I want to meet the person who buys the $53k Mac Pro

Apple’s Mac Pro is available for purchase today, and several people have noticed something curious about it. Namely that, if you choose the correct options during the purchasing process, it will cost you more than a Cybertruck. The Mac Pro slides in just at the end of 2019, technically fulfilling the company’s promise to be available by the fall. When my colleague Napier Lopez revealed the company would release the Pro this month, he mentioned the rather steep base price — $5,999 — and added, “Expect that price to rise dramatically as you add fancier components.” Napier, buddy, you have…

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Humans best AI in first-ever Drone Racing League showdown

The Drone Racing League recently held its first Human VS AI match, pitting a drone helmed by AI developed by Delft University of Technology’s MavLab against one flown by human pilot Gabriel Kocher. Despite early race hype, MavLab’s machine took a big “L” as Kocher flew away with the victory, running the course in half the time it took the AI. Am I the only one wondering how the “future” ended up being a world where AI can beat us at board-games and we’re better at piloting vehicles? That’s not to say that controlling these particular drones is any mean feat. The…

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Buchardt S400 Review: Remarkable speakers near endgame material

If you’re not particularly invested in high-quality speakers, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Buchardt Audio. I think it’s time to fix that. A fledgling Danish audio firm with a 31-year-old founder, Buchardt has burst into the hi-fi scene with much momentum. Early buzz has lauded its products’ high performance per dollar, and I have no reason to contradict those comments. After spending some time with the Buchardt S400, I came away impressed with both its sound quality and the measurement data behind it. At €2,000 within Europe or €1610 (~$1,800) outside of it, the S400 is a remarkable performer…

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Double eureka: Breakthroughs could lead to quantum ‘FM radio’ and the end of noise

A team of scientists from the University of Chicago discovered a method by which quantum states can be integrated and controlled in everyday electronics. The team’s breakthrough research resulted in the experimental creation of what they’re dubbing a “quantum FM radio” to transmit data over long distances. This feels like an eureka moment for quantum computing. The team’s work involves silicon carbide, a naturally occurring semiconductor used to make all sorts of electronics including light emitting diodes (LEDs) and circuit boards. It’s also used in rocketry due to its ability to withstand high temperatures and in the production of sand…

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