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Perspica will be combined with AppDynamics, an application performance monitoring company that Cisco acquired in January for $3.7 billion.The hope is that Perspica's AI will help AppDynamics work faster and better across the complex IT setups that are common at most companies today.Cisco on Thursday announced its intent to acquire a machine learning and data startup called Perspica.The San Jose-based Perspica team will join the existing crew at AppDynamics and the products will ultimately be merged into one.Cisco sent ripples through the enterprise market in January when it acquired AppDynamics in January at the premium price of $3.7 billion — the night before the startup was set to hold its initial public offering (IPO).AppDynamics does application performance monitoring — Silicon Valley speak for a program that makes sure a website or cloud software is running well for customers.
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Hong Kong’s Chilli International have been around for long enough to know what people want.Seemingly, this year it’s smartphones and fidget spinners that people want.So they put both things in one!Meet the fidget spinner phone.It stays true to its name — you can make calls using the phone, and use it like a fidget spinner at other times.At 1099 INR a pop ($17), the fidget spinner phone seems like a fair deal to us.
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Google Photos has announced that it can now detect photos of your pet, automatically grouping them together the way it does with people.This means you will no longer have to type in words like “dog” or “cat,” as the algorithm will sort them for you.Rolling out in most countries today, the new update will not only show you pets grouped alongside people, but you can label them by name, allowing for easier searches to find the perfect portrait you took of your beloved furry friend.(Though we all know every photo you take of them is perfect.)Google has also allowed for search by breed as well as animal emoji.Google tells BuzzFeed that while it should be able to differentiate between different breeds of an animal, it might still have a little bit of trouble if you have, say, three Dalmatians.
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Boeing ostaa pitkäaikaisen yhteistyökumppaninsa Aurora Flight Sciencesin, kertoo Chicago Tribune.Yhtiö muun muassa kehittää kuljettajatonta lentotaksia Uberille.Kauppaa ei ole vielä lyöty lukkoon eikä sen tarkempia ehtoja julkistettu.Auroralle kauppa merkitsee yhtiön toimitusjohtajan ja perustajan John Langfordin mukaan tilaisuutta saada sen kehittämä teknologia leviämään maailmanmarkkinoille.Boeingille se puolestaan tarkoittaa lehden mukaan lisää mahdollisuuksia pysytellä ilmailutekniikan kehityksen kärjessä.Boeingin teknologiajohtajan Greg Hyslopon mukaan tarvitaan vielä paljon turvallisuuteen liittyvää työtä ennen kuin lentäjättömät taksit liikkuvat taivaalla.
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Have you ever encountered the situation where a heavy-enough item on the passenger seat causes the seat belt warning to go off?That's the component behind BMW's latest recall.BMW has issued a recall for 85,302 examples of the 2006-2010 X3 SUV.It applies to the 2.5i, 3.0i and xDrive30i variants, with build dates between Nov. 20, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2010.BMW estimates that only 9 percent of recalled vehicles will have the defect in question.The defect occurs in the front passenger seat occupant detection mat.
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A research breakthrough achieved by a team led by Associate Professor Ernest Chua from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering could pave the way for a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective way of producing key essentials for daily living - electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat.This novel system is suitable for housing and building clusters, as well as underground cities, especially those in the tropics.The unique smart quad-generation plant produces all four key utilities simultaneously using a single, integrated system.Running four independent processes also result in extensive energy wastage, and such systems take up a huge floor area.With our smart plant, these processes are carefully integrated together such that waste energy can be harvested for useful output.Overall, this novel approach could cut energy usage by 25 to 30 per cent and the 4-in-1 plant is also less bulky.
