Juana Summers and Marc Levy, Associated Press Updated 9:41 pm PDT, Sunday, September 16, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray in Cleveland. Another political test in the coming week for Obama as the former president tries to boost Democratic candidates and party enthusiasm without also motivating President Donald Trump's supporters as the November elections near. less FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, former President Barack Obama speaks as he campaigns in support of Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray in Cleveland. Another political test in the coming week for ... more Photo: David Dermer, AP Photo: David Dermer, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 13, … [Read more...] about Obama’s return: Good or bad for Democrats?
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Spider-Man is the first truly Marvel Studios-caliber video game ever made. And that, admittedly, is a double-edged sword. If you want levity, action, style, solid voice acting, likeable characters, and fun stuff to do, this Sony-produced, Insomniac-developed PS4 exclusive has you covered. It's huge. It's polished. It lives up to the Spider-Man name. But it's also Another Superhero Game™. Spider-Man follows the incredibly solid trail blazed by the Batman Arkham series—and iterated upon by inFamous 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Assassin's Creed: Origins, and Insomniac's own Sunset Overdrive. Once again, you're a badass hero in a giant world, and you spend your time zipping around, beating up thugs, and tossing gadgets every which way. So like a good Marvel Studios film, you've seen this kind of adventure before. Yet unlike a good Marvel Studios film, that means 25 hours of relatively predictable and repetitive content between the game's (very high) high points. Do … [Read more...] about Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some
Every company in Silicon Valley will tell you, with operatic grandeur, that it aims to change the world and make it a better place. But set aside the pretenders trying to sell you $400 juicers, Google happens to be a company that can actually alter the way we, as a global society, interact with and understand one another. Google has control over the world’s dominant search engine, web browser, video and email platforms, mapping service, and mobile operating system. The decisions made by this company have far-reaching effects, and Google I/O 2018 presented a vision of the future that makes Google even more personal, influential, and essential in our daily lives. One of Google’s promotional videos during the event concluded with the tagline “just make Google do it.” As with the very name of the Google Assistant it was advertising, this promo positions Google’s services as your servants, the Alfred to your Batman, as it were. But I feel like this deliberately … [Read more...] about At I/O, Google showed its willingness to change and shape our lives
We generate data at an accelerating rate, and we need more space to store it. While memory was once scarce and expensive – meaning every byte was carefully considered, today the mantra is, “Memory is cheap!” And so we blithely throw terabytes of data into memories with scarcely a thought.That might suggest that we have all the memory solutions we need, but today’s primary memory technologies – as well as they have served us – all have drawbacks. They get the job done, but they leave us wanting more.SRAM is used for limited, fast working memory – but it’s expensive and power-hungryDRAM is used for high volumes of working memory – but it’s complexFlash memory is used for non-volatile storage – but it’s complexWe use these memories both in dedicated chips that can leverage custom processes and as memory blocks embedded on systems-on-chip (SoCs) using standard CMOS processes. None of these three works equally well in … [Read more...] about MRAM overcomes SRAM, DRAM, and flash limitations
Almost exactly one year ago I shared some observations about the geek-hype surrounding the OnePlus One, and the terrible invite system put in place to control manufacturing and inventory demands.Now, here we are, on the cusp of the unveiling of the highly-anticipated OnePlus 2, Cardboard apps ready, and out of the gate, the invite request portal could not handle the all-too-expected bump in data traffic – just not up to the task of simply compiling email addresses.I am already on the record about the invite system. I understand why a company like OnePlus would do it, at least at the beginning of production runs. Beyond that though, the invite system serves little use. The company has stated emphatically that the invite system is a necessary mechanism to prevent overstocking and not so much about the hype that accompanies the invites themselves.This is a parallel model to the “just-in-time” supplier fulfillment used in manufacturing processes around the world, but in … [Read more...] about And the circus begins: OnePlus waitlist for reservations, and all the #hype that goes with them