Computer rate – Hardware Specs http://hardware-specs.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:48:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hardware-specs.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Computer rate – Hardware Specs http://hardware-specs.net/ 32 32 God of War’s Use of FSR Shows Technology Needs to Improve https://hardware-specs.net/god-of-wars-use-of-fsr-shows-technology-needs-to-improve/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:00:22 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/god-of-wars-use-of-fsr-shows-technology-needs-to-improve/ God of the warComing to PC comes with a decent number of PC-exclusive features. The game comes with support for ultrawide monitors, Nvidia Reflex, and even an option to delimit its frame rate. But the most important, God of the war supports Nvidia and AMD scaling techniques, Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Fidelity FX […]]]>

God of the warComing to PC comes with a decent number of PC-exclusive features. The game comes with support for ultrawide monitors, Nvidia Reflex, and even an option to delimit its frame rate. But the most important, God of the war supports Nvidia and AMD scaling techniques, Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Fidelity FX Super Resolution (FSR), respectively.

With an AMD RX 5700 built into my rig, I just had to see how AMD’s DLSS competitor performs in a modern game, a game where gamers will want to squeeze as many frames per second as possible. . Instead of gaining more frames at the cost of some visual fidelity, I found an extremely crude implementation of AMD’s upscaling technology that makes little difference where it counts.

All the pain, no gain

While AMD FSRs is Team Red’s competitor to DLSS, the two are not equal. Simply put, DLSS uses a series of frames to create a scaled image. FSR, however, only uses what is on screen, applying a sharpening filter to make it look like a higher resolution image. The result for FSR is an output that has more shimmer and ghosting.

God of the warThe FSR implementation has all of these issues, and more. Through my testing, I’ve found that the performance achieved by enabling FSR can be, in some cases, entirely negligible, while compromising the game’s normally stellar visuals.

FSR in God of the war comes in four flavors: Performance, Balanced, Quality and Ultra Quality. Performance, naturally, is all about making the game as smooth as possible, at the expense of most of the game’s visual fidelity. Ultra Quality, on the other hand, has little impact on the game’s visuals, but offers a slight improvement in performance at best.

I tested God of the warhigh quality with FSR enabled in two different areas. The first was inside a cave just across the bridge from Tyr’s temple, the main focus of the game. This interior setting serves as a decent representation of the various caves players will explore on their journey as Kratos. , and should describe the kind of frame rate boost they can expect.

Indoors, FSR can deliver considerable frame-per-second (fps) increases, although gamers will have to sacrifice some of God of the wargorgeous visuals. Without scaling technology. the game would run around 62fps and 63fps which is fine, but could be so much better. Setting FSR to quality shows the potential gains and all the downsides that come with this scaling technology. My frame rate hit 109fps, providing a silky smooth experience.

This is also where the first drawback of FSR in God of the war jump up. Setting the scaling technology to something other than Ultra Quality makes almost all objects in the environment look “muddy”. This effect is most evident in the glowing blue runes on the wall in front of Kratos, as well as the decorated part of the floor directly in front of him. FSR immediately causes both of them to lose their definition, not to mention Kratos himself. Sure, the game runs better, but it’s not worth the big drop in visual quality.

However, that all changes when you upgrade FSR to Ultra Quality. Visual degradations at this setting are barely noticeable, especially during instant play, and it improves performance significantly, bringing my frame rate to 80fps.

Not worth the frames

The FSR performance boost indoors when set to Ultra Quality is, unfortunately, the only time the scaling technology is actually worth using. My second test area was outside Tyr’s temple, looking at it from the bridge. This is a demanding area of ​​the game, running in the mid to high 50fps range with no FSR on my computer.

Enabling the scaling technology revealed surprising results. In contrast to the performance improvements seen inside the cave, I saw negligible frame rate increases in every FSR setting in this environment. Sure, my frame rate would hit 60, but that’s only an increase of about five or six frames per second. Considering how many God of the war takes place in outdoor environments, it’s not worth keeping FSR even at Uultra Quality while you venture out.

Needless to say, FSR’s other settings aren’t nearly as good. They retain the same performance boost but blur the game’s visuals even more. On the Performance setting, the battered statue of Tyr atop his temple loses all of its sharpness, turning into an odd amalgamation of green and gold shapes.

For AMD, FSR is displayed in God of the war is spectacularly underwhelming, virtually destroying the game’s visuals at its lowest setting and only worth using in extremely specific scenarios. Although upscaling technology can be widely used, unlike Nvidia’s DLSS, this case is very similar to Deathloop’s. In this game, details are pretty much wiped out when FSR is on. Sadly, God of the war is in the same boat, meaning anyone with an Nvidia GPU will likely have a lot more fun running the game.

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FNDC’s Felicity Foy weighs in on housing crisis debate https://hardware-specs.net/fndcs-felicity-foy-weighs-in-on-housing-crisis-debate/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/fndcs-felicity-foy-weighs-in-on-housing-crisis-debate/ FNDC Councilor Felicity Foy is calling on the government to introduce a new Home Buyers Bill to help people get into the housing market. Photo / Provided A Far North District councilor is calling on the government to reintroduce an old Home Buyers Bill to help first-time buyers access the housing market. FNDC Councilor Felicity […]]]>

FNDC Councilor Felicity Foy is calling on the government to introduce a new Home Buyers Bill to help people get into the housing market. Photo / Provided

A Far North District councilor is calling on the government to reintroduce an old Home Buyers Bill to help first-time buyers access the housing market.

FNDC Councilor Felicity Foy has brought an end to the current housing crisis, saying the government must bring in a Home Buyers’ Bill such as the Child Benefits Bill 1964, to ensure that more people can access their first home.

“The Family Benefits (Home Ownership) Act 1964 introduced the possibility of ‘capitalising’ on family benefits, which allowed a family to take the full amount that would be payable for a child (up to at age 16) as a lump sum, provided they use it to buy their first home,” Foy said.

“My grandparents bought their first house in Kaingaroa using the government-subsidized Child Benefit, which could be paid in advance and used as security.

“‘Family allowance’ was paid to families between 1945 and the mid-1980s and many families with very low family incomes used this government subsidy to access property.”

Foy said that unlike the current situation, most families at the time could afford to pay a mortgage each week, but the barrier to becoming a homeowner was often the required amount of a security deposit.

FNDC Advisor Felicity Foy.  Photo / Provided
FNDC Advisor Felicity Foy. Photo / Provided

Foy said it was something the banks and central government had the power to control and change.

“The saddest part of the current housing crisis is that more homes won’t be built overnight. Therefore, it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Foy said.

“Over the last 10 years I have seen the cost of housing exacerbate, both for the existing housing stock and also for the cost of construction.

“In 2010, homes in Kaitaia were for sale for as little as $100,000. Now housing here in Kaitaia at its lowest price is more like $300,000.

“The cost of construction has also increased so much that in addition to the cost of land and on-site infrastructure, the average cost of new construction and land will now be around $700,000 (or more). ).”

The latest figures from Core Logic confirm Foy’s claims, with the average home value in the Far North rising 11.2% in the last three months of 2021, reaching $751,203.

Each year, home values ​​have increased by 35.7%, well above the national average of 28.4%.

Northland’s residential real estate market continues to soar more broadly in the summer, with average home values ​​increasing even more in the three months to late December than in the previous period.

Values ​​rose almost as much in Whangarei District, where average home values ​​rose 8.6% over the past three months and 30.2% for the year as a whole to $827,836 .

In Kaipara, the average home value is $906,557, 14% higher than three months ago and 37.7% higher than the same period last year.

This stems from national figures released for the last quarter of 2021, which show the average home value increased by 7.8%, compared to 6.9% quarterly growth in November, with the national average value standing at now at $1,053,315.

First Home Buyers Club director Lesley Harris told RNZ Morning Report last week that the current housing market was incredibly difficult for residents of major cities and provinces.

“I think we’ve known that for a long time…we don’t want to downplay how incredibly difficult it is. That said, we’re still seeing people move into their first homes, but there are a lot of trade-offs.”

She said some of those compromises included people buying houses in groups, bringing in boarders and buying properties on the outskirts of major centers.

“The Kiwis are determined to get into their first home and they will do whatever it takes to get there,” Harris said.

Although homes tend to be cheaper in provincial areas, the lack of well-paying job opportunities in these areas could make this an untenable option for many first-time home buyers.

“You have to consider that you have to live and earn an income, so generally in those provincial areas there aren’t as many opportunities for the higher paying jobs, so it’s not as easy as it looks.

“We just see it getting more difficult and people getting very frustrated.”

Recent changes to the Credit Agreements and Consumer Credit Act have also made it harder for first-time home buyers to get a loan from the bank.

As a result, banks were now watching the spending habits of potential first-time home buyers more closely.

Harris said it’s now even more important for first-time homebuyers to settle debt and reduce expenses before applying for a mortgage.

“People need to understand that if you have $9,000 in debt, student loans are considered differently, but $9,000 in debt, which in our recent survey was the average, is going to reduce what you can borrow by 70 $000.”

Last week, Social Credit announced that it would ask Kiwibank to lower its lending rates, particularly for first-time buyers and small and medium-sized businesses.

The statement said that as a bank owned by all New Zealanders, Kiwibank has a responsibility to consider social factors rather than just commercial ones.

Social Credit chief Chris Leitch said the vast majority of Kiwibank customers were retirees, individuals, small businesses and the most vulnerable.

According to Leitch, under Kiwibank’s current mode of operation, its shareholders, the New Zealand Super Fund, the Accident Compensation Corporation and NZ Post effectively required Kiwibank customers to pay their own superannuation, compensation for accident insurance and government services through dividends from NZ Post.

He said that while the Super Fund and the ACC should be looking for good returns on the money they were to invest, that investment should be in shares of productive New Zealand companies, allowing them to access funding at lower cost for development than that available through bank borrowing. .

“Similar to how other commercial banks do, Kiwibank creates the money it lends to borrowers out of thin air, by simply typing numbers into a computer keyboard,” Leitch said.

“He doesn’t lend the money that people here deposit with him, so he could easily lower his lending rates.”

Leitch also held the government accountable and said it should reverse the 2016 decision to have the Super Fund and ACC buy 45% of Kiwibank and that the shareholding should instead be taken over by the Reserve Bank. .

According to Quotable Value (QV) Operations, a flood of recent new listings helped dampen home value growth somewhat, but failed to stop it completely.

QV chief operating officer Paul McCorry said it was fair to say that 2021 had been quite an unusual year for the property market and never in recent times had there been so much external intervention in a market real estate.

He said it was also extraordinary that in the midst of a global pandemic, the market saw record growth of 28.4% nationwide.

“It became pretty clear towards the end of the year that this level of growth was not going to continue indefinitely as we started to see a decline in the quarterly growth rate,” McCorry said.

“The most likely lever to lower this rate in the future is to raise the official cash rate (OCR), which in turn raises the interest rates that banks will offer future homeowners.”

With updated information from RNZ.