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Shares in this tech holy trinity—the so-called ‘BATs’—have rocketed to a combined valuation of nearly $1 trillion.For many overseas investors, these are the Chinese companies they know, or think they know, best.Routinely compared with the U.S.’s FANG stocks— Facebook , Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet-owned Google—for their size and clout, the BATs seem to best embody the Chinese economy’s hoped-for evolution away from reliance on exports and investment to ever-rising consumer spending.Its prominence comes from mobile games, including the phenomenally popular ‘Honor of Kings,’ and its omnipresent WeChat instant-messaging app.Alibaba superficially looks like Amazon, though it outsources much of its distribution, among other differences.Its financial arm runs a money-market fund called Yu’e Bao that has become the world’s largest in just four years.
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Soldiers are more likely to open up about post-traumatic stress when interviewed by a virtual interviewer than by taking a survey, finds a study published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI.A computer-generated 'human' interviewer combines the advantages of anonymity with social connection and rapport, which could help soldiers to reveal more about their mental health symptoms.The stigma around mental health problems means that troops can be reluctant to admit to symptoms or seek help."Allowing PTSD to go untreated can potentially have disastrous consequences, including suicide attempts," says Gale Lucas of the University of Southern California.Following a tour of duty, the US military assesses the mental health of its troops in a written survey called the Post-Deployment Health Assessment (PDHA), which measures PTSD symptoms.However, the results can affect a soldier's career prospects in the military.
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The Nokia 8 isn’t even out in some major markets (like the US) yet, and there is now word, and a few pretty 3D renders, of a Nokia 9 going around.It seems that the Nokia 8 isn’t yet Nokia and HMD’s premium race horse, at least not as far as looks go.Though it might be the Nokia 8’s equal in terms of specs, based on these images done by OnLeaks for CompareRaja, the Nokia 9 will jump on the bezel-less and curved edge display train that Samsung is currently driving.Specs wise, the Nokia 9 sounds rather plain and might even be, in at least one way, sub par to the Nokia 8.It will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which hints that it could be released this year or very early 2018 at the latest.There will, however, only be 4 GB of RAM, unlike the Nokia 8’s 6 GB.
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Elon Musks aerospace company SpaceX has completed yet another successful landing of a reused rocket, reports CNBC.This time it took place in in connection with the launch of the satellite echo star 105/SES-11 from the Nasa platform at the Kennedy Space Center.Read more: Elon Musk: My ship shall land on Mars in 2022the Satellite was carried up with the help of the SpaceX rocket Falcon-9, which was previously involved in a mission to the international space station, ISS, in February.the Rocket landed on a floating landing gear at sea that is controlled by the drones.The part of the rocket that återlandas called booster, and it is now the third time SpaceX has repost these for the new launches.
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"Just the hatch" costs more than my first two cars....
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Virtual reality remote desktop app Bigscreen has added $11 million in Series A funding to its pocketbooks as it looks to weather some waning investor interest in VR and build up its technologies while the VR headset market builds itself up.The round was led by True Ventures, with previous investor Andreessen Horowitz participating as well.The WSJ first reported the funding news.Bigscreen uses remote desktop streaming to let multiple users view content from their PC’s screen inside VR.The platform is currently available on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and will be launching next week on Microsoft’s VR headset platform.Right now the main focus for the technology is in watching videos; the company recently unveiled a huge, dynamically lit movie theater environment which users have apparently spent a bunch of time in.
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If you’re running Windows, do yourself a favor and put Automatic Update on a temporary hold.Last month, there was good reason to install specific patches shortly after they were released — at least if you couldn’t train yourself to avoid the “Enable Editing” button in Word.But by and large, if you could avoid that button, there were myriad reasons why waiting a bit before installing the September patches paid off.Later today, Microsoft is scheduled to release security patches for a dozen or so platforms, including every version of Windows (even RT 8.1), Office, Internet Explorer Skype, and the heart of the JavaScript engine called ChakraCore.The patches may install without a hitch.In any event, now’s a good time to make sure you have Automatic Update turned off.
