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Broadcom delivers strong Q2 on data center, storage strength

Broadcom delivered better-than-expected second quarter results on strong demand for its data center wares. The company, best known for trying to recently acquire Qualcomm, reported second quarter net income, including discontinued operations, of $3.73 billion, or $8.33 a share, on revenue of $5.01 billion, up 20 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the second quarter were $4.88 a… Read more →

Google says it won’t build AI for weapons

Weeks after facing both internal and external blowback for its contract selling AI technology to the Pentagon for drone video analysis, Google on Thursday published a set of principles that explicitly states it will not design or deploy AI for “weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.” Google committed… Read more →

AI powered personal styling service Stitch Fix reports strong Q3

Stitch Fix, a personal styling service powered by machine learning, delivered strong third quarter financial results on Thursday. The San Francisco-based company reported net income of $9.5 million, or nine cents per share, on revenue of $$316.7 million, an increase of 29 percent from a year ago. Wall Street was looking for earnings of just three cents per share on… Read more →

Google Cloud makes sole-tenant nodes available in beta

Google Cloud on Thursday announced the beta availability of sole-tenant nodes on Google Compute Engine. That means customers can have an entire Compute Engine server dedicated to their use. Typically, cloud computing suppliers use a multi-tenant architecture, which means that customers share computing resources. See: What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained Having single-tenant… Read more →

BlackBerry Mobile launches KEY2 with dual cameras and improved keyboard

Image: BlackBerry Mobile BlackBerry Mobile — the division of TCL Communication that manufactures and markets BlackBerry-branded smartphones — has followed last year’s KEYone with a new model named, to no-one’s great surprise, the KEY2. The ‘iconic’ QWERTY keyboard gets a revamp, there are dual cameras at the back for the first time, while privacy and security features — traditionally a… Read more →

NBA analytics and RDF graphs: Game, data, and metadata evolution, and Occam’s razor

Video: Data analytics to save our most valuable resource: Water With the NBA playoffs in full swing, we are used to having statistics nuggets thrown into game coverage. While it has been argued that not every aspect of the game should be purely data driven, sports analytics can be fun for fans as well as a useful tool for organizations…. Read more →

Cryptocurrency theft malware is now an economy worth millions

File Photo The Dark web is associated with the illegal trade in malware and malicious hacking tools, a market which has now turned towards lucrative cryptocurrency theft. Cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Monero (XMR), has grown popular of late. The market is no longer just a way to trade virtual assets in a decentralized, somewhat anonymous fashion. Instead,… Read more →

Cisco fixes critical bug that exposed networks to hackers

(Image: ZDNet) A “critical”-rated bug in one of Cisco’s network access management devices could have allowed hackers to remotely break into corporate networks. The bug was found in Cisco’s Secure Access Control System (ACS), which system administrators use to authenticate users across a network. Although the vulnerability had a 9.8 out of 10 score on the common vulnerability severity rating,… Read more →

Meet Norman, the world’s first ‘psychopathic’ AI

MIT Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed what is likely a world first — a “psychopathic” artificial intelligence (AI). The experiment is based on the 1921 Rorschach test, which identifies traits in humans deemed to be psychopathic based on their perception of inkblots, alongside what is known as thought disorders. Norman is an AI experiment born… Read more →

A cheap, easy-to-use surgical robot for the developing world

Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, a global expert in robot-assisted cardiac surgery, noticed a problem in his field. The global surgical robotics market is booming, set to reach $12.6 billion by 2025, according a recent Research and Markets report. The Da Vinci Surgical System alone has been used to treat more than three million patients. For some procedures, like prostate surgery, it’s… Read more →