GPT-3: an AI game-changer or an environmental disaster? | John Naughton | Opinion

Unless you’ve been holidaying on Mars, or perhaps in Spain (alongside the transport secretary), you may have noticed some fuss on social media about something called GPT-3. The GPT bit stands for the “generative pre-training” of a language model that acquires knowledge of the world by “reading” enormous quantities of Continue Reading

‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app | Technology

On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing Continue Reading

Ransomware attack on Garmin thought to be the work of ‘Evil Corp’ | Technology

A ransomware attack that took the GPS and smartwatch business Garmin entirely offline for more than three days is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cybercriminal gang which calls itself “Evil Corp”. Garmin began to restore services to customers on Monday morning, after being held hostage for Continue Reading

Covid-19 and technology: ‘This time has shown me that analogue life has its advantages’ | Membership

Julia Carrie Wong, senior technology reporter, Guardian US: Good morning from Oakland. To kick us off, I’d love to hear how tech reporting has changed for you since the lockdowns began? Alex Hern, UK technology editor: Well, on the positive side, it’s got a lot more efficient. Stripped of the Continue Reading

The 25 greatest video game consoles – ranked! | Games

25. 3DO (1993) The second true 32-bit machine after the FM Towns Marty, the 3DO was available via a unique business model: the 3DO Company (formed by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins) licensed its technical specifications to third-party manufacturers such as Sanyo and Panasonic, which then built their own versions. Continue Reading

Is it payback time for Apple as the EU goes after its licences to print money? | John Naughton | Opinion

On 16 June, the European commission opened two antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay practices. The first investigation will examine whether Apple has broken EU competition rules with its App Store policies. The second investigation is into whether restrictions imposed by Apple on the near field communication Continue Reading

Apple ditches Intel for ARM processors in Mac computers with Big Sur | Technology

Apple has announced the biggest change heading to its Mac computers in 14 years: the dumping of Intel Inside. The company is ditching Intel’s traditional so-called x86 desktop chips for Apple’s own processors based on ARM designs – those used in smartphones and mobile tablets, including the iPhone and iPad. Continue Reading

Scale Computing Partners with Mustek on HCI and Edge-computing Solutions | Tempemail

Scale Computing and Mustek have partnered to provide hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) series, including the HC3, to customers throughout South Africa. Scale Computing is said to be Mustek’s only HCI vendor and is well placed to service Mustek’s needs throughout South Africa with its local presence. With all components built-in, including Continue Reading

The best keyboard and mouse for working from home | Technology

With many of us still stuck working at home because of the coronavirus crisis and some employers saying it could be months before they reopen offices, it is time to start seriously thinking about your home set-up and whether it could be more comfortable and efficient. A decent keyboard and Continue Reading

PlayStation 5 v Xbox Series X: how will the rival consoles compare? | Games

Last week, in a livestream watched by millions, Sony revealed the first games coming to its PlayStation 5 console. Due out this winter, the machine will be competing with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X in the first major console war since 2013. But what will these new devices offer that Xbox Continue Reading