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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence

- BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, leading to an unimaginable revolution in human affairs. Or they wonder whether instead of our controlling artificial intelligence, it will control us, turning us, in effect, into cyborgs

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U.K. Parliament Says Cyberattack Targeted Its Computer Network

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U.K. Parliament Says Cyberattack Targeted Its Computer Network

- Michael Wright Updated June 24, 2017 1:35 p.m. ET LONDON—The U.K. Parliament said a cyberattack targeting user email accounts hit its computer network, just weeks after Britain’s health service was caught up in a giant internet pandemic that swept the globe. A parliamentary spokesperson said the legislative body had discovered unauthorized attempts to access user accounts, and that it was

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Cyber attack affected Honda networks in North America

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Cyber attack affected Honda networks in North America

- Officials with Honda say the automaker's computer network was affected this week by the WannaCry ransomware - and it forced production at one plant to shut down. The virus infected more than one million machines worldwide earlier this year after taking advantage of security holes in some Microsoft products. At the Sayama plant, WannaCry reportedly attacked several older production line computers, causing them to shut down

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Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks

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Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks

- SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On Thursday, the department, working with Google, introduced a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners. The government is putting up the money, and the six-month contest will be run by Kaggle, a site that hosts more than a million data scientists that was recently acquired by Google

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Why now’s the time for punk rock cloud infrastructure

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Why now’s the time for punk rock cloud infrastructure

- SAN FRANCISCO — Punk bands don’t have slick marketing campaigns. They have friends who go around stapling handmade fliers and silkscreen their own t-shirts in the garage. What they don’t have in money, they make up with help from their friends and lot of elbow grease. Taking that ethos to open source — but getting the band a tour and on Spotify — is what’s next for CoreOS

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Back to Boston! A recap of the 2017 OpenStack Summit

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Back to Boston! A recap of the 2017 OpenStack Summit

- This year the OpenStack Summit returned to Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit was held the week after the annual Red Hat Summit, which was also held in Boston. The combination of the two events, back to back, made for an intense, exciting and extremely busy few weeks. More than 5,000 attendees and 1,000 companies were in attendance for OpenStack Summit. Visitors came from over 60 countries and could choose from more than 750 sessions

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Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry | EE Times

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Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry | EE Times

- MADISON, Wis. – Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday (May 31) that its 2018 Camry will be its first vehicle to be sold in the United States running Automotive Grade Linux software on its infotainment system. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is an open-source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. AGL claims that “more than 100 members have worked together,” and contributed code to develop “a robust, Linux-based operating system and application

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U.S. ousted by China and Switzerland in supercomputer rankings

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U.S. ousted by China and Switzerland in supercomputer rankings

- The U.S. may need a more powerful supercomputer. Two Chinese supercomputers and an upgraded supercomputer in Switzerland rank ahead of the U.S. in a biannual list of top supercomputers released Monday by the TOP500 organization, which tracks supercomputer speeds. It is only the second time that the U.S. absent from the top 3 most powerful supercomputers since the organization started compiling the rankings 24 years ago

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Blockchain bitcoin wallet start-up raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

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Blockchain bitcoin wallet start-up raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson

- Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google's investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday. The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year. Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users

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Sprint’s iPhone-only Virgin Mobile strategy will put current Android customers in play

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Sprint’s iPhone-only Virgin Mobile strategy will put current Android customers in play

- Sprint relaunched its struggling Virgin Mobile USA prepaid wireless brand with an iPhone-only offer. The move puts Virgin’s Android fans in play. Rival prepaid brands such as AT&T’s Cricket and T-Mobile’s MetroPCS will see Virgin customers who prefer the Android operating system to Apple’s iOS as candidates for conversion. “I expect elevated churn from Virgin’s Android base, which comprises the vast majority of Virgin subscribers,” said Jeffrey Moore, an market analyst with Wave7 Research

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U.S. Slips in New TOP500 Supercomputer Ranking

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U.S. Slips in New TOP500 Supercomputer Ranking

