Like many tech topics, styluses can be needlessly confusing. Here’s what you need to know about the different kinds of styluses used for tablets, touch-screen laptops, smartphones, and more. Not All Styluses Are Equal All it takes to be called a stylus, really, is to be a small pen-like stick held in the hand. The original styluses were ancient writing instruments that were just small pointy sticks used to scratch letters into wax tablets. Things have advanced a wee bit since then. While today you’ll still find styluses that are little more than sticks, there are also styluses with highly advanced and active connections to the devices you’re using them on—which certainly explains the price differences. Let’s take a look at the three broad categories of styluses, including the many kinds of active models on the market, so you can both better understand the technology and select the right one for your needs. Passive Styluses: Cheap and Easy It doesn’t get much simpler than … [Read more...] about Active vs. Passive Styluses: All the Standards Explained
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Despite her own political enemies in Italy denouncing such claims as “absolutely fake news”, the establishment media has doubled down on the claim that relatively straightforward Christian conservative leader Giorgia Meloni is in fact a reincarnation of Italy’s fascist wartime leader. Not sure what to think of the likely new conservative prime minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni? Worry not! The corporate media has already provided the talking point for you to accept and parrot. Repeated literally hundreds of times on U.S. and international television in the past 48 hours, nobody on earth can now claim to be ignorant that Italy is backsliding into literal fascism. Everybody knows that. Except, inconveniently, actual front-line experts on Italian politics. Like Italy’s former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi — a left-leaning globalist who you could absolutely rely on to be as uncharitable about his right-wing opponents as possible — who called this line of attack against Meloni … [Read more...] about WATCH: Scripted Reality – Parrot Media Goes All in on Mussolini Smear
AI-generated art is super fun to play with, but beyond coming up with wacky prompts, what are the actual practical uses? We’ll show you some creative examples of things you can do with AI art. Who Owns AI-Generated Art? First, let’s talk about who actually owns art generated by AI. This is a very complicated topic that we don’t really have a good answer to yet. You come up with the prompts and commands that result in the end product, but you’re not directly creating the actual art on the screen/page. So who was the artist in that situation? Both parties are integral in the creation of the art. On some level, you can think of the AI as simply a tool, like a paintbrush. You can’t make a painting without a paintbrush, but, of course, the AI is doing much more “work” than a paintbrush. What do the AI services have to say about it? OpenAI, the owners of the popular DALL-E 2, says it “retains ownership of the original image.” Whereas Stable Diffusion is freely available … [Read more...] about What Can You Do With AI Generated Art?
Hurricane Ian continued to intensify on Monday night and reached sustained winds of 125 mph as its center passed across the western edge of Cuba. From there, the storm will move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, where very warm water and low wind shear will allow for further intensification. The hurricane has been moving around the western edge of a high pressure system, but as Ian approaches the western coast of Florida on Wednesday it will start to run into a trough of low pressure draped across the southeastern United States. The net effect of this will cause Ian to slow down, perhaps only moving a few miles per hour for a couple of days. All of this is a recipe for disaster for much of the Florida peninsula, but it's difficult to say precisely where, and precisely which effects. Even though landfall is expected to occur in less than two days, there remains considerable uncertainty in where Ian will make landfall along the western Florida coast, and where it will go. This is … [Read more...] about Ian reaches major hurricane status, will be a historic storm for Florida
As augmented reality (AR) glasses continue to try carving a place among tech enthusiasts, we're seeing another option hit mass availability in the US. In addition to selling the sunglass-like Nreal Air specs in America, Beijing-based company Nreal also announced today a version of its Nebula AR operating system that will work with Apple M1 and M2-powered MacBooks. The Mac version of Nebula works with MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops with Apple silicon and is launching as a beta. Attaching the Air glasses to a MacBook won't give you the same Nebula "AR Space" experience available to supported Android phones . AR Space includes a mixed-reality interface and games and other AR apps made for the glasses. Instead, Mac users will see a virtual UI that Nreal's calling AR Desktop and projects up to three virtual displays at a time, an Nreal rep told Ars Technica. An Nreal rep wouldn't specify when AR Space would come to MacBooks or iOS. In a statement, Nreal co-founder Peng Jin … [Read more...] about Nreal’s $380 AR glasses want to be a virtual monitor for MacBooks
If you’re building a PC or upgrading components, you might be agonizing over what size PSU to buy and whether there’s any such thing as too much PSU. PSUs Don’t Default to Maximum Output The rating for a given PSU is its maximum load rating, not its default load just plugged in and turned on. Your computer might feel like a space heater sometimes—and it certainly adds heat to your home —but it’s not quite like a space heater in the sense that a 500W space heater is either going full bore or it’s not on. Your PSU is like an engine that can be called upon to run harder if necessary but will idle when there is no demand. An 850W PSU doesn’t run at 850W every second it is on, it runs at exactly what the hardware demands. That demand varies between hardware configurations and even what you’re doing with a given hardware configuration. Your GPU, to highlight a particularly power-hungry component, might only draw 50W while you’re fiddling around with work documents (or … [Read more...] about Can You Buy Too Big of a PSU?
