In a recent visit to Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas, President Donald Trump asked Apple CEO Tim Cook to help build 5G in the U.S. — even though Apple is not a cellular carrier. Trump’s visit to the Apple location on November 20 was meant to “introduce” the “new” facility (even though it’s been open and operating since 2013), but Trump also apparently talked to Cook about the race for 5G connection. “During my visit yesterday to Austin, Texas, for the startup of the new Mac Pro, & the discussion of a new one $billion campus, also in Texas, I asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the U.S. They have it all – Money, Technology, Vision & Cook!l” Trump tweeted early Thursday. During my visit yesterday to Austin, Texas, for the startup of the new Mac Pro, & the discussion of a new one $billion campus, also in Texas, I asked Tim Cook to see if he could … [Read more...] about Trump asks Apple to build out 5G in U.S. That’s not how it works
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In June, Jony Ive announced he’s parting ways with Apple to form an independent firm. Many wondered what an Apple without Steve Jobs’ closest confidant and the company’s iconic head of design will look like. Six months and a string of launches later, I think the answer to that question has finally begun to manifest. It’s a company that’s much less obsessed with its products’ aesthetics and not hesitant to prioritize essentials for users over ostentatious features. In an attempt to build thinner devices, Apple has taken a series of missteps in the past few years upsetting longtime customers. Its 2016 revamp of the MacBook Pro is the epitome of the heights Apple was prepared to go to push its designs — no matter how flawed they were. For about four years, Apple lived in denial and kept releasing premium laptops with the same broken keyboard, which even a tiny speck of dust could bring to a halt despite hundreds of thousands of complaints from … [Read more...] about I’m looking forward to an Apple without Jony Ive
Los Angeles normally hosts the last event on the annual auto show circuit. Lawmakers in the Golden State have gone to significant lengths to promote zero-emissions vehicles, so you’d think the event would focus solely on electric cars, but that’s never been entirely the case. While we saw some pretty cool EVs during the 2019 edition of the show, many of the headlining acts were mammoth SUVs with luxurious interiors and a huge amount of power. High-performance hot hatches were well represented, too, and Nissan dared to introduce an economy car in the City of Angels. Here are our highlights from the 2019 edition of the show. They’re the cars we’ll still be talking about at Thanksgiving, the ones we can’t wait to drive in 2020, and the concepts we’re hoping to see in showrooms sooner rather than later. 2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback Previous Next 1 of 10 Audi’s electric car offensive is in full swing. Those familiar with … [Read more...] about From EVs with organic interiors to 600-hp SUVs, the 2019 LA Auto Show had it all
Figuring out whether the things you read on the internet are true can be challenging. Thanks to a new web plug-in, determining whether stories were written by a human or an A.I. is now a whole lot easier. GPTrue or False is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets users select text on a website (50 words and more) and have it evaluated to determine the likelihood that it was written by OpenAI’s GPT-2 A.I. model rather than a human. GPT-2 is a text-generating algorithm that allows users to seed it with the start of a piece of text, such as an article from a newspaper, and then dreams up the rest in terrifyingly convincing fashion. While some have used it for creative purposes, such as generating ever-changing text adventure games, others are rightfully concerned about what it could mean for the spread of fake news. GPTrue or False runs the selected text through OpenAI’s GPT-2 Detector model, and then works out the probability that the text was human-generated … [Read more...] about Bot or not? This browser extension will identify text written by A.I.
Few video game franchises are as influential and successful as Call of Duty. What began as a polished World War II shooter has morphed into something else entirely over the last 15-plus years, with games going everywhere from the Vietnam War to the far reaches of space. No matter the location or story, Call of Duty games usually delivered heart-pounding single-player campaigns and an intense competitive multiplayer. Even when its most recent entry, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, switched it up and ditched the campaign, it brought another thrilling experience into the fold with its new battle royale mode, Blackout. But not all Call of Duty games are created equal. Some were simply better than others and we’re going to rank them from best to the worst. For this list, we stuck to the main entries in the Call of Duty series. This meant excluding spinoff titles, as well as games released for previous-generation systems like World at War – Final Fronts. Sixteen games were eligible, … [Read more...] about All the Call of Duty games, ranked from best to worst