Smart Access Memory: the simple switch that makes an all-AMD gaming PC sing

With the introduction of AMD’s RX 6000-series GPUs, it’s possible to build a high-end PC that’s entirely reliant on red team technology. Multi-core processor running at 4.7GHz? Got it. Enthusiast-grade 4K graphics card? Fitted. PCIe 4.0 motherboard to plug it all into? Raring to go. Snap it all together and there’s even potential for a little bonus performance that AMD just found down the back of the PCIe interconnect, covered in dust. Something it likes to call Smart Access Memory.

It’s been a while since we would, nay, could wholly recommend an all-red rig for anything beyond the mid-range of gaming PCs. And by that I mean a fairly high-end PC, RX 5700 XT and all, but the spectrum is so skewed that we’re meant to think a $1,500 gaming PC is somehow ‘mid-range’. Regardless, AMD has been an easy enough recommendation to make for the budget and mid-range gamer,

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Tesla Model X vulnerable to Bluetooth hack that makes theft mighty simple, report says

Tesla has been made aware of the security holes, which are fixable with over-the-air updates.


There’s no denying Tesla vehicles are some of the most connected cars on the road. The electric carmaker championed previously unheard of over-the-air software updates that can roll out new features, updates and essential security upgrades without the owner ever needing to find a service center. Not all is well, however, in the ultraconnected world of Tesla.

Wired reported Monday on significant security oversights that Lennert Wouters, a Belgian security researcher, discovered and informed Tesla of earlier this year. While the hack is apparently simple, that’s not to say anyone could just get away with it. The flaws are severe enough that Tesla will reportedly issue a patch for the vulnerabilities in the coming weeks. Tesla does not operate a public relations department to field requests for comment, but according to Wouters, the

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Google Task Mate app to pay you for doing simple tasks on your smartphone: How to get it?

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One of the reasons the Google Pay app got so popular in India ever since its introduction in India was the rewards system. Unlike other third-party payment apps, Google rewarded its users for making payments via the app. On average, a Google Pay user earned up to Rs 200, depending on the type of payments. Google is now leveraging the same reward system for its Task Mate app.

The Google Task Mate app is essentially a way for users to earn money for completing simple tasks on their smartphones. The tasks are meant to help the various businesses registered on Google, which in a way helps with boosting the search results. But, instead of doing it for free, users will get paid to complete the tasks. The app is available to download on Google Play but there’s more to it than simply downloading and using it.

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Scientists discover new, simple way to classify marine biomes — ScienceDaily

Washington State University scientists have developed a new way to classify the ocean’s diverse environments, shedding new light on how marine biomes are defined and changed by nature and humans.

Newly published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, research by Alli Cramer, a 2020 doctoral graduate of WSU’s School of the Environment, now at the University of California Santa Cruz, and WSU Professor Stephen Katz revealed a new approach which sorts biomes based on their life-supporting potential and stability of the sea floor.

Cramer and Katz reviewed more than 130 studies to weigh variables such as light, depth, and nutrients across seven biomes incorporating dozens of environments, including coral reefs, kelp beds, ocean ice, and deep abyssal plains.

Analyzing the data inductively, rather than proceeding from an initial hypothesis, they found biomes were most clearly sorted by two strong variables: gross primary production, a measure of the energy in the

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New SARS-CoV-2 test is a simple, cost-effective, and efficient alternative for SARS-CoV-2 testing — ScienceDaily

Scientists from Northwell Health Laboratories have developed a new diagnostic multiplex assay that can be used for epidemiological surveillance and clinical management of COVID-19. The Northwell Health Laboratories laboratory-developed test (NWHL LDT) uses a different set of reagents than current assays and can test 91 patients at a time for SARS-CoV-2, versus a maximum of 29 patients using the modified Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assay. The NWHL LDT performs as well as the modified CDC test with comparable analytical specificity and accuracy, report scientists in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many constraints on testing availability, so we hope that providing another testing option to detect SARS-CoV-2 with a clinically-validated set of reagents will assist in this effort at a time when supply chain has been a major issue,” explained lead investigator Gregory J. Berry, PhD, D(ABMM), Infectious

