Chocolate Factory apologizes for trigger-happy AIWith no mention of Tuesday's Cloud Platform service troubles, Google on Wednesday heralded the arrival of click-to-deploy Kubernetes apps in the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace."With GCP Marketplace, you can now easily find prepackaged apps and deploy them onto the cluster of your choice," said Anil Dhawan, product manager, in a blog post, referring to the GCP store for third-party apps previously known as Cloud Launcher.The platform enhancement accompanies a note from Google VP of engineering Ben Treynor Sloss thanking a GCP customer for candid (a euphemism for "critical") comments about GCP's sudden and unexpected suspension of service.The June 29 post, titled "Why you should not use Google Cloud," describes how Google's automated systems flagged the customer's account for suspicious activity and shut down services on the basis of artificial rather than actual intelligence.The unidentified author chided Google for its reliance on automation.
Be still your beating hearts, Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core Services has hit public preview and the software giant has indicated just how much it is all going to cost.Microsoft is keen to get a foothold in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.In 2015 it released a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 aimed at IoT devices, such as industrial machinery or the ubiquitous Arm-based Raspberry Pi (for those moments when Debian just doesn't quite cut it.)While Windows 10 IoT Core is free, Microsoft hopes that device manufacturers will turn to the Windows maker in order to keep their toys up to date in a controllable fashion via Windows 10 IoT Core Services.Manufacturers that do not take up this option will see their devices placed on the semi-annual channel for Windows 10 updates, with all the joy that will entail as new versions of the OS are emitted.By paying Microsoft a fee, device manufacturers can take their 10 years of Windows 10 support via the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel, which sees a new release of the OS every two to three years.
In this exclusive clip from the 12th Founder Showcase, David Sacks, Founder & CEO of Yammer, is interviewed by Leena Rao of TechCrunch.In their interview, David weighs in on fundraising, strategizing, and how he helped build two of Silicon Valley’s most notable companies.As one of the most successful CEOs in Silicon Valley, David explains how he created one of the most innovative social networks since Facebook, and helped take Paypal from startup to IPO.His motivating talk wowed an audience of over 600 entrepreneurs, investors, and press, and left us eager to hear what he will be up to next.To hear more from influencers like David, join us for the 13th Founder Showcase on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 in Mountain View, CA.Guests will be treated to an entertaining pitch competition featuring 8 promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks from several top Silicon Valley CEOs.
Paul Watts, the CEO of Seattle FI graduate, Gatherball recently sat down with GeekWire’s Jeff Dickey, the host of Nextcast for a quick Q session.Curious about Watts’ interest and view on technology, Dickey inquires about Watts’ background and what led him to the Silicon Valley startup scene.Originally a Philosophy major, Paul Watts says he realized he had talent and a genuine interest in technology, so he switched his major to computer science and the rest is history.He says that “learning, solving problems, and ultimately building something new that people love” is what drives him.He continues with, “If you’ve ever been hugged by someone you don’t know because of software you've created, it changes the way you think about what you're doing.”To hear more from Paul Watts, watch the latest episode of Nextcast below where he talks about how Gatherball survived its first big pivot, the future of trip planning, and how he’s working on getting more women and minorities involved in computer science.
Founder Files profile the Founders and CEOs of Founder Institute companies all over the globe.FI Semester: Washington DC Fall 2010Anton Gelman is the Founder and CEO of Cont3nt - a platform that allows media companies and freelance journalists to sell their photo and video stories in real-time to publishers worldwide.He was recently named a Top 30 Under 40 Entrepreneur by Bisnow and is a local leader in the DC startup scene, working with 1776, AngelHack, and others.According to Bisnow, “the 32-year-old was inspired after spending part of his childhood in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union and lacked any type of freedom.He now fully appreciates the idea of the American dream.
As it continues to progress toward human flights, Blue Origin will perform another potentially dangerous uncrewed test today of its New Shepard rocket and spacecraft.Although it has not yet provided details, the company says it will fly "a high altitude escape motor test—pushing the rocket to its limits."The test is scheduled to begin at 10 am EDT (14:00 UTC) at the company's West Texas launch site.This is the ninth test of the reusable New Shepard system and the third in which it has included commercial payloads on its short suborbital flights.This time, the company is also flying a suite of materials from Blue Origin employees as a part of its internal “Fly My Stuff” program.(It's unclear at this point exactly how "abort test" and "payload" fit together in the same mission—presumably the high altitude abort will be followed by the New Shepard spacecraft pressing to orbit, but we're not exactly sure.
