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Apple MacBook Pro 13" (2022 with M2 Chip) Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13" (2022 with M2 Chip) Review

Is the 2022 M2-powered Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch laptop really a worthy upgrade over the previous M1 model? Join us as we take a close look and find out.

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Meteor enters Earth over the US and explodes frightening residents

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 17, 2022 12:04 AM CDT

Many residents across a US state were shocked when their morning coffee was interrupted by a loud boom sound heard from overhead.

Reports from The Desert News indicate that this loud boom was heard at approximately 8:32 am local time across Utah, with quick seismograph reports indicating that no earthquake had occurred. The National Weather Service Salt Lake City issued an update and revealed that there were two red flashes seen in the morning sky.

The debating was quickly put to bed when home security footage sent into officials revealed that there was meteorite had entered Earth's atmosphere, streaking across the morning sky and then exploding - scattering fragments across the landscape. At the moment, there has been no reports of any of these fragments being recovered. However, a NASA volunteer spoke to KSLTV radio and said that its likely fragments could be found in the two areas indicated below.

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Google shows off its robotics technology, ahead of Tesla AI Day

Google Research has teamed with Everyday Robots to create a new robotics algorithm called PaLm-SayCan, which is helping robots better understand humans through language, whether it's through voice or text.

The joint effort uses Google Pathways Language Model (PaLm) while a helper robot from Everyday Robots is on the physical side, with Google saying the effort is the first implementation that uses a large-scale language model to plan for a real robot. The new robotics program will help people communicate with robots through voice or text easier than before, while the robots themselves will perform complex tasks thanks to the improved understating of our written and spoken languages.

Google even has a robot that can play table tennis, where the robot will slide from side to side attached to a track where it will play ping pong with a human player. The data that the company acquires during its robots playing games with humans, helps them improve their robotic reflexes as the robots work in our world.

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Elon Musk says he's buying Manchester United, adds 'ur welcome'

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 16, 2022 10:19 PM CDT

Elon Musk is the world's richest man, swinging his BD energy around tweeting that he's now going to buy Manchester United, which has sent the football world into an absolute frenzy.

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In a new tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO said: "to be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!" He followed the tweet up, adding: "Also, I'm buying Manchester United ur welcome".

Manchester United is owned by the American Glazer family, who also own NFL franchise the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Glazers have refused multiple offers to sell Manchester United, but after the club being in serious trouble right now after finishing 6th in the last season of the Premier League era -- Musk could scoop them up if Musk chucked a couple of billion dollars at their feet.

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PlayStation PC Launcher discovered by Spider-Man dataminers

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 16, 2022 9:25 PM CDT

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered just launched on the PC, and now we're hearing that Sony might unveil its own PlayStation launcher for its PC games.

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The discovery was made by data miners and then VideoGamesChronicle (VGC) "verified the files and seen the reference to the PlayStation PC launcher". Sony has been slowly releasing their PC games through both Steam and the Epic Games Store, but we should expect a new home for all things PlayStation games on the PC soon.

Recently, we reported that Sony added a new PC gaming hub to the PlayStation website, which sees Microsoft walking in the same steps as Microsoft: where they will have flagship PlayStation 5 games from the console, onto the PC and through the purported new PlayStation launcher. This is only a good thing, especially given how good the PC ports have been so far, culminating with Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered.

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TEAMGROUP's new PCIe 4.0 SSD uses heat-dissipating graphene label

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Aug 16, 2022 8:13 PM CDT

TEAMGROUP has unveiled its new MP44L M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD which is the industry's first to introduce conductive graphene coating on the aluminum foil of the SSD label itself.

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The company says that this new label is under 1mm thick with TEAMGROUP designing the new label that removes the mechanical interference when assembling... not only that, but together with the on-board M.2 heat sink, TEAMGROUP says that heat dissipating performance is doubled.

TEAMGROUP's new MP44L M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs come in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities with up to 5GB/sec (5000MB/sec) reads and up to 4.5GB/sec (4500MB/sec) writes. You'll get those super-huge speeds with the PCIe 4.0 standard, but if you're using an older motherboard with PCIe 3.0 you're still going to see gigantic performance improvements across the board in your operating system, software, games, and everything in between.

