Technology

I Built a Keyboard Homage to ‘Tron’

As you may know, the classic 1982 sci-fi movie Tron turned 35 years old in 2017, and it happens to be a film that I quite like. So, I’m celebrating in the most fitting way I know, with a Tron-themed keyboard. It wouldn’t do just to get some Tron keycaps and call it a day, though. I decided to build a keyboard straight out of the 1980s by restoring some parts that are more than 30 years old. Here’s how I did it. Keycap Inspiration I hatched this plan some ...

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DeepMind AI Moves on from Board Games to StarCraft II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. There is a long and storied history of machines beating humans at games we once dominated. There was Deep Blue beating humans at chess, then Watson winning Jeopardy!, and most recently, Google’s DeepMind AI branch created a computer that can win the deviously complex game Go. Now, DeepMind is moving on to its biggest challenge yet: StarCraft II. I wonder if it’ll go for the Zerg rush. DeepMind isn’t going it alone here — Blizzard ...

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Consumer Reports Yanks All Microsoft Surface Recommendations

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Consumer Reports has announced it’s pulling its recommendations on four Surface systems due to extremely high failure rates. The organization regularly surveys its readers and members about the products that they own and use. Based on those surveys, the failure rate of all Surface laptops with detatchable keyboards is expected to be significantly higher than other devices. This is playing out in two ways. First, Consumer Reports is pulling the ‘Recommended’ status on four systems: ...

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Review: a Big Improvement

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV is an all-new model with more technology, a better engine, 400 pounds less weight, and several class-leading offerings. If you want six USB jacks, air-cooled front seats, and separately controlled seat heaters on your back and butt, the Equinox is your car. To get all the tech the Equinox offers, you’ll have to buy the top trim line, Premier. Even then, you can’t get adaptive cruise control at a time when the rest of the mainstream compact SUV market has discovered it. 2018 Equinox ...

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Threadripper Review: AMD’s 16-core 1950X Rips Through Intel’s Core i9

For the past five months, AMD has steadily pushed its new Zen architecture into the enthusiast, mainstream, and budget desktop markets. These new Ryzen CPUs and their server counterparts (sold under the Epyc brand name) have reinvigorated AMD’s CPU sales and breathed new life into the company’s long-term prospects. Today, AMD is launching the last piece of its refresh puzzle — a new, ultra-high-end platform, with up to 16 cores, 32 threads, and 64 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity. Today’s launch is, of course, the high-end desktop finale to ...

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One Year After Launch, No Man’s Sky Getting Third Major Update

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When No Man’s Sky launched last year it flew into a buzzsaw of criticism. The game’s lead designer and studio head, Sean Murray, lied about what the final game would look like and, in the process, created an enormous amount of user expectation that the game didn’t even come close to fulfilling. Over the last year, Hello Games has worked to repair the damage it did to its own reputation by cranking out updates and ...

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EPA Reveals How the Tesla Model 3 Gets 310 Miles of Range

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tesla’s Model 3 is supposed to be a game-changing vehicle for both the company and the EV industry as a whole. Up to this point, Tesla’s business model has revolved around selling a relative handful of luxury vehicles. The Model 3 is supposed to drive economies of scale by scaling to far higher volumes, and Tesla has said it’s adding 1,800 reservations a day for the vehicle. According to Tesla, the standard version of the Model ...

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‘Google Play Protect’ Android Security Suite Is Now Rolling Out

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google made a big deal of the new Google Play Protect system at this year’s Google I/O event, citing it as a strengthening of Android security. After a few months of waiting, Google Play Protect is beginning to roll out to devices. However, this isn’t actually a new system; it’s just a new way to present the features that were already there. Play Protect encompasses several features that were completely separate until now. There’s malware ...

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Fallout: The Board Game Invites You to Revisit Beautiful Post-Apocalyptia

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. If you love the world of Fallout, but don’t want to wait for Bethesda to release another installment, Fantasy Flight has a new board game available that might suit your fancy. Dubbed simply Fallout, it’s based on the worlds of Fallout 3 and 4, as well as their downloadable content packs. The Capital Wasteland (FO3), The Pitt (Pittsburgh, FO3 DLC), The Commonwealth (FO4) and Far Harbor (FO4 DLC) are all included and the board game ...

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Rumor: Intel’s Coffee Lake Could Shake Up Core i3 Family

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Intel hasn’t officially commented on any of its plans for the upcoming Coffee Lake family, or how much additional performance we can expect from its third-generation 14nm technology (tentatively called 14nm++). There are rumors, however, that the company will launch six-core Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs in mainstream desktops. Now we’ve seen rumors that this could extend to the Core i3 family, with possible quad-core chips arriving later this year or early next. The ...

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