Daydream update starts arriving on Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones

 Google’s brand of VR is, at last, beginning to arrive on Samsung devices.
Reports emerged last week that certain Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices were getting the Daydream update, but today Google confirmed the rollout.

The Daydream-ready update is rolling out now to @SamsungMobile Galaxy S8 and S8+. Explore new worlds with #Daydream.; Read More

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Snap joins rivals Facebook and YouTube to fight terrorism

 Snap Inc has joined the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which sees consumer internet companies cooperating to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism online. Facebook, Google and YouTube, Microsoft, and Twitter formed the GIFCT last month, and tomorrow it will host its first workshop with fellow tech companies plus government and non-governmental organizations. The GIFCT started… Read More

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The Wizards of Armageddon set up shop in Silicon Valley

 The Research and Development Corporation (RAND) has helped the U.S. think through some of the toughest scientific and regulatory challenges since the 1940s. This year, the think tank is opening its first office in the SF Bay Area. It’s positioning itself to weigh in on some of Silicon Valley’s largest research projects, like autonomous vehicles, drones, AI, cybersecurity and… Read More

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FCC says its cybersecurity measures to prevent DDoS attacks must remain secret

 The FCC has provided a few — very few — details of the steps it has taken to prevent attacks like the one that briefly took down its comment system in May. The agency has faced criticism over its secrecy regarding the event, and shows no sign of opening up; citing “the ongoing nature of the threats,” to reveal its countermeasures would “undermine our… Read More

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NVIDIA announces new artificial intelligence research and SDK for content creators

NVIDIA is bringing artificial intelligence to graphics and computing with new SDKs, computer products, and AI research. The company unveiled its plan to bring AI to 25 million content creators at the SIGGRAPH 2017 conference today.

According to Greg Estes, vice president of developer marketing at NVIDIA, it has been several years since NVIDIA first started working with AI technology, starting with processors for AI. At SIGGRAPH today, the company is bringing its research full-circle by bringing AI into computer graphics.

At the conference, NVIDIA announced the new Optix 5.0 SDK, which is a ray tracing engine and framework for optimal ray tracing performance on a GPU. It’s used by commercial rendering applications and internal applications at studios like Pixar. Optix 5.0 SDK also includes a GPU-accelerated motion blur, and according to Estes, it will be available in November.

“We have a very big SDK profile just for creating AI, with the basics to have deep learning primitives, which are used by the AI frameworks, and pretty much all of the AI applications today take advantage of that,” said Estes. “Now we are bringing these new [AI] capabilities into graphics, with the new Optix SDK [that] will give [developers] a trained neural network, which [they] can take the code and put it in their application.”

Estes added that developers can use Optix SDK to build their own ray tracing renderer based around optics, and take advantage of AI denoising.

“From the research to the SDKs to training, that is our platform for developers,” said Estes.

A key component to NVIDIA’s strategy is building applications. While NVIDIA isn’t building applications to sell them, the company feels that developing applications is an easy way to demonstrate to the rest of the world what is possible with virtual reality.

Another product announced today is NVIDIA’s DGX Station, a personal supercomputer for developing AI for graphics applications. NVIDIA also revealed the Titan X and Quadro External GPU. The company says that traditional systems and consumer notebooks that are equipped only with integrated graphics or small GPUs are underpowered and cannot meet the demands of content creator and today’s applications.

Content creators need to find a way to access more powerful graphics without giving up their advantage of mobility, according to the company, which is why NVIDIA’s professional graphics capability to PC notebooks comes with video editing, color grading, rendering, and virtual reality capabilities.

The Quadro External GPU (Quadro eGPU) is for certified professional applications, and it’s a way for developers to simplify existing workflows so they can work with larger more complex designs, like photo realistic renderings. Creators can also tap into virtual reality with Quadro eGPU, which NVIDIA said just wasn’t possible with integrated graphics until today.

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Wyndham Hotel Group buys Love Home Swap for $53M

 Large hotel chains are feeling the heat from Airbnb and other startups building digital marketplaces for travellers with a more flexible range of places to stay, and more flexible prices to match. And that is leading some of them to make acquisitions.
RCI, a division of the Wyndham Hotel Group, has acquired Love Home Swap, a startup out of London that lets people book time to stay in other… Read More

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Facebook, Autodesk partner with a design organization geared toward underserved kids

 Facebook and Autodesk, have partnered with non-profit organization Inneract Project, which is geared toward bringing design to young people in underserved communities through free, hands-on classes and mentorship. With the support of Autodesk and Facebook, Inneract Project has been able to hire two full-time employees, an operations managers and a project leader coordinator. The organization… Read More

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AMD’s new $499 RX Vega 64 and $399 Vega 56 top-end graphics cards launch in August

 It’s high time for launch details regarding new AMD RX Vega cards that were teased in May  — high-end graphics cards designed to challenge NVIDIA’s domination with the GTX 1080 and 1070. Both cards are going on sale August 14, at $499 for the Radeon RX Vega 64 and $399 for the Radeon RX Vega 56. For the specs intro, the RX Vega 64’s core specs include 64 compute units,… Read More

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Pandora comes out with a surprisingly positive Q2 after months of chaos

 Pandora is probably breathing a small sigh of relief after months of chaos have still ended with a positive second quarter, sending the shares up more than 7% in extended trading. Pandora has certainly had an interesting second quarter, capping off the drama with CEO Tim Westergren stepping down at the end of June. It also sold Ticketfly at a pretty big loss, pondered selling a big stake in… Read More

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Real estate site Redfin up 11% on stock market day two

 Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site, had a great first couple days on the stock market. After pricing above the expected range at $15 per share, the stock closed Friday up about 45% at almost $22. Today, shares were up another 11%, closing above $24. With a market cap approaching $2 billion, it’s more than double than the $770 million valuation that Redfin achieved in its last… Read More

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