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Intel’s Ice Lake might fix Meltdown, but speculative bugs are here to stay

Intel’s next-generation Ice Lake architecture may have some important new fixes for Spectre variant exploits, but how far will it go? Not far enough according to the expert we spoke to.

The post Intel’s Ice Lake might fix Meltdown, but speculative bugs are here to stay appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Deepomatic raises $6.2 million for its industrial computer vision technology

French startup Deepomatic just raised a new funding round of $5.1 million in equity funding and $1.1 million in debt. Hi Inov is leading the round, with Alven Capital and Bertrand Diard also participating.

Deepomatic lets you build your own computer vision applications for your industrial needs. The company gives you all the tools to train a model and connect it to your video feeds. You can then deploy your new shiny service at the edge or on your own infrastructure, wherever you need it. You remain in control of your data.

After that, you can integrate that brick with the rest of your infrastructure using API calls. With such a low barrier to entry, it takes you around three months to deploy Deepomatic.

And it’s already working quite well for some companies. For instance, Compass Group is using it in some of its cafeterias. Instead of waiting in line for the cashier when your food is getting cold on your tray, you can simply pass your tray in front of a camera.

The camera will take a photo of your food and automatically recognize what you got — it works pretty much like Amazon Go. There’s no QR code, no RFID tags. There are 15,000 people using this system every day already.

Belron, the company behind Carglass, Autoglass, Safelite and other vehicle glass repair shops, is also using Deepomatic. Employees can take a photo of a broken windshield with a coin for scale, and the service will tell you the next steps — replacing the windshield, fixing it with resin, etc.

Parking company Indigo is also leveraging Deepomatic’s technology for its security cameras. In addition to traditional CCTV, security cameras can detect if someone is acting suspicious based on various factors — Indigo is keeping those factors confidential so that people can’t defeat the system.

Deepomatic customers pay annual subscription fees like other enterprise software solutions. The startup is going to focus on energy, transportation and infrastructure companies at first.

This is quite a departure from Deepomatic’s first product. The company started with a sort of ‘Shazam for fashion’ using computer vision. “Shopping and retail weren’t in our DNA, we are engineers,” co-founder and CEO Augustin Marty told me.

With today’s funding round, the company is opening a new office in New York to focus on the American market. Deepomatic currently has 20 clients but could quickly become an essential technological brick for many big companies.


Source: TechCrunch

Skype can now blur the background during video calls

Thanks to the rise of WhatsApp and other free calling and messaging apps, Skype is no longer the go-to service it once was for many people. But the company just added a new feature which might raise its appeal among users.

The Microsoft-owned service’s latest addition is a screen-blurring feature designed to obscure your messy room or any other background details that you’d rather weren’t on display to the other party on the line.

Skype said that the feature — which is similar to the blurring added to Microsoft Teams last year — uses artificial intelligence to keep the focus on the caller. That also means it will detect features such as hair, hands and arms.

The feature is rolling out to Skype for desktop, the web and mobile although it doesn’t support all devices yet. It can be enabled in Skype’s settings or from the video call button inside the service.


Source: TechCrunch

New emojis include gender inclusive couple, people with disabilities, garlic and more – CNET

There’s also an otter.
Source: CNET

Musiio raises $1M to let digital music services use AI for curation

Musiio, a Singapore-based startup that uses AI to help digital music companies with discovery and creation, has pulled in a $1 million seed round.

The capital comes from Singapore’s Wavemaker Partners, U.S. investor Exponential Creativity Ventures and undisclosed angels. The deal represents the first outside round for Musiio, which was founded at the Entrepreneur First program in Singapore where CEO Hazel Savage, a former streaming exec, met CEO Aron Pettersson. It also makes Musiio the first venture capital-backed music AI startup in Southeast Asia and one of the most notable EF graduates from its Asian cohorts.

