At San Francisco’s Gray Area Festival, attendees immerse themselves in art and technology—and even surrender control of their bodies to robots.
In time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Nvidia has recreated the moment using its RTX ray tracing technnology.
Technically, the company recreated the moment five years ago, when Nvidia calculated the visual aspects of the landing, modelling the individual rivets on the lander and modelling the reflectivity of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit and the lunar dust. Nvidia took that model and applied its RTX technology, modeling light as it bounced off the lunar surface, Armstong’s helmet, and various other visual elements.
Intel’s EMIB was the foundation of the Kaby Lake-G partnership with AMD. Intel’s Foveros stacked-die technology produced the upcoming Lakefield chip. Now Intel is combining EMIB and Foveros into what it’s calling “co-EMIB,” alongside a more advanced ODI interface.
Both technologies will “improve product-level performance, power and area while enabling a complete rethinking of system architecture,” Intel said in a blog post. Both represent advances in how the chips are packaged and connected, rather than changes in the underlying silicon or the overall microarchitecture.
Nokia is doubling down on home networking. Just last year, the former smartphone titan acquired mesh networking startup Unium and bowed its first wireless router, the Beacon 3. Now the company is back with a sleeker, cheaper mesh router that can work in tandem with its pricier sibling.
On sale starting today, the $129 Beacon 1 (or $299 for a bundle of three) uses the same mesh-networking technology that powers the $199 Beacon 3, along with a new intelligent channel-hopping feature and a bridge mode that’s compatible with an existing router.
Dubbed “Intelligent Channel Selection” by Nokia, the Beacon 1’s smart channel-switching feature lets the router pick the best channels for the 2.4- and 5GHz frequency bands by analyzing nearby wireless usage patterns over time, rather than simply picking the clearest channels at the moment the unit is first configured.
Google is finally taking your privacy seriously. Earlier this year, it rolled out a simpler and more transparent way to access your Location History and Web & App Activity, and delete part or all of it, but it’s effective only if you remember to do it. Now Google is making it easier to do that, too.
Google is rolling out a new account feature that lets you set an expiration date for your data. The options aren’t as granular as we’d like, but you can set a kill date of three or 18 months, so even if you forget to clear it out, a record of the places you visit online and in real life won’t stay around forever. It’s still rolling out to devices, so if you don’t see it on your phone, you can find it on the web. Here’s how to set it up: