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      Street Fighter 6 is great fun for both casual and dedicated players / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 30 May, 2023 - 07:01

    Street Fighter 6 is great fun for both casual and dedicated players

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    I’ve had an emotional connection with Street Fighter since I was 13 years old.

    It was early March 1991, and my friend and I were celebrating his 14th birthday in Santa Cruz, California, spending as much of our weekend at the boardwalk arcade as possible. His mom handed us each a $20 bill for the change machine, and we were determined to stretch our quarters as far as we could.

    Scrolling brawlers like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Final Fight were our favorite games. We also loved squaring off in what I consider the first true fighting game, the buttonless, Robotron -style, twin-joysticked Karate Champ .

    When we came across a Street Fighter II: The World Warrior cab sitting in the middle of the arcade, we stopped dead in our tracks. Everything about it, from the six buttons per player to the large dynamic sprites and backgrounds, felt larger than life to our teenage brains.

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      The 2023 Kia Niro EV is incredibly efficient and a great all-around car / ArsTechnica · Monday, 1 May, 2023 - 16:21 · 1 minute

    A Kia Niro EV parked by a river

    Enlarge / This is the second-generation Kia Niro EV, and it is a rather great little electric vehicle. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin)

    Last month, we reviewed a great little hybrid , the 2023 Kia Niro. In fact, Kia offers this little hatchback with three different efficient powertrains, and today we're looking at the entirely electric version, the 2023 Kia Niro EV. Ditching the internal combustion engine and replacing it with a slab of lithium-ion cells pushes the price up somewhat—starting at $39,550, the Niro EV is almost $11,000 more expensive than the parallel hybrid version—but on the upside, you get a right-sized electric car that's extremely efficient, particularly on short journeys.

    This Kia Niro EV is in fact the second Niro EV we've tested— the first impressed us mightily when we reviewed it back in 2020. The technical specifications of the battery electric powertrain are actually very similar to those in the previous version. There's a 64.8 kWh lithium-ion traction battery between the axles, which powers a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor that drives the front wheels.

    The all-electric powertrain adds a fair bit of mass to the Niro; its curb weight of 3,721–3,803 lbs (1,688–1,725 kg) makes it almost 20 percent heavier than the parallel hybrid version. But in addition to having more power, the Niro EV makes a lot more torque—188 lb-ft (255 Nm), in fact—so it feels much peppier to drive.

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      Apple’s M1 MacBook Air has that Apple Silicon magic

      Lee Hutchinson · / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 28 November, 2020 - 13:15

    Hey, my macro lens still works!

    Enlarge / Hey, my macro lens still works! (credit: Lee Hutchinson)

    The new M1-powered MacBook Air is hilariously fast, and the battery lasts a long-ass time.

    If you stop reading this review immediately after this, then know that unless Windows virtualization is a requirement of your workflow, you should probably just go ahead and sell your old MacBook Air immediately and get this thing instead.

    Assuming you've got a grand or so lying around that you weren't going to spend on something else. But hey, if you do, then I can confidently tell you that in spite of what a legion of Doubting Thomases (including me!) might have said about Apple's freshman effort at its own PC silicon, it is now my studied opinion that there are far, far stupider ways to part with your cash.

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