Tag: category-/Computers & Electronics

How open source and AI can take us to the Moon, Mars, and beyond

Today people all around the world will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of humanity’s greatest technological achievements: landing on the Moon. Technology has undergone immense change since 1969. The computer systems and software that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to our nearest celestial neighbor pale in comparison to the smartphones […]

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Nvidia reproduces the moon landing with real-time ray tracing

One small step for man, one giant leap for real-time ray tracing. Nvidia’s graphics wizards have reproduced the moon landing in honor of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first walk on the moon. Using Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics processing units (GPUs) designed to render the best video games, Nvidia produced a realistic rendering of […]

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ILM, Smithsonian, and Time release Apollo 11 landing AR experience

There’s no shortage of commemorations marking this year’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, but if you’re looking to really experience the historic moments when the Eagle landed and mankind took its giant leap forward, the best option may be available for your smartphone. Working in collaboration with Industrial Light and Magic and […]

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EU fines Qualcomm $272 million for modem antitrust violations

(Reuters) — Qualcomm, the world’s number one chipmaker, was fined 242 million euros ($272 million) by the European Commission on Thursday for blocking a rival from the market about a decade ago, its second EU antitrust penalty. The European Commission, the EU’s competition regulator, accused Qualcomm of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 aimed at […]

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Verizon releases Inseego’s 5G MiFi hotspot as a nationwide exclusive

Inseego’s MiFi portable hotspots have been popular with users for years, enabling laptops, tablets, and prior-generation phones to access the latest cellular networks using Wi-Fi connections. Today, Verizon announced an exclusive deal to sell Inseego’s 5G model, the MiFi M1000, to customers nationwide, enabling users in five cities today — and a promised 30 by […]

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Microsoft-AT&T partnership is a preemptive strike in 5G

AT&T and Microsoft announced a multiyear partnership that will see AT&T move its non-network infrastructure computing needs to the Microsoft Azure cloud as it becomes a “cloud first” company. Aside from the 270K employees at AT&T that will now migrate to the Office 365 platform for office and collaboration needs, and the various apps and […]

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Microsoft wows Inspire crowd with language-translating HoloLens hologram

Microsoft’s on-stage HoloLens demonstrations haven’t always been impressive, but a new one at the company’s Inspire event (via The Verge) is nothing short of amazing. Using a combination of body and voice capture technologies, Azure AI, and HoloLens, Microsoft created a nearly photorealistic hologram of executive Julia White, then had the hologram deliver part of White’s […]

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AT&T teams with Microsoft on 5G, AI, cloud, and edge innovations

AT&T’s mobile 5G network isn’t actually attracting consumers yet, but businesses are interested in the transformational improvements 5G can bring — and Microsoft is getting out in front of the impending wave of change. The carrier and enterprise-focused software maker announced today that they’re “joining forces to innovate around 5G, AI, cloud, and edge computing,” a […]

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Researchers create tiny ‘beyond 5G’ chip for 100GHz data transmission

Fifth-generation cellular networks and devices are still in the earliest stages of launching across the world, but research on the next generation — 6G — is already underway. Today, researchers at the University of California, Irvine’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits Labs announced that they’ve created a tiny radio chip that can send and receive data in […]

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Uber open-sources Plato for developing and testing conversational AI

Designing conversational AI isn’t as Sysiphean as it sounds. Tools like Google’s Dialogflow, Microsoft’s Bot Framework, and Amazon’s Lex make it easier than it used to be, and the folks at Uber hope to eliminate any remaining barriers with a development platform all their own. It’s called Plato Research Dialog System, and it was released […]

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Arm launches Flexible Access business model for agile chip design

Arm is launching its Flexible Access business model that allows chip designers to experiment with different chip designs before they have to pay for the final selection. Rather than pay upfront for chip design tools, customers can use the new model to experiment, evaluate, and undertake full projects with a wide range of Arm intellectual […]

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The power of context in our digital world and how AI can interpret it

Presented by fonYou In times gone by, you would get to know your village shopkeeper and they would get to know you. You’d have a friendly exchange and buy the things you need for your family. Once in a while they would say something like “I’ve got in some more of that hot chocolate you […]

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8BitDo’s Pro+ gamepad provides ‘ultimate’ control with new software

One of the best third-party peripheral manufacturers has something new. 8BitDo, which makes some of my favorite retro-style gamepads, is releasing an update for the 8BitDo Pro. It is calling this new device the 8BitDo Pro+, and the company says it is its “most advanced controller” ever. 8BitDo is taking orders for the Pro+, and […]

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Apple’s push for a federal privacy law is reportedly hurting state efforts

Apple is undeniably one of the technology industry’s most public advocates for user privacy, but behind the scenes, the company’s efforts aren’t necessarily as aligned with users’ interests as its marketing might suggest. A new Washington Post report today says that while Apple has repeatedly called for a comprehensive federal privacy law, it has simultaneously […]

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Google’s new ‘data echoing’ technique speeds up AI training

AI accelerator hardware like Google’s Tensor Processing Units and Intel’s Nervana Neural Network Processor promise to speed up AI model training, but because of the way the chips are architected, earlier stages of the training pipeline (like data preprocessing) don’t benefit from the boosts. That’s why scientists at Google Brain, Google’s AI research division, propose […]

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U.K. clears Huawei to supply some 5G gear as U.S. prepares to ease ban

Huawei’s reputation may have been irrevocably damaged by accusations of espionage, but the Chinese manufacturer appears poised to regain some of its business in both the United Kingdom and United States — albeit under continued clouds of suspicion. A key U.K. parliamentary committee is now recommending that Huawei’s gear be allowed at the edges of […]

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Cloudera’s Hilary Mason on how businesses can avoid ruining their own AI projects

An IDC survey of businesses out earlier this week found that for about 1 in 4 enterprises deploying AI today, half of all AI projects will fail. Why they fail can be related to external factors like a lack of talent necessary to properly deploy systems, but sometimes companies implode without the influence of outside […]

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AWS AI VP: Developers drive all innovation in technology

In a wide-ranging discussion today at VentureBeat’s AI conference Transform in San Francisco, AWS AI VP Swami Sivasubramanian declared “Every innovation in technology is going to be driven by developers.” Sivasubramanian made the statement while talking about growing demand for machine learning engineers and internal efforts at Amazon to train more employees to use machine […]

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Making the customer’s journey convenient, not creepy

Personalization is the key ingredient to helping build trust with a customer. With trust comes increased growth and engagement. But personalization can also go too far. Companies can risk personalizing so much that users might then have a narrow understanding of what these personalized AI tools can actually offer. And beyond that, really great personalization […]

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