Qualcomm receives U.S. permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei in exception to ban

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc on Friday received a license from the U.S. government to sell 4G mobile phone chips to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, an exemption to U.S. trade restrictions imposed amid rising tensions with China. “We received a license for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a Qualcomm spokeswoman told […]

AMD Ryzen 5000 — especially the 5600X — is blowing my mind

I knew AMD was going to deliver excellent performance with its next-generation Zen 3 CPU architecture, but I wasn’t ready for this. The new Ryzen chips are fast and powerful, both for content creation and productivity. This isn’t a surprise. The Zen 2 Ryzens are also great for those tasks. But gaming is where the […]

You can’t eliminate bias from machine learning, but you can pick your bias

Bias is a major topic of concern in mainstream society, which has embraced the concept that certain characteristics — race, gender, age, or zip code, for example — should not matter when making decisions about things such as credit or insurance. But while an absence of bias makes sense on a human level, in the […]

Pitching your game: The essentials you need to know

Preparing a pitch [read Part 1 here] may not be as exciting as game development, but the more work you put in up front, the more likely it is that you’ll reach your goals later. I suggest that your pitches contain the following: An elevator pitch: Yes, your eyes are rolling around at the mere […]

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

This week, president Donald Trump continued to contest the results of the United States presidential election, which he lost handily to Joe Biden. But along the way, the Trump campaign’s lawsuits and other offensives have inadvertently demonstrated just how free of fraud the election was. We also took a deep dive into the world of […]

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

Mac users began experiencing unexpected issues Thursday that included apps taking minutes to launch, stuttering and non-responsiveness throughout macOS, and other problems. The issues seemed to begin close to the time when Apple began rolling out the new version of macOS, Big Sur—but it affected users of other versions of macOS, like Catalina and Mojave. […]

It’s not too late to cancel Thanksgiving

What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? Americans caught between the dire reality of an out-of-control pandemic and a desire to celebrate the national holiday with family may be tempted to believe that maybe they can manage the risks. I’ve been thinking through my own planned turkey day gathering, an outdoor event in a rural setting with […]