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Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

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Huawei is also now the world's largest supplier of smartphones, surpassing Samsung Electronics Co. Qualcomm also announced a super-fast charging platform this week for Android devices that is supposed to charge a battery to 50% full in 5 minutes, and 100% full in 15 minutes. Xilinx wants to help drive open, interoperable, and adaptable Radio Access Network (RAN) 5G technologies. The company this week joined the Open RAN Policy Coalition, an organization that advocates for open and interoperable solutions in RAN. Xilinx is already a member of O-RAN alliance and is a contributor to the 3GPP specifications for 5G mobile networks. Xilinx offers silicon that supports multiple standards, bands, carriers and sub-networks for Open RAN, the company said in its press release.


What is AI

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AI is the superset of various techniques that allow machines to be artificially intelligent. Machine learning refers to a machine's ability to think without being externally programmed. While devices have traditionally been programmed with a set of rules for how to act, machine learning enables devices to learn directly from the data itself and become more intelligent over time as more data is collected. Deep learning is a machine learning technique that uses multiple neural network layers to progressively extract higher level features from the raw input data. For example, in image processing, lower layers of the neural network may identify edges, while higher layers may identify the concepts relevant to a human such as letters or faces.


Huawei launches Africa Cloud & AI Innovation Centre - TechCentral

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Huawei has launched a South African-based Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Centre to drive innovation, knowledge transfer and economic growth through app development in the AI industry. The announcement was made by Ray Rui, president of Huawei Cloud Africa region, during the Huawei Cloud Summit Africa 2020, an online event to unpack the opportunities of cloud computing for African business under the theme "Building an Intelligent Africa". "AI will be critical to social evolution and industrial growth in future," said Rui. "We also believe that when you grow economic opportunities, everyone benefits. For this reason, we are opening the Huawei Cloud & AI Innovation Centre to application developers across all economic sectors." The new centre will be based at Huawei's South African headquarters in Woodmead, Johannesburg, but developers across Africa will be able to access the centre remotely. It will teach AI application best practice, link developers to markets, support AI supply chains, develop talent and support application innovation.


MindSpore: An Open-Source Deep Learning Training Framework For Mobile, Edge And Cloud Scenarios

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This lightweight framework is ready to give competition to Google's TensorFlow, and Facebook's PyTorch, and it can scale across devices, cloud, and edge environments. One of the key competitive advantages with'Mindspore' is that it uses 20% fewer codes that its competitors for a function like NLP (Natural language processing). Apart from codes, it can also support parallel training to save training time across hardware. Huawei developed this framework with support from partners like the University of Edinburgh, Peking University, Imperial College London, and robotics startup Milvus. Mindspore maintains and preserves sensitive data by not processing any data itself but ingests only the gradient and model information that has already been processed.


Orange and Google join forces on AI, edge computing

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French telecoms giant Orange has partnered with Google to research and deploy technologies such as edge computing. Both companies are heavyweights within their respective industries. Orange brings expertise in telecommunications, while Google brings its experience in fields like AI to the partnership. Orange believes that the partnership will help the company to achieve its Engage 2025 plan which aims to drive transformation through widespread use of AI and data to improve operational efficiency and the customer experience. Orange says that the partnership will bring powerful cloud capabilities to the edge of the network, such as in retail, gaming, and other industries.


The World's Highest and Fastest Cell Service Could Have Geopolitical Implications

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While most of China was quarantined and Mount Everest was closed to climbers due to COVID-19, a herd of nearly 50 yaks made their way up the snowy north slopes of the world's highest mountain in temperatures that dipped below zero degrees Fahrenheit. On their backs were loads of equipment--metal beams, cables, and solar panels strapped down with cord--that would be used to build 5G antennas on rocky moraines scattered across the mountainside. Chinese tech giant Huawei and state-owned network provider China Mobile teamed up for this project to bring the latest in wireless data to Everest, which previously had very little cell coverage above base camp. Now, data speeds in the "death zone" on Everest, where the altitude is too high and the air is too thin to support life, are faster than in most American neighborhoods. In a press release, Huawei stated that the new super-fast data speeds on Everest will be used for "smart tourism"--with high-definition video streaming and virtual reality experiences for digital tourists to "visit" Everest from anywhere in the world.


New charging standard promises full charge in less than 15 minutes

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Smartphones could soon be able to fully recharge in under 15 minutes after a new fast-charging standard was introduced. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 5 will also allow phones to charge from 0 to 50 per cent in just five minutes, as well as introduce new safety features to prevent overheating. The "world's fastest commercial charging solution" will be up to four-times faster than current charging technologies, according to Qualcomm, and will find its way into commercial devices before the end of the year. It will be compatible with more than 250 smartphones, though it is not a feature that Apple supports. This means that only Androids, not iPhones, will benefit from the technology.


IBM and Verizon Business team up on 5G and AI solutions at the Enterprise Edge

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A new partnership between Verizon Business and IBM will see the companies work together on 5G and edge computing innovation to help enable the future of Industry 4.0. The companies plan to combine the high speed and low latency of Verizon's 5G and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) capabilities, IoT devices and sensors at the edge, and IBM's expertise in AI, hybrid multicloud, edge computing, asset management and connected operations. "Many industrial enterprises are today seeking ways to use edge computing to accelerate access to near real-time, actionable insights into operations to improve productivity and reduce costs. To address this need, the first solutions planned from this collaboration are to be mobile asset tracking and management solutions to help enterprises improve operations, optimise production quality, and help clients enhance worker safety," the duo says in a statement. For these initial solutions, the two companies plan to leverage Verizon's wireless networks, including Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) network, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) capabilities, alongside Verizon's ThingSpace IoT Platform and Critical Asset Sensor solution (CAS).


With 5G+AI Twin Engines - Qualcomm, WIMI and Samsung Bring New Opportunities to the Industry

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HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2020 / The arrival of 5G will bring new explosive points for market development. Undeniably, the promotion of 4G promoted the increase of users, and the operators made a lot of investment and construction of data centers to meet the needs of users, which led to a wave of high tide of server procurement. Compared with 3G and 4G, 5G has improved its speed by about 10 times, which has achieved a qualitative leap in the development of server market. In the future, 5G rate is expected to increase by tens of times, which will undoubtedly inject more vitality into the market. For example, industries that were previously limited by data processing speed are expected to break through bottlenecks and achieve substantial growth.


Imint: the Swedish firm that gives Chinese smartphones an edge in video production – TechCrunch

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If your phone takes amazing photos, chances are its camera has been augmented by artificial intelligence embedded in the operating system. Now videos are getting the same treatment. In recent years, smartphone makers have been gradually transforming their cameras into devices that capture data for AI processing beyond what the lens and sensor pick up in a single shot. That effectively turns a smartphone into a professional camera on auto mode and lowers the bar of capturing compelling images and videos. In an era of TikTok and vlogging, there's a huge demand to easily produce professional-looking videos on the go.