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Very volatile? Bitcoin Returned To Low Price Of $ 40,000 – Losing 40% Of Its Value In Two Months https://hardware-specs.net/very-volatile-bitcoin-returned-to-low-price-of-40000-losing-40-of-its-value-in-two-months/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:21:49 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/very-volatile-bitcoin-returned-to-low-price-of-40000-losing-40-of-its-value-in-two-months/ In the latest example of continued cryptocurrency volatility, the major digital currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum have seen their prices drop significantly since the start of the year, following remarks from the US Federal Reserve that it could raise rates. of interest. Bitcoin in particular, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, is currently in its worst crisis […]]]>

In the latest example of continued cryptocurrency volatility, the major digital currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum have seen their prices drop significantly since the start of the year, following remarks from the US Federal Reserve that it could raise rates. of interest.

Bitcoin in particular, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, is currently in its worst crisis in four years, having lost almost 40% of its market value in just two months.

The popular coin saw its death spiral drop to $ 39,558 on Monday, falling below a crucial resistance marker of $ 40,000 for the first time since September 2021.

Bitcoin saw its market price drop to $ 39,558 on Monday amid the recent crypto crash, falling below a crucial $ 40,000 marker for the first time since September 2021

Ethereum - the second largest digital coin - fell 2.76% to $ 3,020.16 after briefly falling below the key $ 3,000 level, first seen in May 2021

Ethereum – the second largest digital coin – fell 2.76% to $ 3,020.16 after briefly falling below the key $ 3,000 level, first seen in May 2021

It comes close to what market analysts commonly refer to as the “death cross,” a bearish indicator that occurs when the 50-day moving average falls below the 200-day moving average, and could mean bitcoin enters a bear market.

That said, Ethereum – the second largest digital coin – followed suit, falling 2.76% to $ 3,020.16 after briefly falling below its key $ 3,000 level, first seen in May 2021.

A tumultuous year for the coin saw it drop below $ 2,000, before hitting an all-time high, near $ 4,900 in November. This level of volatility has long been a blessing and a curse for crypto enthusiasts looking to enter or exit the market.

The broader market uncertainty has taken its toll on crypto as investors look to sell riskier assets pending a decision on proposed interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

“The Fed minutes have raised expectations that the central bank of the world’s largest economy will now act faster to raise interest rates to fight soaring inflation,” said Nigel Green, CEO and founder of the deVere group.

“As a result, there has been an instinctive sell-off on Wall Street and the crypto market, as some traders believe such a move endangers the liquidity that has benefited many asset classes, including the bitcoin. ”

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency - a type of online money that is created using a computer code

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency – a type of online money that is created using a computer code

Ethereum, like Bitcoin, is a digital token that is used on a digital database called a blockchain.  It has gained prominence as a popular method of paying NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

Ethereum, like Bitcoin, is a digital token that is used on a digital database called a blockchain. It has gained prominence as a popular method of paying NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

Some crypto experts believe low interest rates and government stimulus packages have created a bubble in the crypto market that is poised to burst if investors aren’t as confident in crypto as recent meteoric gains. suggested it.

WHAT IS BITCOIN AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

What are Bitcoins?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency – a type of online money that is created using a computer code.

It was invented in 2009 by someone called Satoshi Nakamoto – a mysterious computer coder who has never been found or identified.

Bitcoins are created without a middleman, which means that no bank charges a fee when they are traded.

They are stored in so called virtual wallets called blockchains which keep track of your money.

One of the selling points is that it can be used to buy things anonymously.

However, this has left the currency open to criticism and calls for tighter regulation, as terrorists and criminals have accustomed it to trafficking in drugs and guns.

How are they created?

Bitcoin is created through a process known as “mining” which involves computers solving difficult math problems with a 64-digit solution.

Every time a new math problem is solved, a new Bitcoin is produced.

Some people create powerful computers for the sole purpose of creating Bitcoin, which can require a huge amount of energy to operate.

But the number that can be produced is limited, which means that the currency must maintain a certain level of value.

Why are they popular?

Some people like Bitcoin because it’s a form of currency that eliminates banking intermediaries and the government – a form of peer-to-peer currency exchange.

And all transactions are publicly recorded, so it is very difficult to counterfeit.

Its value surged in 2017, beating the 17th century “tulip mania” and the dot com boom of the early 2000s to become the largest bubble in history.

But the bubble seemed to have burst and questions arose in the long-term market.

However, it has since exploded again and, in March 2021, broke the $ 60,000 mark for the first time.

“If they’re going to hike rates three times in 2022 and keep the program, and the era of low rates is over, we’re really going to see how much people believed in their Bitcoin-crypto thesis,” said Stéphane Ouellette. , CEO and co-founder of the crypto platform FRNT Financial Inc.

“I would expect the Fed to become more and more hawkish, which is very bad for valuations.”

Bitcoin, in particular, has traded more in sync with the S&P 500 over the past calendar year. Analysts believe it is becoming increasingly important to watch stocks when forecasting future moves in crypto.

Founder of Data Trek Research in New York, Nick Colas believes that this month, an important indicator of the health of the market over the coming year should be given careful consideration by crypto investors.

“If stocks are down in January, however, it will be difficult for bitcoin to recover,” he said.

The sudden death spiral comes after the US Federal Reserve released the minutes of a meeting late last year in which the bank suggested it could start raising interest rates to cope with rising inflation rates.

Experts, meanwhile, suggest the decline was expected following the central bank’s insinuation, as the market has been limited and particularly volatile in recent days.

“The market decline is mainly attributed to the US Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates this year to target rising inflation,” said Ashish Singhal, founder and CEO of the monitoring firm. CoinSwitch cryptocurrencies at the Economic Times of India on Monday.

“Like any asset,” continued the crptoexpert, “macroeconomic factors also affect crypto. Investors should keep in mind that risk and reward go hand in hand and that they should do their own research before buying. an asset, not just crypto.

A crackdown on bitcoin mining operations in Kazakhstan, the second-largest mining country behind the United States, also likely contributed to the sudden drop.

