Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK can expect a similar jump from £4.99 to £5.99 / month. Apple hasn’t acknowledged the changes yet, but the new pricing information is currently available on Apple Music’s webpage. Students subscribed to Apple Music have also started seeing the price increase on their iPhones and iPads’ subscription pages. It’s unclear when exactly Apple implemented these changes, but, as… Read More

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Nvidia’s delayed GTX 1630 budget graphics card could be out in a few days

Nvidia’s purportedly incoming GeForce GTX 1630, a graphics card aimed at the entry-level market, is now set to debut on June 28 according to the latest from the rumor mill. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a release date for the GTX 1630, of course, and in fact this represents the third date put forward via the GPU grapevine. To begin with, this budget graphics card was supposed to be launching on May 31, before the on-sale date was said to slip to June 15. Obviously, mid-June came and went with no sight of the GTX 1630, and now the latest word is that it’ll finally show up on… Read More

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The weekend’s best deals: Steam Summer Sale, Apple Back to School promo, and more

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web is particularly heavy on video games, as Steam’s annual Summer Sale kicked off earlier this week. The PC gaming storefront’s latest mega-sale runs until July 7 and, as is often the case, includes thousands of discounts on games that span across genres and eras. There’s a good chance you’re already sitting on an unwieldy backlog of games you’ve picked up from past sales, but if you’re still looking for something new to play, we’ve dug through the avalanche of offers to curate a… Read More

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AI can now play Minecraft just as well as you – here’s why that matters

Experts at OpenAI have trained a neural network to play Minecraft to an equally high standard as human players. The neural network was trained on 70,000 hours of miscellaneous in-game footage, supplemented with a small database of videos in which contractors performed specific in-game tasks, with the keyboard and mouse inputs also recorded. After fine-tuning, OpenAI found the model was able to perform all manner of complex skills, from swimming to hunting for animals and consuming their meat. It also grasped the “pillar jump”, a move whereby the player places a block of material below themselves mid-jump in order to gain elevation. Perhaps most impressive, the AI was able to… Read More

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Intel delays ceremony for Ohio factory over lack of government funding

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Intel is postponing the groundbreaking ceremony for its planned chip-making facilities in Ohio because the US government hasn’t yet provided it with funding, the company confirmed to The Verge (via The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal). The ceremony, which was originally set to take place on July 22nd, has been delayed indefinitely in a likely bid to push the US government towards passing the CHIPS Act. Intel announced its $20 billion plan to build two semiconductor plants in New Albany, Ohio earlier this year, noting that its expansion to potentially include up to eight plants will “depend heavily on funding from… Read More

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Google Pixel 7 Pro could offer one key display upgrade over the Pixel 6 Pro

We know that the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro are real and on the way later this year, but we don’t have too much in the way of official information about them. Now newly uncovered details reveal a little bit more about what to expect from these phones. You may remember that a previous leak suggested that the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro would use the same Samsung-made displays as their predecessors – but the latest analysis of tweaked Android source code suggests that’s not quite right. As flagged by Mishaal Rahman (via SamMobile), the Pixel 7 Pro may be using a slightly different Samsung… Read More

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Should you pick up a Prime Day Kindle deal, or wait even longer to buy an ereader?

(Image credit: Future) Amazon’s cheapest, but least feature-packed, line of entry-level Kindle ereader hasn’t seen an update since 2019. We imagine the company is operating under the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra until a new ereader innovation comes along. Since it’s the oldest member of the currently sold Kindle products, it’s often the first to see a discount during Prime Day sales (and Now that Amazon Prime Day is getting close, you might be wondering whether you should pick up those gadgets you’ve had in your sights now, or hold on a little longer until the online retailer’s discount days kick off on July 12. A popular… Read More

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Google’s AI hires a lawyer, but it’s me who needs a counselor

Humans are experts at anthropomorphizing intimate objects. We call boats “she,” talk to our Roombas, and even grow sentimental about a soon-to-be discarded easy chair. We don’t, however, hire lawyers for any of them; and, to date, none have asked for them. But give a piece of programming a voice and, soon after it starts chatting about its favorite books and convincing you it has a soul, it will ask for a lawyer. Blake Lemoine, the madcap, suspended Google engineer who has insisted for weeks that LaMDA, Google’s powerful AI chatbot, is a person with a soul, recently told Wired that LaMDA hired a lawyer. For those of you who… Read More

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This film could create vivid 3D images without special reading devices

Researchers have developed a new ultra-thin film that can create detailed 3D images viewable under normal illumination without any special reading devices. The images appear to float on top of the film and exhibit smooth parallax, which means they can be clearly viewed from all angles. With additional development, the new glass-free approach could be […] The post This film could create vivid 3D images without special reading devices appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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The James Webb Space Telescope is ready for SCIENCE. Here’s what that means

NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. They’ll mark the beginning of the next era in astronomy as Webb – the largest space telescope ever built – begins collecting scientific data that will help answer questions about the earliest moments of the universe and allow astronomers to study exoplanets in greater detail than ever before. But it has taken nearly eight months of travel, setup, testing, and calibration to make sure this most valuable of telescopes is ready for prime time. Marcia Rieke, an astronomer at the University… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Elden Ring devs could be working on a game we’ve been waiting on for 10 years

(Image credit: FromSoftware) We’re mecha-ing an educated guess There is one interesting tidbit, though. The Elden Ring developer FromSoftware is working on multiple new projects, raising the question of what the studio could have in store for us next. Following the release of Elden Ring earlier this year, the studio has begun a new recruiting drive. “We have started recruiting staff for a wide range of occupations for multiple new projects,” it tweeted (translated using Google). “We look forward to working with you on making games with FromSoftware.” The slate of new jobs covers a range of disciplines, including game design, animation, technical design, art, sound, and production. There’s little… Read More

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Here’s Google’s letter saying employees can relocate to states with abortion rights

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google’s chief people officer Fiona Cicconi sent a staff-wide email to employees informing them of Google’s response to the ruling. Among other things, the email highlights that Googlers can “apply for relocation without justification” and that people in charge of the relocation process “will be aware of the situation” in assessing their requests. In an email last August reported by Bloomberg, Google told employees that of 10,000 requests over the prior few months to work remotely or relocate, 85 percent were approved. The Supreme Court’s ruling does not… Read More

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New study explains what may have triggered ice age

A new study led by University of Arizona researchers may have solved two mysteries that have long puzzled paleo-climate experts: Where did the ice sheets that rang in the last ice age more than 100,000 years ago come from, and how could they grow so quickly? Understanding what drives Earth’s glacial–interglacial cycles – the periodic […] The post New study explains what may have triggered ice age appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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