After all the rumors and teasers, Peloton’s $3,195 rowing machine is finally official. It features a 24-inch HD display and an electronically controlled resistance. That sort of resistance, which typically feels different than Concept2 rowers at your local gym, doesn’t mean it’s particularly small though – you might want to check if you have space at home. Peloton claims that The Row can provide on-screen feedback on your form as you train.
That must be incredible coaching considering its price tag is far higher than its competitors. The aforementioned (and benchmark) Concept2 rowing machine doesn’t have a screen, Bluetooth, or any digital tricks, but it also costs less than $1,000. Hydrow’s cheapest rowing machine, the Wave, retails for $1,495, while the premium model is still hundreds of dollars less than the Peloton Row. It’s an expensive move for a company that’s still putting its house in order, adjusting its prices, and rethinking its operations.
Pre-orders for The Row begin today in the US. The company expects to ship the devices in December — just in time for fitness resolutions for 2023.
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The GeForce RTX 4080 starts at $899.
NVIDIA’s 40-series GPUs are finally here. The company unveiled the GeForce RTX 4090 and GeForce RTX 4080 at its GTC 2022 keynote today. Taking full advantage of its new “Ada Lovelace” architecture, Nvidia says the two GPUs offer significantly better ray tracing performance – and generally, a lot of performance for a lot of money. The first of the new GPUs will arrive next month when the GeForce RTX 4090 goes on sale on October 12 for $1,599. There will be two different variants of the RTX 4080. The base model starts at $899 and has 12GB of GDDR6X memory and 7,680 cores, while a 16GB version with 9,728 cores costs a whopping $1,199. Both configurations will arrive sometime in November.
Apple opens the lock screen.
With iOS 16, Apple has focused on modernizing the iPhone lock screen and making it a more useful part of interacting with your phone. These changes also make it easier to use the iPhone’s focus modes, which remain a bit complicated to set up. Overall, the company has made many minor changes that result in a better iPhone experience. Apple’s Messages app continues to improve, and the increasingly useful visual search feature is something an Android device can’t quite replicate — yet. These iOS updates are usually followed by a few additional tweaks — and Apple has already fixed its weird battery percentage display. Was it my review? (It wasn’t.)
Each requires a separate purchase.
Spotify has officially added audiobooks to its app as another listening option — in case you run out of podcasts, right? Starting today, US users will see a special section for the format that allows for standalone purchases via a web link. The company says its library will contain over 300,000 titles at launch. In addition to a dedicated section next to music and podcasts, audiobooks appear in your recommendations on the main page.
That’s according to a new study on referrals.
If you’ve ever felt that it’s difficult to “detrain” YouTube’s algorithm, you’re not alone. A big problem, according to new research from Mozilla, is that YouTube’s in-app controls, like the “Dislike” button, “prevent less than half of unwanted algorithmic recommendations.” Of the controls available on YouTube, “Do not recommend from channel” was the most effective, preventing 43 percent of unwanted recommendations, while “Not interested” was the least effective, preventing only about 11 percent of unwanted suggestions.
But should you care?
A year has passed since the launch of Windows 11. Somehow. Then it’s a good time for an update. Much like the improved Windows Update experience, the vast majority of new features are under the hood in this 2022 update. This includes a number of accessibility upgrades, including system-wide live closed captioning and a preview of improved voice commands for using your PC and transcription.
A two-tier moderation system.
As recently as last year, TikTok used a two-tier moderation system, which according to TikTok gave preferential treatment to its most popular users forbes. The publication received an audio recording of a September 2021 meeting where the company detailed an internal feature called “Creator Labels,” reserved for accounts with more than 5 million followers.
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