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Pryon, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based provider of AI-powered tools targeting enterprise, today announced that it’s raised $20 million in a series A funding round in partnership with Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, with participation from Breyer Capital and Digital Alpha Advisors.The capital infusion follows on the heels of a $4.5 million seed round in November 2018, and CEO Igor Jablokov says it’ll be used to further develop Pryon’s core product, grow its roster of Fortune 500 customers, and develop strategic partnerships.“There is an opportunity for organizations to revolutionize their workplaces by giving employees the power of AI at their command,” added Jablokov.“We fill the market space between emerging technologies that are difficult and expensive to implement and existing products that are designed for simple rules-based services.”With Pryon, Jablokov — who served as program director on IBM’s Watson team and previously founded Yap, a service offering cloud-based speech-to-text that was acquired by Amazon in September 2011 — sought to engineer a platform that “combines the strength of humans and machines.”Accenture reports that AI has the potential to increase productivity by 40% or more and to boost profitability by an average of 38%.
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“The ‘Firefox’ you’ve always known as a browser is stretching to cover a family of products and services united by putting you and your privacy first,” Mozilla explained.“Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files.It’s an easy way to protect your passwords on every device AND an early warning if your email has been part of a data breach.That’s just the beginning of the new Firefox family.”Mozilla announced plans to rebrand Firefox in July 2018.Mozilla hopes this is what users will think of when they hear the word “Firefox.” The next lines, in order, are as follows: general purpose browser icons (including Developer Edition and Nightly colors), singularly focused browser icons (Firefox Focus and Firefox Reality), and new applications and services (the five icons in the last two lines).
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When engineers train AI agents to play video games, they often do so at an accelerated rate, having the bot go through hours of human-speed gameplay in a matter of minutes to stress-test its capabilities.Speaking to The Verge, Scout VP Sean Scott explains that the company has created detailed virtual maps of American suburbia to accelerate development of the bot.“We can run thousands of deliveries in simulation overnight versus taking a bot outside in the real world,” Scott says.Scott adds that he doesn’t know of any other company “talking about this level of fidelity at this scale for this type of training,” and that Amazon’s other training apparatus include an indoor robot park, and special rigs to test the resilience of the bot’s wheels.Being able to speed up development is important for Amazon, not least of all because it’s a relatively late entrant in the delivery robot game.The company only unveiled its six-wheeled, cooler-sized robot back in January, but a huge range of startups have been building robots in this space for years, testing them in small neighborhoods and closed environments likes offices and campuses.
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Microsoft is celebrating E3 2019 with a massive sale on Xbox consoles and games, including the Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition bundle.The sale starts on Friday, June 7 and ends on Monday, June 17.You can shop the sale at xbox.com, the Microsoft Store and retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart.Here's are some of the highlights of Microsoft's big Xbox sale.And if you're a PS4 gamer, don't worry: Sony is having a big sale, too.Microsoft's flagship console, the Xbox One X, is $100 off.
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Having teased a new cloud gaming platform earlier this year, Google has finally got around to launching it properly.Stadia offers games that are 100% hosted in the cloud, which means you don’t need a console, don’t need to install any software and can game on any screen with an adequate internet connection.Right now Google is only launching the premium tier, which offers 4K gaming but requires a £9 per month subscription and a 35 Mbps connection.A freemium tier will follow in due course that won’t change a subscription fee but will offer reduced performance.It looks like both tiers will charge full-whack for individual games, although the premium one will chuck in a few freebies to sweeten the pot.Among the games announced by Google is a third version of the popular RPG Baldur’s Gate.
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Stanfordforskare to develop a new approach for the remediation of polluted soils from heavy metals such as cadmium and lead.the Method is similar to how a kaffeperkolator work.The methods available for the remediation of heavy metals from the soil is slow, expensive, and cumbersome.for Example, you can plant vegetation that picks up the substances, but there are usually several of the harvest, before the levels in the soil are in decline.Researchers at Stanford university started with the tests, in which the washing of the material with water, the chemical bond between soil and the metals that turned out to be too large.it was the use of EDTA, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, an artificially derived acid that is used in the preparation in the event of severe lead poisoning.
