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  1. RP1 chip on the Raspberry Pi 5 board

    Enlarge / The Raspberry Pi 5's custom I/O chip, the RP1, is the result of $15M in investment over seven years. It unlocks far more data and storage capabilities in the single-board platform. (credit: Raspberry Pi)

    Nearly everything on the Raspberry Pi 5 has improved over the 4 model, particularly the way you can buy it. In a first for the single-board company, the 5 is available for preorder today from approved resellers before it's generally available by the end of October.

    Perhaps most importantly, the 5 is being prioritized for individual buyers rather than commercial partners.

    "We’re incredibly grateful to the community of makers and hackers who make Raspberry Pi what it is; you’ve been extraordinarily patient throughout the supply chain issues that have made our work so challenging over the last couple of years," writes Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton. "We’d like to thank you: we’re going to ringfence all of the Raspberry Pi 5s we sell until at least the end of the year for single-unit sales to individuals, so you get the first bite of the cherry."

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  2. Ex-Apple designer Jony Ive (left) and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (right).

    Enlarge / Ex-Apple designer Jony Ive (left) and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (right). (credit: Getty Images)

    Ex-Apple design star Jony Ive and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman have been discussing the design of an unspecified new AI device, reports The Information, citing two people familiar with the talks. It's unclear what exactly the device may be, but the report has many people on social media and the press guessing about a re-imagining of a smartphone that relies heavily on generative AI. Others think the device may be something else entirely.

    The news, originally broken by The Information and later covered by The Verge and Reuters, is admittedly thin on details. As The Verge points out, it's unclear if the proposed device would be an OpenAI product, a device produced by a different company, or even whether the device will actually happen at all. (OpenAI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) But the lack of specifics and the fervor of hype over AI in the tech industry have already created a vacuum that people are filling with speculative ideas.

    "Given Ive’s involvement, it’s most likely to be some sort of consumer device, like a reimagined phone," write Jessica Lessin and Stephanie Palazzolo for The Information. "One possibility is OpenAI is building its own operating system... Imagine an AI-native operating system that could generate apps in real-time based on what it believes its user needs, or one that listens to nearby conversations and automatically pulls up relevant information for its user."

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  3. Kerbal character next to an overturned aircraft.

    Enlarge / It's what you signed up for. (credit: Intercept Games / Private Division)

    When it comes to early access games, the only thing harder than code and quality assurance may be setting expectations.

    Kerbal Space Program 2 was initially announced for 2020, then, after a whole bunch of development shifts, arrived in early access in February 2023—a bit too early, as suggested by player feedback. There were complaints about missing features and missing tutorials, but now there's an issue with having too much of something: Windows registry entries.

    As detailed in a bug report, Kerbal Space Program 2 (KSP2) drops lots and lots of "PqsObjectState" entries into the Windows registry. The initial bug report offers a 322MB text file of them, to the point that the game started throwing "PlayerPrefsException" errors and refusing to load. The issue seems to be with how the game is using the Unity engine's PlayerPrefs game preference storing system.

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  4. The Quest 3 release date is unveiled at the Meta Connect conference.

    Enlarge / The Quest 3 release date is unveiled at the Meta Connect conference.

    Following a small tease in July, Meta has announced an October 10 release date for its Quest 3 headset. The follow-up to 2020's hot-selling Quest 2 and 2022's overpriced Quest Pro will start at $499 for a 128GB model or $649 for a 512GB model.

    The lower-end model comes bundled with a copy of Asgard's Wrath 2 (available in winter 2023), while the higher-end model also includes a six-month subscription to the Meta Quest+ software subscription service.

    The new headset upgrades the Snapdragon XR2 line powering previous Quest headsets to a "Gen 2" chipset, according to specs posted online. That means double the processing power and 30 percent more total resolution than Quest 2 (2064×2208 pixels per eye; 25 pixels per degree). The Quest 3 also sports 8GB of RAM, up from the 6GB of the Quest 2 but down from the 12GB on the Quest Pro.