Bitcoin has now lost about a third of its value since its all-time high of $ 67,000 in November 2021 – marking its worst start to the year for cryptocurrency since 2012.

Besides Ethereum, other popular cryptocurrencies such as Cardano, Solano, Shiba Inu, and Binance Coin also fell drastically in the weeks following the Fed’s announcement.

The sudden selloff also coincided with a sharp correction in stocks, with the Nasdaq falling 3.34% on Wednesday.

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Live news: UK house prices show biggest increase in liquidity since March 2003 https://hardware-specs.net/live-news-uk-house-prices-show-biggest-increase-in-liquidity-since-march-2003/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 09:52:12 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/live-news-uk-house-prices-show-biggest-increase-in-liquidity-since-march-2003/ Japan plans to put Okinawa under a near state of emergency as Covid-19 infections on the southern island chain hit a record in an outbreak of officials publicly linked to US military bases. Two other prefectures – Hiroshima and Yamaguchi – were also subject to the same state of emergency, giving local governments the power […]]]>

Japan plans to put Okinawa under a near state of emergency as Covid-19 infections on the southern island chain hit a record in an outbreak of officials publicly linked to US military bases.

Two other prefectures – Hiroshima and Yamaguchi – were also subject to the same state of emergency, giving local governments the power to restrict the opening hours of restaurants and bars. The measures, the first declared in Japan since September, are effective from Sunday until, provisionally, January 31.

Concern is growing that the same is true for Tokyo and other major cities as the number of daily cases increases. Tokyo recorded 922 cases on Friday, the first time the level has crossed 900 since mid-September. This is 12 times more than on the same day the previous week.

The move to impose restrictions on Okinawa, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures comes amid rhetoric from politicians in the worst-affected areas seeking to blame the spread of the Omicron variant on U.S. military bases.

The central government has sought to play down that link, although it asked the United States on Thursday to take more extensive measures to limit the spread at military bases, including by imposing curfews.

The three prefectures are home to US military bases. Denny Tamaki, Governor of Okinawa, told reporters on Thursday that there was “no doubt” that one of the main causes of the Omicron’s spread was the US military base.

The prefecture, where 70% of US military installations in Japan are located, was the hardest hit by the latest wave of Covid-19, recording a record 1,414 daily cases on Friday.

Tsugumasa Muraoka, governor of Yamaguchi, said U.S. bases exempting inspection of personnel from the United States could have had a significant impact on the spread of the virus.


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Toyota overtakes General Motors as the best-selling automaker in the United States https://hardware-specs.net/toyota-overtakes-general-motors-as-the-best-selling-automaker-in-the-united-states/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 01:46:49 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/toyota-overtakes-general-motors-as-the-best-selling-automaker-in-the-united-states/ DETROIT – General Motors lost the crown as the best-selling automaker in the United States, as sales fell 13% in 2021 to 2.2 million cars sold, allowing Toyota to take the top spot with 2.3 million sales last year. Autotrader Michelle Krebs says GM’s first-to-second drop is the first time since the Great Depression. “GM […]]]>

DETROIT – General Motors lost the crown as the best-selling automaker in the United States, as sales fell 13% in 2021 to 2.2 million cars sold, allowing Toyota to take the top spot with 2.3 million sales last year.

Autotrader Michelle Krebs says GM’s first-to-second drop is the first time since the Great Depression.

“GM has never been beaten in annual sales in modern history,” Krebs said.

The global computer chip shortage has played a major role in the change at the top because it’s hard to sell new cars when you can’t get chips for them. This is the main reason why used car prices have skyrocketed.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota does not view its victory over GM as lasting and does not intend to use this victory in its advertising. At the start of the pandemic, Toyota’s decision put them in place, when they would be in a much better chip position than their predecessors.

“Toyota has experienced more production disruptions due to the chip shortage than Toyota,” said Sam Abuelsamid of Guidehouse Insights. “Toyota had stocked more chips, so most of the year they were able to maintain a more stable production rate than GM and many other manufacturers have.”

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Fast food and mobile outlets lead the wave of urban regeneration in Lagos | The Guardian Nigeria News https://hardware-specs.net/fast-food-and-mobile-outlets-lead-the-wave-of-urban-regeneration-in-lagos-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 04:22:00 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/fast-food-and-mobile-outlets-lead-the-wave-of-urban-regeneration-in-lagos-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ With rental rates nearly doubling in the last year, some major locations in the heart of Lagos could, property experts say, gradually become hubs of business activity throughout the city, if recent developments are justified. Real estate professionals and town planners, who examined investment activity in the areas in an independent survey last week, believe […]]]>

With rental rates nearly doubling in the last year, some major locations in the heart of Lagos could, property experts say, gradually become hubs of business activity throughout the city, if recent developments are justified.

Real estate professionals and town planners, who examined investment activity in the areas in an independent survey last week, believe that given the rate of rent appreciation over the past year, areas are gaining popularity thanks to their improvements in terms of rental appreciation. .

In these locations, residential and office buildings have been converted to accommodate evolving commercial outlets, while some are purpose built. Most of the time, these buildings have been renovated without resorting to town planning regulations such as parking space, causing traffic bottlenecks on major roads.

According to surveyors, there has been an increase in business activity in places such as Oshodi, Ikeja, Surulere, Abule-Egba, Ikoyi, Agege, Victoria Island, Ojodu-berger and Ajao Estate. Popular fast food establishments like Tantalizers, Tastee Fried Chicken, FoodCo, So Fresh, Bukka Hut, McDonalds, Chicken republic, Sweet sensation and Mr. Biggs, Dominoes, The Place and KFC restaurants are behind the new business.

