Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics/Software

Microsoft reports $30.6 billion in Q3 2019 revenue: Azure up 73%, Surface up 21%, and LinkedIn up 27%

Microsoft today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $30.6 billion, net income of $8.8 billion, and earnings per share of $1.14 (compared to revenue of $26.8 billion, net income of $7.4 billion, and earnings per share of $0.95 in Q3 2018). All three of the company’s operating groups saw […]

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Google Drive no longer requires a Chrome extension for offline use

When you’re facing flakey coffee shop connectivity or a flight without Wi-Fi, Google Drive’s offline mode is a great browser-based solution — it lets you edit any spreadsheet, word doc, or slideshow you’ve previously marked for offline access irrespective of your connection’s stability. However, offline editing in Drive previously required installing a cumbersome Chrome extension. […]

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Google open-sources AI image segmentation models optimized for Cloud TPUs

Google’s custom tensor processing unit (TPU) chips, the latest generation of which became available to Google Cloud Platform customers last year, are tailor-made for AI inferencing and training tasks like image recognition, natural language processing, and reinforcement learning. To support the development of apps that tap them, the Mountain View company has steadily open-sourced architectures […]

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Apple documents reveal multi-year plot to pressure and hurt Qualcomm

Apple filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against Qualcomm in early 2017, but recently released documents suggest it spent years quietly undermining its partner and “creating evidence” to hurt it in court, Qualcomm lawyers told a court in San Diego. “They were plotting it for two years,” Qualcomm attorney Evan Chesler said of Apple’s strategy to undermine Qualcomm’s patent […]

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Mozilla relaunches open source IoT platform Project Things as WebThings

For the better part of two years, the folks at Mozilla have been diligently chipping away at Project Things, an open implementation of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web of Things standard for monitoring and controlling connected devices, and today, they reached a major milestone. Project Things is graduating from its experimental phase with […]

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Google to suggest 10 browser and search engine alternatives for Android users in Europe

Google announced that it will begin rolling out new browser and search engine options to Android users in the European Economic Area (EEA). The move comes nine months after the Alphabet subsidiary was hit with a $5 billion fine by EU antitrust regulators for the way it reportedly forced manufacturers to preinstall certain Google apps […]

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Salesforce acquires MapAnything for its location-based intelligence products

Salesforce today revealed that it’s signed a definitive agreement to acquire MapAnything, a Charlotte, North Carolina location-based intelligence software and services provider, for an undisclosed amount. The announcement comes months after MapAnything’s latest funding round, which brought its total raised to nearly $84 million. As TechCrunch notes, the buyout doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. […]

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Google’s MorphNet optimizes AI models without sacrificing accuracy

Machine learning algorithms have a fatal flaw: they’re costly to fine-tune (in terms of time and resources) from scratch for specific apps. Some automated approaches attempt to expedite the process by searching for suitable existing models, but researchers at Google’s AI research division have a better idea. In a blog post published this afternoon and […]

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Apple called ‘whimsical feudal lord’ in Swedish publisher’s open letter supporting Spotify complaint

Apple’s shift to focus on growing subscription revenues seems likely to be headed to a bigger regulatory confrontation in Europe. In the latest sign of growing tensions, today Nordic publishing giant Schibsted published an open letter in support of Spotify’s allegations that Apple is abusing the power of its App Store. “Apple has tried to […]

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How Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung treat your voice data

Alexa. Cortana. Google Assistant. Bixby. Siri. Hundreds of millions of people use voice assistants developed by Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and Apple every day, and that number is growing all the time. According to a recent survey conducted by tech publication Voicebot, 90.1 million U.S. adults use voice assistants on their smartphones at least monthly, […]

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iOS 13 will reportedly add Dark Mode, Undo gesture, and Mail categories

Apple’s annual iOS update strategy is expected to continue uninterrupted with the debut of an iOS 13 beta at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, but a collection of the new features appear to have leaked months early. According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith and 9to5Mac, iOS 13 will launch with a system-wide Dark Mode, revised system-wide Undo and […]

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How open source can survive the cloud

Open source has been the backbone of cloud innovation for the past decade, from Linux and MySQL to Kubernetes, Spark, Presto, and MongoDB. But recent developments have thrown a dark cloud over the business model behind open source, and the industry must act now to avert stifling one of its greatest sources of innovation. As […]

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Google’s new AI tools scan documents, take phone calls, and search for products

With enterprise adoption of AI on the rise (up 270 percent over the past four years, according to Gartner), it’s only sensible that Google should chase corporate clients with new cloud services powered by machine learning. At its eponymous Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco this week, the company took the wraps off of […]

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Mozilla’s BugBug classifies Firefox bug reports with AI

How does an organization the size of Mozilla sift through the hundreds of bug reports that come in each day for projects like Firefox? With machine learning, as it turns out. In a blog post this morning, it detailed BugBug, an open source Bugzilla tool that automatically classifies bugs by product (e.g. Firefox, Firefox for […]

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Google announces Cloud Run for open and portable serverless compute

At Google Cloud Next 2019 in San Francisco, Google today announced Cloud Run, the newest member of its serverless compute stack, in beta. The company also unveiled new investments in its Cloud Functions and App Engine platforms. Developers often have to choose between the ease and velocity of serverless or the flexibility and portability of […]

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Ernst & Young introduce AI trust measurement tool

Multinational consultancy firm Ernst & Young today introduced the Trusted AI platform, a service accessible through a we web interface that assigns numerical values to the trustworthiness of an AI system. The Trusted AI platform takes into account factors such as the objective of an AI model, whether a human is in the loop, and […]

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Google Brain’s AI predicts code from your previous edits

AI that can predict future source code changes from past edits might be an invaluable tool for programmers, but it’s a challenge that’s yet to be fully conquered by researchers. A team at Google Brain, though, describe a promising new approach in a preprint paper on Arxiv.org (“Neural Networks for Modeling Source Code Edits“) that […]

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Microsoft brings Visual Studio Code to Linux as a Snap

Two days after releasing Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac, Microsoft today made Visual Studio Code available for Linux as a Snap. Microsoft launched the free Visual Studio Code for Windows, Mac, and Linux in April 2016, but making Snap support finally brigs seamless auto-updates for Linux users. You can download the Snap now […]

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10 ways Siri should become a better assistant in 2019

Artificial intelligence and machine learning now touch our lives in more ways than we can possibly imagine, but if there’s one particularly tangible, ubiquitous example of these technologies, it’s the digital assistant that lives in your smartphone, smart speakers, tablet, and computer. Whether you say “Hey Google,” “Hey Siri,” or “Alexa,” you’re conjuring up an […]

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Google launches Android Q Beta 2 with multitasking Bubbles, foldables emulator, and zoomable microphones

Google today launched the second Android Q beta with multitasking Bubbles, a foldables emulator, zoomable microphones, and more. If you’re a developer, this is your second Android Q preview, and you can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images […]

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