Lunar lander launched by SpaceX shoots back epic images of Earth on its way to the Moon

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Feb 21, 2024 12:17 AM CST

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched Houston-based company Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander on February 15 and now the lander has snapped some awesome images of Earth on its way to the surface of the Moon.

Lunar lander launched by SpaceX shoots back epic images of Earth on its way to the Moon

The Odysseus lunar lander completed two engine burns in deep space on February 16 and February 18, and according to reports from Intuitive Machines the lander is currently on track to reach the surface of the Moon on February 22. The next challenge for Intuitive Machines is to successfully place the Odysseus into "lunar orbit insertion," which is when the lander will fire up its engines and place itself in orbit around the Moon. This event is expected to take place on February 21.

Intuitive Machines is targeting a small crater approximately 190 miles from the Moon's south pole. This location isn't irrelevant as its about the same location as where NASA intends to land astronauts under its Artemis program, specifically Artemis 3 which is expected to make its landing sometime in 2026. Odysseus is bringing six NASA instruments to the lunar surface which will gather data on a variety of different aspects of not only the landing but also the lunar surface.

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Scientists issue dire warning for the Amazon rainforest

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Feb 21, 2024 12:02 AM CST

A team of researchers penned a new paper published in the scientific journal Nature that warns parts of the Amazon rainforest are reaching a "tipping point".

Scientists issue dire warning for the Amazon rainforest

The international team of researchers behind this study outlined that up to 47% of the Amazon rainforest is currently under threat of increased temperatures, droughts, fires, and deforestation - all of which are pushing the iconic location to the "tipping point."

The dangers of the Amazon rainforest reaching this critical threshold aren't exclusive to the Amazonian rainforest, as rainforests enrich the air with moisture, which forms the basis of precipitation, meaning if one part of the Amazon rainforest hits this "tipping point," it can create a self-propelling feedback loop affecting, potentially resulting in other areas of the rainforest, or other rainforests across the continent losing forests.

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Nintendo is the richest company in Japan regarding cash flow and money in the bank

Kosta Andreadis | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 20, 2024 11:33 PM CST

Toyo Keizai published its annual 'Top 300 Richest Japanese Companies' list this week, looking at the country's various businesses and ranking them regarding cash flow and debt. Nintendo is Topping the list, still riding high on the immense financial success of the Nintendo Switch console and the smash hit Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Nintendo is the richest company in Japan regarding cash flow and money in the bank

Games-wise, Super Mario Bros. Wonder has sold over 12 million copies, with other notable 2023 releases like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4 has sold up to 30 million copies collectively.

Although Nintendo Switch sales have slowed as the console reaches the tail-end of its lifecycle, as a company, Nintendo is entirely debt-free and sitting on a Scrooge McDuck pile of money - over $11 billion USD or 1.7186 trillion Yen.

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Corsair's new K65 PLUS WIRELESS 75% keyboard is compact and feature-packed

Kosta Andreadis | Peripherals | Feb 20, 2024 11:01 PM CST

Corsair has launched a brand-new wireless keyboard for enthusiasts and gamers with the new K65 PLUS WIRELESS, and it looks beautiful thanks to the 75%-layout and stylish two-tone keycaps. Compact, powerful, and wireless, it ticks and checks many of the most sought-after boxes and features for a high-end keyboard.

Corsair's new K65 PLUS WIRELESS 75% keyboard is compact and feature-packed

With two layers of sound-dampening foam and silicon, screw-in stabilizers, and PBT dye-sublimated keycaps (in midnight gray and silver), the K65 PLUS WIRELESS comes pre-installed (and pre-lubed) with Corsair's impressive MLX Red switches that we recently saw in the award-winning Corsair K70 CORE SE - which are hot-swappable so you can swap them out for full customization.

On that front, to coincide with the launch of the K65 PLUS WIRELESS, DROP Holy Panda X tactile switches are currently 50% off (via DROP.com). The K65 PLUS is a wireless keyboard with low-latency 2.4GHz for gamers, Bluetooth for mobile devices and tablets, and the ability to connect and switch between multiple devices. It's also compatible with PC and Mac.

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be quiet! has new high-end Dark Base PC cases, now available in white

Kosta Andreadis | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Feb 20, 2024 10:34 PM CST

German hardware maker be quiet! has announced two new high-end and versatile PC cases, the new Dark Base Pro 901 White and Dark Base 701 White. Both cases feature support for inverted layouts (a rarity), have been designed for maximum airflow and usability, and feature a stylish look with subtle ARGB lighting. Although they should probably be called 'White Base' cases, it's great to see be quiet!'s traditionally stealthy cases in bright all-white.

be quiet! has new high-end Dark Base PC cases, now available in white

The Dark Base Pro 901 White is the full-tower flagship, all about usability and delivering performance. You've got exchangeable panels on the top and front of the case and detachable brackets to make the installation of radiators and fans a breeze.

Cooling-wise, it comes with three pre-installed Silent Wings 4 White 140mm PWM fans and supports up to 420mm radiators in the front or up to 360mm on the top and side panels. For cable management, you have multiple cable bars to effectively hide them within the build to deliver a clean look.

