Graphics processing units are not only used for displaying graphics.Today, they are frequently used for particularly challenging calculations - for example in scientific research or even Bitcoin-mining.TU Wien and the University of California, Irvine have therefore developed an improved chip management method, which distributes the processing tasks in an efficient way.In more than 95% of cases, this can slow down the aging process of GPUs."The standard computers that we are using at home just have a few processor cores.A graphics processing unit on the other hand consists of a large number of cores - typically hundreds or thousands", says Professor Muhammad Shafique (Institute for Computer Engineering, TU Wien).
Towards the end of an hour-long Westworld panel at SXSW, Elon Musk dropped by for a last-minute talk with Jonathan Nolan, the creator of HBO’s Westworld, to discuss the future of transportation and how far off private trips to Mars will be.Musk and Nolan worked together to create a two-minute trailer from the recent launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, the flagship rocket of Musk’s private space-flight company SpaceX, and Musk posted the clips to Instagram.(Musk is notorious for not using a lot of marketing to promote his companies, so the video is essentially one of the first advertisements for SpaceX.)Set to David Bowie’s song Life On Mars, the videos beautifully capture Falcon Heavy’s launch, including footage of the Tesla car on board floating with a dummy named Starman.Falcon Heavy and Starman, Part 1A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Mar 10, 2018 at 4:00pm PST
Facebook and the MLB have reached an agreement that will allow the social media giant to stream 25 weekly games starting in 2018.These 25 games will be distributed via Facebook Watch as part of MLB Live show Page, making this the MLB’s first digital-only distribution.The agreement was unanimously approved by 30 Major League Clubs.“This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world,” said the MLB’s Tony Petitti.“It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week.”The games will be produced by the MLB with the help of an Emmy-winning production team working to optimize the experience for Facebook Watch.
Ever since Pokémon Go’s runaway success, the trend of “Take X thing and make it like Pokémon Go” is becoming more and more popular.There are plenty of rip-off style games out there, there’s a Ghostbusters AR game in development, and even the creators of Pokémon Go are working on a Harry Potter AR game that uses a lot of the same elements.Now, things are going prehistoric as Universal has announced a partnership with Ludia Inc., the same studio behind the official Jurassic World mobile game, to create Jurassic World Alive.Jurassic World Alive is set to launch this spring for iOS and Android (signups are available now), and it both looks and plays very similar to Pokémon Go.It’s all location-based to allow you to find and discover dinosaurs in the “real world” by exploring the world.The little prehistoric dinos pop up on the in-game map around you, just like Pokémon, and there are even some that are unique to specific real world areas … you know, just like Pokémon.
The takedown of the Hansa dark web marketplace, done live on national TV by Dutch police, was possible because officers had been running the site themselves, and on Thursday they detailed how they did it.In 2016, security shop Bitdefender tipped off the Dutch police that Hansa, one of the most popular dark web markets, was being hosted in the Netherlands.Thanks to Tor, these online souks are difficult to trace and shut down but – after getting the tip – the Dutch decided to go several stages further and try to destroy the reputation of these kinds of markets, get all of the vendors, and confiscate their BitCoin.In October 2016, the cops managed to make a copy of the Hansa private server and reconstructed it on their own network.By digging around they worked out how to use the administrator’s pages and found chat logs that identified two individuals running the site as German nationals.But the scan also tipped off the Hansa administrators that something could be wrong and they shut down the Dutch operation and moved it elsewhere out of the jurisdiction of the Netherlands.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus go on sale next week across the Middle East.At first glance, you'd be hard-pressed to see the difference between the Galaxy S9 and last year's Galaxy S8.However, Samsung is charging an extra AED 300 or 400 for the new phones compared to the outgoing models.At launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 was priced at AED 2,799 while the Galaxy S8 Plus at AED 3,099.The new Samsung Galaxy S9 is priced at AED 3,099 while the Galaxy S9 Plus is priced at AED 3,499 for the similarly equipped 64GB models.In fact, the pricing for the Galaxy S9 Plus is more than what the Galaxy Note 8 launched at late last year: AED 3,399.
(Reuters) — The European Union’s executive has proposed a draft law to offer crowdfunding platforms bloc-wide access to customers as part of efforts to boost growth in the financial technology sector.Crowdfunding allows start-ups to tap small sums of money from many individuals as an alternative to a bank loan, still the main source of funding for small and medium sized companies.“An EU crowdfunding license would help crowdfunding platforms scale up in Europe,” the bloc’s financial services commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said in a statement.“It will help them match investors and companies from all over the EU, giving more opportunities for firms and entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a wider base of funders.”The draft law is among the measures published by the commission on Thursday to encourage growth and job creation in fintech to wean the region’s economy off its heavy reliance on bank funding.Britain, a top fintech hub in Europe, leaves the bloc next year and Brussels is keen to make the EU an attractive location for fintech firms.
