Microsoft announced Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase. For more, check out this announcement.
Month: August 2021
What is Dolby Vision?
Following on the heals of the previous story comes this one about Dolby Vision – since Netflix recently announced this will be their platform. 4K brings us additional pixels, but it’s HDR that makes those pixels really shine in a way they never have before. Importantly, not all HDR TVs will come with this dynamic…
what is HDR, and what does it mean for your TV?
Higher contrast, vivid colors and brighter images are coming to TVs. What HDR does is get more dynamic pictures and quality out of those many, many pixels. This means your viewing experience is better. With an HDR TV, bright whites look brighter, dark blacks look darker, and 10-bit panels can finally display the 1 billion…
‘Simpsons Hit & Run’ Fan Remade The Game In A Week Using Unreal Engine
This is a pretty good walk-thru on how he did it and the challenges he faced. Using a tool created by another developer, Lucas Cardellini, Reubs exported the map of Springfield from the original game into Unreal Engine, then used a combination of AI and manual effort to add textures. He even went as far…
Nuclear scientists hail US fusion breakthrough
Could nuclear fusion finally come of age? Nuclear scientists using lasers the size of three football fields said Tuesday they had generated a huge amount of energy from fusion, possibly offering hope for the development of a new clean energy source. For more, check out this Phys.org story.
Google’s new ‘time crystals’ could be a breakthrough for long-awaited quantum computers
Time crystals sound like majestic objects from science fiction movies, but they aren’t that sexy. In a paper published last month on the research-sharing platform Arxiv.org, a team of over 100 scientists describe how they set up an array of 20 quantum particles, or qubits, to serve as a time crystal. During experiments, they applied…
Ghostly rings that look like ‘Stargate’ found near distant black hole
Very cool Stargate-like photo! NASA has captured images of a ‘spectacular’ set of rings around a black hole that looks like a stargate, 7,800 light-years from Earth. For more, check out this Daily Mail/MSN story.
Newly Discovered Tetraquark at the Large Hadron Collider
Gizmodo posted an article discussing what to know about the newly discovered Tetraquark at the Large Hadron Collider. Quarks are the building blocks of all matter; they’re subatomic particles that combine to form hadrons, the group that includes the familiar protons and neutrons. (In other words, quarks are smaller than small.) Protons and neutrons are…
World’s Hardest Glassy Material
Chinese scientists have reportedly created the world’s hardest glassy material. In a pre-print research article, scientists, mostly from China but also from the U.S., Sweden, Germany, and Russia, detailed what they called an “ultrahard, ultrastrong, semiconducting” synthetic carbon. For more, check out this Newsweek/MSN story.
European Space Agency completes its double Venus flyby
A double-shot for Venus. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) BepiColombo spacecraft has made its close approach to Venus, coming just 340 miles from the surface of Earth’s twin planet. For more, check out this Daily Mail/MSN story.