You might not realize it, but every time you purchase a new desktop CPU, you also get a ticket for a giveaway called the “silicon lottery.” Two CPUs of the same model can perform differently when pushed to their limits thanks to something called “CPU binning.” What Is Binning? Binning is a sorting process in which top-performing chips are sorted from lower-performing chips. It can be used for CPUs, GPUs (graphics cards), and RAM. Say you want to manufacture and sell two different models of CPU: one that’s fast and expensive, and another that’s slower at a bargain price Do you design two different models of CPU and manufacture them separately? Why bother when you could just use “binning?” The manufacturing process is never perfect, especially given the incredible precision necessary to produce CPUs. When you’re manufacturing those speedy, expensive CPUs, you’ll end up with some that just can’t run at the top-end speeds. You can then tweak these to run at slower speeds and … [Read more...] about What Is “Binning” for Computer Components?
You can’t believe everything you read—or see. Social media is rife with manipulated or “Photoshopped” images. Here are some telltale signs you’re looking at an altered image. Airbrushing Is Easy to Spot Have you ever seen an image that just doesn’t look right? Trusting your gut might not be the most scientific approach, but you’re probably better at spotting a fake than you realize. If you see an image that sounds alarm bells, you might want to look a bit closer. You’ll probably spot some telltale signs that it’s been manipulated. Airbrushed images often fall into “ uncanny valley ” territory. Even if you have perfect skin, most light sources cast small shadows on fine wrinkles, pores, and other slight imperfections. When these imperfections are digitally removed, so is the appearance of natural lighting. Professional retouchers often strike a balance between perfection and realism, but amateurs and mobile apps rarely do. Apps, in particular, depend on existing skin tones … [Read more...] about How to Tell If an Image Has Been Manipulated or Photoshopped
Five months after the release of Android 11 , Google announced Android 12 Developer Preview 1 (DP1). Although most of the changes take place behind the scenes, these are the eight best user-facing features you can expect. Table of Contents When Will Android 12 Be Released? When Will My Devices Get Android 12? How to Install Android 12 DP1 Add Text and Emojis to Screenshots Using the Markup Tool Scrolling Screenshots Might Finally Be Here Redesigned (and Bigger) Notification Shade Icons “Double Tap” Is Google’s Take on Back Tap New One-Handed Mode (Similar to iPhone’s) Send Wi-Fi Passwords With Nearby Share Camera and Microphone Privacy Toggles There’s a (Hidden) Simplified Interface When Will Android 12 Be Released? The first Android 12 Developer Preview was released on February 18, 2021. It was made available for the Google Pixel 3 / 3 XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 4 / 4 XL, Pixel 4a / 4a 5G, and … [Read more...] about The 8 Best Features in Android 12 Developer Preview 1
With so many interesting—and free—apps in the Google Play Store , you’re sure to download some that you end up not using. Keeping unused apps on your Android device can affect performance and take up storage space. Here’s how to uninstall Android apps. Generally speaking, any app or game that you install from the Play Store can be uninstalled. Exceptions to this include some apps that come pre-loaded on your phone or tablet. Sometimes you can “disable” these apps, but not always. RELATED: What Is the Google Play Store? Uninstall Android Apps There are two ways to uninstall an Android app or game: from the Play Store or the home screen/app drawer. We’ll cover the Play Store method first, which works the same way for everyone. Open the Play Store on your Android smartphone or tablet and tap the hamburger menu icon in the top-left corner. Select “My Apps & Games” from the menu. Switch to the “Installed” tab and find the app you want to uninstall. … [Read more...] about How to Uninstall Android Apps From Your Smartphone or Tablet