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Month: October 2020 (Page 2 of 22)

Disney researchers create a creepy robot with a life-like gaze

When humans are talking, typically, eye contact is something we do intuitively to show that we are involved and interested in the conversation. Researchers at Disney want robots to better connect with humans and have created a system that provides a life-like gaze for human-robot interactions. The system uses a humanoid Audio-Animatronic bust of the sort seen on various Disney … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/disney-researchers-create-a-creepy-robot-with-a-life-like-gaze-30645112/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Shane McGlaun

How to Track Changes in a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

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While Microsoft 365 subscribers can do real-time collaboration on PowerPoint presentations, some people prefer working independently and having that work reviewed and edited at a later date. Here’s how you can see and track what changed when the presentation comes back to you.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/690222/how-to-track-changes-in-microsoft-powerpoint/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Marshall Gunnell

How to Bookmark Multiple Tabs in Safari on iPhone and iPad

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Safari on the iPhone and iPad has a hidden feature that lets you quickly bookmark all open websites to a single folder. To keep things as you had left it, quickly bookmark all the tabs in Safari using this trick.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/688491/how-to-bookmark-multiple-tabs-in-safari-on-iphone-and-ipad/
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SiFive’s new PC is bringing open-source computing closer to reality

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One of the most interesting projects to watch these days in tech is RISC-V. The non-profit organization and wider community is building an open-source and standardized instruction set architecture (ISA) that allows chip creators to design their own chips unencumbered by licensing and patents typical of other ecosystems, such as those of Arm.

Building an ISA and the associated tooling is hard work — and expensive, which is one reason why the industry has been practically impervious to the open-source movement that is now a mainstay in software circles. The RISC-V community has spent years developing, cohering, and getting traction for its vision of the future of computing. Along the way, it’s acquired major support, with members as diverse as Google, Oculus, Huawei, IBM, Nvidia (which is in the process of buying Arm), Qualcomm and more joining the organization.

Now, the ecosystem is starting to mature and getting ready for wider adoption outside of hardware laboratories and test data rooms.

SiFive is one of the most high-profile companies spearheading the commercialization of RISC-V technology. It was founded by a number of the inventors and leading researchers of the technology (which was centered around Berkeley), and has also managed to attract big names like Chris Lattner, who led the development of the Swift programming language that today is the main choice for developers in the Apple ecosystem. The company has raised $190 million to date, including most recently a $61 million Series E round. Among its most notable investors is Sutter Hill, which made a massive return earlier this year on Snowflake Computing.

Today at the Linley Conference, a major stop on the … circuit for processor announcements, SiFive launched its PC-focused RISC-V board, dubbed “Unmatched.” The goal of the product is to make it easier for developers to buy PCs or host server farms and enable them to test their code on RISC-V’s architecture. That should make the onramp into the RISC-V universe more inviting for a broader range of engineers.

It’s all part of a revamped go-to-market strategy that SiFive’s new CEO Patrick Little is plowing ahead on. Little joined the company last month from Qualcomm, where he led the company’s expansion into automotive tech, and he has a multi-decade background in the industry. His mandate is to take the technological work that SiFive has developed and get it into the hands of the widest number of users.

“We’re just trying to drive adoption and open up the platform, so that software can be developed at scale,” Little said. He noted that developers have consistently asked for a more mainstream PC board in a standard form factor. “They wanted to plug and play on a PC platform that was familiar to them,” he said.

The HiFive Unmatched PC board hosts the SiFive FU740 SoC, and has a five-core processor that is based on SiFive’s 7-series core, which the company says is the fastest commercially-available core available through RISC-V today. The board is based on the mini-ITX form factor.

In addition to the PC board, the company announced last week at the Linley conference the launch of its SiFive Intelligence VIU7 Series, which is a vector processor designed for AI and graphics workflows and is centered around the RISC-V Vector Extension (RVV) standard ISA.

These announcements are laying the groundwork for more new products targeting the major buckets of computing needs in the industry.

One major new propulsive force for the company is indeed Nvidia’s announcement that it intends to acquire Arm. That news reverberated quickly around the industry as chip builders grapple with a future where the tie-up controls a wide swatch of the AI, graphics and mobile processing markets. More and more companies are looking for alternatives, and RISC-V is one of the few available on the market today.

An open-source ISA means “a company can design around that platform for years or even decades to come without the fear that it would go away,” Little said. “It’s moved from an operational objective to a strategic imperative.”

