Machine learning is an integral part of Google s strategy, powering many of the company s top applications.It s so important, in fact, that the search giant has been working behind closed doors for years developing its own custom solution to power its experiences.Norm Jouppi, a distinguished hardware engineer at Google, said they ve been running TPUs inside their data centers for more than a year now and have found them to deliver an order of magnitude better-optimized performance per watt when handling machine learning.From the first tested silicon, the engineer said they had them up and running applications at speed in data centers within 22 days.As companies like Apple can attest to, good things happen when both hardware and software are developed under one roof.Machine learning is transforming how developers build intelligent applications, he concluded, and they re excited to see the possibilities of it come to life.
Months after the government appeared to get greedy telecom companies in check, carriers have come up with another clever trick to make more money and jeopardize the open internet.The latest trick is something called zero-rating, and your mobile carrier probably already uses—or abuses—this net neutrality loophole.Basically, they want the same open discussion that spurred 4 million people to send comments to the FCC because they believe zero-rating policy could have a dramatic effect on the health of net neutrality in the US.The FCC is reportedly scrutinizing zero-rating practices, but the agency is doing so behind closed doors.Zero-rating helps transform the internet from a permission-less environment... into one in which developers effectively need to seek approval from ISPs before deploying their latest groundbreaking technology.Verizon does something similar with its own go90 video platform, and just last week, Sprint said it would also be zero-rating traffic, meaning all four major carriers in the US practice some form of data cap manipulation.
Jawbone is looking to sell its speaker business, according to sources, as its shifts its focus solely to its wearable and health business.The information comes from Fortune, which says it received word from multiple sources.One of those sources says Jawbone is working with distributors to get the remaining speakers liquidated.The move may also be necessary to remain viable, as we ve seen signs of trouble behind closed doors.Not helping Jawbone s financial stability was a 2014 lawsuit from Flextronics now Flex over various alleged issues, something that has reversed with Jawbone's own lawsuit against Fitbit.Unfortunately for the company, its legal pursuit hasn't gone entirely in its favor, though, with the judge saying, among other things, that Jawbone was seeking "a monopoly on the abstract ideas of collecting and monitoring sleep and other heath-related data."
But think of Days Gone as a poor relation to Naughty Dog's seminal classic and you'll be doing it a disservice.Ron Allen from Bend, the studio behind Days Gone, also pointed out that when he said "only the strong have survived" in the two years since the outbreak, he wasn't talking just about the uninfected humans, but also the freakers: they need to eat meat in order to survive, and those that don't will perish.The on-stage demo at this year's E3 which is where the video above comes from may look as though it's heavily choreographed, but in our behind closed doors session the developers explained that there's no one way to play out each scenario - before proving it by taking a different route and utilising different scenery elements in a live playthrough of the same section of game.The development team also pointed out that the end of the gameplay demo is not the end you'd be aiming for if you were playing.This is actually where Bend Studios itself is based, and it contains incredibly varied scenery and a cliate that's unusual and unpredictable.That will be recreated in-game by a dynamic weather system, and there's a day/night cycle, too.
I had to wait about 30 minutes to play the E3 demo of The Last Guardian on one of the few behind-closed-doors demo stations available at this year's show.In another sense, though, I've been waiting to play Fumito Ueda's next game for seven years now, ever since its 2009 E3 debut as a PlayStation 3 game.The Last Guardian brings an old-school focus on architectural world-building rather than endless busywork quests.Compared to the canned, motion-captured animations or ragdoll physics of most other games, this simple interaction is brimming with life and emotion.Sometimes when you're about to jump to your next platform, Trico will simply turn around, cat-like, apparently distracted by some random molecule of air.Everything felt just a bit too loose and imprecise; simple actions like positioning your character for a jump, aligning the camera, climbing up Trico's back, or clambering over a small obstacle were more difficult than they should have been.
Here are five reasons from Di Digital bloggers Fredrik Wass: Almedalsveckan criticized constantly, yet it continues to be one of the most important open meeting places in Sweden. To everyone can join Yes, it is tokdyrt and difficult to find accommodation in Visby during Almedalen week, especially for those who are late. The argument that Almedalen only available for the power elite is simply not, although of course there will lots of meetings behind closed doors even there just as on the mainland. Anyone who, for example, are interested in entrepreneurship, communication and digitization has a large number of program items to choose from when the hen puts together his own program for the week. During Almedalsveckan is often considerably more time to stay in Visby and meet other people, going to more activities than you participate in and simply allow for spontaneous meetings. For you to get close For politicians and policymakers are near Visby a security risk and threat noticeable by the large number of police officers in and out of uniform and comprehensive safety behind the scenes.
