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Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet – NPR

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks earlier this month to select media in Alexandria, Va. Spencer is head of the National Policy Institute and self-described creator of the term “alt-right.” Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks earlier this month to select media in Alexandria, Va. Spencer is head of the National Policy Institute and self-described creator of the term “alt-right.” Tasos Katopodis/Getty…

Microsoft launches a new archival storage option for Azure – TechCrunch

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Microsoft introduced a new storage option for its Azure cloud computing platform in preview today: the Azure Archive Blob Storage. This will give developers a cheaper alternative for the long-term storage of large amounts of archival data like logs, raw camera footage, audio recordings, transcripts and medical documents and images. This new tier joins the existing hot and cool blob storage tiers on Azure. The main difference between the cool…

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Microsoft is fixing a simple reason why voice assistants are so bad – Quartz

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As more and more of us ask the virtual personal assistants that live on our phones what the weather will be tomorrow or the height of the Chrysler Building (1,046 feet), it’s clear that the voice-activated software is currently only really useful for answering simple fact-based questions. Microsoft, whose virtual assistant Cortana operates on Windows and as a cross-platform mobile app, is trying to smarten up our dumb bots by…

Microsoft, Oracle Jump Into Blockchain On Same Day — And Microsoft Is Clear Leader – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oracle Oracle president of product development Thomas Kurian surely knows blockchain will be huge–what are his plans? (Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.) CLOUD WARS — Enterprise-tech heavyweights Oracle and Microsoft each…

Astro’s email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to – Engadget

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Well, mostly: you can’t invoke it with a wake-word like “Ok, Google.” Once installed, you’ll have to long-press the little Astrobot button that lives in your inbox. Then, you just gab away: asking if you have any emails prompts Astrobot to read through your most recent messages out loud, and telling it to archive, snooze or mark as unread worked consistently well. I’ve been testing the feature on iOS and…

Microsoft Hits a Speech Recognition Milestone – Motley Fool

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

One of the biggest problems facing voice assistants like Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Echo, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Siri, and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Cortana is their struggles with conversational speech recognition. It’s one thing to slowly speak into your phone, device, or computer to ask something simple. Speaking conversationally as you normally do and having your artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant help is something entirely different. Microsoft has been one of the companies…

Spark email app now works with Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, and Apple’s Reminders app – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Software company Readdle announced today that it’s adding new third-party integrations to the Spark email app. Version 1.4 of Spark for macOS and Spark 1.9 on iOS will now work directly with Things, Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, Asana, and even Apple’s own Reminders app. Each service integration has gotten its own custom design from Readdle, which looks much more dynamic than the typical Share Sheet dialog box that often serves as…

FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees’ W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American governments and nonprofits were victimized by these scams during this year’s tax filing season, resulting in the theft of several hundred thousand employees’ data. That’s…

The Great Tech Panic: The Internet Is the Uncanniest Valley – WIRED

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Of course, every metaphor carries its own baggage. For example, maybe bitcoin is “money.” Money surfaces all the emotional chaos surrounding credit, debt, thrift, riches, banks, bankruptcy. Or maybe bitcoin is a weapon, or cult esoterica. Maybe it’s the dark internet or benign nonsense. With any of those hypotheses comes a set of associations, aversions, even attractions. At the same time, metaphors are poor things that never adequately illuminate the…

Microsoft announces Age of Empires IV – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It’s been a while, Age of Empires. More than a decade after Age of Empires III was released, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced that Age of Empires IV is in development and coming to PC. There’s no release window for the game; just the launch trailer above, filled with concept art of historical battles. But even that will be enough to get fans of the series excited. The first Age…

Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet – The Verge

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans a broad range of sites and apps, some of which are household names, like Uber, Facebook, and Spotify. But some of the most notable companies to purge their ranks are those we don’t often consider: the web hosts, domain registrars, and other services…

Microsoft Isn’t Saying Whether Xbox One Will Keep ‘Battlegrounds’ Off PS4 For Good – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bluehole Battlegrounds There wasn’t too much news made during Microsoft’s Gamescom press event yesterday, some new trailers for old games and a few debuts like what appears to be a Jurassic Park RTS from the creators of Elite: Dangerous. But one game was focused on somewhat significantly, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has been a massive hit on PC, and a game Microsoft has previously announced is coming to Xbox One for…

Want a medal? Microsoft 7.2% less bad at speech recognition than IBM – The Register

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

In a machine learning tug-of-war, Microsoft may have just barely slipped ahead of IBM for speech transcription accuracy. Researchers are studying how to recognise human speech in a variety of settings – from realtime interactions to offline, pre-recorded voicemails. Boffins tell us that one application, particularly of offline transcription, could be government surveillance. In March, IBM researchers claimed that they had achieved a word recognition error rate of 5.5 per…

The Internet of Things Pushes Enterprises To Think Bigger – Forbes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) is poised for strong growth. But are enterprises ready for IoTification? That’s the gist of recent surveys, which suggest that executives understand the potential of IoT, but recognize that it’s going to take a lot of work to embed it into their businesses. Photo: Joe McKendrick IoTification will reshape the enterprise. A recent survey out of McKinsey & Company, for one, suggests that just about…

UK considers internet ombudsman to deal with abuse complaints – The Guardian

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ministers in the UK are considering creating an internet ombudsman to deal with complaints about hate crimes and are pressing ahead with proposals for a levy on social media companies to help pay for the policing of online offences. The ideas are being examined by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) before the release of an autumn green paper, which may be more radical than expected. An…