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Intel Announces ‘Nervana’ Neural Network Processor

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Science-fiction authors and modern technology mega-corporations agree on one thing–artificial intelligence is the future. Everyone from Google to Facebook is designing artificial neural networks to tackle big problems like computer vision and speech synthesis. Most of these projects are using existing computer hardware, but Intel has something big on the way. The chip maker has announced the first dedicated neural network processor, the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP). A neural network is designed to ...

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Launches With Mixed Reality, Edge, OneDrive Upgrades

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft has released the new Fall Creators Update, the latest in major upgrades for Windows 10. Many of the additions this time around are fairly small; the company’s twice-yearly cadence for features requires frequent small updates as opposed to major changes. Still, there are some improvements and new capabilities worth discussing. First of all, Windows 10 now supports mixed reality, which is the company’s combined name for augmented reality and virtual reality. It’s not a ...

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Microsoft Introduces Surface Book 2 With GTX 1050, 1060 Options

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Back in 2015, Microsoft launched its first laptop, the Surface Book 2. At the time, the device sported a novel design aesthetic, with a curved hinge that served as a docking port as well as a distinctive visual cue. The Surface Book was also unusual compared with other 2-in-1 designs at the time, which typically packed the entire “computer” into the display and used the bottom keyboard as either a simple port hub or a ...

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Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 636 Chip with 40 Percent Speed Boost

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The phone you carry around in your pocket for playing Candy Crush and watching cat videos would have been considered a supercomputer a few decades ago. That’s all thanks to the advanced system-on-a-chip (SoC) powering the device, and many of them are made by Qualcomm. A new version of the company’s popular Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 636, has just been announced, and it could give a huge boost to midrange smartphones. An SoC includes a ...

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Supreme Court Will Hear Case Pitting Microsoft Against DOJ Over Data Privacy

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on whether data concerning foreign individuals stored on foreign servers can be accessed under the auspices of United States law. The case has been brewing between Microsoft and the DOJ for 18 months, with Microsoft arguing that data concerning non-US persons stored in non-US servers is beyond the reach of the Department of Justice, while the DOJ argues that it isn’t. No matter which way this ...

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ET Deals: Save 42% on Luma Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh Router Three-Pack

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tired of Wi-Fi dead spots in your home? Kick your old wireless router to the curb, and start using the Luma Whole Home Wi-Fi system to get complete coverage. For a limited time, you can save 42% on a three-pack from Amazon. • Luma Whole Home Wi-Fi Mesh Router Three-Pack for $ 229.99 (List price: $ 399 — Coupon code: 50OFFLHW) These 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless routers work together to form a mesh network that provides excellent ...

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Massive Methane Leak in 2015 Left California Residents With Elevated Uranium, Styrene Levels

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Almost exactly two years ago, a well owned by the Southern California Gas Company began dumping huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere. The leak wouldn’t be capped until February 18, 2016, and would eventually release 107,000 tons of methane and 8,000 tons of ethane. SoCalGas didn’t exactly cover itself in glory with its concern for residents during this time period; the company didn’t admit that a major gas leak had occurred until October 28. ...

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First Batch of iPhone Xs Is Reportedly Just 46,500 Units

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. From the moment Apple unveiled the iPhone X, there’s been concern over whether demand for the new device would pull sales away from the iPhone 8/8 Plus, and leave Apple scrambling to fill orders with what was initially intended as a halo product. We saw a similar situation with the iPhone 5s and 5c, when Apple launched the budget device expecting to gain market share, only to see a majority of its customers stampede towards ...

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Pizza Hut Suffers Security Breach, Waits Two Weeks to Tell People

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Pizza Hut customers who were defrauded in the past two weeks by false credit card usage can thank the (popular?) pizza chain for the privilege. The company was hacked on October 1st and 2nd, but waited nearly two weeks to inform customers that their private data had been compromised. The company finally began notifying users on Saturday. The breach appears to have been total, with hackers making off with names, billing zip codes, delivery addresses, ...

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Silicon Allee: Germany’s Tech Hub for Electric Cars, Scooters, and Bikes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. BERLIN–Where the US is moving methodically toward offering more electric vehicles, Germany is racing ahead on e-mobility: electrified cars, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, buses, and the infrastructure to make charging as close as the nearest lamp post. It makes sense to look beyond electric cars-only in densely populated Europe with narrow streets and limited parking. Unlike North America, with currently abundant fossil fuels, Europe depends on outsiders for much of its energy. Here are some intriguing ...

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