Microsoft is set for a massive exhibition at the IFA Berlin 2015 convention this week, which kicks off on September 4. A keynote hasn’t been scheduled yet, but the Redmond giant has confirmed its presence at the fair in Malta last week. Although Microsoft didn’t discuss the objects they would be demonstrating at the trade show, we’ve a good idea about what these devices could be. One of them could be the new Surface Pro 4, while other devices will most likely be in the Microsoft Lumia category.
The company launched the Surface 3 this year as its response to more entry-level hybrid devices and as a response to the new Apple MacBook. Although many had expected the Surface Pro 4 to surface this Spring, that didn’t happen, but execs as well as engineers working with Microsoft have repeatedly confirmed to us that we definitely should expect the Surface Pro 4 in 2015. Although it’s not a sure deal that the convertible device will be present at the IFA convention this week, it’s a pretty likely development.
The Surface Pro 4 is a mystery right now, but there are a few leaks and rumors to get inspired by in order to get an idea of what the company is planning. Speculation dictates that a newer generation Intel processor will be at the core of things, giving the Surface Pro 4 performance like none other and the ability to compete against the upcoming Apple iPad Pro, iPad Air 3 as well as convertibles from the likes of Asus, Lenovo and others. Processing power is the most important part of a hybrid like the Surface Pro 4 and insiders say that’s where Microsoft will be focusing their attention.
Naturally, Windows 10 with Cortana integration is going to be on board the new device, alongside an improved Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB Type C compatibility. At the same time, the Surface Pro 4 will have a slightly improved design that will make it seem weightless and thin, in order to rival against similar options from Apple. The kickstand will most likely stay the same, but the stylus and keyboard will be overhauled and sold together with the device.
After a good amount of anger directed at Microsoft for selling the Surface Pro 3 and its keyboard separately, it looks like the company is listening to its fans a bit more and will launch the Surface Pro 4 for a slightly higher premium, but with a new type of magnetic keyboard included. That would be a good option, although selling it without is just as good, as the keyboard from previous editions will be compatible with the Surface Pro 4.
There will most likely be 5 different variants of the Surface Pro 4, one set with a smaller 12 inch display and another set with a 13 inch display, both with QHD or higher resolutions. Performance-wise, the new Intel chips will most likely be grouped into i3, i5 and i7 variants, the larger model having all three options available the smaller having the bottom two options available.
Although there’s little to be known about the Surface Pro 4, we’re excited and you should be too. It seems like convertibles are becoming more popular as tablets slowly fade into oblivion, and if Microsoft nails the engineering of the new hybrid, Apple might have some serious competition on the tablet front. Windows 10 adds a lot of appeal, too, and many iOS users are curious to see more and more improvements in the OS for mobile platforms. Until IFA Berlin 2015, we can only hope!
Remake of Silent Hill 2 Dev is “Very Safe” with Any Changes
The developer of the PS5 recreation of Silent Hill 2, Bloober Team, has said it will take a “very conservative approach” to whatever alterations it makes. Chief marketing officer Anna Jasiska claims that the Polish developer is being very cautious when making changes because they want to remain authentic to the PS2 masterpiece. However, we are making changes to some areas where time has passed and things need to be modernized.
While maintaining “the conventional tale canon,” the team is concentrating on “putting the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2” and modernizing the gameplay and graphics “from the ground up.” Hardcore fans shouldn’t worry that the developer “missed the point” of the original title, Bloober Team then emphasizes. We simply have some thoughts on how to make the odd fright components more accessible to the present audience. “We are not moving away from the original objective of making this cult masterpiece,” the statement continued.
Pyramid Head sexually rapes an enemy in a kitchen quite early in the game, and this is one particular scene Jasiska is questioned about. Jasiska effectively answered “no comment” when asked if the cutscene had been changed or not.
Out of several other studios, Bloober Team was selected by Konami to oversee the production of the Silent Hill 2 remake. This decision was reportedly made because of Bloober Team’s “commitment and enthusiasm for horror.” The Layers of Fear series, Blair Witch, and The Medium are some of its earlier games. Because so many Bloober Team employees are ardent fans of the game, our business was astounded when we learned of this wonderful news.
