Tag: Dev

Crisp launches with $14.2 million to cut food waste using big data

“Optimizing output,” or cutting waste, has emerged as something of a micro-trend in the investment realm. Manufacturing platforms that help clothing designers create items on-demand rather than in bulk, and a whole host of product manufacturing tools that adopt similar principles, are seemingly attractive propositions to venture capitalists. Cutting waste across the food chain, in […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Microsoft improves conference room audio with AI that taps multiple mics

It’s always frustrating when conference room audio doesn’t reliably reach parties who’ve dialed in remotely. Poor acoustics and interference invariably contribute to reduced clarity and crispness on the other end of the line, which is why scientists at Microsoft’s Speech and Dialog Research Group recently proposed a system that bolsters audio quality by tapping the […]

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ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful

Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that […]

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Apple details Overton AI development tool, whose models have processed ‘billions’ of queries

Building, monitoring, and improving machine learning systems is no walk in the park, no matter the circumstances. Data scientists and engineers have to monitor fine-grained quality and diagnose errors in sophisticated apps, not to mention field contradictory or incomplete corpora. To ease the development burden somewhat, Apple developed Overton, a framework intended to automate AI […]

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Google says its AI detects 26 skin conditions as accurately as dermatologists

Skin conditions are among the most common kind of ailment globally, just behind colds, fatigue, and headaches. In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of all treatments provided to patients around the world are for skin conditions, and that up to 37% of patients seen in the clinic have at least one skin complaint. The enormous […]

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Element AI raises $151 million to bring AI to more enterprises

Element AI, a company that builds artificial intelligence (AI) tools for enterprises, has raised CAD $200 million (USD $151 million) in a series B round of funding from a host of existing and new investors, including Gouvernement du Québec, Data Collective (DCVC), Hanwha Asset Management, BDC, Real Ventures, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec […]

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Shape Security eyes IPO after raising $51 million at $1 billion valuation

Shape Security, a cybersecurity startup that helps businesses prevent fraudulent use of their online systems, has raised $51 million in a round of funding led by C5 Capital, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, HPE Growth, Norwest Ventures Partners, Focus Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, and Epic Ventures. As a result of this […]

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Panoramic raises $35 million to unify and model marketing data

Several years ago, a trio of entrepreneurs, Peter Muzzonigro, Johnny Wong, and Bryan Baum — the last of whom sold his first two companies (Blue Vision Labs and Represent.com) for over $100 million each — set out to tackle an enduring dilemma: how best to unify disparate marketing toolsets and analytics data without disrupting existing […]

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Incredible Health raises $15 million to match nurses with hospital jobs

Incredible Health, a health care hiring platform provider headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it’s raised $15 million in series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Gingerbread Capital, Obvious Ventures, and NFX. Several individual backers also contributed, including Matt Mickiewicz (founder of Hired), […]

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ARCore’s persistent Cloud Anchors keep AR objects around

It’s been roughly two years since Google launched ARCore, a software development kit for augmented reality apps on Android, iOS, and Chrome OS. The Mountain View company says that to date, it’s been used to create thousands of titles across hundreds of million devices. And this week, it’s set to improve on a number of […]

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Google report assesses how AI can best serve humanity

Google.org is today releasing a report that details how social impact startups, nonprofits, government policymakers, and academics can use machine learning to address some of humanity’s biggest problems. The assessment is the result of analysis of more than 2,600 applications — from 119 countries — to the $25 million Google AI Impact Challenge, a global […]

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You can now answer questions that stump Alexa

In December 2018, Amazon launched Alexa Answers, a service that allows people to share information which might then be distributed to the millions of Alexa users around the world. Amazon describes it as a way for people to address questions that haven’t yet been answered (like nuanced factual queries and those that lack a clear […]

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Simbe Robotics raises $26 million for autonomous inventory robots

Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that’s because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately. Research and Markets anticipates that the global brick-and-mortar automation market will be worth close to $18.9 million by 2023, which some analysts say could cut down on the billions of […]

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Lacework raises $42 million to protect cloud environments from data breaches

Lacework, a four-year-old Mountain View, California-based developer of automated containerized workload defense, intrusion detection, and compliance solutions, today announced that it’s raised $42 million in funding from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures, bringing its total raised to over $70 million. CEO Dan Hubbard said the fresh funding, which follows on the heels of […]

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Applied Intuition raises $40 million for autonomous vehicle simulation tools

Simulators are invaluable tools in the arsenal of companies developing autonomous vehicles (AVs). They’re used by Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Zoox, and countless others to validate systems’ scalability and safety, not to mention train the machine learning algorithms underlying their real-world cars. But not every company has the resources to build their own software simulator from […]

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Google Lens now supplies recipes and nutrition advice, starting with Uncle Ben’s products

Ever grocery shop without a list? If so, the newest collaboration involving Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered search and computer vision tool, might be just what the doctor ordered. Mountain View tech startup Innit and Mars Food have jointly announced that from today Lens will reveal “dynamic content,” like recipes, ingredient lists, and nutrition advice from […]

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Sidewalk Labs spins out Replica to help city planners create ‘virtual populations’ with big data

Google sibling Sidewalk Labs has confirmed the latest project spinout from its incubator. Replica, originally known as Model Lab, is touted as a “next-generation urban planning tool” and began life as a Sidewalk Labs project in April, 2018. In truth, Replica Inc. has actually been an independent entity since March, and a June corporate filing describing […]

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Akeneo raises $45 million to help retailers track products

Akeneo, a product information management (PIM) solutions provider that aims to help brands deliver “enriched” retail customer experiences, today revealed that it’s secured $46 million to bolster its R&D as it accelerates its U.S. sales and marketing efforts. Growth equity investor Summit Partners led the round, which saw participation from existing investors Alven, Partech, and […]

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MIT CSAIL’s Notary is an architecture for running apps on secure USB hardware

Ever heard of a hardware wallet? It’s a type of blockchain device that stores a user’s private keys in a locked-down microchip, often to stash cryptocurrencies like bitcoin from exchanges. The wallets are plug-and-play, physically durable, and highly reconfigurable, which is why researchers believe they could help usher in a more secure digital future if […]

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