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  5. Intel reiterates: Next-gen Meteor Lake CPUs aren’t coming to most desktops

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    Intel’s Meteor Lake processor architecture promises to be its most interesting in recent history, but we’ve known for a while now that Intel isn’t planning to launch a version for socketed desktop motherboards like the ones you’d find in a self-built PC or an off-the-shelf mini tower. For those systems, Intel plans to release a second consecutive refresh of the old Alder Lake architecture, the one that first came to desktops in 12th-generation Core CPUs in 2021.

    In an interview with PCWorld (via Tom's Hardware), Intel Client Computing Group General Manager Michelle Johnston Holthaus said that Meteor Lake chips would be coming to desktops after all. But the company backpedaled a bit a couple of days later, clarifying that these Meteor Lake desktop chips would be of the soldered-to-the-motherboard variety, not intended as high-performance replacements for current desktop Core i7 and Core i9 chips.

    This kind of bifurcation isn't totally unheard of, especially when Intel is in the process of shifting to a new manufacturing technology, as it is with Meteor Lake. Chips for high-performance desktops tend to be physically larger and also need to be able to scale up to higher clock speeds, two things that are harder to do when a manufacturing process is new. And Meteor Lake is nothing if not complex to manufacture, using new Intel Foveros packaging technology to combine four different silicon dies produced on three different manufacturing processes by two different companies.

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    Arctic Monkeys have been out on tour in support of their most recent album The Car for a while now, and for the past month they’ve been making the rounds of North America with openers Fontaines D.C. Last night, during their performance in Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum, the band broke out a song from their 2022 LP that they haven’t done live yet: “Hello You.” Watch video of that below.

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  7. Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Nike

    The French rapper MHD, real name Mohamed Sylla, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for his involvement in the murder of a 23-year-old in Paris in 2018. As The Guardian reports, MHD was sentenced alongside five other defendants, who also received jail time for the killing, along with three others who were acquitted. All of them pleaded not guilty. “From the beginning, I have maintained my innocence in this case,” MHD told the court in his final statement “And I will continue to maintain my innocence.”

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    Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres tour was in Vancouver this weekend, and they brought out a surprise Canadian guest during their show on Friday night. Bryan Adams took the stage toward the end of the band’s set to perform “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” accompanied by H.E.R., one of Coldplay’s openers for this leg of the tour.

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    Usher has been announced as the headline performer for the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show. The Super Bowl will take place on February 11 at Allegiant Stadium, right outside of Las Vegas. The NFL, Roc Nation, and Apple Music — the latter succeeded Pepsi as sponsors of the show last year — made the announcement on Sunday morning with a series of “Confessions” promotional videos starring Odell Beckham Jr., Kim Kardashian, Marshawn Lynch.

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    Bob Dylan played a surprise set at Farm Aid on Saturday night. Dylan took the stage a little after 10PM, accompanied by three members of former tourmates the Heartbreakers — Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Steve Ferrone — and members of the Dirty Knobs. Dylan, notably, played guitar — he almost always plays piano on-stage nowadays — and he ran through three tracks with the band: “Maggie’s Farm” (for the first time since 2009), “Positively 4th Street” (first time since 2013), and “Ballad Of A Thin Man.”

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    Paul Simon made his first-ever appearance on The Howard Stern Show for a wide-ranging interview, a few months after releasing his latest project Seven Psalms. He revisited the break-up of Simon & Garfunkel, talked about how he met his wife Edie Brickell at Saturday Night Live, explained Travis picking, and broke down how he made some of his classic songs, including “Cecilia” and “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.”

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    Empty Nesters, a Montreal-based project led by Eric Liao, have released a new single, “The Simphony,” featuring vocals from Madeline Link, the leader of the Toronto group PACKS. The pair met when Empty Nesters opened for PACKS. “After recording the song, I felt that it was missing female vocals and thought it would sound nice as a lovey dovey duet,” Liao said in a statement. “So I messaged my friend Madeline, who leads her band PACKS, and was more than happy to sing along to the track.”

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