Vector graphics explained: how to make logos, advertisements, and UIs that absolutely pop

Vector graphics are all around us, and provide an important way to visually communicate information, whether it’s corporate branding, street signage, or a flier in the window of a cafe. But vector graphics themselves are even more fascinating when you look behind the shapes and fonts that combine to communicate a message at a glance, and recognize them for what they really are, and why they are such a powerful tool in any designer’s toolbox. Before we dive into what vector graphics are, let’s shed some light on the two…

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The best gaming PCs are cheaper than you think

If you love PC gaming, you’re going to want a sweet gaming PC, but there are many things to consider before getting one, the biggest being budget. Trying to build the absolute best gaming PC imagineable can be obscenely expensive and buying one prebuilt isn’t much better, but there are ways to get cheaper ones; particularly when you build your own, but even if you get them pre-built.  More than anything, the best computer for gaming is ultimately the best one you can actually afford, but you don’t want to…

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Rollerdrome is Doom Eternal on roller skates – and it’s as good as it sounds

I’m rollerskating at maximum velocity and still a sniper’s laser sight is pinned to my torso. I wait for the final moment, just when they’re about to pull the trigger, to dodge the incoming bullet and fire my shotgun – right at the brute swinging a spiked club at my forehead. After beelining for the nearest half-pipe, I spin a nose grab mid-air to replenish my pistol ammo, and land on a grind rail – heading straight for the marksmen. Now it’s just a case of shooting a few homing…

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Microsoft says hydrogen fuel cells could be the future of data center power

Microsoft says it has produced a zero-carbon emissions replacement for the diesel-powered generators used for backups in data centers, in the event of power outages and other service disruptions. In a blog post announcing the news, Sean James, Microsoft’s director of data center research, called the breakthrough a “moon landing” moment for the data center industry Data center sustainability is a huge deal whatever way you look at it; the cornerstones of modern cloud hosting currently use nearly 1% of global electricity demand contributing 0.3% of all global CO2 emissions,…

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This major breakthrough could end PC overheating worries for good

Silicon might be the de facto standard for today’s computing, but it might be due for a change if new research from MIT, the University of Houston, and other institutions is to be believed. Cubic boron arsenide, a chemical compound cooked up from a combination of boron and arsenic, could apparently be a better semiconductor, bypassing some of the weaknesses of silicon when it comes to heat sensitivity.  In fact, according to research published in Science,  Cubic boron arsenide has the “third-best thermal conductivity of any material — next to diamond…

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Intel Arc graphics cards could be in serious trouble – will Team Blue throw in the towel?

There’s finally some news on Intel Arc Alchemist’s release date, but not the kind that anybody outside of Nvidia and AMD really wanted to hear: Arc Alchemist and Battlemage might get the ax entirely over unfixable hardware flaws that are kneecapping their performance, and it’s threatening to scrap Intel’s entire Arc discrete graphics line. This report comes from YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead, and it is a doozy, full of internal politics, bitterness, and recriminations at Intel over the company’s graphics unit being unable to actually deliver the discrete graphics…

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I bought this crappy laptop for college and it was the best decision I ever made

Picture this: it’s 2008 and I’m in my first year of college, badly needing my own laptop but not having a ton of spare income (read: barely any at all). At this point Dell, which had firmly established itself as a brand thanks to the desktops it provided to mine and other high schools, was my number one choice due to being a solid maker of low and mid-range laptops with affordable pricing. After careful saving I settled on a Dell Inspiron 1525, which was its mid-range option. Of course…

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Sony is aiming to increase PS5 supplies for the holiday season

Sony has said it’s aiming to increase the production of PS5 consoles in order to increase supply ahead of the end of 2022 and the holiday season. Sony made the announcement in its latest earnings results, in which it also explains that software sales and gameplay engagement have dropped year-on-year, stating that engagement in particular is “a much lower level of engagement than we anticipated in our previous forecast.”  As a result of this, Sony says it intends “to take action to increase user engagement in the second half of…

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14 new movies and shows to stream on Netflix, Disney Plus, and more in August 2022

We’re nearly two thirds of the way through 2022. And, even though we’re in the middle of summer (sorry, southern hemisphere dwellers), the world’s biggest streamers have plenty of new movies and TV shows for us to watch over the next four weeks. Below, we’ll run you through 14 of the most anticipated films and TV series set to land on Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and more. That trio leads the way in the most notable streaming offerings in August, but you shouldn’t discount productions available on other platforms.…

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Fujitsu’s supercomputer in the cloud could help unlock the mysteries of space

Fujitsu’s soon to launch high performance computing (HPC) cloud is already being put to use researching the next generation of space travel.  The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) utilized Fujitsu’s wave analysis solution to conduct large scale electromagnetic wave simulations, used to evaluate the radio wave intensity within the X-ray spectrometer of the space agency’s X-ray imaging satellite XRISM. Utilizing Fujitsu’s solution, JAXA was reportedly able to generate an experiment environment that simulates observation conditions as in outer space and conducted evaluations that could not be performed with traditional computing…

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