Your Alexa-enabled device may lapse into a sudden fit of giggles, but Amazon is aware of the problem.Recent reports detail a quirky bug that has Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa laughing for no apparent reason, scaring the daylights out of unsuspecting users.According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon is aware of the issue and is working to fix it.Some claim Alexa laughed in response to unrelated or misunderstood commands, while others claim Alexa simply laughed out of the blue.It's not uncommon for Echo devices to hear sounds and mistake them for a user's wake word.Amazon's smart speakers can be programmed to respond to a few words: "Alexa" is the most common, but other options like "Echo" and "Amazon" are available as well.
WaterWipes has selected The Brooklyn Brothers to lead its integrated account after a seven-way pitch.The brand, which boasts the ‘world’s purest baby wipes’ has selected the agency to lead three briefs brand, PR and media with the help of sister agency Golin.It will lead creative and strategic developments at the brand in addition to handling advertising, digital, social, content, website and CRM across 10 markets.Xavier Renaux, chief commercial officer of WaterWipes, said: “It has been a thorough but rewarding pitch process and we are very excited to announce our final decision.Team Brooklyn Brothers shone through with their strategic insight, creativity and their ability to present one team capable of handling all three disciplines globally.”Jackie Stevenson, founder and global managing director of The Brooklyn Brothers, added: "WaterWipes is a truly innovative company with big expansion plans, they needed an equally innovative approach to building their brands.
Augmented reality glasses maker Magic Leap has raised $461 million in additional funding from the Public Investment Fund, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign investment arm, and some other new investors.That brings the Plantation, Florida-based company’s fourth round of institutional funding to $963 million, and the total raised to date by the company is now $2.3 billion.The funding is far higher than other companies in the fledgling AR business.“The Magic Leap team and I are happy to welcome [Saudi investment] and the other new investors to the Magic Leap family.We look forward to having them join us on our journey to build an amazing future,” said Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz, in a statement.Allen & Company served as exclusive financial advisor to Magic Leap in connection with the transaction.
To use it, you need a GeForce now account as well as a Steam, UPlay or Battle.net account, the latter to run Ubisoft and Blizzard games, and you have to own or license the game via one of those three.And you'll need a consistent 25Mbps or better internet connection, a 5GHz or wired connection to your router, and a computer that can handle the decoding on your end.But the announced pricing and policies will likely only appeal to intermittent gamers or Mac owners who have few alternatives for playing Windows-based games.It also sounds expensive when you compare it to other streaming services, like Netflix, whose 4K streaming plan costs half that, including content.GFN seems like it's supposed to complement these existing systems when you're away from your primary system, not replace them.("Unlimited" in the cell carrier sense of the word.)
Hyundai is pulling no punches when it comes to building its performance credentials.First, it lured Albert Biermann away from BMW and turned him loose on the i30 and Veloster; now it hired another ex-M alumnus, Thomas Schemera, to run its high-performance vehicle and motorsport division.It's always an exciting thing when a brand, particularly one known mostly for sensible, value-driven vehicles, starts to get serious about building performance cars.The truth is that Hyundai makes really good cars these days and its investment in talent when it comes to performance should bear some sweet, sweet fruit indeed."I am thrilled to join Hyundai Motor, which is presenting incredible prowess in its high-performance technologies through models like the i30 N, despite being relatively new to this competitive scene," Schemera said."I will dedicate my expertise and knowledge obtained over my three-decade career to making a significant contribution to Hyundai's development in this field and to provide pure driving pleasure to our customers."
This slight change to some ambient radio waves could herald the first step in a new kind of astronomy.The discovery consisted of the change in the radio signal coming from ancient hydrogen, signifying an absorption of ancient light.Some think this anomaly could be evidence of dark matter, and would mean that dark matter has less mass than we thought.“This was a very big surprise,” Rennan Barkana, author of the new paper in Nature and head of the Department of Astrophysics School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University, told Gizmodo.“My explanation is that the hydrogen gas is even colder than expected.Dark matter is a theorised substance whose effects have been observed based on how light from distant galaxies seems to bend from excess gravity, and how galaxies seem to rotate too quickly at their edges.
