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    Tesla Optimus : Elon Musk montre enfin un vrai robot et pas un comédien déguisé en cyborg

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Yesterday - 09:15

Optimus Tesla AI Day

Il y a encore beaucoup de chemin à parcourir pour Tesla avec son robot Optimus. Mais au moins, c'est une vraie machine, pas un individu déguisé en cyborg. [Lire la suite]

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    Stadia controllers could become e-waste unless Google issues Bluetooth update

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 20:22

Ars originally liked the Stadia controller, describing it as "solidly built, with springy, responsive inputs." It could still be that way without a giant USB cord if Google unlocked its full Bluetooth capabilities.

Enlarge / Ars originally liked the Stadia controller, describing it as "solidly built, with springy, responsive inputs." It could still be that way without a giant USB cord if Google unlocked its full Bluetooth capabilities. (credit: Kyle Orland)

Google's Stadia game-streaming service will die a nearly inevitable death early next year . Google is refunding players the cost of all their hardware and game purchases. But, so far, Google is also leaving Stadia players with controllers that, while once costing $70, will soon do less than a $20 Bluetooth gamepad.

Stadia's controllers were custom-made to connect directly to the Internet, reducing lag and allowing for instant firmware updates and (sometimes painful) connections to smart TVs . There's Bluetooth inside the Stadia controller, but it's only used when you're setting up Stadia, either with a TV, a computer with the Chrome browser, or a Chromecast Ultra.

The Google Store's page for the Stadia controller states in a footnote: "Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time. Bluetooth Classic may be implemented at a later date." ( Bluetooth Classic is a more traditional version of Bluetooth than modern low-energy or mesh versions.)

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    USB-IF says goodbye to confusing SuperSpeed USB branding

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 18:12 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / The USB-IF no longer recommends SuperSpeed logos or branding for speedy USB ports. (credit: Getty )

When SuperSpeed USB was announced in 2007 , the branding was a logical differentiator. The term launched with USB 3.0, which brought max data transfer rates from USB 2.0's measly 0.48Gbps all the way to 5Gbps. But by 2022, there were three versions of SuperSpeed USB in various connector types facing consumers, plus the potentially faster USB4 . Looking ahead, USB products will continue to offer different performance capabilities while looking the same, but there's at least one thing we can all agree on: The word "SuperSpeed" isn't a helpful differentiator anymore.

SuperSpeed branding already felt pretty unremarkable by 2019, when the USB-IF, which makes USB standards, renamed USB 3.0 to USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.1 to USB 3.1 Gen 2, and then USB 3.2 Gen 2; and USB 3.2 to USB 3.2 Gen 2x2. The group sought to make things easier for consumers by recommending to vendors that they label products not by specification name but by "SuperSpeed USB" followed by max speed (USB 3.2 Gen 2x2, for example, would be SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps).

Per updated guidelines and logos that started coming out this quarter and that you may see before 2022 ends, as reported by The Verge today, the USB-IF now recommends vendors label products as, simply, USB 20Gbps (for USB 3.2 Gen 2x2), USB 10Gbps (for USB 3.2 Gen 2), etc. No SuperSpeed necessary.

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    Rewritten OpenGL drivers make AMD’s GPUs “up to 72%” faster in some pro apps

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 17:56

Rewritten OpenGL drivers make AMD’s GPUs “up to 72%” faster in some pro apps

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Most development effort in graphics drivers these days, whether you're talking about Nvidia, Intel, or AMD, is focused on new APIs like DirectX 12 or Vulkan, increasingly advanced upscaling technologies , and specific improvements for new game releases. But this year, AMD has also been focusing on an old problem area for its graphics drivers: OpenGL performance.

Over the summer, AMD released a rewritten OpenGL driver that it said would boost the performance of Minecraft by up to 79 percent ( independent testing also found gains in other OpenGL games and benchmarks, though not always to the same degree). Now those same optimizations are coming to AMD's officially validated GPU drivers for its Radeon Pro-series workstation cards, providing big boosts to professional apps like Solidworks and Autodesk Maya.

"The AMD Software: PRO Edition 22.Q3 driver has been tested and approved by Dell, HP, and Lenovo for stability and is available through their driver downloads," the company wrote in its blog post . "AMD continues to work with software developers to certify the latest drivers."

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    Chrome’s new ad-blocker-limiting extension platform will launch in 2023

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 16:55 · 1 minute

Chrome’s new ad-blocker-limiting extension platform will launch in 2023

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Google's journey toward Chrome's "Manifest V3" has been happening for four years now , and if the company's new timeline holds up, we'll all be forced to switch to it in year 5. "Manifest V3" is the rather unintuitive name for the next version of Chrome's extension platform. The update is controversial because it makes ad blockers less effective under the guise of protecting privacy and security, and Google just so happens to be the world's largest advertising company.

Google's latest blog post details the new timeline for the transition to Manifest V3, which involves ending support for older extensions running on Manifest V2 and forcing everyone onto the new platform. Starting in January 2023 with Chrome version 112, Google "may run experiments to turn off support for Manifest V2 extensions in Canary, Dev, and Beta channels." Starting in June 2023 and Chrome 115, Google "may run experiments to turn off support for Manifest V2 extensions in all channels, including stable channel." Also starting in June, the Chrome Web Store will stop accepting Manifest V2 extensions, and they'll be hidden from view. In January 2024, Manifest V2 extensions will be removed from the store entirely.

Google says Manifest V3 is "one of the most significant shifts in the extensions platform since it launched a decade ago." The company claims that the more limited platform is meant to bring "enhancements in security, privacy, and performance." Privacy groups like the EFF dispute this description and say that if Google really cared about the security of the extension store, it could just police the store more actively using actual humans instead of limiting the capabilities of all extensions.

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    The best Mac desktop clients for Gmail aficionados

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 2 days ago - 15:32

The best Mac desktop clients for Gmail aficionados

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Here's the situation: I have a Mac, I need a desktop mail client, and I want it to work as seamlessly as possible with Gmail.

Gmail has been my primary personal email provider since 2003. I've also had more than a dozen Google Workspace accounts over the years. I understand the issues inherent in an advertising company managing my email and keeping me locked into its ecosystem. But I dig Gmail's Vim-inspired shortcuts , its powerful search capabilities, its advanced filtering , its storage—and, of course, its availability in nearly any browser.

But browsers are often where focus goes to flounder. I want to give email a defined space, a visual context as a place I go to communicate. And, incidentally, I want to avoid Gmail's annoying nudges to use Meet, Spaces, or whatever the messaging focus is this week. So let's see what kind of Mac desktop client works best for someone with Gmail on the brain.

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    Les AirPods Pro 2 d’Apple sont en promotion pour la première fois

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · 2 days ago - 14:59

[Deal du jour] Les nouveaux écouteurs d'Apple viennent tout juste de sortir mais sont déjà en promotion. Rakuten baisse le prix de la 2e génération d'AirPods Pro à 260 euros, contre 300 euros chez Apple. [Lire la suite]

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    Les SMS privés d’Elon Musk dévoilent les coulisses du rachat de Twitter

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · 2 days ago - 11:19

À quelques jours du début du procès Twitter v. Musk, plusieurs conversations privées entre les différents acteurs de l'affaire deviennent publics. Elon Musk n'a pas encore témoigné, mais certains de ses textos suffisent pour mieux comprendre ce qu'il s'est passé. [Lire la suite]

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