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Best Gaming TV for 2024: Low Input Lag and High Picture Quality - CNET

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Our picks of the best gaming TVs of 2024 with great image quality and minimal delay to enhance your gaming experience.

Quitting Subscriptions to Netflix, Uber Eats and More? Try These Free Options Instead - CNET

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Giving up some apps to save money? These free alternatives may help fill the gap.

Best Smart Home Devices of 2024 - CNET

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Make your home cozy and efficient with some of our favorite smart home devices.

AT&T Says Cause of Outage Wasn't a Cyber Attack - CNET

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The widespread outage was due to something far from nefarious.

I Drove (and Loved) the 2024 Honda Prologue Elite Electric SUV - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 20:12
Honda's first long-range electric SUV is here and it makes a great first impression, with nimble performance and up to 296 miles of range.

2024 Honda Prologue EV Tested: Chevy Heart, Honda Soul - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 20:12
Honda's first long-range electric SUV remixes GM's Ultium EV platform with smart design, useful features and compelling price.

Best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X, Series S for 2024: LG OLED, Samsung QLED, Vizio - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 20:00
Get the most out of your PS5 and Xbox Series consoles with our favorite TVs with features like 4K and 120Hz.

How to Use Wi-Fi Calling When You Don't Have Phone Service - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 19:53
If your carrier has an outage or if you are heading somewhere remote, you can likely still make calls or text using the internet for backup.

Getting a Tax Refund? 6 Ways to Use Your IRS Money This Year - CNET

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First, cover any essential needs and high-interest debt payments. Then, you've got options.

The Perils of Having a Smartphone As Your Main Means of Connection - CNET

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What AT&T's outage means in an era of your whole life routed through your phone.

Best Wi-Fi 6 Router Deals: Save on Netgear, TP-Link, Asus and Other Top Brands - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 19:00
These deals make it more affordable to upgrade to a Wi-Fi 6 router, so you can get speedy coverage without breaking the bank.

Reddit files for IPO and will let some longtime users buy shares

Engadget - Thu, 2024-02-22 18:41

After years of speculation, Reddit has officially filed paperwork for an Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, which plans to use RDDT as its ticker symbol, will also allow some longtime users to participate by buying shares.

In a note shared in the company’s S-1 filing with the SEC, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said that many longtime users already feel a “deep sense of ownership” over their communities on the platform. “We want this sense of ownership to be reflected in real ownership—for our users to be our owners,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we are excited to invite the users and moderators who have contributed to Reddit to buy shares in our IPO, alongside our investors.”

The company didn’t say how many users might be able to participate, but said that eligible users would be determined based on their karma scores while “moderator contributions will be measured by membership and moderator actions.”

The filing also offers up new details about the inner workings of Reddit’s business. The company had 500 million visitors during the month of December and has recently averaged just over 73 million “daily active unique” visitors. In 2023, the company brought in $804 million in revenue (Reddit has yet to turn a profit). The document also notes that the company is “exploring” deals with AI companies to license its content as it looks to expand its revenue in the future.

Earlier in the day, Reddit and Google announced that they had struck such a deal, reportedly valued at around $60 million a year. “We believe our growing platform data will be a key element in the training of leading large language models (“LLMs”) and serve as an additional monetization channel for Reddit,” the company writes.

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Stable Diffusion 3 is a new AI image generator that won't mess up text in pictures, its makers claim

Engadget - Thu, 2024-02-22 18:37

Stability AI, the startup behind Stable Diffusion, the tool that uses generative AI to create images from text prompts, revealed Stable Diffusion 3, a next-generation model, on Thursday. Stability AI claimed that the new model, which isn’t widely available yet, improves image quality, works better with prompts containing multiple subjects, and can more accurate text as part of the generated image, something that previous Stable Diffusion models weren’t great at.

Stability AI CEO Emad Mosque posted some examples of this on X.

