Lots of people are seeing the benefits of wearable technology now that both Android Wear and the Apple Watch have arrived in full force. From step-counting to glanceable notifications, a smartwatch can be convenient for many. Smartwatches have a problem, though: Not everybody wants to wear one. See also: Google partners with Levi's to create interactive clothing Even fitness trackers, which are sometimes more comfortable, require you to wear something you otherwise probably wouldn't. It's no wonder many owners end up tossing them in drawers several months after use. Google has been working on a technology that solves this wearable conundrum. Called Project Jacquard, the idea is to weave technology into the fabric of clothing itself. After all, even the most staunch opponent to wearable gadgets still wears clothes . During a keynote at the Google I/O developer conference, project lead Ivan Poupyrev showed how the company's Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) division … [Read more...] about Project Jacquard: Google reinvents the wearable as stuff you actually wear
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Thursday, IBM announced a breakthrough in integrated circuit design—the world's first 2 nanometer process. IBM says its new process can produce CPUs capable of either 45 percent higher performance, or 75 percent lower energy use than modern 7 nm designs. If you've followed recent processor news, you're likely aware that Intel's current desktop processors are still laboring along at 14 nm, while the company struggles to complete a migration downward to 10 nm—and that its rivals are on much smaller processes, with the smallest production chips being Apple's new M1 processors at 5 nm. What's less clear is exactly what that means in the first place. Originally, process size referred to the literal two-dimensional size of a transistor on the wafer itself—but modern 3D chip fabrication processes have made a hash of that. Foundries still refer to a process size in nanometers, but it's a "2D equivalent metric" only loosely coupled to reality, and its true meaning varies from one fabricator … [Read more...] about IBM creates the world’s first 2 nm chip
Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. All of us rely on “big” gadgets like a computer, tablet, or phone to get our work done and have fun, but having a few key tech accessories can make using those devices easier or better. It’s possible to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on gear, but we’ve found 25 worthwhile tech accessories you can get for under $25. Our recommendations can keep your devices charged, let you share music with friends, make it easy to back up files, help you stream movies and TV shows, and a lot more. We’ve been careful to select accessories that are compatible with devices from every major platform — iOS and Android or PC and Mac — so they’ll work with the gadgets you already have. Note: All of the accessories below were under $25 when we compiled this list, but it’s possible … [Read more...] about The 25 Best Tech Accessories Under $25, from Computer Speakers to a Game Controller
President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled plans for locally-led protection of 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, a core of his agenda to address climate warming that builds on nature-saving efforts launched in Congress by lawmakers from Colorado and other western states. Natural land and water could draw down the heat-trapping air pollution that causes climate change, scientists say, and nature increasingly is understood as a life support system for human survival both inside cities and in rural areas. Preserving at least 30% of land and water by 2030, they say, is necessary to pull back from a catastrophic tipping point. Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement casting Colorado as a leader in cooperative “science-based approaches” toward the fulfillment of Biden’s climate objectives. Biden’s announcement “opens the door to a collaborative and sustainable path toward conserving our critical ecosystems, supporting the Colorado way of life, while closing the door to fears about broad … [Read more...] about Biden’s “30 by 30” plan could mean protecting 14 million more acres of land, water in Colorado
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?