Yesterday we presented you the most commented stories of the year 2018. We're back with a little more Christmas reading for you today: the most popular stories of the year 2018. As in the past, we made two different lists: one for features (long-form content such as OS checks) and one for news. Let's start with the functions.
The 10 most important features of 2018
10. Forget the Tesla – the Jaguar I-Pace is the most compelling EV yet.
When it comes to electric vehicles, Tesla was the leader, at least in terms of press coverage and public awareness. This does not mean, however, that there are no other very capable electric vehicles. Automobile editor Jonathan Gitlin had the chance to drive across the Atlantic to spend a few days behind the wheel of the Jaguar I-Pace and was impressed. It's all new, everything electric and all the best. It starts at $ 69,500 before tax incentives, but has an output of 394 hp and a range of at least 400 km. How good is it? Jonathan rated it better than any of Jaguar's conventional SUVs.
. 9 Android 9 Pie, thoroughly revised
Every year, Google releases a new version of Android and every year Ron Amadeo rummages through every corner of the mobile operating system. Android 9 brought the latest specifications for material design to market, bringing a range of UI updates to the market that will spread throughout the Google ecosystem. There are AI-controlled controls for using the battery, changes to the app distribution system, and, of course, support for slotted displays that are ubiquitous.
. 8 Oculus Go Test: The Wireless VR Future Begins Today for Only $ 199
One of the barriers to the widespread adoption of virtual reality technologies was the price. Stand-alone and PC-centric VR systems were associated with significant prices, deterring many price-conscious consumers. Visit the Oculus Go, a standalone VR headset that costs only $ 199. After spending several hours fiddling around with the device, it came to the conclusion that it offers some compromise, but is comfortable, has better pixel resolution than some expensive pure PC devices, and offers decent performance. It was even enough to temporarily awaken our "VR could actually happen" enthusiasm.
. 7 Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti Tested: A Tale of Two Very Costly Graphics Cards
Those who started reading Ars at the time will remember one of our early headlines: "The PC Enthusiast's Resource." While we've dealt with things like geek culture, science, cars, and technology politics, we've always had a special place in our hearts for good hardware that we wrote about almost daily. The times of the Celeron overclocking manuals are long gone, but we still like to dip into CPU and graphics cards when the opportunity arises. Such an opportunity came in September with the release of the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. Whether you're talking about the price ($ 1,199) or performance (106 frames per second Hitman in 4K), these are not your dad's graphics cards.
. 6 Ubuntu 18.04: Unity is gone, GNOME is back – and Ubuntu has never been better
More old fashioned Ars stuff! Our Linux.Ars guys took note of Ubuntu for the first time in 2004, saying it "shook the Linux desktop world." Fourteen years later, Ubuntu 18.04 is rocking the Linux desktop world for a totally different reason. Scott Gilbertson said, "Unity is gone, GNOME is back, and Ubuntu has never been better."
This LTS version will be updated by Canonical until April 2023. Bionic Beaver not only has GNOME, but also loads of other welcome changes. These include new minimal installation options, a new Snapcraft store, and the removal of Wayland to X.org Display Manager. Gilbertson concluded in his review: "The best Ubuntu offer in years will be waiting for you."
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