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Apple employees are opposing a new policy that requires them to return to the office three days a week from early September. The Verge has received a letter sent by employees to Apple executives. In it, employees say they want a more flexible approach and the ability to continue working remotely.

We would like to take this opportunity to report the growing concern among our colleagues. Apple’s telecommuting / flexible location policy and communication around it has already forced some of our colleagues to leave. Many of us feel we must choose between our families and well-being, and the ability to do our jobs and be part of Apple.

The letter was published two days after Tim Cook sent out a message to Apple employees that they would need to return to the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in the fall.

It is worth adding that this approach differs from that of other large companies. Both Twitter and Facebook have told employees that they can work from home on a full-time basis, even after the pandemic is over.

Over the past year, we have often felt not just unheard, but at times actively ignored. Messages such as “we know many of you want to meet in person with your colleagues at the office again,” without proof that we have exactly the opposite feelings, make us feel neglected.

About 80 Apple employees were involved in writing and editing the note, and in total there are 2800 “supporters of remote work”.

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Fan Adds AMD FSR 2.0 ‘Magic Technology’ to Cyberpunk 2077 and Doubles Frame Rates in 4K

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Fan Adds AMD FSR 20 Magic Technology to Cyberpunk 2077

A game modification developer under the pseudonym PotatoOfDoom has unveiled a new modification for Cyberpunk 2077. It adds AMD FSR 2.0 “magic technology” to the game, replacing existing anti-aliasing technologies – Nvidia DLSS and the first version of FSR. The author himself notes that the result was impressive.

Fan Adds AMD FSR 2.0 'Magic Technology' to Cyberpunk 2077 and Doubles Frame Rates in 4K

According to him, when running the game on a system with a GTX 1080 graphics card in 4K resolution, the frame rate rose to 45 FPS, which is twice as much as it was originally. Other users confirm the increase in frame rate. On a GTX 970 at 1080p and maxed out, Cyberpunk runs at 30 FPS. On the 5700XT, with average shadow quality, the figure increased from 50 to 86 FPS.

The author noted that the modification was originally calculated only for the Steam version of Cyberpunk 2077, but it seems that a recent update made it work with the GOG version as well.

AMD FSR 2.0 technology is not yet officially supported in the game, but its appearance will allow the use of older Nvidia video cards older than the 10th series. The developers have not yet announced plans to add a new anti-aliasing system to the game.

Earlier it was reported that AMD FSR 2.0 was added to Unreal Engine 4 and 5 as a plug-in.

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Experts from Open AI taught the neural network to play Minecraft exclusively from videos

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Experts from Open AI taught the neural network to play

Researchers at Open AI have taught artificial intelligence how to play Minecraft using only walkthrough videos. The training method was based on preliminary video training (Video PreTraining, VPT), ​​which made it possible to use a large amount of unlabeled data for this. To control AI, I used mouse and keyboard emulators.

Experts from Open AI taught the neural network to play Minecraft exclusively from videos

At the first stage, the neural networks showed 2,000 hours of marked-up video with Minecraft gameplay. Here, the researchers demonstrated which buttons users pressed during the game. This allowed the system to learn to guess which buttons are pressed. At the second stage, the neural network has already viewed 70 thousand hours of unlabeled video (without data on the buttons being pressed). All entries were taken from open sources.

As a result, the neural network was able to learn not only to walk in the game world, but also to extract resources and create objects from them, run, swim, avoid obstacles, hunt animals and get food. AI has also learned to jump up and put blocks under the character to climb higher.

In the third stage, the researchers asked the users who took part in the project to help them. Players have created a new world in Minecraft, collected the necessary resources to start and crafted the essentials. All this was recorded on video, which was then shown by neural networks. Some have even built basic shelters, and the neural network has mastered this skill. The researchers used reinforcement learning, which allowed the AI ​​to eventually create a diamond pickaxe.

Scientists believe that the method of preliminary video training will allow you to quickly train neural networks for the necessary tasks, and will also allow you to train artificial intelligence to use the mouse and keyboard. The source codes of the project have already been published.

Previously, it was reported that Minecraft was completely completed in less than 2 minutes.

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Small flagship with new features. Redmi Note 12 will get an improved camcorder and a flat screen

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Small flagship with new features Redmi Note 12 will get

Lu Weibing, president of Xiaomi Group China and general manager of the Redmi brand, previously confirmed that the Redmi Note series will be updated every six months. At the same time, once a year, the focus will be on performance and new features.

In the first half of this year, Redmi launched the Note 11T Pro series, which was performance oriented. The Redmi Note 12 series, which will be released in the second half of this year, is positioned as a “small flagship” and will focus on new experiences.

A well-known insider under the nickname Digital Chat Station has revealed that the Redmi Note 12 series smartphones will use a flat screen with a hole for the front camera in the central upper part of the display.

Small flagship with new features.  Redmi Note 12 will get an improved camcorder and a flat screen

The Redmi Note 11T Pro series uses an LCD screen, while the Redmi Note 11 Pro series uses OLED screens. In both cases, FullHD + resolution and a high image refresh rate are supported.

In addition, Digital Chat Station reports that Redmi Note 12 will receive a significantly improved image processing system. The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ uses a 108-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HM2 image sensor with a 1/1.52-inch optical format. Probably, the new smartphone will receive an enlarged image sensor.

Digital Chat Station was the first to accurately announce the specifications and release dates of Redmi K50 and Xiaomi 12.

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