Gears & Gadgets

Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

Computer

Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.

A.I. is everywhere at the moment, and it’s responsible for everything from the virtual assistants on our smartphones to the self-driving cars soon to be filling our roads to the cutting-edge image recognition systems reported on by yours truly. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, there’s good a chance you’ve heard […]

Gears & Gadgets

“Lighthouse Detector” can distinguish between many sources of radiation

[embedded content] R&D 100: Lighthouse Directional Radiation Detectors A lighthouse is built to shed light on rocky waters, turning at the top of a tower to illuminate sections of a dark shoreline that might harm incoming boats. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and a company called Quaesta Instruments have drawn from that age-old […]

Gaming

GamesBeat Decides 90: Wait — how many songs mention Colin Kaepernick?

It’s time for another GamesBeat Decides podcast. This week, PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb and reviews editor Mike Minotti get together to talk about some games and the news. On this episode, the crew discusses virtual bedrooms, Donkey Kong ’94, and World of Warcraft. The duo also talk about EA Sports bleeping Colin Kaepernick’s name […]

Top Stories

A scientist who's worked at Tinder and Bumble says too many people make the same mistake in their dating profile photo

After working at Tinder and now at Bumble, Dr. Jess Carbino has found that smiling boosts your chances of matching with someone. But too many people try to look like a model in their profile photos, “grimacing” or not emoting at all. Carbino said smiling makes people look kinder and more approachable. Models are sexy. […]