Like grains of sand through the hourglass, so are the releases of Chrome. Google Chrome version 105 arrives on September 27, 2022 with a work-in-progress RSS reader, translation for highlighted text, and several other upcoming features are seeing progress. Translate Highlighted Text Google Translate built-in is a very handy feature of Chrome. Previously, it was possible to right-click anywhere on a webpage and click “Translate to English.” Chrome 106 adds the ability to highlight text and see the same option. It works exactly how you’d expect. Simply highlight the text on a page that you would like to translate, right-click the text, then choose “Translate to English” from the menu. The feature can be enabled through a Chrome flag at: chrome://flags#desktop-partial-translate Desktop Chrome Gets the RSS Reader In 2021, Chrome for Android and iOS received a built-in “RSS reader” in the form of “Follow” buttons on websites. Finally, that feature is starting to … [Read more...] about What’s New in Chrome 106, Arriving Today
Total Wireless is a pre-paid mobile carrier in the United States, which has been owned by Verizon for almost a year now . Under new management, Total Wireless is now “Total by Verizon,” with updated mobile plans that could save you some money. Total by Verizon is positioned as a new budget brand for Verizon, similar to Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS) and AT&T’s Cricket Wireless . Just like before, the phones and plans are available online, and in stores like Walmart and Target. You can buy a new device from Total, or bring your own — assuming it’s carrier-unlocked and compatible with Verizon’s network. The cheapest plan for $30 per month includes unlimited calls and texts (including to Canada and Mexico), 5 GB of high-speed data, and 5 GB of hotspot data. Jumping to $40/month gets you 15 GB of mobile data and hotspot data. Finally, there are two “unlimited” plans, for $50 or $60/mo. The cheaper one has less hotspot data available, while the more expensive … [Read more...] about Verizon’s Total Wireless Has a New Name and Cheap 5G Plans
One of the most common doomsday scenarios is an asteroid crashing into Earth. That’s what (probably) killed the dinosaurs, after all. We’re not in immediate danger of getting killed by an asteroid, but NASA still tried knocking out a random passing space rock — and it was successful in doing so. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART for short, reached its most exciting stage yesterday. The test had the aim of intercepting an asteroid called Dimorphos . The spacecraft launched by NASA was quickly zipping at 14,000 mph, until it finally struck, and redirected, the asteroid on September 26th at 7:14 PM ET. IMPACT SUCCESS! Watch from #DARTMIssion ’s DRACO Camera, as the vending machine-sized spacecraft successfully collides with asteroid Dimorphos, which is the size of a football stadium and poses no threat to Earth. pic.twitter.com/7bXipPkjWD — NASA (@NASA) September 26, 2022 The asteroid itself wasn’t threatening Earth at all. It was actually a small … [Read more...] about Here’s Why NASA Just Crashed a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid
A cadre of outside Democrat groups have locked in millions of dollars in ad reservations in the final month plus of the elections in both Washington’s and Colorado’s senate races, a sign the election is not going according to plan for the left. Per data from an advertising tracking service reviewed by Breitbart News, in Washington the outside left-wing group Women Vote has reserved more than a million dollars worth of television ads in the final weeks of the race in an effort to boost struggling incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in her bid to hold off Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley. While that seems like a lot, between two different groups—Giffords PAC and 53 Peaks—pro-Democrat groups have reserved north of $3 million worth of television ad time in Colorado to boost lagging incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in his bid to hold off Republican candidate Joe O’Dea. Joe O’Dea, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, speaks during a … [Read more...] about Democrat Groups Panic Spend Millions in Colorado, Washington Senate Races