Baidu announced Tuesday the appointment of Jing Kun, general manager of Baidu’s Smart Living Group (SLG), to vice president as it shores up efforts to monetize AI amid a sharp dropoff in revenue growth from its core online advertising business.A former Microsoft R director responsible for creating Xiaoice, the company’s beloved Chinese social chatbot, Jing joined Baidu in 2014 as chief architect for search engine products.He has been leading the business and technology development for the voice assistant platform DuerOS, Baidu’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa, since late 2016.According to Baidu’s first-quarter earnings release, more than 275 million devices are equipped with its voice assistant.Voice queries reached 2.37 billion in March.The Chinese search engine giant tops the country’s smart speaker market, with shipments of its smart speaker Xiaodu reaching 3.3 million units for the first three months this year.
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Google’s mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones have only been on the market a couple of weeks and some users are already complaining of random shutdowns.Those affected have been posting details of the issue on a number of online forums, though at this stage the precise cause is far from clear.It’s also impossible to determine how many of the new handsets are suffering with the problem.Reports suggest that after the phone shuts down, users have to perform a hard reset by holding down the power button for up to 30 seconds to get it working again, though it doesn’t necessarily prevent further shutdowns from occurring.In a Reddit post, one owner described it as a “weird issue” that may be linked to Wi-Fi.“Whenever I connect to my work Wi-Fi and let the phone sit for ~10 minutes it will require a reboot,” the owner wrote in the post.
Silicon printer Toshiba Memory Holdings is reportedly planning to buy out major shareholders including Apple, Dell, Kingston and Seagate, as it prepares to try its luck in the public markets.The company could spend to the tune of ¥500bn ($4.5bn) to liberate itself from the yoke of investor oppression.The plan is made possible by a ¥1.3tn ($11.8bn) funding package from three Japanese banks.The deal was reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday, which cited sources familiar with the matter and said it could be finalized by the end of this month.The four investors – all of them long-standing customers of Toshiba Memory - were a part of a consortium led by Bain Capital that purchased a majority stake in the memory-maker from Toshiba Corporation for around $18bn almost exactly a year ago.Flash memory was originally invented at Toshiba in the 1980s and released to the market in 1984.
'Statistical significance' is one of the most widely misunderstood phrases in science, according to a 2013 Scientific American article.Probability values (p-values) have been used as a way to measure the significance of research studies since the 1920s, with thousands of researchers relying on them since.This misunderstanding is what the latest episode of the How Researchers Changed the World podcast explores, in conversation with statistician Ron Wasserstein.In particular, the podcast focuses on Ron's research into the misuse of p-values as a measure of statistical significance, which culminated in his 2016 paper: 'The American Statistical Association's statement on P-values: Context, Process and Purpose.'So, Ron was tasked with leading the creation of a framework outlining how p-values should be used in research, which would be published as a statement by the American Statistical Association , a leading authority in the statistics world.It wasn't a simple task, but although the debate regarding p-values continues, the statement has had an impact on the research world beyond what Ron could ever have imagined...
Content aggregator Qutoutiao doubled its net losses in the quarter ended March 31 despite strong revenue growth as the company pours money into aggressively growing its user base.Share prices for the Nasdaq-listed company plunged more than 8% on Monday by market close.Revenues in the first quarter skyrocketed 373% to RMB 1,118.8 million ($166.7 million) compared with the same period last year, driven by ad revenues from a significantly larger user base.However, despite revenues landing on the high end of analyst estimates, net losses more than doubled to RMB 688.2 million from RMB 302.6 million seen in the same period a year earlier.Average combined monthly active users (MAUs) increased nearly four-fold to 111.4 million for its two platforms, the Qutoutiao mobile app and its literature app Midu.The company reported that daily time spent on its core content aggregator app increased in the first quarter to 62.1 minutes.
The Nintendo Switch may be the darling of the console gaming market but when it comes to raw power, the Xbox One and PS4 are still the ones to beat.Especially the PS4 Pro, which unlike its Microsoft rival, is able to support VR experiences.the PS5, which has now been leaked to be powerful enough to provide an experience “without disconnections”, a.k.a.Sony and Microsoft used to be quite persistent in saying that they didn’t have a next-gen console planned yet.Last month, however, details of what is expected to be called the PlayStation 5 came out of the blue, courtesy of AMD.Since then, the Internet has been filled with rumors and leaks about the console that could launch within 12 months’ time.
