Three-dimensional printing is one of the most interesting and exciting new tech hobbies out there, but it isn’t the cheapest to get into. That said, it’s not as expensive as you may think; there are plenty of good budget-friendly 3D printers out there today. To help you get started (or maybe to upgrade your existing setup with some more premium equipment), we’ve taken the liberty to round up the best 3D printer deals of the month and put them right here. Today’s Best 3D Printer Deals Sunlu PLA Plus+ Premium 3D Filament (1.75mm, 1kg/spool, Black) — 20 , was 29 Creality LD-002R 3D Printer — 199 ELEGOO Mars 2 UV Photocuring Resin 3D Printer — 200 , was 270 Anycubic Photon Mono Resin 3D Printer — 210 , was 290 Creality Ender 3 V2 3D Printer — 279 , was 400 Creality Ender 5 Pro 3D Printer — 400 , was 500 Bibo Dual Extruder 3D Printer with Laser Engraving — 749 , was 839 With on-page coupon Expires soon Anycubic … [Read more...] about Best cheap 3D printer deals for May 2021
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Computer chips might be in short supply at the moment, but chipmakers will continue wringing more power out of them for a while yet it seems. Researchers at IBM have demonstrated a way to squeeze more transistors onto a chip, a feat of nanoscopic miniaturization that could significantly improve the speed and efficiency of future electronic devices. The engineering feat might also help the US regain some ground when it comes to minting the world’s most advanced chips, something that has become central to geopolitics, economic competition, and national security. Chips are critical for a growing array of products, and access to faster, more advanced chips is likely to fuel progress in critical areas including artificial intelligence , 5G , and biotechnology . IBM says 50 billion of the new transistors—the electronic switches that let chips perform logical operations and store data—could fit on a chip the size of a fingernail, two-thirds more than possible using the … [Read more...] about To Make These Chips More Powerful, IBM Is Growing Them Taller
Apple has formally changed the name of its desktop operating system, moving from OS X to macOS with its latest release, Sierra. macOS Sierra features a major focus on Continuity, iCloud , and Mac experiences. One of the key new features with Sierra is Auto-lock, which allows you to automatically unlock your macOS computer if your Apple Watch is on your wrist. There's also the new universal clipboard, a shared clipboard between macOS and iOS that allows you to easily share text, images, and video between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Siri will also be coming to Mac desktops for the first time, and Safari will get picture-in-picture support. There are also changes coming to iCloud Drive . Your desktop folder and files will now be visible on other Macs and iOS devices. macOS will optimize storage in concert with iCloud Drive, moving your older documents from your hard drive to the cloud. This includes full-resolution photos and movies. It will also automatically delete your trash, … [Read more...] about Goodbye OS X: Apple introduces macOS Sierra
In 2019, the U.S. Postal Service had a need to identify and track items in its torrent of more than 100 million pieces of daily mail. A USPS AI architect had an idea. Ryan Simpson wanted to expand an image analysis system a postal team was developing into something much broader that could tackle this needle-in-a-haystack problem. With edge AI servers strategically located at its processing centers, he believed USPS could analyze the billions of images each center generated. The resulting insights, expressed in a few key data points, could be shared quickly over the network. The data scientist, half a dozen architects at NVIDIA and others designed the deep-learning models needed in a three-week sprint that felt like one long hackathon. The work was the genesis of the Edge Computing Infrastructure Program (ECIP, pronounced EE-sip), a distributed edge AI system that’s up and running on the NVIDIA EGX platform at USPS today. An AI Platform at the Edge It turns out edge AI is … [Read more...] about Sharpening Its Edge: U.S. Postal Service Opens AI Apps on Edge Network
To compete with China and shore up the American economy, the Biden administration is engaging in the long criticized industrial policy of choosing some industries to promote over others. Research and Development (R&D) tops the list of the chosen ones to the tune of $300 billion , and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the favorite technologies on the R&D list, right next to other “Breakthrough Technologies” such as electric vehicle technology, lightweight materials and 5G. Government reports and many journalists refer to AI as “a technology.” Actually, AI is not one technology but a whole toolbox of different technologies. To plan to invest more in AI is akin to calling for more investment in, say, renewables; both a good idea and a very incomplete thought. I am a student of public policy (including a year of hands-on experience in the White House), not of AI. That said, I note a striking difference between two AI agendas. One seeks to create an artificial brain that … [Read more...] about The Biden administration wants to invest in AI — but which kind?