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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL for short, have developed a surprisingly simple method that allows cameras to “see” around corners.The technique, dubbed CornerCameras, relies on the disruptions in light that objects cause as they move.By magnifying standard video footage, the lighting changes can be differentiated and used to construct a series of one-dimensional images that reveals information about an object over time.Fine details like an object’s shape or texture can’t be discerned but you can gather information regarding the relative speed and position of an object and in some cases, even its color.Best yet, the technique works in real-time and under subpar lighting conditions (outside in the rain, for example).As for practical applications, researchers believe the technology could one day be embedded into smartphones and help self-driving cars see around corners to spot pedestrians or other vehicles.
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Devops brings more automation to every stage of the application lifecycle, and the time to market for new applications is reduced significantly.With a relatively static codebase, operations didn’t need the most sensitive of monitoring solutions.What was used generally offered insight only into basic statistics in production environments.Relatively static production applications are now being updated as frequently as multiple times a day.This leads to many challenges, some old and some new.Before devops, new application updates would be carefully administered by highly skilled technicians.
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The research has the potential to accelerate work in diverse fields, including medicine, synthetic biology, agriculture and environmental sciences.The prestigious NIH Director's Transformative Research Award has been granted to Forsyth Investigator Christopher Johnston and his colleagues and will be administered by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).The grant recognizes exceptionally creative scientists pursuing high-risk, high- reward research that spans multiple disciplines and has the potential to challenge current paradigms.He is also among the program's youngest grantees since its launch in 2009.The microbes that live in the mouth, known collectively as the oral microbiome, are a topic of intense focus at Forsyth and other research institutions as they are thought to be the gateway to many diseases as they enter the human body.Some of these microbes promote disease while others can guard against it; determining whether a microbe is a friend or foe (or even both) requires painstaking scientific scrutiny.
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Onlinelagringstjänsten Dropbox meddelar att de nu gör om designen och lämnar den tidigare blåvita looken för ett utseende med betydligt fler färger och mönster.Även Dropbox-logotypen görs om och får ett plattare utseende.Här är 5 snabba sätt att frigöra utrymmeOmgörningen, som blir företagets första på tio år, står i tydlig kontrast med andra molntjänster på marknaden.Google Drive, Onedrive och Icloud kör alla på ungefär samma "rena" estetik som Dropbox nu väljer att lämna bakom sig.En ny reklamfilm som Dropbox släppt för sin nya design ger intrycket att företaget nu verkar hoppas på att bli det lite coolare alternativet till dessa tjänster och locka till sig kreatörer av olika slag.
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Here’s how to get started with search engine optimization and which areas to focus on.It’s useful to set initial goals for what you want to achieve with your content to explore how to involve SEO in the process.Double the number of visitors to the site in the next quarterIncrease blog traffic by 30% in the next three monthsGenerate interest from 20 new prospects in the next monthIncrease sales by 20% until the end of the year
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Corporations paying their fair share of taxes is a highly debated political issue, but that is not stopping the European Commission from issuing notices to both Apple and Amazon with large tax bills.Google was fined $2.7 billion earlier this year by the EC for antitrust violations.Now, the EC is demanding Apple pay $15 billion in Ireland and that Amazon hands over $294 million in Luxembourg.According to the European Commission, Amazon and Apple have received illegal tax benefits through their respective countries of operation.What is unusual about this attempt at collecting of taxes is that the countries themselves are being billed, not Apple or Amazon directly.Ireland does not want to lose Apple's investments into renewable energy data centers that began in 2015.
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Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to Florida's theme park town of Orlando last week, but they weren't there to see Mickey; they were there to imbibe the new wares at Microsoft's Ignite, which focuses on cloud computing and IT administration.The idea seems to be that after losing in mobile but prospering in cloud, these are good bets for the next big thing.Nadella also touches on a few key decisions in his career.One for which he deserves credit is overseeing the rescue of Azure, which was in poor shape when he took over server and tools in January 2011.Microsoft's Phone division: Is that regret we hear?He also describes how he took charge of Bing in 2008, facing a similar uphill struggle versus the competition, but with a determination to make it work.
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