Whether it’s via Zoom, Microsoft Skype, Microsoft Teams, or some other solution, the ability to work with colleagues and teams virtually yet face-to-face has never been so important. Unfortunately, the built-in webcams in most laptops aren’t good. Most use old-school 720p cameras that aren’t well-suited for videoconferencing. There are some rare exceptions, of course. The following options all have 1080p webcams that produce a sharper and more balanced image. In lieu of buying an external webcam , these are the best laptops you can buy for videoconferencing. Google Pixelbook Go It should be no surprise that the best Chromebook makes our list. It’s an incredibly well-built laptop with excellent Chrome OS performance and a lovely 13-inch display. And yes, its webcam supports 1080p and provides a quality image that makes videoconferencing a highly portable and pleasant process. You won’t find many Windows 10 laptops that can match the Google PixelBook Go at its price of … [Read more...] about The best laptops for videoconferencing
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Growing up, many of us were told that playing computer or video games was a waste of time. However, when it comes to training artificial intelligence, not only is it not a waste of time, but it could be key to developing the intelligent agents of tomorrow. Several years ago, researchers from Google DeepMind impressively demonstrated that cutting-edge A.I. could be used to master several classic Atari games, without being explicitly taught how to play them. Since then, multiple researchers have tried their hand at reinforcement learning systems that use trial and error to learn how to master games. Now, researchers from Uber AI Labs and OpenAI have come up with a way to refine these tools even further that enables them to exhibit a high level of performance at more complex games that gameplaying A.I. agents have previously struggled with. “The new algorithm that we developed, Go-Explore, outperforms previous machine learning algorithms on many Atari games, including the … [Read more...] about Chess. Jeopardy. Go. Why do we use games as a benchmark for A.I.?
Walt Disney Animation Studios has never shied away from putting its own spin on popular genres, whether it’s the superhero-inspired Big Hero 6 or the gaming fantasy of Wreck-It Ralph . And, by and large, those forays have all managed to cast the Disney magic that makes them critical and commercial hits. With Raya and the Last Dragon , Disney tries its luck with a new genre: The martial arts hero’s journey. And much like the aforementioned films, Raya finds inspiration in all the right places, and imbues it with the sort of emotional weight and bright, fantastic aesthetic we’ve come to expect with Disney’s big-screen adventures. In a world … Directed by Don Hall ( Big Hero 6 ) and Carlos López Estrada ( Blindspotting ), Raya and the Last Dragon follows a young warrior, Raya (voiced by Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran), as she sets out to reverse the damage done to the fractured world of Kumandra by the sinister creatures known as Druun. Along the way, she … [Read more...] about Raya and the Last Dragon review: Martial arts and fantasy merged beautifully
Presidents Day sales are upon us and that means this is the perfect time to snap up some great tech-based bargains. At the moment, Best Buy is offering some fantastic discounts on everything from smart displays to air fryers, earphones, TVs, monitors, Chromebooks, and much more. With so many different options out there, we thought we’d help you out by narrowing things down to the 10 best tech deals currently available at Best Buy as part of its President Day deals. Amazon Echo Show — $60, was $90 The Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display gives you all the power of Alexa along with a 5.5-inch display so you can do a little more. You can watch the news, get traffic updates, and even chat to friends via video conferencing within seconds. Alongside that are all the useful features of Alexa including the ability to control your smart home via your voice, ask Alexa questions, set alarms and timers, or even receive step-by-step recipe instructions. It’s the kind of gadget that’s perfect … [Read more...] about Best Buy Presidents Day Sale 2021: The 10 best tech deals
At the recent tinyML Summit 2021 , Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton teased the future of 'Pi Silicon' and it looks like machine learning could see a massive improvement thanks to Raspberry Pi's news in-house chip development team. It is safe to say that the Raspberry Pi Pico and its RP2040 SoC have been popular. The Pico has only been on the market for a few weeks, but already has sold 250,000 units with 750,000 on back order. There is a need for more boards powered by the RP2040 and partners such as Adafruit, Pimoroni, Adafruit and Sparkfun are releasing their own hardware, many with features not found on the Pico. Image 1 of 1 Raspberry Pi's in house application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) team are working on the next iteration, and seems to be focused on lightweight accelerators for ultra low power machine learning applications. During Upton's talk at 40 minutes the slide changes and we see "Future Directions" a slide that shows three current … [Read more...] about Next Raspberry Pi CPU Will Have Machine Learning Built In