- In June, we can look forward to two things: the Belmont Stakes and the first of the twice-yearly TOP500 rankings of supercomputers. This month, a well-known gray and black colt named Tapwrit came in first at Belmont, and a well-known gray and black supercomputer named Sunway TaihuLight came in first on June’s TOP500 list, released today in conjunction with the opening session of the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt

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Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network

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Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network

- NEW YORK Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents. The companies unveiled a prototype of the network on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York during the second summit of ID2020, a public-private consortium promoting the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of providing legal identity for everyone on the planet

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How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobs's Vision for the iPad to Life

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How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobs's Vision for the iPad to Life

- Three features coming in iOS 11 could change the way I work on the road, and bring to life a vision Steve Jobs had for the iPad back in 2010.

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Kublr Offers Kubernetes for the Enterprise

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Kublr Offers Kubernetes for the Enterprise

- Maintaining that the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine still isn’t ready for prime time, Washington, D.C.-based startup Kublr aims to ease the pain of setting up and deploying Kubernetes clusters for enterprises. “With Kubernetes itself, you have to set it up and configure a lot of things. With Kublr, it will already be set up and configured — backup, security, all these things you would have to have your developers [do]

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New Zealand beat USA to go 3-0 up in America's Cup final

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New Zealand beat USA to go 3-0 up in America's Cup final

- HAMILTON, Bermuda Emirates Team New Zealand notched up their fourth successive win in as many races against defending champions Oracle Team USA to go 3-0 up in the America's Cup final in Bermuda on Sunday. New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing and again showed superior speed over the U.S. boat. Helmsman Peter Burling, 26, took the lead in the fourth race and extended it, as he had in the previous race

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Android Nougat Rolls Out To All Sony Xperia XA Models, Two XA Ultra Variants

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Android Nougat Rolls Out To All Sony Xperia XA Models, Two XA Ultra Variants

- The latest Android version – 7.0 Nougat – just arrived to Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra and now it has also come to the smaller sibling, the Xperia XA. Unlike the Ultra models, however, the software update is available to all five variants of the XA. Sony Xperia XA Receives Android Nougat. The Android Nougat software was released to all Xperia XA models, including the single-SIM variants with model numbers F3111, F3113 and F3115 as well as the dual-SIM models F3112 and F3116

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Everyone keeps talking about AI—here's what it really is and why it's so hot now

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Everyone keeps talking about AI—here's what it really is and why it's so hot now

- Artificial intelligence is everywhere, from Apple's iPhone keyboard to Zillow's home price estimates. There's also a lot of stuff out there that marketers are calling AI, but really isn't. Perhaps things reached a new high point last month when AlphaGo, a virtual player of the ancient Chinese board game Go developed by Alphabet's DeepMind AI research group, trounced the top human player in the world, China's Ke Jie

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iOS 11’s Best Features On The iPad

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iOS 11’s Best Features On The iPad

- The iOS 11 is Apple’s next major software update, which brings a slew of new features in its devices. The good news for iPad users is that it has finally been customized for the tablet, meaning we can use it more effectively as a laptop replacement rather than an oversized phone. A beta version is now out for developers, and here are the current features that make the iOS 11 a winner on the iPad

