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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

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Should you repair or buy a new laptop?

Deciding if you should replace or repair a laptop can be confusing. If it runs a program which can’t be reinstalled then you likely can repair it. However, if the cost of repairing it is higher than its overall value then you might have to consider replacing it. Hence, to ease out the confusion, below are some signs you should pay attention to before buying a new laptop:

  • Laptop works sluggishly:

The RAM and CPU are the two primary hardware which determines your laptop’s speed. As the laptop ages, you may notice a webpage taking a lot of time to load or a document taking ages to open. This generally happens as the memory of the laptop begins to fill up.

In such cases, you can think about upgrading these two components to help regain the speed of your laptop. However, this is not an easy task to do on a laptop which is old. In fact, replacing your laptop could be a wise option if you discover that either of these isn’t performing as per your needs or is damaged.

  • When laptop overheats quickly:

Laptops contain a fan inside to help them remain cool. You may have noticed your laptop heat up if you’ve been using it for a prolonged time period. Over time, these fans tend to accumulate debris and dust, thus making it difficult for the laptop to cool itself.

This results in the laptop overheating and ceasing to function properly. In such a case, it’s probably best to buy a new laptop instead of investing in cooling pads or cushions. A cooling mat will likely give you some time, however, most laptops cannot be saved from such an issue.

  • The battery does not charge:

Replacing your laptop when it is not turning on isn’t the right choice always. It may likely just be suffering from some charging issue. The problem might be with the charging cable, battery or the power input source (highly unlikely).

A damaged charging cable or battery can be replaced simply. However, you may want to confirm if the battery is really an issue by plugging your laptop in the power source with the battery removed. If the laptop still turns on properly then its battery is at fault. Here, you can check the kind of battery your laptop uses to buy a replacement of it. You can try checking out for fox battery

for buying a new battery or replacement battery.

In another case, it’s best to try a separate power cable if possible before you buy its replacement, just to remain on the safer side.

If the cable or battery isn’t the cause of your dying or dead laptop, consider plugging your system in a different power source. If you discover that internal components are refraining your laptop from charging then replacing the system may probably be right.

These are a few signs which can help you determine what is the right thing to do- repair or replace. In the end, you are the best judge to decide if upgrading or repairing an existing laptop can help you.

Sharon Ross has been phenomenal in the success of Report Door. She is the super dedicated types, always glued to her computer. She talks less, but when it comes to work, she is behind none. She is a tech geek and contributes to the technology section of Report Door.

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Grindr will finally remove the app’s ethnicity filter

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Grindr will finally remove the app's ethnicity filter

Dating app Grindr will finally remove its ethnicity filter, following years of criticism culminating in accusations of hypocrisy regarding the company’s stance on #BlackLivesMatter. The app currently lets users filter potential matches based on age, height, weight and ethnicity, but the company — which says it has a “zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech” — has confirmed the ethnicity filter will be removed from the next version of the app.

The change, which coincides with the start of Pride month, appears to have been catalyzed by responses to a tweet in which Grindr said, “Demand justice. #BlackLiveMatter,” in relation to the ongoing protests in the US and around the world following the alleged murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One response to the tweet said “remove the ethnicity filter” and was subsequently retweeted 1,000 times. Grindr later deleted its original tweet, replacing it with the below.

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Microsoft finally gives AppGet developer the credit he deserves

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Microsoft finally gives AppGet developer the credit he deserves

Microsoft is crediting a developer after he accused the company of copying the core mechanics of its new Windows Package Manager. AppGet developer Keivan Beigi provided a detailed account of Microsoft reaching out with interest about his app, inviting him for interviews, and then ghosting him for months before unveiling an app that he felt was inspired by his own work.

Beigi claimed the “core mechanics, terminology, the manifest format and structure, even the package repository’s folder structure” of Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager (winget) are all heavily inspired by AppGet. Microsoft only briefly mentioned AppGet once in its announcement, in a throwaway line

that lists other Windows package managers.

Microsoft doesn’t dispute the claims. “Our goal is to provide a great product to our customers and community where everyone can contribute and receive recognition,” says Andrew Clinick, a program manager responsible for the app model at Microsoft, in a blog post. “Over the past couple of days we’ve listened and learned from our community and clearly we did not live up to this goal. More specifically, we failed to live up to this with Keivan and AppGet. This was the last thing that we wanted.”

