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  1. Ars Technica’s best games of 2020

    These 20 titles helped a quarantined 2020 pass by that much more quickly.

  2. How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world

    1987's Acorn Archimedes was the first production RISC-based personal computer.

  3. Biomarkers are how cancers give up their secrets

    An animated look at the evolving science behind modern oncology.

  4. MindGeek: The secretive owner of Pornhub and RedTube

    Porn is everywhere, but the company that owns the most popular sites is out of sight.

  5. As the world quieted down in 2020, Raspberry Shakes listened

    Humble Raspberry Pis helped scientists track the seismic noise people stopped making in 2020.

  6. The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020

    We propose some last-minute tech gift ideas for the various people in your life.

  7. Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)

    Famously, Apple’s Quadra 700 once helped track dinosaurs. Is it stuck in amber nowadays?

  8. “A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C

    Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

  9. Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy

    20 hours in, Night City is a majestic masterpiece with a lot of rough edges.

  10. Win laptops, smartwatches, and more in the 2020 Ars Technica Charity Drive

    Help yourself to prizes by helping us raise money for good causes.

  11. Meet the new generation of puzzle-makers bringing mystery to your door

    It’s 2020: Do your museum heists, archeological digs, and alchemy tests from home.

  12. All the best Cyber Monday 2020 deals we can find [Updated]

    We've sifted through the junk to pick out the tech deals most worth your time.

  13. Apple’s M1 MacBook Air has that Apple Silicon magic

    Review: No piece of hardware is perfect, but man, this is a hell of a laptop.

  14. All the best Black Friday 2020 deals we can find [Updated]

    We've pored over hundreds of Black Friday offers to find the best deals for you.

  15. Want to offset your carbon footprint? Here’s what you need to know

    Don’t just count on planted trees to offset your next flight.

  16. How a Thanksgiving Day gag ruffled feathers in Mission Control

    “I don't remember ever being so nervous or upset about something as I was then.”

  17. Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5: Our launch-month verdict

    Which new console is worth your hundreds? Our direct comparison offers an answer.

  18. “We are giddy”—interviewing Apple about its Mac silicon revolution

    Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak tell us the Apple Silicon story.

  19. Mac mini and Apple Silicon M1 review: Not so crazy after all

    The M1 is amazingly fast. More importantly, it's a compatibility slam dunk.

  20. AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800XT review: The 1440p GPU beasts you’ve been craving

    Equivalent Nvidia GPUs beaten in significant cases—but not in ray tracing.

  21. A history of Intel vs. AMD desktop performance, with CPU charts galore

    Intel vs. AMD is a tortoise vs. hare race—but which company is which?

  22. The old way of handing out corporate hardware doesn’t work anymore

    It’s no longer just about issuing a laptop—the world and our requirements have changed.

  23. macOS 11.0 Big Sur: The Ars Technica review

    Yes, you read that right—Mac OS X (or macOS 10?) is no more.

  24. Pixel 5 review: Google spends its bill-of-materials budget unwisely

    Wasting money on things like mmWave means the Pixel 5 offers little over the Pixel 4a.

  25. PlayStation 5 review: Not just a more-powerful PS4

    Quick-loading and interesting new features meet more marginal visual improvements.

  26. Xbox Series X/S review: Beautiful, powerful—but whatcha gonna play?

    Finally, you can enjoy our first lengthy tests of the weirdly positioned $299 Series S.

  27. Dr. Strangenet—or, how I stopped worrying and embraced the WFH IT apocalypse

    There's no more perimeter, everybody's Wi-Fi is broken, and yet...we're still working.

  28. After 20 years of service, the Space Station flies into an uncertain future

    “We do have to think about the fact that 20 years is a long time.”

  29. iPhone 12 and 12 Pro double review: Playing Apple’s greatest hits

    The iPhone 12 is so good, it’s hard to recommend the iPhone 12 Pro.

  30. War Stories: How Nintendo sold the NES to a skeptical country

    Convincing the public to love home video games again after Atari's dramatic fall.

  31. Nvidia RTX 3070 review: AMD’s stopwatch just started ticking a lot louder

    Ahead of Radeon RX 6000 series reveal, we examine Nvidia’s new mid-high RTX card.

  32. How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures

    To mock the Communist regime, Czechoslovak kids made illicit video games supporting protests.

  33. Blast off with Scott Manley as he discusses his top 1,000 YouTube comments

    Come and hang out with one of Ars Technica's favorite space & science YouTubers!

  34. The Internet is full of business cats: Dealing with the breakdown of the work/home divide

    Finding the right balance between collaboration and privacy is suddenly critical.

  35. Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device

    Microsoft's first Android phone has a lot of problems.

  36. Xbox Series X unleashed: Our unrestricted preview

    In good news, we finally have a stunning 120fps game. But not much else, games-wise.

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