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These iRobot vacuums and mops are still on sale from Cyber Weekend

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Select iRobot robotic vacuums and mops are on sale on Amazon for up to 43% off as of Dec. 2: OUR TOP PICK: iRobot Roomba i7 -- save $300.99 BEST BUDGET PICK: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $100.99 BEST ROBOTIC MOP DEAL: iRobot Braava Jet M6 -- save $100.99 Need a new vacuum, but missed out on this year's Cyber Weekend sales? Don't worry about it-- Consumer Reports' 2020 Best Time to Buy Things list says the whole month of December is one of the few times of the year where we see deep discounts on vacuums across most major retailers. Indeed, Amazon still has kept several iRobot robotic vacuums and mops on sale at their Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices as of Dec. 2, with discounts as high as 43% on select models. You didn't really miss out at all.) Here's the lowdown: Boasting ten times the suction of iRobot's popular 600-series models, the Roomba i7 is a powerful and sleek robot vacuum with some brains to match: It comes equipped with adaptive navigation and Smart Mapping technologies on top of virtual assistant compatibility.


Oracle takes a new twist on MySQL: Adding data warehousing to the cloud service

ZDNet

MySQL, the open source relational database that came to Oracle through the Sun Microsystems acquisition, originated as a relatively simple relational database that was known for one task: transaction processing. In an announcement today, Oracle is unveiling an extended version of MySQL that takes it into data warehousing territory. It is releasing a new managed MySQL database service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that will support both transaction and analytic processing workloads. That creates a key change for MySQL users. With few if any analytic options open, MySQL users typically resorted to ETL to move data to a separate database if they needed a data warehouse.


Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 harnesses 'fusion AI' to offset processor workloads

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The Snapdragon 888 platform, unveiled on December 2 at Snapdragon Tech Summit Digital 2020, features a revised architecture, 5G multi-SIM connectivity, 5nm processes, a Kryo 680 processor (up to 2.84GHz), a third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF system, 6th-gen Qualcomm AI Engine, and a Triple Image Signal Processor (ISP) -- as well as Spectra 580 -- to data capture at up to 2.7 gigapixels per second. The latest flagship processor is expected to feature in premium mobile devices in 2021. While the revamped image processing functionality could be a way for OEMs to separate their camera-equipped smartphones from other models in a congested market, the AI functionality of the new processor family makes it possible. See also: Qualcomm brings 5G to Always On, Always Connected PCs with debut of Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 Qualcomm brings 5G to non-flagship mobiles with Snapdragon 690 Qualcomm's Cloud AI 100 aims for first half 2021 deployments Jeff Gehlhaar, VP of Technology, and Hsin-I Hsu, Senior Product Manager at Qualcomm said the 6th-generation Qualcomm AI Engine is the new jewel in Qualcomm's mobile AI crown, made possible through a substantial redesign of the AI processing system. As artificial intelligence becomes more complex -- now featured in our camera software, games, the natural language processing (NLP) capabilities of apps, and more -- an engine capable of high-performance AI processing is necessary to prompt innovation in the space.


Bungie asks lapsed 'Destiny' players to 'come back home' after split from Activision

Washington Post - Technology News

The company seems to feel especially proud after relaunching "Destiny 2″ as a free-to-play game and rebooting the 3-year-old title with "Beyond Light" last month, essentially retooling the game as a sequel without needing to create and publish a new game. Bungie is now known as the creator of "Destiny," no small feat for the studio behind "Halo," the franchise that put Microsoft and Xbox on the gaming map. But Parsons seems eager now to talk about future projects, even if he won't reveal any detail about them yet.


Amazon launches free STEM resources for kids for the Christmas holidays

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon has revealed it is expanding its range of free online STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities to keep children educate and entertained over the Christmas holidays. The tech company's selection of activities includes a new game called Cyber Robotics Challenge. This three-hour long event tasks a youngster with using maths to ensure a friend's birthday present gets delivered by an Amazon fulfilment centre robot. Amazon has also expanded its popular educational platform Maths4All to include secondary school-level activities as well as those geared towards younger pupils. Maths4All offers hundreds of worksheets on Kindle and Fire Tablets and maths challenges via Alexa.


AWS Announces Five Industrial Machine Learning Services

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Together, these five new machine learning services help industrial and manufacturing customers embed intelligence in their production processes in order to improve operational efficiency, quality control, security, and workplace safety. The services combine sophisticated machine learning, sensor analysis, and computer vision capabilities to address common technical challenges faced by industrial customers, and represent the most comprehensive suite of cloud-to-edge industrial machine learning services available. This is why more than a hundred thousand customers are using AWS for machine learning, and why customers of all sizes and across all industries are using AWS services to make machine learning core to their business strategy. To learn more about AWS's new industrial machine learning services, visit https://aws.amazon.com/industrial/.


Jumbled Word Game

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The jumbled up word is in lower case, and the player has to enter the text in lower case. Based on the text entered, if it matches the random word, then the timer stops, and in the bottom "Right" message is generated, and the score gets updated. Else the gameplay continues till the timer countdown finishes. If an attempt is made by the player and is incorrect, then in the bottom, a "Wrong" message is generated. In the case of no attempt, only the timer countdown value is shown when finished.


The Cambrian AI Explosion Ramps Up

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There's been a lot of news lately on the AI chip front, so I wanted to share a short synopsis of what has been happening for anyone who may be distracted by the holidays. Let's start with the big news. Amazon AWS (AMZN) made two significant AI announcements on December 1st at the annual AWS re:Invent conference. First, Andy Jassy, AWS head, announced that the cloud leader would offer Intel's Gaudi training chip in the elastic cloud. The AWS deployment is the first traction we have seen for Gaudi, which Intel received in its $2B acquisition of Habana Labs last year. This is long-awaited good news for Intel.


AI Predicts Cancer Killing Drug Combos

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The accurate detection of disease outcomes still remains a challenging obstacle for physicians. As a result, machine learning (ML) has emerged as a popular tool for researchers. It can aid in discovering and identifying patterns and relationships from complex datasets, while predicting future outcomes. Now, researchers at Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Turku in Finland report they have developed a machine learning model that can predict how combinations of different cancer drugs kill various types of cancer cells. The new AI model was trained with a large set of data obtained from previous studies, which had investigated the association between drugs and cancer cells.


Context Labs Announces Roberto Rigobon to Join as Chief Advisor

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Distinguished thought leadership and guidance will help position CXL's Immutably'Ground Truth' Platform in ESG and sustainability markets Context Labs proudly announces that Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and award-winning Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will join the team as a Chief Economics and Data Science Advisor. Roberto has decades of experience and thought leadership in various economic disciplines to include Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) analytics and ratings. He is also one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project and a co-founder of PriceStats. Roberto will collaborate with the Context Labs team on technology that will allow the construction and processing of machine learning and artificial intelligence-generated indicators. This will be based on granular data collected to capture "ground truth" into a robust index that strives to build an "optimum portfolio" leveraging ESG Alpha signals.