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The Future According to Nvidia

I spent last week at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, and I expect this will be the last year it will go by that name. The company has evolved significantly during the last decade with robotics, artificial intelligence, and even complete workstations and servers taking it well beyond its GPU roots. My bet is this will become...

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Google Presents a Cornucopia of Cloud Goodies

Google announced a host of new services, features and partners at Google Cloud Next ’19 Day 2 in San Francisco on Wednesday. The new unveilings followed its announcement of Anthos, an open source platform powered by Kubernetes, on Day 1. Anthos is “a single platform for developers and operations; it is for on-premise and multicloud installations,”...

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Report: YouTube Too Fixated on Engagement to Curb Toxic Content

YouTube executives have been unable or unwilling to rein in toxic content because it could reduce engagement on their platform, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. In a 3,000-word article, Mark Bergen wrote that the US$16 billion company has spent years chasing one business goal: engagement. “In recent years, scores of people inside YouTube and Google, its owner,...

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Walmart Lets Customers Use Google Assistant to Voice-Order Groceries

Walmart has launched a limited beta of Walmart Voice Order, which lets consumers order groceries by voice using Google Assistant. The service can be used with the following devices: Tablets, watches and TV sets running Android 6.0+; Smartphones running Android 5.0+; iOS 10.0+ devices; Google Home; Headphones; Chromebook; and Smart displays. “This announcement is huge,”...

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Qualcomm: Rethinking AI in a 5G Quantum World

Last week I attended a coming-out event for some of Qualcomm’s latest processors, a massive update on its artificial intelligence effort (which included an innovative Quantum element), and a connection to 5G most likely didn’t see coming. I think this is a game-changer. The nature of the San Francisco event was to highlight a counterintuitive impact of...

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Report: Apple Is Gearing Up to Debut Mini-LED Display Tech

Apple plans to introduce a number of new products in the next two years that will sport a new display technology, according to master Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities. Based on Kuo’s predictions, which were reported widely on Tuesday, Apple will use new “mini LED” technology in three new products: A 31.6-inch...

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Alphabet’s Wing Delivery Service Takes Flight in Australia

Alphabet’s Project Wing on Monday launched a commercial air delivery service in North Canberra, Australia, providing customers with fresh food, hot coffee and over-the-counter medications from seven local businesses. Shoppers can use Wing’s mobile app to place orders and receive deliveries within 30 minutes. The launch follows an 18-month test period in the area, with...

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Opportunity Mars Rover Gets Artificial Intelligence Upgrade, Decides For Itself What to Explore Next

NASA’s Opportunity Rover, now in its seventh year of roaming the Martian surface, just got a little smarter. Like parents giving their growing child a little more autonomy, engineers updated Opportunity with artificial intelligence software this past winter that allows the rover to make its own decisions about where to stop and which rocks to analyze...