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New technology is a ‘science multiplier’ for astronomy

New technology is a "science multiplier" for astronomy
The first image of a black hole by the the Event Horizon Telescope in 2019 was enabled in part b support for the NSF’s Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation program. Credit: NASA

Federal funding of new technology is crucial for astronomy, according to results of a study released Sept. 21 in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments and Systems.


The study tracked the long-term impact of early seed funding obtained from the National Science Foundation. Many of the key advances in astronomy over the past three decades benefited directly or indirectly from this early seed funding.

Over the past 30 years, the NSF Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation program has supported astronomers to develop new ways to study the universe. Such devices may include cameras or other instruments as well as innovations in telescope design. The study traced the origins of some workhorse technologies in use today back to their humble

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YI Technology Launches Two New Home Security Solutions

YI Technology has made a name for itself as a company that offers products for prices lower than the brand names. It has now announced two new home security solutions, both powered by advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.).

The first is the Kami Mini, an indoor camera with a small form factor that’s perfect for keeping an eye on things inside the house. The Kami Mini uses facial detection and will alert you when it detects human movement. The A.I. helps filter out false alarms caused by pets, insects, and other types of movement.

It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can ask either one of the smart assistants to show the feed on a connected display if you’d like to monitor the camera on a larger feed than your phone.

The Kami Mini is also certified through Noonlight to help users reach the correct emergency center. Customers

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Microsoft’s Bethesda Buyout to Intensify Console Gaming War

Microsoft MSFT is leaving no stone unturned to make the launch of the highly awaited next-generation Xbox Series X gaming console, which is scheduled to release on Nov 10, 2020, a blockbuster hit.

The tech giant recently announced its intentions to acquire leading video game developer Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax Media for an all-cash deal valued at $7.5 billion.

The deal will help boost the subscriber base for Xbox Game Pass service as Microsoft will be adding Bethesda’s popular AAA titles to its Game Pass roster. At present, the subscription service has 15 million users.

Rockville, MD-based Bethesda Softworks boasts a robust IP portfolio and exclusive AAA console and PC game content, with popular video titles like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout, under its banner.

Moreover, Microsoft, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), is likely to make the upcoming Bethesda

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Samsung’s fast, PCIe 4.0-ready 980 Pro SSD can future-proof your PC build

Samsung has unveiled its next high-performance NVMe 2280-sized M.2 drive, the 980 Pro. So far, it comes in three capacities shipping this month: 250GB for $89.99, 500GB for $149.99, and 1TB for $229.99. A 2TB model will arrive later this year, but Samsung didn’t share a price.

The standout feature of this drive is its compatibility with M.2 slots over the PCIe 4.0 interface. If you have a compatible motherboard, Samsung says the 980 Pro can go on a tear with sequential read / write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. It claims that this is two times faster performance than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and nearly 13 times faster than the more affordable but slower SATA SSDs.

Samsung 980 Pro

Here’s a closer look at the SSD. It looks exactly like the previous generation.
Image: Samsung

Of course, to get the best speeds out of this Samsung M.2 drive, you’ll need

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ROCCAT Debuts Performance Optical Switches Plus New Variants Of Its Award-Winning Vulcan Series PC Gaming Keyboards

ROCCAT’s full-size Vulcan Pro and the more compact Vulcan TKL Pro keyboards featuring the Titan Optical Switches will be available at participating retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2020 for MSRPs of $199.99 and $159.99, respectively. The Vulcan TKL mechanical gaming keyboard with Titan Tactile Switches or Titan Speed Switches will be released in North America on October 4, 2020 for a MSRP of $129.99, and will be available at participating retailers across Europe on October 30, 2020.

“Our Vulcan series keyboards are already a big success for ROCCAT, so naturally we’re thrilled to add TKL versions as well as introduce our Titan Optical Switch technology for an even faster competitive edge,” said Rene Korte, General Manager of PC Products at Turtle Beach. “Two years ago, we introduced the first Vulcan featuring our own unique Titan Tactile Switch, followed by the faster Titan Speed Switch.

