The big picture: AI has been a topic of interest within the tech industry for several years, but the general population didn't get its first real taste of the technology until deep learning models like DALL-E, Stable Diffusion and Midjourney launched with the ability to generate strikingly lifelike images from text inputs. However, people truly grasped the power of AI last November when OpenAI launched ChatGPT to the public. While Google has been late to the AI game, many believe that Bard could be the only real competitor to ChatGPT in the near future. Google has opened public access to its conversational AI chatbot, Bard . The move comes a month and a half after the company unveiled the service and rolled it out to a handful of beta testers. With this week's wider rollout, users in the US and the UK will now be able to join a waitlist to check out its features and assess its abilities. Google said Bard can not only be used to boost productivity, but should also help users … [Read more...] about Google’s ChatGPT rival ‘Bard’ is now in early access
Brace yourselves – Apple Music may be showing you other people’s playlists.
Some Apple Music users are posting on Reddit about playlists from other users randomly appearing in their own music library in the app, causing some rather serious privacy concerns. Discovering new music and curating super niche playlists is one of the joys of modern music streaming services. There’s nothing better than finding a very specific playlist with a slightly off-putting title and diving into the carefully curated mood created by the crater of the playlist. However, MacRumors was approached by Reddit user @adh1003 who had compiled complaints from users about the strange guest appearance of playlists they don’t recognize. Unknown playlist, im 100% i have NEVER made this, its an empty playlist, anyone else also getting unknown playlists? This is my 1st time i got it. from r/AppleMusic Apparently, in some cases, these unknown playlists have merged with users' original playlists causing a vibe entanglement, or users' playlists are just missing … [Read more...] about Brace yourselves – Apple Music may be showing you other people’s playlists.
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When people think of the acclaimed developer Arkane Studios, stealth-action adventures like Dishonored or Deathloop probably come to mind. These kinds of "immersive sims" are known for letting players maneuver through a "clockwork world" where characters go about their daily lives and players complete larger, open-ended objectives. So it's a bit of a surprise to see the developers shifting to a more direct kind of looting and grinding-action RPG with the horror fantasy of Redfall . After spending time with a single-player preview build of Redfall , I could still make out some hints of Arkane’s signature open-ended style amid the vampire slaying. But it's still a noticeable shift from the bleak worlds of Prey and Dishonored , with a team of charismatic vampire hunters that bring the vibe of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer to the gameplay of Borderlands . Welcome to Redfall The titular town of Redfall has come down with a bad case of vampires and human cultists. Together, … [Read more...] about offers a compelling mix of
The Best Portable Printers of 2023
Table of Contents What to Look For in a Portable Printer in 2023 Best Portable Printer Overall: Canon Pixma TR150 Best Budget Portable Printer: HPRT MT810 Bluetooth Printer Best Portable Photo Printer: Canon SELPHY CP1500 Best Portable Label Printer: Phomemo M110 Portable Bluetooth Printer Best Portable Printer for iPhone: KODAK Step Wireless Printer Best Portable Printer and Scanner: HP OfficeJet 250 All-in-One Frequently Asked Questions What to Look For in a Portable Printer in 2023 Home offices, small businesses, and household computer rooms have been forced to give up vital real estate to bulky printers for years. So, the first thing you’ll want to consider is size. Just how portable do you need your printer to be? Do you have room for something just a little bigger, or do you need to condense the device down significantly? There may be limitations on just how small you can go, though. Portable printers and scanners will likely occupy more room than a … [Read more...] about The Best Portable Printers of 2023
Windows 11 Will Show Account Notifications in the Start Menu
Windows 11 is always evolving, and now that Microsoft is aiming to roll out features more than once a year , we’re going see changes more frequently. Microsoft is now testing an update to the Start Menu. Microsoft released Windows 11 Build 22621.1483 (KB5023778) to Windows Insiders in the Preview Release Channel. There are a few changes here that haven’t appeared in the other channels yet (like Dev and Canary ), which is a bit strange, considering the Release Preview Channel is supposed to be the final round of testing before a change rolls out to everyone. This update adds notifications for your Microsoft account in the Start Menu, which appear above the Lock and Sign out buttons when clicking your profile picture. The example Microsoft provided shows an alert for backing up your files. Windows 11 already shows similar alerts in the Settings app and notification tray, but now you might see them in yet another place. The blog post explains, “This is only available to … [Read more...] about Windows 11 Will Show Account Notifications in the Start Menu
PWM Fan vs. DC Fan: Which Is Better for PC Cooling?
