AMD says RX 6000 Big Navi will be ‘by far the most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built’

AMD just announced its new Zen 3-powered Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, but CEO Lisa Su didn’t stop there, ending her presentation with a preview of AMD’s other big PC announcement: the company’s upcoming RX 6000 “Big Navi” GPUs, which it’s set to announce on October 28th.

While full details on the upcoming lineup of graphics cards won’t come until later in October, Su is setting expectations high, promising that the RX 6000 lineup offers “by far the most powerful gaming GPU we have ever built.”

Su also offered a brief preview of what to expect from the company’s top-of-the-line Ryzen 5000 CPUs working together with the new RX 6000 series GPUs, showing a short clip of Borderlands 3 running at 4K resolution at over 60fps at “Badass Quality,” along with benchmarks for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (88fps for 4K gameplay at ultra settings) and Gears 5 (73fps for 4K

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‘Future of last mile delivery’: Amazon reveals first custom electric delivery vehicle built with Rivian

Amazon is lifting the hood on one of three custom-designed electric delivery vans it built in partnership with Rivian.

The new vehicle is 100% electric and features various technology such as sensor detection, exterior cameras that provide 360-degree views, Alexa voice integration, and more.

“We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery,” Ross Rachey, director of Amazon’s Global Fleet and Products, said in a blog post.

Rachey noted that Amazon is working to build technology that supports physical charging infrastructure and “enhancements and optimization of our delivery stations.”

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Amazon last year announced plans to purchase 100,000 electric vans from Rivian to bolster its delivery fleet; it is also a major investor in the Irvine, Calif.-based company. Amazon led a $700 million round for Rivian last year.

Amazon said today it will have 10,000 custom

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Teracube 2e is an eco-friendly phone that’s cheap and built to last

Last year, Teracube released what it called a “sustainable smartphone” meant to combat e-waste with a long warranty and replaceable battery. If you didn’t get that one, you can now get its successor for about a tenth of the price of a new iPhone.

On Tuesday, Teracube announced the follow-up to its environmentally friendly phone that we reviewed earlier this year. It’s called the Teracube 2e and it brings along the promise of a four-year warranty and replaceable battery with slightly less RAM and storage than its predecessor for a noticeably leaner $200 price point. 

And if you pre-order now, Teracube is offering an “early-bird special” price of $99 if you just can’t wait for the 2e.

The Teracube 2e comes with a 6.1-inch display.

The Teracube 2e comes with a 6.1-inch display.

The Teracube 2e is an Android 10 smartphone with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 1.8Ghz octa-core processor. Last year’s model had 6GB

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States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built — here’s why

  • New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states which have published alert apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.
  • 70 million people, or 21% of the U.S. population, now has access to a Covid-19 app.
  • Covid apps are starting to catch on six months after the system was first announced because it is becoming faster and easier for governments to build the apps.
  • New York and New Jersey’s apps also work across some state lines, addressing a major issue with the early versions. 

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

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New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 08, 2020 in New York City.

Six months after it was announced, the tech that Apple and Google built for sending Covid-19 exposure alerts to smartphones is finally gaining momentum in the United States.


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Joe Lonsdale: Why we built Palantir and what’s next after going public

  • The software and data-analytics company Palantir Technologies went public on September 30 with a direct listing, instead of a traditional IPO, and is estimated to win a market valuation of $22 billion.
  • In this op-ed, Joe Lonsdale — one of the company’s cofounders alongside Peter Thiel and others — writes that Palantir’s reputation as an evil surveillance system is ironic because the company is the most sophisticated privacy engine and has kept the US safe.
  • Lonsdale says Palantir’s starting mission was to create a secure intelligence network to help prevent the next 9/11. Now its platform is being used in COVID-19 response efforts by key decision-makers in over 35 countries.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. You can read more on Business Insider’s coverage of Palantir and its cofounders here.
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Scientists Built the Best Solar Laser Ever

  • New research shows a working solar laser that doesn’t require a curved mirror collector.
  • The result is a flat design like a solar cell that can absorb more, and less direct, sunlight.
  • With proof of concept in hand, scientists say they can fine-tune the design even more.

    Scientists in Japan and Germany have made a breakthrough in the field of solar lasers—and they’ve changed the game completely.

    🤯 You like badass science. So do we. Let’s nerd out over it together.

    For the first time, they say, a solar laser isn’t simply a supervillain-like huge angled mirror. The new design involves a kilometer of silica fiber that’s doped with a neodymium isotope and then kept in a cylindrical container of solution. The entire assembly acts as a solar collector, but doesn’t require the unwieldy size and low efficiency of a curved mirror.

    In Communications Physics, the large international team

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