Specifically, retail oriented developments such as fast food / restaurant and other mobile outlets are leading the wave of urban regeneration in the metropolis of Lagos and improving the quality of life in the communities.

There are also evolving business concerns, which are mainly service providers and companies of next generation computer, hardware and software, fashion and clothing companies as well as mobile phone outlets such as 3C Hub, Slot, Micro Station and XRight. There are smaller snack kiosks that dot multiple locations and joints, as well as freestanding stand structures, which generate high footfall.

Real estate experts say the Admiralty Lane in Lekki’s Phase 1 has become a retail hub, while property values ​​in this axis have appreciated by 300%. Land that was previously sold for 100,000 N per square meter has grown to almost 400,000 N per square meter.

In other places such as Opebi, Allen, Toyin, Awolowo, Oba Akran and Oregun streets in Ikeja, offices previously rented five years ago for N15,000 per square meter now command a rent of N30,000 / N 35,000 per square meter, while other nerd areas are as high as N80,000 per square meter.

Some other real estate prices range from N45,000 per square meter to N50,000 per square meter, depending on the quality of the property. For example, along Awolowo Road in Ikeja, specifically, Awolowo House, offices previously rented at 8,000 per square meter, now go for N35,000 per square meter.

Retail activities in the city have also morphed into a close relationship and are often used to support regeneration programs providing a catalyst for wider physical and urban development. Opportunities have become an important element, contributing to socio-economic development by providing jobs, services and investment.

According to the Guardian’s survey, young people, families and young professionals are seen as constant visitors to these outlets doing one or the other transaction.

The president of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Muyiwa Adelu, said the growth is due to the increase in population and the commercial instinct of the inhabitants of a city like Lagos as well as to the reality that the economy is better than anywhere else in the country. This, he said, encourages people to patronize these outlets.

However, he called for adequate planning, adding that ideas for structures should align with the precepts of the master plan and what is best for the people.

Outlets, he said, were a threat because people were placing them indiscriminately until recently, when the successive government repackaged them for a better location.

He said: “It is necessary to ensure that the authorities adapt and plan with the owners the siting of the installations. As town planners, our association disapproves of the reckless siting of facilities.

“If our city is to be well planned, that means all operations have to be too. We need to encourage our entrepreneurs to comply with rules and regulations. The government must wake up by controlling and monitoring our development through the use of its agencies for an effective regeneration of the city of Lagos and metropolitan areas.

Adelu explained that due to the high demand and shortage, the property value for point-of-sale locations will continue to increase.

“Unfortunately, if they are to comply with our regulations, the government must restrict them to commercial areas, which means that ownership in commercial areas will also be high.

“As it stands now, what works is that people put such a facility anywhere, the parties agree on the value and the property pops up.”

Outgoing Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and Property Surveyors President Adedotun Bamigbola, who confirmed the development, said it also involved local and foreign brand grocery stores and supermarkets popping up in various locations.

“Fast food, grocery stores, telecom stores or phone stores have been the foundation of what you find in malls, leading to a surge of destination and neighborhood malls in Lagos, Abuja and major centers. -cities. With our huge population, the basic things we actually use are food, phones, and groceries. We have over 100 million phone lines in Nigeria. This is what is driving regeneration in commercial and office developments. “

Another real estate expert, Richard Olodu, said it was as a result of the emergence of retail outlets in lkeja that transformed a major location like the IT village from a residential area into a commercial area and the visibility of outlets. Notable fast food restaurants on Kodesho Street, such as Aviation Plaza.

He said: “Before Anifowoshe Street was primarily a residential area, but today it has become a shopping center with major developments. Next to the commercial center of the town of lkeja, properties which were previously residential have been transformed into commercial use.

“Before the rent for a two bedroom apartment around lkeja was 360,000 N per year, it went up to 700,000 N and today you could hardly find one for N1. 5 millions. If it is new, it is about 2.5 million naira. This is due to the Computer Village overflow. Before on Anifowoshe Street you could find rooms in a bungalow for 1000 per month, but today these houses have been phased out. If the government is successful in moving Computer Village to the new location, it will also have a big impact on rent in that area. “

Former Nigerian Institute of Urban Planners (NITP) Vice President Lookman Oshodi said that in the urban food supply system, food distribution points play a major role in ensuring that urban food is kept alive to support the urban population.

He said that urban regeneration is a comprehensive system that looks not only at physical development, but also at the economic revitalization of any community, contributing to the creation of jobs and income for different state agencies.

Fast food establishments have led to a gentrification of urban regeneration, he said, increasing the rental value of some properties in the area.

He explained: “The value of the property in a place where people pay 5,000 N per year, due to the influence of food distribution points, landlords can decide to increase the rent to 35,000 N per year. an and it can displace those who live there.

“When we look at regeneration, we look at devastated communities, whether mobile outlets are increasing or decreasing in those areas. The rates of increase of mobile outlets are starting to become a contradiction between many community groups and where they are located.

“Some community members feel that vendors and vulcanizers who use mobile outlets in different places and in certain places at the entrance to certain communities are becoming an environmental nuisance for the peace and quiet of the area. In terms of urban regeneration, they may not really produce a positive effect, if they are not considered necessary by the population.


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The best gaming laptop of 2021 https://hardware-specs.net/the-best-gaming-laptop-of-2021/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 12:00:23 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/the-best-gaming-laptop-of-2021/ Lukmanazis / Shutterstock.com What to look for in a gaming laptop in 2022 Gaming laptops don’t come cheap. Not only do they have to pack a bunch of powerful gear, but they also have to be durable, reliable, and have a display that can take a beating after years of relentless travel. However, having the […]]]>
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What to look for in a gaming laptop in 2022

Gaming laptops don’t come cheap. Not only do they have to pack a bunch of powerful gear, but they also have to be durable, reliable, and have a display that can take a beating after years of relentless travel.

