Tag: Big Data

Apple reportedly bought Silk Labs, a maker of privacy-focused AI for devices

Most AI processing for mobile devices is currently handled by cloud servers, enabling companies such as Google and Amazon to monitor users’ requests as they come in. But privacy-focused Apple has been working on ways to build AI directly into its devices and has acquired a small company called Silk Labs to aid its efforts, […]

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From Withings to blockchain: Meet the French entrepreneur trying to reinvent digital health

Despite the highs and lows that Alexis Normand has experienced the past few years, his faith in the digital health revolution remains surprisingly unshaken. In fact, it’s grown so strong that he is pursuing two separate but equally interesting paths toward realizing the potential benefits. The first is his ongoing role as vice president of […]

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Wisconsin’s Understory raises $7.5 million for on-the-ground weather stations

Understory, a Madison, Wisconsin-based weather analytics company, announced today that it has raised $7.5 million in new funding. The round is led by local venture capital firm 4490 Ventures, an existing investor in the company. Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund also joined the round. Other existing investors in Understory include Monsanto Growth Ventures […]

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You can now sign into your Microsoft account without a password

Passwords aren’t as effective a means as preventing account break-ins as they might seem. Three out of four people use duplicate passwords, and 21 percent of people use codes that are over 10 years old. (In 2014, among the five most popular passwords were “password,” “123456,” and “qwerty.”) Two-factor SMS authentication adds a layer of protection, but […]

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ApisProtect raises $1.8 million for bee-monitoring sensors

The worldwide honeybee community is in a crisis. In the years leading up to 2013, over 10 million of the nearly 90 million managed beehives were lost — close to twice the normal rate. Eight years ago in Northern Ireland alone, beekeepers reported an alarming decline of greater than 50 percent. Colony collapse disorder, as the […]

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Break the chains of legacy virtualization (VB Live)

IT leaders know technology is a business differentiator, and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can be the foundation of a modern, cloud-like datacenter. But you don’t have to stop there. Learn how going beyond HCI costs less, increases IT agility, and supports multi-cloud goals when you join this VB Live event! Register here for free. Gartner predicted […]

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Google to invest $685 million in green Danish datacenter

Google has announced plans for a new energy-efficient datacenter in Denmark, the company’s fifth datacenter in Europe. It will be located on the outskirts of Fredericia, a small town on the eastern side of Denmark, and Google said it’s spending around €600 million ($685 million) on construction, which is expected to be completed sometime after 2021, […]

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Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to identify correlations between users, locations, […]

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Microsoft acquires app-provisioning startup FSLogix

Another day, another profitable exit for a well-regarded startup. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based FSLogix, the company behind the eponymous award-winning FSLogix app provisioning platform, for an undisclosed sum. In a blog post, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Office 365, and Julia White, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, wrote that FSLogix’s technology would enable […]

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Alexa users can now make Skype calls

Microsoft announced in September that Skype calling would come to devices with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant by the end of this year, and it’s finally made good on that promise. Amazon today confirmed to The Verge that starting this week, Alexa users will be able to make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming calls, […]

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Amazon’s neural TTS can model speaking styles with only a few hours of recordings

Tired of Alexa’s staid, monotonous tone? Well, thanks to a new artificial intelligence (AI) technique, Amazon might soon be able to roll out new speaking styles to its voice assistant at a rapid clip. In a newly published paper (“Effect of data reduction on sequence-to-sequence neural TTS“) and an accompanying blog post, the Seattle company today detailed […]

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Enlight and Facetune creator Lightricks raises $60 million

The mobile app market is on the upswing, according to research firms like App Annie. Global downloads grew an estimated 15 percent and consumer spend 20 percent year-over-year in Q2 2018, and smartphone users spent more money on apps — $18.5 billion — than in any quarter in history. One of the most popular categories were video players and […]

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LG Xboom WK9 review: Boomy bass can’t make up for Google Smart Display shortcomings

Facebook’s Portal. Amazon’s Echo Show. Smart displays — tablet-like touchscreen devices with built-in voice assistants — aren’t exactly on the cusp of ubiquity, but they’re following in the market footsteps of the Echo and Google Home. At least, that’s what manufacturers seem to be hoping. Facebook and Amazon chose to adopt an in-house approach — […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook defends Google search deal but expects new privacy law

Apple CEO Tim Cook has spent the past several years positioning the company as a champion of user privacy, but he’s now facing questions regarding Apple’s ongoing browser collaboration with Google — a company Cook previously called out for gathering user data “for God knows what advertising purpose.” The multi-billion-dollar Apple-Google deal was one of […]

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AEye raises $40 million for sensor that merges camera and lidar data

With some analysts predicting as many as 10 million self-driving cars will hit the road by 2030, it’s no wonder that the lidar market is projected to be worth $1.8 million in just five years. Lidar — sensors that measure the distance to target objects by illuminating them with laser light and measuring the reflected pulses […]

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Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene steps down

Former Oracle Corp. product chief Thomas Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the cloud division at Alphabet Inc’s Google in the coming weeks, Greene announced in a blog post on Friday, after a tumultuous year for the business. Greene said she had joined Google three years ago with plans to leave after two […]

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Google’s AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy

Approximately one in nine men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute, and more than 2.9 million patients diagnosed with it at some point are still alive today. And from a treatment perspective, it tends to be problematic — prostate cancer is frequently non-aggressive, making it difficult […]

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How Oblong helped IBM build its ‘immersion rooms’ with giant displays

John Underkoffler is best known as the science adviser for the landmark sci-fi film Minority Report, where actor Tom Cruise uses “data gloves” and gesture controls to manipulate a transparent computer. As the CEO of Oblong Industries, he has been trying to bring that to life. He founded the company in 2006 and launched the Mezzanine software for interacting […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves ‘superhuman’ performance in Pong and Enduro

Machines learning to play games by watching humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction novel, but that’s exactly what researchers at OpenAI — a nonprofit, San Francisco-based AI research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel, among other tech luminaries — and Google subsidiary Deepmind claim to have accomplished. […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview of its PlayFab multiplayer server […]

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