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Fry's Electronics closes another store in Anaheim, shelves still bare

[Wed 01:05] Fry's Electronics announced that it will close its store in Anaheim, California. Our Anaheim store will close permanently on March 2nd, 2020. The Fry family started its first electronics store in 1985 in Sunnyvale, California. The chain grew to dozens of big-box electronics retail stores over the ensuing decades.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SambaNova Systems raises $250 million for software-defined AI hardware

[Wed 00:05] SambaNova Systems is one such startup - the Palo Alto, California-based firm, which was founded in 2017 by Rodrigo Liang and Stanford Professors Kunle Olukotun and Chris Ré, provides systems that run AI and data-intensive apps from the datacenter to the edge. "SambaNova's innovations in machine learning algorithms and software-defined hardware will dramatically improve the performance and capability of intelligent applications," he added. As for Ré, he's an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University in the InfoLab and a MacArthur Genius Award recipient who's also affiliated with the Statistical Machine Learning Group, Pervasive Parallelism Lab, and Stanford AI Lab.The AI chip market is anticipated to be worth $91.18 billion by 2025, and dedicated AI chip startups raised $1.5 billion in 2017 alone, among them Kneron, Blaize, AIStorm, Graphcore, Quadric, and Esperanto Technologies. SambaNova's total raised - over $450 million to date, following a $56 million series A funding round in March 2018 and a $150 million serise B funding round in April 2019 - is nothing to shake a stick at.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

8 of the best Google Nest Mini accessories for home automation

[Wed 00:05] Check out the more of the best Nest Mini accessories below. Naturally, a lot of Google devices work with the Nest Mini via Google Assistant, and we're going to discuss a few of them on this list. This system is especially compatible with the Nest Mini because it's easy to say, "Set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding" or "Set Nest Secure to Away and Guarding," along with other various commands to quickly set up or disable the system. Be careful: You can pair two Nest Minis together, but this trick doesn't work with a Google Home Mini and a Nest Mini.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Xbox boss expects to keep a console under his TV for the next 10+ years

[Tue 23:05] Microsoft is planning to launch both the next-gen Xbox Series X and the Project xCloud gaming service this year. Is that a coherent strategy? Isn't a cloud future one without dedicated gaming devices? Well, that's not how Xbox boss Phil Spencer sees it. I think I'm going to have a game console plugged into my television for the next decade-plus. In the meantime, the cloud is a great way to serve up thousands of games to people who don't have a high-end PC or console.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Amazon launches its first cashier-free grocery store in Seattle

[Tue 22:05] No, it's not Whole Foods, but it is a grocery store owned and operated by Amazon. The e-commerce giant has chosen Seattle to open its first full-size, cashier-free store, taking one more step into the $800 billion U.S. grocery industry. While Amazon Go convenience stores already existed, this brick-and-mortar store is significantly larger than those convenience stores at just over 10,000 square feet. Amazon is also expected to open another grocery store in the Los Angeles area, but without the same technology as the Go stores, which allows customers to shop without weighing items like produce or checking out.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Urine test could detect bladder cancer traces 10 years before other signs appear

[Tue 22:05] A possible urine test could predict bladder cancer up to a decade before other clinical signs appear, a new research project suggests. They showed that bladder cancer mutations in a specific gene can be detected in the urine of individuals up to 10 years before clinical diagnosis of the disease. The researchers analyzed urine samples that were collected up to 10 years before clinical diagnosis from 38 otherwise asymptomatic individuals who later developed bladder cancer, along with 152 cancer-free control samples. A paper describing the work, titled "Urinary TERT promoter mutations are detectable up to 10 years prior to clinical diagnosis of bladder cancer: Evidence from the Golestan Cohort Study," was recently published in the journal EbioMedicine.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

New experimental mode lets Overwatch players test major meta changes

[Tue 22:05] A new experimental mode is coming to Overwatch, and will open up testing of massive potential game changes to players. According to Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan, Triple Damage will feature "Big balance changes" to the game's characters. The experimental update is a new way for Blizzard to test core changes to the popular multiplayer game and gather feedback from players. While the game currently features a public test realm mode on PC where players can try tweaks before they go live, the experimental card differs in several ways.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Polestar's Precept concept is an electric fastback with a recycled interior

[Tue 22:05] Volvo-owned Polestar unveiled a concept car named Precept that signals the direction it will take during the 2020s. Don't stare for too long, though; it emits visual and audible warnings if it detects the driver's eyes are off the road. Polestar hasn't released technical specifications, so all we know about the Precept's powertrain is that it's electric. With the notable exception of the 1, which is a plug-in hybrid, Polestar pledged to only make electric cars. While the Precept is merely a concept car, Polestar stressed it's also a manifesto of things to come.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Update Google Chrome to latest version immediately to avoid trio of threats

[Tue 22:05] Google Chrome users need to update their browser to the latest version immediately to protect themselves from three different zero-day vulnerabilities. The vulnerabilities were found by Google's security team, as well as André Bargull, who received a $5,000 reward for reporting the vulnerability to Google last month. Google wants its users to update to the latest Google Chrome version before providing more information about the vulnerabilities to help keep hackers from using these vulnerabilities to their advantage. The last Google Chrome zero-day vulnerabilities occurred in November.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Sony's new ultra-wide, ultra-bright lens is the widest E-mount prime yet

[Tue 22:05] Announced on February 25, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is the widest prime lens yet for the native full-frame E-mount family. Besides the usual stills that a 20mm is good for - like astro, street, landscapes, and environmental portraits - Sony says the FE 20mm f/1.8 G is also designed for video. While many wide-angle lenses have a rounded front that prevents them from accepting filters, the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is compatible with some 67mm filters. The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G launches next month, with a list price at about $900. Editors' Recommendations.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Online dashboard tracks the spread of coronavirus cases globally

[Tue 22:05] Concern is growing as cases of coronavirus continue to show up in countries around the world. Aiming to provide accurate information on the spread of the coronavirus, the Maryland-based Center for Systems Science and Engineering has created an online tool that brings together data from several official bodies that include the World Health Organization and centers for disease control and prevention in China, the U.S., and Europe. The dashboard displays the number of confirmed and suspected cases of the coronavirus, as well as the number of deaths and those who have recovered. Of course, the true number of cases is impossible to know, but the dashboard at least offers reliable data for reported cases and can indicate trends and hotspots for the coronavirus.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Over 70 5G-enabled phones featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 are in the works

[Tue 22:05] Carriers are finally deploying 5G networks, and smartphone manufacturers are building 5G into their phones. This is the first year that all of Samsung's flagship phones come with 5G connectivity. Notably, the next Samsung Galaxy Note phone will most likely come with a Snapdragon 865 and have 5G compatibility. It's expected that Apple will launch at least one 5G-enabled phone this year too - though while the phone may have a Qualcomm 5G modem, it won't offer Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

This robot will change your tires in a fraction of the time a mechanic can

[Tue 22:05] Robots might have another important role to play in future cars: Changing our tires. According to a recent report, a new Y Combinator startup called RoboTire, currently in semi-stealth mode, is building robots that can change car tires in a fraction of the time it currently takes human mechanics. A description of RoboTire on LinkedIn describes its mission as "Automating vehicle maintenance for today and future autonomous vehicles with robot and software, starting with tire changing in which we can do a set of four tires in 10 minutes from pull-in to pull-out." RoboTire thinks its robot will generate around $10,000 per month, which would earn back the cost of a $250,000 unit in just over two years.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Qualcomm's new headset design shows off the XR2 VR platform

[Tue 22:05] Qualcomm announced the XR2 virtual reality platform at its Snapdragon Summit in December, but now the company is revealing a new reference design for the chipset. Notably, the headset supports 5G connectivity, along with two times the CPU and GPU performance, four times the video bandwidth, and six times the resolution of headsets powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mixed reality platform. The reference design is just that - a reference design. Facebook owns virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The best games to play with Alexa

[Tue 22:05] From immersive role-playing quests for the die-hard console gamer, to the lighter and more comedic party-style games that are sure to liven up any family gathering, we have compiled a list of our favorite Alexa games and elaborated on what it's like to play them. There are 220 questions and tasks for Alexa to choose from, depending on the answer, so the games won't get boring too quickly. In the two-to-four player anagram game, Alexa reads out a category, along with clues, word length, and each letter out of order. To launch the skill, you'll want to say "Open" or "Start" plus the name of the game, because saying "Play Queen's Mathematician" prompts Alexa to look for music.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Xbox Series X is faster than your gaming PC. Now what?

