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Google's dedicated TensorFlow processor, or TPU, crushes Intel, Nvidia in inference workloads - ExtremeTech

Google’s dedicated TensorFlow processor, or TPU, crushes Intel, Nvidia in inference workloads<p>By on April 6, 2017 at 9:48 am<p>This site may earn …

Deep Learning

Vladimir Putin HATES this meme so much Russia banned it

A viral meme appears to have hurt poor Russian President Vladimir Putin's very sensitive feelings.<p>Last week, the Russian justice ministry added an …

Final Fantasy 14 and its expansion are on sale for super cheap

Just in time to get ready for the second expansion, Stormblood!<p><i>Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn</i> is one of our favorite MMOs, and its first expansion pack, <i>Heavensward</i>, largely carried that quality forward. Now developer Square Enix is preparing for the launch of a second expansion pack, <i>Stormblood</i>. …

Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning

Microsoft is getting into the “fun camera app” game with a new iOS application called Sprinkles, which has now earned a featured spot in the “New apps we love” section of the App Store. The gist with Sprinkles, clearly aimed at a teen audience, is to offer a variety of traditional photo decorating …

Machine Learning

PSA: Using a VPN can protect your browsing history as Congress allows ISPs to sell it

Well, it’s official. Both the Senate and the House voted to overturn privacy rules created by the FCC, and your ISP will now be free to sell your Internet browsing history and location data to advertisers.<p>Internet service providers will have a few expenses to set off against this revenue stream – …

Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.

As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online.<p>Now, as more and more brands find their ads …

AdTech

There's an island overrun with bunnies in Japan, and of course we have pictures

Would you believe us if we told you that somewhere in the Pacific Ocean lies a tiny island inhabited by friendly rabbits? Yes, it’s true! There is …

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i><i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Microsoft engineer Rico Mariani is leaving after 29 years

Microsoft veteran Rico Mariani today announced that he’ll be leaving the company after almost three decades.<p>Mariani has worked on Edge, Internet Explorer, Sidewalk, and multiple releases of Visual Studio. He developed a following inside and outside Microsoft over the years through his blog, …

How To Live Longer? Scientists Identify Molecule That Plays Key Role In DNA Damage, Aging

You’d think that since dying is the one thing all of us — and our ancestors before us — have been doing for the last 3.7 billion years, we’d have …

Scientists Have Found A Strikingly Effective Way To Help You Get Over Your Phobias

This new therapy could also lead to better treatments for people with social anxiety and PTSD.<p>There’s plenty of psychological research to back up the idea that facing a phobia can be the best way to get over it. But all the evidence in the world doesn’t necessarily make it easier to cozy up to, …

Read the email a Google recruiter sent a job candidate to prepare him for the interview

After the initial screening step, he received an email from the recruiter, telling him what to expect in a phone interview with a senior PM at Google.<p>When he shared it with me, I couldn't believe it. In my work at Recruitring, a candidate prescreening-call platform, I've never seen an email that …

Here are the Top 37 Things You'll Regret When You're Old

Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and oftentimes it can lead to regret.<p>Some people have the philosophy that everything happens for a reason, and there …

7 Pro Study Tips That Will Make You Feel Like a Genius

These research-backed tips can help you learn more, faster, and with less effort.<p>Smart isn't just something you are. It's something you do.<p>A boatload of science shows that, when it comes to how fast we learn, context and strategy are nearly as important as sheer mental horsepower. Or as Mikey …

Learning

Science Says This Is the Most Effective Way to Learn (but You Weren't Taught It in School)

This is the best way to study, research shows, but most schools don't teach it.<p>Whether you went to school in Alabama or Alaska, a pricey private institution or the local public elementary, chances are excellent that your day was organized roughly the same. The day was carved into a certain number …

Learning

Kindle for iOS finally gets the “Send to Kindle” feature, challenging Pocket and Instapaper

Amazon has quietly rolled out the “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle for iOS application that allows you to save to the app articles and documents found on the web. That means your Kindle device or app can replace your preferred “read it later” application — like Pocket or Instapaper, for …

Apps

Jeff Bezos suits up in giant robot armor as Amazon prepares to take over the world

Looking for another terrifying 2017 moment to keep you up at night? We can't imagine why, but here ya go: Jeff Bezos in a giant mechanical robot …

Jeff Bezos

My Way of (Purely Functional) Programming

Herein I will describe <i>my programming style</i> as well as my experience with Haskell, as an example for purely functional programming.<p>I sometimes call my …

Instant Analysis: How Will Facebook's Oculus Rift Price Cut Affect the Virtual Reality Market?

A price cut for Oculus Rift hardware won't make the platform a mainstream sales hit.<p><b>Facebook</b> (NASDAQ:FB) has implemented price reductions for its …

A therapist explains the negative effects a toxic boss can have on your life

As a therapist, I've had many clients enter my office saying things like, "My boss is a bully. I might have to quit my job," and "I used to like my job. But under new leadership, it's intolerable. I'm not sure how much longer I can do this."<p>In a rural area, it's common to see several people working …

A small but significant number of men have dropped out of the workforce entirely to play video games

That's about 20 million unemployed US men, of which 7 million aren't even looking for work, the New York Times reported last year.<p>Erik Hurst, an economist at the University of Chicago, thinks a number of them are now playing video games full time, according to The Economist:<p>They are not leaving …

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Art

The futurist has some wild ideas about where artificial intelligence is going.<p>Futurist (and current director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of predictions about the future--and many of them have come true. In his 1990 book <i>The Age of Intelligent Machines</i>, Kurzweil foresaw …

Singularity

How Smart People Handle Difficult People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negativity they spread, while others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they …

Chattanooga-based Skuid raises $25 million for its “codeless” app development toolkit

Pitching a “codeless” user interface that allows anyone in a business to develop applications for business intelligence, Skuid has raised $25 million in new financing.<p>Based in Chattanooga, Tenn., Skuid is indicative of the type of startup that is cropping up outside of the traditional innovation …

skuid

How to Build a 'Franken-Startup' Entirely Out of Software Services

As an entrepreneur, you can stretch your labor farther by making machines do most of it.<p>There are two pieces of advice every founder has heard: Keep your startup as lean as possible, and only do things that are high-leverage uses of your time. There's an obvious tension here: How are you supposed …

Small Business

Airbnb just raised a massive $1 billion funding round that values the company at around $31 billion

CNBC was the first to report the closing of the round.<p>Airbnb raised $555,462,180 as part of its Series F round late last year, according to a source close to the company, and Thursday's SEC filing shows it has now closed its Series F raise with another $447,849,885, bringing the total raise to over …

Facebook debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360

Facebook has devoted major resources and billions of dollars to virtual reality, but there has been a pretty clear line between what happens in the main Facebook app and what happens on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.<p>Today, Facebook is intertwining the real and virtual worlds of Facebook a bit by …

Virtual Reality

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

Mental Health

New Zealand Will Give You a Free Trip If You Agree to a Job Interview

Anyone else looking for a career change?<p>If New Zealand is on your bucket list, it's time to fill out a job application. You see, the tech industry in Wellington, New Zealand is trying to recruit experts from around the world to their community, so they're offering a free trip if you can prove you …