Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

All the privacy issues Apple didn’t talk about at its annual event, and why they matter

A watch that actually tells time, all the time. Portrait mode for pets. Slofies. Apple’s annual shiny-new-toys event last week was packed with glitzy news from Apple as usual. These features are fun, but something’s been troubling me for the last few days since those announcements: something that was almost completely ignored for the entire […]

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Evolving Moore’s Law with chiplets and 3D packaging

Presented by Intel For more than 50 years, Moore’s Law has paced the advance of electronics, from semiconductor chips to laptops and cell phones. Now, the golden rule of technology price and performance from Intel co-founder Gordon Moore is evolving once again. Demanding modern workloads like AI often need specialized, high-powered processors with unique requirements. […]

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Steam’s new library is now in beta

Steam has launched its revamped library into beta, which you can opt into here. Valve’s digital store has a giant library, but it can be difficult to navigate. This updated version is supposed to make it easier to find your games. “A good library shouldn’t just be dusty shelves,” reads a Steam blog post from […]

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Google Fi gets $70 unlimited mobile plan plus free Google One membership

Google has announced a new unlimited Google Fi plan that gives subscribers near-unfettered access to SMS, calls, and data for a set monthly fee. Google Fi Unlimited, as the plan is called, offers completely unlimited calls and texts, while data is effectively unlimited, though with one notable caveat — speeds will be throttled after 22GB […]

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SoftBank reportedly accelerates Japan’s 5G network plans by 2 years

While carriers in other countries quickly sped up their 5G network rollouts to take advantage of early ratification of the international 5G standard, Japan largely stood still on its plan for a 2020 initial deployment timed to coincide with next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. But Japanese carriers are now beginning to move up their […]

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Digital assistants are repairing consumer trust in financial services (VB Live)

Presented by Envestnet | Yodlee Financial services companies are starting to invest in voice assistants, but how effective are these technologies really? Join this discussion to learn how digital assistants can drive engagement, more meaningful customer experience, build revenue, and more. Register for free right here. Customers are embracing the conversational technologies that financial services […]

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Qualcomm pays TDK $3.1 billion to fully own 5G RF front-end venture

One of Qualcomm’s important but under-appreciated 5G business areas, RF front-end (RFFE) development, is about to come fully in-house thanks to a multi-billion-dollar deal announced this morning. The San Diego company says that it’s paying $3.1 billion to buy TDK’s remaining interest in an RFFE-focused joint venture called RF360 Holdings, a deal that will enable […]

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VMRay raises $10 million for real-time malware monitoring and mitigation tools

VMRay, a Bochum, Germany-based provider of automated malware analysis and detection tools, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in series B funding led by Digital+ Partners with participation from eCapital. The capital infusion brings the company’s total raised to $13.36 million (€12 million), following early investments from eCapital and High-Tech Gruenderfonds. Cofounder and CEO […]

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Indie devs have good reason not to trust Apple — does Arcade change that?

Indie game developers are hungry. Long denied a fair seat at the table by tech giants that own the few mass distribution channels, many indies are looking for better ways to break into the market. The upcoming launch of Apple Arcade is bringing new light to this issue, prompting developers to reexamine their position in […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Security on the road: Locking down tomorrow’s connected vehicles

This article is part of a series on the subject of edge computing that was made possible with funding from Intel. This coverage remains entirely independent, with no input from Intel on how this article was reported or written. The kinetic energy of a 3,500-pound Toyota Camry barreling down the freeway at 75 miles per […]

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Apple TV+ faces huge obstacles even bargain pricing won’t fix

The details revealed about Apple TV+ at the iPhone marketingpalooza this week show just how far behind Apple will be when it officially enters the video streaming battle arena. Even more problematic, Apple’s strategy for closing the gap with a low price and a free year for new gadget buyers could be inviting a new […]

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Google One now backs up texts, ‘original quality’ photos, and videos on Android

Irreparably damaged your phone in a freak accident? Not to worry — Google’s got your back. The search giant today announced that subscribers to Google One, a subscription service that offers expanded cloud storage, can now take advantage of a whole-phone backup solution for Android that automatically copies videos, multimedia messages (MMS), and uncompressed photos […]

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Amazon schedules hardware event for September 25

Amazon’s Devices and Services team plans to host an invite-only event in Seattle on September 25, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email today. Roughly one year ago, Amazon hosted an event at company headquarters where Amazon VP of device David Limp unveiled nearly a dozen new devices like a redesigned Echo Dot, Echo […]

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ARCore’s persistent Cloud Anchors keep AR objects around

It’s been roughly two years since Google launched ARCore, a software development kit for augmented reality apps on Android, iOS, and Chrome OS. The Mountain View company says that to date, it’s been used to create thousands of titles across hundreds of million devices. And this week, it’s set to improve on a number of […]

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Lacework raises $42 million to protect cloud environments from data breaches

Lacework, a four-year-old Mountain View, California-based developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it’s raised $42 million in funding from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures, bringing its total raised to over $70 million. CEO Dan Hubbard said the fresh funding, which follows on the heels of […]

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MIT CSAIL’s Notary is an architecture for running apps on secure USB hardware

Ever heard of a hardware wallet? It’s a type of blockchain device that stores a user’s private keys in a locked-down microchip, often to stash cryptocurrencies like bitcoin from exchanges. The wallets are plug-and-play, physically durable, and highly reconfigurable, which is why researchers believe they could help usher in a more secure digital future if […]

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Explorium raises $19 million to unify AI model training and deployment

Explorium, a Tel Aviv-based startup developing what it describes as an automated data and feature discovery platform, today announced that it’s raised $19 million total across several funding rounds. Emerge and F2 Capital contributed $3.6 million in a seed raise, and Zeev Ventures led a $15.5 million in series A. The influx of capital comes […]

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EA launches cloud gaming technical trial

Ken Moss, chief technology officer at Electronic Arts, announced today that the company has begun a technical trial for a cloud gaming service. In launching the trial of the service, EA is joining the bandwagon for cloud gaming, which Google has been evangelizing in advance of its Stadia service launching in November. “The collective enthusiasm […]

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ProGlove raises $40 million for barcode-scanning industrial gloves

ProGlove, a startup developing wireless gloves with built-in barcode scanners and gesture-sensing features, this morning announced that it’s secured an investment from global growth equity investor Summit Partners. The capital infusion brings the Munich, Germany-based startup’s total raised to roughly $60 million, following $6.7 million and $2.2 million rounds in April 2018 and May 2016, […]

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