Microsoft announces public preview of Windows Virtual DesktopMicrosoft today announced the public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, a service that runs Windows 10 and its applications as a service on Azure.For end-users in love with their screen saver and/or bespoke apps, the offering includes “individual ownership” through persistent desktops.personal desktop features won’t disappear every time the administrator spins up a new virtual machine in Azure).Admins, meanwhile, can use the Windows Virtual Desktop PowerShell and REST interfaces to configure the host pools, create app groups, assign users, and publish resources.This includes the ability to publish full desktop or individual remote apps from a single host pool, create individual app groups for different sets of users or assign users to multiple app groups to reduce the number of images.
If you’re anything like me, you first thought of Snapchat filters, Pokemon Go, or the useful measuring tape app you have on your phone.Because of this, Cathy Hackl’s session at Social Media Marketing World 2019 immediately caught my eye.As an AR technology thought leader and futurist, Cathy was able to give insight into how marketers can weave augmented reality into the marketing mix.You could dry the animals off, give them milk, and more.I couldn’t find a video of Cathy’s animal cracker example, but here’s a good one from SIG and W-in-a-Box:Buying a car usually involves just telling your dealer what packages and features you want and the ones you don’t.
Over the years, Google has consistently created beautiful ‘doodles’ – creative takes on its logo that show up on its homepage – to commemorate festivals, holidays, and significant events in history.Today, the company’s knocked it out of the park with its first-ever AI-powered doodle to celebrate the 334th birthday of Baroque composer extraordinaire Johann Sebastian Bach.The beautifully illustrated doodle has you write out a couple of bars of sheet music, choose a key, and then have Google‘s custom AI flesh out your melody with a harmony in Bach‘s signature style.There are a bunch of buttons that surface additional features and a couple of preset tunes; it all works really well, and is sure to take up several minutes of your time today.The doodle is powered by Coconet, a machine learning model for manipulating music.It’s been in the works for three years, and has been trained with a dataset of 306 chorale harmonizations by Bach.
Devs point finger at Beijing for framing pastime as an illness – and how the West could followAt the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, representatives of the International Game Developer Association (IGDA) warned that the World Health Organization (WHO) decision to treat computer gaming as a disorder on par with gambling and drug addiction represents a threat to free speech protections.Daniel Greenberg, the IGDA's chairman for the Committee on Anti-Censorship and Social Issues, said that video game addiction has replaced video game violence as a rationale for censorship.In 2011, he explained, the US Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling striking down a California law that banned the sale of some violent video games to children without parental consent because it violated the right to free speech.That battle is being re-fought, according to Greenberg, under the pretense of protecting people from mental trauma instead of violence.All their studies [claiming violent video games cause violent behavior] were rejected."
Postmates has unveiled a new feature that wipes out the delivery fee for customers.“Postmates Party” waives the cost of delivery if you don’t mind your food order being put together with others from the same restaurant when it goes on its delivery run.It means your meal might arrive a little later than it otherwise would, and possibly a little colder if it’s the last of the batch to get delivered.But seeing that many restaurants that run their own delivery operation already send out meals in batches, it may not make a lot of difference to most Postmates customers.A couple of things to bear in mind — the option will only appear on the Postmates app at busy times when a restaurant is cooking up multiple meals for multiple customers at different addresses.Also, for greater efficiency and to ensure no one has to wait too long for their food, each “Party” only gives you five minutes to place an order.
What happened: On Wednesday, Randall Stephenson, AT’s CEO said in a speech in Washington that Huawei is making it very difficult for European internet carriers to drop the Chinese tech giant from their supply chains for 5G.“If you have deployed Huawei as your 4G network, Huawei is not allowing interoperability to 5G—meaning if you are 4G, you are stuck with Huawei for 5G,” he said, adding that the US government could do a better job of explaining security risks related to using Huawei.Why it’s important: Stephenson’s statements add to the brewing row between Huawei and the US.As the Chinese company tries to convince foreign governments to allow internet carriers to use its equipment in building the next generation of the internet, Washington is advocating that this would come with huge security risks.Europe is a key battleground due to its market size and 5G readiness.The discord has mainly revolved around data privacy, but Stephenson’s remarks point to national security risks related with IoT infrastructure.
Samsung has unveiled a new generation of high-bandwidth DRAM chips called Flashbolt.These are the first chips based on the Korean chaebol's updated High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2E) model, and is the fastest the company has ever produced.Samsung claims that Flashbolt is 33 per cent faster than the previous generation HBM2 system, but there's currently no information on when the new technology will reach the market.HBM silicon is different from chips used in mainstream memory formats like DDR4 and DDR5, so Flashbolt will not be offered as a server upgrade.Instead, Samsung expects it will be used in GPUs, supercomputers and devices for artificial intelligence training.The name follows the same conventions as Samsung's previous memory products, Aquabolt and Flarebolt, but relies on a radically different architecture: HBM2E can accommodate 16Gb per die, twice as much as HBM2 used in Aquabolt, and offer transfer rates of 3.2Gbps per pin.
