Category: Technology

  • LCD vs. LED vs. Mini LED vs. OLED: A quick guide

    LCD vs. LED vs. Mini LED vs. OLED: A quick guide

    Enlarge / Magnifying the differences, similarities, pros, and cons. Aurich Lawson Somewhere along the line, consumer display technology became an alphabet soup full of terms using the letters “LED.” In this succinct guide, we’ll provide a brief overview of common initialisms found in the world of TV, PC monitor, and laptop displays. To keep things […]

  • The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia

    The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia

    What is interesting about both early and current visions of urban sensing networks and the use that could be made of the data they produced is how close to and yet how far away they are from Constant’s concept of what such technologies would bring about. New Babylon’s technological imagery was a vision of a […]

  • The weekend’s best deals: Steam Summer Sale, Apple Back to School promo, and more

    The weekend’s best deals: Steam Summer Sale, Apple Back to School promo, and more

    Ars Technica It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web is particularly heavy on video games, as Steam’s annual Summer Sale kicked off earlier this week. The PC gaming storefront’s latest mega-sale runs until July 7 and, as is often […]

  • Yann LeCun’s big bet for building intelligent machines

    The Online Privacy Bill has gained support from the House of Representatives

    Melanie Mitchell, an AI researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, is also excited to see a whole new approach. “We really haven’t seen this coming out of the deep-learning community so much,” she says. She also agrees with LeCun that large language models cannot be the whole story. “They lack memory and internal models of […]

  • New bacterium roughly the size, shape of an eyelash smashes size record

    New bacterium roughly the size, shape of an eyelash smashes size record

    Enlarge / The bacteria, Ca. Thiomargarita magnifica, discovered in the French Caribbean mangroves is a member of the genus Thiomargarita. Tomas Tyml Clinging to sunken debris in shallow, marine mangrove forests in the French Caribbean, tiny thread-like organisms—perfectly visible to the naked eye—have earned the title of the largest bacteria ever known. Measuring around a […]

  • The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs Wade. What does that mean?

    The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs Wade. What does that mean?

    Access to legal abortion is now subject to state laws, allowing each state to decide whether to ban, restrict, or allow the procedure. Some parts of the country are much stricter than others—Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky are among the 13 states with trigger laws that immediately made abortion illegal in the aftermath of the ruling. […]

  • Sony studios, major game publishers offer public support for abortion rights

    Sony studios, major game publishers offer public support for abortion rights

    Enlarge / Just some of the game franchises represented by studios coming out in support of reproductive rights today. Last month, Insomniac Games (Spider-Man) CEO Ted Price reportedly told his employees that parent company Sony “will not approve ANY statements from any studio on the topic of reproductive rights.” That is apparently no longer true, […]

  • The Online Privacy Bill has gained support from the House of Representatives

    The Online Privacy Bill has gained support from the House of Representatives

    “We’re addicted to being on Facebook.” —Jordi Berbera, who runs a pizza stand in Mexico City, tells Rest of World why he has turned to selling his wares through the social network instead of through more conventional food delivery apps. The big story “Am I going crazy or am I being stalked?” Inside the disturbing […]

  • BA.4/BA.5 will soon be dominant in the US. Here’s what that means

    Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5 evade protection from earlier omicron infection

    Enlarge / A COVID-19 testing tent stands in Times Square on April 27, 2022, in New York City. Omicron coronavirus subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are now accounting for an estimated 35 percent of US cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The subvariants are on a course to reach dominance at a […]

  • Finland has become the first country to build a complete underground geological storage facility for its spent nuclear waste

    Finland has become the first country to build a complete underground geological storage facility for its spent nuclear waste

    The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority don’t immediately communicate the idea of innovation. The largest landlord in the city, housing nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumble after decades of deferred maintenance and poor […]

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