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Intel’s New Nervana Neural Network Processor Aimed at Advancing AI

Sometime later this year, Intel plans to release what it’s calling “the industry’s first silicon for neural network processing.” Designed specifically for machine learning and artificial intelligence-focused computing, the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP) will feature a new type of architecture compared to standard silicon chips. It’s being built ... Read More »

Global Scramble To Patch Wi-Fi Flaw

While device-makers and software companies scramble to patch a vulnerability that potentially exposes every Wi-Fi session to hacking, another cryptographic flaw threatens the security of critical systems that use smartcards or hardware containing chips made by Germany’s Infineon Technologies. The Wi-Fi threat, named KRACK (for “Key Reinstallation AttaCK”) was described ... Read More »

Microsoft Unveils More Powerful Surface Book Laptop

Microsoft is launching a new, more powerful version of its Surface Book detachable laptop — upping the ante against Apple’s popular MacBook Pro. The Surface Book 2 [pictured above] boasts up to five times the graphics performance of the original version of the laptop, released two years ago. It will ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Update Bets on the PC-VR Connection

Microsoft is trying to nudge laptop and deskbound computers to interact with the three-dimensional world. The Redmond company plans on Tuesday to start rolling out its latest bundle of updates to the Windows 10 operating system, features clustered around a bet that people will use their PCs to experience 3-D ... Read More »

Google’s Pixel 2: Smartphone Created for Artificial Intelligence

What’s most fascinating about Google’s new Pixel 2 phone is what’s to come. The phone sets itself apart with promises to bake in Google’s powerful artificial-intelligence technology for quick and easy access to useful, even essential information. But much of the neat stuff will come later. The phone coming out ... Read More »

Netflix Desperate To Fuel Subscriber Growth

Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service. The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO ... Read More »

Arianna Huffington Fuels Uber-Softbank Rumor

Uber and SoftBank are expected to reach an agreement within the next week on the pricing of the deal that will pave the way for SoftBank to acquire as much as one-fifth of the company. That’s according to Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, who said Monday in an onstage ... Read More »

Facebook Buying Popular Teen Compliments App TBH

Facebook has acquired TBH, an app that allows teens to send anonymous compliments to each other. The cost has not been announced, but is reportedly less than $100m. The app, launched this summer in 36 US states only, has received more than five million downloads in a short space of ... Read More »