Clinick stops short of directly apologizing for the circumstances around AppGet and winget, and admits Microsoft’s implementation was inspired — or as he puts it “helped us get to a better product direction” — by AppGet:

No scripts during install – something that we completely agreed with and don’t allow with MSIX

Rich manifest definition within GitHub – the power of being open combined with rich declarative meta data about the app is so important to meet goal #1

Support all types of Windows applications installers

Seamless updates for applications in the repository

Microsoft is now promising to credit Beigi in an upcoming update to the readme portion of the Windows Package Manager. We reached out to Beigi to comment on the blog post and Microsoft’s overall response, but the developer says he’s still in discussions with Microsoft over the issue. “There are a few areas Andrew and I have been discussing,” says Beigi in a comment on GitHub. “Hopefully we’ll have something to share with you guys soon.”

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Yandex promises better side visibility perception using autonomous 2020 Hyundai Sonata

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Yandex promises better side visibility perception using autonomous 2020 Hyundai Sonata

Shortly after revealing its driverless vehicle fleet has racked up over 2 million autonomous miles, a total that stands at 3 million today, Yandex unveiled its fourth-generation self-driving car design. It’s built atop the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and will soon join the Moscow company’s over 100 autonomous Toyota Priuses on the road.

Autonomous vehicle designs abound, from Uber and Waymo’s modified Volvo XC90 and Jaguar I-Pace to Cruise’s Origin, which is without steering wheel or pedals. But despite differences in appearance, each new generation brings improvements to perception across the industry, enabling the cars to navigate roads more safely than their predecessors.

This appears to be the case with Yandex’s fourth-generation car, at least, as it adds three cameras for a total of nine (up from the third generation’s six) and moves the radar system from beneath the bumpers to the roof. These changes, along with reoriented front lidar sensors, help it better distinguish smaller objects around the vehicle, Yandex says. The autonomous 2020 Sonata can supposedly “see” obstacles more quickly in scenarios with limited side visibility, such as when leaving an alley to turn onto a busy street.

Beyond those improvements, Yandex says the Hyundai Mobis team modified the Sonata’s electronic control units to “interface more effectively” with the former’s driverless control technology. (Last year, the companies

inked a memorandum of understanding to architect the control systems for level 4 and level 5 cars, categories of automation defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers as requiring limited to no human intervention.) And while the internal computer’s specs are similar to those of the third generation, which packs several Nvidia GTX graphics cards, the cooling was “significantly” reworked to fit the Sonatas.

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Work on a prototype vehicle began in May 2019, and it was tested on a closed track in a range of weather and simulated traffic conditions.

“We’re excited to reveal the great progress we’ve made in the first year of our collaboration with Hyundai Mobis,” said head of Yandex self-driving Dmitry Polishchuk in a statement. “In one of the first projects to come from our work together, we assembled our first self-driving Hyundai Sonata prototype last summer in just a month.”

Yandex says an initial set of five Sonatas is now operating on the streets of Moscow. The company adds that 100 more will be added to the fleet and deployed as part of tests in Michigan and an ongoing robo-taxi program in Innopolis (but not Tel Aviv). That will bring the total size of the company’s fleet to roughly 200 by the end of 2020, including the 105 self-driving Toyota Priuses it has on the road.

Work on Yandex’s platform began in earnest in 2016, when the company’s 120-person self-driving team started piecing together components atop a Toyota Prius V chassis. What emerged is largely custom, from the sizable under-the-trunk PC to the roof-mounted sensor stack consisting of three Velodyne lidars, five cameras, eight radars, and GPS.

Currently, a small team within Yandex handcrafts maps of areas ahead of deployments, but the company expects the process to become more or less automatic in the future. Yandex says its taxis have given over 8,000 autonomous rides both with and without in-car safety drivers who keep tabs on route progress (along with teleoperators). And within four years, the company intends to build a car without a steering wheel that’s capable of “human-level” driving in certain cities.

Yandex fourth-gen Hyundai

However, the pandemic threatens to push those plans far back into the future, as it could for competitors. Earlier this year, autonomous vehicle companies that include Waymo, Cruise, Uber, and Lyft were forced to pause commercial and testing efforts as a result of shelter-in-place orders. Some have since resumed, but experts believe the disruptions — and economic fallout — could impact their paths to market.

Indeed, Yandex says the pandemic delayed this week’s announcement. “The development of the fourth-generation cars was completed earlier this year.  We started operating the first set of the fourth-generation cars in early March when they were complete but delayed the announcement until the next steps were more clear,” a spokesperson said. “Moving forward, we will slowly roll out the other vehicles across our testing locations and put them on the roads in line with the local regulations … We are continually improving the AV tech, and this process is in parallel with the development of a new self-driving platform.”

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