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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence
The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I. surpasses human intelligence, leading to an unimaginable revolution in human affairs. Or they wonder whether instead of our controlling artificial intelligence, it will control us, turning us, in effect, into cyborgs   Read More ...
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AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer
AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer Today IBM announced they are collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system’s advanced pattern recognition and sensory processing power will be the equivalent of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while the processor component will consume the energy equivalent of a dim light bulb – a mere 10 watts to power   Read More ...
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U.K. Parliament Says Cyberattack Targeted Its Computer Network
U.K. Parliament Says Cyberattack Targeted Its Computer Network Michael Wright Updated June 24, 2017 1:35 p.m. ET LONDON—The U.K. Parliament said a cyberattack targeting user email accounts hit its computer network, just weeks after Britain’s health service was caught up in a giant internet pandemic that swept the globe. A parliamentary spokesperson said the legislative body had discovered unauthorized attempts to access user accounts, and that it was   Read More ...
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Cyber attack affected Honda networks in North America
Cyber attack affected Honda networks in North America Officials with Honda say the automaker's computer network was affected this week by the WannaCry ransomware - and it forced production at one plant to shut down. The virus infected more than one million machines worldwide earlier this year after taking advantage of security holes in some Microsoft products. At the Sayama plant, WannaCry reportedly attacked several older production line computers, causing them to shut down   Read More ...
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Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks
Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security is turning to data scientists to improve screening techniques at airports. On Thursday, the department, working with Google, introduced a $1.5 million contest to build computer algorithms that can automatically identify concealed items in images captured by checkpoint body scanners. The government is putting up the money, and the six-month contest will be run by Kaggle, a site that hosts more than a million data scientists that was recently acquired by Google   Read More ...
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How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China
How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China The idea of a ChineseU.S. arms race for artificial intelligence conjures up images of an army of swarmbots defeating self-driving tanks on a smoldering, depopulated hellscape. It’s an idea so captivating that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development, including in companies developing artificial intelligence, out of fear that Beijing will use small investment positions in Silicon Valley firms to erode U   Read More ...
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Rescuing Text From Mac WordPerfect Files
I have a bunch of old WordPerfect files from years ago, but I don’t have a Mac that has the old WordPerfect program installed. Is there any way to open these old files? While the WordPerfect word processing software is now owned by the Corel Corporation and is still available for Windows, the Mac version was discontinued about 20 years ago — leaving the files created by that edition of the program trapped in a format that is not compatible with most other applications   Read More ...
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BlackBerry shares plunge after weak software revenue, negative cash flow
BlackBerry shares plunge after weak software revenue, negative cash flow Shares of BlackBerry Ltd. were on track Friday for their worst one-day decline in more than two years Friday, after the company reported weak software and services revenue. Though BlackBerry reported a surprise profit in its first-quarter, its revenue of $169 million in the software and services segment came in below some analyst expectations. In addition to the weak revenue, TD Securities Inc   Read More ...
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The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer
The Air Force and IBM are building an AI supercomputer Supercomputers today are capable of performing incredible feats, from accurately predicting the weather to uncovering insights into climate change, but they still by and large rely on brute processor power to accomplish their tasks. That's where this new partnership between the US Air Force and IBM comes in. They're teaming up to build the world's first supercomputer that behaves like a natural brain   Read More ...
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Why now’s the time for punk rock cloud infrastructure
Why now’s the time for punk rock cloud infrastructure SAN FRANCISCO — Punk bands don’t have slick marketing campaigns. They have friends who go around stapling handmade fliers and silkscreen their own t-shirts in the garage. What they don’t have in money, they make up with help from their friends and lot of elbow grease. Taking that ethos to open source — but getting the band a tour and on Spotify — is what’s next for CoreOS   Read More ...
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Back to Boston! A recap of the 2017 OpenStack Summit
Back to Boston! A recap of the 2017 OpenStack Summit This year the OpenStack Summit returned to Boston, Massachusetts. The Summit was held the week after the annual Red Hat Summit, which was also held in Boston. The combination of the two events, back to back, made for an intense, exciting and extremely busy few weeks. More than 5,000 attendees and 1,000 companies were in attendance for OpenStack Summit. Visitors came from over 60 countries and could choose from more than 750 sessions   Read More ...