The nascent world of virtual reality already has its fair share of satisfying sword-fighting games, but let's not kid ourselves: our ideal VR sword would glow and make a cool "whoosh, whoosh" sound with every swing.Even better, it's free—which will make its admittedly tiny amount of content a little bit easier to swallow.If this VR experience sounds familiar, that's because Lucasarts demoed SW:ToT behind closed doors at March's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.There, both Kyle Orland and I got to fake like we had warped to Tatooine to help original-trilogy-era Han Solo in a pinch.During the five-minute demo, we stood right beneath the Millennium Falcon's landing zone—which, wow, there are few words to capture that feeling of nerdy presence—and then helped Solo by patching together parts of a circuit board with our hands.Meanwhile, a gang of Stormtroopers approached, but thankfully, R2D2 was milling about the same desert outpost and had a lightsaber to offer us.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has finally confirmed what many in the tech industry have suspected all along.That, of course, is the fact that Apple is actively developing augmented reality technology behind closed doors.Computer World points out that Cook recently revealed that they have been and will continue to invest a lot in the category of augmented reality, adding that they are high on AR for the long run and think there s great things for customers as well as a great commercial opportunity.Cook further said that the number one thing is to make sure their products work well with other developers products like Pokémon.It is why, Cook added, that you see so many iPhones in the wild chasing Pokémon.As the publication notes, Apple has likely been involved with augmented reality way before the Pokémon craze grew legs.
Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google-owned AI research lab DeepMind, thinks that "the world" should ultimately have control over super intelligent machines that can learn for themselves.Several technology giants are currently developing artificial intelligence AI behind closed doors as they look to find new ways to improve their products and services without giving away
This fall, Mozilla will get a new logo.The open-source software company doesn t know what it ll look like, but it will likely resemble one of seven identities created by London firm Johnson Banks.Rather than conduct a brand refresh behind closed doors, we just thought maybe there s a better or different way to do this, says Tim Murray, Mozilla s creative director and the lead on this project.Murray doesn t have a concrete sense of how that input will shape the final look there s no voting or open submission portal for new ideas , but he says commenters will, in some way, inform the final design, making this a most unusual rebranding.It looks terrible, we don t like it, go back to the old.We thought: Well, let s give people a chance to participate earlier on, and get that feedback early.
In the past, the ritual of moving on would have been done discreetly, behind closed doors, and whispered among close friends.But the power of social media, combined with the changing dynamics of work, gave each of them the freedom and power to embrace the newly emerging trend of the Personal Pivot.Each of their stories is different as you might expect, but they share some themes that I suspect will be valuable to explore.So first, the stories of Robert Scoble, Stephanie Agresta, Bonin Bough, Rob Barnett and Sree Sreenivasan.Robert Scoble, after seven years as the Futurist at Rackspace, announced to his 5,000 Facebook friends and his blog readership that he was heading out on his own.Stephanie Agresta was global social media and digital leader at MSLGroup - a high-powered PR executive who was spending her life on airplanes.
A Lyft driver who filed suit against Uber over alleged fake rides will get to present his case in public court.Uber wanted the case decided by arbitration behind closed doors, but last week a San Francisco state judge denied that move, according to Bloomberg.Ryan Smythe says he and many other Lyft drivers wasted time responding to non-existent ride calls, and he claims the calls were made by Uber drivers encouraged by their company in a driver recruiting program called Operation SLOG.Smythe alleges Uber drivers used disposable phones so the calls could not be traced back to them.Uber Technologies Inc. did this to discourage Lyft drivers from contracting with Lyft, to deprive the marketplace of Lyft drivers so that Uber drivers would benefit, and to create a higher wait time for Lyft customers in order to steer their patronage to Uber, Smythe said.Uber has an arbitration clause in its driver contract that inhibits its own drivers from filing lawsuits.