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If you’re a cannabis investor or a founder working on a cannabis-related startup, you’ve probably heard of Poseidon Asset Management.Poseidon has also been at it longer than most outfits, having begun making bets on cannabis-related companies six years ago.More, Poseidon has managed to stuff checks into some of the fastest growing companies in the sector, including the cannabis vaporizer company Pax Labs and the e-cigarette company Juul, whose founders created the Pax vaporizer before peeling off to win over smokers.It was founded by siblings Emily and Morgan Paxhia, whose parents both died of different cancers at the ages of 46 and 52, respectively.In fact, despite — or because of — being a young teenager at the time, Emily Paxhia says she can still very much remember the hospice nurse who recommended to her father that he smoke pot to ease his pain.Little did Paxhia know then that the cannabis — then a surprising and exotic concept — would later inform the career she now enjoys.
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Activision plans to announce details of its next Call of Duty game on Thursday, May 30.The reveal is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m.ET, the CoD Twitter account said Wednesday alongside a teaser trailer."I've got a problem," a voice says in the teaser.The tweet's tagline is: "Going dark."According to CNET sister site GameSpot, the newest Call of Duty game is rumored to be a reboot of Modern Warfare, making it the fourth Modern Warfare game after 2018's Black Ops 4.
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They think it's a level playing field.Huawei is trying to have a key part of American lawfare against the Chinese company thrown out by a US court – on the grounds it breaks the United States constitution.The telecoms kit manufacturer is arguing that section 889 of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2019 is unconstitutional under US law because it singles out a single entity – Huawei itself – for "trial by legislature".Song Liuping, Huawei's chief legal officer, said at a press conference earlier today: "The fact is, the US government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat.There is no gun, no smoke.The NDAA bans US government agencies and contractors from contracting with Huawei themselves.
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Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off soon, and it’s safe to say that we’re excited to see what Apple has to offer.We’ve already shared what we expect to see at the event, and while nothing is certain, it’s safe to assume we’ll be taking a look at the next generation of the iPhone’s software in iOS 13, improvements to MacOS, and even the possibility of a new Mac Pro desktop — a product line that hasn’t seen a refresh since 2013.We’ll be covering each and every twist and turn in our live blog, and you can follow us on Twitter (@DigitalTrends), and our mobile editor Julian Chokkattu (@JulianChokkattu), who will be on the ground.But you don’t just want to catch up on the action — you want to watch as the announcements unfold and enjoy Tim Cook’s velvety smooth voice in real time.Here’s how you can watch Apple WWDC 2019.WWDC is being held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California from Monday, June 3 until Friday, June 7.
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We’ve known for a while now that Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand was readying its first laptop, and the firm has finally taken the wraps off the device at its Redmi K20 event in China.The RedmiBook 14 isn’t going to wow you in terms of aesthetics, looking like a Macbook Air if anything.But the brand’s first laptop, which weighs in at 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds), brings some respectable core features nonetheless.Redmi’s notebook offers an eighth generation Intel Core i5 (8265U) or Core i7 (8565U) processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB or 512GB solid state drive (SSD).The laptop also delivers a 14-inch full HD screen (1,920 x 1,080).Other notable RedmiBook 14 specs include a GeForce MX250 GPU, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm input, an HDMI port (HDMI 1.4), and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
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Analysis AI experts, lawyers, and law enforcement urged US Congress to regulate the use of facial recognition technology during a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday.The technical issues and social impacts of using AI software to analyse images or videos are well known.San Francisco just passed an ordinance banning the local government using facial recognition technology.At a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, Joy Buolamwini, founder of Algorithmic Justice League, an activist collective focused on highlighting the shortcomings of facial recognition, found that commercial computer models struggled most when it came to recognizing women with darker skin.IBM’s system was incorrect for 34.7 per cent of the time when it came to identifying black women, she said.Below is a video of the hearing, or read on for a summary...
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If you hide a post from your Facebook timeline, it's easy to later unhide it.You can unhide posts from the Activity Log in both the Facebook mobile app and in any web browser.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook provides a quick and easy way to hide a post you've created without actually deleting it — this is convenient for removing it temporarily from your timeline.But what happens later, when you want to unhide the post and restore it to your timeline?The good news is it only takes a few clicks or taps, and you can do it from a desktop browser or the Facebook mobile app.
