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Digital economy will represent over half of Latin America’s GDP by 2022

2019 will see a return to investment in innovation in the region by Latin American organizations, with the digital economy representing more than 50 percent of the region’s GDP in the next three years. According to research by analyst house IDC,  economic and political instability in Latin America, coupled with presidential elections hampered technology in the region last year, particularly… Read more →

Video streaming beats cable subscriptions for the first time

As Apple pushes services, a subscription bundle could be in the future ZDNet’s Larry Dignan tells TechRepublic’s Karen Roby about a potential ‘Apple Prime’ subscription bundle. Read more: https://zd.net/2UMIpNd Read this Cutting the cord: Why I kicked my cable TV company to the curb I decided I was sick of spending crazy amounts of money for video content I could… Read more →

Windows Calculator will get a ‘graphing mode’

Image: Dave Grochocki After open-sourcing the Windows 10 Calculator on GitHub at the start of the month, Microsoft has now started work on expanding the app with new features, as it initially promised. Out of the 30+ suggestions that open-source contributors have proposed so far, Microsoft engineers have selected a proposal called “Graphing Mode” as the first feature to be… Read more →

Windows Calculator will get a ‘graphing mode’

Image: Dave Grochocki After open-sourcing the Windows 10 Calculator on GitHub at the start of the month, Microsoft has now started work on expanding the app with new features, as it initially promised. Out of the 30+ suggestions that open-source contributors have proposed so far, Microsoft engineers have selected a proposal called “Graphing Mode” as the first feature to be… Read more →

Nvidia GPUs for data science, analytics, and distributed machine learning using Python with Dask

Nvidia has novel approach to train robots to manipulate objects With a unique combination of synthetic images, the researchers found a way to more easily and more effectively train a computer vision algorithm for robots. Nvidia has been more than a hardware company for a long time. As its GPUs are broadly used to run machine learning workloads, machine learning… Read more →

Norsk Hydro will not pay ransom demand and will restore from backups

After suffering a debilitating ransomware attack on Tuesday this week, aluminum producer Norsk Hydro is slowly starting to recover from the incident. “Experts from Microsoft and other IT security partners have flown in to aid Hydro in taking all necessary actions in a systematic way to get business critical systems back in normal operation,” Jo De Vliegher, Head of Information… Read more →

Shunned by CES, female sex tech company gets government grant

It was a PR disaster for organizers of this year’s CES. Shortly after the 2019 show opened in Vegas, Lora Haddock, founder and CEO of sex tech company Lora DiCarlo, published an open letter to the tech community in which she decried sexism after the CTA, the organization that administers CES, withdrew her company’s 2019 Innovation Award.  The reasons given were vague and… Read more →

Facebook allegedly knew of Cambridge Analytica activity months prior to public reports

UK parliamentary report exposes Facebook’s dirty secrets The committee report on fake news and data misuse says Facebook maximizes revenue “at all costs” — even when the cost is user privacy and trust. Read more: https://zd.net/2SlEGUZ Facebook allegedly knew about Cambridge Analytica’s data practices months before the media exposed the scandal, court filings suggest. The scandal, first exposed by The… Read more →

Mass production 3D printing? It’s coming, and it’s a big deal

Markforged, a company that makes industrial 3D printers, today announced that it has closed an $82 million Series D round. That’s a hefty raise for a 3D printer company, and it signifies an important shift in additive manufacturing, long the sphere of prototyping and short run production, toward higher output and mass production. “Markforged set out to change the pace… Read more →

Critical flaw revealed in Facebook Fizz TLS project

Facebook Messenger gets unsend option (you have 10 minutes) Facebook rolls out the unsend feature it promised last April. Researchers have found a vulnerability in the open-source Facebook Fizz project which is relatively easy to trigger for the purposes of a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. Facebook Fizz is an open-source TLS 1.3 library written in C++ 14. TLS is one of… Read more →

Humans actually think like computers, a Johns Hopkins study says

Looks like a kitchen floor to me. (Screenshot: ZDNet) Do you realize what you’ve become? Yes, you think you’re a beautifully human, sentient being. You think you’re a unique example of the species, fascinating in every aspect. Or have all those gadgets you’ve been using turned you into something of a predictable machine? I only ask because of a new… Read more →