[Tue 22:05] The Xbox Series X is almost certainly faster than your gaming PC, and the new Xbox will maintain its dominance for years to come. This might seem doom-and-gloom for PC gamers, but Microsoft's strategy with the Xbox Series X gives reason for optimism. We still don't know exactly what the Xbox line-up will look like going forward, but Microsoft has promised backwards compatibility for Xbox One titles, as well as Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles already available on the Xbox One. The answer to "Where PC Gamers go from here," then, is "Anywhere they want." Those who have money to spend on a 4K-capable rig that defeats the Xbox Series X can certainly spend it, and they'll have a great experience.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Who is Carnage? Get to know Woody Harrelson's killer character in Venom 2

[Tue 22:05] Along with bringing back Hardy as Eddie Brock, the host of the alien entity known as Venom, the film will introduce Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, who becomes the host of another symbiote, Carnage. Imprisoned after a battle with Spider-Man and a pair of villains, Eddie Brock initially believed the Venom symbiote to be dead, and found himself occupying a cell with Kasady - who he hated due to Kasady's affinity for killing innocent people, something Brock tried to never do as Venom. Brock's hatred of Spider-Man initially made Venom a villain when he first bonded with his human host, but Brock's inherent desire to be a hero regulated Venom's behavior - and for a significant period even made him a popular vigilante character operating out of San Francisco. If there's one thing Venom hates more than Spider-Man, it's Carnage, and that hatred has frequently made Spider-Man and Venom reluctant allies.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Juul patents an A.I. vape to help people quit nicotine

[Tue 22:05] Juul has been at the center of the vaping illness epidemic for its easy-to-use e-cigarette devices but now, a new patent suggests that the company might be looking to make a product to help people quit nicotine. The patent, called Devices and Methods for Cessation of Nicotine Addiction, is essentially an A.I.-powered vape that helps users quit nicotine by delivering fewer nicotine amounts through a vaping device by learning a user's smoking habits over time. These would include how much nicotine they are getting, set session limits, adjust the amount of nicotine delivered through the vape, play games or take part in social interactions to help ease the stress of quitting and more. To better keep people accountable, the data from the vape could be shared with users' friends, family, and even doctors to keep them on track toward quitting nicotine.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Intel Cascade Lake X CPUs: Everything we know

[Tue 22:05] Alongside its competitive 10nm Ice Lake and 14nm Comet Lake mobile CPUs, it also refreshed its high-end desktop CPUs in the form of the 10th-generation Cascade Lake X range, in late-2019. Where Cascade Lake X CPUs support memory up to 2,933MHz out of the box, their last-generation counterparts could only officially support 2,666MHz. With these extremely modest improvements, it's perhaps no surprise that the Cascade Lake X CPUs did not receive positive reviews. These are the fastest CPUs Intel has ever released in the HEDT space, but they're massively outgunned by the competition, and don't offer anything to really warrant the upgrade for those with existing Intel enthusiast CPUs.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Bob Iger steps down as Disney CEO

[Tue 22:05] Bob Iger will step down from his position as CEO of Disney immediately, the company announced Tuesday, capping off 15 years of leading the growth of the company into an entertainment behemoth behind the world's most important pieces of pop culture. He'll be replaced by Bob Chapek, who was previously chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products. Chapek will step in as Disney's seventh CEO. He has been with Disney for 27 years, handling Disney's theme parks and resorts in his most recent position. "Bob Iger has built Disney into the most admired and successful media and entertainment company, and I have been lucky to enjoy a front-row seat as a member of his leadership team," Chapek said in the announcement.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Securiti.ai named most innovative startup at RSA

[Tue 19:05] Ai, a company that uses AI to help companies comply with privacy laws like GDPR in the European Union and CCPA in California, today was named winner of the RSA Sandbox Innovation award. Securiti creates digital personas for individuals and finds copies of data shared across systems or with third-party vendors or partners to help companies comply with right-to-be-forgotten laws. Ai raised a $50 million series B funding round led by General Catalyst last month, after the company launched in stealth with $31 million in funding last August. "Privacy is a basic human right, and companies want to honor individual rights of privacy and data protection. Privacy compliance and operations are only getting more complex for businesses around the world, and we're humbled that the judges recognized our vision for AI-powered PrivacyOps and data protection," Securiti.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Dota Underlords Season One kicks off with Battle Pass and more

[Tue 18:05] You can start playing Dota Underlords for free on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android, and all of your progress carries over between those platforms. These new modes all relate to the ongoing narrative for Dota Underlords Season One. Dota Underlords Season One is also getting a Battle Pass. Valve first popularized the Battle Pass with its annual Compendium content for Dota 2.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Qualcomm and ZeroLight debut end-to-end 5G Boundless XR system

[Tue 18:05] There were plenty of questions left unanswered when Qualcomm announced its 5G-ready Snapdragon XR2 mixed reality chipset last December, including the timetable for actual headsets containing both the core XR2 chip and its optional 5G module. Today, Qualcomm and ZeroLight are announcing a complete end-to-end solution that will use the XR2 and 5G for Boundless XR in enterprise settings. While a somewhat obscure flavor of Wi-Fi known as WiGig or 60GHz Wi-Fi is one option, millimeter wave 5G is another, assuming there are 5G base stations nearby - something that enterprises are now considering with private 5G networks. For this end-to-end solution, Qualcomm provides the reference design for XR2-based headsets and chips for 5G network hardware, while ZeroLight delivers the mixed reality application and edge cloud rendering server for the private 5G network.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

VOXI's big data SIM only deals are a must see for SIMO bargain hunters

[Tue 18:05] The endless social media on offer includes WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. The basic contract, which still offers endless social media, costs £10 per month and gives you 6GB of data, free roaming in the EU, an option to cancel anytime, and unlimited calls and texts. Three times the amount of data you get for £15 per month plus the endless social media. Oh, by the way, all of the oodles of data you get can be used to tether devices, too, and the endless social media applies to them as well.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Cruise obtains California license to transport riders with safety drivers

[Tue 17:05] GM's Cruise inched closer toward a commercial robo-taxi service this week with the acquisition of a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission. The procedural step is a part of the state's ongoing Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot, and it'll allow Cruise to provide passenger service in its autonomous Chevrolet Bolts without drivers behind the wheel. TechCrunch first spotted the permit's granting, which VentureBeat understands is in anticipation of service demos with partners, members of the media, and other "Key people." Currently, Cruise operates an employees-only ride-hailing program in San Francisco called Cruise Anywhere that allows those who make it beyond the waitlist to get around select areas of the city. Cruise joins the exclusive list of companies allowed to participate in the PUC's pilot, which includes Zoox, Alphabet's Waymo, Pony.ai, Aurora, and AutoX. It's separate and distinct from the California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving vehicles program, under which 66 companies are permitted to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers behind the wheel.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Amazon pilots AI-powered customer support agents

[Tue 17:05] Might AI help improve customer service for the millions of people who shop on Amazon.com? Amazon intends to find out. One fields requests from customers automatically and without human intervention, while the other helps human service agents respond more quickly and easily. As Jared Kramer, an applied-science manager in Amazon.com's customer service technical management organization, explained in a blog post, the automated agents use machine learning rather than rules and refer requests they can't handle to human representatives, enabling them to tackle a broader range of interactions. "Automation rate combines two factors: whether the automated agent successfully completes a transaction and whether the customer contacts customer service a second time within 24 hours," he said.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Flock Freight raises $50 million to match shippers with freight transportation

[Tue 17:05] Flock Freight today announced that it's raised $50 million in series B funding, bringing its total raised to over $70 million following an $18 million series A round and $2.5 million seed round. "As we continue to prioritize exceptional service and affordability for shippers and increased revenue potential for carriers, we look forward to expanding Flock Freight and our partnerships with carriers throughout the U.S.". For LTL, Flock Freight facilitates the travel of shipments on trucks to their intended destinations, eschewing the traditional hub-and-spoke freight transit model. For its part, Convoy raised $400 million at a $2.75 billion valuation to make freight trucking more efficient.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Cheap OLED mega-deal! Get a fantastic 55-inch Philips OLED TV for just £1,099 while this deal lasts!

