The new Terminator board game is actually worth your time


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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.

Even Terminator has a board game now. In the “golden age” of tabletop gaming, companies and licensing have brought us a wealth of titles, including those that no one was asking for (I’m looking at you, Ghostbusters and Wacky Races). Is Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance something to get excited about?

Thankfully, yes.

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The new Terminator board game is actually worth your time


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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.

Even Terminator has a board game now. In the “golden age” of tabletop gaming, companies and licensing have brought us a wealth of titles, including those that no one was asking for (I’m looking at you, Ghostbusters and Wacky Races). Is Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance something to get excited about?

Thankfully, yes.

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Dealmaster: A handful of good Prime Day deals are still available today


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Greetings, Arsians! Just when the Dealmaster thinks Prime Day is over, the deals pull him back in. Today, we’re bringing you a roundup of (mostly) leftover deals that are still live from Amazon’s technically expired sales event and the various sales other retailers ran alongside it.

While the vast majority of Prime Day’s better offers have drifted away—and while the majority of Prime Day’s offers as a whole were middling—there are a handful of worthwhile discounts that are still kicking, including offers on a bunch of board games we like, the latest Apple AirPods, a handful of laptops and headphones, and game consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S. Best of all, you don’t need to be a Prime member to take advantage of the majority of them.

We’ll delve into more detail for a couple of particular highlights below, where you can

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Dealmaster: The best Prime Day tech deals from retailers besides Amazon


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Greetings, Arsians! Tuesday marks day two of Amazon Prime Day 2019, and the Dealmaster is still highlighting and compiling the better offers from that sales event in a separate jumbo-sized roundup. Today, though, we wanted to cater to those who want nothing to do with Amazon, the cost of a Prime membership, or made-up holidays, but would still like to get a good price on some gear before the holidays.

To that end, the Dealmaster has done his usual thing and rounded up the best tech deals of the day from non-Amazon retailers. Walmart, Best Buy, Newegg, Lenovo, and various other shops have all put out their own sales promotions to stem the tide of shoppers heading toward Amazon.

While the collective selection isn’t quite as robust what’s out there for Prime Day, to be frank, there’s still a fair amount of noteworthy discounts to be

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Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 tech deals we can find


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Greetings, Arsians! Your friendly neighborhood Dealmaster is back and reporting for bargain-hunting duty—and boy, is he going to need some extra coffee. That’s because today marks the start of Amazon Prime Day 2019, the increasingly misnamed sales event that sees the nation’s largest online retailer discount products beyond number to Black Friday-level prices midsummer. This year’s Prime Day lasts 48 hours from July 15-16, because time is a social construct and trillion-dollar companies can pretty much do whatever they want.

Before we dig in to our deals roundup, a disclaimer: as is often the case with big sales events like this, most of this year’s Prime Day deals aren’t really deals at all. Amazon will promote thousands of “discounts” over the next two days, but with that much volume, the majority of those offers will naturally have less-than-special prices or apply to less-than-desirable products.

Many

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Dealmaster: Take 30% off one of our recommended dash cams for your car


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Dealmaster: Take 30% off one of our recommended dash cams for your car

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a one-day deal on the Vava Dash Cam, which is down to $83 on Amazon. That’s a little more than 30% off its usual going rate of $120—though the catch is that the discount is only available for Prime members.

Still, while Vava isn’t exactly a household name, we liked this dash cam enough to include it in the most recent update to our dash cam buying guide. It shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, includes GPS, and has a built-in power bank that allows it to keep running for up to 30 minutes after you turn off your car.

Aside from being adept at keeping another set of eyes on the road, we also like the Vava cam for video sharing. It

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The helicopter team that films the Tour de France is one of a kind


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It’s the time of year when the only bicycle race that most people pay attention to is at hand. The Tour de France began on July 6 and with it an intense competition that circles the country and ends in Paris with a yellow jersey presented to the winner. But for millions who watch it on TV, the race is secondary to the scenery. The Tour de France has been referred to as a travelogue for France, luring viewers worldwide with picturesque scenes of the French countryside and culture. The race began in 1903, and today the Tour is the third-largest sporting event in the world after the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.

Many of the best views of the three-week-long competition come from video provided by helicopters that follow

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Dealmaster: Get a 256GB Samsung microSD card for $37


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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is highlighted by a new low on the 256GB variant of Samsung’s EVO Select microSDXC card. It’s currently down to $37, which is $6-$8 off where it has usually sat over the last couple of months.

