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Bill Gates on the Next 40 Years in Technology

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For PC Magazine's charter issue(Opens in a new window) in early 1982, the newly minted editor-in-chief and publisher David Bunnell flew to Seattle to interview a fresh-faced, 26-year-old Bill Gates, the president and co-founder of a little software company called Microsoft. Bunnell's goal with this exclusive interview was to understand the part Microsoft and its software played in the development of the groundbreaking IBM PC that was born less than a year earlier. After all, that IBM PC was the namesake of Bunnell's new publication. In the interview, the two discuss how much fun it was for Bill and his team to contribute to the IBM project, how gratifying it was to have been part of it, and how the IBM and Microsoft teams worked together to actually get it done. They even speak of shooting jokes back and forth via an early form of email used for communication between the two teams. Besides recalling many of the gritty details of how the software and hardware were developed together (it was a two-hour interview!),


Prime members can snag a refurbished Echo at a very good discount

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SAVE $37: Want to turn your home into a smart home? As of July 1, Amazon Prime members can save $37 on a certified refurbished fourth-generation Echo(opens in a new tab). Budget and eco-conscious shoppers, this certified refurbished Echo deal(opens in a new tab) is worth checking out ahead of Prime Day. This recent price drop on the certified refurbished Echo brings it to the lowest price we've seen to date. It also beats the lowest historical price for a new Echo ($59.99), which we haven't seen since around Black Friday last year. By opting for refurbished, you're saving money and taking otherwise functional Echos out of the waste stream -- it's a total win-win.


Soracom Partners with ThingsMatrix to Deliver Turnkey Services for Enterprise IoT

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Soracom, Inc., a global provider of advanced Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, announced that ThingsMatrix, an experienced IoT solutions provider that offers full turnkey services, has joined the Soracom Partner Space – a growing ecosystem for building and scaling IoT applications to advance asset monitoring for industrial enterprises. "Soracom is committed to democratizing the technologies that help IoT innovators accelerate speed to market and ensure success at scale" ThingsMatrix offers a robust cloud-based platform designed to simplify IoT development and deployment processes for enterprises. The company's turnkey solution includes three versatile components – device, platform and cellular connectivity – enabling a full range of functionality from simple tasks to complex actions. With custom, off-the-shelf, or bring your own devices available to track and monitor assets globally, ThingsMatrix offers the speed, security and scalability today's industrial enterprises need to navigate the complexities of IoT, thus reducing risk and accelerating time-to-value. AI and ML News: Why SMBs Shouldn't Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence (AI) "ThingsMatrix's versatile turnkey device solutions and service platform paired with Soracom's reliable and advanced IoT capabilities is a major step forward for total asset management," said Tom Burton, ThingsMatrix's president of global sales.


Mark Cuban's no-cost Artificial Intelligence Boot Camp coming to Portland

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The Mark Cuban Foundation announced Wednesday that they will be hosting a no-cost Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Boot Camp in Portland this fall for underserved high school students. The A.I. boot camp is one of the 30 camps across the U.S. and will teach students basic A.I. concepts and skills. The camp will be held on four consecutive Saturdays starting on Oct. 22 and ending on Nov. 12. Each camp session is five hours and no prior experience is required. At the camp, students will learn what A.I. is and is not.


The best Prime Day 2022 deals on Amazon Australia

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Amazon's infamous annual shopping event, Prime Day, will soon be upon us. This year's event kicks off at midnight AEST on July 12, with deals running across Amazon.com.au and Amazon's Global Store until 5pm AEST on July 14. This means a full 65 hours to find discounts on just about everything that you've been dragging in and out of your shopping cart all year – from robot vacuums to headphones to a new TV. However, with hundreds of thousands of deals to trawl through (and so little time in the day), we've done the hard yards for you and tracked down the best deals on just about everything tech your heart could desire. Check out all the best Prime Day tech deals we've spotted by category below (including some early deals that are already live), as well as some handy hints on how best to shop during the event.


How IT Works: Internet of Things (IoT) for manufacturing

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The first step towards understanding IoT is rather easy. Thankfully, in a welcome break from acronyms and complex nomenclature, the term IoT – Internet of Things – quite literally means just that. Things connected to the internet so the data they produce (or data about them) can be accessed from anywhere. Viewed through a different lens, IoT is a result of faster and cheaper Internet connectivity trying to meet our insatiable hunger for data. The underlying technology is not a complex one - college students rig up IoT proof of concepts as projects; electronics hobbyists can buy simple IoT kits online to play with.


Three opportunities of Digital Transformation: AI, IoT and Blockchain

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Koomey's law This law posits that the energy efficiency of computation doubles roughly every one-and-a-half years (see Figure 1–7). In other words, the energy necessary for the same amount of computation halves in that time span. To visualize the exponential impact this has, consider the face that a fully charged MacBook Air, when applying the energy efficiency of computation of 1992, would completely drain its battery in a mere 1.5 seconds. According to Koomey's law, the energy requirements for computation in embedded devices is shrinking to the point that harvesting the required energy from ambient sources like solar power and thermal energy should suffice to power the computation necessary in many applications. Metcalfe's law This law has nothing to do with chips, but all to do with connectivity. Formulated by Robert Metcalfe as he invented Ethernet, the law essentially states that the value of a network increases exponentially with regard to the number of its nodes (see Figure 1–8).


Upcoming Amazon Alexa Feature Can Mimic Voices of the Dead

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Amazon Alexa might use the voice of friends and family who are no longer alive in a future update. Amazon mentioned the features at its re:MARS conference Wednesday as a way to "make memories last." After listening to someone's voice for less than a minute, Alexa would be able to simulate that voice when speaking. A video of the feature depicted a child who asked to have their grandmother read them a story, and Alexa affirmed before changing her voice, according to Sky News. It's not clear how far the feature is in development or when it could be rolled out to Alexa voice assistants.


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The graph represents a network of 3,357 Twitter users whose tweets in the requested range contained "smarthome", or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets. The network was obtained from the NodeXL Graph Server on Saturday, 28 May 2022 at 03:34 UTC. The requested start date was Saturday, 28 May 2022 at 00:01 UTC and the maximum number of days (going backward) was 14. The maximum number of tweets collected was 7,500. The tweets in the network were tweeted over the 10-day, 8-hour, 57-minute period from Tuesday, 17 May 2022 at 09:45 UTC to Friday, 27 May 2022 at 18:42 UTC.


At the edge of innovation: What can edge AI do for you?

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Imagine you want your new smart thermostat to quickly turn up the heat so that your house will be warm after your get home from work on an unusually cold day. You connect from your smartphone and ask it to act. You won't know it, but that action may take several seconds as it moves your request to the cloud and receives instructions back. Now imagine the self-driving car you're in suddenly senses a dog running into the road in front of you. The car needs to react in milliseconds to avoid a disaster.