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E3 2016: Microsoft’s Project Scorpio promises 4K gaming and VR support

The rumblings were true — Microsoft is releasing a major mid-cycle update to the Xbox One. Dubbed “Project Scorpio,” this new console aims at delivering enough horsepower to support 4K gaming and virtual reality while maintaining compatibility for the entire ...

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Google’s developing its own version of the Laws of Robotics

Google’s artificial intelligence researchers are starting to have to code around their own code, writing patches that limit a robot’s abilities so that it continues to develop down the path desired by the researchers — not by the robot itself. ...

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Could modern, nanoscale vacuum tubes replace transistors?

One of the topics we’ve covered multiple times at ExtremeTech is the difficulty of continuing to scale semiconductor technology, and the related problem of improving chip performance without increasing clock speed. While Intel and other manufacturers continue to search for ...

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Ancient dagger found with King Tut forged with meteoric iron

Researchers have confirmed that an iron dagger found buried with King Tutankhamun has a composition similar to iron meteorites and was almost certainly created from so-called “meteoric iron.” The discovery sheds new light on the state of metallurgy in ancient ...

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AMD announces new Radeon RX 480: VR-ready, at a budget price

After months of speculation, AMD finally revealed its own next-generation GPU at Computex 2016 this week. The new RX 480 is a midrange card that AMD claims will deliver dramatic performance improvements in VR and 3D gaming. It’s all part ...

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Developer confirms Xbox One VR is coming, but how powerful is the console likely to be?

An anonymous European developer has confirmed that a major European studio is working on a VR title for the Xbox One upgrade currently expected in 2017. Microsoft is expected to announce the new console at E3 this year, and the ...

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Microsoft will adjust malware-like upgrade policy for Windows 10 following outcry

For most of the past year, Microsoft has largely refused to change controversial Windows 10 policies, no matter how unhappy a vocal minority of users were over the company’s new strategy. Telemetry tracking, mandatory updates that combine security and non-security ...

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SiriusXM founder and futurist Martine Rothblatt on creativity

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — Dr. Martine Rothblatt has a message for would-be creative types and entrepreneurs alike: Don’t give up. Specifically, don’t let anyone get in the way of your idea. And you can bet that lots of people will ...

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Bee-inspired robot uses static electricity to land anywhere

Robots come in all shapes and sizes these days from flexible pill-shaped robots you can swallow to humanoid robots that can walk like us. Harvard’s Microrobotics Laboratory has been working on a bee-inspired robot for a few years now, but ...

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NOAA scientists are exploring the Mariana Trench, and you can watch it live here

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its various incarnations, has been delivering us valuable data about our world for over two centuries. It closely monitors the environment, provides surprisingly accurate weather forecasts, and does important scientific research to ...

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