Facebook wants to be able to filter content, including live video streams, in real-time. The company said at a Paris technology conference that it’s going to design its own machine learning (ML) processors to achieve that goal. Facebook had previously designed its own server architecture, motherboards, and its own communication chips for the data center. High-Performance Content Filtering Facebook’s chief artificial intelligence scientist Yann LeCun said that the company would like to take down offensive videos, like someone live-streaming a murder or a suicide, as they happen. However, such capability would require “a huge amount of compute power,” as well as consume a lot of power. At the Viva Technology conference, LeCun noted: "There’s a huge drive to design chips that are more energy-efficient for that. A large number of companies are working on this, including Facebook.You’ve seen that trend from hardware companies like Intel, Samsung, Nvidia. … [Read more...] about Facebook To Design Its Own Chips For Real-Time Content Filtering
We are used to hearing doom and gloom about the state of the high street. There is no doubt that we are living through difficult times, with store openings down and closures on the rise. The number of new high street stores opening in 2017 fell to 4,083, from 4,534 in 2016, according to research compiled by the Local Data Company (LDC) for PwC, which studied the top 500 town centres across Great Britain. 5,855 outlets closed on the nation’s high streets in 2017, at a rate of 16 stores a day, a slight increase on the 15 stores a day closing in 2016. The findings equate to an overall net loss of 1,772 stores disappearing from Britain’s town centres in 2017.With the move to convenient and cheap online shopping clearly one of the key factors behind this squeeze on traditional high street shops, it is more important than ever that ‘bricks and mortar’ stores evaluate how they interact with customers. A Valued Destination It tends to be forgotten amid … [Read more...] about “Price and convenience”
TAKE A LOOK at this gorgeously beautiful site. You see there, under Chris's scowling baldy head there are some sharing buttons? You see the squiggly one? Yeah, that's for sharing to Stumbleupon. Yeah, we know - we'd forgotten about it too. And now it's closing. From June 30th, you'll need to find another way to share links and, ahem, stumble upon random links you wouldn't have otherwise spotted. After 16 years, 60 billion stumbles and 40 million users, it's all over. A new service called Mix will rise out of the flames, and accounts will be migrated there, at which point Stumbleupon is no more. Garret Camp, who founded both sites announced the news on Medium this week, explaining: "After careful consideration, we've made the decision to focus fully on building Mix and transition StumbleUpon accounts into Mix.com over the next couple months. We have built Mix to work on every browser and smartphone, to make the transition as smooth as possible. With a few clicks, you can register and … [Read more...] about Stumbleupon trips over for a final time, aged 16
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon, so where is iOS 11.4? There’s a movement for “sustainability in the App Store” for app developers. A new eGPU is on the market. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 606.Watch us liveThe Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.Take our pollWhat features of iOS 11.4 are you most excited about? Let us know in our Twitter poll and leave a comment.Get infoHere are relevant links to get more info on the stuff we discussed on the show. iOS 11.4 FAQ Fed Up With Apple’s Policies, App Developers Form a ‘Union’ (Wired) The Developers Union Hands on: Razer’s Core X GPU enclosure is cheaper, bigger, and even works with Macs Subscribe to … [Read more...] about Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Pacific
Part of an organisation’s planning for digital transformation should include an evaluation of the employee skills that will be needed to support digital initiatives. Without human resource planning the organisation may find itself with a skills gap which can delay or undermine the gains the digital initiative would provide. For example, many digital initiatives, such as incorporating artificial intelligence into existing systems, require cognitive thinking skills, non-routine tasks and the ability to work with a tremendous amount of digital data. An evaluation of the organisation’s current skillset against the digital initiative will likely reveal skill areas that are lacking. The company can then decide if current employees have the capabilities to learn new skills and the time it takes for training, or whether a new set of skills need to be sourced. In evaluating a company’s human resource capabilities, there are four areas to consider. 1. Create … [Read more...] about Is your organisation ready for digital transformation?