We have recommended the EVO Select before—the gist of it today is that, while it’s not the highest-performing card for running apps or handling the OS for a Raspberry Pi, it’s still plenty fast for copying photos to a device, recording 4K video, downloading movies, and generally storing media. It’s a U3, Class 10 card with a 10-year warranty, and at this price, it’s still a good value.

If you’re all set on the mobile storage front, though, we also have deals on various video games, the 128GB 9.7-inch iPad, Instant Pots, and, yes,

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Adieu Thrones, bye Avengers—this is the TV/film we’re eyeing for the rest of 2019


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Coming into 2019, it felt like pop culture only had two things on its mind: the final season of Game of Thrones and the final chapter in Marvel’s Avengers saga. Looking back from the half-way point in the year, hey, at least one of those delivered.

Of course, pop culture is never that straightforward or simple, and 2019 so far has brought plenty of delightful surprises. Netflix finally hit on another series with the loop-y Russian DollJordan Peele followed up perhaps the most beloved horror movie in years with another winner called UsAnd maybe HBO didn’t please everyone with the last chapter in Westeros, but seemingly everyone has adored the company’s surprise historical hit, Chernobyl, to say nothing of the (currently airing) delightfully weird supernatural comedy, Los Espookys

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Around Ars, we don’t really indulge in Best

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Dealmaster: All the best 4th of July tech deals we can find


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Greetings, Arsians! It’s Independence Day in the US, so today the Dealmaster is celebrating one of the greatest American traditions—buying stuff—with a roundup of the best 4th of July tech sales he can find.

Some highlights this holiday include LG’s 55-inch B8 OLED TV for just $999, which is a great price for a TV that still looks fantastic despite being a year old. Sony’s WH-1000XM3 is down to $298, a $50 discount for arguably the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, while the 64GB variant of Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro is down to $630 at Amazon, which is a new low. Beyond that, we’ve also got a bunch of 4th of July sales on laptops and desktop PCs, including a GTX 1660 Ti-equipped Asus gaming laptop for $950 and HP’s premium 13-inch Spectre x360 for $900.

There are plenty more deals to peruse beyond that,

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Dealmaster: Google discounts a bunch of Home, Nest, and Chromecast devices


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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by deals for Google’s Home smart speakers, Nest smart home devices, and the Chromecast Ultra media streamer. Google says the offers will be available at various retailers until July 17, which not coincidentally means they’ll run through Amazon’s Prime Day event and the various Echo device deals that’s likely to bring.

Some highlights here include the Google Home Mini for $25, the Nest Hub smart display for $79, and the larger Home Max smart speaker for $249, all of which either match or beat those devices’ respective prices on Black Friday last year. The usual caveats concerning data collection and privacy with these kind of devices still apply, but if you’re not disgusted with smart speakers as a concept, we have praised the Home Mini and Nest

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Dealmaster: Prime members can get one year of Audible for $119


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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. We’re kicking things off today with a couple Audible deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members that you can get right now ahead of Prime Day. Prime members who do not currently have an Audible subscription can get a one-year membership, with 12 credits upfront, for $119.50. You can even add an Echo Dot to your order for an extra $0.99. Those who don’t want to spend as much and are new to Audible can get a 3-month subscription for just $4.95 per month ($14.85 total), a discount of $10 per month from the regular subscription price.

The one-year subscription deal can save you about $80 in total. A regular year subscription to Audible costs $150 and an Echo Dot cots $50. So getting both of those things for just

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Dealmaster: Take 30% off a variety of Switch, PS4, and Xbox One games


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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by an expansive 30%-off sale on video games for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One currently going on at Target.

The catch here is that the discount doesn’t apply to typical shipping; instead, you have to select “free order pickup” upon checking out and physically get the games yourself at a nearby store. That’s a little annoying, but Target isn’t exactly a mom-and-pop shop, and many of the deals available as part of the deal are good enough for the Dealmaster to think it’s worth a quick drive. For instance, the sale brings first-party Switch games like Super Mario PartyMario Tennis Aces, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe down to $35, beating their prices in Nintendo’s own E3 sale from a couple of weeks back.

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Sorcerer’s greatest trick? Shrinking a CCG experience into a single box


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From the animist deck. I hope you like spiders...

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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.

Card battle games are a cornerstone of analog gaming. From the venerable Magic: The Gathering to the recently departed Android: Netrunner, their addictive blend of brainy strategy and beautiful artwork have brought millions of players to the table. Their other big draw? The potential for personalization—players can spend hours honing and perfecting their decks, tweaking tactics and hunting for powerful card combinations.

