Month: May 2020

Is 21Vianet Group (VNET) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

The Computer and Technology group has plenty of great stocks, but investors should always be looking for companies that are outperforming their peers. 21Vianet Group (VNET) is a stock that can certainly grab the attention of many investors, but do its recent returns compare favorably to the sector as a whole? One simple way to answer this question is to take a look at the year-to-date performance of VNET and the rest of the Computer and Technology group’s stocks.

21Vianet Group is a member of the Computer and Technology sector. This group includes 613 individual stocks and currently holds a Zacks Sector Rank of #4. The Zacks Sector Rank considers 16 different sector groups. The average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups is measured, and the sectors are listed from best to worst.

The Zacks Rank emphasizes earnings estimates and estimate revisions to find stocks with improving

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3 Stress-Free Ways to Share Your TV or Computer With Your Quarantine Companions

Thanks to COVID-19, many people are spending a lot more time inside with their fellow housemates, be they spouses, children, or just friends they’re splitting the rent with. That also means more sharing, both of the chores and of the TV.

But just because you’re all stuck inside with one TV to share among yourselves, doesn’t mean you’ve got to sit there and fume while your significant other watches fan-free German soccer when you’d rather be watching movies or gaming. Thanks to some clever streaming technology embedded in your gadgets, you’ve got options to enjoy the content you want while letting others keep their fun going, too.

Here are three ways to share your TV and other tech without letting the stress of quarantine overwhelm you.

Turn your laptop into a lap TV

While Netflix is usually best enjoyed on a big screen, let’s not forget that you can

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Get ready for the ‘holy grail’ of computer graphics

Ray tracing has always been the “holy grail” of computer graphics, says Jason Ronald, head of program management for the gaming console Xbox.

The technique simulates a three-dimensional image by calculating each ray of light and promises stunning lighting effects with realistic reflections and shadows.

The method finds where it bounces, collects information about what those objects are, then uses it to lay down a pixel and compose a scene.

While the techniques have been around for a long time, “we just haven’t had processing power to deliver all of that in real time”, Mr Ronald says.

In Hollywood, special effects have used ray tracing for a decade. For an important sequence, computers could churn overnight for a single frame.

To do this for games in real time, you need to condense that to 1/60th of a second. Processing speed has now caught up to the task.

Ray tracing creates

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What is a motherboard?

In the world of consumer tech, the word motherboard gets thrown around a lot, especially when talking brands like Asus and Intel. But what is a motherboard? It sounds pretty important. Well, if you were to think of your computer as a body, the CPU would be the brain while the motherboard would be the heart. It’s responsible for power routing, which helps coordinate how all CPU components work with one another.

Note that this is not the same as the CPU, which is where all the computations are performed. The motherboard simply organizes these computations and their results. While it doesn’t hold a lot of power itself, nothing else could work without the motherboard, which is why it is considered so vital. Here’s what else you need to know.

What components make up a motherboard?

There are several different motherboard designs and form factors, which have been updated

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