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Modern Computing: A Short History, 1945-2022

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Inspired by A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul E. Ceruzzi. But the selection of key events in the journey from ENIAC to Tesla, from Data Processing to Big Data, is mine. This was the first computer made by Apple Computers Inc, which became one of the fastest growing ... [ ] companies in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware and software products. Most home computer users in the 1970s were hobbyists who designed and assembled their own machines. The Apple I, devised in a bedroom by Steve Wozniak, Steven Jobs and Ron Wayne, was a basic circuit board to which enthusiasts would add display units and keyboards. April 1945 John von Neumann's "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC," often called the founding document of modern computing, defines "the stored program concept." July 1945 Vannevar Bush publishes "As We May Think," in which he envisions the "Memex," a memory extension device serving as a large personal repository of information that could be instantly retrieved through associative links.


14 Great Deals on TVs, Audio Gear, and Smartwatches

WIRED

This weekend, we're going all-in on deals designed to plug you into the vast interconnected world of television and audio streaming. We've found a few great discounts on TVs, soundbars, and headphones. If you're worried about becoming a couch potato, we've also got deals on smartwatches and fitness trackers to keep you moving when you need a break from the living room. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you'd like).


The Robot Brains Podcast: Eric Horvitz of Microsoft on AI for the greater good on Apple Podcasts

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On Episode 15 of Season 2, we're joined by Eric Horvitz, Microsoft's first ever Chief Scientific Officer. His research spans theoretical and practical challenges with developing systems that perceive, learn, and reason. He's the company's top inventor since joining in 1993 with over 300 patents filed. He has been elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was a member of the National Security Commission on AI and he also co-founded important groups like the Partnership on AI, a non-profit organization bringing together Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft to document the quality and impact of AI systems on things like criminal justice, the economy, and media integrity.


Text… Pix… AV… xR.

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Remember surround sound home theater & 3D TV? The promise was real but the technology was premature. Unlike my younger Millennial cohorts, I can remember a time before the Internet took off. Al Gore may have invented it (or not) before my lungs first cried "Hello, World!" but like all nascent technologies, the Internet took a while to develop & fan out. A few years before the awful sound of dial-up modems became commonplace, my first experience with this new thing called the Internet was at my mom's workplace - the local community college.


How Samsung is using AI software to up the camera game on its smartphones

ZDNet

Samsung has applied approximately 60 new AI models run by the neural processing unit (NPU) to optimise the functions of the Galaxy S22 Ultra smartphone camera, a company executive said. This has allowed the South Korean tech giant to offer camera experiences that can satisfy casual users with the best photographs possible and professional users with RAW files equivalent to those taken on DSLR cameras, said Joshua Sungdae Cho, vice president and head of visual software R&D at Samsung's MX Business, in an interview with ZDNet. "We've applied NPUs to our smartphones for the first time three years ago," said Cho. "At the time, these NPU ran approximately 10 AI models. On the Galaxy S22 Ultra, there are now 60 AI models. Basically, the NPU is involved in nearly all functions of the cameras."


More flagship phones on the horizon: Xiaomi's 12 Series gets a global launch

ZDNet

Xiaomi announced its flagship 12-series smartphones in China towards the end of December 2021, and has now given the three new handsets – Xiaomi 12 Pro, Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12X – a global launch. The 12 Pro and 12 phones are based on Qualcomm's top-end 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, while the 12X is powered by the less powerful but more power-efficient 7nm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform. The 12-series phones employ what Xiaomi calls a'high-performing cooling system' including a'super large' vapour chamber and multiple layers of graphite. All three devices have 120Hz AMOLED displays (6.73 inches on the 12 Pro and 6.28 inches on the 12 and 12X), with 12-bit colour support – that's 68.7 billion colours – available on the two 6.28-inch devices. There are triple rear camera arrays across the board, and Xiaomi is highlighting advances in AI-assisted photography and videography with the 12-series phones.


Every iPhone and Android user should know these genius commands

FOX News

Man holds his mobile smart phone. Look up next time you're outside and guess where the airplane above you is headed. Ask Siri this phrase, "What flights are overhead?" You'll see the carrier, flight number, and altitude in seconds. I love sharing simple digital life tips that make things easier.


Spatial, Music & Hearables: The Next Frontier In Health & Wellness

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This article is Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on Spatial Audio and Well-being. In the first article, Spatial Audio Trend Sparks New Opportunities In Digital Health, we explored some of the history, nomenclature and evolving trends behind spatial audio. In Part 2, 3 Ways Spatial Audio Can Transform The Future Of Digital Health, we dove deeper into the potential health and wellness implications of spatial audio on the human brain and our physiology. We looked at some of the latest research, the key drivers behind the trends, and the potential impact on future audio content and products. In Part 3, Spatial, Music & Hearables: The Next Frontier In Health And Wellness, we explore how the integration of immersive audio, personalized sound, and the Hearables Revolution is redefining the future of music as precision medicine. What might this "musical" New World Order mean to you? Imagine yourself wearing your brand-new pair of fashionable Ear Buddies comfortably tucked away as you go about your day.


AI Eye Podcast 661: Stocks discussed: (OTCPINK: $GTCH) (NYSE: $WNS)

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GBT Technologies Inc. (OTC PINK:GTCH) has announced that it is developing an AI empowered technology for automatic compaction of integrated circuit (IC) layout blocks. According to the press release, this technology aims "to read existing and new microchip's layout data with the goal of producing the densest layout block possible." "We believe an efficient layout compaction technology can be a great functional and economical solution for existing and new IP blocks. We are now designing an AI based technology to read an existing IC layout block and compacting its size to the densest possible. The process is targeted to be done automatically and within a short time. We are seeking to design the program with the goal of maintaining the process design rules, DFM guidelines and electrical connectivity correctness. It is the goal for the entire silicon area to undergo significant reduction and therefore enable improved silicon yield and ultimately cheaper ICs. The technology is planned to support older and advanced nanometer processes, Analog, Digital, RF and MIXED styles, making it a flexible tool for all types of IC design firms. As Integrated Circuits technology advances, more functionalities, lower power consumption, higher performance and lower cost are in high demand, especially within advanced nanometer projects."


The Case of the Creepy Algorithm That 'Predicted' Teen Pregnancy

WIRED

In 2018, while the Argentine Congress was hotly debating whether to decriminalize abortion, the Ministry of Early Childhood in the northern province of Salta and the American tech giant Microsoft presented an algorithmic system to predict teenage pregnancy. They called it the Technology Platform for Social Intervention. Diego Jemio is a journalist, educator, and podcaster. He currently writes for the Clarín newspaper (Buenos Aires), Vértice (Mexico), and other media. He is the creator of the podcast Epistolar.