Wireless networks along the Texas coast suffered outages as a result of Hurricane Harvey, federal regulators said, leaving customers in some counties with limited or no cellphone service. Rockport, Texas, near where the hurricane made landfall, was the hardest hit, according to the Federal Communications Commission. About 95% of cell sites there aren't working, the agency said Sunday, meaning cellphone users relying on the sites can't send or receive phone calls or data. Of the 7,804 cell sites across the region, 320 are out of service, or about 4%. The hardest-hit areas are Aransas County, Refugio County, Calhoun County and San Patricio County.
In November 2015 when NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang proposed that "machine learning is high performance computing's first killer app for consumers," there was only sketchy evidence to back up that claim. Today though, it looks like the NVIDIA chief was just a little ahead of his time. He went on to say that "supercomputing technology is in the process of extending well beyond supercomputing itself. These advancements are in the process of revolutionizing consumer applications, cloud services, the auto industry and autonomous machines." When Huang spoke those words at the 2015 Supercomputing Conference (SC15) in Austin, Texas, NVIDIA stock was trading at around $30 per share.
The Future Today Institute today unveiled the latest annual Tech Trends Report, which highlights 315 trends, up from 225 last year. This is the 12th year of the Tech Trends Report. The report highlights top trends in areas like energy, robotics, AI, transportation, data, privacy, and security. Future Today Institute director and New York University Stern School of Business professor Amy Webb will release the report and detail highlights in a presentation today at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The report is written to be accessible to Fortune 500 companies as well as small business owners, universities, governments, and startups.
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Google's self-driving cars are likely to roll out to four more US cities in the months ahead, if a new filing at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is anything to go by. On January 26, Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car program, requested renewal of the company's Experimental Authority for radio transmitters operating in the 76 GHz range. These are almost certainly long-range radars fitted to Google's prototype self-driving cars. The heavily-redacted filing notes that the mobile transmitters are currently located in Mountain View, Calif., and Austin, Tex., but states that Google is planning to test in four additional locations. One is likely to be Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Google just posted a vacancy for a Program Manager for self-driving cars.