Nvidia-powered Max-Q Laptops Target Thin and Light Gaming

Nvidia-powered Max-Q Laptops Target Thin and Light Gaming

Most gaming laptops are very obviously gaming laptops thanks to their substantial girth and weight. After all, it takes a lot of cooling to keep a high-power GPU running in such a small case. Nvidia is looking to change that with the Max-Q technology it announced at Computex in Taipei. By optimizing performance, Max-Q can make gaming laptops with a desktop-class GTX 1080 almost as thin as a standard ultraportable notebook. Max-Q takes its name from the…

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Lorde's new song, Green Light: All you need to know

Lorde's new song, Green Light: All you need to know

After a week of elaborate teases, pop star Lorde has finally unveiled her long-awaited new single, Green Light. Inspired by a heartbreak, it juxtaposes downbeat lyrics with a euphoric chorus, over a driving percussion loop. The song received its first play on BBC Radio 1, where Mistajam made it his hottest record in the world. It’s Lorde’s first new material since the Disclosure collaboration Magnets in 2015 and precedes her second album, which is due…

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Leaked PDF sheds light on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, 4K gaming plans

Leaked PDF sheds light on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, 4K gaming plans

Details on Microsoft’s Project Scorpio and how it might handle 4K gaming have been hard to come by ever since Microsoft announced the new platform. All we’ve known are a few basic specs, like the platform’s memory bandwidth (320GB/s), eight-core CPU, and available computational horsepower (6TFLOPS). Now we have more details thanks to a leaked PDF from a Microsoft developer website. Eurogamer has the full details on the PDF, which doesn’t appear to be publicly…

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'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer's

'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer's

A flashing light therapy might help ward off Alzheimer’s, say US scientists after promising trials in mice. The Massachusetts team found shining a strobe light into rodents’ eyes encouraged protective cells to gobble up the harmful proteins that accumulate in the brain in this type of dementia. The perfect rate of flashes was 40 per second – a barely perceptible flicker, four times as fast as a disco strobe. The researchers say the approach should…

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Boris Johnson makes light of 'semi-parodic' pro-EU column

Boris Johnson makes light of 'semi-parodic' pro-EU column

Boris Johnson has insisted the case for leaving the EU was “blindingly obvious” after a previously unpublished article he wrote before the referendum appeared to cast doubt on his views. In a newspaper column in February, now published by the Sunday Times, he suggested staying in the EU would be a “boon for the world and for Europe”. Mr Johnson says he was “wrestling with the issue” at the time and was merely trying to…

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How the street light got a hi-tech makeover

How the street light got a hi-tech makeover

Next time you’re out after dark, spare a thought for the humble street light. It’s not so humble anymore. Not only are light bulbs getting sharper and more energy efficient as they are upgraded to LEDs, but they increasingly help fight crime, promote safe cycling and even protect turtles. That’s because street lights are also becoming the eyes and ears of “smart” cities. Lamp posts double as data collectors, communicating with a central control system…

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