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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 780G beefs up the midrange mobile CPU space

multithreaded muscle — Significant changes in SoC architecture should produce faster midrange phones. Jim Salter – Mar 26, 2021 6:38 pm UTC Enlarge / Significantly faster mid-range Android phones and tablets are on the way starting in Q2 2021.QualcommOn Thursday, Qualcomm announced its newest midrange mobile processor—the Snapdragon 780G, a 5nm part that succeeds last…

Facebook has been autogenerating pages for white supremacists

What ban? — Facebook’s efforts to combat extremism remain at odds with engagement goals. Tim De Chant – Mar 25, 2021 3:03 pm UTC Enlarge / Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress in April 2018. It wasn’t his only appearance in DC this decade.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress today, and he…

NASA lays out plans for its first flights on Mars

Waiting for takeoff — The expectation is that we’ll have five flights over the course of a month. John Timmer – Mar 23, 2021 9:17 pm UTC On Tuesday, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hosted a press conference where it detailed the plans for the Ingenuity drone that hitched a ride to Mars attached to…

New York lawmaker wants to ban police use of armed robots

Robodogcop — Use of Boston Robotics’ Digidog intensifies concerns about police militarization. Sidney Fussell, wired.com – Mar 21, 2021 11:15 am UTC New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he “watched in horror” last month when city police responded to a hostage situation in the Bronx using Boston Dynamics’ Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog…