All posts on June, 2016


Audio/Video

Nothing Ghostly About Devialet’s Phantom Gold Sound

Devialet, the French company that has built a reputation in the audio market for high-end wireless speakers, on Tuesday announced its newest addition: the $3,000 Phantom Gold. The Phantom Gold looks something like a futuristic Faberge egg, and it’s priced like one, too. That said, it has some ear-pleasing and ear-splitting specs.
Devialet has given it a power boost to 4,500 watts.

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23% off Segway miniPRO Personal Transporter, Now Shipping – Deal Alert

Forget hoverboards. The Segway miniPRO is a smarter, stronger and safer personal transporter, UL 2272 Certified for the highest standards of electrical and fire safety requirements established by Underwriter Laboratories. The miniPRO has large air-filled tires suitable for almost any terrain. Its innovative knee bar makes steering easy and precise, and its powerful lithium-ion battery will take you up to 14 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Automatic head and tail-lights produce maximum visibility night or day, personalized from a spectrum of 16 million color variations. It comes with a full-featured app, available for iOS and Android, that lets you personalize your miniPRO, activate anti-theft features, control your miniPRO remotely, and much more. It’s available to ship now, and its initial list price of $1,299 has been reduced to $999. See or buy it now on Amazon.

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Hackers are coming for your healthcare records — here’s why

Data stolen from a bank quickly becomes useless once the breach is discovered and passcodes are changed. But data from the healthcare industry, which includes both personal identities and medical histories, can live a lifetime.

Cyberattacks will cost hospitals more than $305 billion over the next five years and one in 13 patients will have their data compromised by a hack, according to industry consultancy Accenture.

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And a study by the Brookings Institution predicts that one in four data breaches this year will hit the healthcare industry.

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Android N name revealed: It’s Nougat

After months of calling the next release simply “Android N,” Google has finally settled on a name.

The company revealed Nougat on its Snapchat channel and Twitter, which included uncovering the latest statue to grace the Google campus. 

The time has arrived! #AndroidNReveal pic.twitter.com/vtbSOjQvWh

— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016

Google names its Android versions after what it calls “sweet treats.” Though the first two releases had no corresponding name, the early 1.5 release was named “Cupcake.” From there, each new version of Android takes on the name of some sort of sweet food, each name beginning with the next letter of the alphabet. After Cupcake came Donut, then Eclair, all the way through corporate-sponsored “KitKat” (version 4.4), and last year’s “Marshmallow” (6.0).

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IDG Contributor Network: Putting deep learning to work

After demonstrating discontinuous jumps in image recognition performance and defeating Korean grandmaster Lee Se-dol at Go, a game long resistant to computer mastery, deep learning has kicked up a swirling cloud of hype. And controversy.

On the one hand, serious folks are studying how to prevent a recursively self-improving super intelligence from seizing Earth’s reins from humanity. On the other, IBM’s “cognitive” marketing claims are rightly being called out as hyperbolic. I think much of the excitement derives from the tremendous strides deep learning has recently made in processing less-structured input, like images and voice, that relate to the way we perceive the world.

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IBM and Cisco will make Watson into a virtual workmate

Watson might schedule your meetings someday if a partnership between IBM and Cisco Systems bears the fruit they’re hoping for.

In the meantime, the companies hope to save employees from some of the meaningless tasks they have to carry out just to work with their colleagues.

IBM’s Verse email platform and Connections collaboration suite are a good match for Cisco products like the Spark messaging app and WebEx conferencing service, so the two vendors have found ways to integrate them, company officials say. All this will happen in the cloud. They’ll demonstrate the first examples next month at the Cisco Live conference.

The collaboration could have particular value for enterprise Apple users. Both IBM and Cisco have partnerships with Apple for enterprise applications and communications on the company’s devices. Details on that aspect of the IBM-Cisco partnership will come later, they said.

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