We first wrote about Musiio last April when it had raised SG$75,000 ($57,000) as part of its involvement in EF, the London-based accelerator that has big ambitions in Asia. Since then, it has increased its team to seven full-time staff.

The company is focused on reducing inefficiencies for music curation using artificial intelligence by augmenting the important work of human curators. In short, it aims to give those without the spending power of Spotify the opportunity to automate or partially automate a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to scouring through music.

“Musiio won’t replace the need to have people listening to music,” Savage told TechCrunch last year. “But we can delete the inefficiencies.”

The Musiio team at its office in Singapore

The company’s first public client is Free Music Archive (FMA), a Creative Commons-like free music site developed by independent U.S. radio station WFMU. Musiio developed a curated playlist which raised the profile of a number of songs that had become ‘lost’ in the catalog. In particular, it helped one track double the number of plays it had received over eight years within just two days.

The FMA deal was really a proof of concept for Musiio, and Savage said that the company is getting close to announcing deals.

“Over the next month or two, there will be two or three commercial announcements,” Savage said this week. “We’re working with streaming companies and sync companies.”


Source: TechCrunch

Skype’s new ‘blur background’ feature could help save your blushes

Skype’s latest feature for desktop lets you blur your background during video calls. The idea is that it keeps you as the focus instead of distracting others with whatever embarrassing things you might have on show behind you.

The post Skype’s new ‘blur background’ feature could help save your blushes appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

SpaceX's Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback – CNET

NASA wants to launch astronauts from US soil for the first time in years with Elon Musk and Boeing’s help — but it still needs time.
Source: CNET

Car subscription service Cluno scores $28M in Series B funding led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

Cluno, the Munich startup providing what it calls a “car subscription” service, has raised $28 million in Series B funding. The round is led by Valar Ventures, the U.S.-based venture capital firm founded by Peter Thiel.

Acton Capital Partners and Atlantic Labs, which both backed the company’s Series A round, also participated. It brings total raised by Cluno to $36 million in funding in under one year.

Founded in 2017 by the same team behind easyautosale (which exited to Autoscout24 in 2015), Cluno offers an alternative to car ownership or a more restrictive lease by enabling you to subscribe to a car for an all-inclusive monthly fee. Available in Germany only, you book your car online or via the Cluno app, with the monthly fee covering all costs except fuel. After a minimum term of six months, subscribers can return or switch their car with three months notice.

Cluno says it will use the additional capital to further accelerate the company’s growth and to invest in its technology. This sees bookings, as well as credit checks and signatures, all carried out paperlessly via the Cluno app. In terms of car choice, the startup offers almost 50 models from nine different car companies, including BMW, VW, Audi and Ford. Models span small cars to SUVs, including hybrid and electric vehicles.

“Cluno is a full-stack provider,” is how Cluno co-founder and CEO Nico Polleti frames the company. “We control the whole value chain”. This, he tells me, includes doing solvency checks, scoring, buying and financing the cars, analysing and estimating residual values, insurance, and more. “One of the VCs I spoke to said Cluno is 50 percent mobility and 50 percent fintech,” he says. “We invest time and money in structured financing to buy more Cluno cars and make more customers happy”.

The Cluno team is now 55 strong and will grow to around 85 by the end of the year. In particular, Cluno is hiring tech, finance and marketing people based at its office in Munich. The product roadmap still has a way to go, too.

“At the moment, the app only allows you to subscribe to a car out of the predefined Cluno portfolio,” explains Polleti. “[The] next step will be the Cluno app giving access to dealer stock via an API”. This will see Cluno form partnerships with dealers and OEMs to grow the supply side of its offering.


Source: TechCrunch

SpaceX's Crew Dragon suffers third major setback – CNET

NASA wants to launch astronauts from US soil for the first time in years with Elon Musk and Boeing’s help — but it still needs time.
Source: CNET

Scientists discover fossils of new, adorable baby dinosaur in Mongolia – CNET

A newly discovered baby raptor has figured out a way to open doors… to my heart.
Source: CNET

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