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AWS Partners accelerate content creation in the cloud with Amazon Nimble Studio On May 14, Friday, 2021

Amazon Nimble Studio is a service that creative studios can use to produce visual effects, animation, and interactive content entirely in the cloud with AWS. It provides on-demand access to virtual workstations, elastic file storage, and render farm capacity. Artists can also use their favorite creative software tools to access a production ready system easily and collaborate with other artists using a remote post-productionflows on the AWS Cloud.

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Why DevOps Will Cease to Exist? On May 14, Friday, 2021

Software as a service (SaaS) remains the largest market segment and is forecast to grow to $104.7 billion in 2020. Between the years 2018 and 2019 the number of developers grew by almost a million. Some companies have acknowledged that it is not optimal to have a separate team or a single person in charge of all of the operations and maintenance of applications. It is better to have developers responsible for their application stack from end to end, according to Monday.com.

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Uplifting Era of Techno-Optimism On May 10, Monday, 2021

There's scarcely been a better time in terms of the potential monetary reward for young tech graduates. Nearly $73 billion was invested in growth-stage North American startups during the March quarter. The tech industry is also going after thorny problems such as Covid-19 vaccines and artificial intelligence. Apple Inc. said on Monday it plans to spend tens of billions of dollars on the development of its cloud-based software, including Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. The focus on building digital services to cope with Covid 19 has led to significant advances in the key technologies.

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New enemy of people of color - Techno-Racism On May 10, Monday, 2021

Techno-racism describes a phenomenon in which the racism experienced by people of color is encoded in technical systems used in our everyday lives. The term dates back at least to 2019, when a member of a Detroit civilian police commission used it to describe glitchy facial recognition systems. Expert: "Black folks now have to fight the civil rights fight on the virtual streets".

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Old mobile number can compromise your cyber security On May 10, Monday, 2021

A Princeton study assesses the security and privacy risks of phone number recycling by mobile characters in the U.S. The researchers found that 66 percent of recycled numbers sampled still had connections to the online accounts of previous customers. Of 200 recycled numbers assessed over one week, 19 of them still received private messages and sensitive calls intended for previous owners.

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Enhance Variable Selection for Neural Nets - SurvNet Backward Elimination On May 10, Monday, 2021

Researchers at University of Notre Dame developed a technique that could improve variable selection processes when training deep neural networks. This technique can estimate and control false discovery rates during variable selection. SurvNet gradually eliminates variables that are irrelevant in a particular task, ultimately identifying the ones with the highest predictive power. It can be used to identify which input variables are important to the success of a network, for example, in genomics studies. It is presented in a paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence.

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Medical Imaging and Cancer Biology improves using Deep Neural Network On May 10, Monday, 2021

Integrated diagnosis is an approach to patient care that combines molecular information and medical imaging data. Researchers used a dataset of 262 patients to train their neural networks to predict 101 features from a massive collection of 21,766 gene expressions. They demonstrated that the radiogenomic associations discovered by their model were consistent with prior knowledge. However, they only used a single dataset for brain tumor in their previous study, which means the generalizability of their approach remained to be determined.

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Accelerating Eye Movement for Wellness and Accessibility - Research On May 10, Monday, 2021

A better understanding of eye movement could be useful in a wide variety of applications, ranging across usability and user experience research, gaming, driving, and gaze-based interaction for accessibility to healthcare. Research present accurate, smartphone-based, ML-powered eye tracking that has the potential to unlock new research into applications across the fields of vision, accessibility, healthcare, and wellness. Discusses the potential use of this technology as a digital biomarker of mental fatigue, which can be useful for improved wellness.

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Can energy-efficient federated learning prevent Global Warming? On May 09, Sunday, 2021

Artificial intelligence models are used increasingly widely in today's world. They are used to power smart assistants and enable driverless cars. Most AI models are trained on specialized hardware in large data centers. Researchers found that new ways of training models can be more energy-efficient than traditional methods. Instead of training the models in data centers, federated learning involves training models across a large number of individual machines. The researchers found that this can lead to lower carbon emissions than traditional learning.

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Microsoft bid goodbye to Windows 95 era icons On May 09, Sunday, 2021

Microsoft preparing to refresh Windows 95-era icons in Windows 10. The company has been slowly improving icons for File Explorer, folder, Recycle Bin, disk drive icons and more. The work is part of a design overhaul to Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley. The visual changes are expected to appear in the Windows 10 21H2 update that should arrive in October.

