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This neural network aims to give your smartphone photos DSLR-like quality

Developments in AI and neural networks have serious implications for photography. It’s through deep learning that we can achieve things like improving photos before they’ve even been taken or creating realistic-looking fake celebrities. Thanks to a new report (via <i>Engadget</i>), we’ve gotten a look at …

This artificial intelligence may start tracking you soon

It’s already 1984 in China.<p>For the last year, the people of Hangzhou, China – a city of more than nine million – have had every moment of their lives tracked.<p>“City Brain,” an artificial intelligence system that interlinks with a city’s infrastructure was installed in October 2016, through a …

10 Social Engineering Attacks Your End Users Need to Know About

It's Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Make sure your users are briefed on these 10 attacker techniques that are often overlooked.<p>1 of 11<p>It's the middle …

Google and Microsoft troll each other over software vulnerabilities

They are identifying security holes in one another's products.<p>Google has a history of not playing nicely with Microsoft. The company has previously posted publicly about their competitor's software vulnerabilities, and understandably, Microsoft hasn't been very happy about it. But now, the company …

Software

Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping

KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.<p>Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows …

Information Security

Facebook just acquired tbh and its 5 million teen users

Facebook just scored a huge win its quest to win over teens.<p>The company has acquired tbh, the anonymous app that's been going viral with teens. The …

Social Media

Microsoft and Facebook's open AI ecosystem gains more support

Intel, IBM, Huawei, and more pledge allegiance to the ONNX framework.<p>Artificial intelligence has helped jump start everything from self-driving cars to soft robotics. As if that wasn't enough, it's also tearing down language barriers to bring the world closer together. But, at the same time, …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Compute Engine goes a little crazy with up to 96 CPU cores and 624 GB of memory

If you’ve got a resource-hungry app, Google Compute Engine’s latest offering has you covered. It lets you dial up to 96 CPUs and an other-worldly 624 GB of memory. Remember Bill Gates allegedly asking who would ever need more than 640K of memory. He obviously didn’t see this coming.<p>If you think …

Microsoft and Samsung join forces on 'mixed reality' headset

Microsoft beat Apple in the world of desktop operating systems because it allowed many manufacturers to make Windows PCs. Now the company thinks the …

Slack locks down Oracle partnership targeting enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Slack Technologies Inc has secured a partnership with Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) to integrate the tech giant’s enterprise software products into the popular workplace messaging app, the two companies told Reuters.<p>FILE PHOTO: The Slack messaging application is seen on a phone …

LinkedIn is rolling out Snapchat-style geofilters for events and conferences

LinkedIn, yes LinkedIn, is the latest company to borrow a feature straight out of Snapchat's playbook.<p>The company introduced a new video feature …

WhatsApp is among the most blacklisted apps in the enterprise

Updated: These apps, among others, apparently pose a serious threat to business security.<p><b>(Editor's Note) Updated October 6, 2017:</b> <i>In response to this</i> …

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin’s Virtual Cousin

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum is a global computing network operating according to rules defined by Ethereum software.<p>Those rules allow the …

Ethereum

Here's what quantum computing is and why it matters

Researchers for IBM, Google, Intel, and others are in a fantastic scientific arms race to build a commercially viable quantum computer. They already exist in laboratories, and we’re only a few years away from the beginning of what may turn out to be an entire shift in how we think about computing.<p>A …

Quantum Computing

Pictures of the Week 9.28.17

Why are smartphone chips suddenly including an AI processor?

If virtual assistants have been the breakthrough technology in this year’s smartphone software, then the AI processor is surely the equivalent on the hardware side.<p>Apple has taken to calling its latest SoC the A11 Bionic on account of its new AI “Neural Engine”. Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 boasts a …

FDA OKs a blood sugar monitor that doesn't need fingerpricks

You just need to insert a tiny wire sensor under your skin.<p>A fingerprick isn't <i>just a fingerprick</i> when you have to do it all the time to test your blood sugar levels. Thankfully, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first continuous glucose monitoring system for adults that doesn't …

Diabetes

SpaceX unveils Mars city plan, will fly two cargo missions by 2022

The company hopes to colonize Mars by 2024.<p>SpaceX hopes to land at least two cargo missions to Mars a mere five years from now. The aerospace company's chief, Elon Musk, discussed its plans at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Australia. He talked about how SpaceX intends to use the …

Space Travel

Google is Prepping a Tabletop Smart Screen Device to Rival Amazon's Echo Show

Google is working on a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will go up against Amazon's Echo Show, according to sources who spoke to <i>TechCrunch</i>.<p>The Google device is internally codenamed "Manhattan" and will have a screen size similar to the 7-inch Echo Show, said two sources, one of …

Google’s changes to its search engine leave everyone unhappy

Shutterstock<p>Google is bringing some significant changes to how it displays search results in Europe, but it looks like nobody is fully satisfied.<p>You may remember the hefty fine that Google was charged with back in June: at $2.7 billion, it was the largest fine ever issued by the European …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Amazon unveiled a range of new Alexa-enabled hardware products.</b> There is a newly redesigned Echo smart speaker, as well as the new Echo Spot, Echo Plus, and an updated Fire TV with 4K support.<p><b>2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed President Trump's tweets in which he claimed Facebook has</b> …

Firefox 57 beta arrives with major visual overhaul and next-generation browser engine

Mozilla today updated the beta version and developer version of its browser to Firefox Quantum. “Since the version number — 57 — can’t really convey the magnitude of the changes we’ve made, and how much faster this new Firefox is, we’re calling this upcoming release Firefox Quantum,” Mozilla …

Talk to your LG fridge, washer or dryer through Google Home

LG wants you to talk to your appliances. Starting Tuesday, you'll be able to use the Google Assistant to command 87 different Wi-Fi connected LG appliances -- including washers, dryers, refrigerators and even vacuums. To mark the occasion, LG's also giving away a free Google Home smart speaker if …

Microsoft Excel is about to get a lot smarter

Microsoft Excel users rejoice. Your favorite spreadsheet is about to get a lot smarter, thanks to the help of machine learning and a better connection to the outside world.<p>As Jared Spataro, Microsoft’s general manager for Office, and Rob Howard, the company’s director of Office 365 ecosystem …

Amazon, Facebook and others in tech will commit $300 million to the White House’s new computer science push

Ivanka Trump will roll out the announcement today at an event in Detroit with tech leaders.<p>Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce and other top technology companies plan to commit a total of about $300 million toward boosting computer-science education in the United States, as the White House …

Microsoft launches new machine learning tools

Microsoft, just like many of its competitors, has gone all in on machine learning. That emphasis is on full display at the company’s Ignite conference this where, where the company today announced a number of new tools for developers who want to build new A.I. models and users who simply want to …

macOS High Sierra Automatically Performs Security Check on EFI Firmware Each Week

Mac users who upgrade to macOS High Sierra will benefit from a significant new security feature that works in the background.<p>macOS High Sierra automatically checks a Mac's EFI firmware against Apple's database of "known good" data to ensure it hasn't been tampered with, according to a series of …

Microsoft's Nadella Wants to Help Coders Take a Quantum Leap

Forty-two years ago this summer a two-person company called Micro-Soft shipped its first product. It was a version of the programming language BASIC …