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Celebrate Pi Day with these Raspberry Pi projects

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A lot of folks celebrate this momentous occasion with a slice of pie, sweet or savory, but Pi Day is a wonderful excuse to immerse yourself in a cool tech project with none other than the Raspberry Pi. If you haven't heard of the Raspberry Pi, it's a tiny computer you can program to do a variety of tasks, like playing retro console games or making music. People of all ages have loved toying with it for years now, so we've dug up some beginner-friendly projects to introduce you to the magic you can create with a Raspberry Pi. Before you venture off to tinker with your new gadget, make sure to set it up with an operating system--then read on. This Raspberry Pi case looks just like the Nintendo Entertainment System console from the late 20th century.

Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?


Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? It's a common question, whether asked by parents weighing the best computer option for back-to-school or by people who just want an inexpensive computer for themselves. We'll help you choose the right one. Our latest update includes more answers to questions you might have: such as, how slow (and inexpensive) can a Chromebook be before it stops being usable? What does Windows 11 and Windows 11 SE mean for laptops? Read on for the answers, plus our up-to-date buying guide for November 2021 and Black Friday, plus more details and what to buy. A notebook PC or laptop powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages. Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, your choice of any browser, and configure antivirus options, utilities, and more. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose. That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. Prices can soar into the thousands of dollars, and if you need a powerful PC for gaming or video editing, Chromebooks can't compete, and they don't try to. But you'll find some great deals among our more affordably priced, top Windows picks. See our buying guide to the best laptops for even more options.

Nvidia's magical DLSS feature could be coming to consoles


Nvidia's second-generation Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 2.0) technology could be breaking free of its PC confines to power the visuals in a forthcoming Nintendo Switch upgrade, Bloomberg reports. A new version of the Switch with a fresh Nvidia GPU and a luscious OLED display could appear in time for the holidays. If true, a DLSS-powered Switch will open a new front in the war between Nvidia and AMD. DLSS works like black magic when it's tuned correctly. It allows modern GeForce graphics cards to render games at lower resolutions internally, then uses dedicated tensor core hardware and machine learning to upscale the final image to your desired higher resolution.

Nintendo's upgraded Switch may use NVIDIA DLSS for 4K gaming


Nintendo's next Switch may use an NVIDIA GPU that supports Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) that will allow it to output higher-quality graphics, Bloomberg has reported. The new system-on-chip would enable output at up to 4K quality when the Switch is connected to a TV, and will also reportedly include an upgraded CPU and increased memory. The next-gen Switch is set to have a built-in 7-inch 720p OLED display and 4K output, according to a previous Bloomberg report. Since NVIDIA's DLSS allows for good-quality 4K upscaling, it's not clear if an upgraded NVIDIA GPU would support native 4K or for upscale from a lower resolution. The current generation of Switch uses NVIDIA's Tegra graphics to output up to 1080p game quality.

Gaming, datacenters boost Nvidia's Q4 revenues to $5 billion


Nvidia reported revenues of $5.0 billion for its fourth fiscal quarter ended January 31, up 61% from a year earlier. The revenues and non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.10 beat expectations as new gaming hardware and AI products generated strong demand. A year ago, Nvidia reported non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.89 on revenues of $3.1 billion. The Santa Clara, California-based company makes graphics processing units (GPUs) that can be used for games, AI, and datacenter computing. While many businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, Nvidia has seen a boost in those areas.

AMD sees another six months of video game chip shortages


The world's hunger for graphics chips for PCs and gaming consoles means there will be short supply in many markets through the first half of this year, according to chip titan Advanced Micro Devices. "We did have some supply constraints as we ended the year," said CEO Lisa Su on a conference call with analysts Tuesday evening following the company's report of stronger-than-expected Q4 results. Shortages of supply "were primarily, I would say, in the PC market, the low end of the PC market and in the gaming markets," said Su. "That being said, I think we're getting great support from our manufacturing partners. The industry does need to increase the overall capacity levels. And so we do see some tightness through the first half of the year." AMD's Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card, introduced last quarter.

Introducing GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs.


A decade ago, GPUs were judged on whether they could power through Crysis. The latest NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture, unleashed in May to power the world's supercomputers and hyperscale data centers, has come to gaming. "If the last 20 years was amazing, the next 20 will seem like nothing short of science fiction," Huang said, speaking from the kitchen of his Silicon Valley home. Today's NVIDIA Ampere launch is "a giant step into the future," he added. In addition to the trio of new GPUs -- the flagship GeForce RTX 3080, the GeForce RTX 3070 and the "ferocious" GeForce RTX 3090 -- Huang introduced a slate of new tools for GeForce gamers.

Python, PyGame and Raspberry Pi Game Development - Programmer Books


Gain the basics of Python and use PyGame to create fast-paced video games with great graphics and sounds. You'll also learn about object oriented programming (OOP) as well as design patterns like model-view-controller (MVC) and finite state machines (FSMs). Python, PyGame and Raspberry Pi Game Development teaches you how to use Python and PyGame on your computer. Whether you use Windows, macOS, Linux, or a Raspberry Pi you can unleash the power of Python and PyGame to create great looking games. Included in the text are complete code listings and explanations for "Bricks," "Snake" and "Invaders"– three fully-working games.

AWS Announces NVIDIA GPU instances for it G4 Elastic Compute Cloud


The News: Friday 20th September saw news out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) about a renewed (expanded) partnership with industry leading Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) manufacturer NVIDIA to offer improved GPU based cloud instances. The adoption of GPU technology has expanded from the use of these specialist processors for solely graphics acceleration to other commercial uses from everything from Blockchain mining to inference engines as part of Machine Learning applications. Analyst Take: This is an important announcement as we see best in class cloud services meet best in class machine learning capabilities bringing AI as a Service into the consumption model that continues to grow in favor. Let's unpack the news piece by piece. GPU powered Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances.

Lenovo Legion Y7000 review: A smart, sophisticated gaming laptop you can actually afford


First Lenovo learned to make cheap gaming laptops. Now it's learned to make cheap gaming laptops that also look good. I've spent the last few weeks with the Lenovo Legion Y7000, a stopgap release that sticks with Nvidia's GTX 10-series graphics cards as Lenovo's flagship Y500 and Y700 models start to transition to higher-end (and higher-priced) RTX 20-series GPUs. Is it a performance monster? The type of laptop you buy to impress your friends?