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday said its first-quarter revenue rose 27% from a year earlier to RMB 43.8 billion (around $6.3 billion), driven by steady growth in overseas sales, and exceeding analyst expectations by a solid margin.Xiaomi’s adjusted net profit for the first quarter increased 22.4% year over year to RMB 2.1 billion.Xiaomi’s results show that the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker by sales volume is weathering a shrinking smartphone market in China, the world’s biggest.It is increasing focus on markets such as India and Europe.Markets outside China brought in 38.0% of its total revenue in the first quarter, representing a 34.7% year-on-year increase, according to the company.A report from research firm Counterpoint showed that Chinese smartphone market sales volume declined 7% year-on-year in the first quarter.
When Google revealed version 2 of its Material Design language, one of the most immediate reactions of users was that it was too white and bright.Never mind how it threatened to sear images onto people’s retinas, it seemed almost antithetical to the whole “dark mode” movement that’s trying to save batteries and eyes.since then, Google has started updating at least its mobile apps to offer dark themes and the two latest to get that option are Google Calendar and Google Keep.Dark mode isn’t just about looking pretty, though it does look striking, depending on your preferences.The light on dark theme has two-fold benefits.One is the reduction of strain on the eyes, especially in low-light environments, like at night.
In the three years since Russian operatives breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee and threw presidential politics into a state of perpetual chaos, countries around the world have been on notice to the threat of foreign interference in elections.They found that while the DNC and the RNC have strengthened their defenses since 2016, both major parties have cybersecurity hygiene issues that could still make them targets for dedicated adversaries.Another US party, which the researchers declined to name in the report, left a searchable tool exposed, leaking voter names, dates of birth, and addresses, information that is not publicly available in most states.According to Jasson Casey, chief technology officer of SecurityScorecard, the findings point to the scope of the challenge for political parties, which are often under-resourced, but are nonetheless collecting data sets that both organized criminals and foreign adversaries would find valuable.Data security remains a priority for the RNC, and we continue to proactively work with top IT vendors to stay abreast and monitor potential risks.”None of these issues compared to what the researchers found when they went hunting for vulnerabilities among smaller parties in the US and the EU.
A high-profile lawsuit pitting Accenture against former client Hertz has moved into a new stage, with lawyers for the international consulting firm indicating they plan to file for dismissal of all claims.The suit filed in April claims Accenture failed to deliver a revamped website and mobile app as contractually stipulated.According to a letter to the judge in the case from the law firm Wiggin and Dana, which is representing Accenture, the defendant will also “assert counterclaims” including those regarding “past-due invoices” in the contract.The initial suit claimed Hertz has already paid more than $32 million dollars to Accenture’s digital division despite the fact the company has not completed the work."Accenture has notified the court that it intends to file a motion to dismiss in the Hertz lawsuit."The letter, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday, is embedded at the bottom of this story.
The group "Colloids and Nanooptics" of Prof. Dr. Matthias Karg at the Institute of Physical Chemistry has come up with a simple yet precise technique for developing highly ordered particle layers.The group is using tiny, soft and deformable spherical polymer beads with a hydrogel-like structure.Within these hydrogel beads are tiny gold or silver particles, just a few nanometres in size, that Karg's team synthesizes at HHU using metal salts in a reduction process."We can adjust the size of the gold particles very precisely, because the hydrogel shells are permeable to dissolved metal salts, allowing for successive overgrowth of the gold cores."The Duesseldorf-based researchers can then use a dilute solution of these hydrogel beads to produce thin monolayers.They apply the beads to a water surface, where a highly ordered and colourfully shimmering layer self-assembles.
Privacy campaigners have accused some 186 European internet service providers, including major mobile network operators, of making illicit use of deep packet inspection (DPI) and flouting EU net neutrality regulations on the issue.A group of 45 NGOs and academics from 15 countries said ISPs’ actions, and national telecoms regulators’ failure to enforce rules that have been in place since 2016, means network neutrality is increasingly being worn away.DPI is widely used across Europe in order to offer zero-rating packages, commercial promotions that omit certain services from data caps, said the organisations, led by digital rights group EDRI.“With the proliferation of zero-rating in all but two European countries, the industry has started to deploy DPI equipment on a large scale in order to charge certain data packages differently or to throttle services and cram more internet subscribers in a network already running over capacity,” they said in an open letter to EU authorities.In a separate statement, EDRI said most regulators had “so far turned a blind eye” to the use of packet inspection.“Instead of fulfilling their enforcement duties, they seem to now aim at watering down the rules that prohibit DPI,” the group said.
