Adobe’s impressive AI upscaling project makes blurry videos look HD
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by Jess Weatherbed
43m ago
Adobe claims its new VideoGigaGAN generative AI model can upscale video clips more consistently and in higher quality than other VSR methods.Image: Adobe Adobe researchers have developed a new generative AI model called VideoGigaGAN that can upscale blurry videos at up to eight times their original resolution. Introduced in a paper published on April 18th, Adobe claims VideoGigaGAN is superior to other Video Super Resolution (VSR) methods as it can provide more fine-grained details without introducing any “AI weirdness” to the footage. In a nutshell, Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are ..read more
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Windows 11 Start menu ads are now rolling out to everyone
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by Tom Warren
2h ago
The app recommendations in the Windows 11 Start menu.Image: Microsoft Microsoft is starting to enable ads inside the Start menu on Windows 11 for all users. After testing these briefly with Windows Insiders earlier this month, Microsoft has started to distribute update KB5036980 to Windows 11 users this week, which includes “recommendations” for apps from the Microsoft Store in the Start menu. “The Recommended section of the Start menu will show some Microsoft Store apps,” says Microsoft in the update notes of its latest public Windows 11 release. “These apps come from a small set of curated d ..read more
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The Mercedes G-Wagen, the ultimate off-road status symbol, goes electric
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by Andrew J. Hawkins
10h ago
Image: Mercedes-Benz AG Mercedes’ box-shaped luxury off-roader finally gets an electrified makeover ..read more
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Senate passes TikTok ban bill, sending it to President Biden’s desk
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by Lauren Feiner
10h ago
Cath Virginia / The VergePhoto by Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images A bill that would force China-based company ByteDance to sell TikTok — or else face a US ban of the platform — is all but certain to become law after the Senate passed a foreign aid package including the measure. It now heads to President Joe Biden, who already committed to signing the TikTok legislation should it make it through both chambers of Congress. The House passed the foreign aid package that includes the TikTok bill on Saturday. Once signed by the president, ByteDance would have up to a year to complete a sale of TikTok ..read more
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Steam will stop issuing refunds if you play two hours of a game before launch day
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by Sean Hollister
11h ago
Eight years ago, Valve began offering no-questions-asked refunds for any game you buy on Steam — as long as you asked for that refund within 14 days of purchase and hadn’t played more than two hours of a game. But when Valve started letting you play games ahead of their release dates with its “Early Access” and “Advanced Access” programs, it introduced a loophole: people could play for many, many hours ahead of launch and still request a refund after. Today, Valve’s closing the loophole: Your Advanced Access and Early Access playtime now counts against the two-hour refund limit. Here’s what V ..read more
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This Game Boy-looking phone stand is why MagSafe is good
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by Alex Cranz
11h ago
That’s a nice looking charger.Image by Elago MagSafe isn’t a particularly controversial standard, but I’ve heard people grumble about it. They get upset because it doesn’t charge quite as efficiently as an old-fashioned cable and they get annoyed that any phone case needs to be MagSafe-compatible. But could charging by cable provide you with something as stupidly fun as this new phone stand from Elago? The Elago MagSafe MS W5 Charging Stand is a mouthful of a name for what’s just a Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP shaped MagSafe stand. Do the buttons and switches work? No! Does it fold close? Abso ..read more
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The EU’s new right-to-repair rules make companies fix your device after a warranty expires
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by Emma Roth
12h ago
Cath Virginia / The Verge The European Union has officially adopted a new set of right-to-repair rules designed to encourage people to repair broken devices, rather than replace them. One of the rules extends a product’s warranty by one year if it’s repaired while still covered. The European Union already requires companies to offer a two-year minimum warranty on products, but these new rules take things a step further. Even after the warranty period ends, companies are “still required to repair common household products,” including smartphones, TVs, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and othe ..read more
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A cheaper Tesla is back on the menu
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by Umar Shakir
13h ago
The Model 3 might get an affordable younger sibling in 2025.Image: Tesla Tesla says it will build more affordable electric vehicles — perhaps as soon as 2025 — refuting recent reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had canceled plans for a cheaper “Model 2” vehicle in favor of getting a robotaxi out the door. But Musk didn’t clarify whether the lower-cost EV would be a brand new model for Tesla or simplified versions of its current vehicles. “In terms of a new product roadmap, there’s been a lot of talk,” Musk said during the company’s first quarter earnings call, addressing the concerns investors h ..read more
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Jabra’s noise-canceling Elite 5 are on sale for 40 percent off right now
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by Brandon Widder
15h ago
Jabra’s latest midrange earbuds aren’t the best at any one thing, but they do offer a lot of bang for your buck.Image: Jabra At this point, it’s safe to say that Jabra makes some of the most reliable earbuds you can buy, especially for the price. The Jabra Elite 5, like the company’s prior midrange models, are good example of a pair that checks all the right boxes, offering up ANC, multipoint, and a host of other welcome features at a competitive price point. And now, thanks to a $60 discount from Amazon and Jabra, you can grab them for a mere $89.99, which nearly matches their second-best pri ..read more
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