TPU is 15x to 30x faster than GPUs and CPUs, Google says

TPU is 15x to 30x faster than GPUs and CPUs, Google says
Google on Wednesday shared some details regarding the performance of its custom-built Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chip. Designed for machine learning and tailored for TensorFlow, Google's open-source machine learning framework, TPUs have been powering Google data centers since 2015.This first generation of TPUs, Google noted, have targeted inference -- the use of an already trained model, as opposed to the training phase of a model. On production AI…
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Why Apple's Mac Pro promise matters so much to pro and corporate buyers

Why Apple
The Mac Pro is finally heating up again.By now, you've probably heard the news: Apple is working on a new, redesigned Mac Pro. The company also announced that the current Mac Pro is getting a processor bump this week, and that there will be a new pro-user focused iMac coming later this year. The importance of this news cannot be overstated. Let's not beat around the bush. The continued existence of the entire Mac ecosystem has been in question. Yes…
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Brazilian IT distributors see revenue drop in 2016

Brazilian IT distributors see revenue drop in 2016
Brazilian technology distributors saw a 9 percent decline in revenue with a R$1billion ($322m) decrease in sales during 2016, according to a study released yesterday.The research carried out by consulting firm IT Data on behalf of the Brazilian Association of Information Technology Distributors (Abradisti) suggests that the decline in sales was prompted by the exchange fluctuations of the US dollar in relation to the Brazilian real seen during much o…
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No more scratched-up smartphones? Scientists eye 2020 for self-healing screens

No more scratched-up smartphones? Scientists eye 2020 for self-healing screens
The new self-healing polymer before and after being cut. Image: University of California, Riverside Soon smartphones may no longer need protective covers thanks to a new super-stretchy and conductive plastic that can recover from cuts and scratches. Perhaps the only thing less desirable on smartphones than covers are the scratches they prevent. But the new transparent…
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Honor 8 Pro, First Take: A high-quality handset, with a VR viewer in the box

Honor 8 Pro, First Take: A high-quality handset, with a VR viewer in the box
Last year the 5.2-inch Honor 8 gained plaudits as a smartphone offering great features for a relatively low price -- it currently sells for around £300 (inc. VAT). Now the Huawei sub-brand gets a new flagship, the 5.7-inch Honor 8 Pro, with beefed-up the specifications and a launch price of £479.99 in the UK.It's a big phone, the body measuring 77.5mm wide by 157mm deep, although it's only 6.97mm thick. If you're looking for comparisons, that's a shade thinner than the 7.3mm iPho…
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5 things I would change about the LG G6

5 things I would change about the LG G6
Jason Cipriani/ZDNet It's hard to deny LG has built one of its best smartphones to date. The display is gorgeous, build quality is top shelf, and the dual-camera setup is reliable. ZDNet's Matthew Miller went into far more detail in his thorough review of the LG G6; read through it when you have a minute, if you're trying to decide between it and Samsung's Galax…
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Will Apple unveil a touchscreen laptop running iOS in '15 months to 2 years'?

Will Apple unveil a touchscreen laptop running iOS in
Could a touchscreen Mac really be on the way? Image: Sarah Tew/CNET A surprising number of Mac users would really, really like to have touchscreens. But that can't happen with MacOS, unless Apple undertakes the same long, slow, painful journey that Microsoft has been on.Microsoft has worked on making third-party software work well with touch instead of a mouse ever si…
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How to put an end to Wi-Fi frustrations

How to put an end to Wi-Fi frustrations
As more and more devices shift from wired to wireless networks, poor Wi-Fi is becoming the number one cause of frustration in homes and offices. Here's how to fix your Wi-Fi issues for good.Must read: Top tech fitness gadgets to help you get fit and healthyBeing wire-free is awesome, but nothing seems to push people to the point of hating life more than not being able to connect to the internet or other devices on the network.In my experience, Wi-Fi …
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Ubiquiti Networks UniFi enterprise Wi-Fi

Ubiquiti Networks UniFi enterprise Wi-Fi
The UniFi AC Pro AP features the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3x3 MIMO technology in a refined industrial design and is ideal for deployment of maximum‑performance wireless networks.…
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Osterhout Design Group intros new wearable googles for hazmat workers

Osterhout Design Group intros new wearable googles for hazmat workers
ODG's new R-7 HL goggles.Osterhout Design Group (ODG) announced a new pair of wearable googles aimed at hazmat workers. Dubbed the R-7 HL, ODG says the googles are a ruggedized enhancement of the its existing R-7 glasses built to withstand "Hazardous Location" certifications. The ruggedness certifications include drop, shock, vibration, splash, dust and temperature extremes, as well as safeguards for potential explosive environments.The R-7 HL's ha…
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