PC gaming has rarely been more popular than it is now, what with the pandemic and all. If you’re limping along with old hardware or just looking for an alternative to consoles, Dell has a deal that might be just the ticket.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, thewith promo code 50OFF699. That, combined with another coupon (FSAWDEAL05) that should get automatically applied at checkout, saves you a total of $327.
The Aurora is kind of a stunner, bringing a refreshing futuristic design alternative to the boring beige and black towers of yesteryear. Thankfully, that form is not without function: There’s room inside to add more RAM or storage, plus a tool-less chassis that allows for easy graphics card swapping.
The standard loadout looks like this: ninth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of HyperX DDR4 RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. That’s ample horsepower for most games, though I can see where you might want to double up on the RAM (something you can’t do at the time of purchase, alas).
This should also do quite well with Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator, though, again, a RAM bump should be in your upgrade plans.
In my experience, Dell deals tend to be pretty short-lived. If something like this is on your wish list, I’d act fast.
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Aurora Labs ramps ‘self-healing’ software with $23M from LG Technology Ventures, Porsche SE, Toyota Tsusho
The automotive market is grappling with increasingly complex software systems, and in turn greater risks of glitches that can cause costly and unsafe disruptions and damage an automaker’s credibility.
Just look at today’s new cars, trucks and SUVs compared to their counterparts a decade ago. New vehicles coming off assembly lines today contain tens of millions of lines of code, a statistic that continues to rise as automakers invest more in software.
This upward trend has created risks for automakers; it’s also opened up opportunity for burgeoning startups like Aurora Labs, which developed a platform that can spot problems with software in cars and fix it on the fly. The company is now preparing to ramp up operations, even beyond automotive, as software takes a central role in shared mobility, cities and homes.
Aurora Labs developed a platform designed to detect and predict problems and then fix any issues in real-time. The platform also enables automakers to update software in vehicles wirelessly — a feature often referred to as over-the-air software updates that was popularized by Tesla. The ability to conduct OTAs allows automakers to make changes quickly and without requiring owners to visit a dealership for service.
Earlier this month, the Tel Aviv-based startup raised $23 million in a Series B round jointly led by LG Group’s investment arm LG Technology Ventures and Marius Nacht, co-founder of Check Point Software Technologies. Porsche SE, majority owner of the VW group, Toyota Tsusho, a member of Toyota Group and the venture arm of global safety certification company UL also participated. Porsche SE invested $2.5 million and Toyota Tsusho put $1.5 million into Aurora Labs, according to the companies.
The funds will be used to double the size of Aurora Labs’ 30-person team to support going into series production with two of