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Roborace unveils its first self-driving race car

Roborace unveils its first self-driving race car

Autonomous vehicle startup Roborace Ltd. has finally unveiled DevBot, the first working prototype of its self-driving race cars, which are powered by Nvidia Corp's Drive PX 2 artificial intelligence supercomputer. Backed by London-based venture capital firm Kinetik UK Ltd., Roborace wants to use competitive racing as a testing ground for self-driving AIs. In some ways, it is easier to design an autonomous vehicle to drive on racetracks than it is to design one for city streets. The conditions of the track are easier to control, and there is a lower risk of unpredictable variables such as pedestrians, potholes, and so on. There is also... more »
SimpliVity intros a 22TB all-flash hyperconverged appliance

SimpliVity intros a 22TB all-flash hyperconverged appliance

Hyperconverged infrastructure and flash storage, two of the most-buzzed about technologies in the data center today, are coming together. One of the vendors driving the trend is SimpliVity Corp., which today added a new model to its popular line of integrated appliances called the CN-5400-F that packs 14 speedy Intel S3610 SSDs into a 2U chassis. With 1.6 terabytes of speedy MLC memory each, the drives give the system about 22 terabytes of raw capacity in total. That puts it between the rivaling 11.5-terabyte NX-8035-G5 and 46-terabyte NX-8150-G5 appliances from Nutanix Inc, which launched the industry’s first all-flash hyperconverged box back in... more »
Why Ford kept its self-driving car plans secret | #theCUBE

Why Ford kept its self-driving car plans secret | #theCUBE

Ford Motor Co. has long been silent on its intentions around fully autonomous vehicles, but a recent announcement detailed the legacy car maker's plans for self-driving cars to hit production lines by 2021. Dr. Ken Washington, VP of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co., spoke with with John Furrier (@furrier), host of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, at its Ford Innovation and Research Center Campus in Palo Alto, California, as part of a special on-the-ground segment during the Ford Innovation Day event. Washington discussed the recent announcement, the concern the public has expressed over the safety of self-driving technology, and Ford's autonomous vehicle strategy. Autonomy is... more »
GE seeks to simplify the industrial IoT's mind-blowing complexity

GE seeks to simplify the industrial IoT's mind-blowing complexity

As businesses begin to connect industrial devices to the Internet in order to capture data, mine it for value and take actions based upon those insights, the task takes on almost mind-blowing complexity. The Internet of things (IoT) is relatively simple in the context of the connected home. But industrial environments are networks of interconnected devices, each with different operating characteristics, time limitations and environmental issues. Designing a capture/analyze/respond capability has to take a multitude of factors into account that don’t exist in the home. For example, some equipment operates at such high speed that the diagnoses and actions must be made in... more »
Syncsort picks up UK mainframe outfit Cogito to unlock big iron data

Syncsort picks up UK mainframe outfit Cogito to unlock big iron data

Though analytics technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, many traditional organizations still rely on mainframes for their most important data processing workloads. Syncsort Inc. hopes to put itself in a better position to target this segment by acquiring Cogito Ltd., a British firm that develops software for freeing information locked in big iron deployments. The firm sells performance optimization tools that are aimed at improving the efficiency of the popular IDMS and IBM DB/2 databases for mainframes.  Increasing resource utilization is a priority in every environment, but it’s especially important for big iron users since their software tends to be quite expensive even by enterprise standards. Cogito claims... more »
IoT & Big Data accelerate M&A tech deals

IoT & Big Data accelerate M&A tech deals

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data analytics are driving a record number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals, both for the second quarter of 2016 and the entire year to date, says a new report from Ernst & Young (EY). The second quarter saw 28 deals valued at $1 billion or more, setting a new record for big ticket M&A transactions in a single three-month period. The number of IoT-related deals soared by 28 percent year-over-year, and by 26 percent for the year. Big Data is doing nicely too, with deals rising by 13 percent in the last quarter,... more »
Microsoft is in trouble again over Windows 10 upgrade and privacy concerns

Microsoft is in trouble again over Windows 10 upgrade and privacy concerns

This time last month a report by the French Data Protection Authority in no uncertain terms blasted Microsoft for what it called excessive data collection on its Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft was given three months to comply with the French Data Protection Act, otherwise the company could face a sanction. The smoke has hardly died down from that scathing report and another report, this time by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has stated pretty much the same, that Microsoft, “Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy.” Relating to User Choice EFF made Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 upgrade push a big issue, something that took... more »
How to use Lifestage, Facebook’s new standalone video-based app for teens

How to use Lifestage, Facebook’s new standalone video-based app for teens

Facebook has launched a standalone iOS app called Lifestage for 13 to 21-year-olds that allow users to record various videos to build their profile, rather than completing text fields. The Lifestage app, created by 19-year-old Facebook product manager Michael Sayman, requests users to upload videos showing their ‘Happy Face’, Sad Face’, ‘Dislikes’, ‘Likes’, ‘Best friend’ and more. Lifestage is based on a school by school basis, so users will only be able to see the profiles of other Lifestage users who are at their school. However, the app has no way of checking whether a person actually attends a specific school,... more »
Apple said to have acquired health data startup Gliimpse

Apple said to have acquired health data startup Gliimpse

Apple is said to have acquired health data startup Gliimpse, Inc., according to a report published Monday. Fast Company claims that the acquisition occurred earlier this year but was never publicly announced, although as is standard for an Apple acquisition, the tech giant issued its standard statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," confirming that the deal did actually take place. Founded in 2013 by former Apple engineer Anil Sethi, Gliimpse ran with what they claim is a simple idea, that "everyone should be able to manage their health... more »
Android 7.0 Nougat released with extra emojis, multi-window support and more

Android 7.0 Nougat released with extra emojis, multi-window support and more

Google has released the latest version of its mobile operating system Android with version 7.0, dubbed Nougat, now available. The new version of Android comes with an impressive range of upgrades from Android Marshmallow 6.0, including new multitasking capabilities that allow users to do two things at once on a device running Android. Along with multitasking, Google is also promoting a new range of emojis, although how they'll play being sent to phones that don't support them isn't made clear in the marketing material. Here's a list of the new features: Multitasking changes: while Android was the first mobile operating system to support multitasking... more »

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