An international team of researchers has built a new sensor network that can monitor two crucial activities, namely biodiversity, or the variety of life, in a particular habitat or ecosystem, and identification of possible illegal activities such as logging or poaching in protected areas.This wireless recording network is capable of recording an ecosystem's sounds with the same quality as devices that have been used to date, but it is significantly more energy-efficient and cost-effective.It promises to significantly streamline the monitoring process of biodiversity and addresses the urgent global need for new assessment methods necessary to maintain the world's biodiversity balance."In this paper, we propose a low cost solution for an audio recorder with onboard audio processing, as part of a wireless sensor network.The developed audio recorder can be used in several different use cases for which no cost effective, scalable biodiversity monitoring solution currently exists, such as to monitor pollinating insects, or to assess the condition of tropical forests by observing vocal animals," says Victor C. M. Leung, Ph.D., corresponding author and Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia."Our tests demonstrate that a collection of acoustic sounds recorded in 1 minute can arrive at the server only 30 seconds after the recording has finished, affording near real-time performance which could be of great value in tracking endangered species, or identifying illegal activity such as logging or poaching in protected areas," Professor Leung adds.
Holmes, who modeled herself after Steve Jobs, going so far as to wear a black turtleneck daily, set out to revolutionize blood tests.But her health care startup famously ended up being a multibillion-dollar fraud.After the screening, Ina Fried of Axios led a discussion with the documentary's director Alex Gibney, producer Jesse Deeter, Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz and Holmes' adviser at Stanford University, Phyllis Gardner.Gibney, who also made Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side and Going Clear, posits that a belief in bettering the world drove Holmes to stop at nothing to see her vision realized.Director Alex Gibney on why the Theranos story strikes a nerve"It's a story about somebody who motivated so many people about a sense of mission and idealism and hope.
Aussie media claims Silicon Valley giant used surveillance tool to torpedo competitorThis time, it is Australia's GoCatch claiming that the San Francisco-based dial-a-ride giant had been using shady tools to track its drivers in an attempt to hire them away and starve competitors of workers.According to a report from Oz telly broadcaster ABC, Uber devs allegedly compromised GoCatch systems, and installed a tool dubbed Surfcam.That software was used to track all of GoCatch's drivers and trips at any given time, an anonymous former Uber worker claimed.Using that information, Uber, it is said, was able to collect information about drivers, including their name and car registration info.Uber then contacted the top drivers at GoCatch and offered them work, with the hope of starving GoCatch of cabbies, it is claimed.
Have you been wondering what happened to Malorie (Sandra Bullock) and Girl and Boy -- er, Olympia and Tom -- after the end of Bird Box?You can soon find out.Josh Malerman, the author of the 2014 novel that inspired the popular Netflix movie, confirmed to Esquire that he is writing a sequel.The new book is called Malorie, and it'll be published Oct. 1.Unless you've been blindfolded for all of 2019, you probably know the plotline.In the world of Bird Box, mysterious creatures drive anyone who looks at them insane, leading Bullock's character to attempt to raise two children who can never go outside without blindfolds.
Last summer, Alamo Drafthouse took the wraps off its own movie subscription plan, an alternative to MoviePass.The plan is offered as a Season Pass, which began beta testing in June 2018.According to a new interview with company founder and CEO Tim League, the service will officially be available for everyone by the end of the year.MoviePass, though it was unable to sustain its previous business model, kicked off a new type of theater experience, one that involved playing a flat rate to see a certain number of movies every month.The service was wildly popular, with many customers saying it was the only way they could afford to see movies on a regular basis.Though some theater chains were resistant to MoviePass, we’ve seen a number launch their own alternatives, and one is Alamo Drafthouse.
California’s 2018 is officially the worst year for wildfires in recorded state history, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month, citing the US National Interagency Coordination Center’s year-end statistical analysis.The 1.8 million acres of California land that burned last year was more than any other American state in 2018, and it far surpassed 2017's tally of 1.3 million acres in California.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean confirmed to the Times that the wildfires were unprecedented.More than 100 people were killed and 17,000 homes and 700 businesses were destroyed in a state where fires are considered one of the annual seasons.Firefighters said the most devastating blazes had the most extreme behaviour—wind-driven ember storms that created spot fires far beyond defensive lines and, in the case of the Carr fire, a “fire tornado” that ignited objects lifted into the air.Many of the recorded deaths happened during the Camp Fire, which rampaged across Butte County and killed some 86 people, mainly as it rolled through the town of Paradise and burned most of it to the ground.
