Understanding GPUs and how Nvidia is lining up to be bigger than Intel

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Image courtesy of Nvidia.

On September 1st, Nvidia announced their latest-and-greatest GPU lineup: the RTX 30 series of their popular graphic cards. They promise a huge boost in performance over the last couple year’s offerings and (thanks to strong competition from AMD) a MUCH lower price tag. That second part is important. Let’s dig into it and explain why you should be paying attention this year.

Graphic cards, by principle, are designed to take on the heavy lifting of really intense computing tasks. While any computer can output most of what you see on screen to 1080p, GPUs provide computers with the extra oomph to handle tasks like video games, heavy design and CAD software, and even number crunching for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. …


A brain-wave reading device is cool and futuristic, but should it really be an implant?

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Elon Musk, presenting the “sewing machine-like” robot that would install the Neuralink device. Source: Neuralink.

Alright, Elon. You’ve done it again. You’ve ignored any regard for humanity by creating a product with an altruistic vision and an ethically questionable aura. If you haven’t heard by now, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO showcased what Neuralink, his neuro-tech company, has been working on. After an on-brand late appearance, a live demonstration of a pig sporting a Neuralink brain chip meant we could see (and hear) live brain patterns as the pig roamed around its cage, doing very normal pig things. …


Two very different industries keep colliding, and it could be the start of something great

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Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

It’s always weird seeing Hermès, the French high fashion brand, paired with Apple on the Apple Watch. For a cool $1,250, you can have an exclusive watch face and a $500 watch band to go with your $800 watch. It’s so infuriatingly Apple, and yet it makes no sense as a partnership for a device the company pitches more as a health device and less of a fashion accessory every year. Apple and Nike? Yeah, okay that one I get. But Hermès? Take the Coach and Fossil approach and just sell the watch bands on your own site.

The strangest part is how Hermès isn’t alone in this tech/fashion intersection. In the past decade, I’ve seen the two industries collide in a number of ways, from fashion companies introducing smart devices (like Fossil’s very own Gen 5 watch), to partnerships similar to what Hermès has, to tech companies dipping their feet into the fashion game (think of companies like Stitch Fix, Thread, and even smart mirror companies like Care OS that can show you with a new outfit on in AR). …


How old is too old for a computer?

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Photo by John Schnobrich on Unsplash

Right now, in Merriam, Kansas, there is a 2011 MacBook Pro still trucking along — original battery and HDD and all. It was my first computer. When I was 16 years old, I asked my mom to help me buy it and had to justify a dozen ways to use it in a budding high school career in journalism and beyond. In 2011, it was the pinnacle of modern technology. …


The next-gen Wi-Fi is here to stay, and it’s time to learn all about why you should adopt it early.

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Image courtesy of Asus

After being on backorder for two months, last Wednesday held a happy sight: a cardboard box from B & H Photo. In that box contained an item I’ve been excited to test and use on a daily basis: Asus’s Zen WiFi XT8 router. For a majority of people, getting a new router isn’t all that exciting. Many do just fine with whatever their ISP comes in and installs for them. …


Every company’s founder has a great idea. But their social influence should stop there.

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About a week ago, a friend and I were talking about Tesla. We’re both fans of the car company, but inevitably Elon Musk got brought into the conversation. It seems like Elon’s presence is forever tied to whatever Tesla does. Yet there’s key differences between what Tesla the car company does and what Elon Musk does. In today’s supersaturated tech industry, CEOs have become new celebrities. Founders of your favorite brands and platforms are raised onto pedestals and are given an unprecedented power of influence. One bad day for a CEO means stocks can plummet, investors can back out, and companies can crumble. There was an argument during the 2008 economic crisis that corporations were people. …


The once cult classic is back with a singular goal — making SUVs more than one-trick ponies.

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The 2-door and 4-door Broncos. Image credit to Ford Motor Co.

Well, it happened. Ford has finally unveiled the legendary cult classic coming to a lot near you — the Ford Bronco is back in three flavors: the two-door, four-door, and Sport. Of course, the one item on my wishlist of it being electrified didn’t see the light of day (nor did I think it really would), but what it lacks in zero emissions it picks up slack in a much more important role: changing the bleak and bland landscape of SUVs.

Too much of the same

Overall, the vehicles we rely on every single day are in a bit of a conundrum right now. Aside from a global pandemic that is affecting supply chains, manufacturing, and all the logistics involved in the car industry, there’s still a huge gap between the gasoline-reliant past and the inevitable EV future. Sure, the gap is slowly closing (thank you Tesla, Formula E Racing, and the handful of car makers that are starting to get the memo), but there’s still an overwhelming amount of car makers that have yet to produce a full lineup of EVs. You can promise to put them on the road by 2030 all you want. It’ll be too little too late by then. Furthermore, the car industry is suffering from stagnation. Cars are an outlet of personality. You choose to drive something specific because it reflects on what you want and how you live your life. …


Rethinking how smart a smart home should be.

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Being in quarantine has brought out weird quirks and obsessions in all of us. For some, it means binge-watching tv. For others, it’s a new dedication to being a parent to a thousand houseplants. For me, it’s adding to my smart home obsession.

For many of my regular readers, it’s no secret how much I love smart home stuff. What was once a party trick has quickly become an obsession and lifestyle for me. …


The e-comm startup is looking to take everything we hate about starting a business and flip the table. That’s pretty damn exciting. (Updated July 7, 2020)

At one point or another, we’ve all had that moment that we want to tell our bosses to shove it and start our own businesses. Everyone has a unique, great idea that they want to breathe fire into, putting everything they’ve got into their ideas. If you’re willing to sit down and learn how to do it over months or years, you might even turn that idea into a business. …


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All of the sudden, I have time to play again.

When I was in college, I had a lot of free time that I took for granted.

When classes were over for the day and I didn’t have work or homework, I would gladly take advantage of the downtime — proudly going to movies alone, marathoning shows like Mad Men (took me about a month and a half), or playing Xbox until my hands hurt.

After college, that free time went down the drain. My 24 hours were simultaneously split between a retail job, supporting my budding freelance work, looking for a “big boy” job, and paying bills. …

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