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Google’s Cloud Inference API generates predictions from datasets with ‘trillions of events’

Businesses of a certain size that measure clicks, sensor readings, and other event-driven data produce datasets that can exceed millions or even billions of records. It’s no easy feat implementing a system that can derive insights from the deluge, but fortunately for Google Cloud customers, there’s …

Technology

Salesforce's Quip Takes on Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides

Salesforce is taking aim at Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides by introducing its own online software for creating and sharing …

Microsoft PowerPoint

SA jobs promised as solar thermal project boosts local manufacturing

Following the decision to cease auto manufacturing in Australia, Heliostat SA was borne out of Precision’s strategic plan to transition from a …

Solar Thermal

Two in three think children will be 'worse off' than their parents

A majority of Australians think economic conditions are 'good' but most fear their children will be worse off.

House Prices

BShark's hydrogen-powered Narwhal 2 flies for 2 hours, and transmits nearly 20 miles

BShark has moved mountains to bring down the price of its long-range Narwhal 2 drone. Powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, this 6.6-kg (14.5-lb) monster …

Carbon Fiber

How to organize your git branches

I remember implementing git in my team. I think it was more than 6 years ago. At that time, A successful git branching model by Vincent Driessen was …

Software Development

Learn hundreds of new tech skills with unlimited access to these online courses

One of the best roads to job security is the ability to do stuff your boss can't do. And while some of your friends might be considering the classic …

eLearning

I dismantled Google’s tracking systems — here’s what happened

One of the first things I discovered when I took a deep dive into the services and products that were tracking my physical location and digital search history and interests is that the companies peddling these products and services know much about us… sometimes.<p>Companies like Facebook and Google …

CEOs

The ambitious real estate ‘unicorn’ Opendoor just made its first acquisition, snapping up Open Listings

Opendoor, a four year-old, San Francisco-based company, has from the outset intended to make it possible to buy and sell residential real estate with a few key strokes. It seemingly gets closer to that audacious vision by the day. The company closed on $325 million in new funding in June in a round …

Startups

Anaxi brings more visibility to the development process

Anaxi‘s mission is to bring more transparency to the software development process. The tool, which is now live for iOS, with web and Android versions planned for the near future, connects to GitHub to give you actionable insights about the state of your projects and manage your projects and issues. …

Tech Trends

U.S. lawmakers call for deepfakes counter measures

Members of Congress today sent a letter to National Intelligence director Dan Coats asking for a report from intelligence agencies about the potential impact of deepfakes on democracy and national security. Members of Congress speaking with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …

GANs

MISTRAL “High-End” Pocket Audio Player

Audiophiles searching for a high-end portable audio player may be interested in the MISTRAL created by Sevenstep Audio. The MISTRAL audio player has …

Demonstration

Why PayPal’s crackdown on ASMR creators should worry you

Misogyny, weaponized (again).<p>In June, China banned and excised videos of sound effects while claiming to cleanse its internet of pornography. YouTube had already demonetized the genre in a sex panic; now PayPal is banning people for life and holding individuals' funds, ignorant of the facts and …

Customer Service

Smeg UK hit by cyber attack as domestic appliance brand shuts down systems to protect customers

Smeg UK has been hit by a "targeted" cyber attack.<p>The premium domestic appliance brand is urging customers to be patient as it has had to "totally" …

Dutch researchers created a drone that flies like a fruit fly

<b>Forward-looking:</b> Researchers in the Netherlands have built a flying drone capable of highly maneuverable flight including impossible high-speed …

Drones

Swedish regulator says contraceptive app works as advertised

The Swedish Medical Products Agency closed its investigation into Natural Cycles.<p>The Swedish Medical Products Agency has decided that Natural Cycles, the first app to be certified for contraceptive use, works like it says it does. It launched an investigation into the app after Stockholm's …

Contraception

MIT's depression-detecting AI might be its scariest creation yet

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently developed a neural network that predicts, with a relatively high level of accuracy, the likelihood a person has a cognitive impairment. If you don’t mind speaking loosely, you could call it a depression detector.<p>It’s not, but …

Cognitive Impairment

Lockheed Martin offers $250K prize for first AI drone to beat human pilot

Drone racing could soon get a boost from AI.<p>Lockheed Martin, the Drone Racing League and NVIDIA launched a challenge Wednesday called AlphaPilot, which asks participants to create artificial intelligence technology that allows autonomous drones to out-race human-piloted drones.<p>"Put that computing …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s Touring Bird is a travel tool to help vacationers find free activities in new cities

If you find yourself in a new city without a strategy<p>Google’s incubator Area 120 is at it again with a new tool to help you find vacation activities. The tool, called Touring Bird, is a website designed for mobile that lists tours, attractions, and activities to do in popular travel destinations. …

Cities

Google releases tools for probing Ethereum’s blockchain

Google isn’t slowing down with the new blockchain tech. A few months after releasing Bitcoin support for its BigQuery database tool, Google has debuted a new plug-in for analyzing the Ethereum ETH blockchain.<p>Google has provided users with a new avenue for directly interacting with Ethereum data. …

working knowledge

Apple was hacked by a 16-year-old Australian schoolboy

The wily teen "dreams" of working for Apple one day<p>Apple's internal systems were breached by an Australian teenager who made off with 90GB of …

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti leak reveals a very powerful graphics card

Nvidia’s RTX event is on Monday<p>Nvidia has been teasing its upcoming GeForce event for weeks now, and it looks like the company will unveil a new series of GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards on Monday. While Nvidia typically launches Ti (Titanium) versions of its most powerful graphics cards after the …

Supercomputers

This Underwater Scooter Can Dive Up to 130 Feet

Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.<p>There aren’t many opportunities in life to buy the same technology that’s used by James Bond, and when the opportunity presents itself, we suggest you take full advantage.<p>Any true Bond fan will recognize the direct similarities between this Whiteshark …

German Researchers Have Built a Quantum Transistor Using Just a Single Atom

A team of researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a quantum transistor using just a single atom, and capable of …

Nanotech

'Diablo III' on Switch is a comprehensive, faithful port

Crawl dungeons from anywhere with up to three friends.<p>Rumors were swirling for weeks ahead of Blizzard's heavily hyped Diablo announcement on Wednesday. Were we to see a potential spin off series, perhaps an all-new sequel to the long-running franchise? Nope, because Diablo III is coming to the …

Diablo

Google's 'Tell me something good' might just restore your faith in humanity

Being perpetually tuned into the news is not fun. Important, perhaps, but usually not particularly good for your outlook on humanity. Google, one of the world’s principal supplier of news, is taking a small step to make things better.<p>Google Assistant is testing a new feature that will only feed you …

MIT finally figures out how to get planes and submarines to communicate

The magicians at MIT have come up with another solution to one of the world's science problems.<p>On Tuesday, MIT Media Lab shared new technology for communication from underwater to the air, a feat not previously possible.<p>That's because submerged submarines cannot wirelessly communicate with an …

Swimming Pools

Pep Ávila Pictures Children's Heartbreak for an Emotional Ad Campaign

<b>All images by Pep Ávila. Used with Creative Commons permission.</b><p>Of all the things we like asking children, it’s “What do you want to be when you grow …

How to use your smartphone without leaving a trace

Cover up your digital footprints.<p>Every time you grab your phone to participate in a group chat, watch a YouTube video, or search the internet, you leave a digital trail of activity. This footprint can compromise your privacy the next time a friend borrows your device. It also puts your personal …