Google Releases Open Source ‘Guetzli’ JPEG Encoder

BrianFagioli writes: Today, Google released yet another open source project. Called “Guetzli,” it is a JPEG encoder that aims to produce even smaller image file sizes. In fact, the search giant claims a whopping 35 percent improvement over existing JPEG compression. If you are wondering why smaller file sizes are important, it is quite simple — the web. If websites can embed smaller images, users can experience faster load times while using less data. While Google didn’t aim to improve JPEG image quality with Guetzli, it seems it has arguably done so. It is subjective, but the search giant surveyed human beings and found they preferred Google’s open source offering 75 percent of the time. Smaller file sizes and better image quality? Wow! Google has done something amazing here.

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Windows 10 ‘servicing stack’ update cripples some PCs

Some users have reported that one of this week’s Windows 10 updates crippled their PCs, according to a thread on Reddit.They fingered the KB4013418 update as the most likely culprit. That update was marked simply as “Update for Windows 10 Version 1607” in Windows Update, and in the accompanying support document, tagged as a “servicing stack update.”[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]In Microsoft’s parlance, a servicing stack consists of the executable file and associated libraries needed to install Windows and its updates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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AMD Announces Ryzen 5 Processors With 4 and 6-Core Chips Starting At $169

MojoKid writes from a report via HotHardware: Today, AMD unveiled additional details with respect to the entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up. Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely of 8-core/16-thread processors, the Ryzen 5 family has two tiers consisting of 6-core/12-thread and 4-core/8-thread processors. The entry-level part is the Ryzen 5 1400, a 4-core/8-thread CPU with base and turbo clocks of 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz, respectively. The Ryzen 5 1500X has the same quad-core configuration, but with base and turbo clocks of 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz, and also has support for an extended XFR frequency range of up to 3.9GHz. The Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6-core/12-thread processor, with 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost clocks. And at the top of the stack is the Ryzen 5 1600X — which has a similar 6-core configuration — but cranks things up even further to 3.6GHz/4.0GHz. With XFR, the absolute maximum frequency for all


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Get ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update

Sometime this spring, probably in April, Microsoft will release the Creators Update, one of the two major updates to Microsoft Windows 10 that will roll out this year.
What can you expect to see? For a start, ignore the name “Creators Update,” because the release has very little to do with creating things — with the exception of some virtual reality features and a minor app for creating 3D content.
However, there will be some real changes to the operating system. You’ll get more control over Windows updates, some improvements to the Edge browser, some nice interface tweaks — including to the Start menu — and more.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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IDG Contributor Network: Using bash on Windows

The fairly recent appearance of bash on Windows, more properly known as “bash on Ubuntu on Windows” gives Windows some special appeal to those of us who love living on the command line. And it’s not just bash, but bash along with all the tools you’re likely to be looking for to get your work done.Jumping in
I have to admit that, during my first few hours, it felt a little strange to be typing Unix commands while running Windows 10. Even so, the command line was obviously so much more powerful and familiar than using PowerShell, that it was also quite exciting. These hours reminded me what it felt like when I first started working from home on the desktop of a system that sat in a data center at work (several hours away) or when I discovered that I could enjoy a glass of my favorite beer while watching


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