Prepare to refresh your computer a lot

The good news: You won’t have to camp out in front of Best Buy for that big screen TV “doorbuster” deal.  

a display in a store: Big TVs await their Black Friday sale at Best Buy

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Big TVs await their Black Friday sale at Best Buy

The bad: So many will, indeed, be gathered at the same time, but you’ll all be online for the Black Friday super sales. First come, first served. Who has the quickest trigger finger?

Black Friday sales start earlier this year, as soon as Sunday, if you’re not counting the Black Friday-adjacent sales that have already been out there. The “doorbusters” of years past are now online specials, starting at staggered times.

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And if you thought the competition for that favorite item was bad in years past, just wait until you get in front of that computer or mobile device, trying to

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Chip industry is going to need a lot more software to catch Nvidia’s lead in AI


Anil Mankar, head of product development at AI chip startup BrainChip, presented details on the company’s technology Tuesday at the prestigious Linley Fall Processor conference. The conference organizer, Linley Gwennap, presented the case that the entire industry needs more software capability to catch up with an enormous lead that Nvidia has in AI.


The semiconductor industry is in the midst of a renaissance in chip design and performance improvement, but it will take a lot more software to catch up with graphics chip titan Nvidia, an industry conference Tuesday made clear. 

The Linley Fall Processor conference, which is taking place as a virtual event this week and next week, is one of the main meet-and-greet events every year for promising young chip companies. 

To kick off the show, the conference host, Linley Gwennap, who has been a semiconductor analyst for two decades, offered a keynote Tuesday morning in which

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Sony’s PS5 Could Get A Lot Louder After Some Online Updates

Sony engineered the PlayStation 5 with a 120mm fan that’s 45mm thick. By game console standards that’s enormous, but Sony did this to ensure the PS5 stays cool and quiet with all the graphics horsepower under the hook. Especially after so much criticism of the the jarringly loud jet engine that is the PS4 Pro (I honestly can’t wait to ditch mine). But a new interview contains hints that the new console’s noise levels and cooling performance could change substantially post-launch.

During Sony’s up-close and personal PS5 teardown earlier this month, we got a good look at that internal fan. Like the system itself, the fan seems comically large — at least when comparing it historically against prior consoles from Sony and its competition.

But a proper thermal solution is absolutely vital for this next generation of consoles because of the raw graphics power inside.

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