The PS5 console exclusive Silent Hill 2 doesn’t yet have a release date, but given that it is in the last stages of development, this year’s release looks feasible.
Using AI to develop arithmetic algorithms that are more effective
Using AI, researchers at Google’s DeepMind in London have discovered that matrix multiplication issues can be solved more quickly. The team outlines enhancing math-based algorithms through reinforcement learning in their research that was published in the journal Nature. In the same journal issue, a Research Briefing detailing the work done by the London team was also released.
In computer programming, math is frequently used to describe and then manipulate representations of real-world phenomena. It can be used to represent nodes in a synthetic network, meteorological conditions, or pixels on a computer screen. Calculations on matrices are one of the main ways that math is used in these situations. Matrixes can be used, for instance, to describe potential movement options in game programming. Matrices are frequently multiplied or added to in order to effectuate such movements; occasionally, both operations are required. This is labor-intensive, especially as the matrices get bigger, therefore computer scientists have devoted a lot of time and effort to creating ever-more-effective algorithms to do the task.
In this new endeavor, the DeepMind researchers questioned whether it may be feasible to deploy an AI system based on reinforcement learning to develop new algorithms with fewer steps than those already in use. They sought inspiration from gaming systems to learn the answer, observing that the majority of them are based on reinforcement learning. The team focused on tree searching after developing a few prototype systems, which is also used in game programming. It gives a system a way to consider multiple options in light of a specific condition. The researchers discovered that turning an AI system into a game allowed for searching for the most effective technique to arrive at a desired outcome—a mathematical result—when used to multiplying matrices.
The system was put to the test by the researchers by having it look for, evaluate, and employ pre-existing algorithms while utilizing incentives to select the most effective one. The system gained knowledge of the elements that affect the effectiveness of matrix multiplication. The researchers then gave the system the freedom to develop its own algorithm in an effort to increase efficiency. The researchers discovered that the algorithms selected by the system were frequently superior than those developed by their human forebears.
Arriving with higher speeds and a new high-gloss look is Google’s Nest WiFi Pro.
As is believed, a single pack Google’s Nest Wifi Pro costs $200, and three cost $400.
As anticipated, Google has announced the Nest WiFi Pro mesh router system, which features a sleeker appearance, WiFi 6E speeds that are quicker, and a straightforward setup. When Google’s new smart home protocol debuts, it will also function as a Matter hub, although it costs a little more than the existing Nest WiFi router.
The Nest WiFi Pro has a similar circular appearance to the previous version, but Google claims it utilizes a high-gloss material “inspired by ceramics” that is made of more than 60% recycled materials overall. In comparison to the WiFi Nest, which has a softer matte surface, it appears incredibly glossy in the promotional photographs. To fit nicely with most houses, it is available in four earth tone-inspired tones, “Snow,” “Linen,” “Fog,” and “Lemongrass.”
A crucial component is the tri-band WiFi 6E protocol, which Google claims offers “a quicker and more direct path to the most dependable internet connection” and operates on the less congested 6Ghz frequency. The end result is speeds that can be up to twice as fast and support for the most recent smartphones and other WiFi 6E-compatible devices. It prioritizes high-bandwidth activity like video chats or streaming while analyzing network performance and optimizing connections to keep things moving swiftly.
The Nest WiFi Pro is compatible with the majority of smart home devices that are linked, and it has the speed to simultaneously handle video chats, 4K films, and security camera feeds. According to Google, a single router can span 2,200 square feet. It has a Thread border router built in to link smart home appliances via a low-power mesh. When Google’s new Matter smart home protocol debuts later this year, it will support it as well.
You’ll spend more than the existing Nest WiFi gadget for all of it. One unit costs $200 (as opposed to $169 for the existing Nest WiFi router), two units cost $300, and three units cost $400. Pre-orders are currently available, and shipment will begin on October 27.
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