TSMC gets green light on 2nm fab, plans to have it operational in 2024

Jul 28th, 2021 Technology 2 min read

The big picture: Just days after Intel said it was optimistic about retaking process technology leadership by 2025, TSMC comes with an announcement that casts some doubt on that possibility. Competition in the semiconductor industry is heating up, and is even leading to odd partnerships where Intel is going to make chips for Qualcomm, while TSMC is racing to beat…

Fully autonomous drone outperforms two ‘world-class’ human drone racers

Jul 26th, 2021 Technology 2 min read

The bleeding edge: Researchers at the University of Zurich (UZH) developed a machine-learning algorithm for controlling a quadcopter drone that can outperform professional drone racing pilots. The algorithm calculates “time-optimal trajectories” while also factoring in the drone’s limitations. The feat seems obvious at first glance—a machine learning system beat a human again, so what? However, pro drone racers are outstanding…

More and more malware is using Discord’s CDN for abuse

Jul 24th, 2021 Technology 4 min read

A hot potato: When talking about “abuse” in relation to popular instant messaging service Discord, it’d usually be about the group chat platform being used by trolls or for hateful and NSFW content. But Discord’s content delivery network (CDN) is now increasingly being used to host malicious files and hand out malware through links that seem legitimate. A report by…

Konami’s PES is now ‘eFootball,’ a mobile-quality game for all platforms

Jul 22nd, 2021 Technology 4 min read

Facepalm: Fans of Konami’s PES are not too happy with the direction the game is taking. Aside from Konami changing the branding, the FIFA competitor is becoming free-to-play, branching out to mobile devices, and turning core game elements into optional premium DLC. All this while also giving next-gen console and PC players mobile-level graphics and animation. Komani is retiring its…

Rivian delays the launch of its R1T pickup truck, now ships in September

Jul 16th, 2021 Technology 2 min read

TL;DR: Electric carmaker and would-be Tesla competitor Rivian has been working on its all-electric SUV and pickup truck for years now and both vehicles were finally supposed to launch in July (this month) after an initial month-long delay. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted Rivian just as much as everyone else, so it will be delaying both EV’s launches by…

Google will soon let Chrome users activate ‘HTTPS-First mode’

Jul 14th, 2021 Technology 3 min read

Web security: Maintaining your security and privacy while browsing the web can be difficult, but tools like HTTPS make it a lot easier. HTTPS tech, where supported, encrypts your connection to a given website, ensuring that any data shared via that connection cannot be intercepted or altered by third parties. It’s already a widely supported protocol, but Google is hoping…

Tesla finally launches Full Self-Driving beta 9

Jul 10th, 2021 Technology 2 min read

What just happened? Tesla has released an over-the-air software update delivering its anticipated Full Self-Driving beta 9, allowing users to experience a more immersive autonomous driving experience. The update allows Tesla owners to use Autopilot’s advanced driver-assist features on local, non-highway streets. Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta 9 – or update 2021.4.18.12 – started rolling out at midnight on Friday,…