Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

Software eats telco: The coming disruption 

The telco industry has a problem. In moving to 4G and soon to 5G, the cost and complexity of constructing and running networks has gotten out of hand. Building out the telco infrastructure with conventional equipment is slow and expensive work, and the amount of human labor required to manage those networks is just no […]

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Apple patents AR touch detection using depth-mapping cameras and ML

As the iPhone and iPad have amply demonstrated, much of Apple’s current hardware depends on accurate detection of direct touch inputs — a finger resting against a screen, or in the Mac’s case, on a trackpad. But as people come to rely on augmented reality for work and entertainment, they’ll need to interact with digital objects […]

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Revl raises $5.2 million to stitch together videos with AI

Creating even a basic video can be a time-consuming ordeal. Most projects involve a series of creative development meetings that can stretch on for days to weeks. Pre-production, production, and post-production and delivery usually follow, with costs ranging between $75 per hour to $150 per hour. This spurred on Bruce Pla, Eric Sanchez, and Nelson […]

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FogHorn raises $25 million to support edge AI app development

The edge AI market — that is, the market for devices that run AI applications locally, without cloud processing — is anticipated to grow substantially in the coming months. According to Deloitte, more than 750 million edge AI chips will be sold by year-end (up from a predicted 300 million in 2017), representing $2.6 billion […]

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Sega invests in music-discovery tool Flutin

Sega is pursuing an effort to expand into the broader entertainment business. That has led the company to invest in Flutin, an Indian music-discovery startup service. Flutin uses data to surface new musical artists based on various factors. This is important for Sega, because indie music is especially popular in Japan. With Sega as a […]

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Google researchers use multiple cameras to reduce error rates for robot insertion and stacking tasks

Object-manipulating robots rely on cameras to make sense of the world around them, but these cameras often require careful installation and ongoing calibration and maintenance. A new study published by researchers at Google’s Robotics division and Columbia University proposes a solution, which involves a technique that learns to accomplish tasks using multiple color cameras without […]

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Google Cloud beefs up Chronicle, reCaptcha Enterprise and Web Risk API hit general availability

Google today shared a bunch of security news at RSA Conference 2020, which kicks off this week in San Francisco. The company’s Google Cloud division introduced threat detection and timeline capabilities in Chronicle. Google Cloud also launched reCAPTCHA Enterprise and Web Risk API in general availability. In January 2018, Google parent Alphabet formed an enterprise […]

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Microsoft Azure Sphere launches in general availability

In April 2018, nearly two years ago, Microsoft announced Azure Sphere, a program to better secure the 41.6 billion internet for things (IoT) devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2025. Now, following a lengthy preview, the tech giant is this week launching Azure Sphere in general availability. Eligible customers will be able […]

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Why AI companies don’t always scale like traditional software startups

At a technical level, artificial intelligence seems to be the future of software. AI is showing remarkable progress on a range of difficult computer science problems, and the job of software developers – who now work with data as much as source code – is changing fundamentally in the process. Many AI companies (and investors) […]

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ZeroFox raises $74 million to detect and remediate cyberthreats

A Clark School study at the University of Maryland found that there’s a hacker attack every 39 seconds, affecting one in three Americans annually. An estimated 43% of those attacks target small businesses, and they’re often successful. In 2018, hackers stole half a billion person records, a 126% jump from 2017. To combat the growing […]

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Compliance startup OneTrust raises $210 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

About 64% of respondents around the world — and 74% of those in the U.S. — feel that adhering to compliance requirements is a “very” or “extremely” effective way to keep data secure, according to a Thales’ report. That said, compliance is often expensive. In a 2017 PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of execs at U.S., UK, and […]

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What explainable AI really means and what it means for your business (VB Live)

Presented by Dataiku White-box AI is getting heaps of attention, in part because it brings business value to customers and companies alike. Learn why businesses are moving away from black box systems to more explainable AI — and what it really means to be explainable — when you catch up on this VB Live event. […]

