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Shell smartwatch transforms into a full-scale phone PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:15
shell smartwatchesSmartwatches and other wearable technology, at least as a topic, seem to have gone off the boil. Perhaps the devices that were delivered, and are still going through iterative improvements, simply haven't got there yet. No compelling use, or killer app, seems to be present to elevate wearable use to people who are already carting around smartphones with 5-inch plus screens. However, smart wearables do seem to have gained a foothold for in medical and activity/fitness circles. Shell Wearables hopes that its innovative wrist mount for smartwatches will help them replace smartphones. It has its own smartwatch that works with the wrist mount but it can also be leveraged with third-party designs like the Apple Watch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear, LG G Watch and Huawei Watch. Yes, it's best to cast your nets wide in the wearables business...For more plus a short video visit OUR FORUM.
Computers are getting better than humans at reading PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 January 2018 16:34

Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba and Microsoft have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test. "This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement Monday. The test was devised by artificial intelligence experts at Stanford to measure computers' growing reading abilities. Alibaba's software was the first to beat the human score. Luo Si, the chief scientist of natural language processing at the Chinese company's AI research group, called the milestone "a great honor," but also acknowledged that it is likely to lead to a significant number of workers losing their jobs to machines. The technology "can be gradually applied to numerous applications such as customer service, museum tutorials and online responses to medical inquiries from patients, decreasing the need for human input in an unprecedented way," Si said in a statement. Alibaba has already put the technology to work on Singles Day, the world's biggest shopping bonanza, by using computers to answer a large number of customer service questions. In a tweet, Pranav Rajpurkar, one of the Stanford researchers who developed the reading test, called Alibaba's feat "a great start to 2018" for artificial intelligence. For this complete story please visit OUR FORUM.

CAE Healthcare releases CAE LucinaAR PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 January 2018 14:58

On the eve of the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in Los Angeles, California, the largest healthcare simulation conference, CAE Healthcare announced the release of CAE LucinaAR with Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first augmented reality childbirth simulator with integrated mother-baby physiology. For the first time, clinical teams and learners will be able to practice emergency labor and delivery maneuvers on a high-fidelity patient manikin while guided by 3D holograms of the baby as it progresses down the birth canal. The first CAE LucinaAR learning module will provide immediate visual and physiological feedback on the effectiveness of evidence-based clinical emergency measures to resolve shoulder dystocia. “CAE LucinaAR delivers a breakthrough simulation training experience that allows learners to see the anatomy inside the patient simulator,” said Dr. Robert Amyot, President of CAE Healthcare. “We chose Lucina as the first CAE patient simulator for integration with our augmented reality platform because we believe it will have an immediate and powerful impact on the management of shoulder dystocia deliveries and on mother-baby safety.” Following the release of its CAE VimedixAR ultrasound simulator with Microsoft HoloLens in 2017, the first such solution for the healthcare industry, CAE has realized another industry first by integrating augmented reality into its patient simulators with both didactic and interactive content. “We are delivering on our commitment to innovate with integrated simulation technologies that will dramatically improve clinical learning environments,” said Dr. Robert Amyot. “Today’s generation of learners expects immersive, engaging and accelerated educational experiences that will prepare them to meet the high demands of healthcare as they constantly adapt to advancing technologies.” Learn more on this very interesting training aid at OUR FORUM.

Reports claim Apple met with AR component makers possibly for Apple AR headsets PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 January 2018 09:40
apple vr headsetThere have been rumors in the past suggesting that Apple might be planning to launch its own AR lineup but were dismissed quickly. Now, Bloomberg reports that Apple allegedly met with AR component makers at CES 2018 possibly for AR headsets for 2019. Apple isn’t known for launching products at the CES but does make sure to have engineers on the CES floor. This time only, the company used the opportunity to connect with AR suppliers for a possible AR device. Although, if Bloomberg is to be believed, Apple wasn’t the only company who approached the AR component makers. Bloomberg says: During CES, representatives from major players like Apple, Facebook, and Google met with suppliers that make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses, according to people familiar with the meetings. Smaller firms like Snap and China’s Xiaomi also met with potential partners at the show, indicating a desire to build their own AR headsets. Behind the scenes, Samsung and LG have already placed small orders of AR components to start prototyping devices. CES continues to attract new tech which might not be mainstream and VR/AR has been doing it for some time now. Companies are getting more interested in the technology which means more competition for existing brands like Lenovo, Microsoft, Acer, and Dell. This year saw many companies demonstrating the power of AR but this might be a bad sign for Apple considering the fact that they have a habit of being late to the party.
Intel says patches can cause reboot problems in old chips. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 January 2018 13:16

