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This week's best deals: Amazon Fire tablets, Apple MacBook Pro and more

Engadget

A bunch of the newest laptops, tablets and other gadgets are discounted this week. Amazon slashed the prices of its latest Fire tablets to all-time lows and you can still grab a few of Apple's latest MacBook Pros while they're hundreds of dollars off. You can also get a free Echo Show 5 and Philips Hue light bulb from Best Buy when you buy Amazon's Echo Studio smart speaker. Here are the best deals from the week that you can still buy today. Amazon's newest Fire tablets are back down to their lowest prices ever.


Fooling deep neural networks for object detection with adversarial 3-D logos

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Over the past decade, researchers have developed a growing number of deep neural networks that can be trained to complete a variety of tasks, including recognizing people or objects in images. While many of these computational techniques have achieved remarkable results, they can sometimes be fooled into misclassifying data. An adversarial attack is a type of cyberattack that specifically targets deep neural networks, tricking them into misclassifying data. It does this by creating adversarial data that closely resembles and yet differs from the data typically analyzed by a deep neural network, prompting the network to make incorrect predictions, failing to recognize the slight differences between real and adversarial data. In recent years, this type of attack has become increasingly common, highlighting the vulnerabilities and flaws of many deep neural networks.


The Quiet Growth of Race-Detection Software Sparks Concerns Over Bias

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

In the last few years, companies have started using such race-detection software to understand how certain customers use their products, who looks at their ads, or what people of different racial groups like. Others use the tool to seek different racial features in stock photography collections, typically for ads, or in security, to help narrow down the search for someone in a database. In China, where face tracking is widespread, surveillance cameras have been equipped with race-scanning software to track ethnic minorities. The field is still developing, and it is an open question how companies, governments and individuals will take advantage of such technology in the future. Use of the software is fraught, as researchers and companies have begun to recognize its potential to drive discrimination, posing challenges to widespread adoption.


Michigan developing driverless car corridor

The Japan Times

San Francisco – Michigan announced an initiative to explore the development of a more than 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of road dedicated to connected and autonomous vehicles between the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit. The project will be led by Cavnue, a subsidiary of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, and will be supported by an advisory committee that includes General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as well as autonomous driving startups Argo AI and Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo. "We are taking the initial steps to build the infrastructure to help us test and deploy the cars of the future," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. Michigan said the dedicated autonomous vehicle (AV) corridor is the first of its kind and eventually will improve safety and transit access for communities along the road. The first two years of the project will focus on testing technology and exploring the viability of a highway dedicated to vehicles that drive themselves.


Oracle brings the Autonomous Database to JSON

ZDNet

Long synonymous with relational databases, Oracle wants to tell developers that it's not only for SQL programmers or priced just for enterprises. And so, it's announcing a new JSON-only document database service on the Oracle Cloud on its most accessible platform – the Autonomous Database – to appeal to developers looking at JSON as their default. And it is pricing it very aggressively. The Oracle Autonomous JSON Database is exactly what the name states – it's the document-based edition of the Oracle Database that stores data natively as JSON documents and collections. And while you can query JSON documents using SQL (this is Oracle, remember?), You can run all the core create-read-update-delete (CRUD) functions through Java, JavaScript, Node.js,


This mesh WiFi system is on sale — and includes a free Amazon Echo Show

Mashable

TL;DR: You can buy the convenient eero AC dual-band mesh WiFi system three-pack for only $199.99 at Best Buy as of Aug. 13. You save $50 and receive a free Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display valued at $89.99. A solid internet connection is our most important resource when working, studying, or doing almost anything from home. But it's harder to maintain these days if your home WiFi network is a constant battle for bandwidth between streaming, online gaming, virtual learning, or working from home, if you have that luxury. To guarantee a strong signal in every corner of your house, then it's time to invest in a discounted but powerful WiFi mesh system at Best Buy. Get a three-pack of the eero AC dual-band mesh WiFi system for just $199.99 at Best Buy.


Alexa, have you been hacked? New research finds major security flaws in Amazon’s virtual assistant

Mashable

"Alexa, is a hacker listening to everything I say to you?" Cybersecurity firm Check Point just published its latest research into Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa. The report details major vulnerabilities allowing hackers to access your Alexa account and, in turn, your personal data. "Our findings show that certain Amazon/Alexa subdomains were vulnerable to Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) misconfiguration and Cross Site Scripting," reads the report. "Using the XSS we were able to get the CSRF token and perform actions on the victim's behalf." Translation: The flaws allowed malicious actors to install and delete skills -- anything from legitimate news apps to malicious skills developed by the hackers to steal your info -- on your Alexa account and obtain your personal information through those skills.


Facebook AI Chief Pushes the Technology's Limits

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

As babies drop spoons and cups from their high-chairs, they come to understand the concept of gravity. To a parent, it might seem like the process takes forever, but babies typically grasp the idea in a few months. Algorithms require much more data and time to learn much narrower lessons. A handful of scientists are pushing the furthest limits of artificial intelligence by training it to better learn by itself, more like a baby. "This is the single most important problem to solve in AI today," says Yann LeCun, chief artificial intelligence scientist at Facebook Inc.


Sentiment Analysis using Deep Learning

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The growth of the internet due to social networks such as facebook, twitter, Linkedin, instagram etc. has led to significant users interaction and has empowered users to express their opinions about products, services, events, their preferences among others. It has also provided opportunities to the users to share their wisdom and experiences with each other. The faster development of social networks is causing explosive growth of digital content. It has turned online opinions, blogs, tweets, and posts into a very valuable asset for the corporates to get insights from the data and plan their strategy. Business organizations need to process and study these sentiments to investigate data and to gain business insights(Yadav & Vishwakarma, 2020).


Amazon's Echo Show 5 is the perfect accessory for your desk

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

You can choose from a variety of customizable clock faces to match your home's décor. Amazon's Echo Show 5 may be small, but it's loaded with many of the same features as bigger and more expensive models like the 2nd-generation Echo Show and Echo Show 8. The Echo Show 5 is great for tight spaces like desks, nightstands, and other books of the home. It comes with a front-facing camera so you can video chat with friends and family. The screen is bright and the resolution, while lower than other small smart displays, is pretty sharp given its petite size.