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May 14, 2023

Hard drive storage will soon become part of computing history, says expert

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

It simply does not make sense to keep the disks spinning.

Data storage on hard drives will soon become a thing of the past, according to an expert Shawn Rosemarin, who also owns a company selling solid-storage solutions. According to Rosemarin, we could see the last hard drive being sold in just about five years from now, PC Gamer.

Most computer users have long migrated to cloud storage solutions when it comes to safely storing their data. With content being streamed on smartphones and tablets practically everywhere, there is little reason to own a hard drive these days.

May 13, 2023

Apple to open first online shop in Vietnam in a push to emerging market

Posted by in category: mobile phones

May 12 (Reuters) — Apple (AAPL.O) said on Friday it would open its first online store in Vietnam next week, as the iPhone vendor doubles down on emerging markets to drive growth amid slowing sales in China.

The opening on May 18 comes just weeks after the Cupertino, California-based company opened its first Apple stores in India — Mumbai and Delhi.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is betting that emerging markets will provide more opportunities for growth, with younger populations and relatively few iPhones.

May 13, 2023

Meta says new study shows the metaverse could boost the global economy

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, computing, economics, mobile phones, virtual reality

Yeah, feels a bit harder to take it seriously when the company paying for the study has so much skin in the game.

May 12, 2023

IPhone killer? New AI-wearable Humane hopes to make smartphones obsolete

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, wearables


The former Apple employees Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno developed Humane with a “future that is even more intelligent and even more personal,” according to the company’s website.

May 12, 2023

From PaLM to Sidekick, Google serves up a ‘smorgasbord’ of AI

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

May 11 (Reuters) — Google announced a flurry of artificial intelligence products – but users might need AI just to understand them all.

The Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) unit on Wednesday demonstrated or referenced at least 15 different AI products and features ranging from software solely for creating smartphone wallpaper to another for organizing personal files to yet another for photo editing.

Attendees of Google’s I/O conference in Mountain View, California, could be forgiven for leaving the annual event with their heads spinning. Take one of Google’s press releases from the event: “Duet AI serves as your expert pair programmer and assists cloud users with contextual code completion, offering suggestions tuned to your code base, generating entire functions in real-time, and assisting you with code reviews and inspections.”

May 11, 2023

Google is giving its dominant search engine an artificial-intelligence makeover

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google on Wednesday disclosed plans to infuse its dominant search engine with more advanced artificial-intelligence technology, a drive that’s in response to one of the biggest threats to its long-established position as the internet’s main gateway.

The gradual shift in how Google’s search engine runs is rolling out three months after Microsoft’s Bing search engine started to tap into technology similar to that which powers the artificially intelligent chatbot ChatGPT, which has created one of Silicon Valley’s biggest buzzes since Apple released the first iPhone 16 years ago.

Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., already has been testing its own conversational chatbot called Bard. That product, powered by technology called generative AI that also fuels ChatGPT, has only been available to people accepted from a waitlist. But Google announced Wednesday that Bard will be available to all comers in more than 180 countries and more languages beyond English.

May 10, 2023

Humane’s new wearable AI demo is wild to watch — and we have lots of questions

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, wearables

The demo is clever, questionably real, and prompts a lot of questions about how this device will actually work.

Buzz has been building around the secretive tech startup Humane for over a year, and now the company is finally offering a look at what it’s been building. At TED last month, Humane co-founder Imran Chaudhri gave a demonstration of the AI-powered wearable the company is building as a replacement for smartphones. Bits of the video leaked online after the event, but the full video is now available to watch.

The device appears to be a small black puck that slips into your breast pocket, with a camera, projector, and speaker sticking out the top.

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May 10, 2023

Elon Musk Tells Followers Not to Trust WhatsApp Over Microphone Bug

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mobile phones

A Twitter engineer says the app accessed his phone’s mic as he slept, prompting Musk’s response, though he has an incentive to attack a rival app. WhatsApp blames the issue on a Google bug.

May 9, 2023

Researchers Uncover SideWinder’s Latest Server-Based Polymorphism Technique

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, mobile phones

Over the past year, SideWinder has been linked to a cyber attack aimed at Pakistan Navy War College (PNWC) as well as an Android malware campaign that leveraged rogue phone cleaner and VPN apps uploaded to the Google Play Store to harvest sensitive information.

The latest infection chain documented by BlackBerry mirrors findings from Chinese cybersecurity firm QiAnXin in December 2022 detailing the use of PNWC lure documents to drop a lightweight. NET-based backdoor (App.dll) that’s capable of retrieving and executing next-stage malware from a remote server.

What makes the campaign also stand out is the threat actor’s use of server-based polymorphism as a way to potentially sidestep traditional signature-based antivirus (AV) detection and distribute additional payloads by responding with two different versions of an intermediate RTF file.

May 8, 2023

Study presents large brain-like neural networks for AI

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biological, mobile phones, robotics/AI, virtual reality, wearables

In a new study in Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers Bojian Yin and Sander Bohté from the HBP partner Dutch National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) demonstrate a significant step towards artificial intelligence that can be used in local devices like smartphones and in VR-like applications, while protecting privacy.

They show how brain-like neurons combined with novel learning methods enable training fast and energy-efficient spiking on a large scale. Potential applications range from wearable AI to and Augmented Reality.

While modern artificial neural networks are the backbone of the current AI revolution, they are only loosely inspired by networks of real, biological neurons such as our brain. The brain however is a much larger network, much more energy-efficient, and can respond ultra-fast when triggered by external events. Spiking neural networks are special types of neural networks that more closely mimic the working of biological neurons: the neurons of our nervous system communicate by exchanging electrical pulses, and they do so only sparingly.

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