Everybody hates “FLoC,” Google’s tracking plan for Chrome ads

The EFF, Mozilla, Brave, Vivaldi, and DuckDuckGo, say "no way" to FLoC.
2021-04-20 18:15:03 preview's
The New iPad Pro Features Apple's M1 Chip

At today's Spring Loaded event, Apple unveiled a new version of the iPad Pro, equipped with the M1 chip that was first introduced on the company's Mac line. TechCrunch reports: The new chip sports an 8-core CPU, with performance up to 50% faster than the A12Z Bionic found on the previous generation. There's also an 8-core GPU, which it claims is up to 40% faster. The system can be decked out to up to 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage. The device further blurs the line between the company's tablet and desktop offerings, as well as improved battery life now listed as "all day." The Pro also adds Thunderbolt support to the USB-C, which allows for a number of new features including external display support and wired transfers up to 40 Gbps. As reported, the new tablet (12.9-inch only for now) features an improved display -- Liquid Retina XDR, according to Apple's marketing terms. Among other things that brings much improved high dynamic range. The display is powered by 10,000 micro-LED. That allows for a hugely improved contrast ratio and 1,000 nits of brightness, without hammering the battery life. The 11-inch version starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch, which adds the Liquid Retina display, starts at $1,099. Pre-orders on the tablets starts April 30 and the product is set to start shipping in the second half of May -- along with a number of other products introduced at today's show. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2021-04-20 17:15:02 preview's
Apple announces new M1-based iMac and iMac Pro in 7 fancy colors

Apple's new all-in-one desktops look the same but benefit from a spec bump.
2021-04-20 14:15:03 preview's
iPad Pro gets M1 chip, “Liquid Retina” mini-LED screen

iPad Pros get Apple's best SoC, with a mini-LED display for the 12.9-inch version.
2021-04-20 14:15:03 preview's
Apple updates the Apple TV 4K with the A12 Bionic processor, new remote

The 12 Bionic chip will make games run faster and enhances video as well.
2021-04-20 13:45:02 preview's
Apple takes on Tile with AR-ready AirTags tracking devices

The Find My app and the iPhone's U1 chip finally make a lot more sense.
2021-04-20 13:45:02 preview's
DNA Robots Designed In Minutes Instead of Days

Researchers have developed a tool that can design complex DNA robots and nanodevices in minutes instead of days. Phys.Org reports: In a paper published today in the journal Nature Materials, researchers from The Ohio State University -- led by former engineering doctoral student Chao-Min Huang -- unveiled new software they call MagicDNA. The software helps researchers design ways to take tiny strands of DNA and combine them into complex structures with parts like rotors and hinges that can move and complete a variety of tasks, including drug delivery. One advantage is that it allows researchers to carry out the entire design truly in 3-D. Earlier design tools only allowed creation in 2-D, forcing researchers to map their creations into 3-D. That meant designers couldn't make their devices too complex. The software also allows designers to build DNA structures "bottom up" or "top down." In "bottom up" design, researchers take individual strands of DNA and decide how to organize them into the structure they want, which allows fine control over local device structure and properties. But they can also take a "top down" approach where they decide how their overall device needs to be shaped geometrically and then automate how the DNA strands are put together. Combining the two allows for increasing complexity of the overall geometry while maintaining precise control over individual component properties. Another key element of the software is that it allows simulations of how designed DNA devices would move and operate in the real world. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2021-04-19 22:15:03