[Tue 17:05] If you're looking for a cheap OLED TV bargain, you've clicked on the right link, weary internet traveller. There's currently a fantastic deal to get Philips' excellent 55OLED804 4K OLED set for nearly £400 off until March 4th 2020. As with all OLED TVs, there are ultra-rich black levels that make movie-watching feel deep and sumptuous, while colours pop right off the panel. The Ambilight adds to the effect too - we're fans of Philips' light-spreading tech, and Philips says its own research shows that once people try it, the majority keep wanting TVs with it in.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Dragon Quest of the Stars expands its mobile adventure outside of Japan

[Tue 16:05] Square Enix has released Dragon Quest of the Stars for Android and iOS in territories outside of Japan, including North America and Europe. Dragon Quest of the Stars is a mobile RPG based on the classic franchise. Mobile is an important business for Square Enix, as the publisher uses the platform as a way to port classic games and to release new free-to-play titles based on its hit franchises, like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. The franchise has also expanded into media outside of gaming, most notably with the Netflix animated movie Dragon Quest Your Story, which debuted outside of Japan this month.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Newzoo: Global esports will top $1 billion in 2020, with China as the top market

[Tue 15:05] Global esports revenues will surpass $1 billion in 2020 for the first time - without counting broadcasting platform revenues, according to market researcher Newzoo. China is the largest market by revenues, with total revenues of $385.1 million in 2020, followed by North America, with total revenues of $252.8 million. Newzoo also said the global esports audience will reach 495.0 million this year, made up of 222.9 million Esports Enthusiasts and a further 272.2 million Occasional Viewers. China will remain the largest esports market in 2020, with revenues of $385.1 million.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Driverless car startup Pony.ai raises $462 million at a $3 billion valuation

[Tue 15:05] In a sign that investors' enthusiasm for driverless cars hasn't dampened as of late, Pony.ai today secured a whopping $462 million in fresh funding, $400 million of which came from Toyota. The capital infusion brings the Guangzhou- and Fremont, California-based startup's total raised to about $800 million at a valuation north of $3 billion, following previous venture rounds just shy of $265 million in total. Zoox's $465 million series B in 2018 valued the driverless car company at $3.2 billion post-money, and VW Group's recent $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, which is allied with U.S. automaker Ford, valued it at $7 billion. Waymo, which has racked up more than 20 million real-world miles in over 25 cities across the U.S. and billions of simulated miles, in November 2018 became the first company to obtain a driverless car testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

NZXT launches H1 mini-ITX case that looks like an Xbox Series X

[Tue 15:05] You don't need to wait for Microsoft to put a tower of gaming power next to your TV. PC-hardware manufacturer NZXT is launching a new case that looks similar to an Xbox Series X, but with maybe even more style. NZXT H1 is available now in the U.S. for $350, and it comes in white or black. "Creating a small form factor case is something we have always wanted to improve upon because they are often challenging to build in and can hinder the performance of high-end hardware," NZXT founder and chief executive Johnny Hou said. NZXT has a reputation for high-quality cases, PSUs, and coolers.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsonite's new suitcases are the ideal companions for your summer holiday

[Tue 15:05] Sick of your noisy, tired-looking old suitcase? Well, just in time to start booking your summer 2020 holidays Samsonite has announced its colourful new Hi-Fi Spinner range. Empty, the case weighs in at 2.47kg. As far as security and other features are concerned, the Samsonite Hi-Fi Spinner has an integrated three-digit TSA combination lock, which allows safe travel to the US, and there's a retractable, integrated ID tag. The new Hi-Fi Spinner is priced from £165 for the 55cm version, up to £205 for the 81cm model. The Hi-Fi Spinner joins the rest of Samsonite's range, including the Lite-Box Alu Spinner.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Revl raises $5.2 million to stitch together videos with AI

[Tue 14:05] To lay the groundwork for growth, San Francisco-based Revl today announced that it's raised $5.2 million in series A funding led by Nimble Ventures with participation from Tuesday Capital, Silicon Valley Data Capital, and Luma Pictures. "There's a reason why hasn't been done before," said CEO Sanchez, previously an infotainment product development lead at GM, a space system engineer at Honeywell, and a quality assurance tester at HP. "Editing and delivering fully customized video souvenirs of epic experiences in real-time is computationally and programmatically very difficult. The team at Revl has leveraged the power of AI and parallel processing to build a fully automatic system that edits and delivers HD cinematic video souvenirs instantly." Raw files are beamed to Revl's cloud storage at no cost, and completed videos are sent to the Revl app, which can be used to customize the music and share directly to social media. Revl isn't the only startup applying AI and machine learning to video creation.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Vimeo launches AI-powered social video editing platform out of beta

[Tue 14:05] Vimeo has officially launched its new short-form social video editing platform, a month after first introducing the tool in beta. With Vimeo Create, Vimeo offers a stock video marketplace which it originally launched back in 2018, where users can search for relevant clips or images by keywords. Vimeo has iterated the product over the past month ahead of today's formal launch, and Vimeo Create now offers brands more customization features such as setting default fonts and color schemes, and adding their own logos. In terms of costs, Vimeo Create can be used by anyone with a Vimeo account, however only those with one of the paid membership options will be able to save and distribute their videos.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

iOS 14 video shows how new iPhone 12 will be a rapid multitasking machine

[Tue 14:05] Apple will inevitably roll out the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, with the new iPhone 12, but an alleged leak purports to show off exactly what the operating system update will entail, with a new video showing off a slick multitasking feature. What we can see in the supposed leaked iOS 14 video from 91mobiles is a set up more in line with multitasking on the iPad OS:. The video is reportedly showing off an internal build of iOS 14 with a multitasking switcher. Twitter leaker Ben Geskin, who has a mixed track record when it comes to leaks, confirmed that it's "Not fake and not a jailbreak tweak", saying "This iPad style multitasking switcher on an iPhone is activated in internal settings on early iOS 14.0 internal build." With iOS 13 coming up to six months old, it's unlikely that it'll be getting bumped for iOS 14 so soon, so we may have to wait until the iPhone 12 to see the new iOS and its much-improved features.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

FogHorn raises $25 million to support edge AI app development

[Tue 13:05] The edge AI market - that is, the market for devices that run AI applications locally, without cloud processing - is anticipated to grow substantially in the coming months. According to Deloitte, more than 750 million edge AI chips will be sold by year-end, representing $2.6 billion in revenue. In anticipation of expansion and reflecting 10 times year-over-year growth in annual license bookings, FogHorn today announced a $25 million series C funding round that brings its total raised to $72.5 million. "FogHorn has pioneered edge analytics, and recently edge AI since its inception. LS looks forward to supporting the company as it continues to enable edge AI deployments and digital transformation initiatives across global industries."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants games to embrace diverse business models

[Tue 13:05] It's not emphasizing the Game Pass subscription service to the exclusion of other business models, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in an interview with Insomniac Games founder Ted Price for the Game Maker's Notebook podcast. While Xbox is bundling up all of its releases in Game Pass Ultimate for $15 per month, it doesn't want or expect players to stop spending money on games in other ways. Different business models can lead to new kinds of games. During his conversation with Price, Spencer pointed to Alan Wake as an example of why different business models can lead to better games.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Fantastic SIM only deal: EE will give you 60GB data for just £20 per month