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AMD to unveil Ryzen 7000 'Zen 4' during livestream on August 29

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Aug 16, 2022 7:38 PM CDT

It was only 24 hours ago that we heard fresh rumors that AMD would be launching its new Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors on September 27... but now we have it directly from AMD: save the date for August 29.

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AMD will be hosting a live stream on August 29 at 7PM ET, where it teases "together we advance_PCs" and we all know what that means: Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors, the new AM5 socket and platform, X670E and X670 motherboards galore, and DDR5 EXPO memory overclocking technology.

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will be there, as too will CTO and EVP Mark Papermaster and other AMD executives that will be on the YouTube live stream to talk about everything Zen 4, the new AM5 platform, and new technologies like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 connectivity... all of which will advance PCs.

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Evil West delayed to November because it's releasing on five platforms

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Aug 16, 2022 5:32 PM CDT

Flying Wild Hog has delayed its upcoming third-person vampire-gunslinger shooter game Evil West by two months so it can "deliver the best experience to everyone."

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Evil West was originally set to release on September 20, but has been pushed back to November 22, 2022 as developers cite challenges of making a smaller-scale AA game for five platforms.

"We are working our very best to achieve our vision of Evil West, and to meet your expectations. Evil West releases on five platforms, including multiple generations of consoles. Giving our game more polish is crucial to provide our players with not only good but also lasting memories. That's something we've always pursued," Polish dev Flying Wild Hog said on Twitter.

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Disney to reveal new Marvel action game from Uncharted developer

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Aug 16, 2022 4:19 PM CDT

Disney teases a handful of exciting new game reveals during an event showcase in September.

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Disney recently announced its own post-Gamescom reveal stream set for September 9, complete with a bunch of game reveals, updates, and more. The event is part Disney's annual D23 Expo and should unearth key details about mysterious upcoming games.

The official press release says gamers can expect a "sneak peek" at the new Marvel game from Uncharted creative visionary Amy Hennig. The project was originally announced in October 2021 and is described as a "narrative-driven, blockbuster action-adventure game." Job listings at Skydance New Media, where Amy Hennig is leading development, says the game will be a singleplayer Unreal Engine game.

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Microsoft finally confirms Xbox One console sales

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Aug 16, 2022 11:34 AM CDT

Microsoft has inadvertently revealed Xbox One console sales while confirming a massive sales lead for Sony's PlayStation 4.

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Microsoft legal representation has delivered figures that the company itself no longer divulges: Xbox One console sales. The info was spotted in Microsoft's latest filing in the ongoing regulatory discussions with Brazil's government. CADE, Brazil's own FTC-like watchdog agency, is probing the games industry for data and insights about Microsoft's $68.7 billion buyout of Activision-Blizzard for any instances of possible anti-competitive practices.

According to one particular passage, the PS4 has sold over twice as many Xbox One consoles. Since the PS4 has sold 117.2 million units, this means the Xbox One has sold less than 58.6 million units worldwide. Microsoft evangelists like Paul Thurrott put the number more in the 50-55 million range. "Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox in the last generation," the document reads.

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Astronauts going to Mars would receive huge, unsafe radiation doses

Adam Hunt | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 16, 2022 7:11 AM CDT

A paper on radiation and Mars titled "Crewed Missions to Mars: Modeling the Impact of Astrophysical Charged Particles on Astronauts and Assessing Health Effects" has been uploaded to the preprint server arXiv.

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The new paper was authored by researchers from an assortment of international universities and institutes, though it has yet to be peer-reviewed. It considers the impact of ionizing radiation originating from the sun and from outside the solar system on the health of astronauts that intend to journey to Mars in the future. Ionizing radiation is one of the main impedances to astronaut health for such a trip, and a spaceship would provide little protection over the estimated 300 days one way.

Planned missions to Mars are expected to have astronauts undergo much longer missions than they currently do to the International Space Station (ISS) or the Moon, the former of which has its astronauts much more protected from radiation thanks to Earth's magnetosphere. Once on Mars, the significantly less substantial atmosphere compared to Earth would provide little protection to astronauts from continued radiation exposure. This risks exposing astronauts to "Acute Radiation Syndrome, damage to the nervous system, and increased cancer risk."

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