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      Does anyone really need a 1,000 Hz gaming display?

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 22:13 · 1 minute

    A better monitor refresh rate might help with all that motion blurring...

    Enlarge / A better monitor refresh rate might help with all that motion blurring... (credit: Getty Images)

    Just a couple of years ago, companies like Nvidia were talking up prototype 500 Hz gaming monitors as having "benefits [for] every game and gamer, not just competitive games and esports pros." Now, the high frame rate experts at Blur Busters bring word of a 4K, 1,000 Hz prototype screen being shown off by Chinese panel maker TCL CSOT at the manufacturer-focused DisplayWeek 2024 conference .

    TCL's proof-of-concept panel is all the more impressive for not sacrificing resolution in the name of its high frame rate—many current 480 Hz monitors tend to top out at 1080p resolutions or offer "dual mode" options for higher resolutions at lower maximum refresh rates. And while recent advancements in pixel-flipping times have enabled TCL's LCD prototype, Blur Busters estimates that 1,000 Hz OLED displays could be commercialized as soon as 2027.

    The apparent, impending breaking of the four-digit refresh rate threshold got us thinking: Are we finally approaching a point of diminishing returns in monitor-makers' long-running battle of the Hz ? Or is 1,000 Hz just the latest stepping stone to realms of motion smoothness yet unimagined by most gamers?

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      Single brain implant gives paralyzed man bilingual communication

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 21:50 · 1 minute

    Single brain implant gives paralyzed man bilingual communication

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    If things ultimately work out as hoped, brain implants will ultimately restore communication for those who have become paralyzed due to injury or disease. But we're a long way from that future, and the implants are currently limited to testing in clinical trials.

    One of those clinical trials, based at the University of California, San Francisco, has now inadvertently revealed something about how the brain handles language, because one of the patients enrolled in the trial was bilingual, using English and Spanish. By tracking activity in the area of the brain where the intention to speak gets translated into control over the vocal tract, researchers found that both languages produce consistent signals in this area, so training the system to pick up English phrases would help improve its recognition of Spanish.

    Making some noise

    Understanding bilingualism is obviously useful for understanding how the brain handles language in general. The new paper describing the work also points out that restoring communications in multiple languages should be a goal for restoring communications to people. Bilingual people will often change languages based on different social situations or sometimes do so within a sentence in order to express themselves more clearly. They often describe bilingual abilities as a key component of their personalities.

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      New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 21:43 · 1 minute

    A screenshot of Microsoft's new

    Enlarge / A screenshot of Microsoft's new "Recall" feature in action. (credit: Microsoft)

    At a Build conference event on Monday, Microsoft revealed a new AI-powered feature called "Recall" for Copilot+ PCs that will allow Windows 11 users to search and retrieve their past activities on their PC. To make it work, Recall records everything users do on their PC, including activities in apps, communications in live meetings, and websites visited for research. Despite encryption and local storage, the new feature raises privacy concerns for certain Windows users.

    "Recall uses Copilot+ PC advanced processing capabilities to take images of your active screen every few seconds," Microsoft says on its website . "The snapshots are encrypted and saved on your PC’s hard drive. You can use Recall to locate the content you have viewed on your PC using search or on a timeline bar that allows you to scroll through your snapshots."

    By performing a Recall action, users can access a snapshot from a specific time period, providing context for the event or moment they are searching for. It also allows users to search through teleconference meetings they've participated in and videos watched using an AI-powered feature that transcribes and translates speech.

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      New Arm-powered Surface Pro and Surface Laptop aim directly at Apple Silicon Macs

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 21:09

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

    Microsoft has announced a pair of new devices powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Plus and X Elite processors. They're far from Microsoft's first PCs with Arm processors in them—2012's original Surface , the Surface Pro X, and the Surface Pro 9 with 5G have all shipped with Arm's chips instead of Intel's or AMD's. But today's new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are the first Arm devices to be the primary Surface offerings rather than a side offering, and they're the first to credibly claim that they can both outperform comparable Intel- and AMD-designed chips while offering better battery life, a la Apple's M1 chip in 2020.

    One caveat that I hadn't seen mentioned in Microsoft's presentation or in other coverage of the announcement, though—Microsoft says that both of these devices have fans. Apple still uses fans for the MacBook Pro lineup, but the MacBook Air is totally fanless. Bear that in mind when reading Microsoft's claims about performance.

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      OpenAI on the defensive after multiple PR setbacks in one week

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 20:51 · 1 minute

    The OpenAI logo under a raincloud.

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    Since the launch of its latest AI language model, GPT-4o , OpenAI has found itself on the defensive over the past week due to a string of bad news, rumors, and ridicule circulating on traditional and social media. The negative attention is potentially a sign that OpenAI has entered a new level of public visibility—and is more prominently receiving pushback to its AI approach beyond tech pundits and government regulators .

    OpenAI's rough week started last Monday when the company previewed a flirty AI assistant with a voice seemingly inspired by Scarlett Johansson from the 2013 film Her . OpenAI CEO Sam Altman alluded to the film himself on X just before the event, and we had previously made that comparison with an earlier voice interface for ChatGPT that launched in September 2023.