[Tue 13:05] EE has a brilliant SIMO deal going right now that gets you 60GB of data for just £20 per month. If you feel like you're going to be even more data hungry than that, there's a 100GB option for £25 per month available too. There isn't much you can't do with 60GB data and even less you can't do with 100GB so these are pretty fantastic deals. If you're in the market for some fantastic SIMO deals, look no further than these two from EE, offering staggering amounts of data for very little every month, with the flexible to change up your plan as you go.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

76ers owners appoint investment chief for esports and other ventures

[Tue 12:05] Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers and NHL's New Jersey Devils teams, has appointed David Abrams as head of investments. In his new role, Abrams will be charged with tapping HBSE's deep expertise in operating professional sports teams and venues with its existing investments in start-ups and real estate to capitalize on investment opportunities. Notably, HBSEV led investment in the AI-driven basketball shot analysis technology, HomeCourt, and Fevo, a next-generation user interface for groups booking tickets and live experiences. HBSE first began venture investments in 2016, with the opening of the Sixers Innovation Lab, a business accelerator housed at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Molekule raises $58 million to take pollutants out of the air in the age of wildfires and viruses

[Tue 12:05] Molekule has raised $58 million to clean up the world's air using a filter that tackles one room at a time. San Francisco-based Molekule argues that its air filter is based on a transformative technology that enables it to suck a wide range of pollutants out of the air and destroy them. Molekule Air Mini and the larger Molekule Air use the company's patented photoelectrochemical oxidation technology, which was developed by Yogi Dharendra Goswami, a recognized expert in solar technology. Last October, the company came out with the Molekule Air Mini, which is designed to eliminate a full spectrum of indoor air pollutants, including allergens, mold, viruses, and volatile organic compounds and is designed to cover 250 square feet of space.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

L1ght raises $15 million for AI that protects children from online toxicity

[Tue 12:05] L1ght, a fledgling AI startup that's setting out to help technology companies combat online toxicity, bullying, and abuse, has raised $15 million in a seed round of funding from Mangrove Capital Partners, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Western Technology Investment. "We strongly believe that the burden of responsibility to keep children safe online is on the developer, not the user," L1ght cofounder and CEO Zohar Levkovitz told VentureBeat. "My cofounder Ron Porat and I started L1ght because we saw the dangers our children were facing online and felt not enough has been done to address these problems. Our main priority has always been to keep kids safe and this investment is further proof that our technology can accomplish that." L1ght is one of a number of startups that are looking to help the technology sphere safeguard children online through automatically detecting questionable content.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Apple foldable phone incoming: new iPhone reveal 'less than a year away'

[Tue 12:05] It looks like Apple is set to jump on the foldable phones bandwagon with an upcoming new iPhone that could be announced in less than a year, and make its debut within a year and a half. Corning says it's "Actively developing...glass-based products" for foldable devices which it says will be on the market "Within the next 12 to 18 months." If it's developing foldable Gorilla Glass, Apple could very well be using the technology in an upcoming iPhone - something LaCourse agrees with. What will Apple's attempt at a foldable phone look like? Will it do a compact clamshell, or a the more bookish design? Concept designer Antonio De Rosa mocked up a folding smartphone and Apple-style ad for YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone and it looks pretty swish, if a little boring by now. LaCourse thinks Apple may skip foldable iPhones altogether and jump straight to a larger device, like a tablet, to avoid running into the problems that are still plaguing foldables even now, as demonstrated in these teardown videos of the Razr and Galaxy Z Flip.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Crazy good Disney Plus UK deal bags a year subscription for just £49.99!

[Tue 12:05] That's because the Disney Plus UK sign-up is now live and, for a limited time, there is a Disney+ pre-order deal that cuts money of a yearly subscription. The Disney Plus UK launch deal cuts money of a yearly subscription. Disney Plus UK is now confirmed to be launching a week earlier than it initially was planned to, no doubt due to Disney wrangling a bit of early freedom from its pre-existing content deals. Here at T3 we couldn't be more excited for the Disney Plus UK launch, and numerous team members have already signed up to the service through this money saving Disney Plus pre-order deal.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Huawei Mate Xs review (early verdict)

[Tue 11:05] The design of the Huawei Mate Xs is very familiar, and for all intents and purposes it looks and feels like last year's Mate X. The "Falcon wing" hinge means that the same screen wrapped round a folding frame mechanism survives and, so Huawei are keen to state, it has been significantly improved, with new Fold-style caps placed at either end of it. While the Mate Xs has lost the ability to run Google apps, it retains the Mate X's 5G capabilities. Lastly, in terms of battery, the Mate Xs carries over the same 4,500 mAh battery that featured on the Mate X. This supports 55W fast charging, which can be achieved with the 55W fast charger that comes with the phone, and will recharge the Mate Xs to 85% capacity in just 30 minutes. Keep your eyes glued to T3.com over the coming weeks for our full Huawei Mate Xs review.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Mammoth Shine Advanced mattress review

[Tue 11:05] The Mammoth Shine Advanced is the best mattress in Mammoth's elite range of Shine mattresses. So does the Mammoth Shine Advanced mattress really improve your sleep? What's Medical Grade Foam? And is it worth the money? We tested the luxury mattress to find out. The Shine Advanced mattress is an elite mattress - with an elite price tag. As the name suggests, the Shine Advanced Medium Pocket 3000 mattress is a medium-grade mattress.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Tweak Slumber Nrem mattress review

[Tue 11:05] The Tweak Slumber Nrem is a hybrid mattress with a unique USP: it's customisable, letting you tailor the firmness levels in different areas to your own preference. That's not all: because the Nrem mattress is also split in half down the middle, you don't have to compromise with your partner on the firmness of your mattress. The Nrem mattress gets our vote for anyone with back or neck pain. If your budget won't stretch that far, take a look at the Eve mattress in our best mattress round-up, which is currently selling on Amazon for under £450 for a double; or the award-winning Emma Original, which is even cheaper again right now, at £390 for a double on Amazon.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

U.K.'s top cop calls for government to legislate police use of AI

[Tue 09:05] Britain's most senior police officer on Monday called on the government to create a legal framework for police use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence. Speaking about live facial recognition, which police in London started using in January, London police chief Cressida Dick said that she welcomed the government's 2019 manifesto pledge to create a legal framework for the police use of new technology like AI, biometrics and DNA. "The best way to ensure that the police use new and emerging tech in a way that has the country's support is for the government to bring in an enabling legislative framework that is debated through Parliament, consulted on in public and which will outline the boundaries for how the police should or should not use tech," Dick said. Dick rejected evidence that facial recognition algorithms are racially discriminatory in that their accuracy rates vary depending on the skin color of the person they detect. The London police's facial recognition technology is provided by NEC, a Japanese company.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to outpace new iPhone with this futuristic feature

[Tue 07:05] Samsung is rumoured to be working on a new type of charger that is more efficient and compact than anything we have now, one that could support 65W fast charging. The charger is slated to be hitting the market later this year, with a launch alongside the incoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in August most likely. If Samsung doesn't debut its new charger with the Galaxy Note 20, it's possible we could see it unveiled with the Galaxy Fold 2 which is also set for a July/ August reveal. It seems that all of the big players are looking forward to the next step in enhancing their smartphones, but Samsung might beat them all to the punch, and if that is the case, then come August this year the Note 20 will be in a great position to outpace the new iPhone range when it comes to rapid, futuristic charging.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Sega invests in music-discovery tool Flutin

[Mon 23:05] With Sega as a partner, Flutin will work to reach out to more music fans. "Investing in Flutin is part of Sega's effort to advance into the music industry," Flutin founder and chief executive Vishu Gupta said in a statement. "In markets like India and in areas like streaming music and music-based mobile apps, we see a great potential for growth and innovation," Sega investment boss Toshihisa Kiyomiya said. "Which is why we're excited to support Flutin as it continues to create value for musicians and music lovers worldwide."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Cruise obtains California license to transport riders without safety drivers

