Sun 25 Nov 2012
In the United States, Thanksgiving Day derails the regular workweek with food and family, but Ars still had a full week of reporting. If you were travelling or entertaining house guests, and didn't have time to follow all of our best reports, here's a handy list of some of the most important things that happened this week:
- How Team Obama's tech efficiency left Romney IT in dust
Obama campaign's tech team beat Romney by using opposite strategy—"insourcing."
- World Bank envisions a 4°C future
Its conclusion? Please, let's not do this.
- Review: Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal a mix of promise, pain
Installation bugs, kinks in new features like Web apps hamper promising release.
- What's HTC paying Apple for patents? Not an “outrageous” $8 per phone
It's a "very, very happy settlement," says HTC CEO Peter Chou.
- “Your criticisms are completely wrong”: Stallman on software patents, 20 years in
Free software guru makes a still-unpopular plea with new urgency—just ban them.
- Are third-party security apps still necessary with Android 4.2?
Latest version of Android offers several built-in security features.
- US patent chief to software patent critics: "Give it a rest already"
Says explosion of smartphone patent litigation is "natural and reasonable."
- In living color: Ars reviews the hacker-approved Philips Hue LEDs
Pricey but lovable bulbs leave us incapable of going back to normal lighting.
- Influential GOP group releases, pulls shockingly sensible copyright memo
Reversal suggests a generation gap within the GOP.
- A good Ultrabook, a bad tablet: the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review
Perhaps the biggest surprise? It makes a useful, miniature all-in-one.
- How Nintendo DRM trapped $400 of downloaded games on my failing Wii (updated)
And why the console maker wants $60 to help me free my purchases.
- Wii U hardware review: Double the screens, double the fun?
Nintendo ushers in the next generation of console gaming.