The U.S. government has launched a new website dedicate to hosting initiatives involving the ongoing efforts to build, implement and regulate artificial intelligence.The site – AI.gov – arrives a month after President Trump signed an executive order (13859) that outlines the country’s policy on artificial intelligence.This includes objectives such as encouraging related governmental agencies to provide a sustained investment in the industry, reducing barriers for the use of AI to fuel innovation, and creating an action plan that will ensure the U.S.’ strategic advantage against “foreign adversaries” during the roll-out of AI-driven technologies.AI.gov will provide a central location for information about AI-related projects occurring across various agencies, including policy initiatives, regulatory hurdles, as well as fact sheets and other resources.Along with helping inform the public and preparing people for the many anticipated effects that AI will have on the American economy and workforce, the new website will aid agencies in coordinating their research and development efforts.The extent that AI will impact society depends on who you ask, though it’s largely agreed that automation and machine intelligence will continue to displace workers in many industries, not least of which will be manufacturing and transportation.
Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Russia, claiming that latter firm used its monopoly over the App Store to force the company to remove app control and Safari browser blocking from the iOS version of its Kaspersky Safe Kids app, ZDnet reported on Tuesday.Kaspersky wrote in a blog post that Apple informed them the use of configuration profiles was against App Store policy and had to be removed, kneecapping major parts of the Safe Kids app’s functionality:The first allows parents to specify which apps kids cannot run based on the App Store’s age restrictions.The second allows the hiding of all browsers on the device, so kids can open Web pages only in Kaspersky Safe Kids’ built-in secure browser, which protects them from unsafe content.So, by removing these two features from Kaspersky Safe Kids for iOS, we are massively letting down parents, who expect that their kids will be able to safely use iPhones and iPads that have our app installed.The company further alleged that Apple had ordered the removal of the features from the Kaspersky Safe Kids app because it had introduced its own Screen Time functionality in iOS 12.
Amazon cut prices on Alexa and Amazon Echo device bundles.The Echo and Echo Dot are also bundled together in yet another discounted combo.If you’re starting or expanding an Alexa-based smart home network, check out these compelling deals.Whether you’re adding to your smart home or just starting out, these three deals can help you save up to $25.Music sounds fuller and more clear on the newest Dot than with previous versions, and advanced features like conversation followup work better with the latest device.The Amazon Smart Plug gives you Alexa voice control for lights, coffee makers, or anything else you plug into the outlet adapter.
'We can replace it but we have no idea what the config is on the device'An IT department is pulling its hair out this month after realizing a coworker who died last year was the only person who could log into a crucial network switch.This is according to Dylan, a sysadmin at a small US healthcare company, who today told El Reg a story of how he and his colleagues ended up locked out of the equipment, thanks to an untimely death in 2018.The deceased, who we will refer to as Nick out of respect for the departed and family, was the only person who knew how to log into the core switch, and had a history of both health and work performance problems, it is claimed."Nick was absolutely not a good engineer," Dylan said.By 2018, Dylan told us, Nick's haphazard network management had caused a bevy of problems.
Fresh from the official closing of its Fox acquisition, Disney is beginning to make some major moves in the online streaming space.The company has officially become the only online source for UFC Pay-Per-View events, via its ESPN Plus live and on-demand service.The deal, announced on March 18, lasts until 2025, and is limited to just the U.S.“Today’s announcement further establishes the strength of the partnership between UFC and ESPN,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement.“Now our fans will be able to watch all UFC events exclusively on ESPN platforms, including ESPN+, which is an innovative way to deliver fights to our young fan base.I couldn’t be more excited to work with ESPN for the next seven years.
The Disney-Fox deal closed on Wednesday, meaning Disney now owns Fox's film studio and many of its television assets.READ MORE: Meet the power players of the Disney-Fox merger, who will lead its iconic franchises into the future and do battle with NetflixThe Mouse House ruled the box office in 2019 with "Avengers: Infinity War," "Black Panther," and "Incredibles 2."They include some of the most popular, highest-grossing film franchises of all time, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar's animated movies, and the "Star Wars" series.Later this year, "Frozen 2" hits theaters.After John Lasseter's exit, Jennifer Lee is in charge of Disney Animation Studios.
A new sensor system developed in Saarbrücken, Germany can not only carefully control drying processes in industrial ovens, but can deliver reliable air humidity measurements even at high temperatures and in the presence of other background vapours.Professor Andreas Schütze, project manager Tilman Sauerwald and their research team at Saarland University have developed with partner companies a sensor system that precisely monitors industrial drying, baking and cooking processes.The project has received funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's priority funding programme 'KMU-Innovativ' that promotes innovative technology in small and medium-sized enterprises.The engineers will be showcasing their heat-resistant sensor system from the 1st to the 5th of April at this year's Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Stand B46).When food is being baked or steamed as part of an industrial production process, it is important to keep a close eye on humidity levels.If, on the other hand, you can control the humidity in the oven precisely, the croissants will come out perfectly fluffy and the bread will have a deliciously crisp crust.