#SD3 can do quite a lot of text…

— Emad (@EMostaque) February 22, 2024

The announcement comes days after Stability AI’s largest rival, OpenAI, unveiled Sora, a brand new AI model capable of generating nearly-realistic, high-definition videos from simple text prompts. Sora, which isn’t available to the general public yet either, sparked concerns about its potential to create realistic-looking fake footage. OpenAI said it's working with experts in misinformation and hateful content to test the tool before making it widely available.Stability AI said it’s doing the same. “[We] have taken and continue to take reasonable steps to prevent the misuse of Stable Diffusion 3 by bad actors,” the company wrote in a blog post on its website. “By continually collaborating with researchers, experts, and our community, we expect to innovate further with integrity as we approach the model’s public release.”

It’s not clear when Stable Diffusion 3 will be released to the public, but until then, anyone interested can join a waitlist.

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Best Apple Pencil Deals: Save on Drawing and Note-Taking Accessories - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 18:00
Buying a stylus to get the most out of your new iPad just got quite a bit cheaper thanks to these deals.

Best Apple TV Deals: Save on Streaming Boxes and Accessories - CNET

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If you're already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, an Apple TV streaming box is a great option. There aren't always deals to be had, but we've found the best around.

Reddit's $60 Million Deal With Google Will Feed Generative AI - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 17:52
Gemini might start sounding a lot more like snarky Redditors.

Sony Says Its PlayStation VR 2 Headset Will Work With PCs Later This Year - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 17:30
Sony's well-regarded VR headset has until now worked only with the PlayStation 5, but that's about to change.

Google pauses Gemini’s ability to generate people after overcorrecting for diversity in historical images

Engadget - Thu, 2024-02-22 17:03

Google said Thursday it’s pausing its Gemini chatbot’s ability to generate people. The move comes after viral social posts showed the AI tool overcorrecting for diversity, producing “historical” images of Nazis, America’s Founding Fathers and the Pope as people of color.

“We’re already working to address recent issues with Gemini’s image generation feature,” Google posted on X (via The New York Times). “While we do this, we’re going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon.”

The X user @JohnLu0x posted screenshots of Gemini’s results for the prompt, “Generate an image of a 1943 German Solidier.” (Their misspelling of “Soldier” was intentional to trick the AI into bypassing its content filters to generate otherwise blocked Nazi images.) The generated results appear to show Black, Asian and Indigenous soldiers wearing Nazi uniforms.

Still real real broke

— John L. (@JohnLu0x) February 21, 2024

Other social users criticized Gemini for producing images for the prompt, “Generate a glamour shot of a [ethnicity] couple.” It successfully spit out images when using “Chinese,” “Jewish” or “South African” prompts but refused to produce results for “white.” “I cannot fulfill your request due to the potential for perpetuating harmful stereotypes and biases associated with specific ethnicities or skin tones,” Gemini responded to the latter request.

“John L.,” who helped kickstart the backlash, theorizes that Google applied a well-intended but lazily tacked-on solution to a real problem. “Their system prompt to add diversity to portrayals of people isn’t very smart (it doesn’t account for gender in historically male roles like pope; doesn’t account for race in historical or national depictions),” the user posted. After the internet’s anti-“woke” brigade latched onto their posts, the user clarified that they support diverse representation but believe Google’s “stupid move” was that it failed to do so “in a nuanced way.”

Before pausing Gemini’s ability to produce people, Google wrote, “We’re working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately. Gemini’s Al image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it’s missing the mark here.”

The episode could be seen as a (much less subtle) callback to the launch of Bard in 2023. Google’s original AI chatbot got off to a rocky start when an advertisement for the chatbot on Twitter (now X) included an inaccurate “fact” about the James Webb Space Telescope.

As Google often does, it rebranded Bard in hopes of giving it a fresh start. Coinciding with a big performance and feature update, the company renamed the chatbot Gemini earlier this month as the company races to hold its ground against OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot — both of which pose an existential threat to its search engine (and, therefore, advertising revenue).

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Best Music Streaming Service of 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2024-02-22 16:36
The competition between Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and others is hotter than ever. Here are the best streaming services.