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Microsoft’s new Dynamics 365 services apply AI to finance and project operations

Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s line of enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management apps, are gaining enhancements intended to aid enterprises in “transforming” their operations. A Dynamics Customer 365 Insights update will bring connectors designed to enrich customer profiles and enable insights with Azure Synapse Analytics, Microsoft’s cloud analytics service. Both Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics […]

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Enveil raises $10 million for enterprise-scale homomorphic encryption

Analyzing, searching, and performing calculations on encrypted data hasn’t historically been possible at scale. But thanks to the emerging technique of homomorphic encryption, it’s becoming feasible at the production level. One of the firms at the forefront is Enveil, which was founded by Ellison Anne Williams, a former National Security Agency senior researcher and previously […]

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UltraSense raises $18 million to bring ultrasound touch sensors to market

Imbuing textiles with touch sensors is fast becoming feasible at scale. Perhaps the best example is Google’s Jacquard, which recognizes gestures by way of conductive fibers, modular hardware, feedback devices, software APIs, and apps. But if you ask Mo Maghsoudnia, former vice president of tech at sensor chip startup InvenSense, Jacquard has only scratched the […]

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Qualcomm’s 5nm Snapdragon X60 modem can use mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G together

When historians look back on 5G devices, the first wave will likely be a footnote, the second wave will dovetail with the spread of the technology, and the third will be where 5G really shines. This roadmap became clearer today when Qualcomm unveiled its third-generation 5G modem, Snapdragon X60, which will enable the next wave […]

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Apple will miss Q2 2020 revenue projection due to coronavirus impacts

Less than a month ago, Apple reported a record first quarter with revenues of $91.8 billion for the holiday season, and predictions of second quarter revenues in the $63 billion to $67 billion range. Today, the company warned investors that those projections will be missed due to impacts of the coronavirus on both iPhone manufacturing […]

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Microsoft’s AI improves text summarization performance by paying closer attention to the beginning

A newsy feature from the New York Times is bound to read differently than the average Reddit post. Indeed, the diversity of writing styles and grammatical structures makes the task of automatic text summarization highly challenging. That’s why researchers from Pittsburgh and Microsoft Researcher’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) lab, which focuses on real-time and media-rich […]

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U.S. accuses Huawei of RICO, trade secret, and sanctions violations

(Reuters) — U.S. prosecutors on Thursday added trade secret theft charges to their bank fraud case against Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, further escalating the U.S. battle with the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. The new indictment, which supersedes one from last year, was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York and charges Huawei with conspiring […]

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Apple seeks to patent machine learning correction of GPS estimates

GPS and similar navigational systems rely on orbiting satellites to triangulate users’ locations, a process that’s inherently susceptible to inaccuracy due to the vast distances between satellites and moving users on the ground. But Apple thinks it can improve location accuracy by applying machine learning to Kalman estimation filters, a just-published patent application reveals. The basic concept […]

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Ericsson breaks 5G millimeter wave speed record with 4.3Gbps downloads

Given the recently rapid pace of major tech innovations, it’s easy to forget that only several years have passed since it became feasible to stream 4K videos over wired home broadband connections. Now Ericsson says its latest 5G hardware will be able to transfer a full hour of 4K video in as little as 14 […]

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Broadcom’s first Wi-Fi 6E mobile chip doubles speeds, cuts energy use

Just ahead of CES 2020 in early January, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced “Wi-Fi 6E” as the official name for 6GHz Wi-Fi — an enhanced version of Wi-Fi 6 that promises to further increase data rates and cut power consumption. Today, Broadcom is announcing the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E mobile chip, BCM4389, a combined Bluetooth and […]

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Deep Instinct raises $43 million for deep learning to thwart cyberattacks

Deep Instinct has raised $43 million to advance its deep learning technology aimed at predicting and preventing increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The company says it has developed an “artificial deep neural network brain” that can rapidly learn about new forms of malware and ransomware. As the system becomes smarter, it should be able to predict and […]

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