Microsoft Dumps Mobile References, Declares AI Top Priority in 2017

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Microsoft has effectively announced a pivot away from mobile and towards AI and deep learning in its latest 10-K filing. But is this a rebrand or a serious attempt to tackle the nascent AI market?

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ASML Claims Major EUV Lithography Milestone

ASML took a significant step towards bringing EUV lithography to market this week, but the company hedged its bets in its announcement.

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The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/252773-asml-claims-major-euv-lithography-milestone-introduction-dates-still-uncertain?source=Computing

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Apple prepares AirPod owners for the future by delaying shipping for weeks

With Apple steadily inching towards a future where wires are superfluous, the company in early September announced a new pair of wireless headphones called AirPods.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/26/apple-prepares-airpod-owners-for-future-by-delaying-shipping-for-weeks.html

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This week on AI: Apple's March 21 event, 'iPhone 7' rumors, 'GovtOS' resistance & more

Article Image Media attention naturally gravitated towards Apple’s March 21 press event, where the company is expected to show off a new 4-inch iPhone and an updated 9.7-inch iPad. Plenty of other happenings were in the air though, including “iPhone 7″ rumors and Apple’s ongoing confrontation with the Department of Justice and the FBI over encryption.

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Sharp leaning towards Foxconn takeover, but with no exclusive negotiations, CEO says

Article Image Sharp is indeed leaning towards a takeover by Apple’s main manufactuing partner, Foxconn, but no exclusive negotiating rights have been offered, the company’s CEO announced at a Thursday press conference.

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A ‘memory foam’ approach to machine learning could reboot artificial intelligence

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Towards the goal of creating a more robust system of unsupervised learning, a team at Loughborough University in the UK has been perfecting an artificial intelligence model based on “memory foam.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/216080-a-memory-foam-approach-to-machine-learning-could-reboot-the-field-of-artificial-intelligence

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Apple supplier LG Display to spend nearly $1B on fourth OLED display plant

LG Display on Thursday announced plans to devote almost $1 billion towards building a fourth OLED factory, one that could potentially be instrumental in keeping up with demand for products like the Apple Watch.

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Apple brings its Metal API to OS X 10.11, kicks Vulkan to the curb

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While bringing its Metal API to OS X fits Apple’s drive towards controlling the software stack, the company has a weak track record when it comes to delivering GPU feature updates and capabilities in software.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/207767-apple-brings-its-metal-api-to-os-x-10-11-kicks-vulkan-to-the-curb

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First Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors hint at crazy 2K or 4K screen

Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is out of the gate, the Internet’s attention is gravitating towards Samsung’s bigger flagship: the Galaxy Note 5. Samsung typically busts out the new Note in September at IFA, but the very first rumors about the phablet are already out, and we expect to see a whole lot more of them ahead of its launch.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/05/08/first-samsung-galaxy-note-5-rumors-hint-at-crazy-2k-or-4k-screen/

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Is IBM Making Plans For The End Of Silicon?

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Since the computer age began, microchips have consistently been shrunk to smaller and smaller sizes. Moore’s Law, articulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts, fairly accurately to date, that the number of transistors we can fit on a microchip will double every 18 to 24 months, constantly increasing computer speed and efficiency. Many computer scientists and engineers, however, believe we will soon reach a point where the traditional chip circuitry made of silicon will be too microscopic to work reliably.

So what’s going to happen? No one is sure yet, but chipmakers are already making moves to safeguard the future of hardware development. This week, IBM announced plans to allocate $3 billion over five years to chip research. While the company’s overall R&D expenditures will remain the same, there is a new focus not only on miniaturizing circuitry to 7 nanometers, but also on replacing silicon chips with alternative technologies.

Georgia Tech computer scientist Tom Conte tells Popular Science that 7-nanometer transistors are “basically the size of large atoms. There are a lot of unknown quantum effects” that can’t be controlled, so chipmakers can’t guarantee reliable function.

Intel can currently make transistors at 22 nanometers wide, and plans to offer 14 nanometers next year. Moore’s Law has generally held true — we’ve been increasing the number of transistors on chips for decades now. But according to Conte, “there’s been no big benefit for a while now.” From 1994 to 1998, maximum CPU clock speeds rose by 300 percent. Between 2007 to 2011, those speeds increased by a mere 33 percent.

Conte predicts “silicon’s days are numbered. We’ve hit a place where we need to step back and rethink how we design computers.” IBM seems to agree. Their recent announcement cited several different burgeoning technologies that could lead to breakthroughs in chip development, making them not only smaller, but also more efficient and more reliable.

One is quantum computing, where the goal is to increase a computer’s operational capabilities. Tradidtional bits of information have values of only 0 or 1, but quantum bits can hold values of 0, 1, or both at the same time, enabling a system to process millions of calculations at the same time.

Another option is to pursue neurosynaptic computing, which uses circuitry that is “based on the structures we see in the brain,” says Conte. The idea is to make computers emulate certain processes that neurological systems excel at, like pattern detection.

Nanophotonics (also known as silicon photonics) process information using pulses of light rather than electrical signals. In their announcement, IBM expressed hopes that nanophotonics could provide “a super highway for large volumes of data to move at rapid speeds between computer chips in servers.”

The current structure of microchips might also remain the same, save for silicon. Carbon nanotubes – single atomic sheets of carbon rolled up into tubes – reportedly perform better 10 times faster than silicon, and could act a simple replacement for transistor material.

None of these technologies, however, have had enough testing. Furthermore, some experts remain ardently skeptical that silicon is even on its way out. “I wouldn’t bet a dollar on of this stuff,” says MIT computer scientist Srini Devadas. “The quantum stuff is just so far out,” he says, and he doesn’t believe carbon nanotubes or nanophotonics could feasibly compete with silicon in the near future. Transistor miniaturization will probably still slow down considerably once we reach 7 nanometers, but Devadas believes there’s still a lot of room for innovation using existing materials. “Why not just develop a variant of silicon that works?” he asks.

Devadas also points out that the $3 billion IBM has pledged is “small peanuts” compared to the hundreds of billions chipmakers like IBM and Intel are already putting into research for silicon innovation. He believes that as silicon transistors continue to shrink, people are anxious to see other technologies usher in a “post-silicon” era, making IBM’s announcement seem more significant than it actually is.

Regardless of how promising other technologies turn out to be, it’s pretty clear that silicon is here to stay for at least the next few years. “It’s the incumbent,” says Devadas. “Nothing else can compete.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.popsci.com/article/gadgets/ibm-making-plans-end-silicon

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AOL 2.0: How Facebook is bringing back the walled garden internet ecosystem

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Facebook announced a new Newsfeed program today and took a step towards reinventing itself in the process. The oddity is, it’s inventing itself as a reincarnation of AOL.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/181332-aol-2-0-how-facebook-is-bringing-back-the-walled-garden-internet-ecosystem

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