Tag: Dev

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey in 39 more languages

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence in 39 more languages. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18855 (made available to testers on March 13) to build 18860. These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of […]

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Baidu open-sources NLP model it claims achieves state-of-the-art results in Chinese language tasks

Baidu, the Beijing conglomerate behind the eponymous Chinese search engine, invests heavily in natural language processing (NLP) research. In October, it debuted an AI model capable of beginning a translation just a few seconds into a speaker’s speech and finishing seconds after the end of a sentence, and in 2016 and 2017, it launched SwiftScribe, […]

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NS8 raises $26 million to combat ecommerce fraud

NS8, a Las Vegas-based company developing a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to combat online fraud, today announced that it has raised $26 million in series B financing led by Edison Partners, with participation from Sorenson Ventures, Lytical Ventures, TDF Ventures, Hanna Ventures, and others. It comes after a $7.5 million seed round in November 2017, […]

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Amazon Alexa scientists reduce speech recognition errors by 20% with semi-supervised learning

Deep neural networks take time to train — and lots of data — and that’s particularly true of speech recognition systems. Conventional models tap corpora comprising thousands of hours of transcribed voice snippets. It’s not exactly surprising, then, that scientists at Amazon’s Alexa division are investigating ways to expedite the process. Today they reported that […]

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Intel and Keemotion detail the ways Yale’s basketball team uses AI

Intel is helping bring AI to the basketball court — Yale’s court, to be exact. Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage. It’s supplied by five-year-old startup Keemotion, with a […]

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Optimus Ride will roll out geofenced driverless taxis in New York City and California later this year

Earlier this year, Optimus Ride, an autonomous technology startup based in Boston, partnered with Brookfield Properties to deploy three driverless cars in the Reston, Virginia mixed-use development of Halley Rise. Now, Optimus is setting its sights on Northern California and Brooklyn. Optimus today announced that it’ll deploy a small fleet of self-driving cars on private […]

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Security firms detail Android and Google Photos vulnerabilities that exposed user data

Researchers recently uncovered two unrelated vulnerabilities in Google products. Imperva found a way to perform a side-channel attack on Google Photos that lets bad actors glean key location, time, and identifying information from personal accounts. The other, found by Positive Technologies, is a more dangerous Android exploit. It, too, exposes user data, and Google ranked […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 2 bug fixes ahead of April 2019 Update

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with just two bug fixes. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18358 (made available to testers on March 15) to build 18361. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of this year (likely […]

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Google’s Stadia uses Style Transfer ML to manipulate video game environments

At a press conference today during the 2019 Game Developers Conference, Google took the wraps off of Stadia, its cloud-powered gaming service, and demoed a particularly eye-catching feature: Style Transfer ML. Through style transfer, a machine learning technique that recomposes images in the aesthetic of other images, it enables game developers to map textures and […]

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Pinterest CTO Vanja Josifovski hops to Airbnb, in latest AI talent grab

Vanja Josifovski has left Pinterest to join travel and accommodations company Airbnb, where he will be CTO of Airbnb Homes, the company’s largest and most mature business unit, VentureBeat has learned. Josifovski, who was at Pinterest for four years, most recently as CTO, oversaw the company’s overall technical vision and strategy, including the building of […]

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Trello limits teams on free tier to 10 boards, rolls out Enterprise automations and admin controls

Trello, a Kanban-inspired project management app organized around the idea of boards containing cards with attachments, to-do items, and comments, is getting a few much-needed improvements. Today, the Trello team announced that Trello Enterprise, a corporate-class subscription tier launched in 2015, will gain 13 new features this week, including improved admin controls, a new visibility […]

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AI classifies emotions from EEG data

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a noninvasive brain-monitoring test that involves placing electrodes along the scalp to send signals to a computer for analysis. EEGs have been widely used to study swallowing, classify mental states, and diagnose neuropsychiatric disorders such as neurogenic pain and epilepsy, but some researchers believe they have unexplored potential. In a […]

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Microsoft Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, promises 8 new features

Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, turns two years old this week. To celebrate, Microsoft is sharing some news: Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100. It’s also getting eight new features: Microsoft Whiteboard, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in chats and conversations, live events, live captions, information […]

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Firefox 66 arrives with autoplaying blocked by default, smoother scrolling, and better search

Mozilla today launched Firefox 66 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The release includes autoplaying content (audio and video) blocked by default, smoother scrolling, better search, revamped security warnings, WebAuthn support for Windows Hello, and improved extensions. The company says its main goal with this release is to reduce irritating experiences such as auto-playing videos, […]

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud adds automated case routing, reply recommendations, and other AI features

Salesforce wants to supercharge customer service workflows with artificial intelligence. Toward that end, the San Francisco company today revealed a slew of AI-driven features headed to Service Cloud, its customer relationship management platform, including article recommendations and automated case routing. They’re well-timed, says Salesforce. According to its 2019 State of the Service report, 88 percent […]

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Google’s Gradient Ventures joins $58 million investment in AR startup Mojo Vision

Mojo Vision, an under-the-radar augmented reality (AR) startup that has yet to reveal exactly what it’s building, has announced that it has raised $58 million in a series B round of funding from Google’s Gradient Ventures, Advantech Capital, HP Tech Ventures, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, Bold Capital Partners, LG Electronics, Kakao Ventures, and Stanford StartX. […]

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Automata wants to democratize industrial automation with a $6,600 desktop robotic arm

Despite lingering fears that “robots” are coming to steal our jobs, automation is infiltrating just about every facet of society, from supermarkets to repetitive software-based jobs and even the creative industries. And one London-based startup wants to capitalize on this growing trend by bringing an affordable desktop-based industrial robot to market. Founded in 2015 by […]

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Unity partners with Tencent to help game devs get into China

Unity chief executive officer John Riccitiello will partner with Tencent to support Tencent Cloud. This will be available later this year. Riccitiello made the announcement during Unity’s press event at Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco. Tencent Cloud is a cloud computing service from China’s largest game company. It promises a secure and high-power […]

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AWS adopts Nvidia’s Tesla T4 chip for AI inference

Amazon’s AWS today announced the introduction of EC2 instances with Tesla T4 GPUs that will be available to users in the coming weeks in G4 instances. T4 will also be available through the Amazon Elastic Container service for Kubernetes. The T4 made its debut for data centers last September. The T4 uses Turing architecture and […]

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Nvidia researchers debut GauGAN, AI that creates fake landscapes that look real

Nvidia Research today unveiled GauGAN, a generative adversarial AI system that lets you create lifelike landscape images that never existed. The research and a demo of the new system were shown off today at the GPU Tech Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California. GauGAN builds upon learnings from the Pix2Pix system introduced last year that […]

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