Apple's New 27-inch iMac is a Massive Refresh—and Likely Intel's Last

Surprise! Apple just announced it’s refreshing the 27-inch iMac. On top of adding a new 10-core Intel processor, the newest Mac desktop will also offer beefed-up memory, a Retina 5K display, next-gen graphics, and updated cameras, speakers, and mics.

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Source: Gizmodo – Apple’s New 27-inch iMac is a Massive Refresh—and Likely Intel’s Last

Pepper the robot can politely suggest you wear a damn mask

We’ve seen Pepper, the cutesy robotic butler, provide customer service, offer info at train stations, sell smartphones and take your Pizza Hut order. Now, Pepper has a new public health mission. The humanoid is scanning faces to determine whether peo…

Source: Engadget – Pepper the robot can politely suggest you wear a damn mask

Apple's 27-Inch iMac Gets Comet Lake-H And Radeon Pro Navi Refresh Ahead Of Future Arm Transition

Apple's 27-Inch iMac Gets Comet Lake-H And Radeon Pro Navi Refresh Ahead Of Future Arm Transition
As expected, Apple today unveiled a refresh of its 27-inch iMac, even though it may not appear at first glance that anything has changed with regards to its outward appearance. Although one change that has been made which is definitely visible – if you select a $500 option – is a new nano-texture matte glass covering for the display, which

Source: Hot Hardware – Apple’s 27-Inch iMac Gets Comet Lake-H And Radeon Pro Navi Refresh Ahead Of Future Arm Transition

In The Boys' New Trailer, a Bloody Superhuman Storm Is Brewing

In the upcoming second season of Amazon’s The Boys, Stormfront, one of the original comics’ most terrifying characters, is set to make her arrival as a newly minted member of the Seven, the series’ twisted answer to DC’s Justice Justice League and Marvel’s Avengers. But they are, unbeknownst to the public, all engaged…

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Source: io9 – In The Boys’ New Trailer, a Bloody Superhuman Storm Is Brewing

Take-Two says its $70 game pricing will be on a “title by title basis”

After announcing a higher-than-normal $70 MSRP for NBA2K21 on the PS5 and Xbox Series X last month, publisher Take-Two is now suggesting that increased price point might not be the standard for its next-generation console games going forward.

“We’re definitely announcing pricing on a title by title basis,” CEO Strauss Zelnick said in an earnings call Monday evening. “I would just observe, there hasn’t been a frontline price increase for a very long time, although costs have increased significantly.”

That’s a fair point: the functional ceiling for high-end games last increased back in 2006 or so, when the standard rose went from $50 to $60 alongside the rollout of the Xbox 360 and PS3. When adjusted for inflation, the top asking price for big-budget games has never been lower, while development costs have never been higher.

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Source: Ars Technica – Take-Two says its game pricing will be on a “title by title basis”

Get Help With Missing Coronavirus Relief Payments

As the country turns its attention to a possible second stimulus check, many Americans are still waiting for the first one. Last week, we covered some ways to chase down your missing payment—but if you’re still having trouble, there may be another option.

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Source: LifeHacker – Get Help With Missing Coronavirus Relief Payments

Apple Updates the iMac With New Intel Processors and a Better Webcam

Apple is announcing updates for both the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs. It’s updating the processors inside to Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake processors and also switching out the webcam to a higher-resolution 1080p HD sensor instead of the low-res 720p found in other Macs. From a report: SSDs are now standard across the line, and there will be a bunch of new configuration options — including a “nano-texture” version with less reflective matte glass. The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799, is available to order today, and will ship this week. The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099 and will ship next week. Apple is also giving the iMac Pro a small spec bump, making the 10-core Intel chips the new baseline for $4,999 — also shipping next week. (Oddly, the iMac Pro is not otherwise getting updated.)

This is not the major redesign that has been rumored (and hoped for), nor is it the first ARM-based Mac. Instead, the 2020 iMacs look identical to the last generation, including the large black bezel all the way around the screen and the big metal chin at the bottom. Apple says that, as it noted at WWDC, it intends to support Intel-based Macs for many years to come. The webcam might be the biggest day-to-day upgrade for most users. It’s 1080p, but Apple says that the new T2 chip enables some new features beyond the improved resolution like tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection. Apple says the improved camera features will work in any videoconferencing app, not just FaceTime.

