2017 to bring Microsoft’s second big Windows update

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February 22, 2017

Back in August 2016 Microsoft first revealed it was planning two big Windows 10 updates in 2017, but the company never shared timing details for its second unnamed update. While the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, is expected to debut in April, it’s not clear when the second big Windows 10 update will be made available. During a recent session at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in…

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Specialized hardware needed for AI to develop in gadgets

February 15, 2017

Computers are now able to beat humans at the Go game, identify melanomas as accurately as dermatologists do, and help autonomous vehicles navigate the world, and this is all thanks to an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. Now, circuit designers are working on hardware they hope will lead to the democratization of deep learning, bringing the powerful method to the chips inside smart phones, wearables, and other consumer electronics….

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Now we’re talking…

February 14, 2017

Even though there are still some kinks to iron out, automatic speech recognition is on the verge of becoming people’s chief means of interacting with their principal computing devices. Strange to think it was the butt of jokes as little as ten years ago. With the anticipation of the age of voice-controlled electronics, MIT researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition. Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition…

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Who (secretly) run the world? Algorithms

February 13, 2017

It is likely that everything and anything you do online, from streaming a movie, to browsing for a new handbag, to even applying for a car loan, is slightly controlled by an algorithm. They will always have a say on the outcome. The complex mathematical formulas are playing a growing role in all walks of life: from detecting skin cancers to suggesting new Facebook friends, deciding who gets a job,…

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Protecting our power infrastructures from hackers

February 13, 2017

Rising to a new norm, the reliability measures of electrical grid involves physical security and cybersecurity. Threats to both of these can trigger instability, leading to blackouts and economic losses. Scientists from Michigan Technological University have conducted research which delves into so-called ‘nightmare’ scenarios where hackers exploit security weaknesses and execute a disruptive plan of cyberattacks. The journal IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid published their work recently. Lead author Chee-Wooi…

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Large scale quantum computer blueprints unveiled

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February 2, 2017

The first practical blueprint for how to build a quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth has been  unveiled by an international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex. This huge leap forward towards creating a universal quantum computer has been published in the influential journal Science Advances. It has long been known that such a computer would revolutionize industry, science and commerce on a similar scale…

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Texas Instruments STEAMs ahead with the TI-Innovator Hub

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January 31, 2017

Introducing the next gen for the next gen. Texas Instruments have developed a classroom tool to teach future engineers the foundations of coding. However, as opposed to isolating the teaching of coding and programming in one class, this palm-sized box with built-in microcontroller plugs into the graphing calculator many secondary students already own (a TI-84 Plus CET or a TI-Nspire CC and TI-Nspire CX CAS). It was created using the same…

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Starblaze achieves first-pass silicon success for storage SoC

Synopsys has announced that Starblaze has achieved first-pass silicon success for its MB1000 enterprise SSD controller using Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC HS38 processor as well as DDR4 and PCI Express controller and PHY IP. Starblaze selected the ARC HS38 processor because it offers multicore support for SMP Linux, a 40-bit physical address space and the ARC Processor EXtension (APEX) technology that enabled them to add instructions to reduce I/O latency. Furthermore, the…

January 31, 2017
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From February, Macbook Touch Bar barred from bar test takers

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January 31, 2017

The new MacBook Touch Bar can help you do a lot of things. Autocorrect your typos! Fast forward through a YouTube video! Cheat on a test? Not for bar exams in North Carolina, according to a new announcement by the state’s Board of Law Examiners. As reported by Apple Insider, the board today released a notice requiring bar test takers disable the Touch Bar function if they plan on using…

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Raspberry Pi to receive Google gift of AI

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January 27, 2017

Selling more than 10 million credit card-sized computers, Raspberry Pi is the most successful British computer ever. Now it could be about to get even more powerful. Google is working to bring its artificial intelligence, machine learning and other developer tools to the small computer, Pi’s creators have said. “Google is going to arrive in style in 2017,” a blog post on the Raspberry Pi website says. “The tech titan…

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