The Sonos smart speaker with microphone hits the FCC

The Sonos smart speaker with microphone hits the FCC
Sonos has been rumored to be putting together a smart speaker for some time now, and we’ve just gotten the biggest confirmation yet that the company is working on its own voice assistant-powered device: an FCC filing that references a “Product model S13” that adds “integrated voice control functionality,” via Dave Zatz over at Zatz Not Funny!. According to the FCC filing, S13 will have far-field microphones similar to those offered on products like the Amazon Echo to make it easy for the de…
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Microsoft: FPGA Wins Versus Google TPUs For AI

Microsoft: FPGA Wins Versus Google TPUs For AI
Microsoft The Microsoft Brainwave mezzanine card extends each server with an Intel Altera Stratix 10 FPGA accelerator, synthesized to act as a “Soft DNN Processing Unit,” or DPU, and a fabric interconnect that enables datacenter-scale persistent neural networks. At the recent Hot Chips conference, three of the world’s largest datacenter companies detailed projects that exploit Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) as accelerators for performance-hungry datacenter…
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Members of Trump’s cybersecurity council resign in protest

Members of Trump’s cybersecurity council resign in protest
Several members of a White House cybersecurity council resigned last week in protest over President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville and the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, among other issues. In a resignation letter obtained by NextGov, eight members of the 28-person National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) said that the president’s “actions have threatened the security of the homeland I took an oath to protect.” The letter states that…
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Shark-detecting drones take to the skies in Australia

Shark-detecting drones take to the skies in Australia
Australia will deploy a fleet of drones to patrol its shores for sharks next month, as part of an effort to enhance beach safety. As Reuters reports, the drones are equipped with AI-powered software that can distinguish sharks from sharks, boats, and other marine life in real-time. The so-called “Little Ripper” drones were first used in a trial program last year. Nabin Sharma, a research associate at the University of Technology Sydney’s School of Software, tells Reuters that the system aims…
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Software Eats The World, But That's Only The Appetizer

Software Eats The World, But That
Software may be eating the world, as Marc Andreessen famously put it in 2011, but he may have been looking at things too narrowly. FinancialForce CEO Tod Nielsen prefers to one-up Andreessen’s observation to a whole new level: “services are devouring the entire galaxy,” he recently proclaimed. What does that mean? In a chat with Michael Krigsman in the latest installment of CXOTalk, Nielsen explains as digitization encompasses greater swaths of organizations – fueled by cloud and analytics – t…
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How Machine Learning Enhances The Value Of Industrial Internet of Things

How Machine Learning Enhances The Value Of Industrial Internet of Things
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is already revolutionizing domains such as manufacturing, automobiles and healthcare. But the real value of IIoT will be realized only when Machine Learning (ML) is applied to the sensor data. This article attempts to highlight how ML augments IIoT solutions by bringing intelligent insights. Source: //www.CGPGrey.com Cloud computing has been the biggest enabler of connected devices and enterprise IoT. Cheaper storage combined with ample c…
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Sarahah harvests your phone contacts for no good reason

Sarahah harvests your phone contacts for no good reason
Sarahah, the anonymous feedback app that’s been going viral for the past couple weeks, isn’t quite as private as it sounds: it turns out, the app uploads users’ phone contacts to the company’s servers, seemingly for no good reason. The behavior was spotted by security analyst Zachary Julian and first reported by The Intercept. The app doesn’t entirely hide this behavior. On both iOS and Android, Sarahah asks for permission to access each user’s phone contacts — and even if you say no, you can…
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Asus ZenFone AR review (video)

Asus ZenFone AR review (video)
Earlier this week we published a full review of the Asus ZenFone AR, a new, $600 Android smartphone that supports both Google Tango AR and Google Daydream VR. And it manages to do that in a much slimmer phone body than the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the only other other Tango phone that’s available. Throw in desktop-grade graphics processing, six to eight gigabytes of RAM, and a 23-megapixel rear camera, and you’ve got yourself a pretty good Android phone. But the AR and VR portion of this phone are…
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Apple is collecting donations for Harvey storm relief relief through iTunes

Apple is collecting donations for Harvey storm relief relief through iTunes
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas yesterday, and while the storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s expected to drop up to 40 inches of rain in the area, which is leading to catastrophic flooding in the area. To help with the coming relief efforts, Apple has begun accepting donations for the Red Cross through iTunes. As with its efforts to collect money for the Southern Poverty Law Center after Charlottesville, Apple has opened a page on its storefronts that allows users to …
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A stuffed bunny phone case seems like a good idea, but it’s not very practical

A stuffed bunny phone case seems like a good idea, but it’s not very practical
Phone Case of the Month is a monthly series in which we live with, and subsequently review, our time with a phone case. Phone cases are one of our only ways to express individuality with our smartphones, so what do our phone case choices say about us? Everyone in the world seemed to love my bunny phone case. The receptionist at my doctor's office told me she looked it up and bought it during my appointment; the cashier at Dunkin' Donuts searched for it immediately after I bought an iced tea; …
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