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AMD's Ryzen 6000 mobile chips could push ultraportables to new gaming heights

Engadget

It's clear that AMD is taking some big swings with its new Ryzen 6000 mobile chips. At CES, the company announced that they would sport integrated RDNA2 graphics for the first time, offering enough power to play modern games in 1080p. But while AMD was quick to show off its top-end model, the Ryzen 9 6980HX, it had little to say about its U-series hardware for ultraportables. It turns out, the chip giant was saving some of the most intriguing details for last. While more graphics power is certainly nice to have, courtesy of its new Radeon 680M integrated GPU, AMD is emphasizing efficiency above all with the Ryzen 6000 line.


German Court Upholds Height Requirement for Police Officers

U.S. News

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2016 file photo police patrol in front of the main train station in Cologne, Germany. A court has upheld the minimum height requirement for police officers in Germany's most populous state, throwing out the case of three female recruits who were slightly too short. The North Rhine-Westphalia appeals court said Thursday the state was within its rights to enforce a minimum height requirement of 163 centimeters (about 5 foot, 4 inches).


Sonos Beam (Gen 2) review: A bit of Dolby Atmos makes all the difference

Engadget

I didn't expect much from the second-generation Sonos Beam. It has the same exact speaker components as the original, a device we already loved. The main difference is that the new Beam also has more processing power to handle Dolby Atmos surround sound. I tend to want more in a sequel, especially since in this case Gen 2 costs $50 more at $450. But even though it's more of a revision, the new Beam still manages to deliver a wider, more immersive soundscape than before.


Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key studio is closing, but Radical Heights servers will live for near future

PCWorld

About a month ago now I tried out Radical Heights, the battle royale game from Lawbreakers developer Boss Key. I liked it, except for the part where it was clearly rushed out the door, complete with untextured buildings and water. At the time I said, and I quote, "I don't know why Boss Key decided to release Radical Heights this early...Maybe the Lawbreakers money was running out and Boss Key needed something to generate a bit of revenue?" Today, Boss Key Productions has shut down. Cliff Bleszinski posted a brief statement on Twitter.


Men are worse than women at estimating their height and weight

New Scientist

Many of us are shorter and heavier than we think we are, according to a study that compared people's self-reported height and weight with their actual measurements. James Hodge and his colleagues at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia, looked at how well people know their own measurements. Many studies investigating the relationship between body size and disease risk tend to rely on people's self-reported height and weight. This can lead to unreliable data and flawed results.