Inspire attendees paw at not-quite-a-Surface-Hub kitLovers of big screens in boardrooms, rejoice!The first of Microsoft's Ginormonitors (aka Windows Collaboration Displays) has arrived at Redmond's partner shindig in Las Vegas.The device, made by UK-based manufacturer Avocor, is the first in Microsoft's range of big screens aimed at users unwilling, or unable, to fork out for a Surface Hub.To stop those customers looking at less expensive options, such as Google's Jamboard, the software giant hopes that big touchscreens into which users plug their own Windows 10-based computers will fill the gap between Hub and traditional whiteboard.The Avocor hardware follows Microsoft's guidelines for its ginormonitors, featuring far-field mics, speakers, cameras and a pen, for all that inky collaborative goodness.
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Extended partnership between AWS and 21st Century Fox is focused on cloud infrastrucutre.Global media production giant 21st Century Fox, video game and software development corporation Epic Games and Major League Baseball have all renewed and extended their contracts with AWS, the dominant cloud provider said this week.The company did not provide figures or contract length for the extensions, but said all were going “all in” and tapping new services.AWS said 21st Century Fox has already reduced its data center needs by 50 percent and moved over 30 million assets—approximately 10 petabytes of content—to Amazon Glacier and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).It is also using other AWS services for data collection, processing and instrumentation within the platform.This includes the data warehouse cloud service Amazon Redshift to analyse data and Amazon Kinesis for data collection, processing and analysing streaming data in real-time, AWS said.
It looks like Apple might finally start sticking a fast charger in the box with its iPhones, which might sound logical, yet while the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all support fast charging, you have to buy said charger separately.But for the iPhone XI, iPhone XI Plus and iPhone 9 (or whatever they launch as) that might change.This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a fast charger coming in the box, but Macotakara – which has a solid track record with Apple leaks – has reiterated the claim, citing supplier information.However, the site goes on to add that while Apple’s upcoming handsets might get the charger – believed to be an 18W one – bundled in the box, the company might not sell it separately, at least not for a while, as apparently its suppliers don’t have the capacity to build any extra ones.So if you were hoping to buy an extra one or if you’ve got an older iPhone and wanted to get one of these chargers for it, you might not be able to.You’ll presumably still be able to buy the older fast charger, which is a 30W one, and it’s not clear how the charging speeds of the upcoming 18W one will compare, but if you were planning to hold out for the new one you might want to reconsider.
Germany has become the latest market from which Chinese bike-sharing firm ofo will make an exit.The company, which has been plagued by rumors of a cash crunch over the past few months, has adjusted its overseas operations in line with its plans to focus on priority markets.ofo has begun scaling back its international operations in numerous regions around the globe, including Australia, the Middle East, India, and the United Kingdom.The company had placed 3000 bicycles in the German capital of Berlin.These will be transferred to other areas in Europe, according to reports.However, ofo said it had not ruled out the option of returning to the country in the future.
Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday.Facebook announced several new hires of top academics in the field of artificial intelligence Tuesday, among them a roboticist known for her work at Disney making animated figures move in more human-like ways.The hires raise a big question — why is Facebook interested in robots, anyway?Today, most successful AI systems have to be exposed to millions of data points labeled by humans — like, say, photos of cats — before they can learn to recognize patterns that people take for granted.Creating systems that require less data and have more common sense is a key goal for making AI smarter in the future."Clearly we're missing something in terms of how humans can learn so fast," Yann LeCun, Facebook's chief AI scientist, said in a call with reporters last week.
Elon Musk's absurdly advanced submarine didn't help during the ThaiCaveRescue, but let's not write off technology just yet.Scottish climber Rick Allen was saved by a drone after he falling during a solo climb of Broad Peak mountain in the Himalayas, BBC reports.Allen's climbing bag was spotted by a base camp worker, prompting the drone to be sent out to successfully locate him, according to the publication.He was then rescued by Sherpas and other climbers.The 65-year-old had been missing for 36 hours, the BBC said.At 26,401 feet (8,047 metres) above sea level, Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain in the world.
After all, the digital currency experienced wild highs and outrageous lows in 2018 — its value has risen above US $19,000 and sunk below $6,000 per coin.The first question might be which version of bitcoin to focus on.Bitcoin Cash, for example, was created in August 2017, Bitcoin Gold in October 2017, and Bitcoin Private earlier this year.What happens when one experiences an inflationary coup d’état in which 51% of the owners vote to expand the number of coins?Maybe all cryptocurrencies will go to zero.Warren Buffett famously called bitcoin “a mirage.” Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, termed it “a fraud.” Agustín Carstens, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), described cryptocurrencies as a combination of “a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster .
Samsung has shown off the first prototype of a somewhat-bonkers DRAM chip: at 8 Gbits, it's not news in terms of scale, but the LPDDR5 silicon pushes bits out the door at 6,400 megabits per second.Since it's a prototype, we can't say the memory is “coming to an iPhone near you”; rather, the company says, delivery will be “in line with the demands of global customers” – in other words, nobody's had time to design the DRAM into gadgets yet.The “10nm-class” (as Sammy explained at the bottom of its announcement, that's a “process node between 10 and 20 nanometers) chip will join the company's premium DRAM lineup, alongside a 16 Gbit GDDR6 chip that arrived in December 2017, and a 16 Gbit DDR5 that landed last February.Samsung highlights two applications for the wow-that's-fast memory (1.5 times its current 4,266 Mbps LPDDR4X) – 5G smartphones, and mobile artificial intelligence applications.The company notes that the data rate means the LPDDR5 “can 51.2 gigabytes (GB) of data, or approximately 14 full-HD video files (3.7GB each), in a second.”The top speed is with the chip operating at 1.1V; it drops to a mere 5,500 Mbps operating at 1.05V.
Google thinks the time has come for widespread adoption of PCs-as-a-service, so has offered up its own experience as an exemplar how to get it done.The company’s explained that it operates a “Grab and Go program” that sees it offer racks full of Chromebooks.If a worker’s machine breaks, they just grab a new one from those racks, log in and get back to whatever they need to do.Google’s keen on this model as it frees IT staff from having to fix things ASAP to ensure workers are productive.And it means workers just swap machines rather than wait for a fix.None of this happens if data is local: Google assumes you’re using a cloud for data and to manage users, plus Chromebooks and Chrome Enterprise.
A new standard specification for connecting VR headsets to PCs has been announced by a consortium of the industry’s major players, reducing the need for multiple cables down to a single USB-C connection.The specification is titled VirtualLink and is formed by a partnership of Nvidia, Valve, Oculus, AMD, and Microsoft, and aims “to meet the connectivity requirements of current and next-generation virtual reality (VR) headsets”.VirtualLink is able to simultaneously deliver four high-speed lanes of HBR3 DisplayPort, a USB3.1 data channel, and up to 27 watts of power.These specifications should ensure a good degree of future-proofing when it comes to VR releases down the track.The existing requirement for most PC-based VR devices is to connect via multiple HDMI and USB cables, limiting its uses to machines with a variety (and availability) of ports.By reducing the data transmission to a single USB-C cable, this allows headsets to connect to smaller form-factor devices that might only have one or two of these connections, as is often the case with the latest ultrabooks and 2-in-1 devices.
It has been a couple years since we last heard anything interesting about dwarf planet Ceres’ mysterious bright spots.First spied in early 2015 as tiny specks of bright light, NASA published progressively larger images of these bright specks over many months, each giving us a slightly better glimpse of the shiny regions.This week brings a new batch of these images, ones that show the spots with striking detail.As with previous images, the new photos were captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which was only about 22 miles from the surface when the images were taken.In them, we see multiple bright spots contrasting with the overall dark landscape, each revealing the textured surface within.Unfortunately, the images come near the end of Dawn’s life.
A simple search on Google or a scroll through Facebook will reveal hundreds of contrasting posts and articles about any subject imaginable.The internet has become cluttered with too many opinions and an overload of information.Now it is an endless quagmire that leaves people confused and unsure of what is real and what is not.“Content producer” is the new 9-to-5Ever since becoming an Instagram influencer or blogger enabled young people to have both fame and fortune, being a content producer has become one of the most desirable careers.This increase in content production, with little focus on creating unique high-quality content, has contributed significantly to the current digital chaos.
If you live in Columbus, Ohio, or Nashville, Tenn., you’ll probably notice some familiar faces in a new Facebook campaign that kicks off today.The company is looking to showcase small businesses—and small-business owners—with a new campaign, “Keep it Local,” from 72andSunny in New York.The campaign is meant to not only spotlight the businesses currently using the platform to drive growth, but also to show other small businesses what using Facebook can do for them.“There are 80 million small businesses on our platform today and there are hundreds of millions of small businesses in the world,” said Michelle Klein, marketing director for North America at Facebook.“What we’re trying to do is give those small businesses access and knowledge of the free tools and training that they can take part in.”Klein continued: “We wanted to really point the camera at their stories, give them the mouthpiece and allow them to tell other small businesses and other people, at a local level, how they’re growing and investing in that city or in that town.”