Samsung Electronics Co. and U.S. safety regulators are meeting behind closed doors to hammer out an official recall of the Note 7 smartphone.An announcement can t come soon enough if the South Korean company is to calm confused customers and start to repair the damage to its reputation.When Samsung discovered that batteries inside its premium smartphone were catching fire and exploding, it opted to quickly recall the Note 7 on Sept. 2.But companies typically notify the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission first and then coordinate a response that explains which products are affected and how the recall will work.Because Samsung chose to go it alone, regulators were obliged to urge consumers to stop using the phones, leaving them wondering how and when they would be replaced.We like the official recall process because it provides a lot of clarity to consumers and there s someone checking to make sure the fix is a good one that serves the consumers in terms of safety, said Jerry Beilinson, a technology editor at Consumer Reports.While he credits Samsung with informing consumers about the problem quickly, he said it would have been better to have worked with the CPSC right away.So far the faulty batteries have affected about 70 devices, and the company has halted sales of its premium flagship smartphone.
A report yesterday claimed Yahoo built custom software to spy on its users emails on behalf of U.S. intelligence agencies, something that reportedly caused disagreements behind closed doors and at least one resignation.In a statement issued today, Yahoo downplayed the report, saying that it narrowly interpret s every government request for user data to minimize disclosure.The company also said, The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.Yahoo s statement has left some uneasy, as it called the report misleading rather than false.Though it says the mail scanning software reported by Reuters yesterday doesn t exist on its system, some have questioned whether it did in the past, and if so, how long it was in operation.If that s not the case, clarification is needed on which parts of the report, exactly, were misleading.
Nintendo is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Japanese release of the original The Legend of Zelda, and the firm is using the opportunity to take a look back into company history.This week s installment of anniversary coverage offered up a fascinating glimpse behind closed doors at Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto.There s a room at the company s HQ that is devoted to preserving old pieces of hardware for posterity.Inside, there are treasures dating back decades — and now collectors can plan their heist more diligently thanks to a photo set published to the Nintendo of Japan website.Unlike in the United States, The Legend of Zelda originally released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System.Boxed Famicom Disk System units
Rummage around closets, storage containers, attics and even dumpsters long enough and you re bound to uncover some hidden gems.That one-of-a-kind Nintendo PlayStation prototype that surfaced last year, for example, had been sitting in an attic for years.My dad found a perfectly good NES sitting next to the dumpster while taking out the trash one night complete with games, controllers and even the necessary cabling to hook it up.It fed my retro desires for nearly two decades before parting ways with it last year.As part of the 30th anniversary of the release of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo of Japan recently cracked open a few of its old storage closets and found some pristine gear that ll surely put a smile on the faces of retro gamers.What you re seeing here are stacks of Nintendo Famicoms and well as the Famicom Disk System.
Little else is known about the game, but it s the manner of that announcement, and what else happened that night, that tells us a lot about where PlayStation – and the industry at large – is going.Building on the success of previous events in Las Vegas and San Francisco, thousands of gamers arrived at the Anaheim convention centre to worship at the cross – and circle, square and triangle – of Sony s console and play some of the 150-odd titles on the show floor or attend panels starring industry heavyweights including Hideo Kojima and Naughty Dog s Neil Druckmann.AAA attractions like Uncharted, Resident Evil and Destiny shared booth space with a battalion of indie games, all of whose developers were on hand to talk about their creations.Tellingly, the behind closed doors area where industry insiders could get priority access to games was tiny and understocked; PSX is intended as a gathering for what former Sony America President and CEO Jack Tretton termed the PlayStation Nation and within its walls everyone s an equal.Allowing several thousand fans to enter the sort of space usually reserved for media and marketeers transformed what could have been a staid presentation into something more resembling a pep rally.The Last of Us Part II trailer
Reuters – The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday.Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton s presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks.The officials described the individuals as people known to the intelligence community who were part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and reduce Clinton s chances of winning the election.It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected, the Post quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.That s the consensus view.The Post said the official had been briefed on an intelligence presentation made by the Central Intelligence Agency to key U.S. senators behind closed-doors last week.The CIA, in what the Post said was a secret assessment, cited a growing body of evidence from multiple sources.Briefers told the senators it was now quite clear that electing Trump was Russia s goal, the Post quoted officials as saying on condition of anonymity.In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russia of a campaign of cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.President Barack Obama has said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about consequences for the attacks.But Russian officials have denied all accusations of interference in the U.S. election.A CIA spokeswoman said the agency had no comment on the report.Trump has said he is not convinced Russia was behind the cyber attacks.
It's a battle that has been playing out for some time, typically between market participants behind closed doors.Stock exchanges — in particular the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq — both publicly traded and for-profit, stand accused by rivals and some users of unfairly increasing the price of market data, connectivity, and colocation.