TikTok to release new shopping feature with big brands very soon

Jak Connor | Software & Apps | Oct 3, 2022 2:04 AM CDT

A new report from the Financial Times has revealed that TikTok is preparing to roll out a new shopping feature to users in North America.

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According to the report from the Financial Times, TikTok is gearing up to release a new feature called "TikTok Shop" across North America in partnership with US company TalkShopLive, which will be responsible for supporting livestreams hosted by influencers and brands. The report states that TikTok will release this new feature "over the next month" and that large brands will be part of its release.

The new feature comes after TikTok's sister app Douyin, which is extremely popular in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia, released a similar feature where it hosted nine million live ecommerce broadcasts per month, which resulted in more than ten billion products being sold in a year.

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Google's new keyboard is 65-inches long and doubles as a bug catcher

Jak Connor | Peripherals | Oct 3, 2022 1:33 AM CDT

Google Japan has announced a new type of keyboard, but instead of keeping the traditional format, the arm of the largest search engine in the world has opted for something a little different.

Introducing the Gboard Bar, a 65-inch long bar that features every key on a typical keyboard but in a straight line. According to the above video, the design is meant to be "extremely simple" that is also meant to save on desk space. Additionally, Google Japan said that due to the small width of the Gboard, users will be able to have piles of documents and papers on their desks and not have to worry about the Bar taking up too much space.

Furthermore, Google's official specifications sheet states that the Bar is "wide enough for a cat to walk across" and that its height is at a "comfortable thickness". Adding to the array of features, Google Japan states that two people are able to use the Gboard Bar at the same time, allowing users to pair up and tackle programming tasks together. Here's where things take a turn, Google Japan has also equipped the Gboard Bar with a bug-removing stick which allows users to take advantage of its long shape.

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Google's new artificial intelligence turns text into 3D objects

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Oct 3, 2022 1:02 AM CDT

Google originally unveiled its generative 3D AI system called Dream Fields in 2021, and now a new and improved version has arrived.

Google's new next-generation artificial intelligence software designed to convert text into 3D generated images is called DreamFusion. So, how does this work? In a new proof-of-concept paper published to the pre-print server arXiv, researchers outlined that Dream Fusion, much like Dream Fields, uses a neural network called Neural Radiance Field (NeRF) that is designed to general novel views of complex 3D scenes using 2D datasets.

However, DreamFusion has taken a different approach than Dream Fields, as explained by Google research scientist Ben Poole who wrote on Twitter that the team replaced OpenAI's CLIP technology that powered Dream Fields with Google's own AI model called Imagen. The 3D models seen above and below aren't as photo-realistic as what we've seen with Midjourney. However, they are certainly still impressive as the 3D models have accurate surface geometry, depth and are even relightable for various lighting conditions.

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Humanity gets its closest look in 20 years at Jupiter's moon Europa

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Oct 3, 2022 12:32 AM CDT

NASA's Juno spacecraft has flown past Jupiter's moon Europa, snapping images that it has now relayed back to Earth for public viewing.

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Taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft on September 29, 2022.

The fly-by of Jupiter's sixth-closest moon to the planet was conducted on September 29, 2022, and during Juno's closest approach to the large moon, it came within 219 miles of its surface. As the Juno spacecraft flew past the icy object, it captured several images, marking the third time any spacecraft in history has come within 310 miles of its surface while also providing the closest look at Jupiter's fourth largest moon since NASA's Galileo flew past at an altitude of 218 miles on January 3, 2000.

NASA has taken to its Jet Propulsion Laboratory website to explain that Europa is the sixth-largest moon in the solar system and is just smaller than Earth's moon. However, Europa is very different from Earth's moon as researchers believe that there may be a salty ocean residing under its thick icy crust, which stretches for many miles beneath its surface. Moreover, researchers suspect that this salty ocean beneath Europa's surface may have the right conditions to support life.

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NASA outlines plan for Artemis launch date after Hurricane Ian impact

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Oct 3, 2022 12:03 AM CDT

NASA has released an update on the condition of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket following Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida.

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Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

NASA was required to cancel the launch of its Artemis 1 mission as Hurricane Ian approached its Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space agency rolled back the SLS rocket to its Vehicle Assembly Building as the hurricane passed overhead, and now that it's passed, NASA has conducted a damage assessment on the SLS rocket and its facility.

According to a recent update posted to the NASA website, there was no damage to the Artemis flight hardware, and NASA's facilities are in overall "good shape" with only minor water intrusion across a few locations. NASA explains that it will be extending platforms to the SLS rocket for additional inspections leading up to the next launch attempt scheduled for November 12. The space agency writes that the launch window for Artemis 1 opens on November 12 and closes on November 27.

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Autonomous, other tech disrupting the agricultural industry

Autonomous technology and automation are proving disruptive across numerous verticals, including the agriculture industry. Cutting-edge solutions such as driverless tractors, Internet of Things (IoT) temperature and moisture sensors, GPS, and drone technology allow farmers to be far more efficient than if the technologies weren't made available to them.

