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Microsoft hasn't shut door on virtual reality with HoloLens

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Microsoft started 2015 with a bang, announcing its HoloLens augmented reality headset - providing wearers the chance to enjoy their physical world blended with digital features.

 

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There is great potential for HoloLens to be used for gaming, entertainment, workplace functionality, and many other uses - but some have wondered if Microsoft planned to focus on AR and ignore the rising popularity of VR.

 

"I don't think we've locked ourselves out [of virtual reality]," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, in a statement to Eurogamer. "We've looked at a mixed reality space that we could do with HoloLens and think about it as a unique set of features and technologies to enable, that doesn't preclude us from doing anything in the VR space either from a first-party or partnership prospective. I've used Morpheus, I've used Oculus, I'm going to see more of the demos here."

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More police agencies using body cameras, but are they turning them on?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Following the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri last year, a growing number of police departments are rolling out wearable body cameras. The small cameras are designed to provide another viewpoint of interactions between police officers and the public - assuming the officers are using the wearables appropriately.

 

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An independent analysis of the Denver Police Department indicated cameras weren't filming during many cases that required use of force. It would appear that were cases in which "officers forgot to them on" or the "situation deteriorated too quickly," so officers didn't have time.

 

"Police departments all over the country are saying, 'We're going to use body cameras,'" said Noelle Phillips, Denver Post writer, in a statement published by NPR. "Lots of groups are saying, 'Hey, let's consider all these recommendations, how does the technology work - and make it the best it can be.'"

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Report: Apple will launch Web TV service before end of 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apple is currently talking with content producers to launch a streaming TV service in the fall, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. If everything goes according to plan, consumers can expect the new streaming offering in September.

 

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After the service launches, around 25 channels will be included, with ABC, CBS and Fox reportedly signing on - and the service can be used by all iOS devices, such as iPhones, Apple TV set-top boxes, and iPads. The new Internet streaming platform will cost about $30 per month.

 

"I think when Apple TV launches it will get lots of attention," said Jeff Kagan, industry analyst. "Some will love it and others will not. I think Apple TV will start small, [and] then grow quickly. Sort of on the same track as the original iPhone seven years ago. If we look out another five or ten years I Think Apple could have a powerful position in the television marketplace if for no other reason than they already have a gazillion customers always wanting the next, big thing."

Gartner: Smart machines must include ethical programming protocols

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Now is the time for chief information officers (CIOs) and other business leaders to begin developing ethical programming protocols for smart machines, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Smart machines must build - and maintain - trust with human counterparts, and it will take ethical programming to ensure that happens. One day, it will be up to the machine to be self-aware and understand that it is responsible for its own behavior - but humans must be able to program them to adapt to these changes, Gartner believes.

 

"Clearly, people must trust smart machines if they are to accept and use them," said Frank Buytendijk, research VP at Gartner. "The ability to earn trust must be part of any plan to implement artificial intelligence (AI) or smart machines, and will be an important selling point when marketing this technology."

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Google's Eric Schmidt not worried about artificial intelligence now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Google's Eric Schmidt isn't too worried about artificial intelligence potentially trying to end human civilization anytime in the near future. Even with Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and other well-known tech visionaries showing AI concern, Schmidt believes humanity will be secure for the immediate future as AI developments continue.

 

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"I think that this technology will ultimately be one of the greatest forces for good in mankind's history simply because it makes people smarter," said Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman, during a SXSW keynote address. "I'm certainly not worried in the next 10 to 20 years about that. We're still in the baby step of understanding things. We've made tremendous progress in respect to [artificial intelligence]."

 

AI is used in smartphones, tablets, PCs, vehicles, and countless other products and services currently available - and will continue to expand in the years to come. Google is one of the companies at the forefront of AI, and Schmidt wants to reduce concerns that AI will one day try to fight back against humans.

Xiaomi preparing to launch smartphones, connected tech in Europe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

During the CeBIT tech conference in Germany, Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi announced plans to begin offering smartphones and connected home products to European markets. The announcement means Xiaomi is building confidence and readying a future fight against Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and other popular brands already in the European market.

 

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"We are in a position to go on the international market with smartphones and smart-home products," said Lei Jun, Chief Executive Officer at Xiaomi, in a statement during CeBIT. "In the future we will come to Germany, we will come to Europe and other regions in the world."

 

Xiaomi has focused on its home market of China, with international expansion to India, Brazil, and a few other select nations. The company is slowly planning expansion into the United States, but is taking a strategic approach before trying to launch smartphones that would compete with the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and other popular leading devices in the US.

NVIDIA's Drive PX is a super computer for the self-driving car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

GTC 2015 - NVIDIA has just announced the next generation of intelligence for self-driving cars with its new Tegra X1-powered Drive PX platform.

 

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NVIDIA is selling the Drive PX self-driving car computing system in May for $10,000 to developers, but the intelligence side of it is incredible. Compared to Dave, which is DARPA's autonomous vehicle, and while it is smart, the new Drive PX platform is magnitudes smarter. Drive PX is available of 630 million connections per second in its 'brain' versus the 3.1 million of Dave, and capturing 184 connections per second, versus 12. This provides 116 billion connectors per second for the Tegra X1-powered side of things, versus 38 million on Dave.

NVIDIA announces Digits Devbox, with the 'maximum GPU out of a plug'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

GTC 2015 - NVIDIA has just unveiled the new Linux-based Digits Devbox which is not a mass production platform, but a PC that is built as the "world's fastest deskside deep learning system" priced at a huge $15,000.

 

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Inside, you'll find four of the new Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX Titan X cards, which will super accelerate deep learning with its insane GPU capabilities. The system is built-to-order, where you have a direct contact at NVIDIA once you purchase the system to help you out. This isn't a gaming PC, but we're sure this system could probably run Crysis.

 

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NVIDIA teases Pascal, its next-generation GPU with 3D Memory, NVLink

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

GTC 2015 - NVIDIA has just started providing many more details on its next generation GPU architecture, known as Pascal. Pascal is going to be a giant leap from Maxwell, where it will be "10x faster than Maxwell" according to co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang.

 

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Pascal will feature NVLink and 3D Memory which will provide some impressive performance and bandwidth, where we can expect 3x the memory bandwidth of Maxwell, which is quite the leak. On top of that, we have 400% more mixed precision, but the Pascal architecture itself is a huge leap for NVIDIA, even compared to the already impressive Maxwell architecture.

 

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We have NVLink which has 5x the bandwidth of PCI Express, which is quite the jump in terms of available bandwidth. NVLink will provide the ability of having 8 GPUs, up from the 4-way limit of SLI right now.

Wearables may pose major BYOD security threat to company networks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The wearables industry is evolving and becoming more mainstream over time, but that could lead to major cybersecurity concerns, experts warn. Wearable shipments are predicted to rise 158 percent year-over-year in 2015, reaching 75 million units - and the bring your own device (BYOD) means a lot of those devices will enter the workplace.

 

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Eighty percent of European companies saw more wearables in the workplace, with 77 percent of IT decision makers embracing the change, though the smartwatches and other devices are connected to company networks. Clever hackers will be able to access data ranging from names, email addresses and other personal information to work-related data, such as sensitive corporate data.

 

"As people get increasingly interested in wearables... these devices end up indirectly connected to corporate networks via BYOD (bring your own device) devices," said Bogdan Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at security firm Bitdefender, in a statement to CNBC.

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