Better than JPEG? Researcher discovers that Stable Diffusion can compress images
Enlarge / These jagged, colorful blocks are exactly what the concept of image compression looks like. Benj Edwards / Ars Technica Last week, Swiss software engineer Matthias Bühlmann discovered that the popular image synthesis model Stable Diffusion could compress existing bitmapped images with fewer visual artifacts than JPEG or... Read more
Taco Bell to Bring Back Another Discontinued Item
Mexican Pizza had its moment. Now a new Taco Bell offering is set to return from the land of discontinued menu items. But the fast-food chain is leaving it up to fans to decide which.  Taco Bell will bring back one of two options — either the Double Decker... Read more
This 15-Inch Innocn 15K1F Portable OLED Monitor Is on Sale Right Now
My home workstation has a 32-inch ultrawide monitor paired with a 28-inch monitor mounted vertically alongside it, which is why I feel cramped whenever I’m away from home and have to use my laptop’s cramped 13-inch screen. (I know, I know. First-world problems.) It’s just not enough space! A... Read more
AWS rival Wasabi Technologies secures $250M to scale ‘affordable’ cloud storage for enterprises
Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. As the demand for cloud services continues to surge amid accelerated digital transformation, Boston-based Wasabi Technologies is gearing up to scale its technology offerings and presence across markets.... Read more
What the NASA asteroid DART mission means for humanity’s future
At 7:14 EDT Monday night, something historic happened for the human species — and it took place more than 7 million miles from our planet. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft successfully collided with the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos, which circles the larger asteroid Didymos (hence the “double asteroid”).... Read more
Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them
Google and Apple have removed hundreds of apps from their app stores at the request of governments around the world, creating regional disparities in access to mobile apps at a time when many economies are becoming increasingly dependent on them. The mobile phone giants have removed over 200 Chinese... Read more
Best Home Theater Systems of 2022
When it comes to setting up a home theater, the TV may come first, but equally important is improving sound quality. There are plenty of options when it comes to buying a home theater sound system: from AV receivers and multispeaker setups to simpler yet still powerful soundbars, we’ve got you... Read more
The Unlikely Cure for Burnout? A Second Job
Like Murphy, many overemployed individuals are achieving financial milestones that once seemed out of reach—from buying a home to building up sizable savings. In one Discord conversation, a member relishes the feeling of getting two paychecks on the same day while others react with emojis in delighted unison. In... Read more
How Unravel Data optimizes data apps for enterprises
Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. Even as data-driven apps, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) or advanced analytics, continue to see a surge in demand, companies are facing challenges in making... Read more
Why fewer Americans are donating to charity
Over the past two decades, fewer and fewer Americans have given to charity. In 2000, roughly two-thirds of American households gave to a charitable organization. In 2018, just under half of American households did. In other words, about 20 million Americans had stopped giving. While the amount of money... Read more