However, having the ability to play all of your favorite games wherever you go cannot be underestimated – and the convenience of gaming laptops continues to make them one of the most popular products for PC gaming.

Unfortunately, buying a gaming laptop is not as easy as playing on one. Hundreds of models have flooded the market over the past few years, and there is no shortage of marketing jargon before you can start comparing different models. However, understanding a few key aspects of a good laptop will make it easier to find the perfect gaming laptop.

Above all, pay special attention to graphics processing unit (GPU) on your future platform. If it has a GeForce RTX 30 series GPU, you’ll likely buy a device that will run popular games for years to come. You’ll also want to look for at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor, as they are powerful enough to play just about all of the most demanding versions today.

Buying a laptop with a high-end GPU and processor doesn’t come cheap, so you’ll need to carefully consider your budget. We would not recommend spending too much a lot on a gaming laptop, as they often have components that can’t be upgraded, meaning you’ll be buying a whole new rig sooner than you think. This is very different from gaming desktop PCs, which allow you to swap out individual components as needed.

If your game library only includes a handful of games, you can save a few dollars by going for a laptop without a lot of internal storage space. Alternatively, you can purchase an SSD or an external hard drive to host a growing catalog. The best option is always internal storage, as it tends to load games faster than external solutions, but these often come with higher prices.

In short, pay close attention to the GPU, processor, and SSD of your future gaming laptop. Just keep in mind that unless you’re ready to break the bank, you’re likely to have to make some trade-offs.

There are many other aspects to consider when buying a gaming laptop, but the five products below offer the best combination of performance, price and reliability for their respective category.

Razer Blade 15 on textured floor
Razer

Advantages

  • GeForce RTX 3070
  • Intel Core i7
  • Net QHD display

Razer consistently produces premium gaming products, and the Razer Blade 15 is no exception. A variety of configurations are available, but we recommend that you go with the GeForce RTX 3070 and Intel Core i7 to get the most out of your money.

As one of the most powerful GPUs you can buy, the RTX 3070 allows this portable giant to run today’s most demanding games without batting an eyelid. The action is captured on a 15.6-inch QHD display with a 165Hz refresh rate, delivering a smooth, smooth performance that wouldn’t out of place on a bulky desktop platform.

Completing the Package is a list of specifications that never seems to end. Vapor chamber cooling, Wi-Fi 6, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD are packaged in an intricate aluminum chassis, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better-looking laptop.

If you don’t mind the price, the Razer Blade 15 is close to a perfect gaming rig.

Best gaming laptop overall

Razer Blade 15

The Razer Blade 15 is a high-end laptop with high-end hardware. An RTX 3070 and an Intel Core i7 will serve you well for years to come, albeit a bit pricey.

ASUS Rog Zephryus on pink background
ASUS

Advantages

  • GeForce RTX 3070
  • AMD Ryzen 9
  • 1TB SSD

There is a lot to love in the ASUS ROG Zephyrus. The popular laptop is somehow able to pack a GeForce RTX 3070, AMD Ryzen 9, 1TB SSD, and 15.6in QHD display without managing to jack its price above the bar. of $ 1,900. It is also equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM for all your multitasking needs.

Unlike some of the entries on this list, the Zephyrus is built around an unassuming chassis. You’ll still get backlit keys and a few sharp edges, but its all-black design is surprisingly professional. It weighs just 4.21 lbs, making it easy to toss in a backpack and lug around without adding too much weight to your inventory.

Its minimalist design, RTX 3070 and Ryzen 9 are the specs that will keep you playing for years to come, and the Zephyrus doesn’t compromise to offer a price tag under $ 2,000. Dolby Atmos support, HDMI output, Wi-Fi 6, and even AI noise cancellation for voice chat make the laptop a surprisingly well-balanced purchase.

The Zephyrus only lacks a ten-key number pad, but that’s a small price to pay for such a powerful, portable, and affordable gaming laptop.

Best gaming laptop under $ 1,000: Acer nitro 5

Acer nitro 5
Acer

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • AMD Ryzen 5
  • Reliable and durable construction

The inconvenients

  • ?? GTX 1650 might make you want more
  • ?? Disappointing 256 GB SSD

Often available well below the price of $ 1,000, Acer has managed to pack a ridiculous amount of firepower into a budget package. A few shortcuts had to be made to stay below that price (like a measly 256GB SSD), but you won’t find a better product than the Acer nitro 5 in this price range.

The Nitro 5 won’t get you a coveted RTX 30 series GPU, but it does come with a GTX 1650. This highly rated latest-gen graphics card should be more than capable of handling today’s most popular games. hui with settings set to medium or high, and it does so in style on a 15.6-inch FHD display.

Acer continues its tradition of building reliable products with the Nitro 5, although it will take some getting used to its ultra-aggressive “gamer” design. Its all-black design is accented with backlit red accents, and there’s no doubt that it will grab attention if you open it up at the library or coffee shop.

Best gaming laptop under $ 1000

Acer nitro 5

It only comes with 256GB of internal storage, but a GTX 1650 and Ryzen 5 should give you enough firepower for today’s most demanding titles.

Acer Aspire slim on gray background
Acer

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • AMD Ryzen 3
  • 10-key numeric keypad

The inconvenients

  • ?? Underpowered Vega 3 GPU
  • ?? Today’s most popular games won’t work

Finding a gaming laptop under $ 500 isn’t easy. And even if the Acer Aspire 5 Slim tick a lot of boxes, there are still a lot of limitations for a product in this price range.

