Amazon’s Prime Day sales event officially begins tomorrow, but there’s already deals aplenty that you can take advantage of right now. Walmart kicked off its own sales event on Sunday, and early deals From Amazon, Best Buy and Dell have been leaking out all weekend. The following are some of the most notable deals that we’ve seen so far.
Dell’s Alienware Aurora pairs a fast Intel Core i7-9700 processor with an immensely powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card. This combination makes the system excellent for gaming — not to mention it also comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD as well as a 1TB HDD that gives you plenty
Editor’s take: Considering the chaotic launch of the Nvidia 3080 and 3090 GPUs, it only seems a matter of time until Alienware runs out of its updated Aurora R11 prebuilt gaming PCs. It’s apparently one of the very few available options on the market right now that lets players experience the latest and greatest from Nvidia and AMD. Alienware has even gone for a custom GPU design for the Aurora R11/R10 that can be specced with up to a 10C/20T 10th-gen Intel i9-10900KF CPU or a 12C/24T AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and also includes a chunky 1,000W PSU for those power-hungry internals.
Dell’s latest revision for its Alienware gaming lineup includes the new Aurora R11 gaming desktop, which now features a custom GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 built by Dell. These GPUs pack quad 10mm copper heat pipes with integrated vapor chambers that Alienware calls its largest diameter heat pipe
Finding a GeForce RTX 3080 or GeForce RTX 3090 in stock and at MSRP (or thereabouts) is virtually impossible at the moment, and NVIDIA warns that demand is likely to exceed supply into next year. Bummer. However, it is a different situation if buying a pre-built PC. Case in point, Dell just upgraded its Alienware Aurora R11 and Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 gaming desktops with GeForce RTX 30 series GPU options.
The GPUs are custom variants by Dell, with its own designed cooling scheme featuring 10mm copper heatpipes, vapor chambers, and dual axial fans. That also means they look a bit different than a typical Founders Edition model, or even most third-party versions. Not that the aesthetic really matters here, because the Aurora desktops do not come with transparent side windows—you can’t see inside them unless you open them up.
Opting for a GeForce RTX 3080 means having to also
Canadian marijuana company Aurora Cannabis(NYSE:ACB) had a dreadful 2019; its stock lost 56% of its value over the year, compared with a 36% decline in the industry benchmark Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF. External headwinds in Canada, along with Aurora’s own haphazard acquisitions, dragged down revenue and made profit challenging, while expenses kept piling up. All these factors led to its decline, and hopes of the company recovering anytime soon were minimal.
Hence, its third-quarter results at the end of March came as a pleasant surprise. The company reported a surge in revenue — to be precise, a year-over-year jump of 35% to 75.5 million Canadian dollars. Aurora gave a sneak peek into its fourth-quarter results on Sept. 8 when it discussed some impairment charges and a decline in revenue. But investors hoped to get some good news from the actual results, and the stock was up 16%
PC gaming has rarely been more popular than it is now, what with the pandemic and all. If you’re limping along with old hardware or just looking for an alternative to consoles, Dell has a deal that might be just the ticket.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Alienware Aurora R9 Gaming Desktop drops to $833 with promo code 50OFF699. That, combined with another coupon (FSAWDEAL05) that should get automatically applied at checkout, saves you a total of $327.
The Aurora is kind of a stunner, bringing a refreshing futuristic design alternative to the boring beige and black towers of yesteryear. Thankfully, that form is not without function: There’s room inside to add more RAM or storage, plus a tool-less chassis that allows for easy graphics card swapping.
The automotive market is grappling with increasingly complex software systems, and in turn greater risks of glitches that can cause costly and unsafe disruptions and damage an automaker’s credibility.
Just look at today’s new cars, trucks and SUVs compared to their counterparts a decade ago. New vehicles coming off assembly lines today contain tens of millions of lines of code, a statistic that continues to rise as automakers invest more in software.
This upward trend has created risks for automakers; it’s also opened up opportunity for burgeoning startups like Aurora Labs, which developed a platform that can spot problems with software in cars and fix it on the fly. The company is now preparing to ramp up operations, even beyond automotive, as software takes a central role in shared mobility, cities and homes.
Aurora Labs developed a platform designed to detect and predict problems and then fix any issues in
Michael Pegues, a relative newcomer to government, is the CIO of the second largest city in Illinois. Despite only being in the job for three years and having no background in local government, he has developed a passion for city work and has become an urbantech champion.
What makes Pegues’ case so interesting is that he has taken a much bolder approach to encouraging innovation than many other city CIOs. In my experience, cities often set up limited innovation zones where they experiment with technologies before rolling them out more widely. Pegues has eschewed this intermediate step and turned his city into one giant innovation sandbox through his 605 Innovation District project (605 being the first three digits of the five zip codes in Aurora).
It’s a bold move—and one that isn’t without risks. But the initiative shows how a forward-thinking CIO willing to embrace and successfully manage those
Scientists have spotted an aurora coming from a comet for the first time ever.
The comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has an aurora of far-ultraviolet light that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
The aurora was spotted by the Rosetta spacecraft which was launch back in 2004 and spent years catching up to the comet in space.
On Earth, if you live near one of the poles you’re probably familiar with the aurora. The “Northern Lights” (or Southern Lights if you’re on the other end of the planet) are a result of charged particles from the Sun slamming into Earth’s atmosphere and being funneled along toward the poles by Earth’s magnetic field.
We know that planets have auroras, and auroras are even present on large moons, but never before has an aurora been observed on a much smaller object. That is, until the Rosetta spacecraft, a
Auroras, better known to we Earthlings as northern or southern lights, aren’t limited to planets and moons. For the first time, scientists have identified the same phenomenon at a comet.
The discovery comes courtesy of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, which famously landed on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, also known as Comet Chury, back in 2014.
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On Earth, we get auroras when energetic particles from the solar wind interact with our planet’s magnetosphere. When researchers looked at Chury in the far ultraviolet range of the electromagnetic spectrum, they were able to pick up a similar effect from solar wind electrons striking the cloud of gas, or coma, around the comet’s rocky nucleus.
“The resulting glow is one of a kind,” says Marina Galand of Imperial College
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own version of the northern lights.
Observations taken by the Rosetta spacecraft reveal the comet’s aurora, which — unlike Earth’s eye-catching light shows — shimmers in invisible ultraviolet light, researchers report online September 21 in Nature Astronomy. Comet 67P joins comet C/Hyakutake 1996 B2, Mars (SN: 3/19/15), Saturn (SN: 4/6/20) and moons of Jupiter as known hosts of extraterrestrial auroras.
Electrons in the solar wind — a stream of charged particles continually flowing from the sun — interact with the gas surrounding 67P to create the auroral glow, planetary scientist Marina Galand of Imperial College London and colleagues report. Solar wind electrons are drawn toward the comet by an electric field surrounding 67P, similar to the way electrons cascade into Earth’s atmosphere to produce the northern and southern lights (SN: 7/25/14).
Electrons strike oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere to paint