It’s a rich, engrossing process, but it’s not for everyone. If recent releases are anything to go by, a substantial audience of gamers would rather just skip it. Keyforge, the recent game from Magic creator Richard Garfield, removed custom decks from the equation, instead handing players pre-assembled, algorithmically generated collections of cards. And now

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Manufacturing memory means scribing silicon in a sea of sensors


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How it's made: silicon wafers!

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At Micron’s memory chip fabrication facility in the Washington, DC, suburb of Manassas, Virginia, the entire manufacturing area is blanketed in electronic detectors in all their various forms. But the primary purpose isn’t to keep intruders out or anything so prosaic. “A lot of them are microphones,” a spokesman for Micron said. “They listen to the robots.”

It turns out that there are thousands of microphones throughout the facility, or “fab,” as silicon manufacturing plants are commonly known. There are microphones inside the giant $70 million cameras that imprint the component layout on the silicon surface of a memory chip. There are microphones lining the tracks of the robot controlled railways that carry colorful plastic FOUPs (front opening universal pods) along the ceiling throughout the plant. There are microphones near essentially every moving part in the facility.

All those

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Logitech PC accessories are on sale today


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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a sweeping set of discounts on Logitech mice, headsets, and other PC accessories, which Amazon is featuring as part of its one-day Gold Box sale.

The catch here is that most of the items on offer aren’t the absolute newest model in Logitech’s respective product lines. Instead of the wireless MX Master 2S mouse, for instance, the MX Master is discounted. Instead of the newer MX Ergo trackball mouse, you get the M570. We’d also caution against many of the gaming headsets included in the sale, as we’ve used other models that both sound better and are less bulky.

Still, much of what’s available here is worth owning, particularly when the majority of it is at genuinely discounted prices. The G203 Prodigy, for instance, doesn’t have

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Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future


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We’re running a series of companion posts this week to accompany our special edition Ars Lunch Break podcast. This is the third of three guest posts centered around Rob Reid’s TED talk from Tuesday. Today, microbiologist Andrew Hessel weighs in with his opinions and recommendations about the future of biomanufacturing.

The US government doesn’t skimp on bio-preparedness. Vaccines and other countermeasures are carefully developed in anticipation of disease outbreaks or bioterrorist attacks. The Strategic National Stockpile maintains a hefty inventory of medicines, supplies, and equipment, which can be shipped almost anywhere within 12 hours. In situations ranging from the 2001 anthrax attacks to 2016’s Zika scare, Americans have been lucky to have strong biodefenses.

But as anti-vaccine hysteria allows measles to regain long-lost beachheads, we’re reminded that human folly is a dynamic element of the disease

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Ars on your lunch break: There’s hope, and we’ll all be fine… probably


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This robot doesn't want to murder you or give you weaponized SARSbola! It just wants to vaccinate you! (Probably!)

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Today we’re presenting the fourth and final installment of my conversation with Naval Ravikant about existential risks. This interview first appeared in March as two back-to-back episodes of the After On Podcast (which features fifty unhurried conversations with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists). Ravikant is one of tech’s most successful angel investors and the founder of multiple startups—including seed-stage investment platform AngelList. Please check out parts one, two, and three of this conversation if you missed them. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded audio player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

The theme of today’s installment: there’s hope. Yes, really! If there’s one thing that any religious, national, or political mindset should agree on, it’s

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The trick to saving human factory jobs might be teaming up with the machines


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The Matrix. Skynet. Roy Batty. Anyone who has watched a science-fiction movie has seen a scenario where factions of humans and machines find themselves locked in mortal combat.

Here in 2019, though, we’re doing what we can to disrupt that vision and steer the course away from human-machine antagonism and more toward cooperation. Instead of robot servants plotting to overthrow their meatbag masters, we’re trying to use machines to augment human skills and strengths—especially in the context of manufacturing, which is the place where we’re most likely to see robots. The rapid push to update manufacturing methods to more smartly integrate human with machine isn’t necessarily as big a deal as the original Industrial Revolution, but it is a big enough deal that analysts have coined a snappy phrase for what we’re going

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Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows


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Manufacturers would prefer it if iFixit guides (like the one pictured on a Motorola Xoom from 2011) didn't exist.

Kelsea Weber is apologetic for being hard to get ahold of. “We were all busy tearing down the iPhone XS,” she says.

A few minutes’ conversation with Kelsea is enough to convince you that she would be taking apart brand new Apple gear no matter what, but she does it professionally. Weber works for iFixit.com, a website you may have heard of once or twice. It provides repair videos, manuals, and tool kits to more than a hundred million visitors a year.

Or, to put it bluntly: iFixit.com is essentially a clearinghouse for information that some of the big names in consumer electronics would just as soon keep to themselves.

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