Tag: Cloud

Apple reportedly bought Silk Labs, a maker of privacy-focused AI for devices

Most AI processing for mobile devices is currently handled by cloud servers, enabling companies such as Google and Amazon to monitor users’ requests as they come in. But privacy-focused Apple has been working on ways to build AI directly into its devices and has acquired a small company called Silk Labs to aid its efforts, […]

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KeepSolid rolls out freemium VPN Lite app for Android and iOS

KeepSolid, makers of the popular VPN app VPN Unlimited, has quietly rolled out a new freemium VPN app that allows users to use the service without registering. VPN Lite, as the new app is called, is available on Android and iOS only, which is the first obvious differentiator between it and its multi-platform VPN Unlimited big […]

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From Withings to blockchain: Meet the French entrepreneur trying to reinvent digital health

Despite the highs and lows that Alexis Normand has experienced the past few years, his faith in the digital health revolution remains surprisingly unshaken. In fact, it’s grown so strong that he is pursuing two separate but equally interesting paths toward realizing the potential benefits. The first is his ongoing role as vice president of […]

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ApisProtect raises $1.8 million for bee-monitoring sensors

The worldwide honeybee community is in a crisis. In the years leading up to 2013, over 10 million of the nearly 90 million managed beehives were lost — close to twice the normal rate. Eight years ago in Northern Ireland alone, beekeepers reported an alarming decline of greater than 50 percent. Colony collapse disorder, as the […]

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Break the chains of legacy virtualization (VB Live)

IT leaders know technology is a business differentiator, and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can be the foundation of a modern, cloud-like datacenter. But you don’t have to stop there. Learn how going beyond HCI costs less, increases IT agility, and supports multi-cloud goals when you join this VB Live event! Register here for free. Gartner predicted […]

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Google to invest $685 million in green Danish datacenter

Google has announced plans for a new energy-efficient datacenter in Denmark, the company’s fifth datacenter in Europe. It will be located on the outskirts of Fredericia, a small town on the eastern side of Denmark, and Google said it’s spending around €600 million ($685 million) on construction, which is expected to be completed sometime after 2021, […]

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Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to identify correlations between users, locations, […]

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Microsoft acquires app-provisioning startup FSLogix

Another day, another profitable exit for a well-regarded startup. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based FSLogix, the company behind the eponymous award-winning FSLogix app provisioning platform, for an undisclosed sum. In a blog post, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president at Office 365, and Julia White, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, wrote that FSLogix’s technology would enable […]

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Alexa users can now make Skype calls

Microsoft announced in September that Skype calling would come to devices with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant by the end of this year, and it’s finally made good on that promise. Amazon today confirmed to The Verge that starting this week, Alexa users will be able to make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming calls, […]

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Amazon’s neural TTS can model speaking styles with only a few hours of recordings

Tired of Alexa’s staid, monotonous tone? Well, thanks to a new artificial intelligence (AI) technique, Amazon might soon be able to roll out new speaking styles to its voice assistant at a rapid clip. In a newly published paper (“Effect of data reduction on sequence-to-sequence neural TTS“) and an accompanying blog post, the Seattle company today detailed […]

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Enlight and Facetune creator Lightricks raises $60 million

The mobile app market is on the upswing, according to research firms like App Annie. Global downloads grew an estimated 15 percent and consumer spend 20 percent year-over-year in Q2 2018, and smartphone users spent more money on apps — $18.5 billion — than in any quarter in history. One of the most popular categories were video players and […]

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LG Xboom WK9 review: Boomy bass can’t make up for Google Smart Display shortcomings

Facebook’s Portal. Amazon’s Echo Show. Smart displays — tablet-like touchscreen devices with built-in voice assistants — aren’t exactly on the cusp of ubiquity, but they’re following in the market footsteps of the Echo and Google Home. At least, that’s what manufacturers seem to be hoping. Facebook and Amazon chose to adopt an in-house approach — […]

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After Qualtrics’ $8 billion exit, here are 5 other Utah tech companies to watch

In 2018, Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” have proven that it has what it takes to industry-leading tech companies. Up until this year, Utah’s largest exit in recent history was Adobe’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture in 2009. Now, there are two more Utah tech companies on the public market — ed tech company Pluralsight and analytics […]

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Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene steps down

Former Oracle Corp. product chief Thomas Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the cloud division at Alphabet Inc’s Google in the coming weeks, Greene announced in a blog post on Friday, after a tumultuous year for the business. Greene said she had joined Google three years ago with plans to leave after two […]

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Google’s AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy

Approximately one in nine men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute, and more than 2.9 million patients diagnosed with it at some point are still alive today. And from a treatment perspective, it tends to be problematic — prostate cancer is frequently non-aggressive, making it difficult […]

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OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves ‘superhuman’ performance in Pong and Enduro

Machines learning to play games by watching humans might sound like the plot of a science fiction novel, but that’s exactly what researchers at OpenAI — a nonprofit, San Francisco-based AI research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel, among other tech luminaries — and Google subsidiary Deepmind claim to have accomplished. […]

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AI Weekly: Microsoft’s conversational AI has come a long way since Tay

Microsoft debuted a bevy of new services and product updates on Wednesday during its Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Business event, including an AI model builder for Power BI, its no-code business analytics solution; a Unity plugin for AirSim, its open source aerial informatics and robotics toolkit; and a public preview of its PlayFab multiplayer server […]

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Alexa’s new Wake-on-LAN feature turns on smart devices over local networks

Have a smart device with a sleep mode that would normally prevent it from power toggling remotely? Amazon today announced Wake-on-Lan Controller, which enables its Alexa voice assistant to switch on devices that can’t be woken up via the cloud. From a user perspective, invoking it is dead simple. Saying something like “Alexa, turn on my TV” […]

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Rural Innovation Initiative aims to help small towns get funding for remote work spaces

Small towns are still struggling to amass the high-paying, digital-first jobs needed to succeed in today’s economy. Now a new program from a Vermont nonprofit aims to give them a boost. Called the Rural Innovation Initiative, the program seeks to assist rural areas interested in building local work spaces, as well as creating digital skills […]

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Anki’s Vector gets new animations and features ahead of Alexa integration

Anki‘s playful Vector robot began shipping last month, following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, and the team’s wasting no time introducing enhancements and new features. Today it announced an over-the-air update that’ll bring with it new animations, bug fixes, and performance improvements and which will lay the groundwork for integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant […]

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