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Microsoft widens its efforts to support DirectX 12 games on Windows 7

DirectX 12 works on Windows 7, but that wasn’t always the case. Microsoft originally only supported the newest graphics API on Windows 10 and Windows 8. But the company expanded that to Windows 7 earlier this year. This enables developers to take advantage of the technology on the older OS. The importance of DirectX 12 […]

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Intel, Google, Microsoft, and others launch Confidential Computing Consortium for data security

Major tech companies including Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, IBM, Intel, Google Cloud, Microsoft, and Red Hat today announced intent to form the Confidential Computing Consortium to improve security for data in use. Established by the Linux Foundation, the organization plans to bring together hardware vendors, developers, open source experts, and others to promote the use of […]

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Deploying technology that makes sense: End-user computing

Presented by Nutanix We’re all aware of the “digital transformation” era that we live in today. Cloud computing has transformed IT. Artificial intelligence is proving to be an emerging technology that will have a major impact on everyday life. Cryptocurrency is even driving new ideas in how we as a global society think about money. […]

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Twitter open-sources Rezolus telemetry tool

It just became easier to diagnose runtime performance issues at scale, thanks to Twitter. The tech giant today open-sourced Rezolus, a “high-resolution” telemetry agent designed to uncover anomalies and utilization spikes too brief to be captured through normal observability and metrics systems. Twitter says it’s been running Rezolus in production for over a year, and it […]

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Microsoft acquires JClarity to bolster Java workloads on Azure

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired JClarity, leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, for an undisclosed amount. In a blog post published this morning, corporate vice president of program management for developer tools and services John Montgomery said the purchase will bolster Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform by increasing performance for Java workloads. “Microsoft […]

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AI researchers launch SuperGLUE, a rigorous benchmark for language understanding

Facebook AI Research, together with Google’s DeepMind, University of Washington, and New York University, today introduced SuperGLUE, a series of benchmark tasks to measure the performance of modern, high performance language-understanding AI. SuperGLUE was made on the premise that deep learning models for conversational AI have “hit a ceiling” and need greater challenges. It uses […]

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Unity releases game design and computer science tools for the classroom

Unity Technologies, the maker of the widely-used real-time 3D game development platform, has launched two new tools for the classroom. Create with Code and Unity Teach are now generally available for students to learn both game design and computer science. Create with Code, the first comprehensive solution for educators to teach computer science using Unity, […]

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Alegion raises $12 million for data annotation

Alegion, an Austin, Texas-based provider of labeling and annotation services for enterprise data science teams, today announced that it has secured $12 million in series A funding contributed by RHS Investments. Founder and CEO Nathaniel Gates said the fresh capital will accelerate both the expansion of its 75-person team and the integration of new technologies […]

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Researchers craft AI framework that explains your social media feeds

Feeds are the cornerstones on which modern music recommenders, news aggregators, and social media platforms are built. If you’re like most people, you spend minutes to hours each day scrolling through songs, clips, articles, questions, public service announcements, and advertisements informed by your interests and preferences. But wouldn’t it be great if the algorithms underpinning […]

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Google’s AI learns how actions in videos are connected

AI systems have become quite competent at recognizing objects (and actions) in videos from diverse sources. But they aren’t perfect, in part because they’re mostly trained on corpora containing clips with single labels. Frame-by-frame tracking isn’t a particularly efficient solution because it would require that annotators apply labels to every frame in each video, and […]

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Alexa gets better at understanding your requests

Amazon Alexa has tens of thousands of voice apps — skills, in Amazon’s vernacular — contributed by third-party developers. Usually, building said skills requires supplying examples of customer requests (e.g., “Order my usual”) together with the actions to which those requests should map, which are used to train the AI system that processes real requests […]

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Amazon scientists improve Alexa’s ability to understand context

Pinpointing the person, place, or thing someone’s referring to in a question has been a longstanding challenge for systems like those underpinning Alexa. One trick often used to solve this reference resolution problem is slot carryover, which employs syntactic context to narrow down the target noun. For instance, if someone asks “When is Lion King […]

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DeepCode learns from GitHub project data to give developers AI-powered code reviews

We’re fast approaching a point where every company is effectively a software company, a notion proffered by some of tech’s top people such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. This is partly why we’ve seen a slew of major investments into tools that help developers operate — last year, for example, Microsoft went all-in and snapped […]

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Twilio turns developer education into a game with TwilioQuest 3

Educating developers about cloud communications isn’t an easy task, and that’s why Twilio turned to a video game to do the job. TwilioQuest 3 is launching today with a mission of training developers to create cloud communications solutions. It may sound like “gamification” rearing its ugly head again. But Kevin Whinnery, lead developer of the […]

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Code camp graduates, here’s what you need to know about job interviews

I lead the hiring process at a quickly growing development agency, so I have reviewed hundreds of resumes and interviewed dozens of candidates from all types of educational backgrounds. Many of those whom we consider come from traditional four-year computer science programs, but an increasing percentage are recent graduates of coding bootcamps. Through my interviewing […]

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AI at the edge: breakthroughs in power efficiency, learning and more (VB Live)

Presented by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. AI is revolutionizing industries, products, and core capabilities by delivering dramatically enhanced experiences, but fundamental research is required to advance AI further and speed up adoption. Join this VB Live event to learn about the advances that are quickly making AI truly ubiquitous. Access this VB Live event on demand […]

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Amazon launches Neural Text-To-Speech and newscaster style on AWS Polly

Not to be outdone by Google’s WaveNet, which mimics things like stress and intonation in speech by identifying tonal patterns, Amazon today announced the general availability of Neural Text-To-Speech and newscaster style in Amazon Polly, its cloud service that converts text into speech. As Amazon Web Services tech evangelist Julien Simon noted in a blog […]

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Baidu unveils ERNIE 2.0 natural language framework in Chinese and English

Chinese tech giant Baidu today introduced ERNIE 2.0, a conversational AI framework and model that works in Chinese and English. ERNIE 2.0 achieves state-of-the-art results better than Google’s BERT and XLNet in a range of language understanding benchmarks and state-of-the-art results in 9 Chinese natural language tasks. ERNIE stands for Enhanced Representation through Knowledge Integration, […]

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Facebook AI’s RoBERTa improves Google’s BERT pretraining methods

Facebook AI and University of Washington researchers devised ways to enhance Google’s BERT language model and achieve performance on par or exceeding state-of-the-art results in GLUE, SQuAD, and RACE benchmark data sets. Researchers detailed how RoBERTa works in a paper published last week on arXiv. Named RoBERTa for “Robustly Optimized BERT approach,” the model adopts […]

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Deep learning is about to get easier — and more widespread

We’ve seen a big push in recent months to solve AI’s “big data problem.” And some interesting breakthroughs have begun to emerge that could make AI accessible to many more businesses and organizations. What is the big data problem? It’s the challenge of getting enough data to enable deep learning, a very popular and promising […]

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