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Ett forskningsprojekt med bas i Stockholm ska utreda vilka möjligheter som finns att flyga på el- eller hybriddrift.Flygplanstillverkaren Airbus och flygbolaget Sas har inlett ett samarbete kring forskning och utveckling av elflyg, rapporterar TU.no.I nuläget handlar det inte om några testflygningar, utan om att utreda vilka möjligheter och hinder som finns för flygplan med ren eldrift eller hybriddrivlina.– Vi ska ta reda på hur hybridflygplan kan användas i drift, vilken infrastruktur som krävs på flygplatserna och försäkra oss om att de flyger på förnybar energi.Vi är väldigt nöjda med att testa våra idéer i verkligheten, det här är nästa steg mot vårt mål att nå nollutsläpp inom flygindustrin, säger Glenn Llewellyn som leder Airbus elektrifieringsarbete i en intervju med TU.no.Airbus har satt som mål att minska flygplanens koldioxidutsläpp med 75 procent och kväveoxidutsläppen med 90 procent till 2050.
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Netflix and other online video services have expanded their customer-satisfaction lead over cable and satellite TV, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) found in its annual telecommunications report released today.Meanwhile, the traditional subscription-TV industry's score remained unchanged at 62."For the past six years, customer satisfaction with subscription TV has languished in the mid-to-low 60s, not recovering enough to effectively compete with streaming services," the ACSI report said."In 2018, subscription sales declined 3 percent to $103.4 billion.Pay-TV and broadband—two services that are generally offered in bundles by the same companies—each posted an industry average of 62, which is again in "last place among all [46] industries tracked by the ACSI," the report said.Pay-TV's satisfaction score peaked at 68 in 2013 and has dropped steadily since.
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Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new robot that is dog-like and designed to be able to navigate rough terrain and offer lots of agility.The robot is called Doggo, and it can trot, jump, and backflip with no need for treats as a reward.Rather than keeping the construction methods and code under wraps, the researchers put it all onto the web freely so users can build their own versions.Researcher Nathan Kau says that the team wanted the robot to be something you could build on a “relatively small budget.” Larger quadruped robots can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to construct and need customized parts.Stanford Doggo is estimated to cost under $3,000 to build, including manufacturing and shipping costs.Virtually all the components needed to build the robot can be purchased as-is online.
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in a row, and rack up $1,691,008 in winnings along the way, without knowing your stuff.Prior to his Monday return, he has given 803 correct responses out of 830 attempts, according to statistics compiled by Jeopardy!It’s not just that Holzhauer gets so many questions right.In addition to hitting 97 percent of buzz-ins overall, Holzhauer has correctly answered 49 out of 53 Daily Doubles and whiffed on only one of his 22 Final Jeopardy clues.The numbers vary widely, depending on a few factors: how much money he has at the time, how big a lead he has, and how many of each episode’s three Daily Doubles he finds.Through 22 games, Holzhauer averages nearly four times that amount.
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The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade.There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity.For example, there are specific apps that allow parents to monitor their child’s GPS location, who they call, what they text, which apps they use, what they view online and the phone number of their contacts.As a bioethicist who specializes in the ethics of emerging technologies, I worry that such tracking technologies are transforming prudent parenting into surveillance parenting.Tracking apps are not primarily designed to keep children safe or help with parenting.They are designed to make money by gathering loads of information to be sold to other companies.
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A man who sent emails threatening to kill the family of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has been sentenced to more than one and a half years in prison.The emails, sent by Markara Man in late 2017, alleged that Pai had caused a minor's suicide by repealing net neutrality regulations, and threatened to kill Pai's family while listing three locations across Arlington.He also sent an email containing an image of Pai and his family."Online threats of violence have real-world consequences," G Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement on Friday."Threatening to actually kill a federal official's family because of a disagreement over policy is not only inexcusable, it is criminal."When traced by the FBI, the US Attorney's Office said Man also factory reset his cell phone before it could be seized.
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As the first mission to successfully land on the far side of the moon, it was almost expected China's Chang'e 4 would make some enchanting discoveries.In research published in the journal Nature on May 16, scientists from the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences reveal the composition of the lunar surface at the South Pole-Aitken Basin is a little different to what they expected.One core theory posits the moon was not quite as cold and dead as it is today.Instead it likely began as a giant, molten marble full of magma oceans.These oceans gradually cooled, depositing heavy minerals such as the green-colored olivine or the low-calcium pyroxene deeper into the lunar mantle.Less dense minerals floated to the top thereby giving the moon a series of obvious geological layers like a cosmic onion.
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