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7 Simple Tech Tips to Keep Your Family Safe This Holiday

With Thanksgiving and the holidays looming, you might well find yourself called upon to provide some free tech support to your family. Maybe it’s a tradition, or maybe it’ll be the first time. After all, these are usually the occasions where 12 months’ worth of tech problems and concerns get aired. At this point, you probably shouldn’t travel if you can avoid it, so here are some tips you can offer from afar.

These tips represent simple and straightforward security advice that you can pass on to your loved ones, even if it has to be over Zoom. What’s more, following these guidelines should keep your family members safe for the year ahead as well, with minimal involvement from you.

Keep Everything Up-to-Date

You might be surprised at just how many security threats get stopped simply by having up-to-date software on your laptop or phone. While they’re not invulnerable to

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New simple method accelerates elimination of alcohol from the body — ScienceDaily

A staggering 3 million deaths occur every year as result from harmful use of alcohol, according to the World Health Organization.

Present in alcoholic drinks, ethanol, normally referred to as ‘alcohol’, affects every part of the human body. Brain function, circulation and even nail growth are impacted. When a certain level of blood alcohol concentration is reached, the intoxication can damage organs and lead to death.

In a study published today in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research Journal, a team of researchers led by Dr. Joseph Fisher presents a proof of concept of a simple method that could become a game-changer in rescue therapy for severe alcohol intoxication, as well as just “sobering up.”

Normally, 90% of the alcohol in the human body is cleared exclusively by the liver at constant rate that can’t be increased. Currently there is no other method, short of dialysis, whereby alcohol can be

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A scientist’s simple animation shows why there won’t be a way to communicate with astronauts on Mars in real time

a group of people that are standing in the sand: An artist's rendering of astronauts and human habitats on Mars. JPL/NASA

An artist’s rendering of astronauts and human habitats on Mars. JPL/NASA

  • NASA plans to send humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars.
  • Communicating with Mars astronauts 42 million miles away would require patience: Even at the speed of light, it takes three minutes to send a signal from Earth to Mars.
  • A planetary scientist’s simple animation shows why we probably won’t be able to video chat any Mars astronauts.
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NASA and its commercial partners are working to develop the launch systems and mission technologies the agency will need to send astronauts back to the moon, build a base there, and eventually springboard humans to Mars.


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One of the most difficult things about a crewed Mars mission, of course, is the 42-million-mile distance — not just traveling that far, but communicating planet-to-planet.

Light speed is the fastest that

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New MacBook Pro Must Answer This One Simple Question

There are two key questions around Apple’s new direction with the Mac family, both based around the switch from Intel-based processors to Apple’s own ARM-based processors.

One of these is the relative performance of the two chipsets. If ARM is the future then the future needs to have the same heft as the past. Leaked benchmarks suggest that this will be the case, at least in terms

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Scientists develop a simple and scalable strategy to produce resin films with anti-reflective nanostructures–inspired by eyes of moths — ScienceDaily

There is a huge number of human problems that scientists and engineers have solved by drawing ideas directly from mechanisms found in other lifeforms, from Velcro to Japan’s famous bullet trains, the Shinkansen. Thus, it should not come as a surprise to know that many remarkable advances in anti-reflective coating were inspired by the peculiar biostructures found in moth eyes.

As mainly nocturnal animals that wish to stay hidden from surrounding predators, moths have evolved to develop eyes that are non-reflective. Their eyes have a periodic nanometric structure that makes the eye surface graded, as opposed to polished. This causes most incident light to bend at the surface and therefore, be transmitted through the eye instead of being reflected off it. This nanoscale arrayed structure is so effective that researchers have tried to mimic it using other materials to create anti-reflective coatings with varying degrees of success.

However, in spite

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