AMD cuts Radeon 5700 GPU prices just two days before their release

AMD cuts Radeon 5700 GPU prices just two days before their release

When AMD announced its next-gen Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT graphics cards last month, the news was just slightly underwhelming because the prices didn’t necessarily make them the obvious alternative to Nvidia’s rival chips. But just two days before their July 7th launch date, AMD has taken the drastic step of dropping the prices on these new GPUs. The Radeon 5700 XT, previously listed at $450, will now cost $400, and the Radeon…

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LA’s earthquake warning system worked — just not how people expected

LA’s earthquake warning system worked — just not how people expected

After a recent earthquake in Los Angeles, some residents were left wondering why their ShakeAlert LA app hadn’t notified them. After all, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked Ridgecrest, California, about 150 miles away, and that quake was the first test of ShakeAlert since the app was released in 2018. The system was working exactly as it was designed to, as the Los Angeles Times reported in the aftermath of the quake. While the shaking was…

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The US Army has released its first audiobooks

The US Army has released its first audiobooks

The US Army wants its soldiers to begin listening to its training materials, which, surprisingly, has never been an option before. In recent weeks, the Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate (CADD) has released audiobook versions of a pair of training manuals for the first time as part of an experiment to see if it’s an effective medium to spread information to soldiers across the force. It’s part of a wider effort to…

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Why does Amazon have so many clothing brands?

Why does Amazon have so many clothing brands?

Today, BuzzFeed News posted a reminder of exactly how enormous and inescapable Amazon is. In a single list, reporter Leticia Miranda went through all of Amazon’s various subsidiaries and sub-brands, many of which you probably haven’t heard of. The usual suspects are all there — Mechanical Turk, Twitch, Audible — but there are also dozens of different clothing brands, most of which have no obvious connection to Amazon. They’re the equivalent of store brands like…

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Elizabeth Warren has a plan to narrow the wage gap for women of color

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to narrow the wage gap for women of color

She joins Sen. Kamala Harris in making the problem a campaign issue. Wage inequality in America falls especially hard on many women of color. While white women make 77 cents for every dollar a white man makes, black women make 61 cents, and Latina women make just 53. Now Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has released a plan aimed at closing those gaps. The proposal, announced on Friday in an op-ed in Essence and fleshed out…

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Actual flight makes the Lego Apollo 11 lander set even better

Lego’s official Apollo 11 anniversary set is pretty slick already, but aerospace engineer Adam Woodworth has made it even cooler by adding a set of propellers so that the lunar lander can actually fly, as spotted by Gizmodo. Woodworth detailed the build in an Imgur gallery, and it’s seriously impressive. He hollowed out the inside of the set to make room for a battery and flight controller. (The battery is hidden inside the ascent stage…

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