PWM fans are quieter, more controllable, and have a longer life, making them generally better than DC fans. If you're on a budget or building a PC where constant fan speeds are necessary, DC fans will work just as well as PWM fans. If you’re building a PC, fans may not be the first component you think of, but they’re still important. When going for an air-cooled build, you have the option of DC or PWM fans, but which is better? What Is a DC Fan? As the name implies, a DC fan is a computer fan that runs on direct current from your PC’s power supply or through the motherboard . These fans use a three-pin connector with a power supply pin, a ground pin, and a signal pin. The first two pins provide power, while the signal pin reads information about how fast a fan’s blades are spinning. Because of this, this pin is also frequently known as the tachometer pin. This lets your PC monitor fan speeds and alert you if a fan stops spinning. DC fans can either run at a … [Read more...] about PWM Fan vs. DC Fan: Which Is Better for PC Cooling?
Five Ways Smart Electric Toothbrushes Can Transform Your Oral Health
The evolution of modern technology has been great at offering new ways to simplify daily life and make mundane tasks more exciting. Once such act involves your teeth. Enter the smart electric toothbrush, an innovation with the potential to transform how you approach your oral health and hygiene. But how do you improve upon something as simple as brushing your teeth? It seems the standard toothbrush does the job fairly well and has been since its inception in the 15th century. However, when you break down the efficiencies that smart electric toothbrushes bring to the table, there are at least a handful of ways that owning one can completely transform your oral hygiene. A More Effective Clean The biggest issue with a standard toothbrush is that the bristles only move in the direction you push and pull them. They’re relegated to a back-and-forth sweeping motion, which minimizes the amount of plaque that can be removed. Electric toothbrushes improve on this formula with a vibrating … [Read more...] about Five Ways Smart Electric Toothbrushes Can Transform Your Oral Health
8 Common Discord Scams (and How to Protect Yourself)
Scammers may target you with bogus free Discord Nitro offers, malware sent via private chats, attempts to learn your Discord token, scam competitions and giveaways, invitations to servers where your "behavior" has been "exposed", by pretending to be Discord HypeSquad and Partner staff, with crypto and NFC scams, or with fake Steam giveaways and profile reporting. Discord is a communication tool that’s primarily aimed at gamers, but one that also has broad appeal. Due to the popularity of the service, Discord also happens to be a common target for scammers. Can You Get Scammed on Discord? Just like any other communication platform, scams are rife on Discord. The stakes can be very high on the platform, particularly if have your own server. If someone gets access to your server, either by impersonating you or by convincing you to grant them admin privileges, they may attempt to nuke your Discord server or simply use it to spam members and compromise more accounts. Just … [Read more...] about 8 Common Discord Scams (and How to Protect Yourself)
Google Docs Will Help You Organize Long Documents
Perhaps one of the more annoying parts of writing a document, especially if it’s a long one (like an essay) is indexing everything you wrote as a table of contents. Thankfully, Google Docs is making that much easier. The latest update to Google Docs is adding a few extra capabilities for tables of contents. If you have the necessary headings and subheadings, Docs can already whip you up a table of contents, but the section is now easier to customize. With a couple of clicks, you can now change and add things such as page numbers, and tab leader styling, and you can also indent headings based on level. If you don’t want to customize too much, you can also choose between three different default styles. Google If you’re using regular tables, you might also appreciate the changes that are being done to the table properties page instead. It isn’t adding any new functionality, but it’s organizing all table customization options on a single page, so your table looks just the … [Read more...] about Google Docs Will Help You Organize Long Documents
Amazon Just Released More Smart TVs, Including a $200 Model
Amazon sells Fire TV streaming devices, as well as smart TVs with the same software experience, which are also (confusingly) called Fire TV. Today the company released more models, at both high-end and budget price points. Amazon already sells a lot of smart TVs under its own Fire TV brand, such as the Fire TV Omni QLED series. Those TVs were already available in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, complete with Dolby Vision IQ and 4K support, but Amazon is now adding more size options to the mix. The Omni QLED series is now also available in 43, 50, and 55 inches. The smaller models have all the same features as the existing larger TVs, such as “Fire TV Ambient Experience,” which turns the TV into a smart display-like panel or art gallery when not in use. Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED Series Amazon's Omni QLED smart TVs combine the Fire TV software experience with 4K and Dolby Vision support. It's now available in three more sizes. Amazon is also introducing an entirely … [Read more...] about Amazon Just Released More Smart TVs, Including a $200 Model