Ever find yourself clicking on a video in your web browser only to discover that it’s a blocky, low-res video that was uploaded over a decade ago, when displays, cameras, and internet connections weren’t really good enough to make HD video on the web a thing yet?

Microsoft is taking aim at low-res video on the web by bringing AI upscaling to the Edge web browser. The company calls its tech Video Super Resolution, and it’s available for testing now in Canary Channel builds of the Microsoft Edge web browser (version 109).

It’s enabled automatically for about 50% of users who meet the minimum system requirements (you’ll need a pretty recent NVIDIA or AMD graphics card). But other users can enable the feature manually by toggling the edge://flags/#edge-video-super-resolution flag. It’s a power-hungry feature though, so if you’re using a laptop it will need to be plugged in.

Introducing Video Super Resolution [Microsoft Edge Insider]

Microsoft is bringing AI video upscaling to the Edge browser to make low-res video look better. DRM-free video below 720p resolution (but above 192 x 192 pixels) is supported, but anything with Widevine, PlayReady, or similar DRM protection won’t be upscalable. Available now in the Edge Canary channel, NVIDIA RTX 20 series or AMD RX5700 or better GPU required.

RISC-V Business: Testing StarFive’s VisionFive 2 SBC [Jeff Geerling]

The VisionFive 2 is the first $100-ish single-board PC with a quad-core RISC-V processor and integrated graphics. But it’s very much aimed at early adopters: the hardware is reasonably capable, but software support is still in the early stages. Performance and functionaly may get better over time, but there’s no guarantee.

New repository format for faster and smaller updates [F-Droid]

Free and open source Android app repository F-Droid has released a new client app for Android that uses far less data to update the repository info, saving space and bandwidth by only updating what’s changed since the last time.

We designed a case for @FrameworkPuter‘s Mainboards, which make lovely little servers, and are thinking about selling a DIY kit for you tinkerers out there. They can sit on your desk or hang on your wall. What do ya think? Should we make a small run of these? pic.twitter.com/fTQQb6qTyf

— NativePlanet (@NativePlanetIO) February 28, 2023

It is time for a new Maui Release. MauiKit Frameworks, Maui Apps, and Maui Shell have a new version, coming with new features, bug fixes, and much more…
You can find out what’s new in here:https://t.co/h8VKTL2fxx#mauikit #mauishell #mauiproject@kdecommunity @Nitrux_NX pic.twitter.com/LzUeFoYHIf

— Maui Project (@maui_project) March 3, 2023

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  1. Bill Gates has already reinvented how we poo. I fired up my Edge browser in my glorious Windows while on the crapper so I can read my favorite MSN news site because I am normie, the MSN article ‘Bill Gates predicts what the next pandemic will be’. Now we know that Bill Gates predicts what the next pandemic will be just as he predicted the last pandemic and it will certainly involve watching us poo, most likely using the Edge browser.

  2. Too bad microsoft doesn’t ust focus on bing instead of their crappy browser. The Google search Ad-serving machine monopoly needs some viable competition.

  3. “you’ll need a pretty recent NVIDIA or AMD graphics card”

    Well, at least they’re supporting Turing at launch, Nvidia’s own AI upscaling for Chromium based browsers supports only Ampere and A.Lovelace… I’m going to check it out.

  4. There is already upscaling software around on your average PC. That’s where the idea for “They shall not grow old ” came from.

    1. You don’t AI enable graphic cards, I upscale with free for private use software, several old Intel, one AMD ancient, and inbuilt or Nvidia 720 graphics. Newer is nice but not a must.

    2. The difference is that now Edge upscales in real time. Its a huge leap actually, but depends on how well it performs. I’d expect just some basic ‘fill in’ a bit more advanced than NVidia DLSS, but targeted for 3x-4x upscale instead at the current hardware generation.

      1. We are all slaves to audio and video marketing and sales.

        My Amlogic TV box changes SDR to HDR video in the settings and most people cannot tell its SDR upscaled unless I tell them.
        I still use my canon DVD camcorders (4 at last count ) because I can upscale the DVD image. I even record in two channel stereo then fake five channel. I have higher resolution equipment but just enjoy the upscaling challenge. After all many TV, upscale images too. 🤔😁👍

        1. TV upscalers are using approaches closer to good old hq2x, basically merging same color blobs and enhancing border between contrast colored ones. Its nowhere close to modern AI upscale that fill in details.

          1. It does not not matter as general People , not audio or videophiles cannot tell a difference. Its the Coke, Pepsi debate again.
            And eyes don’t see in 4k.