[Mon 20:05] GM's Cruise inched closer toward a commercial robo-taxi service this week with the acquisition of a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission. The procedural step is a part of the state's ongoing Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot, and it'll allow Cruise to provide passenger service in its autonomous Chevrolet Bolts without drivers behind the wheel. TechCrunch first spotted the permit's granting, which VentureBeat understands is in anticipation of service demos with partners, members of the media, and other "Key people." Currently, Cruise operates an employees-only ride-hailing program in San Francisco called Cruise Anywhere that allows those who make it beyond the waitlist to get around select areas of the city. Cruise joins the exclusive list of companies allowed to participate in the PUC's pilot, which includes Zoox, Alphabet's Waymo, Pony.ai, Aurora, and AutoX. It's separate and distinct from the California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving vehicles program, under which 66 companies are permitted to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers behind the wheel.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

GamesBeat Summit 2020 speakers: Jenova Chen, Rob Dyer, and Alina Soltys

[Mon 19:05] GamesBeat Summit 2020 will focus on the latest trends in the gaming ecosystem, and today we're introducing our latest trio of speakers who are represent very different parts of the game industry. In separate talks, Jenova Chen of Thatgamecompany, Rob Dyer of Capcom, and Alina Soltys of Quantum Tech Partners will speak at our event, which will take place on April 28 and April 29 in downtown Los Angeles at Two Bit Circus, a "Micro-amusement park." This place combines old-style circus and arcade games with modern virtual reality entertainment in the city's Arts District. Jenova Chen is the visionary designer of the award-winning games Cloud, flOw, Flower, Journey, and now Sky: Children of Light. As a long time speaker and contributor at GameDaily Connect, GamesBeat University, and GamesForum, Soltys is passionate and experienced in the gaming industry.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

NeurIPS requires AI researchers to account for societal impact and financial conflicts of interest

[Mon 19:05] For the first time ever, researchers who submit papers to NeurIPS, one of the biggest AI research conferences in the world, must now state the "Potential broader impact of their work" on society as well as any financial conflict of interest, conference organizers told VentureBeat. The social impact statement will require AI researchers to confront and account for both positive and negative potential outcomes of their work, while the financial disclosure requirement may illuminate the role industry and big tech companies play in the field. Societal impacts of AI is a tough field, and there are researchers and organizations that study it professionally. In recent years, NeurIPS has faced criticism for the growing role of the major AI research arms of tech giants like Google AI, OpenAI, and Facebook AI Research.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Oral B Genius 9000 is nearly £187 off in this literally electric toothbrush deal!

[Mon 18:05] Looking for an electric toothbrush as a Valentine's present to yourself or a loved one? We wouldn't give a toothbrush to a loved one even if their teeth were real bad, but maybe you're braver than us. In other words, you can pay £70 for a decent enough, mid-range Oral B brush, or spend an extra £20 and get a range-topping toothbrush so smart, it is actually called Genius. The Genius 9000 cleans extremely effectively, multiple cleaning settings and speeds and MouthGuard tech to prevent you from applying too much pressure and potentially damaging your enamel or gums. The brush can kill up to double the plaque of a boring old manual toothbrush, giving you cleaner teeth, healthier gums and fresher breath.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Google's AI detects adversarial attacks against image classifiers

[Mon 17:05] Defenses against adversarial attacks, which in the context of AI refer to techniques that fool models through malicious input, are increasingly being broken by so-called "Defense-aware" attacks. Their framework either detects attacks accurately or, for undetected attacks, pressures the attackers to produce images that resemble the target class of images. Three reconstruction-based detection methods are used together by the capsule network to detect standard adversarial attacks. "A large percentage of the undetected attacks are deflected by our model to resemble the adversarial target class, stop being adversarial any more," they wrote.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The best Casper mattress discounts, codes and deals in 2020: save up to 20%

[Mon 17:05] We've done the hard work for you - read on for today's cheapest Casper mattress prices....The best Casper mattress discounts and dealsSo how good is a Casper mattress, anyway? In April, Amazon slashed around 30 per cent off the entire Casper mattress range - and we'd expect to see similar Black Friday Casper mattress deals this year. Casper Mattress Protector from £75Once you've invested in a Casper mattress you'll want to keep it in pristine condition, and Casper has just the thing for that in the form of its own mattress protector. Casper Sheets: from £40Treat your Casper mattress to Casper's own sheet, duvet covers and pillowcases are made from extra-long staple cotton, which is stronger and softer than the usual cotton thread, so they won't pill or wear thin, and Casper says that they'll get softer with every wash.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

This is the Disney Plus UK pre-order deal we've all been waiting for!

[Mon 17:05] The Disney Plus UK streaming service includes every movie from Disney, Marvel, Fox, Pixar and LucasFilm, meaning that from late March Disney+ will be the destination for Star Wars, The Avengers, The Simpsons, The Mandalorian, Toy Story, Frozen, Avatar and over 500 other movies and more than 7,500 TV show episodes. The Disney Plus UK launch deal cuts money of a yearly subscription. Disney Plus UK is now confirmed to be launching a week earlier than it initially was planned to, no doubt due to Disney wrangling a bit of early freedom from its pre-existing content deals. Here at T3 we couldn't be more excited for the Disney Plus UK launch, and numerous team members have already signed up to the service through this money saving Disney Plus pre-order deal.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Best point and shoot camera 2020: simple cameras to suit your budget

[Mon 17:05] Panasonic's range of "TZ" cameras have long been a firm favourite among those looking for a small, sleek yet powerful compact camera for their travels. If you're looking for a cheap and cheerful point and shoot camera that comes in at under £90, then the IXUS 185 is a good option. Panasonic Lumix LX15. A one-inch sensor point and shoot camera for those with a little more to spend. A teeny tiny point and shoot camera packing a 30x optical zoom.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

HackerOne's bug bounties skyrocketed to $40 million in 2019

[Mon 16:05] Bug bounty platform HackerOne paid out $40 million in bounties in 2019, roughly equal to the total for all previous years combined. The San Francisco-based company has raised north of $100 million since its inception, including a $36.4 million tranche a few months back, and has paid out $82 million in bounties since its inception. According to HackerOne, U.S.-based hackers earned 19% of all bounties in 2019, followed by hackers in India, Russia, China, Germany, and Canada. Today, HackerOne also announced its eighth hacker to have earned $1 million or more in lifetime earnings, while 13 have now earned at least $500,000.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Circular Apple Watch Series 6 wows in stunning new render

[Mon 16:05] What if Apple decided to fit a circular case for the new Series 6? The video shows what a trailer for a new, circular Apple Watch might look like, and how the user interface, strap and case would change as a result. There are plenty of similarities between this render and the Apple Watch's main rival, the circular Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. We expect to see the Watch Series 6 revealed alongside a new family of iPhones.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Disney Plus UK pre-order deal drops, sign up now and save £££ before it's too late

[Mon 15:05] The Disney Plus UK streaming service includes every movie from Disney, Marvel, Fox, Pixar and LucasFilm, meaning that from late March Disney+ will be the destination for Star Wars, The Avengers, The Simpsons, The Mandalorian, Toy Story, Frozen, Avatar and over 500 other movies and more than 7,500 TV show episodes. The Disney Plus UK launch deal cuts money of a yearly subscription. Disney Plus UK is now confirmed to be launching a week earlier than it initially was planned to, no doubt due to Disney wrangling a bit of early freedom from its pre-existing content deals. Here at T3 we couldn't be more excited for the Disney Plus UK launch, and numerous team members have already signed up to the service through this money saving Disney Plus pre-order deal.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Best non-stick frying pans 2020: even eggs dare not stick to these Teflon dons

[Mon 15:05] We've gathered the best non-stick frying and sauté pans for your convenience. If you like the Le Creuset but don't want to pay that much for a frying pan, then the Tefal Expertise Frying Pan is a fantastic alternative that won't break the bank. This is one of the best non stick frying pans for everyday use because it is extremely durable and praised for its 'Titanium Excellence'. If you think that all non-stick frying pans look the same, then this one will brighten up your kitchen in an instant.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Karius raises $165 million to identify infectious diseases with AI

