Home Office Setup Guide: The Best Gear for Working at Home (2021)
Long before I was forced to stay indoors last spring, I spent most of my time … indoors. I built a PC back in college (with the help of friends), and since then I’ve continued perfecting my home office setup—switching desks, keyboards, monitors, and more. When everyone was forced... Read more
Reinforcement learning competition pushes the boundaries of embodied AI
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Since the early decades of artificial intelligence, humanoid robots have been a staple of sci-fi books, movies, and cartoons. Yet after decades of research and development in AI, we still have nothing that comes close... Read more
The Apple-Epic antitrust case over the App Store’s Fortnite ban, explained
The trial that kicks off in a federal courtroom in San Francisco on Monday is extraordinary: Epic Games, one of the world’s most popular and valuable game companies, is suing Apple, the world’s most valuable company. Epic wants Apple to make fundamental changes to its powerful Apple App Store.... Read more
Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly line
Enlarge / Ford is adding artificial intelligence to its robotic assembly lines. In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line, an innovation that made piecing together new vehicles faster and more efficient. Some hundred years later, Ford is now using artificial intelligence to eke more... Read more
Take your Zoom close-up with this 4K webcam that’s 30% off
Depstech Even if you didn’t care much about webcams a year ago, you probably do now. We spend so much time in virtual meetings these days that looking good in those Hollywood Squares-style web conference windows is more important than ever. Thankfully, it’s easy to upgrade from the junky... Read more
Returnal review, Project Dragon for Xbox, and a lot more Star Wars games | GB Decides 194
Join GamesBeat Summit 2021, happening today! Watch live here!  GamesBeat editor Jeff Grubb dropped his Returnal review this week, and the internet handled it well. Jeff and reviews editor Mike Minotti discuss the game and the response to the review on this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides. Also, rumors... Read more
India is silencing its critics on Facebook and Twitter during the pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic rages in India, claiming thousands of lives, many Indians are turning to social media to demand that the government handle the public health crisis better. And now, the government is silencing these critics in its latest threat to the future of free speech on the... Read more
An ambitious plan to tackle ransomware faces long odds
Miragec | Getty Images Schools, hospitals, the City of Atlanta. Garmin, Acer, the Washington, DC, police. At this point no one is safe from the scourge of ransomware. Over the past few years, skyrocketing ransom demands and indiscriminate targeting have escalated, with no relief in sight. Today a recently... Read more
Kentucky Derby 2021: How to watch, stream live today without cable
After last year’s race was pushed back to September and run without fans in fancy hats in attendance because of the pandemic, the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby returns to its usual spot in the calendar — the first Saturday in May. The stands and infield won’t be... Read more
Research: A market where consumers can pay for privacy is emerging
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register for the AI event of the year. Location tracking, e-commerce history, online buying behavior, and biometric information — there has been a slow but consistent erosion of consumer privacy. Consumers used to be very comfortable sharing personal data with brands in order... Read more