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Microsoft Open Sources AI Toolkit

Microsoft has released an updated version of its Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit as an open source Beta. The deep learning system is used to speed advances in areas such as speech and image recognition and search relevance on CPUs and Nvidia GPUs. It also works with Microsoft’s Azure GPU offering. The toolkit’s developers initially were looking for a tool to speed up and improve their own research.

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Best Deals of the Week, October 24th – October 28th – Deal Alert

Best Deals of the Week, October 24th – October 28th – Deal Alert
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Check out this roundup of the best deals on gadgets, gear and other cool stuff we have found this week, the week of October 17th. All items are highly rated, and dramatically discounted.

66% off KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery Power Bank
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KMASHI’s 15,000mAh power bank can charge any 2 smartphones, tablets or USB devices simultaneously at high speed, and several times over without needing to be recharged. It currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 7,700 customers (read reviews). With the current 66% discount you can buy it on Amazon for just $17. See it now on Amazon.

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FBI to probe new emails related to Clinton’s private server

The FBI has uncovered new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, prompting federal authorities to investigate them.

The FBI discovered the emails as part of an “unrelated case,” FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to a congressional committee that was later tweeted on Friday.

These emails “appear to be pertinent” to the FBI’s original investigation into Clinton’s private server use, which the agency wrapped up back in July, Comey said. Clinton, now the Democratic nominee for U.S. president, used the private server while she served as Secretary of State.

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Microsoft cites samples of Touch Bar support slated for Mac Office

Microsoft yesterday provided several examples of how it will support Apple’s new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar in its Office suite, but gave no timetable for the changes.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, who leads the Office 365 client applications team, used a company blog to offer several examples of how Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word in Office for Mac will support the Touch Bar.

“Through the Touch Bar, Office intelligently puts the most common commands at your fingertips — all based on what you’re doing in the document,” said Koenigsbauer. He then gave one or more samples for each application, many of which will be duplicates of commands available via keyboard shortcuts or menu selections.

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Apple Brings a Surprising Touch to MacBook Event

Apple on Thursday unveiled two new MacBook Pro laptops, adding a touch more power to the line.
Both the new 13-inch and 15-inch models will be offered in silver and space gray. They have a Touch Bar that replaces the row of function keys found on laptops, as well as a Touch ID fingerprint scanner incorporated into the power button. They sport a Force Touch trackpad that’s twice the size of the trackpad in previous models.

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After DDOS attack, senator seeks industry-led security standards for IoT devices

Last week’s massive distributed denial-of-service attack
has prompted an urgent focus on the need for industry-led cybersecurity standards for internet of things devices.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) said Thursday that he favors an industry-based approach before seeking some form of government regulation of IoT security.

“Last week’s attack does reveal a new level of vulnerability, and I’m trying to make it clear … that this is not a problem that the government ought to be the first actor in solving,” he said in a telephone interview.

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