[Mon 14:05] Mickey Kertes and Tim Blauwkamp - who worked together at Moleculo, a startup spun out of Stanford focused on commercializing a technology that generated long genome sequencing reads - sought to develop a technological solution at Karius. Following a $59 series A funding round in August 2017 and a $25 million debut financing round in November 2018, Karius announced that it's secured another tranche - this one worth $165 million. "Infectious diseases are a leading cause of mortality globally and an enormous area of unmet need. Clinical results from our early access program demonstrate that the Karius test allows clinicians to diagnose infections more rapidly and accurately," said Karius CEO Kertesz in a statement. Karius says it reports only the organisms from which cfDNA is detected in "Statistically significant" amounts relative to controls.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Google Cloud beefs up Chronicle, reCaptcha Enterprise and Web Risk API hit general availability

[Mon 14:05] Google Cloud also launched reCAPTCHA Enterprise and Web Risk API in general availability. Google is hoping to use Chronicle to woo enterprise customers over to its cloud services, away from market leaders Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. ReCaptcha Enterprise and Web Risk API. The general availability of reCaptcha Enterprise and Web Risk API signals they are production-ready and can be purchased separately. Google says the API has information on more than a million unsafe URLs, based on examining billions of URLs each day in Google Safe Browsing.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

James Bond x Adidas ultraBOOST 20 revealed before No Time To Die

[Mon 14:05] Adidas is the current three-stripe king of merch - just look at these Adidas x Star Wars shoes for how deep they go. Now Adidas has turned Bond's eye for high fashion into commemorative activewear, with the Adidas Ultraboost X 007 "No Time to Die". The Adidas Ultraboost X 007 "No Time to Die" is a branded black-and-grey version of Adidas' premium running shoe constructed partially from recycled plastic. There's no Adidas branding on the tongue: instead, we have the gun-barrel graphic seen at the beginning of every Bond film so far.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Best Cheap Bluetooth Speaker Deals for February 2020: JBL and Ultimate Ears

[Mon 14:05] Bluetooth speakers are the best thing since sliced bread, breathing fresh life into every cycling trip, trail hike, sunbathing expedition, and weekend shindig. Every once in a while a retailer discounts a must-have model from the likes of JBL and Ultimate Ears, and we swoop in to catalog it right here in our collection of the very best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals. Today's best cheap Bluetooth speaker deals JBL Clip 3. Follow this straightforward advice and you'll have no trouble snapping up a cheap Bluetooth speaker that will no doubt be a loyal companion for years to come.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Sony's 5G Xperia 1 II is more a showcase than a contender

[Mon 13:05] The Sony Xperia 1 II is the successor to last year's Xperia 1 and promises an array of shiny new smarts. Now, Sony is making the Xperia 1 II the first device to feature 360 Reality Audio, though it will apparently only work with Tidal's streaming service at first. 5G or not 5G. On paper, Sony's Xperia 1 II is decent enough, though the company has yet to reveal launch dates or prices, which makes it difficult to compare the phone to other Android flagships, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20. Moreover, if Sony is only launching a 4G phone in the U.S., it may be at a distinct disadvantage compared to its South Korean rival, which already has a number of 5G devices on the market. The best way for Sony to sell its technology to others is to build features into its own hardware, which is effectively what the Sony Xperia 1 II sets out to achieve.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Braun Series 9 electric shaver deal is better than half price (again): £300 off at Amazon!

[Mon 13:05] Looking for a great electric shaver deal? Try £300 off the most high-end shaver you can buy. This is often true around Amazon Prime Day, but it's also true today, as Amazon is cranking out its best deals on the latest models of its flagship Series 9, the 'just-below-flagship' Series 8 and every other Braun electric shaver. Both the Series 8 and Series 9 are excellent shavers but the Series 9 gets you clean-shaven just that little bit quicker and with a little bit less irritation. Seeing as it is also now a little bit cheaper, the Series 9 is the obvious electric shaver deal to go for here.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Electric toothbrush deal! Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic is the world's best and it's 67% off at Amazon

[Mon 12:05] It's already won at the T3 Awards 2019 and it's officially the Best electric toothbrush, but now the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic has achieved the highest prize of all: having its price slashed by a ridiculous amount by Amazon! Philips' Sonicare brushes are generally brilliant, and make your teeth brilliant too, but the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic in particular stands out for its simplicity, relative affordability - look out for Amazon Prime Day deals - and, in our experience, longevity. The head vibrates incredibly fast, and blasts the toothpaste onto and inbetween your teeth, leaving them feeling ultra-clean. Replacement heads are reasonably pricey but a £20 pack of 4 should last for an entire year, so not too bad. If you never thought brushing your teeth could be fun, the DiamondClean Sonic could make you think again.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Former Facebook exec wants to help tech workers challenge their bosses on climate change

[Mon 11:05] Facebook's former sustainability chief has launched an organization to help employees at big companies press their bosses for more aggressive policies to fight climate change. Beyond their own operations many companies have refrained from advocating for broader solutions needed to avoid a global catastrophe, said Bill Weihl, who led sustainability efforts at Facebook and Google and will head the new organization, ClimateVoice. Employees at tech companies have objected to selling cloud services to Big Oil, and companies are reticent to exert lobbying influence on behalf of specific legislation. Workers have become a key constituency in the climate change debate, particularly at the biggest tech companies.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Disney Plus UK pre-order deal lands, sign up now and save £££ before it's too late

[Mon 11:05] The Disney Plus UK streaming service includes every movie from Disney, Marvel, Fox, Pixar and LucasFilm, meaning that from late March Disney+ will be the destination for Star Wars, The Avengers, The Simpsons, The Mandalorian, Toy Story, Frozen, Avatar and over 500 other movies and more than 7,500 TV show episodes. The Disney Plus UK launch deal cuts money of a yearly subscription. Disney Plus UK is now confirmed to be launching a week earlier than it initially was planned to, no doubt due to Disney wrangling a bit of early freedom from its pre-existing content deals. Here at T3 we couldn't be more excited for the Disney Plus UK launch, and numerous team members have already signed up to the service through this money saving Disney Plus pre-order deal.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Spartan race: TWO Spartan Trail races announced in the UK for 2020

[Mon 10:05] In the 2020 season, Spartan will host 10K and half-marathon trail races at two venues: at the Glanusk Estate in Wales and at Marston Lodge in Midlands. In the official press release, Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena emphasised the connection between the Spartan-staple OCR and the new Spartan Trail series: "The ancient Spartans were known to run on the mountainous trails of Sparta, so it's a natural extension of our brand as we work to motivate people everywhere to step outside of their comfort zones and learn there's no limit to what they can achieve. Spartan Trail in the UK will provide a new opportunity for existing racers while offering the trail running community an event like they have never experienced before." The UK's first Spartan Trail race will begin on 21 June 2020 at the stunning Glanusk Estate, in the heart of the Black Mountains, fittingly followed by a 10K at 'Spartan's UK home', Marston Lodge, on 12 July 2020. The UK trail launch follows the recent announcement of the 2020 "Spartan Trail World Championship," a series of six trail running events across the globe, which combine to cover four continents and a $270,000 prize pot.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Microsoft Azure Sphere launches in general availability

[Mon 09:05] The Azure Sphere OS runs on Azure Sphere-certified chips and connects to the Azure Sphere Security Service, and it's designed to provide a platform for IoT app development - including both high-level and real-time capable apps. Speaking of, the guardian module - which doesn't directly connect to networks - is a peripheral with a built-in Azure Sphere-certified chip that runs the Azure Sphere OS and the Azure Sphere Security Service, both of which can be configured via a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. The Azure Sphere Security Service additionally provides the channel by which Microsoft automatically downloads and installs Azure Sphere OS updates and app updates across deployed devices. The apps in question run atop a primary processor core with access to external networking or a lower-powered core as a real-time capable app, with real-time capable apps running either on bare metal or with a real-time operating system, and they can be distributed to Azure Sphere devices through the same mechanism as Azure Sphere OS updates.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Sony patents a VR controller that feels a lot like Valve's Index