Sure wearables have been having a tough go of it lately, but maybe the problem is just a general lack of tiny projectors jammed into the products.It’s an idea a few folks have flirted with in the past, and it’s one the folks at Haier are ready to deliver in the future.The Asu is a gigantic new smartwatch from the company that regularly brings you things like transparent and brain controllable televisions, in addition to the usual array of appliances .Never let it be said the company isn’t willing to take a risk with a bizarre and probably misguided idea.The idea here is the essentially augment the 1.54-inch display with a 480 x 854 projection directly onto the wearer’s screen.You can then interact with the projected image with touch.
The Nintendo Switch deals and bundles are still selling well long after Christmas, which isn't usually great news for bargain hunters.However, UK retailers are keen to get an edge over their rivals so we do see the occasional big discount to tempt a purchase.Today's latest offer from Tesco's eBay outlet is a belter too, at just £250 and £3 express delivery - so yes, you could be playing with your new Nintendo Switch as early as tomorrow.Nintendo Switch | £253 @ Tesco's eBay outletIf you'd rather track down your own selection of games this offer is fantastic value and considerably cheaper than the £279.99 that most stores are sticking to.This is the cheapest we've seen the console go for on its own.
PROMO Each year VMware's User Groups stage day-long conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and the dates have just been set for this year's gigs: March 20th in the harbour city and March 22nd in Melbourne.This year the theme of both events is security, a timely topic given Australia's data breach reporting laws have just kicked in and the never-ending torrent of attacks targeting seemingly everyone, all the time.Just as The Logies imports big stars to make TV's night of nights a treat, VMware's User Groups also have considerable star power.This year VMware APJ CTO Bruce Davie, plus VMware author and guru Scott Lowe will deliver keynotes that doubtless crackle with wit and insight.You'll also hear Vmware's Brian Graf on "VMware Cloud on AWS Overview – What every VMware Admin needs to know” and VSAN guru Cormac Hogan on “What’s happening in the world of VMware Storage”.As always, there'll be many more presentations from fellow IT pros and vendors, all in the BS-free format that makes the User Cons a stand-out on Australia's conference circuit.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 26, 2018–OutboundWorks, Inc., quickly emerging as THE leader in automated sales development, announced today that it has officially acquired Hexa.ai.Terms of the deal included a combination of cash and stock and the entire Hexa.ai team will come on board with OutboundWorks.Effective outbound sales development depends on relevance, timing, and personalization.Hexa’s automation solves the personalization problem for OutboundWorks customers.Anders Fredriksson, co-founder of Hexa.ai has been working on the technology with his team for the past six years, “most personalization technologies fail because they treat it as a fixed attribute of the recipient (like ‘name’ or ‘title’).
There’s nothing quite like a heated towel after a shower, or a heated blanket after a cold day.And now, there’s also a heated jacket for your expeditions into the tundra (or, you know, just a cold day).Promising to be all-weather proof and voice-controlled, this new line of jackets called Mercury claims to “automatically heat to your optimal temperature,” which basically sounds like the jacket of your dreams.The Mercury jackets from Ministry of Supply feature built-in heaters with smart thermostats, which allegedly react to your environment and adjust the temperature of your outerwear automatically.Despite their diminutive size, the heaters claims to deliver up to 10 watts of heating power immediately, and can reach up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit (though we can’t imagine that’s preferable).“Mercury creates a microclimate for your body using real-time reactive and proactive heating to constantly adapt heat and optimize your body temperature,” Ministry of Supply claims.
Volkswagen is adding a new, even smarter model to its I.D.family of all-electric concepts, with the VW I.D.While the concept car may not be an outlandish coupe or a go-everywhere SUV, it does have what’s arguably an even tougher challenge ahead of it.Persuading people that driverless vehicles can still forge an emotional connection.The arguments in favor of removing flesh & blood participants from the driving process are numerous, which advocates pointing out that autonomous cars will eventually be safer and more convenient than the vehicles we have today.On the outside, the exterior shape is defined largely by Volkswagen’s goal to have a capacious cabin.
A new McDonald’s UK ad may signal a new future direction for the global fast food giant.The new ad (which can be viewed below) features a series of customers questioning what a flat white coffee is.The ad eventuates with a McDonald’s employee telling a customer what it is, and that the coffee is now available at McDonald’s in the UK.There is three new directions McDonald’s could be exploring that can be picked up just from watching this one video alone.McDonald’s café products are relatively new to the UK, only first launching in the region in 2013.McDonald’s cafes first originated in Melbourne Australia in 1993.