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SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse runs for a year on two AAA batteries

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Steelseries has been quiet this year, but maybe that’s about to change. Last week it announced the SteelSeries Arctis 9 dual-wireless gaming headset for PC and PS4 and now it’s releasing the Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse, a cordless version of its entry-level Rival 3 mouse announced in January. 

The company always seems to offer a bit more than the competition and that’s the case here. The Rival 3 Wireless has a new sensor made with help from sensor experts PixArt. The TrueMove Air sensor is rated at 18,000 counts per inch (CPI) for more precise onscreen movement and a top tracking speed of 400 inches per second (IPS) and tilt tracking. 

The mouse can be used wired or you can choose between Bluetooth or the Steelseries’

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SteelSeries launches new Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse with a fancy efficient sensor

SteelSeries has just launched a wireless version of its more affordable Rival 3 gaming mouse. The wired Rival 3 is a killer budget-friendly gaming mouse with a great sensor and other highlight features, making it a worthy companion for any gamer who doesn’t want to spend big on a pointer.

This new wireless version of the Rival 3 comes rocking some interesting features. Firstly, it has 400-hour battery life. While that’s for standby time, it’s still impressive for a pointer in this price range. SteelSeries managed to achieve this by including a new power-efficient sensor. It’s the first to feature the SteelSeries TrueMoveAir optical sensor.

As well as a great new accurate sensor, SteelSeries also uses Quantum 2.0 Wireless tech, which is essentially 2.4GHz over a USB wireless adapter, allowing for a polling rate of 1000Hz. This is important for sending data from the mouse to your gaming PC to

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Popular PC Maker Has Opinions About Nvidia’s New RTX 30 Design

Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition graphics card ditches the “reference” style, single blower-style fan for a push/pull cooling solution. That much you already know. What you may find fascinating is that without any kind of thermal solution directly attached, a GPU like this would reach in excess of 750 degrees Celsius — about 100 degrees hotter than the melting point of aluminum.

So, cooling: it’s kind of important!

You may also find it interesting that a GPU’s cooling design can directly impact the types of systems or options your favorite PC builds like Origin, Alienware, Maingear and Falcon Northwest might offer.

In fact, Kelt Reeves of Falcon Northwest — the company largely responsible for the birth of gaming PCs — is an outspoken perfectionist when it comes to what he’ll allow in his systems. Of course,

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Cloud Gaming Revenues to Soar to $12B by 2025 | Gaming

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 22, 2020 5:15 AM PT

According to gaming experts, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for cloud gaming.

“We are expecting a big jump in revenue from 2020 to 2021,” observed George Jijiashvili, a senior analyst with Omdia and author of a report on cloud gaming released last week.

“We think consumer use of cloud gaming will reach US$4 billion, which is a growth rate of 188 percent, a massive jump from 2020,” he told TechNewsWorld.

His report also predicted cloud gaming revenues would reach $12 billion by 2025.

A proliferation of cloud gaming services will be launched in 2021, which should brighten the sector’s revenue picture.

“There are currently 25 cloud gaming services currently in beta globally,” noted Piers Harding-Rolls, a games industry analyst with Ampere Analysis.

“Some of those will commercially launch in 2021 and drive awareness, adoption and

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Perfect for Neurotic Pet Owners on a Budget

Illustration for article titled This Budget Pet Camera Is Perfect for Neurotic Pet Owners

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Despite my partner’s disdain for pet cameras, it makes sense that I, the neurotic dog mom, would want one. Every time we leave the house for several hours, there’s a small part of me that’s convinced our furballs have died gruesome deaths due to freak accidents. I imagine their ghosts staring at me dolefully, asking why, oh why, did we let them die disconsolate and alone? So even though he explicitly told me not to, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to review Petcube’s budget pet camera, the $40 Petcube Cam.

You did not misread. The Petcube Cam is only $40!!! That’s a fraction of the price of other pet cameras, which can go for as much as $200. Another thing Petcube’s trying to emphasize this time around is online Vet Chats. As in, if your pet has explosive diarrhea in the middle of

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