[Mon 04:05] A recently published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. The sensor units mentioned above are placed where the fingers would rest just like the sensors on the Index controllers or those embedded in an Oculus Touch controller. In this way, the controller may be able to simulate the grabbing of virtual objects, much in the same way Valve's Index controllers do. We do know that Sony is implementing some exciting features into its next DualShock controller for PS5, including triggers that can apply resistance when squeezing and improved haptic feedback.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Marshall Monitor 2 ANC review: rockin' noise cancelling cans need price to GET DOWN (and get with it)

[Sun 20:05] Sure enough, Marshall Monitor 2 ANC will cost £269 when it goes on sale in march 2020 and sounds excellent. Like a lot of ANC headphones, Monitor 2 ANC sound pretty poor with the noise cancelling turned off. You can get a bit bogged down in worrying about codecs with headphones and regardless of the less pristine quality of the signal they receive from your phone or other device, Marshall Monitor 2 ANC do sound very good. For Marshall super-fans I'd add that they're by far the best headphones from the brand that I've tried - way better than the good-sounding but ear-crushing Mid ANC and an improvement on the Monitor Mk 1 - a pair of cans that was also over-priced at launch but which can now be had for £80 less than its original RRP..   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Want to get more from your data? Stop focusing on efficiency

[Sun 19:05] Most businesses today exist in a world of plenty: We have new ways to reach customers, like smartphones, chatbots and global logistics networks, and more ways to innovate, like machine learning, 5G, and an abundance of data and cheap processing power. Whether it's providing billing detail to business customers, transaction detail to consumers, or performance data to vendors, data is increasingly a differentiator. Get data to business users, not just technical users Historically, access to data has been limited to technical people who speak the language of data, but these are rarely the same people who own the business outcome. Use data to identify segments that have slow or declining growth and apply efficiency there.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

AI is not just another technology project

[Sun 17:05] Introducing AI is not like introducing a new software program; it will impact how employees and customers work, behave, and make decisions. AI technology in the workplace will create new opportunities for employees to learn new skills. Employees' domain knowledge is key to getting AI right, and employees are also valuable in edge case scenarios, where AI doesn't have the correct context, capability, or parameters to respond appropriately. AI implementation will be a true learning process for every employee across the organization.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 EXTREME chip will also be in Samsung S21

[Sun 17:05] The company has hopes of pushing the tech even further, with designs on making a chip as small as 3nm. It's possible we may see these ultra thin processors in the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 which is expected to launch later this year alongside the Galaxy Fold 2. Or Samsung may skip the Galaxy Note 20 altogether, and roll them out in next year's Galaxy S21. Another interesting titbit that might have flown under the radar but was picked up on by Tom's Guide, whatever that is, was the mention of "Automotive" applications. The Galaxy S20 is fresh off its launch and already seems to be a winner - as does the more pricey Galaxy S20 Ultra. If Samsung continues to go toe-to-toe with the iPhone on features, and refines its tech even more, Apple has got something to worry about.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Best noise cancelling headphones deals: Bose QuietComfort 35 II near Black Friday price, Beats and Sony over-ears and true wireless offers

[Sun 17:05] Bose QuietComfort 35 II has a good deal on right now, but dare you venture into more stylish waters and try the Bowers and Wilkins PX instead? In the realm of active noise-cancelling headphones - over-ear headphones specifically - everyone thinks of Bose but B&W's cans are actually better. Sony WF1000XM3 true wireless with noise cancelling was £230 now £165 - save £65 at Amazon UK. Continuing on a Sony tip, there's also a great deal still to be had on its over-ear headphones - WH-1000xm3. Bose QC35 II $218 - was $350 at Amazon.com, saving a big $132. If you're looking for Beats, there are deals on Studio 3 Wireless and even the newer, and also excellent, Solo Pro noise cancelling on-ear headphones. Why? Because the Beats flagship over-ear noise cancelling headphones are about as good as the Bose and Sony above in terms of sonic performance and the noise cancelling is right up there, yet this is notably cheaper than either the Bose or the Sony.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 20's EXTREME chip will also be in Samsung S21

[Sun 16:05] The company has hopes of pushing the tech even further, with designs on making a chip as small as 3nm. It's possible we may see these ultra thin processors in the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 which is expected to launch later this year alongside the Galaxy Fold 2. Or Samsung may skip the Galaxy Note 20 altogether, and roll them out in next year's Galaxy S21. Another interesting titbit that might have flown under the radar but was picked up on by Tom's Guide, whatever that is, was the mention of "Automotive" applications. The Galaxy S20 is fresh off its launch and already seems to be a winner - as does the more pricey Galaxy S20 Ultra. If Samsung continues to go toe-to-toe with the iPhone on features, and refines its tech even more, Apple has got something to worry about.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsung Galaxy Note 20's iPhone-crushing processor will also be in Samsung S21

[Sun 14:05] The company has hopes of pushing the tech even further, with designs on making a chip as small as 3nm. It's possible we may see these ultra thin processors in the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 which is expected to launch later this year alongside the Galaxy Fold 2. Or Samsung may skip the Galaxy Note 20 altogether, and roll them out in next year's Galaxy S21. Another interesting titbit that might have flown under the radar but was picked up on by Tom's Guide, whatever that is, was the mention of "Automotive" applications. The Galaxy S20 is fresh off its launch and already seems to be a winner - as does the more pricey Galaxy S20 Ultra. If Samsung continues to go toe-to-toe with the iPhone on features, and refines its tech even more, Apple has got something to worry about.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

How to get Siri to automatically read your incoming messages aloud

[Sun 14:05] With the release of iOS 13, Siri can now automatically read your incoming text messages and iMessages aloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Otherwise, if your device is already up to date, it will state such and note your current version of iOS. Automatically Read Incoming Messages with Siri. From now on, Siri will automatically read incoming messages to your AirPods or supported Beats headphones. While in the Announce Messages with Siri screen, select the Messages option under the Announce Messages From section.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: A foldable phone that costs nearly $1,400

[Sun 14:05] Alongside the new Galaxy S20 series, Samsung also unveiled the groundbreaking Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at its Unpacked event on Tuesday. Foldable phones in general have taken two forms so far - a normal-sized phone that unfolds into a tablet-sized device, and a clamshell-style phone that folds into a device half the size of a normal phone. While most other foldable phones use a flexible plastic for the display, Samsung says that this phone instead offers a flexible, 6.7-inch glass display. Samsung's "Hideaway Hinge" is aimed at folding and unfolding the phone smoothly - and Samsung says it's capable of doing so 200,000 times.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Google tries to scare Edge users away from installing Chrome extensions

[Sun 14:05] Google is trying to warn Edge users away from the extensions in its Chrome Web Store. "Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions securely," it reads, followed by a link to download the Google Chrome browser. The banner doesn't stop Edge users from downloading the extensions, and extensions will continue to work fine on Edge. It's clear that Google is trying to put users off using Edge and tempt them over to using its Chrome browser instead. Google has used similar tactics in the past.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Brave InSight Lander doing its best to free stuck heat probe from Martian soil

[Sun 14:05] NASA's InSight lander has had a tough year, with its heat probe stuck in the Martian soil. Because the Martian soil has a different texture than what was expected, the drilling part of the probe, called the mole, can't grip into the soil and keeps sliding out when it tries to push downward. The scoop will press down directly onto the end of the mole, called the back cap, which should hopefully provide enough force to keep the mole in place and stop it from backing out of the soil. "The team is also considering using the scoop to move more soil into the hole that has formed around the mole," NASA said.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Canadian authorities launch investigation into Clearview facial recognition app

[Sun 14:05] Several privacy authorities in Canada announced they have launched an investigation into the use of the Clearview app, as reported by Reuters. The Clearview app has been the source of much contention since the public was made aware of it thanks to a report in the New York Times last month. Clearview is promoted as a tool for use by law enforcement and is reportedly currently in use by hundreds of agencies across the U.S. from local police forces to the FBI. Clearview has also announced its interest in expanding to other countries, which is why the Canadian privacy agencies have become involved. Legal experts don't necessarily agree, describing Clearview as being on "Shaky ground" in its claims.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is taking a two-week vacation