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Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry | EE Times
Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry | EE Times MADISON, Wis. – Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday (May 31) that its 2018 Camry will be its first vehicle to be sold in the United States running Automotive Grade Linux software on its infotainment system. Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) is an open-source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. AGL claims that “more than 100 members have worked together,” and contributed code to develop “a robust, Linux-based operating system and application   Read More ...
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Optimizing Application Performance with Roofline Analysis
NERSC boosts the performance of its scientific applications on Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors up to 35% using Intel® Parallel Studio and Intel® Advisor. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the primary scientific computing facility for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the NERSC Center serves more than 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines   Read More ...
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What capabilities do I really need in my container?
What capabilities do I really need in my container? I have written previous blogs discussing using linux capabilities in containers. Recently I gave a talk in New York and someone in the audience asked me about how do they figure out what capabilities their containers require? This person was dealing with a company that was shipping their software as a container image, but they had instructed the buyer, that you would have to run their container ‘fully privileged”   Read More ...
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One quarter of CFO Council members say A.I. is ‘critical’ to their companies
One quarter of CFO Council members say A.I. is ‘critical’ to their companies Artificial intelligence is not the future, it's the present. The represents some of the largest public and private companies in the world, collectively managing more than $4 trillion in market capitalization across a wide variety of sectors. The quarterly CFO Council poll was conducted from June 2–16. Second to A.I. in "critical importance" is the Internet of Things. In many ways, the two technologies are interdependent, as the Internet of Things depends on software that can identify errors and self-correct   Read More ...
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OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites
OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Among its findings: Consumer services sites have the best combined security and privacy practices. FDIC 100 banks and U.S. government sites are the least trustworthy, according to the audit. The number of websites that qualified for the Honor Roll reached a nine-year high. However, the audit identified an alarming three-year trend: Increasingly, sites either take privacy and security seriously and do well in the audit, or they lag behind the industry significantly in one or more critical areas   Read More ...
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Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets
Under pressure, Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before permitting the products to be imported and sold in the country. The requests, which have increased since 2014, are ostensibly done to ensure foreign spy agencies have not hidden any "backdoors" that would allow them to burrow into Russian systems   Read More ...
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Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets
Western tech firms bow to Russian demands to share cyber secrets Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before permitting the products to be imported and sold in the country. The requests, which have increased since 2014, are ostensibly done to ensure foreign spy agencies have not hidden any “backdoors” that would allow them to burrow into Russian systems   Read More ...
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U.S. ousted by China and Switzerland in supercomputer rankings
U.S. ousted by China and Switzerland in supercomputer rankings The U.S. may need a more powerful supercomputer. Two Chinese supercomputers and an upgraded supercomputer in Switzerland rank ahead of the U.S. in a biannual list of top supercomputers released Monday by the TOP500 organization, which tracks supercomputer speeds. It is only the second time that the U.S. absent from the top 3 most powerful supercomputers since the organization started compiling the rankings 24 years ago   Read More ...
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R.I. branches to close two days for computer upgrades
R.I. branches to close two days for computer upgrades Related Coverage CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Computer upgrades at the R.I. DMV will lead to temporary closures at branches across the state, according to officials. On July 3-4, all R.I. DMV locations will be shut down to install a new computer system. From July 5-17, individuals will have to make reservations online if they want to make in-person transactions at a local branch   Read More ...
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Watch Cramer as a real-time cartoon, and why it made him a believer in Adobe stock
Watch Cramer as a real-time cartoon, and why it made him a believer in Adobe stock "This is what the world is going to come to," Cramer said Thursday on "Squawk on the Street." "Adobe's stock is going to go so much higher. Shantanu Narayen is a genius, he's understated." The program creates 2-D characters in Adobe's software, according to the company's website, and the animation will act out the person's movements and voice using a webcam and microphone   Read More ...
