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Updated 2022-01-27 11:49
First Major Windows 11 Update Will Bring Android Apps, Taskbar Improvements
The taskbar is getting some much-needed improvements, and Android app support is rolling out in earnest. If you've been holding off on upgrading, now may be the time. The post First Major Windows 11 Update Will Bring Android Apps, Taskbar Improvements appeared first on ExtremeTech.
That ‘Lake’ at Mars’ South Pole is Probably Just a Giant Hunk of Rock
Mars from Hubble: Astronomers took advantage of a rare close approach by Mars in 2001. When the Red Planet was just 43 million miles away, Hubble snapped this picture with the WFPC2. It has a surface resolution of just 10 miles. This is the best image we’ve gotten of Mars that didn’t involve sending a robot there.Sadly, after further analysis, it appears that the briny subsurface ‘lake’ researchers reported at Mars’ south pole is much more likely to be a huge mass of volcanic rock.In 2018, European Space Agency (ESA) researchers reported signs suggesting the presence of a mass of liquid water at the planet’s south pole. There was a bright…The post That ‘Lake’ at Mars’ South Pole is Probably Just a Giant Hunk of Rock appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Space Force Launches New Intelligence-Gathering Satellites
GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 will allow the new(ish) Air Force branch to collect information on other objects in orbit.The post Space Force Launches New Intelligence-Gathering Satellites appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Intel’s Alder Lake Mobile 12900HK Gets High Praise in First Reviews
The performance world, according to Intel. Rankings are based on the C++ benchmarks in SPEC 2017. Intel and AMD executables were compiled with ICC, the M1 executable was compiled with XCode 13.1. It seems Intel has found its swagger with its Alder Lake Core i9-12900HK mobile CPU.The post Intel’s Alder Lake Mobile 12900HK Gets High Praise in First Reviews appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Google Cancels FLoC Cookie Replacement, Announces ‘Topics’ API for Chrome Instead
Google previously hoped to replace cookies with FLoC (or Federated Learning of Cohorts), but now it says FloC isn't happening. Instead, it plans to launch a new "Topics" API in Chrome.The post Google Cancels FLoC Cookie Replacement, Announces ‘Topics’ API for Chrome Instead appeared first on ExtremeTech.
US Government Report Says Chip Shortages Will Continue into 2022, Supply Chains ‘Fragile’
The exhaustive report comes to a rather simple conclusion: we need more fab capacity. The post US Government Report Says Chip Shortages Will Continue into 2022, Supply Chains ‘Fragile’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Its Final Destination
A render of Webb's final configuration. NASA reported on the afternoon of January 24th that Webb successfully fired its thrusters to enter a "halo" orbit around the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point. It is from this vantage that the Webb telescope will observe the cosmos in greater detail than has ever been possible before, but don't expect pretty pictures right away.The post NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Reaches Its Final Destination appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia Reportedly Ready to Give Up on Its Acquisition of ARM
Credit: NvidiaThe beleaguered merger is reportedly causing Nvidia to acknowledge its slim chances of approval, both in the US and elsewhere. The post Nvidia Reportedly Ready to Give Up on Its Acquisition of ARM appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Google Accused of Using Dark Patterns to Trick Users
As with any lawsuit against a massive tech corporation, Google denies the claim.The post Google Accused of Using Dark Patterns to Trick Users appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Biden Formally Backs Right-to-Repair Movement
Farmers hoping for help in their battle with John Deere were disappointed—the new rules focus on consumer hardware. President Biden has declared his support for the right-to-repair movement. Hopefully Congress will do something similar. The post Biden Formally Backs Right-to-Repair Movement appeared first on ExtremeTech.
NASA’s First Solar Sail Will Hitch a Ride on Artemis I
After hitching a ride on NASA's new mega-rocket, NEA Scout will use a first-of-its-kind solar sail to visit asteroid 2020 GE. The post NASA’s First Solar Sail Will Hitch a Ride on Artemis I appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AMD, Nvidia GPU Prices Are Finally Beginning to Drop
While system sales have boomed throughout the pandemic, the twin impacts of cryptocurrency mining and COVID-19 have made AMD and Nvidia GPUs very difficult to find for reasonable prices.The post AMD, Nvidia GPU Prices Are Finally Beginning to Drop appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Valve’s Dynamic Cloud Sync Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility for Steam Deck, PC Gamers
As Valve's Steam Deck creeps closer to launch the company is unveiling more of the device's features and capabilities. One of those features is Dynamic Cloud Sync and it sounds like an improvement over the current save system.The post Valve’s Dynamic Cloud Sync Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility for Steam Deck, PC Gamers appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Huawei 2.0: Invading Ukraine Could Cost Russia the Modern Semiconductor Market
The United States is threatening to use export controls to sanction Russia if it invades Ukraine.The post Huawei 2.0: Invading Ukraine Could Cost Russia the Modern Semiconductor Market appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Most Game Developers Hate NFTs
A survey from the organizers of the Game Developers Conference shows it's not the actual game developers who are in love with NFTs. According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of developers said they have no interest in NFTs. The post Most Game Developers Hate NFTs appeared first on ExtremeTech.
MIT is Developing an All-In-One Means of Diabetes Treatment
A more streamlined approach like the one being developed may aid in the long-term success of at-home diabetes management.The post MIT is Developing an All-In-One Means of Diabetes Treatment appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Tips for Safer Socializing During the Omicron Surge
The surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant has reset what it takes to try to avoid being infected while socializing. We cover some of the approaches that can help.The post Tips for Safer Socializing During the Omicron Surge appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Playstation Creator Dismisses the Metaverse, Calls Headsets ‘Annoying’
Gaming industry legend Ken Kutaragi has seen the future, and he's not impressed. The post Playstation Creator Dismisses the Metaverse, Calls Headsets ‘Annoying’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
There Might Be a ‘Stealth’ Subsurface Ocean in Saturn’s Death Star Moon
Researchers from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) set out to prove that Saturn's innermost moon Mimas didn't have any water. Instead, they found evidence that it has a "stealth" subsurface ocean.The post There Might Be a ‘Stealth’ Subsurface Ocean in Saturn’s Death Star Moon appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Intel Announces Ohio Location for Massive New Silicon Fab
Intel intends to create the "Silicon Heartland" with a new fab in the midwest; the first of its kind. The post Intel Announces Ohio Location for Massive New Silicon Fab appeared first on ExtremeTech.
YouTuber Accused of Crashing Plane for Views
Because if there's anything famous YouTubers are good at, it's causing controversy. The post YouTuber Accused of Crashing Plane for Views appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Amazon Set to Open its First High Tech Apparel Store in Los Angeles
The company's first physical apparel store will offer smartphone and touchscreen interfaces for shopping and browsing, among other innovations. The post Amazon Set to Open its First High Tech Apparel Store in Los Angeles appeared first on ExtremeTech.
NASA Offering $1 Million Prize for Better Space Food
NASA has announced a new round of Deep Space Food Challenge, and this round of the competition comes with $1 million in prizes for teams that can come up with innovative foods that can be prepared in space.The post NASA Offering $1 Million Prize for Better Space Food appeared first on ExtremeTech.
How Will Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Buy Impact Sony?
Microsoft's decision to buy Activision Blizzard has raised questions regarding what kind of support Sony PlayStation customers can expect in the future. The post How Will Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard Buy Impact Sony? appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AMD’s New Radeon RX 6500 XT Tested with PCIe 3.0 and the Results Aren’t Pretty
This week AMD launched launched the first “budget friendly” RX 6000-series GPU with its RDNA2 technology, the RX 6500 XT. The launch was not without controversy however, as in order for AMD to hit its desired $199 price point it neutered the Navi24 GPU to the point where it is missing a lot of features…The post AMD’s New Radeon RX 6500 XT Tested with PCIe 3.0 and the Results Aren’t Pretty appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Google Releases Very Limited Beta of Android Games on Windows
Microsoft has its Android framework in Windows 11, but Google is not going to be outdone. It's launching an early beta of Google Play Games, which will bring mobile games to Windows PCs… eventually. So far, only a few regions have access to the beta. The post Google Releases Very Limited Beta of Android Games on Windows appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Roku Shamed For Running Banner Ads On Top of Live TV
Ads aren't new to the streaming experience, but this is truly something else.The post Roku Shamed For Running Banner Ads On Top of Live TV appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AT&T and Verizon Launch Mid-Band 5G, Agree to Even More Airport Restrictions
The carriers made a number of concessions late last year and earlier this month to assuage the FAA's fears of C-band interference with airplane electronics, but in the end, AT&T and Verizon have agreed to shut off C-band around all US airports for the time being. The post AT&T and Verizon Launch Mid-Band 5G, Agree to Even More Airport Restrictions appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Astronauts Going to Mars Could Get ‘Space Anemia’
Credit: NASAA study from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) points to the effects of weightlessness on the blood as yet another issue that will complicate long-term human space missions. So-called "space anemia" could cause health problems during and after an extended trip like going to Mars. The post Astronauts Going to Mars Could Get ‘Space Anemia’ appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Amazon Japan is Selling GPU ‘Loot Boxes’ with 2015-era Cards
Step aside Newegg Shuffle, something way more sketchy has arrived. The post Amazon Japan is Selling GPU ‘Loot Boxes’ with 2015-era Cards appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AMD’s Entry Level Radeon RX 6500 XT Launch is Not Going Well
AMD's previous attempts to trash-talk 4GB GPUs have aged like milk. The post AMD’s Entry Level Radeon RX 6500 XT Launch is Not Going Well appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft Game Pass Tops 25 Million Subscribers
Despite such an applaudable number, Microsoft is disappointed in Game Pass's gains. The post Microsoft Game Pass Tops 25 Million Subscribers appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Nvidia Announces New CPU R&D Effort in Israel
Credit: NvidiaNvidia is moving into Intel's turf with its latest expansion. The post Nvidia Announces New CPU R&D Effort in Israel appeared first on ExtremeTech.
TSMC Price Increase Causes Ripple Effect for AMD, Intel, Nvidia
Soon we will all be asking ourselves, "Do we really need two kidneys?"The post TSMC Price Increase Causes Ripple Effect for AMD, Intel, Nvidia appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Samsung Announces Exynos 2200 Chip with AMD-Based Graphics
The Exynos 2200 is official with the promised AMD RDNA 2-based GPU, making it the first mobile chip with support for ray tracing at the hardware level. The post Samsung Announces Exynos 2200 Chip with AMD-Based Graphics appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Intel’s CEO is Wrong About AMD
Pat Gelsinger is an able executive and a good choice to helm Intel, but he probably won't be leaving AMD in the rearview mirror any time soon. The post Intel’s CEO is Wrong About AMD appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion
Activision's Los Angeles office in 2018 (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)With its recent acquisition of ZeniMax complete, Microsoft is scooping up another gaming heavyweight: Activision Blizzard. Microsoft says the $68.7 billion deal will make it the third-largest gaming company in the world after Sony and Tencent. The post Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Facebook Patented a Mechanical Eyeball
Suspected uses for the eye are more benign than you may think—for now.The post Facebook Patented a Mechanical Eyeball appeared first on ExtremeTech.
AMD to Take on Intel’s XMP with Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profiles on AM5
The maker of HWINFO seems to have leaked a pretty big reveal for AMD's next-gen platform. The post AMD to Take on Intel’s XMP with Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profiles on AM5 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Google Accused of Defrauding Publishers, Advertisers and Pocketing the Revenue
Previously-redacted details from a December 2020 lawsuit have finally bubbled up to the surface. The post Google Accused of Defrauding Publishers, Advertisers and Pocketing the Revenue appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Apple Allegedly Delaying its AR/VR Headset to 2023
Overheating, software issues, and other snags have allegedly delayed Apple's entry into this burgeoning market. The post Apple Allegedly Delaying its AR/VR Headset to 2023 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Scientists Were Watching This Star When It Went Supernova
Artist's impression of a red supergiant just before its core-collapse supernova. Image via W. M. Keck Observatory/ Adam Makarenko.Researchers had been watching a red supergiant get brighter for months before it exploded, so they got to watch its core-collapse supernova from beginning to end -- for the first time in human history. What they saw challenges our whole narrative of how these stars die.The post Scientists Were Watching This Star When It Went Supernova appeared first on ExtremeTech.
RTX 3090 Ti Production Allegedly Halted by Nvidia
The vague reasons given for the temporary pause will likely delay the card's release, not that anyone could buy one anyway. The post RTX 3090 Ti Production Allegedly Halted by Nvidia appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Humble Bundle Drops Linux and macOS, Gives Customers Mere Weeks to Save Their Games
Humble Bundle has announced a change to the subscription that some gamers won't like. It's simplifying its subscription offerings and rolling out a new launcher, but that launcher is Windows-only.The post Humble Bundle Drops Linux and macOS, Gives Customers Mere Weeks to Save Their Games appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Earth Isn’t ‘Super’ Because the Sun Had Rings
By modeling our solar system with a supercomputer, astrophysicist André Izidoro and his colleagues have shown that the early formation of rings around the sun influenced the size of the resulting planets. The post Earth Isn’t ‘Super’ Because the Sun Had Rings appeared first on ExtremeTech.
FTC May Proceed With Its Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook
If the FTC wins its case, Facebook could be forced to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.The post FTC May Proceed With Its Antitrust Lawsuit Against Facebook appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Astronomers Spot Potential Exomoon the Size of Neptune
A team working with data from the dearly departed Kepler space telescope has reported a possible moon orbiting an exoplanet some 5,000 light years away. It falls somewhere between the size of Earth and that of the gas giant Neptune. If confirmed, it could be the first known exomoon.The post Astronomers Spot Potential Exomoon the Size of Neptune appeared first on ExtremeTech.
PC Sales Boomed Again in 2021
Recent reports from Canalys, IDC, and Gartner show double-digit growth last year, and analysts now believe the pumped-up PC market will last for at least a few more years regardless of what happens with COVID-19. The post PC Sales Boomed Again in 2021 appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One
Microsoft has quit building the Xbox One. Pour one out for Xbone. The post Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One appeared first on ExtremeTech.
Overclocker Lowers Alder Lake Temps by 5C With Rubber Washers
LGA1200's square design compared to the elongated LGA1700. (Image: Guru3D)For once an actual "weird, simple trick" really did work.The post Overclocker Lowers Alder Lake Temps by 5C With Rubber Washers appeared first on ExtremeTech.
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