(Reuters) - Intel Corp on Thursday said that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that Intel may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches. In a statement on Intel’s website, Navin Shenoy, general manager of the company’s data center group, said Intel had received reports about the issue and was working directly with data center customers to “discuss” the issue. “We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue,” Shenoy said in the statement. “If this requires a revised firmware update from Intel, we will distribute that update through the normal channels.” Earlier on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel was asking cloud computing customers to hold off installing patches that address new security flaws that affect nearly all of its processors because the patches have bugs of their own. ( Intel has identified three issues in updates released over the past week for “microcode,” or firmware, the newspaper reported, citing a confidential document the company had shared with some customers that it had reviewed. The world’s largest chipmaker confirmed last week that the security issues reported by researchers in the company’s widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other electronic devices. Intel shares were down about half a percent to $43.20 in after-hours trading after the announcement. Intel shares have lost 4.5 percent since the news of the chip flaws emerged on Jan. 3.
Source: Reuters, FILE PHOTO: The Intel logo is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available worldwide PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:55
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update available worldwideMicrosoft today announced that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is now available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide. This means that Microsoft has completed the rollout of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Back in October last year, Microsoft first started the roll-out of Fall Creators Update. Initially, they released it to devices which they believe will have the best update experience. Based on the feedback related to application and device compatibility, Microsoft made changes along the way so that subsequent set of users receiving the update will have even better experience. Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update was the fastest Windows 10 release to reach 100M devices. Not only that, it also received the higher customer satisfaction ratings compared to previous Windows 10 updates...Learn more at OUR FORUM.

No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:12
meltdown & spectre av listYour antivirus must be compatible with Microsoft's Meltdown-Spectre fixes for you to get patches this month or in future. Microsoft won't let you install future security updates until your antivirus vendor sets a specific registry key that certifies compatibility with Windows. As part of this week's security updates for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU attacks, Microsoft required that all third-party antivirus vendors confirm compatibility with its CPU fixes and then to set a registry key in their products to certify compatibility. Without the key being set, Microsoft's security update simply won't install. Microsoft has now clarified that this new rule will apply to all future security updates and means users running non-conforming third-party antivirus won't be protected by Microsoft's future patches. During testing of the patches for the two attacks, Microsoft discovered some antivirus had been making "unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory" that stop a machine from booting or cause blue screen of death (BSOD) errors after the patch is applied...Full details and a complete list of compatible AV software visit OUR FORUM.
Intel announces 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:45
quantum computingIntel's CES 2018 keynote focused on its 49-qubit quantum computing chip, VR applications for content, its AI self-learning chip, and an autonomous vehicles platform. Intel has announced a 49-qubit quantum chip at CES 2018, with CEO Brian Krzanich calling it a major breakthrough in quantum computing and the next step to "quantum supremacy". During the Intel keynote, Krzanich said Intel's labs and researchers are "committed" to advancing quantum computing, with a Netherlands-based lab specifically testing and building quantum computing systems. Intel did not disclose any timeline details for the quantum chip. Other advanced computing systems being tested by Intel include neuromorphic computing the form of its artificial intelligence (AI) test chip Loihi, which was announced in September. According to Krzanich, Intel now has a fully functioning neuromorphic chip that after a few weeks is already performing simple object recognition in the labs. In the coming years, Krzanich said Intel will put Loihi in the hands of partners to explore use cases. Krzanich had kicked off his CES 2018 keynote by addressing Meltdown and Spectre, saying it is "truly remarkable" how so many tech companies have come together to research and resolve these issues...More on this interesting breakthrough can be found on OUR FORUM.

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