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Intel faces stiffer competition from 'resurgent' Nvidia, AMD, BofA says
Intel faces stiffer competition from 'resurgent' Nvidia, AMD, BofA says Intel's ability to easily raise chip prices may be ending, as the company faces tougher competition from AMD and Nvidia, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch research analyst said.The bank lowered its rating on Intel to neutral from buy, predicting the company will lose market share to AMD's latest server chips and Nvidia's artificial intelligence processors. Analyst Vivek Arya wrote in a note to clients Wednesday that AMD has introduced a set of data center server products with attractive pricing and several large customers, including Microsoft, HP, Lenovo and Baidu   Read More ...
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Blockchain bitcoin wallet start-up raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson
Blockchain bitcoin wallet start-up raises $40 million from Google, billionaire Richard Branson Blockchain, a bitcoin wallet start-up, has raised $40 million led by venture capital firm Lakestar, Google's investment arm GV, and billionaire Richard Branson, the company said on Thursday. The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year. Blockchain has created a bitcoin wallet which is essentially a piece of software to store the digital currency and carry out transactions with other users   Read More ...
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BlockFraud Finds $5M For Anti-Fraud Software - socaltech.com
Santa Monica-based BlockFraud, a developer of machine learning and artificial intelligence software used for detecting mobile fraud, has reportedly raised $5M in a Series A funding, the company disclosed on Wednesday. The company said the funding was led by Palisades Venture Capital (editor's note: apparently, a different investor than Palisades Growth Capital). BlockFraud is led by CEO Massimo Cristini. More   Read More ...
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Watch Super Mario Bros. come to life with a little help from HoloLens
Watch Super Mario Bros. come to life with a little help from HoloLens We've already plenty of awesome applications of HoloLens augmented reality prowess, but arguably none have been as cool as this. Abhishek Singh, a 28-year-old developer, has managed to recreate an entire level from Super Mario Bros. on the mixed reality headset, then proceeded to film himself playing it in New York's Central Park (via UploadVR). In speaking to UploadVR, Singh said that he put the project together in Unity, modeling all of the assets himself   Read More ...
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In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million
In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million We owe the success of numerous state-of-the-art artificial intelligence applications to artificial neural networks. First designed decades ago, they rocketed the AI field to success quite recently, when researchers were able to run them on much more powerful hardware and feed them with huge amounts of data. Since then, the field of deep learning has been flourishing. The General AI Challenge is a citizen-science project with a US $5 million prize fund   Read More ...
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Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on Apple iOS 11 beta
Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on Apple iOS 11 beta With the release of iOS 11's latest beta on Wednesday, testers can now get their hands on one of the new mobile operating system's most important - if not most glamorous - new features: a long-needed "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode. Announced in June at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, the feature aims to combat the very dangerous practice of texting from behind the wheel, while also switching off other alerts that entice people to look at their phones while driving   Read More ...
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Trading in a Briefcase for a Drive in the Sky
What is the replacement or workaround for Briefcase in Windows 10? Windows Briefcase, a file synchronization tool first introduced back with Windows 95 as a way to keep documents up-to-date between desktop and laptop computers, was demoted from active use in Windows 8 and removed entirely in Windows 10. Briefcase originally worked by connecting the computers or using a floppy disk as the transfer device back in the 1990s   Read More ...
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Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash
Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash Walmart, the US's biggest retail chain, has been accused of trying to coerce its technology suppliers into shunning Amazon's cloud computing service. Amazon has accused its rival of attempting to "bully" the IT companies into picking a rival platform. The row follows a report by the Wall Street Journal, which said other unnamed large retailers had also asked vendors to shun Amazon Web Services   Read More ...
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Sprint’s iPhone-only Virgin Mobile strategy will put current Android customers in play
Sprint’s iPhone-only Virgin Mobile strategy will put current Android customers in play Sprint relaunched its struggling Virgin Mobile USA prepaid wireless brand with an iPhone-only offer. The move puts Virgin’s Android fans in play. Rival prepaid brands such as AT&T’s Cricket and T-Mobile’s MetroPCS will see Virgin customers who prefer the Android operating system to Apple’s iOS as candidates for conversion. “I expect elevated churn from Virgin’s Android base, which comprises the vast majority of Virgin subscribers,” said Jeffrey Moore, an market analyst with Wave7 Research   Read More ...
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May 2017 NPD: Mario Kart and Zelda outsell Prey