    While that September update included a voice called "Sky" that some have said sounds like Johansson, it was GPT-4o's seemingly lifelike new conversational interface, complete with laughing and emotionally charged tonal shifts, that led to a widely circulated Daily Show segment ridiculing the demo for its perceived flirty nature. Next, a Saturday Night Live joke reinforced an implied connection to Johansson's voice.

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      iOS and iPadOS 17.5.1 fix a nasty bug that resurfaced old photos

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 20:28

    iPadOS 17.5.1 ready to install on an iPad Pro.

    Enlarge / iPadOS 17.5.1 ready to install on an iPad Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    Apple has released its first bug fix update for iOS and iPadOS. The 17.5.1 release claims to fix a bug that saw some users' deleted photos resurface long after deletion.

    The release notes list just one bullet point:

    This update provides important bug fixes and addresses a rare issue where photos that experienced database corruption could reappear in the Photos library even if they were deleted.

    Users started reporting the issue after iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 were released on May 13. The optics certainly weren't great for Apple, as some users assumed that the company was keeping their long-lost deleted photos (sometimes nude photos, as some reported seeing those pop up again) in the cloud without telling them.

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      Judge: Craig Wright forged documents on “grand scale” to support bitcoin lie

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 20:23 · 1 minute

    Craig Wright walking on the street outside a London courthouse

    Enlarge / Craig Wright arrives at a courthouse in London, England, on February 23, 2024. (credit: Getty Images | Lucy North-PA Images )

    A British judge found that Craig Wright "lied repeatedly and extensively" in a case related to Wright's claim that he is bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. "Dr. Wright's attempts to prove he was/is Satoshi Nakamoto represent a most serious abuse of this Court's process," Justice James Mellor of England's High Court of Justice wrote in a ruling published today .

    Wright's evidence for being Nakamoto "is at best questionable or of very dubious relevance or entirely circumstantial and at worst, it is fabricated and/or based on documents I am satisfied have been forged on a grand scale by Dr. Wright," Mellor's ruling said.

    Today's written ruling came two months after Mellor delivered an oral verdict in which he said the evidence shows Wright is not the person who created bitcoin. The written ruling said, "it is clear that Dr. Wright engaged in the deliberate production of false documents to support false claims and use the Courts as a vehicle for fraud. Despite acknowledging in this Trial that a few documents were inauthentic (generally blamed on others), he steadfastly refused to acknowledge any of the forged documents. Instead, he lied repeatedly and extensively in his attempts to deflect the allegations of forgery."

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      You can now buy a 4-foot-tall humanoid robot for $16K

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 20:17 · 1 minute

    Does anyone want to buy a humanoid robot for $16,000? The latest product from Unitree hopes that you will: Meet the Unitree G1, a "Humanoid agent AI avatar," aka a robot. If you haven't heard of Unitree, it's sort of the go-to "budget Chinese option" in the robot space. You're going to have to deal with company promotional materials that are just barely written in English, but you get some impressive bang-for-your-buck robots. You may have seen the Spot-knockoff Unitree Go2, a $1,600 robot dog that various resellers have equipped with a flamethrower or just straight-up military rifles .

    Unitree's promo video shows some impressive capabilities for such a cheap robot. It can stand up on its own from a flat-on-the-floor position. Just like the recent Boston Dynamics Atlas video , the G1 stands up in probably the strangest way possible. While lying face-up on the floor, the G1 brings its knees up, puts its feet flat on the floor, and then pushes up on the feet to form a tripod with the head still on the ground. From there, it uses a limbo-like move to lean its knees forward, bringing up its head and torso with all core strength.

    The G1 is a budget robot, so the walk cycle is kind of primitive. It walks, stands, and "runs" in a permanent half-squat with its legs forward and knees bent all the time. The balance looks great though—at one point a person shows up and roughs up the robot a bit, kicking it in the back and punching it in the chest. In both cases, it absorbs the abuse with just a step back or two and keeps on trucking.

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      HP resurrects ’90s OmniBook branding, kills Spectre, Dragonfly

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 20:05

    Two HP OmniBook X laptops

    Enlarge / HP's new OmniBook X laptop (left) and EliteBook Ultra G1q (right) will start at $1,200 and $1,700, respectively. (credit: HP )

    HP is rebranding its consumer and commercial computers. The company will no longer use branding like Spectre and instead use Omni for all of its consumer-facing laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones (AIOs). Similarly, it will no longer refer to its commercial laptops as Dragonfly.

    HP announced today that it will no longer release computers under consumer PC series names like Pavilion. Instead, every consumer computer from HP will be called either an OmniBook for laptops, an OmniDesk for desktops, or an OmniStudio for AIOs. The computers will also have a modifier, ranging from 3 up to 5, 7, X, or Ultra to denote computers that are entry-level all the way up to advanced. For instance, an HP OmniBook Ultra would represent HP's highest-grade consumer laptop.

    "For example, an HP OmniBook 3 will appeal to customers who prioritize entertainment and personal use, while the OmniBook X will be designed for those with higher creative and technical demands," Stacy Wolff, SVP of design and sustainability at HP, said via a press announcement today.

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