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10 things in tech you need to know today

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This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. News of this deal comes just four months after President Trump blocked Broadcom from acquiring chipmaker Qualcomm in a $103 billion hostile takeover on national security grounds. The new terms give Facebook explicit permission to audit developers' use of data, in what looks an effort to prevent a second Cambridge Analytica-style scandal. Musk was responding to a Twitter user who said he had been told Musk wouldn't be able to help bring clean water to Flint. According to an excerpt of the account in Vanity Fair, employees feared Brin's behaviour would lead to a sexual harassment lawsuit.


Niantic Opens AR Platform To Third-Party Developers, Shows Off Experimental Capabilities

International Business Times

Niantic Labs, the developer behind "Pokémon Go," has announced that it is planning to open its augmented reality platform to third-party developers. The company also shared it's vision for the future of its AR platform, which includes advancements in machine learning and computer vision. "Today, we are offering a preview of the technology we have been developing: the Niantic Real World Platform," Niantic CEO John Hanke said in a blog post. "This is the first time we've given an update of this nature publicly, and I'm confident it will provide a sense of how committed we are to the future of AR, and to furthering the type of experiences we have pioneered." The CEO also revealed that Niantic has acquired the computer vision and machine learning company Matrix Mill and established a new office in London.


Developers and Individuals May Soon be Able to Design AI For a Reasonable Cost Asgardia Space News

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Recently, Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of American tech company NVIDIA, took the stage at the Computex 2018 tech conference to announce two new products designed to make it easier (and less expensive) for developers to create and train intelligent robots: Jetson Xavier and NVIDIA Isaac. As per an NVIDIA press release, Jetson Xavier is the world's first computer designed specifically for robotics. It includes 9 billion transistors and six processors, including a Volta Tensor Core GPU and an eight-core ARM64 CPU. That means the computer can process 30 trillion operations per second (TOPS) (in comparison, the most powerful iMac on the market can process up to 22 max, and costs about $5,000). Not to mention that Jetson Xavier needs less than half the electricity you'd need to power a light bulb, which could mean a lot for the advent of more advanced, and more accessible, robots.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Takes a Giant Leap Forward With Blockchain Infusion

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It is undeniable that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain are two of the major technologies that are driving the pace of innovation and introducing radical shifts in rapidly growing list of industries. As Artificial Intelligence advances, the need for enhanced security is becoming apparent and therefore Blockchain is becoming more common in the market. Leaders in tech are more and more infusing the two cutting edge technologies to create innovative products and increase efficiencies. One of the factors driving this trend is the nature of the two technologies as they work well together hand in hand. It's projected that Blockchain and AI will eventually become inseparable as intelligent platforms evolve and become more mainstream.


Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences

WIRED

It also means we're finally at the end of a four-day slog of press conferences from some of the gaming world's largest publishers. While Activision Blizzard still doesn't do its own pre-E3 event, just about everyone else does, which means these 96 hours have been a deluge of announcements and reveals that we did our best to get our arms around. We didn't even cover them all: the Square Enix press conference was basically devoid of new information, and the PC Gaming Show, while compelling, was mostly a long list of indie game announcements--some of which we'll be getting to later this week. So, for now, here's everything you need to know about every press conference you need to know about. Get through this, and you'll be ready for all the other E3 news that starts....well, now.


'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' And 'The Division 2': What To Expect From Ubisoft's E3 Press Conference

Forbes Technology

Yesterday we heard from Bethesda and Microsoft, and today we've got Ubisoft and Sony on tap. Ubisoft is typically a little peppier than some of the other conferences, though it's hard to fall short of something like EA: in the past Aisha Tyler has injected a little energy into the show, but it doesn't seem like she'll be returning this year. There are a ton of games, however, so here's a rundown on what to expect. The show starts at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey: The new Assassin's Creed is headlining Ubisoft's show this year.


E3 2018: Bethesda and Microsoft unveil Fallout, Elder Scrolls 6, Halo and Gears of War

The Guardian

Microsoft has showcased the line-up for its Xbox One console and Windows platform in 2018 and 2019, announcing new Halo and Gears of War games in a press conference in Los Angeles on Sunday that covered 50 games in total. Game publisher Bethesda also announced fantasy role-playing game The Elder Scrolls 6 and shooter Doom Eternal in its own announcement, and spoke in more detail about the highly anticipated Fallout 76, a role-playing game set in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear war. Microsoft kicked off with a new game in the long-running and beloved science-fiction shooter series Halo, called Halo Infinite. Three new Gears of War games also made an appearance: one on mobile (Gears Pop!), one for PC (Gears Tactics), and one for Xbox One (Gears 5), starring returning character Kait Diaz. Forza Horizon 4, meanwhile, is a new racing game that's played in an online world where every driver you meet is another human being.


Amazon Alexa will begin suggesting skills for random requests

Mashable

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has so many skills, it can be hard to know exactly how to activate them sometimes. But the company is building a new way for people to discover skills without having to request them specifically by name. Amazon announced today that it's launching a new beta feature called the CanFulfillIntentRequest interface that developers can use to make their Alexa skills more easily discoverable. The tool uses machine learning to find skills that can help fulfill a person's request when they don't know exactly what you're looking for. For example, if they ask, "Alexa, where are the best surfing spots today near Santa Barbara," the voice assistant will scour all the various surfing skills on the platform to determine whether they can understand and help process the request.


Mapbox to Bring AI-Powered Vision SDK to Microsoft Azure IoT Platform

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The Mapbox Vision SDK provides augmented reality (AR) navigation, driver alerts for speed limits, pedestrians, vehicles and other event-based triggers for responsive apps. The integration with Azure IoT Hub will provide developers with a holistic solution that aggregates cloud data using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technologies to send reports. Mapbox plans to integrate the open-sourced Azure IoT Edge runtime, which provides custom logic, management and communications functions for edge devices. Events detected from the Vision SDK integrated with Azure IoT Edge will enable developers to build responsive applications that both provide immediate feedback to the driver as well as stream semantic event data into Microsoft Cognitive Services for additional analysis. Reports include sending collision incidents to an insurance platform, providing information about heavy traffic or blocked roadway alerts to a dispatch network, or activity about a crossing intersection to a business intelligence platform analyzing route paths.


Artificial Intelligence On The Edge Platform - Geeky Gadgets

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Developers using the edge computing platform may be interested in a new piece of hardware created by UP based in the Netherlands called UP AI Edge. As the name suggests it adds artificial intelligence and hardware acceleration'ON' the Edge of the Internet of Things. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the UP hardware and its specifications. The UP AI Edge platform offers developers and users and ultra-compact form factor, combining three powerful Intel technologies together into one device providing an Intel Apollo Lake SoC, Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU and Intel Cyclone 10GX FPGA. "Not long ago the trend has changed from the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence.