Technology

AMD’s New Radeon Pro Duo is Slower, Cheaper Than Its Predecessor

When AMD launched its Radeon Pro Duo a year ago, it was clearly an attempt to simultaneously drive VR development and carve out a niche for a high-end Radeon solution that could drive each eye from a separate GPU. At the same time, however, the $ 1,500 price tag and limited VRAM (just 4GB per GPU) were less than ideal for a four-digit development board. AMD has announced a new Radeon Pro Duo this week, and despite wearing the same name, it’s a very different GPU under the hood. This ...

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Waymo now offering free rides in self-driving cars for Phoenix residents

Self-driving cars have existed for several years, but you can’t just hop in one and go for a spin. Until now, you had to know someone who could get you a ride in one of these vehicles, but Alphabet’s Waymo has started offering regular folks a lift in its driverless vehicles. The main catch being that you have to be in the Phoenix area. Waymo, which was spun-off from Google X’s self-driving car project, has been working on a new generation of self-driving car technology based on Fiat-Chrysler Pacifica minivans. ...

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SK Hynix Will Launch GDDR6 in 2018, But What About HBM2?

SK Hynix has announced the introduction of the world’s first GDDR6 modules, with a data rate of up to 16Gbps and a theoretical bandwidth of 768GB/s of bandwidth if paired with a 384-bit I/O bus. SK Hynix’ own press release suggests such a product is coming within the next 12 months, in fact, when it states “SK Hynix has been planning to mass produce the product for a client to release high-end graphics card by early 2018 equipped with high performance GDDR6 DRAMs.” This is an interesting statement, given that ...

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New ‘Genius’ Television Series Will Explore the Twists and Turns of Einstein’s Life

Sixty-two years after his death, Albert Einstein continues to occupy an extraordinary position of prestige. His discoveries and contributions to science are taught at every level of education. The equation e=mc2 is simple enough to fit on a T-shirt, but the four papers Einstein published in 1905 were so groundbreaking, they’re collectively known as the Annus Mirabilis (“Extraordinary year”) papers. Now, a new television series from National Geographic will examine his personal and professional life through its 10-episode first season. The show, “Genius,” will explore other great minds in additional seasons, ...

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Amazon Ponders Self-Driving Vehicles for More Efficient, Cheaper Delivery

Amazon has set up a skunkworks project to explore using self-driving vehicles to deliver packages. Amazon wouldn’t necessarily develop the vehicles themselves. Instead, it wants to see how driverless vehicles would improve package delivery and make Amazon more efficient. The project was first reported Monday in the The Wall Street Journal. The group is small, only a dozen employees. The think tank, as Amazon calls it, is part of a larger and more ambitious plan that would have Amazon transport more Amazon packages itself. The big picture has Amazon buying ...

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ET deals: Save big on the ultimate learn to code course bundle

Whether you want to strike out on your own on the app store or start a career in software engineering, you’re going to need to learn to code. Today, SkillWise is offering up ten beefy courses that will help you navigate the fundamentals of modern programming. • Ultimate learn to code course bundle for $ 49 (List price: $ 1186) With your purchase, you’ll get the following ten courses: • The professional Ruby on Rails developer with Rails 5 (a $ 200 value)• Javascript specialist designation (a $ 199 value)• ...

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Someone Turned the Lights On in Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl

Pripyat is a radioactive ghost town just outside Chernobyl, the site of the infamous nuclear disaster on this day in 1986. Deep within the Exclusion Zone, the city has been permanently evacuated. Because of the contamination, officially you can’t live there, although 200 or so defiant oldster locals still do. They just kept on going back to their houses until the officials gave up. Chernobyl seems like exactly the kind of place to not go. But there’s a booming local tourism industry that has — dare I say it? — ...

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Why Smartphone Speed Tests Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

Every time a hot new phone comes out, you will inevitably run across videos seeking to show that it’s faster or slower than some other phone. Sometimes these videos get a lot of views, and are held up by fanboys of all stripes as proof positive that their preferred phone is better than the other. These arguments aren’t going to stop happening, but the new phenomenon of speed test videos isn’t adding much to the conversation for several reasons. The latest example of this trend is seen with the release of Samsung’s ...

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Intel Optane Review Roundup: Next-Generation Memory Standard Earns Lukewarm Reception

After years of teasing and a major enterprise launch, Intel’s Optane memory is finally available for PCs and enthusiast systems. While it’s limited to Kaby Lake processors and 200-series motherboards, this launch of a fundamentally new type of memory should offer significant performance improvements in at least some workloads. Early reviews, however, don’t entirely bear that out. Intel isn’t offering Optane as a full SSD option yet, but you can order 16GB or 32GB drives for $ 44 or $ 77 (MSRP). Intel supports these drives as cache options via ...

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Google Unveils Stunning 17-Camera VR Video Rig

Virtual reality is more accessible than ever with devices like Gear VR and Daydream that can plug into your smartphone. However, there’s dearth of worthwhile VR video content out there. Google is trying to fix that with its Jump video platform. Today, the company has announced a new and improved VR video rig called the Yi Halo. It can film multiple 4K video streams simultaneously, then feed it all into Google’s special video processor to create a VR experience. Google announced Jump in 2015 along with a virtual reality camera ...

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