[Sun 14:05] Rovers like Curiosity and the upcoming Mars 2020 might get the most attention, but spacecraft in orbit around the planet play a vital role in scientific investigations of Mars as well. One of the busiest has been NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which launched in 2005 and arrived at the red planet to begin investigations in 2006. Now, the MRO is taking a short break, going on an almost two-week hiatus from its science mission for maintenance to be performed. "The maintenance work involves updating battery parameters in the spacecraft's flash memory - a rare step that has been done only twice before in the orbiter's 15 years of flight," NASA explained in a blog post.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Microsoft Defender antivirus software to roll out to iOS, Android this year

[Sun 14:05] In an official blog post, it was revealed that Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection has added support for Linux, joining Windows and macOS. Microsoft also said that there are plans to expand the program to iOS and Android, which will further extend the reach of the antivirus software. The mobile versions of Microsoft Defender will likely be very different compared to the app's desktop versions, according to The Verge, partly because iOS apps are not allowed to scan for malware on iPhones and iPads. The iOS and Android versions of Microsoft Defender will be part of the company's enterprise security platform, so it is very likely that the apps will first be available for companies and their employees. There is no specific timeline for the release of Microsoft Defender's iOS and Android versions.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Production of cheaper AirPods Pro reportedly moving forward amid coronavirus

[Sun 14:05] The production of the rumored cheaper version of Apple's AirPods Pro, dubbed the AirPods Pro Lite, is reportedly moving forward even while the coronavirus outbreak has gripped the mobile device industry. Apple's Taiwanese partners will reportedly handle more production of the next-generation iPad, Apple Watch, and iMac devices, in addition to the AirPods Pro Lite. A new report from DigiTimes reveals that the production of the AirPods Pro Lite is taking shape. There is also the possibility that Apple will end the AirPods line and only offer two versions of the AirPods Pro.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Why India is the newest hotbed for tech experimentation

[Sun 14:05] Just about every major tech company has gone the extra mile to reengineer its offerings for India. Just about every major tech company has gone the extra mile to re-engineer its offerings for India. The reason India has rapidly taken a front seat in all these marquee tech companies' road maps is largely straightforward as well. India is possibly one of the last mass markets tech companies will have a shot at and, if the past few months are any indication, the competition will only get more fierce from here.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Apple StudioPods: Are over-the-ear AirPods prepping to launch?

[Sun 14:05] Apple may be gearing up to launch its own branded over-the-ear headphones, the long-rumored StudioPods. This listing could refer to Apple producing its own over-the-ear StudioPods headphones, perhaps to launch as soon as next month with a listing price of $399. Multiple Target employees have started reaching out to me about this ????. Apple currently offers over-the-ear headphones through its subsidiary Beats, including the Beats Solo Pro, and also sells Bose over-the-ear headphones in its store. This would be the first time in recent history that Apple has produced its own branded over-the-ear headphones.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Unity gets controller-free hand-tracking in the editor with Oculus Link

[Sun 04:05] The latest update to the Oculus Integration for Unity adds the Quest's controller-free hand-tracking to the editor. Since the release of Oculus Link beta in November, developers building apps for Quest have been able to use a high quality USB 3.0 cable to instantly iterate on changes made in Unity, the game engine used for most VR apps. Link can pass through hand tracking to the Unity editor, so simply pressing "Play" will let devs rapidly iterate on hand tracking interactions. Of course, if hand-tracking can work via Link in the Unity Editor, why couldn't it work in an actual PC VR app? The answer is that since the Oculus Rift SDK doesn't support it, there's no way to add this.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

How to raise money – it's a journey not an event

[Sun 01:05] Product is the product or service you're building. One of the tough things for a startup is to figure out how much of the "Product" has to be real and working at each stage of funding. There are no customers and no product, just a series of minimal viable products. You need to provide proof that customers love and can't live without your product.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

4 ways VCs need to change their approach to consumer companies

[Sat 23:05] Having raised money from others and invested some of my own, I've walked away feeling there is something broken about how many venture investors approach consumer companies. The unit economics in consumer businesses don't scale in the same way as in traditional tech, so that "Grow at all costs" ideology is considerably less well suited for consumer-focused companies. Investors in consumer companies should be educating them about these options to minimize both dilution of their investment and dilution of the entrepreneur's power to execute on their vision. Investors in consumer-focused companies need to take the lead in changing the conversation, because they are the ones who have seen the problems arise time and again.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead

[Sat 20:05] Developers of self-driving cars are amping up criticism of a California reporting requirement on test data, saying the data could mislead, as the state prepares to release the latest results for 2019. The focus on disengagements - when a human driver must take manual control from a self-driving system - and the backlash from self-driving companies have been growing since the California Department of Motor Vehicles began releasing annual disengagement reports five years ago. California requires all companies testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to submit an annual report on disengagements and what caused them, "Written in plain language." In 2018, the companies with the most miles between disengagements were Alphabet's Waymo and Cruise. Self-driving companies say the disengagement data can draw unfair comparisons between companies and their self-driving technology.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

We need to address streaming's massive carbon footprint

[Sat 19:05] The unseen links are the data centers that service our streaming habits. Actions speak louder than streaming As streaming becomes mainstream, perhaps new technologies will come about that save us from our own data use. At some point, we need to ask ourselves how much music we need to download, how many shows we need to stream, how many services we need, and how many devices we need to connect. Essentially, we need to quantify - and stay accountable for monitoring - how much data we really need to live, work and play.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Why AI companies don't always scale like traditional software startups

[Sat 17:05] Many AI companies are betting that this relationship will extend beyond just technology - that AI businesses will resemble traditional software companies as well. So this post walks through some of the ways AI companies differ from traditional software companies and shares some advice on how to address those differences. We've had AI companies tell us that cloud operations can be more complex and costly than traditional approaches, particularly because there aren't good tools to scale AI models globally. Sources: Gross margin estimates for traditional software were based on a selection of companies listed on publiccomps.com; gross margin estimates for services companies were based on 10k filings; and gross margin estimates for AI businesses were based on several interviews with founders of AI startups.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Best home gym cardio machines 2020: exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and rowers for every budget

[Sat 14:05] The best home gym cardio machines will give you a workout easily as good as any gym machine. If you gravitate to the elliptical trainer at the gym t makes sense to choose that instead of a rowing machine for your home. Expertly handcrafted in small batches from solid wood in Germany, you can pick the type of wood to match your interior and the bike is so sculptural you won't mind if it lives in your lounge, or forking out £2,245.Mid-price cardio machines. The machine has a relatively small footprint and compact design, which is important if you don't have a massive home gym.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Best Cheap OLED TV Deals for February 2020: LG and Sony

[Sat 13:05] If you're shopping on a budget or would feel more at home with something a bit more normal, head over to our collection of the best 4K TV deals, where pricing starts as low as $230. Today's best OLED TV deals 55-inch LG B9 OLED 4K TV - $1,300. There isn't a huge difference between them in the screen department, but Sony's software and image processing are far superior, with its latest OLED TV taking home the crown for the best TV on the shelves right now. The fact of the matter is that any OLED TV is a massive step up from a regular LED TV, so we recommend opting for the television in our list of the best OLED TV deals above that's: A) The size you want; and B) Is at the top-end of your budget. Are OLED TVs better than QLED TVs? As we concluded in our QLED versus OLED comparison, OLED TVs are better than QLED TVs. But what is it that makes OLED TVs la crème de la crème? That's simple - OLED TVs have better viewing angles, can reach a more obsidian-like black level, and consume a lot less power than QLED TVs. They also have a faster response time, less input lag, and a higher refresh rate.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Many private WhatsApp group chat links are searchable on Google

[Sat 13:05] According to new reports from Motherboard, invitations to WhatsApp group chats are being indexed by Google, essentially allowing anyone to find these group chats and join the chat. "Group admins in WhatsApp groups are able to invite any WhatsApp user to join that group by sharing a link that they have generated," said the spokesperson. That's because of the mechanism that allows users to share group chat links in the first place - whereby a user could simply post a link anywhere to be seen by anyone. For now, if you don't want your phone number to be searchable on the internet, it's best keeping links to group chats off the open web - and only sharing them privately.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>


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