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MSI Claw with Intel Meteor Lake APU loses to ASUS ROG Ally with AMD Ryzen APU in gaming tests

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Feb 20, 2024 10:08 PM CST

MSI's new Claw gaming handheld has been pitted against the ASUS ROG Ally, with Intel's new Core Ultra 7 155H "Meteor Lake" processor inside of the MSI Claw, the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme APU powers the ASUS ROG Ally.

MSI Claw with Intel Meteor Lake APU loses to ASUS ROG Ally with AMD Ryzen APU in gaming tests

Both of the gaming handhelds have the same screen size, the same resolution, and 16GB of LPDDR5-6400 memory. The biggest difference between the two handhelds is that Intel powers the MSI Claw, and AMD powers the ASUS ROG Ally. Now, the handhelds are in the hands of gamers and benchmarkers and have been tested against each other... who wins? AMD.

The benchmarking involved testing the handhelds at different power levels, which is one of the most important parts of a gaming handheld: power levels and what drains the battery (and provides the most performance on the go). The MSI Claw has a bigger battery inside than the ASUS ROG Ally, so you'd expect more battery life... but that's where Intel's stumbles with Meteor Lake in a gaming handheld rear their head.

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NVIDIA's Maxwell turns 10, powering the GeForce GTX 900 Series and the Nintendo Switch

Kosta Andreadis | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 20, 2024 9:29 PM CST

Ten years ago, NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture debuted in February 2014 with the GeForce GTX 750 Series - introducing an 'all-new design for the Streaming Multiprocessor (SM)' on a cutting-edge (for the time) 28nm process.

NVIDIA's Maxwell turns 10, powering the GeForce GTX 900 Series and the Nintendo Switch

The first GPUs to adopt the new architecture were designed primarily for efficiency, with the GM107 chip seen in the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti bringing massive efficiency gains compared to the previous Kepler architecture.

The Maxwell architecture is also in the NVIDIA Tegra X1 SOC for mobile devices, which pairs Maxwell-based graphics with ARM CPU clusters. In addition to appearing in NVIDIA's Android-based Shield TV hardware, the Tegra X1 (or a custom version) would eventually make its way into the Nintendo Switch.

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Baird analysts increase NVIDIA stock target from $750 to $1050, because of next-gen Blackwell

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 20, 2024 9:00 PM CST

NVIDIA will have its earnings release tomorrow, but ahead of that, Wall Street is increasing its future NVIDIA share price expectations; now we've got Baird increasing its target price for NVIDIA stock from $750 to $1050.

Baird analysts increase NVIDIA stock target from $750 to $1050, because of next-gen Blackwell

Baird's new predictions on NVIDIA shares are very, very favorable for the AI GPU leader, representing a 44% hike from their historic highs already. Baird isn't the only financial firm to do this, last week saw Goldman Sachs increasing their NVIDIA share price target by 28%.

Baird analysts explained: "Per our Asia field trip, demand for NVIDIA's AI solutions remains unabated, with momentum from enterprise customers now rapidly building. Upcoming Blackwell architecture will drive another significant step up in performance, while ASPs will increase as well. TSMC remains on track for a doubling of CoWoS capacity this year which should help supply notably in 2H. GH200 performance is a magnitude higher than x86+H100, driving engagements with hyperscalers and HPC ODMs. CUDA ecosystem remains a major competitive advantage. Raising our estimates and price target on NVIDIA, Outperform rated".

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Crucial announces DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking Edition: 16GB, 24GB sticks at DDR5-6000

Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Feb 20, 2024 8:37 PM CST

Crucial has just announced its new DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking Edition memory is now offered in higher speeds of up to DDR5-6000.

Crucial announces DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking Edition: 16GB, 24GB sticks at DDR5-6000

The new DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking Edition from Crucial joins their family of overclocked DDR5 RAM, which was introduced last year in 5200 and 5600MT/s speeds. They're designed for mainstream consumers, ready to rock and roll inside the latest AMD and Intel CPUs and motherboards.

Crucial's new DDR5 Pro Memory: Overclocking Edition continues the journey for the overclocked RAM, with DDR5-5200 and DDR5-5600 kits being joined by new DDR5-6000 memory kits. The new DIMMs have been designed with overclocking in mind, rocking tighter memory timings of CL36 (36-38-38-80) with up to 1.35V.

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Reddit is reportedly selling all of its user data to an AI company for $60 million a year

Kosta Andreadis | Artificial Intelligence | Feb 20, 2024 8:04 PM CST

According to a new report at Bloomberg, Reddit has signed an AI content licensing deal that will see the social media company receive $60 million annually. For a cool $60 million, an unnamed AI company will get access to every Reddit post and thread for AI model training.

Reddit is reportedly selling all of its user data to an AI company for $60 million a year

The move comes as a way to boost interest in the upcoming Reddit IPO - with the report stating that Reddit informed potential investors of the $60 million contract earlier this year. Citing sources "familiar with the matter" will give an unknown generative AI model access to decades worth of data, images, clips, and conversations.

Reddit is one of the most popular social destinations on the internet, so a deal like this makes sense when generative AI models need as much data as possible to train on. Until now, using data freely available on the internet (like Reddit posts) has been a go-to for many AI models (including OpenAI's GPT-2), so it's only natural to see money changing hands.

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