Tim Cook: Surface Book “diluted”, no hybrid iPads, ever
Tim Cook seems to be rather appalled by the “diluted” Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, as the CEO emphasizes that hybrids are devices that don’t have a clear purpose and that idea does not pertain to Apple’s high standards. Windows fans have been used to getting beef from Apple fans, but Tim Cook seems to be angrier than usual at the mixed response the company is getting about the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The overwhelmingly positive opinions about the Surface Book might have hit a sensitive chord with the Apple CEO and his cohort, as they felt compelled to reassure fans that Apple would never create a useless hybrid such as Microsoft’s Surface devices.
Not that iPad Pro isn’t a hybrid, of course. It’s running on iOS but Apple is marketing it towards professionals who do a lot of graphical manipulations and design. So the iPad Pro isn’t a hybrid, it doesn’t aim to fulfill tasks you would do with a PC or ultrabook and it doesn’t aim to become a replacement for the Surface Pro 4, with its detachable keyboard and Apple Pencil. Nope, the iPad Pro is definitely not a hybrid. Not even in the broadest meaning of the “hybrid” word. We can take Tim Cook’s word for it.
Moreover, Tim Cook mentioned in an interview with the Independent, that Apple would not create a hybrid between Macs and iPads not now, not in the near future and not even in the distant one. So, as long as Tim Cook’s on top, hopes of seeing a hybrid device (another hybrid device) should be abandoned at the curb. Because Apple doesn’t want to have anything to do with the restricted, niche department that is hybrid devices. Phil Shiller, an exec within the company, revealed that the Surface Book and others of its kind have no future in an interview with Mashable.
It seems to be clear that Apple is not very fond of what Microsoft is doing, and maybe the huge amount of interest the Redmond giant gathered with their new hybrids is a threat to Apple’s market segment. It certainly feels like Tim Cook and his executives feel endangered by a product they still say is useless and without a future. Tim Cook explained the reasons behind their harsh judgment of Microsoft’s recent products and the unwillingness of Apple to go down the hybrid road: “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad. Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways.”
With these statements, the CEO confirmed that there won’t be any devices that would permit for the hybrid name in the future of the company, because Apple wants to make products that clearly state and do what they are supposed to, without taking on additional traits and features from existing products in an attempt to remove one need and replace it with another. Whether they will stay true to this is uncertain at this point. Judging by Apple’s habit of bashing products only to borrow features from it later, our hunch is that we’re definitely looking forward to an ultraportable touchscreen device with a keyboard, kickstand and stylus – but it’s not going to be a hybrid. It’s going to be unique product that will fulfill a need nobody has identified before. Sure.
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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