U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives from major companies on Monday to discuss the global chip shortage that has hit automakers and spurred Intel Corp to announce it plans to make chips for car plants at its factories in the next six to nine months. During the meeting, Biden said he had bipartisan support for legislation to fund the semiconductor industry. He previously announced plans to invest $50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing and research as part of his drive to rebuild U.S. manufacturing under a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The global chip shortage stems from a confluence of factors as carmakers, which shut plants during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, compete against the sprawling consumer electronics industry for chip supplies. That industry has seen a boom as people spend more time at home. Biden and his top advisers view the semiconductor shortage as a "top and immediate priority," the White House said after the meeting. Intel Chief Executive … [Read more...] about As Joe Biden works to fix chips shortage, Intel promises help for automakers
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Acer has launched a new pair of true wireless earphones called the Gateway GAHR012. The wireless earbuds feature a stick form factor and come with touch control features. The Acer Gateway GAHR012 earbuds were launched with a price tag of Rs 3,499. But they are listed at a discounted price of Rs 2,999 on leading e-commerce websites. We have been using the earbuds for some time and here’s the review Acer Gateway GAHR012: Design The Acer Gateway GAHR012 earbuds feature an in-ear form factor with a stem design. It comes in a white case with a gloss finish. It's not too shiny that makes it look cheap. The glossiness is perfect to the amount that it does not look dull either. There are no other colour options for the Acer earbuds and it only comes in White colour. The case is slightly small which is a good thing. This means it can be slipped into your jeans pocket easily. It is also lightweight and easy to carry. The case has four LED indicators to reveal battery levels. There … [Read more...] about Acer Gateway GAHR012 review: Good design, average sound
So you’re considering a projector? Perhaps you’re a movie fan who wants to curate their own home cinema night, popcorn and all. Or you’re a gamer who wants to step out onto a distant planet and blast life-sized aliens to smithereens? With the right projector you can do all of these things, and so much more. If you are indeed ready to take the plunge, or are looking to upgrade, there are a few considerations to take into account. Projectors require a little more planning and setting up when compared with televisions. To get the best out of one, you’ll need to attach it to the ceiling, as – unlike TVs – you’ll need distance between the lens and the screen to project. (Unless of course, you go for a short throw model, but we’ll talk a little more on this later.) A ceiling-mounted beamer also eliminates the possibility of shadows cast by passing people or pets. Not all need to be ceiling mounted as smaller projectors can be moved in and out of a room as needed, but Sony’s range … [Read more...] about Should I buy a Sony projector?
The iPhone 12 represents a stark departure from its predecessors, courtesy of a completely refreshed design and some notably improved components. With many an iPhone XR owner due for an upgrade after a long two-year contract, it’s the iPhone 12 that’s likely to be in their crosshairs. So how much of a step up does the iPhone 12 present? And is the iPhone XR still a viable purchase in 2021? The two-year gap between the release of these handsets represents a long time in the smartphone world. Let’s see if Apple has put that development time to good use. iPhone 12 vs iPhone XR price and availability The iPhone 12 landed in shops on October 23, 2020. Prices for Apple’s current flagship range from $799 / £799 / AU$1,349 for the 64GB model, to $949 / £949 / AU$1,599 for 256GB. The 128GB model tucked in-between costs $849 / £849 / AU$1,429. Two years prior to the iPhone 12 hitting shops, the iPhone XR went on sale. From October 26, 2018, you could grab the 64GB model for $749 … [Read more...] about iPhone 12 vs iPhone XR: two years is a long time in smartphones
A never-before-seen particle has revealed itself in the hot guts of two particle colliders, confirming a half-century-old theory. Scientists predicted the existence of the particle, known as the odderon, in 1973, describing it as a rare, short-lived conjointment of three smaller particles known as gluons. Since then, researchers have suspected that the odderon might appear when protons slammed together at extreme speeds, but the precise conditions that would make it spring into existence remained a mystery. Now, after comparing data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 17-mile-long (27 kilometers) ring-shaped atom smasher near Geneva that's famous for discovering the Higgs boson, and the Tevatron, a now-defunct 3.9-mile-long (6.3 km) American collider that slammed protons and their antimatter twins (antiprotons) together in Illinois until 2011, researchers report conclusive evidence of the odderon's existence. Finding the odderon Here's how they found it: After those … [Read more...] about After 48-year search, physicists discover ultra-rare ‘triple glueball’ particle