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Apple is giving a laser company that builds some of its AR tech $410 million

07-May-2021 06:27

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Apple that it’s awarding Pennsylvania-based optical technology company II-IV with $410 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. Apple CEO that the company’s tech helps power Apple’s FaceID, Memoji, and Portrait Mode. The company also manufactures lasers that are used in the LIDAR scanner found in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro, technology that Apple touts as being key to augmented reality experiences.

Finisar, which was (pronounced “two-six”) r from Apple’s fund back in 2017. While this latest investment likely shows that Apple intends to keep FaceID (which is powered by II-IV’s vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) around for a while, it could also be...

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Serious Qualcomm security flaw could have affected millions of phones

07-May-2021 05:56

Qualcomm MSM vulnerability could have allowed attackers to access Android users' SMS messages and phone conversations.

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Peloton says it ‘could take months’ to bring treadmill back after recall

07-May-2021 05:47

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Peloton expects it to be a number of months before either of its treadmills are offered for sale again on both models yesterday. One of the models posed the risk of “injury or death,” Peloton said.

The more expensive Tread Plus treadmill, which has been on sale since 2018, “could take months” to return to market, said Peloton CEO John Foley on a call with investors this afternoon. Peloton needs to develop a hardware solution to prevent people, animals, and objects from getting sucked underneath the machine and then get that solution approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A six-year-old child died recently after being pulled underneath a Tread Plus, the commission said.

The cheaper machine,...

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They're Just Letting Everybody Into the Hellfire Gala, Apparently

07-May-2021 05:15

The is both an extravagant celebration of Krakoa’s , and a bold that the mutants come in peace but are not to be messed with. At least that was the vibe one could have easily gotten from all the fuss Marvel’s been making about the…

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Thanks to FPS Boost the Xbox Series S is an incredible value at $300

07-May-2021 05:08

Commentary: It's great but there are still a couple of frame rate nitpicks that annoy me.

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IBM’s first 2nm chip previews the processors of tomorrow

07-May-2021 04:37

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what it says are the world’s first 2nm process chips, giving a brief preview of the technology that might eventually power the smartphones, laptops, and gadgets of the future.

The big jump here is in transistor count. Compared to today’s 7nm chips, the new IBM technology features dramatically more transistors, thanks to the more compact design. That means chips built using that process can potentially offer big gains in performance and battery life: IBM says its 2nm chips are “projected to achieve 45 percent higher performance, or 75 percent lower energy use, than today’s most advanced 7 nm node chips.”

, IBM’s new 2nm chip features about 333 million...

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A New Printer Uses Sawdust to Print Wooden Objects

07-May-2021 04:10

A new printer called Forust is using scrap wood to 3D print wooden objects that are as structurally sound as regular carved wood. Created by Andrew Jeffery and a team of researchers at Desktop Metal, the printer prints using fine sawdust that is formed into solid objects.

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Semiconductor revenue set to grow despite ongoing chip shortage, analysts predict

07-May-2021 02:55

Worldwide semiconductor revenue grew to $464 billion in 2020 and should continue to rise in 2021, even as supply constraints continue, says IDC.

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Twitter account sharing posts from Trump's new blog is already banned

07-May-2021 02:48

The former president was banned from Twitter in January.

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For the First Time, Archaeologists Identify Sailor From Doomed 1845 Franklin Expedition

07-May-2021 02:32

A genetic and genealogical analysis has allowed a team of archaeologists to identify the skeletal remains of a sailor who died during the ill-fated Franklin Expedition to map the Northwest Passage in 1845.

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