After a COVID-related delay, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here at last. While Amazon itself is offering tons of deals on games and more, there are also other retailers hosting sales of their own during the 48-hour event. One of those is PC-focused online retailer Newegg; through its “FantasTech” and “Gametober” sales, you’ll be able to get discounts on parts for your gaming PC, pre-built gaming rigs, gaming laptops, external hard drives for PS4 and Xbox One, and more.
Quite a few next-gen games are coming to PC as well as PS5 and/or Xbox Series X/S, including Godfall and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. If you were unable to score a next-gen console preorder or prefer playing games on PC, now’s a great time to upgrade your hardware so you’re ready to run fall’s biggest games. Be sure to read our guide to building a gaming PC before you shop
2020TN3 is expected to be three times as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York
A total of three Near-Earth Asteroids (NEA) are expected to pass by the planet this Tuesday in varying times, the same day when Mars will be in opposition. One of the NEAs to zip by is three times the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The first of the three to zip past Earth on Tuesday is also the largest. 2020TN3 is about 278 ft in diameter and is expected to zip by early in the morning, at 5:12 a.m. EDT. The giant asteroid will be three times the size of the Statue of Liberty. NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies claims the NEA will be flying by
This year’s major iPhone event is like no other. Like pretty much event manufacturer, it has moved to a virtual launch. The extensive virtual Worldwide Developer Conference has given Tim Cook’s Apple experience in this style of event, but the iPhone 12 family is the keystone product launch of the year. Without a hand-picked adoring crowd to cover the stage, will the missing features of the iPhone 12 stand out?
Since the launch of the iPhone 11 family, the Android-powered competition has pushed ahead with innovative features such as fast refreshing screens, 5G connectivity, and fast charging. What can the new iPhones deliver to match this challenge? And will Apple’s second-line products help deliver success?
If you want a checklist to follow, I’d expect Apple to lean into a triplet of messages… these will be the fastest iPhones ever; these will be the iPhones with the longest battery
Microsoft has obtained a court order to seize servers the company says are part of the Trickbot botnet ahead of the 2020 elections, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
Microsoft vice president of customer security and trust Tom Burt told the Post the botnet poses a “theoretical but real” threat to election security, as it is known to be run by Russian-speaking criminals and could be used to launch ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that hijacks computer networks, and typically holds the data hostage in exchange for some kind of payment—although attackers could just forego the ransom element and permanently lock users out of their own computers. While a ransomware attack on voting machines, election officials, or political campaigns would be unprecedented, gangs of cybercriminals have targeted municipal
Last May, I had a discussion with Peter Chapman, CEO of IonQ, a start-up quantum computing company. Before coming to IonQ, Chapman worked for Amazon, where he was responsible for all the technical complexities of Amazon Prime. IonQ had accomplished a lot in the twelve months that Chapman had been at the helm, so I was looking forward to talking to him.
My biggest surprise during that discussion was that IonQ was simultaneously working on its next three generations of its trapped-ion quantum computers – 5th, 6th, and 7th generations.
In a recent follow-up with Chapman, including Chris Monroe, IonQ’s Co-founder and Chief Scientist, we discussed IonQ’s release of its 5th generation quantum hardware. Keep in mind that the 6th and 7th generations are still in development. Chapman said that each generation would be smaller and more powerful than its predecessor when released. Although he
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang is delivering the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) keynote address this morning as he spotlights the company’s strategic platforms that span all of computing, from a $59 Jetson Nano robot brain to massive data processing units that are part of its datacenter-on-a-chip strategy.
Nvidia’s big event is expected to draw 30,000 attendees for more than 1,000 online sessions timed to accommodate a worldwide audience. The event is also coinciding with the Arm DevSummit, which starts tomorrow with a keynote chat between Huang and Arm CEO Simon Segars. (Nvidia has recently agreed to buy Arm for $40 billion.) The whole effort is aimed at winning over the hearts and minds of more than 15 million developers worldwide.
Huang said that Nvidia has shipped more than a billion graphics processing units (GPUs) to date, and its CUDA software development kit has had six million downloads in 2020. He said
One beneficiary of that acceleration will be leading renewable power producer Brookfield Renewable(NYSE: BEP)(NYSE: BEPC). That’s evident in the company’s updated five-year plan, which forecasts high-powered earnings and dividend growth through at least 2025. Add that visible upside to the company’s already high-yielding dividend, and there’s good reason to believe it will produce substantial total returns for investors over that time frame.
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers spotted a pair of massive baby stars growing in salty cosmic soup. Each star is shrouded by a gaseous disk which includes molecules of sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt, and heated water vapor. Analyzing the radio emissions from the salt and water, the team found
Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a “right-wing echo chamber” with a “conservative bias” that’s giving an edge to Donald Trump in November.
But Facebook says there’s a reason why right-wing figures are driving more engagement. It’s not that its algorithm favors conservatives — the company has long maintained that its platform is neutral. Instead, the right is better at connecting with people on a visceral level, it says.
“Right-wing populism is always more engaging,” a Facebook executive said in a recent interview with POLITICO reporters, when pressed why the pages of conservatives drive such high interactions. The person said the content speaks to “an incredibly strong, primitive emotion” by touching on such topics as “nation, protection, the other, anger, fear.”
“That’s not invented by social media — you just see those reflexes mirrored in social media, they’re not created by social media,” the executive added.