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The LG Stylo 6 phone comes with a 6.8 inch screen that's bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, has a stylus and a hefty 64 GB of internal storage – on par with the iPhone and Galaxy. What's also different is the retail price: $299 vs. the other phones, which both start in the $1,000 range? The phone could appeal to those looking for basic calls, texts and email reading, but when it comes to moving files, watching video and the like, you'll probably want to shop elsewhere. The Stylo 6 has picked up good reviews for most of its features except for one very important one – sluggish performance. That's the tradeoff you're going to have to make.

YI Technology Unveils Two New Advanced Artificial Intelligence Home Security Solutions


YI Technology (YI), the global provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies and products, announced the launch of the Kami Mini Indoor Camera, a tiny indoor security camera with a big brain, and the YI Dome Camera U, a complete coverage home security camera with extra privacy features. Both home security solutions are powered by YI Technology's proprietary, EDGE-based artificial intelligence (AI) technology which offers the most advanced feature set at the lowest possible price point to make smart home technology more accessible to the masses. YI has pioneered the development of a series of AI-enabled camera processing integrated circuits (ICs) which power Kami Mini and YI Dome Camera U. The sophisticated System-On-a-Chip (SoC) processing leverages Edge-based AI allowing for more advanced computing, fewer false alerts, and guaranteed access to AI features whether or not the user has a cloud subscription. Embedding the advanced AI chip in the camera also reduces detection latency because detection happens directly on the device rather than sending it to the cloud and waiting for a return signal. Recommended AI News: Cryptocurrency Prodigy, Joseph "PlugWalkJoe" O'Connor, Is Helping People Everywhere Master Crypto AI-Based Alerts & Face Detection: Equipped with the latest Edge Computing enabled chip, users can review all the faces that appear in their clips directly in the YI Home or Kami Home Apps.

Thwarting Side-Channel Attacks

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The same attributes that give deep learning its ability to tell images apart are helping attackers break into the cryptoprocessors built into integrated circuits that were meant improve their security. The same technology may provide the tools that will let chip designers find effective countermeasures, but it faces an uphill struggle. Side-channel attacks have been a concern for decades, as they have been used in the hacking of smartcard-based payment systems and pay-TV decoders, as well as in espionage. Yet the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) and edge systems and their use in large-scale, commercially sensitive applications makes such attacks a growing worry for chipmakers. The innate connectivity of IoT devices means success in obtaining private encryption keys from them may open up network access on cloud-based systems that rely on their data.

A Microsoft Teams smart speaker moves Cortana to the conference room


Microsoft's Cortana-powered consumer speakers are dead. Long live...Cortana powered Teams speakers? During a Microsoft Ignite keynote by Jared Spataro, the vice president of Microsoft 365, Microsoft showed off a demonstration room powered by some of its latest hardware, including the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S, plus companion devices like Teams Rooms, which are third-party bundles of cameras and small displays for facilitating meetings. Microsoft's idea is that the Teams Rooms devices will manage the meetings, with voice assistance using Cortana, and capabilities like Teams casting and the Room remote app for facilitating conferences. One of the key capabilities of the Microsoft Teams software is its ability to listen to, record, and transcribe the conversation.

Qualcomm's mid-range chip uses AI to clean up the audio on voice calls


Qualcomm has unveiled the Snapdragon 750G, a 5G-capable processor designed for mid-range smartphones rather than higher-tier devices that might use the Snapdragon 765G. The key feature is an updated 4 TOPS (trillion operations per second) AI system that can do echo cancellation and background vocal noise suppression for gaming, chat and voice assistants. Qualcomm says it can filter noise like "construction, children, or a barking dog" so that listeners only hear your voice. The new chip offers a 20 percent CPU and 10 percent GPU boost over the Snapdragon 730G, thanks to new Adreno 619 GPU and Kryo 750 CPU. And just like the Snapdragon 765G, it supports both mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G, along with TDD, FDD, dynamic spectrum sharing and multi-SIM support.

Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm WSJD - Technology

During modern computing's first epoch, one trend reigned supreme: Moore's Law. Actually a prediction by Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore rather than any sort of physical law, Moore's Law held that the number of transistors on a chip doubles roughly every two years. It also meant that performance of those chips--and the computers they powered--increased by a substantial amount on roughly the same timetable. This formed the industry's core, the glowing crucible from which sprang trillion-dollar technologies that upended almost every aspect of our day-to-day existence. As chip makers have reached the limits of atomic-scale circuitry and the physics of electrons, Moore's law has slowed, and some say it's over.

The best deals we found this week: $50 off AirPods Pro and more


This week was jam-packed with new product announcements but we also got a couple of good deals, too. Apple's AirPods Pro remain at their lowest price ever -- only $199 -- and the latest MacBook Air is $100 off. Those in need of a new smartphone can grab the latest from Samsung for $200 less and the solid Beats Solo Pro headphones are down to $199. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today. You can get AirPods Pro for their lowest price ever, only $199, on Amazon, Walmart or Staples.

Qualcomm's Cloud AI 100 aims for first half 2021 deployments


Qualcomm is targeting first half 2021 commercial edge computing deployments for its Cloud AI 100 family of artificial intelligence inference processors and is releasing a hardware developer kit. The edge computing deployments for the Cloud AI 100 family represent a key milestone for Qualcomm. The company outlined its Cloud AI 100 family last year and worked through the sample and production silicon cadence throughout 2020. Simply put, Qualcomm has made some good progress since its 2019 Cloud AI 100 launch. John Kehrli, senior director product management for Qualcomm's Cloud AI 100 effort, said the combination of 5G and AI has spurred edge computing innovation.

A realistic picture of how AI fits into today's economy


So you're interested in AI? Then join our online event, TNW2020, where you'll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses. You just need to look at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to see how much of the technology we create just doesn't cut it and gets tossed into the wastebin of innovation because it doesn't find a working business model. Where does artificial intelligence stand? Recent advances in machine learning have surely created a lot of excitement -- and fear -- around artificial intelligence. A text-generating AI that writes articles in mere seconds.

This week's best deals: $200 off the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and more


Labor Day weekend deals extended into the rest of the week with a number of sales on electronics and home appliances. Amazon's $99 Instant Pot deal is still available while August's latest WiFi smart lock can still be had for $30 off. Some of the latest gadgets are on sale, too, including Apple's 2020 iPad Pros and Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra smartphone (which just came out). Here are the best deals from this week that you can still grab today. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has only been available for about a month and it's already on sale.