Little is ambitious for SiFive, saying that “leading is choosing for us, because the opportunity is fantastic right now, and so really it’s just trying to map these assets into the right opportunities.” With the market currents going its way and open-source hardware looking less like a pipe dream, SiFive is well-positioned to take advantage of what might well be one the bigger shifts in processing we have seen in years.

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/29/sifives-new-pc-is-bringing-open-source-computing-closer-to-reality/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Danny Crichton

How to Change the Screen Saver on Android TV

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Android TV might not be as customizable as an Android phone, but there’s still a lot you can do to personalize it. One of those is choosing which screen saver to use. We’ll show you how to change it up.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/691335/how-to-change-the-screen-saver-on-android-tv/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Joe Fedewa

How to Create a Meeting Straight from an Email in Outlook

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Sometimes an email comes in that is best dealt with by having a meeting. Here’s how to create a meeting directly from an email in either the Microsoft Outlook desktop client or the Outlook web app.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/692670/how-to-create-a-meeting-straight-from-an-email-in-outlook/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Rob Woodgate

What Is LiDAR, and How Will It Work on the iPhone?

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The iPhone 12 Pro is Apple’s first smartphone with a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanner on the back. But what does LiDAR do, and what is Apple planning to use it for in the future?

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/695823/what-is-lidar-and-how-will-it-work-on-the-iphone/
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5 Ways to Quickly Open the System Window on Windows 10

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Starting with the Windows 10 October 2020 update, Microsoft has removed the System window from the Control Panel. However, the information isn’t gone forever; it now lives in Settings as an About page. Below are five ways to quickly open the System window on your PC.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/697170/5-ways-to-quickly-open-the-system-window-on-windows-10/
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The Chromecast with Google TV Fixes YouTube TV’s Biggest Annoyance

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I’ve tried pretty much every live TV streaming service out there and ultimately settled on YouTube TV many months ago. Despite recent price hikes and losing certain channels, it remains the best choice for my family’s watching habits. That said, the app itself pisses me off daily. Or at least it used to until I got the new Chromecast with Google TV.

The Issue

Join me, if you will, on a journey. A cinematic adventure. A TV journey. So here we are, hanging out on my couch—just me, you, and the thousands of other people reading this. All on one couch. This is cozy, isn’t it?

I’m flipping through the channels when we all spot Ghost Nation on the Travel Channel. But which episode is it? According to YouTube TV, it’s S2 E5: Demonic Plantation … but that’s it. There’s no episode info. There’s no synopsis. The only way to find out if it’s an episode you’ve already seen is to start watching it.

A screenshot from YouTube TV showing "The Meg" but no other infoDoes Jason Statham play Meg in this romantic comedy? I have no idea!

This. Drives. Me. Nuts.

And it’s even worse for movies. Not sure what a movie is about? There’s no way to find out. There’s just no info at all. Unless you want to look it up on your phone, of course. But c’mon, man.

YouTube TV is the only service I’ve used that has this issue, and it’s a huge oversight. I don’t know a single person who just starts watching something without reading what it’s about first. Because who wants to waste time watching something that might be stupid?

No one.

So How Does Chromecast with Google TV Fix It?

Enter the new Chromecast, which sports a dramatic new interface compared to its Android TV base. The interface itself focuses on making recommendations for things that you might want to watch across various services.

It combines your watchlist and habits to curate this list. And as useful as this is, this isn’t my favorite thing about the new Chromecast. Nope, that belongs to the Live tab.

The Live tab is essentially a guide of what’s currently on YouTube TV. (The feature will apparently integrate with third-party services at some point, too.) And if you’re a YouTube TV subscriber, it’s a huge improvement over YTTV’s native guide. Why? Because it actually gives a quick synopsis of each show or movie as you highlight it. No wondering what a movie is about or if you’ve already seen a particular episode of a show.

A screenshot show "The Meg" movie info on the Live view on ChromecastOH HEY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT HAHAHA

It’s not totally perfect, though—if the synopsis is more than a couple of sentences it gets cut off with no way to see the expanded description. But it’s still better than nothing.

It’s such a simple, elegant fix. I can’t believe that this isn’t baked into YouTube TV natively. For months this is all I’ve wanted from YouTube TV (aside from lower prices) and now that I have it, I never want to go back.

Guess I’m buying Chromecasts for every room in my house now.

Worth it.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/58609/the-chromecast-with-google-tv-fixes-youtube-tvs-biggest-annoyance/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Cameron Summerson

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