That’s why General Motors is giving its cars’ electronics a major overhaul, with a new “digital vehicle platform” designed to support more tech.The new electronics platform debuts in the 2020 Cadillac CT5, and should roll out to most other GM vehicles by 2023.GM designed the new electronics platform to allow the proliferation of electric powertrains, more advanced infotainment and safety features, and the extension of its Super Cruise driver assist system to more models.Super Cruise, which takes over acceleration, steering, and braking under certain conditions on highways, debuted on the Cadillac CT6 but has been slow to transition to other cars.The greater performance will help support more in-car tech.GM claims the new platform can process up to 4.5 terabytes of data per hour, which is five times more than the automaker’s current electrical architecture.
Summer is approaching and, with it, the fire danger fire season.The lack of precipitation also make 2019 a year characterised by risk, so some Spanish regions, such as the Balearic Islands, have taken swift action and already presented their prevention operations.According to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, every year there are an average of 12,000 fires and outbreaks, affecting more than 100,000 hectares of forest.Assessments of the impacts of forest fires tend to underestimate their economic repercussions, since they only take into account the loss of tangible resources; those that can be bought and sold, such as wood, grass, fruit and even animals that are hunted.However, thanks to research on environmental economics, they are also beginning to measure the intangible resources of forests; that is, those that are not involved in the traditional market of sales and purchases.Until recently, the value of forests for human leisure and recreation, for their beauty as landscapes, and for their carbon fixation (the ability of a forest to transform CO2 into organic matter) were not taken into account when gauging the economic impact of a forest fire.
You’ve dropped your phone once too often, and it looks like it got run over by a garbage truck.Or you’re still repping Android in an iPhone family.Or heaven forbid, you’re determined to get the last ounce of use out of that ancient iPhone 6.At some point, you’ve got to step up and join the rest of us in 2019.Thankfully, TNW wants to help.So get in on the iPhone XS Max 256GB and AirPods Giveaway for a chance to not only win a brand spankin’ new iPhone XS Max, but also a pair of AirPods to go with it.
The limited time deal will have you sign up on Argos's website for the chance to get the £399 handset at a 99 per cent discount.That's £3.99 for a brand new phone.The 64GB SIM-Free Google Pixel 3a in Just Black will only be available at that ridiculous price for 50 people only, and you have until May 20 at 11.59pm to throw your name into the hat.As you'd expect, entries are limited to one per person, and if you win, you can pick up your new phone in central London, although if you can't make it, Argos will send you a code that you can use online to purchase it for the same nonsense price.Google is currently offering a free Nest hub worth £119 with your Pixel 3a purchase, while Carphone Warehouse is handing out free Chromebooks worth £199 with its Pixel 3as, so if you don't think the draw is worth your time, or if you fancy a free gadget and were going to splash out on a new phone anyway, those deals might be better suited.Google's mid-range 3a and 3a XL handsets were unveiled at Google I/O earlier this month.
L’Oréal, Alibaba introduce new AI Skin-testing Tech for Acne – AlizilaWhat happened: Alibaba and L’Oréal said at the Viva Technology Paris 2019 tech expo on Friday that they are offering an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered acne analysis application dubbed Effaclar Spotscan.Based on 6,000 scientific images of acne skin collected by L’Oréal, Alibaba’s AI scientists used deep learning to create a neural network model for acne testing that detects the link between visual information from a user’s selfie and the type of acne.Based on this analysis, the app provides personalized advice and skin care recommendations to treat acne lesions.The service will debut on the Tmall and Taobao mobile apps in June 2019.Alibaba told TechNode that it is providing the technology for the partnership, developed by the DAMO Academy, Alibaba’s AI and machine-learning lab.
Two US Senators have asked President Trump and the FCC to halt spectrum usage on the 24 GHz spectrum brands as it would decrease the accuracy of weather forecasts.Democrat Senators Ron Wyden (Oregon) and Maria Cantwell (Washington) have jointly penned a letter for the Oval Office suggesting use of the 24 GHz spectrum brands should be blocked as it would interfere with the accuracy of weather forecasts.“American advancement in 5G networks and devices is critically important to maintaining global leadership,” said Wyden.If the FCC continues advocating for standards that fail to pass scientific scrutiny, their decision will lower America’s standing in this global race for 5G leadership and risk serious damage to our economy and national security.”Although linking weather forecasts back to national security might cause some to scoff, the pair suggest this insight is used by the navy, military and coast guard to help plan operations.Some of these operations’ focus on warning and preparedness when it comes to dealing with tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons.
Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.”Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency wallet.But now the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, confirmed to Hard Fork in an email that the bank has “decided not to follow up on the Wallie enquiry [sic].”“We have approached all the people who have shown interest,” he continued.“We have concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets [sic] for our clients to invest in.”Back in January, reports suggested that ABN AMRO was trialing a cryptocurrency wallet.