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Crisscrossed Captions - Automatic Image Captioning On May 07, Friday, 2021

Image captioning is a task in which a computer algorithm creates written descriptions for images. Large scale datasets that pair images with descriptions created by people can support important practical applications. These datasets also enable investigations into important and exciting research questions about grounding language in visual inputs. Crisscrossed Captions dataset extends the development and test splits of MS-COCO with semantic similarity ratings for image-text, text-text and image-image pairs. It was recently presented at EACL 2021.

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Google Arts & Culture - Woolaroo tool for indigenous languages On May 07, Friday, 2021

Woolaroo is a new experiment from the Google Arts & Culture app and it uses the Google Cloud Vision API to create this open-source tool. The first language that will be featured here is Yugambeh, an indigenous Australian language in Southeast Queensland. It also supports 10 other global languages including Louisiana Creole, Calabrian Greek, Maori, Nawat, Tamazight, Sicilian, Yang Zhuang, Rapa Nui, and Yiddish.

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New Tools for Hybrid Learning - MIcrosoft Teams On May 07, Friday, 2021

Microsoft Teams will now begin to provide for personalised learning for every student. Teams will organise the online classroom experience and make assignments more engaging. Teachers will be able to better understand student engagement and the emotional well being of their students. This is while encouraging class participation during synchronous learning for better hybrid and remote classes. The features are set to create a holistic learning environment for the next chapter of education.

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CineMPC - Autonomous drone cinematography algorithm On May 07, Friday, 2021

Researchers have developed a tool that can be used for autonomously controlling a drone's on-board video cameras. This technique could significantly enhance current cinematography practices based on the use of UAVs. A camera's intrinsic parameters (e.g., focal distance, length and aperture) are those that determine which parts of an image are in focus or blurred. Being able to change these parameters allows cinematographers to create specific effects, for instance, producing footage with varying depth of field.

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Blurred Lines in Face Recognition On May 07, Friday, 2021

Face recognition has come on apace from a cliched trope of science fiction to a reality of the modern world. New research investigates how a third party might "spoof" the face of a legitimate user to gain access to systems and services to which they are not entitled. The key to precluding face recognition spoofing lies in the determination of whether the face being presented to the camera is "live" or a static photograph or video rather than the actual person. The team has turned to an improved SegNet-based architecture that can measure "blur" on the basis of local minimum and maximum left and right edges.

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Apple reveals two iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that allow attackers to access fully patched devices On May 05, Wednesday, 2021

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1 patch for two zero-day vulnerabilities that let hackers execute malicious code. The vulnerabilities are located in the browser engine Webkit, which provides web content for App Store, Mail and Safari. Apple has issued a notice that these vulnerabilities may have already been exploited. Alongside patches for the discovered vulnerabilities, the company has also confirmed a patch for the App Tracking Transparency feature bug. Google's Project Zero vulnerability research team has assessed that these three new vulnerabilities make the total number of seven actively exploited Apple zero-days.

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AI to perfection with hyperdimensional computing On May 05, Wednesday, 2021

'Hyperdimensional computing' can possibly take AI systems a step closer toward human-like cognition. The human brain is excellent at recognizing patterns and using those patterns to infer information about other things. The means by which can allow AI-based computing systems to retain memory can reduce their computing and power demands. The work is supervised by Dr. Baker Mohammad, Associate Professor and Director of the System on Chip Center (SOCC), and Dr. Yasmin Halawani, Postdoctoral Fellow.

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How Neural Networks vary with width and depth ? On May 05, Wednesday, 2021

The paper, "Do Wide and Deep Networks Learn the Same Things? Uncovering How Neural Network Representations Vary with Depth and Depth" look at the similarity between wide and deep networks. In very wide or very deep models, it is found a characteristic block structure in their internal representations. Researchers apply CKA to a family of ResNets of varying depths and widths, trained on common benchmark datasets. They compare representations of each layer to every other layer in a single ResNet of depth.

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Verizon to offload Yahoo and AOL for $5billion On May 04, Tuesday, 2021

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) is getting rid of its media businesses that include iconic brands Yahoo and AOL for $5 billion, ending an expensive and unsuccessful run in the media and advertising world. The move concludes a steady drip of deals that saw Verizon sell blogging platform Tumblr in 2019 for an undisclosed sum and news website HuffPost to BuzzFeed last year. The divested unit, which was previously named Oath and recently renamed Verizon Media, will now be called Yahoo when the deal closes around the second half of 2021.

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Apple hires ex-Google AI scientist On May 04, Tuesday, 2021

Samy Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy. Bengio left Google last week after about 14 years. Fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell and Timnit Gebru were fired in recent months.

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