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

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 17, 2015 8:30 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 7:45 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 7:15 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 6:40 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 5:55 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 5:38 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 5:34 pm

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: Mar 17, 2015 5:26 pm

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.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X is super-powering deep learning

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 17, 2015 4:43 pm

GTC 2015 - NVIDIA has just made its new GM200-powered GeForce GTX Titan X official at its GPU Technology Conference, but the company is really pushing the deep learning side of things.

 

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The new Maxwell-based GeForce GTX Titan X is capable of training AlexNet for deep learning, at magnitudes faster than previous GPUs like the Titan, Titan Black and even a 16-core Xeon CPU from Intel. The Xeon CPU with 16 cores takes 43 days to train AlexNet, but Titan X drags this down to just three days. Even the Titan Black sits at five days, while the Titan is at 6 days.

NVIDIA makes the GeForce GTX Titan X official at GTC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 17, 2015 4:30 pm

GTC 2015 - NVIDIA has made its GeForce GTX Titan X official at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, based on the full GM200 core. The GeForce GTX Titan X packs quite the performance punch with 8 billion transistors and 12GB of VRAM.

 

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The new GeForce GTX Titan X is the most powerful GPU from NVIDIA yet, with the full GM200 core compared to the 'cut down' GM204 that makes the GTX 980 tick. The new Titan X is a powerhouse VGA card, with 30-50% additional performance of the GTX 980, and in some cases, much more. That's without taking into consideration the 12GB of framebuffer, too.

 

We have 3072 CUDA cores, 7 TFlops of performance and the huge 12GB framebuffer. We will have more details on the Titan X shortly. NVIDIA has also announced a price of just $999.

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