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Updates the iMac With New Intel Processors and a Better Webcam

Tuesday's Best Deals: Best Buy Back-to-School Sale on Intel Laptops, Samsung Galaxy Active Smartwatches, SteelSeries Arctis 1 Headset, Dyson V6 Absolute Vacuum, and More

A Best Buy back-to-school sale on Intel laptops, an array of Samsung Galaxy Active smartwatches, a SteelSeries Arctis 1 gaming headset, a Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum, a Hardside carry-on spinner, and a discounted copy of Batman: The Complete Animated Series lead Tuesday’s best deals.

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Source: LifeHacker – Tuesday’s Best Deals: Best Buy Back-to-School Sale on Intel Laptops, Samsung Galaxy Active Smartwatches, SteelSeries Arctis 1 Headset, Dyson V6 Absolute Vacuum, and More

Samsung Reportedly Joins Chip Consortium To Counter NVIDIA Bid For Arm Acquisition

Samsung Reportedly Joins Chip Consortium To Counter NVIDIA Bid For Arm Acquisition
It is not a foregone conclusion that NVIDIA will end up acquiring Arm, a move that would send shockwaves through the technology industry. That’s because NVIDIA may not be the only suitor. Samsung is reportedly interested in buying a stake in Arm as well, albeit a relatively small one (as opposed to acquiring the company outright).

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Source: Hot Hardware – Samsung Reportedly Joins Chip Consortium To Counter NVIDIA Bid For Arm Acquisition

'The Alto Collection' bundles two mobile classics for PC and console

If you read Engadget often, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey. The relaxing games — which are predominantly about snowboarding, though the second title features sandboarding too — were instant hits on mobile tha…

Source: Engadget – ‘The Alto Collection’ bundles two mobile classics for PC and console

Portland, Maine, Becomes the 13th City to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

Following months of deliberation and delays, the city of Portland in Southern Maine became the thirteenth city to issue a blanket ban prohibiting its city officials—including local police—from using facial recognition technology.

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Source: Gizmodo – Portland, Maine, Becomes the 13th City to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs

Switching from the “Radeon” to “AMDGPU” kernel driver on Linux is possible for Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 era graphics cards and doing so can mean slight performance benefits, the ability to run the AMDVLK or RADV Vulkan drivers, and simply making use of this better maintained driver. But having these original GCN graphics cards default to the modern AMDGPU driver appears held up by the lack of analog video output support with that driver…

Source: Phoronix – Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs

Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard

Apple today announced a new addition to its Mac line. No, it’s not one of those newfangled ARM machines you’ve heard so much about. It’s a refreshed 27-inch iMac, bringing slightly more than the usual CPU upgrades. No, the exterior design still hasn’…

Source: Engadget – Apple updates the 27-inch iMac with new chips, finally makes SSDs standard

Apple’s iMac line just got overhauled, with the 27-inch getting the biggest c hanges

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Source: Ars Technica – Apple’s iMac line just got overhauled, with the 27-inch getting the biggest c hanges

Google Play Music will start shutting down in September

It’s been a long time coming, but Google is in the final stages of shutting down its longstanding Google Play Music app and service in favor of YouTube Music. The shutdown will start in September in Australia and New Zealand, while the app will stop…

Source: Engadget – Google Play Music will start shutting down in September

Google's Family Bell brings a familiar feature of school back home

If you’re a parent who’s missed being able to give your kids a semblance of school-like schedule while they’ve been holed up at home, Google’s latest features may be able to help. The company today announced a new tool called Family Bell that can bri…

Source: Engadget – Google’s Family Bell brings a familiar feature of school back home

Set an Alarm for 'Connection Time' With Your Kids and Pets

Just because you’re home with your partner, kids, or pets all the time now doesn’t mean you’ve gotten any better at spending time with each other. In fact, the opposite could be true; you might feel like there’s a little too much time being spent together right now. But quantity is not the same as quality, and with…

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Source: LifeHacker – Set an Alarm for ‘Connection Time’ With Your Kids and Pets

Unsolved Mysteries of the Mortal Kombat Universe

Since the early days of Mortal Kombat, the series has had a wonderfully B-movie-like approach to universe building. Gods, portals to other realms, skeletal ninjas returning from the dead, shapeshifters, cyborgs, monsters, and things you figured would never really be explained because they were just there for the hell of it.

Why were there screaming trees in the background of Mortal Kombat 2? I never felt the need to know as a kid; just looking cool was enough.

Turns out the trees—excuse me, the Living Forest—has a fan wiki entry and a multi-game-appearance track record, because of course it does. The Mortal Kombat team has developed a fanatical devotion to building out their game world over the decades. Their dedication is matched only by the enthusiasm of the franchise’s fan base to consume and dig into this backstory.

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Source: Ars Technica – Unsolved Mysteries of the Mortal Kombat Universe