The most notable sacrifice is the Vega 3 GPU, which won’t let you run anything above low settings. In fact, most of today’s hottest games probably won’t even be playable with the GPU, although you can probably get away with a few last-gen games with the settings turned down. If you primarily play indie games with lower graphics loads, the Aspire 5 Slim will be a worthy buy.

If you can look past the Vega 3, the Acer Aspire 5 is a solid laptop. The Ryzen 3 processor continues to be an affordable solution for low-end gaming, 4GB DDR4 lets you multitask, and it all comes packed with a premium design and a Full HD display.

We would highly recommend that you save a little longer to buy another gaming laptop on this list if you want modern games, but if you don’t mind being relegated to games from another era, l ‘Aspire 5 might be a perfect choice.

Best gaming laptop under $ 500

Acer Aspire 5 Slim

It’s not quite a true gaming laptop, but they’re slim choices in this price range. You might be better off saving up for a more expensive rig, but the Aspire 5 Slim can at least handle a little light gaming.

Razer Blade 17 with Call of Duty game
Razer

Advantages

  • GeForce RTX 3070
  • Intel Core i7
  • 17.3 inch glossy display

Playing on a laptop often means missing out on those little details you’d only catch on a bigger screen. And while it certainly can’t replace an ultra-wide monitor or 75-inch QLED TV, the Razer Blade Pro 17 might be the next best thing for your gaming experience.

Razer’s pricey gaming laptop comes in a variety of versions, but one of our favorites combines the RTX 3070 with an FHD display with a 360Hz refresh rate. This gives you the best combination of price, power, and a vivid display that will easily get you into the action. You can also upgrade to a 4K monitor with 120Hz refresh rate, but that can be a bit of a stretch and it is often out of stock.

Playing on the Blade Pro 17 offers more than a smooth, smooth experience, as the vapor chamber cooling technology helps keep things from overheating without looking like a jet engine. This model even includes a 1TB SSD for easily storing a huge game library and the ability to customize your keyboard backlight with a variety of adjustable areas and hundreds of selectable colors.

It all comes together with an aluminum body that delivers reliability and durability that will keep the Razer Blade Pro 17 going for years to come.

Best 17 inch gaming laptop

Razer Blade Pro 17

It’s one of the more expensive laptops on our list, but there’s no denying the appeal of the Blade Pro 17. Available with a variety of display options and a powerful RTX 3070, it’s the ultimate 17 inch laptop.


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12,020 new COVID-19 cases, 48 ​​additional deaths reported in Indiana https://hardware-specs.net/12020-new-covid-19-cases-48-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8badditional-deaths-reported-in-indiana/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:37:49 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/12020-new-covid-19-cases-48-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8badditional-deaths-reported-in-indiana/ INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Health reported 12,020 new positive coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths in its latest update. The agency dashboard puts the state’s all 7-day test positivity rate at 14.9% with a 25% positive rate for unique individuals. The delta variant was responsible for 98.7% of the samples tested this month, […]]]>

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Health reported 12,020 new positive coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths in its latest update.

The agency dashboard puts the state’s all 7-day test positivity rate at 14.9% with a 25% positive rate for unique individuals. The delta variant was responsible for 98.7% of the samples tested this month, according to state data.

The dashboard data represents cases and deaths that occurred over a date range but were reported to the state within the past 24 hours, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

The agency said an additional 4,326 Hoosiers are now fully vaccinated. To date, 3,625,020 first doses of the two-dose vaccine have been administered and 3,554,209 people have been fully immunized.

The county metric map shows 27 in red, 65 in orange, and zero in yellow or blue. The map is updated every Wednesday.

The weekly score is determined by the number of weekly cases per 100,000 people in each county and its 7-day all-test positivity rate.

Since the start of the pandemic, the state has reported 1,246,854 total positive cases and 18,386 total deaths. There are also 651 probable deaths from COVID-19.

The latest hospitalization figures show a total of 3,056 COVID-19 patients: 2,757 confirmed and 299 under investigation.

The department says 8.9% of intensive care beds and 63.8% of ventilators are available statewide.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit Ourshot.In.Gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance.


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A quadrillion mainframes on your knees https://hardware-specs.net/a-quadrillion-mainframes-on-your-knees/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 20:00:43 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/a-quadrillion-mainframes-on-your-knees/ Every time I hear someone rhapsody About how much more computing power we have now compared to what was available in the 1960s around the time of Apollo, I cringe. These comparisons are generally roughly underestimate the difference. By 1961, a few universities around the world had purchased IBM 7090 Mainframe Computers. The 7090 was […]]]>

Every time I hear someone rhapsody About how much more computing power we have now compared to what was available in the 1960s around the time of Apollo, I cringe. These comparisons are generally roughly underestimate the difference.

By 1961, a few universities around the world had purchased IBM 7090 Mainframe Computers. The 7090 was the first line of all-transistor computers, and it cost US $ 20 million in today’s money, about 6,000 times more than a high-end laptop today. Its early buyers typically deployed computers as a shared resource for an entire campus. Very few users have been fortunate enough to have up to an hour of computer per week.


The 7090 had a clock cycle of 2.18 microseconds, so the operating frequency was just under 500 kilohertz. But at that time the instructions were not in pipeline, so most took more than one cycle to complete. Some integer arithmetic operations took up to 14 cycles, and a floating point operation could monopolize up to 15. So it is generally estimated that the 7090 executed about 100,000 instructions per second. Most modern computer cores can operate at a sustained rate of 3 billion instructions per second, with much faster top speeds. It’s 30,000 times faster, so a modern four- or eight-core chip is easily 100,000 times faster.

Unlike the lucky 1961 person who had an hour of computer time, you can use your laptop all the time, racking up over 1,900 years of 7,090 computer time each week. (Far be it from me to ask how many of those hours are spent on Minecraft.)