May 2017 NPD: Mario Kart and Zelda outsell Prey Gamers in the United States are still buying Switches as well as software for their new systems, but the biggest release last month was Warner Bros. superhero fighting game. Consumers in the U.S. spent $542 million on game-related hardware, software, and accessories in May, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s down 11 percent from $610 million during the same period in 2016   Read More ...
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Microsoft will ride artificial intelligence, cloud computing to higher share price, Morgan Stanley says
Microsoft will ride artificial intelligence, cloud computing to higher share price, Morgan Stanley says Microsoft's "top line drivers include the Azure (Microsoft emerging as a public cloud winner), data center (share gains and positive pricing trends), and O365 [Office 365] (base growth and per user pricing lift)," analyst Keith Weiss wrote in a note to clients Monday. "With a strengthening secular positioning and rationalization of underperforming portions of the solution portfolio, Microsoft is back to showing durable double-digit EPS growth — and investors should be willing to pay a higher multiple for that growth," he added   Read More ...
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U.S. Slips in New TOP500 Supercomputer Ranking
U.S. Slips in New TOP500 Supercomputer Ranking In June, we can look forward to two things: the Belmont Stakes and the first of the twice-yearly TOP500 rankings of supercomputers. This month, a well-known gray and black colt named Tapwrit came in first at Belmont, and a well-known gray and black supercomputer named Sunway TaihuLight came in first on June’s TOP500 list, released today in conjunction with the opening session of the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt   Read More ...
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Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network
Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network NEW YORK Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents. The companies unveiled a prototype of the network on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York during the second summit of ID2020, a public-private consortium promoting the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal of providing legal identity for everyone on the planet   Read More ...
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Human Voices Are Unique but We're Not That Good at Recognizing Them
Human Voices Are Unique but We're Not That Good at Recognizing Them “Alexa, who am I?” Amazon Echo’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, doesn’t have an answer to that—yet. However, for other applications of speech technology, computer algorithms are increasingly able to discriminate, recognise and identify individuals from voice recordings. Of course, these algorithms are far from perfect, as was recently shown when a BBC journalist broke into his own voice-controlled bank account using his twin brother’s voice   Read More ...
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How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobs's Vision for the iPad to Life
How iOS 11 Brings Steve Jobs's Vision for the iPad to Life Three features coming in iOS 11 could change the way I work on the road, and bring to life a vision Steve Jobs had for the iPad back in 2010.   Read More ...
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China's two supercomputers still world's fastest as U.S. squeezed out of 3rd place
China's Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 are still the world's fastest and second fastest machines, but America's Titan was squeezed into fourth place by an upgraded Swiss system, according to the latest edition of the semiannual T0P500 list of supercomputers released Monday. CHINA'S HOMEGROWN SUPERCOMPUTERS. Sunway TaihuLight, described by the T0P500 list as "far and away the most powerful number-cruncher on the planet," maintained the lead since last June, when it dethroned Tianhe-2, the former champion for the previous three consecutive years   Read More ...
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Kublr Offers Kubernetes for the Enterprise
Kublr Offers Kubernetes for the Enterprise Maintaining that the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine still isn’t ready for prime time, Washington, D.C.-based startup Kublr aims to ease the pain of setting up and deploying Kubernetes clusters for enterprises. “With Kubernetes itself, you have to set it up and configure a lot of things. With Kublr, it will already be set up and configured — backup, security, all these things you would have to have your developers [do]   Read More ...
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New Zealand beat USA to go 3-0 up in America's Cup final
New Zealand beat USA to go 3-0 up in America's Cup final HAMILTON, Bermuda Emirates Team New Zealand notched up their fourth successive win in as many races against defending champions Oracle Team USA to go 3-0 up in the America's Cup final in Bermuda on Sunday. New Zealand continued to excel in light-wind sailing and again showed superior speed over the U.S. boat. Helmsman Peter Burling, 26, took the lead in the fourth race and extended it, as he had in the previous race   Read More ...
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Android Nougat Rolls Out To All Sony Xperia XA Models, Two XA Ultra Variants
Android Nougat Rolls Out To All Sony Xperia XA Models, Two XA Ultra Variants The latest Android version – 7.0 Nougat – just arrived to Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra and now it has also come to the smaller sibling, the Xperia XA. Unlike the Ultra models, however, the software update is available to all five variants of the XA. Sony Xperia XA Receives Android Nougat. The Android Nougat software was released to all Xperia XA models, including the single-SIM variants with model numbers F3111, F3113 and F3115 as well as the dual-SIM models F3112 and F3116   Read More ...
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