Business intelligence (BI) software is designed to help enterprises discover and visualize their data to drive better business outcomes. These widely deployed applications come in various forms, including high-priced offerings, but many businesses are well served by free services that incorporate most of the key features organizations need.There are many factors and options to consider when evaluating BI tools because some are better suited to particular uses, while others require more extensive coding skills or a background in data science.We’ve reviewed dozens of providers to identify the best free BI software on the market today. After weighing their strengths and limitations, studying reviews by industry leaders and analyzing rankings from various research firms, we’ve selected the following six apps (presented in alphabetical order) to help you find the solution that's best for you.BIRTBIRT is an open source business intelligence platform that has been downloaded more … [Read more...] about The best free BI tools, 2018
CANONICAL AND MICROSOFT have confirmed the arrival of the recently announced Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in the Windows Store. As the love-in between Windows and Linux accelerates, this is the second version of Linux to arrive in the store. It offers access to a command line for the operating system which can then interact with many aspects of Windows, all from a single boot. Several versions of Linux are now available in Windows, but it's not just a case of download and run - the Linux Subsystem for Windows has to be switched on, which you do by messing about in Windows settings - it's in the "Turn Windows Features on and off" menu. As you may recall, this version, also known as 'Bionic Beaver' is going to be supported by Canonical for three years, so if you're not a regular Linux user, and need it to ‘just work' when you want it, you'd be wise setting this version up. It gives Windows users access to bash, ssh and so on alongside Powershell and the Command Line in a Windows GUI … [Read more...] about Canonical brings Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to Microsoft’s Windows Store
Following the release of Apple's latest iPad geared at the education sector, Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a new line of lower-cost Surface tablets as early as the second half of 2018, according to those familiar with the matter.The tech giant unsuccessfully tried this before back in 2012 with the release of the original Surface RT. When the tablet launched it retailed for $499 which made it difficult for consumers to justify the price as the device ran a dumbed-down version of Windows. Microsoft then pivoted to the more-expensive Surface Pro line which offered better performance and more features. The company's new tablets will take inspiration from the Surface Pro but will sport a smaller 10-inch screen with rounded edges to make them more accessible. Microsoft has also apparently decided to include USB-C connectivity for the first time on a Surface device.The new line is also expected to be about 20 per cent lighter than the current Surface models but will have … [Read more...] about Microsoft takes on the iPad with planned low-cost Surface devices
In today’s world, being constantly connected to people and systems through devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers is pretty much a normal state of affairs. And this ‘always on’ situation will only increase over time - everything will talk to everything else: person-to-person, machine-to-person and machine-to-machine. While this opens up a world of opportunities, the downside is that more and more connections also mean more and more opportunities for attack and compromise. The question remains can you provide adequate security in a cloud age where everything is connected to everything else? The good news is that many of these interactions rely on an API (Application Programming Interface) to communicate to an application or system somewhere in the world. APIs have quickly become the primary channel for business transactions in most modern enterprises. When you type in a website address, for example, the request goes out to a remote server belonging to … [Read more...] about API security: gold rush or wild west?
Courting new technologies is a risk for IT leaders, who must wisely allocate finite budgets to hardware, software and services they believe will support business operations. Bad bets can set the company back years and ultimately prove catastrophic for CIOs.This is particularly true in the digital era, as a proliferation of newer technologies such as cloud, analytics and machine learning render vendor selection more vital than ever. To select the best tools for the tasks, CIOs conduct "proof-of-concepts" (PoCs), essentially pilot tests in which they model how technologies will run in their organizations.Frequently these experiments include “bake-offs,” or competitions between vendors with similar solutions. Technologies that don't run well are quickly jettisoned in an era where failing fast is fashionable and getting a viable solution into production is the ultimate goal.CIOs recently shared with CIO.com details about PoCs and bakeoffs they have conducted, along with tips on … [Read more...] about 7 tips for battle-testing new technologies