Microsoft Surface Pro X review: The pros and cons of Windows on Arm

Microsoft’s range of 2-in-1 Surface Pro laptops has been around since 2012. They feature distinctive detachable keyboards and have touch screens. This means they can be used as a laptop or as a tablet. Until recently these devices ran 64-bit Windows on Intel processors, however, that all changed with the launch of the Surface Pro X. Instead of an Intel processor, the Surface Pro X uses Microsoft’s own processor the Microsoft SQ1. The SQ1 is an Arm-based processor built in partnership with Qualcomm. It is basically a Snapdragon 8cx processor with some specification tweaks from Microsoft. Microsoft has a love-hate relationship with the processors that run its software. On the one-hand Windows and Intel are almost synonymous, oftentimes being shorted to Wintel. On the other hand, Microsoft dreams of being platform agnostic. More so now in the age of the cloud. Windows NT (circa 1995) ran on x86, MIPS, and Alpha. Windows NT is part of Windows 10‘s heritage and there is no technical reason for Windows 10 to run just on Intel (or AMD) processors. Windows NT 3.51 and Windows 8 RT, are a couple of examples where Microsoft has tried to branch out beyond x86. Windows 10 on the Surface Pro...

Big surplus auto auction Saturday in Columbus: See all 104 cars, SUVs, trucks and more available cheap from Ohio government

COLUMBUS, Ohio — If you’re looking for a great deal on a used automobile (emphasis on the word used), look no further than the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’ surplus vehicle auction this Saturday in Columbus. We visited the lot Wednesday and took pictures of every car, SUV, truck, trailer, dump truck — you name it — that will be auctioned off. There are 104 in all. The DAS will put them up for auction at its storage yard at 4200 Surface Road in Columbus. The lot opens at 8 a.m., and the auction kicks off at 9 a.m. Everything is sold “as-is” and there are no warranties of any kind. If you’re looking to cruise the highways in a former State Trooper vehicle (maybe even the same one that pulled you over for going 90 mph), there are plenty to choose from. Most have about 125,000 miles on them. And, if you’re looking for that food truck to start your “I Wanna Iguana” iguana-on-a-stick food truck business, you’re in luck.  There are even a couple of old Chevy Stepvans available. And a dump truck in case you need something to haul away all the old junk in your garage. Cement Truck So, scroll down to fi...

Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser has been working with his Chinese colleague to create a range of

Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser has been working with his Chinese colleague to create a range of wines worthy of attention outside the province of Ningxia, China. Read the Decanter reviews on three wines from the Ningxia estate. Lenz M. Moser represents the fifth generation of the Moser family of the Niederösterreich region of Austria. He has been a consultant and winemaking advisor to Changyu since 2005. His thinking is simple – minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the winery. Terroir is not the key here; the vines are only around 12 years old so the priority is to establish varietal typicity. The warm continental climate, on the edge of a desert and shielded to the west by mountains, lacks rainfall. The vines absorb all 3000 sunshine hours and irrigation is vital to keep them alive. Ripeness is relatively easy to achieve, even at the winery’s 1100 metre altitude. Moser wishes to define the interplay of spice flavours as a defining trait of Ningxia wines, playing with oak and blending to achieve this. The latest vintages of Changyu’s wines were launched last week [w/c 12/9] in the UK available from Bibendum, Berry Bros & Rudd and Wine Rack. Tasting notes: Ripe blackcu...

Honda supplier Tigerpoly to expand Ohio operations with $10.7M investment logo-pn-color logo-pn-color

Grove City, Ohio — Auto parts injection molder and blow molder Tigerpoly Manufacturing Inc. plans to invest $10.7 million in its Grove City operations. The plant is the Osaka, Japan-based company’s only U.S. manufacturing site. The plans, disclosed Sept. 9, will add 105,000 square feet of space to the company’s 32-year-old Grove City facility and create about 40 jobs. The decision to expand in Ohio comes after considering several options, including expansion to southern states, the company said in a news release issued by JobsOhio. Grove City, located about 10 miles southwest of Columbus, Ohio, offers a number of advantages for Tigerpoly, including its proximity to Honda Manufacturing Inc., which operates three Ohio plants — in Marysville, East Liberty and Anna. “Expanding in Grove City allows us to leverage our longstanding commitment to the Columbus region,” Tim Vanover, Tigerpoly senior operations manager, said in the news release. “The Columbus region is already home to a robust automotive industry and friendly business climate, allowing us to remain in a cost-competitive market from both a geographical and labor perspective.” Tigerpoly Ma...