Continuing with this comparison, consider the number of instructions needed to train the popular natural language AI model, GPT-3. Running them on cloud servers took the equivalent of 355 years of laptop time, which translates to over 36 million years on the 7090. You would need a parcel of coffee while you waited for this job to finish.

A week of computing time on a modern laptop would take longer than the age of the universe on the 7090.

But, really, this comparison is unfair for today’s computers. Your laptop probably has 16 gigabytes of main memory. The 7090 has reached a maximum of 144 kilobytes. To run the same program would require a great deal of shuffling of data in and out of the 7090, and this should be done using magnetic tapes. The best tape drives of the day had maximum data transfer rates of 60 KB per second. Although 12 tape drives could be connected to a single 7090 computer, this throughput had to be shared among them. But such sharing would require a group of human operators to swap tapes on drives; Reading (or writing) 16 GB of data this way would take three days. Thus, the data transfer was also slower by a factor of about 100,000 compared to the current rate.

So now the 7090 appears to have run at about a quadrillionth (10-15) the speed of your 2021 laptop. A week of computing time on a modern laptop would take longer than the universe age on the 7090.

But wait, there is more! Every core of your laptop has SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) extensions that turbocharging floating-point arithmetic, used for vector operations. Not even a whiff of those from the 7090. And then there’s the GPU, originally used for graphics acceleration, but now used for most of learning AI, like in GPT training. 3. And the latest iPhone chip, the A15 Bionic, has not one, but five GPUs, as well as a bonus neural engine that performs 15 trillion arithmetic operations per second on top of all the other comparisons we’ve made. .

The difference in just 60 years is staggering. But I’m wondering, are we effectively using all of these calculations to make as much of a difference as our ancestors did after switching from pencil and paper to 7090?

This article appears in the print issue of January 2022 under the title “So Moore.”

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GF Business News: GFK… Econ Survey & Target Sales https://hardware-specs.net/gf-business-news-gfk-econ-survey-target-sales/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 23:36:26 +0000 https://hardware-specs.net/gf-business-news-gfk-econ-survey-target-sales/ U.S. industrial production rose 0.5% in November, with output at the country’s factories reaching its highest level since January 2019. November’s gain follows an even larger 1.7% increase in October, which represented a rebound after a 1% drop in production in September. September’s drop reflects serious supply chain issues. New home construction in the United […]]]>

U.S. industrial production rose 0.5% in November, with output at the country’s factories reaching its highest level since January 2019. November’s gain follows an even larger 1.7% increase in October, which represented a rebound after a 1% drop in production in September. September’s drop reflects serious supply chain issues.

New home construction in the United States rebounded 11.8% in November, as strong demand continues to boost builder confidence, even as the slower winter season approaches. The double-digit percentage increase last month left residential construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.68 million units, an 8.3% increase from the rate at the same time last year.

A new monthly survey of rural bankers in 10 plains and western states shows the economy remains strong in the region, but some bankers said they were concerned about the impact of inflation on farmers. The overall economic index fell from 67.7 in November to 66.7 in December, but any score above 50 suggests growth. The report covers North Dakota… South Dakota… and Minnesota.

North Dakota’s eight commercial airports recorded 83,429 passenger boardings in November. This is a 95% increase from November 2020, but down 12.5% ​​from the number of pre-pandemic boardings in 2019. Fargo, Dakota’s largest commercial service airport in the North, recorded its best month of November with 37,911 passengers on board. Grand Forks Airport handled 6,349 passengers last month. The 62,079 boardings to date in 2021 are almost 20,000 more than for the whole of last year at GFK.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $ 2,425,000 to 14 organizations representing communities in Minnesota to increase the supply of quality child care providers to support regional economic development. Among the organizations expected to receive funding: Prairie Pines Childcare Center, Fosston, $ 240,000… Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Bemidji. $ 224,000… Town of Warren, Warren, $ 210,000… Greater Bemidji, Inc, Bemidji, $ 140,000.00

Mark Watne de Velva was named the ninth year president of the North Dakota Farmers Union by more than 500 members attending the state’s 95th annual convention. In other elections, South Heart’s Bob Kuylen was re-elected vice-president. Jon Iverson was re-elected District 1 Director for Benson, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Towner and Walsh counties.

Xcel Energy today announced its intention to recognize Ben Fowke, executive chairman of Xcel Energy, by renaming the Grand Meadow wind farm in southern Minnesota as Ben Fowke Wind Energy Center. Fowke was Managing Director for a decade, from 2011 to 2021. Grand Meadow, a 100 megawatt wind farm, was commissioned in 2008. Fowke’s last day at Xcel Energy will be December 31, 2021.

Target is heading into the home stretch of the holiday season with a lot of momentum. CEO Brian Cornell reports that holiday sales have continued to remain strong even amid concerns about the new omicron variant. Like its big-box rivals, Target has been able to tackle industry-wide challenges such as labor shortages, inflation and supply chain grunts as the discounter keeps its shelves full and is armed with a full seasonal staff. the

A sharp increase in postage rates over the summer hasn’t stopped catalog retailers from filling mailboxes this holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service says more than 300 million catalogs were flooded into people’s mailboxes last month, and overall the number of catalogs is up 12% from a year ago. The push continues a positive trend for cataloguers who challenge those who predicted their demise in a digital world.

Subaru is recalling approximately 200,000 vehicles in the United States because a chain in the transmission could break, causing loss of power. The recall affects certain 2020 Legacy and Outback vehicles, as well as certain 2019 and 2020 Ascent SUVs. Subaru says in documents released Wednesday by U.S. safety regulators that a programming error in the transmission control computer may leave the clutch engage before the drive chain is blocked.


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