Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

3GPP plans 5G wearable, multicasting, and 60GHz standards for 2021

As the chief organization responsible for 5G and its 4G/3G predecessors, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is responsible for global standardization of cellular technologies, turning multiple companies’ innovations into features that work across different phones and networks. This week, the 3GPP approved a collection of 24 new projects designed to advance the 5G standard in the […]

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ProBeat: AWS and Azure are generating uneasy excitement in quantum computing

Quantum is having a moment. In October, Google claimed to have achieved a quantum supremacy milestone. In November, Microsoft announced Azure Quantum, a cloud service that lets you tap into quantum hardware providers Honeywell, IonQ, or QCI. Last week, AWS announced Amazon Braket, a cloud service that lets you tap into quantum hardware providers D-Wave, […]

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Facebook’s DEC AI identified hundreds of millions of fake accounts over 2 years

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often likes to assert that AI has substantially cut down on the amount of abuse perpetrated by millions of users, and he’s not wrong — in its most recent Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook said it removed more than 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September, compared with just over 1.5 […]

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Google Assistant can now interpret 44 languages on smartphones

In January during the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google debuted interpreter mode, a real-time translation feature for Google Home speakers and third-party smart displays like those from JBL, Sony, LG, and Lenovo. The tech giant said at the time that interpreter mode would eventually come to mobile devices, but it didn’t set […]

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Firefox Reality VR browser now lets users sync bookmarks, send tabs, and use Bluetooth keyboards

Mozilla is adding a bunch of new features to its Firefox Reality VR browser today, including Bluetooth keyboard support and the ability for users to share history, bookmarks, and tabs between devices. This functionality is possible because Mozilla will now allow users to sign into Firefox Reality with their Firefox Account credentials. By way of […]

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Microsoft’s FastSpeech AI speeds up realistic voices generation

State-of-the-art text-to-speech models can produce snippets that sound nearly human-like on first listen. In point of fact, they underpin the neural voices available through Google Assistant, as well as the newscaster voice that recently came to Alexa and Amazon’s Polly service. But because most of the models share the same synthesis approaches in common — […]

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PrecisionHawk raises $32 million for drone management and analytics tools

There’s a reason firms in agriculture, energy, and industry are increasingly opting to adopt drone-based monitoring and analytics products: They promise to cut down on operational expenses while removing human inspectors from harm’s way. According to a recent report, flying drones cost between $200 and $300 per mile compared to conventional helicopter flights that cost […]

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Lenovo Smart Clock adds an AI-powered, contextually aware alarm

Remember the Lenovo Smart Clock? It’s a miniature speaker with a 5-inch display tailor-made for bedside nightstands. It’s powered by Google Assistant, meaning a voice command is all it takes to kick off timers, news briefings, recipes, and more. And it’s becoming even more capable thanks to an over-the-air update. The latest Smart Clock firmware, […]

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Iterable raises $60 million to optimize omnichannel campaigns with AI

Executing cross-channel marketing campaigns isn’t easy no matter what resources a brand has at its disposal. According to a recent survey, only 30% of marketers are highly confident in their ability to deliver a mulichannel strategy, followed by 67% who are only somewhat confident. Be that as it may, 95% of salespeople say they consider […]

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Observe.ai raises $26 million for AI that monitors and coaches call center agents

Countless tech platforms are setting out to help call centers automate conversations with their customers. But U.S-Indian startup and Y Combinator alum Observe.ai is bucking that trend by using AI to help coach human call center workers, rather than replace them. Today the company announced it has raised $26 million in a series A round […]

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Eclipse Foundation forms working group for open source edge computing tech

The Eclipse Foundation today announced the formation of the Edge Native Working Group, which will drive the adoption of open source software for edge computing. Founding members include Adlink, Bosch, Edgeworx, Eurotech, Kynetics, Huawei, Intel, and Siemens. The working group plans to focus on creating an end-to-end software stack that will support deployments of today’s […]

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Apple will join CES privacy roundtable with FTC and Facebook