Joliet Public Schools District in Illinois has installed 370 Clevertouch 65-inch Plus Series units. John Armstrong,

Joliet Public Schools District in Illinois has installed 370 Clevertouch 65-inch Plus Series units. John Armstrong, Joliet’s director of technology, and Kathleen Santoria of Tierney explain why. Joliet, Illinois is an urban city just south west of Chicago with a population of around 150,000 residents. Joliet Public Schools District 86 consists of a total of 21 schools, with 575 classrooms, serving approximately 11,250 students in grades K-8. It’s the fourth largest elementary school district in Illinois covering an area of 26.5 square miles. The district recently undertook a radical digital transformation of its classroom technology, with 370 Clevertouch 65-inch Plus Series units installed by Tierney which was also responsible for the project management. John Armstrong, director of technology and information services for Joliet Public Schools District. holds a position at Cabinet level and works collaboratively with all district leadership to understand and deliver on their requirements. He was responsible for overseeing the entire project from acquiring the funding, decision making, installation and teacher adoption. Armstrong and Kathleen Santoria of Tierney have answered ques...

Questions hang over Turkey’s first domestically built car

To much fanfare, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week unveiled prototypes of the country’s first car to be domestically designed and built, but there are still many unanswered questions on the feasibility of the project. Instead of making models of Swedish Saab cars, as was previously announce, Turkey is to launch its own line of electric vehicles that will include two jeeps, two saloon models and a people carrier. The Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), a consortium of five holding companies and a business union, is to start production in 2022 at facilities in western Turkey designed to build 175,000 units a year. The first car to be produced will be a C-class SUV designed by Italy’s Pininfarina. Production of a sedan model is expected to start once the SUV goes into production. The government-supported venture will require an investment of $3.7 billion and will enjoy comprehensive tax cuts, free land allocation and reduced interest rates. Rıfat Hirsacıklıoğlu, the head of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, said that the joint venture would provide employment for some 20,000 people, including those in the replacement parts production jobs, a...

VicenzaOro Fair Marked by Optimism and Trendsetting Design

VicenzaOro, the jewelry industry’s first show of the year and Italy’s leading trade show, closed Wednesday after welcoming more than 35,000 visitors (the highest number in the last 10 years) from 26 countries, including a 30% increase in the number of attendees from the United States compared with 2019. Despite ongoing concerns about falling diamond prices, the recent spike in the gold price, and continuing uncertainty over the incursion of lab-grown diamonds into the marketplace, jewelers exhibiting at the fair showed their optimism in the form of scores of new collections. “The VicenzaOro show is always a place to see popular trends in fine jewelry,” said attendee Scott Saunders, senior vice president of business development at London Jewelers, a luxury retailer based on New York’s Long Island. “What we noticed this year was personalization and inspirational words on jewelry from many companies. Love, amore, grateful, dream, and other words were used in bracelets, rings, and necklaces with stones, colored metal, and diamonds. Initials as well were seen in many forms. Classic bold gold and diamond jewelry also were strong trends this year.” Italian designer Roberto Coin singled...

What did a dinosaur sound like? How would a Neandertal vocalize? Scientists have long used fossil

What did a dinosaur sound like? How would a Neandertal vocalize? Scientists have long used fossil evidence, DNA analyses and computer models in attempts to break the silence of the distant past. Now 3-D printing and body-scanning technology have lent a little bit of voice to a relatively young artifact: the more than 3,000-year-old mummy of an ancient Egyptian named Nesyamun. The results were published Thursday in Scientific Reports. For centuries, researchers have studied how the shapes formed by the human vocal tract—which runs from the larynx, or voice box, to the mouth and nasal cavity—affect the sounds that emerge from it. In recent decades, medical scanning technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography have allowed scientists to examine living human vocal tracts at work speaking, singing or even beatboxing. Such scans have also helped researchers generate digital models and 3-D-printed replicas of these body parts to better understand the physical forms used to produce specific noises. “There is a long history in trying to understand speech using physical models,” says Daniel Aalto, a communication sciences and disorders researcher at the Universi...