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Although the future appears bright, there are a few issues that need to be addressed, including risk management, legislation, and safety protocols. Safety is a significant area of concern, as farming can be inherently dangerous - but rapid advancement in technology could create potential safety risks for human workers sharing their work environment with these newer technologies.

As noted by Dr. Salah Issa, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department: "The introduction of mechanization in agriculture in the early 1900s transformed farms and surrounding communities. We expect digital technologies to lead to a similar transformation on farms and in many rural areas."

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You can get 32GB DDR5 for FREE at MicroCenter with high-end Zen 4 CPU

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Oct 2, 2022 9:22 PM CDT

If you are planning on buying yourself one of AMD's new high-end Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" processors, you might want to wait and check out the latest MicroCenter deal: you'll get 32GB of DDR5 RAM for free.

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MicroCenter is giving away 32GB of DDR5-5600 memory (G.SKILL Flare X5 series with built-in EXPO profiles) with any Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 series Zen 4-powered CPU. All of the AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 SKUs are included -- so this means the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X, the Ryzen 9 7900X, and the Ryzen 7 7700X -- leaving out the mid-range Ryzen 5 7600X processor.

The 32GB kit of DDR5-5600 memory from G.SKILL costs $189.99 on its own, so if you are buying the Ryzen 7 7700X for $399, then you're getting half price effectively. You will need some new DDR5 RAM anyway, or you could sell the DDR5 second-hand and recoup close to 1/3 or more of the $399 price you just paid for your new Zen 4-powered Ryzen 7 7700X processor.

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Acer teases the best-looking custom Arc A770 graphics card yet

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 8:28 PM CDT

You've got to give it to Acer, they've crafted one of the best-looking custom Intel Arc graphics cards so far, with a very brief tease of the "Predator Bi Frost" graphics card.

The new Acer Arc A770 Predator BiFrost will feature an interesting design: a hybrid-style blower + open-air fan design that hasn't been done before. It looks fantastic, and I'm sure even better inside of your PC. Inside, the Acer Arc A770 Predator BiFrost will feature the full ACM-G10 GPU with 32 Xe-Cores, but we don't know if it will have 8GB or 16GB of GDDR6 (Intel's in-house Arc A770 Limited Edition has 16GB, but AIB-made Arc A770s can have 8GB).

Acer didn't provide any details of its new Arc A770 Predator BiFrost graphics card, but it will require dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors, while the Intel Graphics Twitter account joining in the launch fun saying "Bravo, team! We're excited to have you on board". Jarred Walton of Tom's Hardware tweeted, asking if it were the 8GB or 16GB model, and what was the TBP, the GPU and GDDR6 clocks.

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GPU-Z 2.50.0 supports GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel Arc A770 + A750 GPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 7:21 PM CDT

The release of NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel's first-gen Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards will all release on October 3, with GPU v2.50.0 here to support all three of the cards.

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GPU-Z v2.50.0 supports everything you need to know about your GPU, especially if you've got a new GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card: detailed BIOS information, GPU clock and GPU overclocking information, power limits, and a very cool and important new feature: a built-in NVIDIA DLSS scanner. This scans your PC for all of the games installed that use DLSS, detailing which exact version of DLSS the game uses (which is very useful for reviewers).

The team hasn't just added support for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and Intel Arc A770 + A750 graphics cards, but GPU-Z 2.50.0 now also has Intel Arc VRAM temperature monitoring, as well as having GPU-Z fixing the issues with Intel Arc temperature sensors. The last part of the GPU-Z 2.50.0 changelog is that instead of showing a blank window, a proper message is now displayed when the DLSS Game Scan feature finds no games with DLSS supported.

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AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE is tiny, but uses a 360mm AIO cooler

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 2, 2022 6:27 PM CDT

GIGABYTE has a monster graphics card in its behemoth AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 MASTER graphics card, but on the other side of the scale we have the small -- at least for the card -- powerhouse card with the upcoming AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE graphics card.

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The new AORUS GeForce RTX 4090 WATERFORCE has been teased with a tiny RTX 4090 card, but a large 360mm AIO cooler that will surely keep the next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU nice and cool. GIGABYTE is re-using the same look, design, and size as its current-gen Ampere-based AORUS GeForce RTX 3090 Ti WATERFORCE with the new AORUS RTX 4090 WATERFORCE.

Inside, you've just got a much faster GPU -- NVIDIA's next-gen AD102 GPU powers the GeForce RTX 4090 -- while GIGABYTE is keeping things cool by using a 360mm AIO cooler that has 3 x 120mm fans, a large copper base plate, and 460mm long braided tubes. It's not going to be complicated to install, but you're going to need to have the room to have a 360mm AIO cooler installed into your chassis... something that might be difficult if you're using a 360mm AIO cooler to keep your CPU cool.

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