Apple’s reluctance to officially participate in the world’s leading consumer trade show CES has been softening in recent years, as the company used the 2019 event as a springboard for third-party Apple TV- and AirPlay-related announcements, as well as a gigantic outdoor poster touting its stance on privacy. Now the company is taking the next […]

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Oculus Quest hand tracking out now for users, next week for developers

Facebook is delivering an early Christmas gift for Oculus Quest users and developers: Initial support for hand tracking is launching ahead of schedule, the company said today, with users getting access to the feature starting on December 9, and developers following with an SDK during the week of December 16. Hand tracking is a big […]

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Google Maps’ Incognito Mode arrives on iOS

Soon, iOS users will be able to tap Google Maps for navigation and location searches without revealing their personal data. In a blog post, Google today announced that Incognito Mode, a privacy feature revealed earlier this year that recently came to Maps on Android, will arrive on iOS in the coming days. Inspired by the […]

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Pixel 4 gets automatic robocall screening, improved location accuracy, and more

If Google’s Pixel 4 is your daily driver, good news: It’s now able to screen robocalls — and more. Google announced this morning an update to the Pixel 4’s Call Screen feature in the U.S. that automatically declines calls from unknown parties and filters out suspected robocallers, alongside an improved video calling experience on Duo, […]

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Bosch and Daimler launch self-driving car pilot in San Jose

Bustling San Jose — the third-largest metropolis in California, according to the 2010 census — is about to become a testbed for autonomous cars developed by Bosch and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. Last November, the two jointly reaffirmed that they’ll pilot driverless vehicles in Silicon Valley as part of an on-demand offering revealed in July 2018. […]

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AWS SageMaker’s new machine learning IDE isn’t ready to win over data scientists

AWS SageMaker, the machine learning brand of AWS, announced the release of SageMaker Studio, branded an “IDE for ML,” on Tuesday. Machine-learning has been gaining traction and, with its compute-heavy training workloads, could prove a decisive factor in the growing battle over public cloud. So what does this new IDE mean for AWS and the […]

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Adobe acquires Oculus Medium VR sculpting app

Adobe is the new home for the Oculus Medium sculpting app, which Facebook originally launched three years ago. The surprising move raises intriguing questions about the ongoing strategies in VR and AR by some of the world’s largest creative and technology companies. Medium was seen as a groundbreaking sculpting app on the PC-based Rift headset when it […]

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ProBeat: We already know what to expect from Sundar Pichai’s Alphabet

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Alphabet-Google (my colleague Kyle Wiggers prefers “Googlebet”) news this week. Why has it been so difficult to come up with a whole lot to say? It finally dawned on me last night: there isn’t much to say. That’s the point. This wasn’t a CEO shakeup. This has all […]

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PerceptiLabs’ drag-and-drop interface makes ML modeling easier and faster

One of machine learning’s promises is to help humans do things faster and more efficiently. Ironically, one of the roadblocks that keeps businesses and independent developers from capitalizing on ML’s capabilities is that it can be time-consuming and difficult to build, train, and deploy models. PerceptiLabs, a two-person Swedish startup, developed a visual drag-and-drop interface […]

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Cyberhaven raises $13 million to thwart trade secret theft

For obvious reasons, trade secrets are highly valuable — they’re the innovations that confer competitive advantage. The damages sought and obtained in trade secret cases are predictably high, in some instances exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars. And plaintiffs not uncommonly estimate that theft costs hundreds of jobs and billions in combined shareholder equity. Five […]

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Augtera raises $4 million for AI-driven network management

Augtera today announced that it raised $4 million for its operation that takes data from datacenter networks to create AI systems for management and optimization. The money will be used to grow Augtera’s engineering and research and development teams and accelerate product adoption. Augtera uses network domain knowledge and semantics, together with data from a […]

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How Segment survived its brush with death to become a customer data management unicorn

These days, Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt can boast that his customer management company has raised almost $300 million in venture capital for a $1.5 billion valuation. But he hasn’t forgotten the moment when the company came within inches of total failure. It took pivoting from its initial plan and moving in an entirely different direction […]

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