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Apple Just Upgraded Its iMacs, a Little

WIRED

Apple is refreshing its 27-inch iMac, though you'll need a keen eye to spot the differences. The new model doesn't look any different from its predecessors, sporting the same classic look Apple has used for several years now with thick bezels surrounding the 5K display. You won't find any radically new features here either. There's still no biometric authentication, meaning there's no Face ID or Touch ID, and the screen uses the exact same panel and pixel resolution as before. Most of the changes are on the inside, and impact performance.


Razer Blade Stealth (2020) review: A tiny gaming laptop with a big price

PCWorld

Razer just can't quit video games. The Blade Stealth was its exit strategy--or so I thought. Released in 2016, the Stealth was Razer's debut Ultrabook, and brought the larger Blade's sleek, MacBook-like aesthetics and build quality to people who just check their email and type up memos, or whatever. There are three Razer Blade Stealth models for 2020. They differ only in terms of the display, not the internals.


The TicWatch Sport is on sale for more than 50% off

Mashable

TL;DR: Don't start your next workout without a TicWatch Sport Smartwatch with Google Assistant for $79.99, a 55% savings as of July 30. Apple Watch's sporty cousin: That's how to best describe the TicWatch S, a shiny new activity tracker that comes from Mobvoi, a company founded by a few ex-Google employees. Operating on Google's Android Wear OS, this smartwatch does everything you need it to, rivaling other smartwatches in capability. Through partnerships and funding with Google, Mobvoi was able to equip its TicWatch suite with Google-y capabilities, including compatibility with Google Fit, Google Assistant, and a host of other powerful Google apps. Like the Apple Watch, you can use the TicWatch S for fitness, business, and life with its slew of native apps and integrations.


The future of computing, a perspective

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Could it be possible to offer Einstein's intelligence, the context of Gandhi and the memory of all humanity in a consolidated computer platform? Will we be able, in the near future, to improve man - machine collaboration and connect both? So we are better able that to make more intelligent decisions? All of us have been generating enormous mountains of data for some years, thanks to 6 billion smartphones and around 30 billion connected sensors. To give you an idea; together we are producing 44 Zettabytes of data this year. One Zettabyte is comparable to 700,000 times the largest library in the world times 44.


Microsoft teases Eye Contact during video chat in Windows 10 Insider build

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The Dev Channel is Microsoft's Windows version for testing new features of all kinds, which are not necessarily upcoming feature release, and Windows 10 Insider build 20175 for the Dev Channel brings new AI capabilities that makes eye contact possible during a video chat. While the new AI capability make your eyes appear to meet the gaze of anyone you are speaking with on a video chat, leveraging Arm-based SQ1 processor on Surface Pro X to make it look like you're looking directly to the person right from the camera. Also, there is the ability to cycle through Microsoft Edge tabs using ALT Tab in the Windows 10 Insider build 20175, whereby users can pin active tabs to the taskbar, with enhanced preview capabilities. The Eye Contact feature relies on AI capabilities of the Surface Pro X's Qualcomm-made Microsoft SQ1 Arm-based processor, and as such, it can only be accessed on the Surface X Pro and the latest Windows 10 Insider Dev Channel preview, build 20175. It helps to adjust your gaze on video calls so that you appear to be looking directly in the camera and Windows Insiders can turn this Eye Contact feature on via the Surface app on Surface Pro X. How to get Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175 Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175 to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel on Wednesday last week and Windows Insiders with PCs that have AMD processors only will be able to receive this build.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: New features to include hand gestures, fall detection to compete with Apple Watch

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3, which is set to be unveiled on Aug. 5 at its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, will include new hand control commands and support fall detection, according to XDA Developers, a mobile software forum. One feature will allow users to control the device by using gestures, such as answering a call by clenching and unclenching a fist, XDA Developers said. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will have a speaker, allowing users to take the call entirely on the watch itself, or they can shake their hand to reject the call. Another new feature includes add support for fall detection, similar to Apple Watch devices. If a user falls, the smartwatch will ring for 60 seconds.


GPT-3 Creative Fiction

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What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.


UVA Uses Machine Learning, Quantum Computing to Study Genetic Disease - Scigazette.com

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A team from the University of Virginia School of Medicine is leveraging the power of quantum computing to gain better insight into genetic diseases with machine learning. Although quantum computers are still in their infancy, the researchers noted that when they do advance, they could offer computing power on a scale that's unimaginable on traditional computers. "We developed and implemented a genetic sample classification algorithm that is fundamental to the field of machine learning on a quantum computer in a very natural way using the inherent strengths of quantum computers," said Stefan Bekiranov, PhD. "This is certainly the first published quantum computer study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and may be the first study using a so-called universal quantum computer funded by the National Institutes of Health." Quantum computers can consider significantly more possibilities than traditional computer programs.


Little Tikes made a fully-functioning smartwatch for kids

Engadget

Little Tikes, a toy company that's probably best known for its iconic Cozy Coupe car, has made a fully-functioning smartwatch for kids. The Tobi Robot, which is intended for youngsters aged 4-8, includes many of the features you might expect from a regular smartwatch, and Little Tikes says it's durable and waterproof. It has more than 50 watch faces, along with a personality that has more than 100 expressions and arms and legs that pop out from the sides. The Tobi Robot has games -- including augmented reality, dance and learning ones -- and stickers kids can slap on their photos. The 640 x 480-pixel dual cameras can also capture video.


QC Ware Touts Breakthrough in Quantum Machine Learning Algorithms

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PALO ALTO, Calif., July 22, 2020 – QC Ware, provider of enterprise software and services for quantum computing, announced a significant breakthrough in quantum machine learning (QML) that increases QML accuracy and speeds up the industry timeline for practical QML applications on near-term quantum computers. QC Ware's algorithms researchers have discovered how classical data can be loaded onto quantum hardware efficiently and how distance estimations can be performed quantumly. These new capabilities enabled by Data Loaders are now available in the latest release of QC Ware's Forgecloud services platform, an integrated environment to build, edit, and implement quantum algorithms on quantum hardware and simulators. "QC Ware estimates that with Forge Data Loaders, the industry's 10-to-15-year timeline for practical applications of QML will be reduced significantly," said Yianni Gamvros, Head of Product and Business Development at QC Ware. "What our algorithms team has achieved for the quantum computing industry is equivalent to a quantum hardware manufacturer introducing a chip that is 10 to 100 times faster than their previous offering. This exciting development will require business analysts to update their quad charts and innovation scouts to adjust their technology timelines."