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Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
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Enlarge / The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. (credit: Eric Bangeman) If you’re a technology enthusiast—and you obviously are, because you’re reading Ars Technica—you’ll know that poor software or a bad UI can drag down even the best hardware. It’s frustrating, and not just because lousy software can make using the newest, shiniest gear less fun. […]

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Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory
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Enlarge / P1274 is Intel’s name for its high performance 10nm process. P1222 is its 22FFL (22nm, FinFET, Low Power) process, which is optimized for much lower current leakage. As well as the Foveros connection between the compute and I/O modules, the product will use conventional stacked Package-on-Package memory. (credit: Intel) In 2019, Intel is […]

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Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund
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Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion Series G round led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the Chinese e-commerce giant led a $1.1 billion round last year, while SoftBank recently transitioned its shareholding […]

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50 years ago, 'the mother of all demos' foretold our tech future
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Innovation usually happens in slow, measured steps over many years, but a demo in 1968 transformed the world of personal computers in just 90 minutes. In a presentation dubbed "the mother of all demos," Douglas Engelbart showed off technology that wo…

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Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service
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Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group  acquired Asian […]

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The Road Ahead for Open Source
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Linux and the open source business model are far different today than many of the early developers might have hoped. Neither can claim a rags-to-riches story. Rather, their growth cycles have been a series of hit-or-miss milestones. The Linux desktop has yet to find a home on the majority of consumer and enterprise computers. However, […]

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End of the Line for Microsoft Edge?
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Rumors circulated this week that Microsoft will be replacing the core technology in its Edge browser for Windows 10 with Chromium, the open source software from Google that is the core of the Chrome browser. Google’s Blink will be basis of the new browser, reportedly codenamed “Anaheim.” Microsoft Edge, developed by Microsoft as a replacement […]

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Aston Martin Will Make Old Cars Electric So They Don't Get Banned From Cities
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Aston Martin announced this week that it’s starting a “Heritage EV” program where owners of classic Aston Martins can have their cars converted to an all-electric powertrain. The British automaker said they are starting this program so that classic cars don’t get banned from cities that are moving to shun internal combustion engines in favor […]

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AI Meets VR in New Nvidia Tech
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Nvidia has announced a breakthrough in 3D rendering research that may have far-reaching ramifications for future virtual worlds. A team led by Nvidia VP Bryan Catanzaro discovered a way to use a neural network to render synthetic 3D environments in real time, using a model trained on real-world videos. With Nvidia’s technology, worlds can be […]

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