Graphene biointerfaces for optical stimulation of cells

Noninvasive stimulation of cells is crucial for the accurate examination and control of their function both at the cellular and the system levels. To address this need, we present a pioneering optical stimulation platform that does not require genetic modification of cells but instead capitalizes on unique optoelectronic properties of graphene, including its ability to efficiently convert light into electricity. We report the first studies of optical stimulation of cardiomyocytes via graphene-based biointerfaces (G-biointerfaces) in substrate-based and dispersible configurations. The efficiency of stimulation via G-biointerfaces is independent of light wavelength but can be tuned by changing the light intensity. We demonstrate that an all-optical evaluation of use-dependent drug effects in vitro can be enabled using substrate-based G-biointerfaces. Furthermore, using dispersible G-biointerfaces in vivo, we perform optical modulation of the heart activity in zebrafish embryos. Our discovery is expected to empower numerous fundamental and translational biomedical studies. Electrical signaling plays a central role in many aspects of cellular physiology, including excitability, ion ...

US Steel Kosice to install new annealing and coating line

Slovakian steelmaker US Steel Kosice has taken on Tenova LOI Thermprocess for the design and supply of an annealing and coating line for dynamo steel strips. US Steel Kosice is undergoing extensive modernisation with a view to improving product quality, Tenova claims. One of the measures is the dismantling of two outdated annealing and coating lines and the construction, simultaneously, of new equipment. According to Tenova, the plant bears the internal name Dynamo-Line no.4, and will be designed and delivered by Tenova, part of the Techint Group. US Steel Kosice is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pittsburgh, USA-based US Steel. It is a fully integrated metallurgical plant and one of the largest industrial companies in the Slovak Republic. The plant produces thin sheet, ultra-fine sheet and galvanised strip and non-grain-oriented electrical steel sheets. Steel Times International is an English language journal. It contains a digest of global news, events, statistics, and stockholding news, as well as more detailed technical articles, company and country profiles, conference reports and regular regional economic briefings. 304 Stainless Steel Wire Mesh Price The target readership ar...

Roundup Of Machine Learning Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2020

IDC predicts spending on AI systems will reach $97.9B in 2023, more than two and one-half times the … [+] $37.5B that will be spent in 2019. Machine learning’s growing adoption in business across industries reflects how effective its algorithms, frameworks and techniques are at solving complex problems quickly. Open jobs requiring TensorFlow experience is a useful way to quantify how prevalent machine learning is becoming in business today. There are 4,134 open positions in the U.S. on LinkedIn that require TensorFlow expertise and 12,172 open positions worldwide as of today. Open jobs on LinkedIn requesting machine learning expertise in the U.S. further reflect its growing dominance in all businesses. There are 44,864 jobs in the U.S. today according to LinkedIn that list machine learning as a required skill, and 98,371 worldwide.    Senior management teams at enterprises who are Gartner clients initiated over 18,000 search queries last year on machine learning, with the majority from banking and financial institution clients, followed by government, services and manufacturing. One of the best reports published last year is from Stanford University’s Institute for Human-C...

Fort Smith Animal Rescue Saves Cat From Freezing To Death | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A cat that was found nearly frozen has been saved by a Fort Smith animal rescue. A sheriff’s deputy alerts The Artemis Project Wednesday (Jan. 22) about a cat in desperate need of saving. “We have relationships with some of the deputies, some of the animal lovers, and asked if we could come take a look because he was in pretty bad shape,” said Jennifer Reddout of The Artemis Project. When rescuers arrived at Ben Geren Park in Fort Smith they found a cat suffering from hypothermia and wounds to his hind legs. “I don’t think he would have survived another day out here, not in the condition that he was in,” Reddout said. The cat, now dubbed Ben, is on the road to recovery. The rescue however still has other animals in need of medical aid. “We have a lot of dogs that are getting heartworm treatment, we have had to take in a puppy that’s been attacked by a coyote, a cat that was found on the side of the road with terrible wounds. She had to have her tail amputated. We have had to amputate a leg on one of our cats as well,” said Mary Scott of The Artemis Project. Animal advocates hope Ben’s story serves as a reminder to pet owners to take extra care of...

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