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Robots Everywhere: Robots and the animal kingdom

Welcome to another edition of Robots Everywhere, a show where we chronicle the slow but steady takeover of our future robot overlords, and show how they’re making their way into practically every facet of modern life. On this episode, we take a look at robots modeled after the animal kingdom, from machines that mimic the look and feel of our companion pets, to the robots that are inspired by specificContinue readingRobots Everywhere: Robots and the animal kingdom

Leaked controller images reveal the Xbox Series S

Something to look forward to: While Sony has already revealed the (presumably) cheaper, disc-free version of the PS5, Microsoft has yet to talk about its second Xbox, codenamed “Lockheart.” Now, a new leak of the next-gen machines’ controller shows it will be called the Xbox Series S. Ars Technica reported on the leaked controller and packaging, which lists the “Xbox Series X/S” as a compatible platform. It also names theContinue readingLeaked controller images reveal the Xbox Series S

Scientists could use “quantum data” to accelerate some quantum computers

Forward-looking: Researchers at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow have developed a new method to accelerate the computation of quantum interactions. It’s straightforward enough: instead of storing/computing quantum information on classical computers via classical algorithms, they complete the whole process on a quantum neural network. If they’re in need of a catchphrase, I would suggest keepin’ it quantum. Unpredictability is an issue inherent to the modelingContinue readingScientists could use “quantum data” to accelerate some quantum computers

Facebook blames Apple’s App Store policies for launching incomplete Facebook Gaming on iOS

What just happened? Facebook has been trying to get its Facebook Gaming app approved in Apple’s App Store since February, only to see it rejected five times. Then this week it finally got the approval, but only after removing a feature that offered access to mini-games. This comes as Apple has been receiving a barrage of criticism for its App Store policies and fees. Microsoft has all but given upContinue readingFacebook blames Apple’s App Store policies for launching incomplete Facebook Gaming on iOS

Apple macOS Big Sur public beta is now available

Why it matters: Apple has completely refreshed macOS Big Sur with new features and a new design language. Big Sur also lays the groundwork for the eventual transition from Intel to Apple’s custom ARM silicon. The first public beta of the operating system is now available for everyone to download and try. Apple unveiled the macOS “Big Sur” at its virtual WWDC keynote in late June. The update is promisedContinue readingApple macOS Big Sur public beta is now available

Mulan is finally landing on Disney Plus September 4, but be ready to pay a lot extra for it

WTF?! How much would you pay for a video rental? Three dollars? Six? What if it was the best movie ever made? Would you pay more? Ten dollars, maybe? What about $30? Well, if you want to watch Disney’s big-budget live-action adaptation of Mulan, that’s what you’ll have to fork over. During a Tuesday earnings call, Disney execs said that they finally nailed down a release date for the long-delayedContinue readingMulan is finally landing on Disney Plus September 4, but be ready to pay a lot extra for it

PS4 sales continue to decline as PS+ users and at-home digital game sales surge

Bottom line: Sony’s first-quarter financials are about what one would expect with the company about to head into its maiden voyage in next-generation waters. PlayStation 4 sales were down, games sales and PlayStation Plus subscriptions were up, and digital game sales beat brick-and-mortar 74 percent to 26 percent, respectively. Companywide sales and operating income are up by two percent year-on-year. On Monday, Sony published its Q1 results for the 2020Continue readingPS4 sales continue to decline as PS+ users and at-home digital game sales surge

Microsoft Store for Xbox will be getting much faster and easier to use this fall

In brief: On Monday, Microsoft announced it would be rolling out a redesigned games store. The update will hit Xbox Insiders first with everyone else getting it by this fall. Improvements include a faster interface, more straightforward navigation, and better parental controls. Microsoft claims the new Xbox store is twice as fast and loads in under two seconds. If true, this is better than Sony’s PlayStation Store, which takes severalContinue readingMicrosoft Store for Xbox will be getting much faster and easier to use this fall

Wi-Fi 6 Explained: What’s New and Why You Might Be Interested

The latest generation of Wi-Fi, known as Wi-Fi 6, brings with it some significant performance improvements that aim to address limitations in older generations. While plenty of routers and clients are already available with chips using the 802.11ax certification, Wi-Fi 6 is just beginning its rollout. It will become part of the official IEEE specification in September 2020. This is ushering in a wave of updated devices touting new wirelessContinue readingWi-Fi 6 Explained: What’s New and Why You Might Be Interested

Canyon Grail:ON review: Rule roads and turn heads

Canyon Grail:ON “The Canyon Gravel:ON isn’t for the faint of heart, but its top-tier components and insane range are worth your attention.” Build Quality & Design Quality components Powerful Motor Enjoyable on-road or off Simple LCD display MSRP $6,999.00 Over the last few years, the gravel community has solidified a cycling culture that refuses to be burdened with the unwritten rules of road cycling. This means hairy legs, fat tires,Continue readingCanyon Grail:ON review: Rule roads and turn heads