Sunday, April 18, 2021

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I’m sure some of you are tired of working from home hunching over tiny laptops. Now is definitely a great time to upgrade your work computer setup. Engadget already covered and our favorite some time ago, but my eyes have been on an ultra-wide monitor for a long time; something I could easily combine Slack, web browsing and more while writing my words for this very site.

Luckily, there’s editor-in-chief Devindra Hardawar, who has been familiar with excessive 49-inch PC monitors in the past. He has now tested Dell , a 40-inch 5K2K (5120 x 2160) display that is very much aimed at button-down types of work and not gamers looking for low ms responses.

The UltraSharp 40 has enough ports for serious work including DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connection with power supply for laptops. There are also five USB Type-A connections, a 3.5-millimeter audio jack, and Ethernet. In many ways it’s a PC hub with a screen, in many ways … just one that costs $ 2,100 (or $ 1,680 if you can find it on sale). Read on for the full Devindra review.

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Graham Ivan Clark pleaded guilty to 30 counts.

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Twitter

The teenage hacker who authorities accuse of being the mastermind behind the last year, pleaded guilty to the 30 counts he faced. As part of the deal, he agreed to serve a three-year prison sentence in a juvenile facility. As he was 17 at the time of his arrest, he was classified as a “young offender” under Florida law, meaning he avoided the 10-year minimum sentence that adults would have received.
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Elon Musk tweeted that SN11 is ‘almost ready to fly’.

SpaceX SN10

SpaceX

Before things moved on the airstrip, SpaceX’s last high altitude flight test was pretty amazing. Now the company has released a high quality video that ends right after their vehicle lands in one piece.
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They will receive benefits such as retirement pension and vacation.

From today, Uber will classify all of its UK-based drivers as workers. Although they are not full employees of the company, more than 70,000 drivers will now have access to benefits such as minimum wage, vacation pay and a pension. In a filing with the SEC, Uber said it would enroll eligible drivers in a plan in which the company would contribute about three percent of their pay to their pension. It will also provide all drivers with paid vacation at 12.07% of their earnings.
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This year’s flagship processor is 14% faster while running ‘Flight Simulator’ at 1080p.

The 11th Generation Intel Core S desktop processors launched worldwide on March 16, 2021 are led by the flagship Intel Core i9-11900K.  It can reach speeds of up to 5.3 GHz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost.  (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel company

Intel has finally given us more information on its next family of desktop processors, named Rocket Lake S. The fastest offering will be the Core i9-11900K, an 8-core chip that hits 5.3 GHz on a single heart. Notably, that’s two cores less than last year’s 10900K. Devindra Hardawar explains what performance Intel has been able to get from its aging 14nm process, and how that compares to the competition from AMD for gamers and professionals.
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This high-tech blend of acoustics and electronics is unique and expensive.

Wing

We played Fender’s next-generation Acoustasonic guitar, which attempts to deliver acoustic sounds in a very electric package. And what premium packaging, with an ocean turquoise finish and solid materials. Editor-in-chief Terrence O’Brien is getting musical again and he’s almost won over. Oh, and it’s $ 2,000.
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The first D&D game released by Wizards of the Coast.

Dark Alliance

Dark Alliance

While there have been a lot of games that dance around the themes and gameplay dynamics of Dungeons and Dragons, its creators, Wizards of the Coast, never released a video game. The company will, however, in June, with Dark Alliance launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 4, PS5, and Steam. It will also offer free upgrades from PS4 and Xbox One to next-gen consoles. Each of the four characters on offer (Fighter, Thief, Barbarian, and Ranger) has their own unique playstyle and custom abilities, and you’ll unlock more skills and better gear as you progress. And, in true D&D style, you can play co-op with up to three of your friends.
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