which is not the same as the standard artist page for Billie Eilish on Apple Music), you’ll find a custom page featuring an exclusive music video for you should see me in a crown, the upcoming album that you can pre-add to your library, an Essentials playlist for Billie Eilish’s previous hits, two Beats 1 interviews, and, for the first time on Apple Music (that I can recall), a link to buy a limited edition merch collection.

Get Intego’s Mac Internet Security X9 bundle w/ parental controls for 35% off


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Apple’s major ‘It’s show time’ event kicks off on Monday, here’s our comprehensive preview


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Apple has already had quite a busy month, but it’s not over yet. Apple is holding an event on Monday, March 25th at Steve Jobs Theater with the tagline “It’s show time.” The event will focus on Apple’s upcoming services, including Apple News Magazines, original content and streaming video, App Store gaming, and much more.

9to5Mac will be in attendance with instant coverage of all the announcements out of Apple Park. Before the event kicks off, here’s our comprehensive preview of everything we expect to see from Apple’s March 25th event.

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Apple’s rumored game service wouldn’t include ‘freemium’ titles


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It’s now a little clearer how Apple’s rumored game subscription service might work — including what you wouldn’t get. Bloomberg sources claim the service will bundle paid games (most likely the more popular ones) for a flat monthly rate, and would likely exclude “freemium” games where you need to make an in-app purchase to unlock everything. Don’t expect to get a Fortnite Battle Pass or Super Mario Run, then.

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Apple’s latest Apple Watch how-to videos cover fitness features and more


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Apple this weekend has shared five new Apple Watch how-to videos on YouTube. These videos focus on things like changing your Apple Watch videos, adjusting your Move goal, and more fitness features.

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Apple ‘Netflix for Games’ Subscription Service May Be Shown Monday


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A previously reported “Netflix for Games” subscription service that Apple has been working on may be shown at the Apple Event scheduled for Monday, March 25th.



Bloomberg reports that beyond Apple’s News and Video services which are expected to debut on Monday, Apple may be ready to unveil a similar gaming service.

Apple is also working on a premium games subscription for its App Store and discussing it with potential partners, according to people with knowledge of the plans. This service won’t take on new cloud-based streaming offerings like Google Stadia. Instead, it will focus on iPhones and iPads and bundle together paid games from different developers that consumers can access for a monthly fee.

The monthly service fee would be divided amongst the games in the service based on how much time is spent in each game. The service would likely focus on paid games rather than the popular

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Hold onto your butts: A tour through Kualoa Ranch, aka real world Jurassic Park


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KĀNEʻOHE, Hawaii—For a first time visitor driving up from Kailua along HI-83, it felt like that John Williams’ “Main Theme” should’ve been playing the entire time as we watched the Hawaiian landscape reveal itself. Then we arrived—and learned we had signed up to tour the actual Jurassic Park.

I have it on good authority that a certain Ars staffer may or may not have appeared in the background of park scenes in 2015’s Jurassic World. In reality, those particular sequences happened at an abandoned theme park outside of New Orleans on a production set. But it turns out the lush nature and endless greenery seen in both the original and the latest Jurassic Park iterations happens to be very genuine and very open to the public for those that can make it to Kualoa Ranch.

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This week’s top stories: New iPads, AirPods, and iMacs, the future of AirPower, March event details, more


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In this week’s top stories: Apple announces new a new iPad Air and iPad mini, as well as AirPods 2 and upgraded iMacs, last-minute details about Apple’s streaming video service, the future of AirPower, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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How id Software went from skeptical to excited about Google Stadia streaming


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SAN FRANCISCO—Back in 2016, when Google first approached id Software about bringing some games to a potential new streaming service, the game developer was skeptical to say the least. “The proposal immediately bumped against our main bias,” id Senior Programmer Dustin Land said during a talk at this week’s Game Developers Conference. “Streaming adds latency to the thing we desperately want to remove latency from.”

Fast forward more than two years, and id was proudly on stage this week showing a version of Doom Eternal running on Google’s newly announced Stadia streaming platform. But getting from that initial skepticism to that grand unveiling wasn’t always an easy process, Land said.

Getting to yes

For years, Land said, Google had been watching their YouTube analytics, waiting for a big enough group of users to reach the point where their connections would be able

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Here’s everything Apple announced this week from AirPods to iMacs


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In the last seven days, Apple has revamped its iPad Air, iPad mini, iMacs, and AirPods and also introduced new Watch bands as well as iPhone cases. If that wasn’t enough, the company has also announced a big update to its entire iWork suite. Here’s a round up of all the products Apple has brought out ahead of its March 25 "Its show time" event.

Even Huawei’s CFO wouldn’t carry Huawei products, opting for Apple instead


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Huawei Technologies, the Chinese behemoth with a growing portfolio of technologies and products, apparently doesn’t have any that appeal to the founder’s daughter — who also happens to be Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer.

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Board game review: Ultimate Werewolf Legacy


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Board game review: Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

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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.

Our 16 games of Werewolf sprawled across 20 hours and two lengthy play sessions. They began well enough, with enthusiastic people enjoying each other’s company, keen to backstab, betray, and devour their fellow participants. Villagers—and the occasional werewolf—were hanged, and each person’s hands were bloodied. Yes, this was the decade-old social deduction game we all knew well—but now with sealed boxes, fistfuls of stickers, and a huge leather tome for the moderator to scribble in.

Ultimate Werewolf Legacy takes an old concept and pairs it with newfangled “legacy” game mechanisms. This means components are permanently altered—mostly the moderator’s diary—and decisions are made that impact future plays. In other words, it’s a campaign game with irreversible decisions, promising all the drama that premise entails. 

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Tim Cook calls for focus on climate change and global economy in China Development Forum speech


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Tim Cook is in China this week and has been pictured visiting with developers, sightseeing, and meeting with politicians. Now, the Apple CEO has given a brief speech at the China Development Forum, using the opportunity to call on China to continue opening up its economy to the rest of the world.

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Mini-review: Fitbit sticks to the bare necessities in the $159 Versa Lite


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Mini-review: Fitbit sticks to the bare necessities in the $159 Versa Lite

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The Versa Lite confused me at first. When Fitbit announced the new Inspire and Inspire HR fitness trackers, the company also debuted the new Versa Lite. This smartwatch looks identical to the original Versa, which came out last year, but it lacks a few features and costs $40 less. Considering the Versa was meant to be a cheaper, more accessible version of the $300 Fitbit Ionic, it was strange to see Fitbit come up with an even more affordable version of its already affordable smartwatch.

But Fitbit is positioning itself as the company with smartwatches for all kinds of people. Instead of making one flagship device with a bunch of features like Apple has done with the Apple Watch, Fitbit is investing in numerous devices with different feature sets at various price points. Now, the Versa family has three devices: the $159 Versa Lite, the

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