Friday, August 17, 2018

Why 'The Princess Diaries' should be revived for streaming


It’s Summer Lovin’ Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love.

It's been 17 years, and Garry Marshall's Princess Diaries movie starring Anne Hathaway still slaps. 

Hot off its Netflix debut, the story of awkward all-American teen Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway) finding out that she's European royalty is non-stop entertainment, from the high school shenanigans to the sweet love story to messages about friendship, family, and responsibility. Read more...

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Watch This Terrifying New Footage of California's Fire Tornado


The Carr Fire is in the record books as one of California’s largest and most destructive fires. But it will also forever live in nightmares for unleashing one of the most terrifying spectacles on Earth in the form of a firenado.

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Arm wants to power your next laptop

Arm, the company that designs the chips that power virtually every smartphone and IoT device, published its roadmap for the next two years today. That’s the first time Arm has done so and the reason for this move, it seems, is that the company wants to highlight its ambitions to get its chips into laptops.

So far, Arm-based laptops are far and in-between, though Microsoft recently made a major move in this direction thanks to its push for always connected Windows laptops. While that sounds great in theory, with laptops that only need a single charge to run all day, there’s still a performance penalty to pay compared to using an x86 chip. Arm says that gap is closing quockly, though, while offering a better performance/battery life balance.

Indeed, Ian Smythe, Arm’s senior director of its marketing programs, doesn’t shy away from comparing the next generations of its architectures with Intel’s mid-tier Core i5 processors.

“I think it’s clear that we’re on a transformative path,” Smythe said during a press conference ahead of today’s announcement. “It’s a compute journey that is changing the way that computers are able to be delivered in large screen form factor devices. And our vision is very much around how we’re going to be driving laptop performance from that mobile innovation base and how we’re going to be working with foundry partners to deliver that performance in today’s and tomorrow’s leading processes.”

So what does Arm’s roadmap look like? The details are still quite sparse, but this year, the company will deliver its Cortex-A76 architecture that its partners will likely build using both 10nm and 7nm processes. Next year, it’ll launch its Deimos CPUs, which will most likely all be built using 7nm processes. Come 2020, it’ll launch its Hercules processors for both 7nm and 5nm processes.

In terms of raw compute performance, the A76 can compete with some Intel i5 chips and Arm promises less than 5W TDP. Raw compute power based on a single benchmark isn’t all there is to making a computer run smoothly, of course, but this signals Arm’s ambitions (and those of its partners) in competing for the laptop market — while at the same time making smartphones far more powerful, too.

Can Arm-based processors really make a dent in the laptop market, though? Smythe surely thinks so. ‘I think with every disruption we created an opportunity,” he said. “That toehold [in the laptop market] can grow when you can demonstrate the benefits. I think that with the first Windows on Arm devices we’re sharing that capability and as we move towards Cortex A76-based devices and beyond, I think that capability and disruption offers opportunity beyond where we are today.”

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe


The Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, setting itself on course to become both the fastest human craft ever launched (in the neighborhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun.

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Intel's first 9th-generation Core processors may arrive October 1st

intel-8th-gen-core-desktop.jpgIntel is still struggling to make 10-nanometer chips, but it might still have a few surprises up its 14nm sleeve. WCCFTech claims to have leaked data revealing that Intel will launch its 9th-generation Core desktop processors on October 1st, startin...
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wildfire smoke from California has reached New York City, 3,000 miles away


Anthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis, packed his bags and drove his family out to the coast. 

They're escaping the smoke.

Davis, California, sits amid a layer of wildfire smoke in Northern California. To the northwest, the largest fire in state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire, continues to burn. To the southeast, the Ferguson Fire has closed down smoke-choked Yosemite National Park indefinitely. And to the North, the Carr Fire, infamous for its towering fire tornado, still burns. 

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Watch Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 event in 12 minutes

5b6cb42db72c280d8b588b78_o_U_v1.jpg Samsung wasn't holding back at its Unpacked event. The centerpiece was clearly the Galaxy Note 9, but it had a veritable onslaught of announcements beyond that. The Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Home smart speaker and a two-device wireless charger were on...
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Google never really left China: a look at the Chinese website Google's been quietly running


More information is leaking out about just how Google is planning to re-enter the Chinese market with a mobile search engine application that complies to the country's censorship laws.

The Intercept first broke this story when a whistleblower provided them documentation detailing the secret censored search project (codenamed Dragonfly). According to them, an overlooked Google acquisition from 2008 — — has been quietly laying down the foundation for the endeavor. 

Back in June of 2008, Google acquired the Chinese website, which Chinese internet entrepreneur Cai Wensheng, known as “King of the Webmasters,” founded in 2003. Cai is the current chairman and founder of the company behind the popular selfie app Meitu. As an early domain name investor, Cai “found it frustrating to have to type domain names in English,” according to a 2010 Wall Street Journal profile. So he set up what amounts to an early-internet web directory, or daohang — which roughly translates to navigation — as they’re known in China. His internet portal,, which provided Chinese internet users with a list of popular website links right on its homepage, was an instant success.  Read more...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Apple won't make a touchscreen MacBook, but a virtual keyboard might be coming


Apple's Touch Bar was a big feature of the 2016 MacBook Pro, but, judging from the lack of software support or imitators, it hasn't moved the needle in the way Apple wanted it to.

However, the Touch Bar still might end up being just a small peek into Apple's plans for the future of the MacBook keyboard. Three recently filed Apple patents show an expansion of the Touch Bar idea, including a fully customizable virtual keyboard, touch surfaces on the sides of a traditional keyboard, and more. Fair warning, though: As with all patents, these could just be ideas and might not ever be a real product or feature. Read more...

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June returns with a cheaper smart oven for lazy cooks

june08.jpgTwo years ago, June unveiled its first smart oven, complete with a 2.3-GHz quad-core NVIDIA processor, lots of sensors and a dose of artificial intelligence. In my review, I was mesmerized by how well it cooked a variety of foods simply using preset...
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