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Nuclear reactors the size of wastebaskets could power our Martian settlements

Small, but mighty. The cylinder of uranium is the size of a coffee can. Even with its shielding and detectors, the device is still no larger than a wastepaper basket. But this little prototype, soon to be tested in the Nevada desert, fuels a dream of an off-world future for humanity. Source: Nuclear reactors the size of wastebaskets could power our Martian settlements

Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea, Part 1: Expensive DDR4 Memory

There was plenty to be excited about PC hardware in 2017, but there’s a lot to be upset about as well. Part one of this series will be dedicated discuss DDR4 memory pricing and why it’s so high. RAM pricing is currently a big issue plaguing those wanting to build a new computer or update an old one, more than doubling in price in less than two years. Source: Why Building a Gaming PC Right Now Is a Bad Idea, Part 1: Expensive DDR4 Memory

Europe enters race to build world-class supercomputers

To give you an idea of how far behind, China has the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight, with 93 petaflops (93 million billion floating point operations per second) of computing power. Source: Europe enters race to build world-class supercomputers

Samsung Unveils “The Wall,” the World’s First Modular MicroLED 146-inch TV

  Samsung Electronics today introduced “The Wall” – the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED 146-inch TV – at its annual First Look CES event. The Source: Samsung Unveils “The Wall,” the World’s First Modular MicroLED 146-inch TV

Dogs can’t speak human. Here’s the tech that could change that.

A pet translator could be available in less than a decade. Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning suggest the longstanding dream of being able to converse with animals — in a limited fashion — could become a reality. Source: Dogs can’t speak human. Here’s the tech that could change that.

Ford Rolls Out a Hot Rod SUV as Drivers Abandon Performance Cars

Ford Motor Co. has long souped up its sedans to satisfy customers looking for high performance. Car demand is waning now but the need for speed isn’t, so the automaker is rolling out a fresh hot rod that’s a sign of the times: its first race-ready SUV. Source: Ford Rolls Out a Hot Rod SUV as Drivers Abandon Performance Cars

Intel CEO: all CPUs made over last five years will receive Spectre/Meltdown patches this month

The Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws have shaken the industry, but companies are rushing to release patches that address the problems. At Intel’s CES keynote, CEO Brain Krzanich reiterated that the firm would patch 90 percent of all processors affected… Source: Intel CEO: all CPUs made over last five years will receive Spectre/Meltdown patches this month

CES 2018: Nvidia Unveils New AI Tech For Cars | Time

Nvidia is providing tech to allow carmakers to build AI co-pilots for the car Nvidia announced two new software platforms for self-driving cars during a press conference on Sunday: Drive IX and Drive AR. Source: CES 2018: Nvidia Unveils New AI Tech For Cars | Time

HP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

Consumers should immediately visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if their battery is included in the recall. The website provides consumers instructions on how to initiate the validation utility to check their battery and what to download if their battery is included in the recall. These batteries are not customer-replaceable. HP will provide free battery replacement services by an authorized technician. Source: HP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers and Mobile Workstations Due to Fire Read More

Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed – BBC News

A serious bug will need to be patched in millions of machines from the last decade. Source: Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed – BBC News

LG shows off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display

Just as 4K and HDR are finally going mainstream, the ambitious folks at LG Display have also been busy pushing its OLED technology to 8K. Come CES, the Korean manufacturer will be letting attendees get up close with its new 88-inch 8K OLED display (can we just call it the “Triple 8?”), which is both the largest and the highest-resolution OLED panel to date. But as far as specs go, that’s all we have for now. Source: LG shows off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display

All 50 states and three U.S. territories will participate in AT&T’s FirstNet emergency cellular service

AT&T announced today that all 50 states are on board with its plan to build a dedicated broadband network for first responders. Three other U.S. territories have also opted into the program. Source: All 50 states and three U.S. territories will participate in AT&T’s FirstNet emergency cellular service

Edward Snowden’s Haven app ‘catches spies’ – BBC News

The software is designed to record secret police and others that might search activists’ possessions. Source: Edward Snowden’s Haven app ‘catches spies’ – BBC News

You can now pre-register for the Android version of real-money game show HQ Trivia

HQ Trivia, the popular game show app that gives players the chance to win real cash prizes, is coming to Android. Following its arrival on iOS a few months ago, Android user can now pre-register for its imminent arrival on… Source: You can now pre-register for the Android version of real-money game show HQ Trivia

Two incredible smartphone innovations in the works, and their likelihood of becoming real – Business Insider

Manufacturers have teased these two smartphone display features for years. Whether the technologies will be ready for a 2018 market release remains to be seen. Source: Two incredible smartphone innovations in the works, and their likelihood of becoming real – Business Insider

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