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Scaleway updates its high-performance instances

Cloud-hosting company Scaleway refreshed its lineup of high-performance instances today. These instances are now all equipped with AMD EPYC CPUs, DDR4 RAM and NVMe SSD storage. The more you pay, the more computing power, RAM, storage and bandwidth you get.

High-performance plans start at €0.078 per hour or €39 per month ($44.20), whichever is lower at the end of the month. For this price you get 4 cores, 16GB of RAM, 150GB of storage and 400Mbps of bandwidth.

If you double the price, you get twice as many cores, RAM and storage. Higher plans get a tiny discount on performance bumps. And the fastest instance comes with 48 cores, 256GB of RAM, 600GB of storage and 2Gbps of bandwidth. That beast can cost as much as €569 per month ($645).

Here’s the full lineup:

Scaleway had high-performance instances in the past, called “X64” instances. They were relatively cheaper. Despite that price bump, Scaleway manages to stay competitive against Linode, DigitalOcean and others.

A server with 6 CPU cores and 16GB of RAM costs $80 per month on Linode. After that, you have to choose between high memory plans and dedicated CPU plans, so it’s harder to compare.

On DigitalOcean, an instance with 16GB of RAM and 4 CPU cores costs $120 per month. The most expensive instance costs $1,200 per month, and it doesn’t match the specifications of Scaleway’s most expensive instance.


Source: TechCrunch

Happy 30th, World Wide Web. Here’s how you changed the world, for good and bad

Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee proposed the basics of the World Wide Web to the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Here’s how the web has changed the world, and how the world may soon change the web.

The post Happy 30th, World Wide Web. Here’s how you changed the world, for good and bad appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google’s new voice recognition system works instantly and offline (if you have a Pixel)

Voice recognition is a standard part of the smartphone package these days, and a corresponding part is the delay while you wait for Siri, Alexa or Google to return your query, either correctly interpreted or horribly mangled. Google’s latest speech recognition works entirely offline, eliminating that delay altogether — though of course mangling is still an option.

The delay occurs because your voice, or some data derived from it anyway, has to travel from your phone to the servers of whoever operates the service, where it is analyzed and sent back a short time later. This can take anywhere from a handful of milliseconds to multiple entire seconds (what a nightmare!), or longer if your packets get lost in the ether.

Why not just do the voice recognition on the device? There’s nothing these companies would like more, but turning voice into text on the order of milliseconds takes quite a bit of computing power. It’s not just about hearing a sound and writing a word — understanding what someone is saying word by word involves a whole lot of context about language and intention.

Your phone could do it, for sure, but it wouldn’t be much faster than sending it off to the cloud, and it would eat up your battery. But steady advancements in the field have made it plausible to do so, and Google’s latest product makes it available to anyone with a Pixel.

Google’s work on the topic, documented in a paper here, built on previous advances to create a model small and efficient enough to fit on a phone (it’s 80 megabytes, if you’re curious), but capable of hearing and transcribing speech as you say it. No need to wait until you’ve finished a sentence to think whether you meant “their” or “there” — it figures it out on the fly.

So what’s the catch? Well, it only works in Gboard, Google’s keyboard app, and it only works on Pixels, and it only works in American English. So in a way this is just kind of a stress test for the real thing.

“Given the trends in the industry, with the convergence of specialized hardware and algorithmic improvements, we are hopeful that the techniques presented here can soon be adopted in more languages and across broader domains of application,” writes Google, as if it is the trends that need to do the hard work of localization.

Making speech recognition more responsive, and to have it work offline, is a nice development. But it’s sort of funny considering hardly any of Google’s other products work offline. Are you going to dictate into a shared document while you’re offline? Write an email? Ask for a conversion between liters and cups? You’re going to need a connection for that! Of course this will also be better on slow and spotty connections, but you have to admit it’s a little ironic.


Source: TechCrunch

Plenty of Tech Companies Still Want Military Contracts

Protests at companies like Google and Microsoft have grabbed headlines, but an Air Force demo day last week hosted dozens of startups eager to work with the Pentagon.
Source: Wired

Amazon slashes price of Eero Home Wi-Fi System mesh network just for today

Amazon slashed the price of the Eero Home Wi-Fi System by $100. For today only you can pick up fast and reliable mesh network hardware suitable for two to four bedroom homes. We found the Eero system easy to set up and manage.

The post Amazon slashes price of Eero Home Wi-Fi System mesh network just for today appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Galaxy Fold vs. Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones – CNET

Samsung and Huawei face off as the foldable phone wars heat up.
Source: CNET

Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy – CNET

Amazon’s deal to buy the Wi-Fi hardware maker is sealed, and Eero customers are concerned.
Source: CNET

Galaxy S10 Plus? S10E? How to pick the right Galaxy S10 for you – CNET

Five new Galaxy phones. One decision. We’re here to help.
Source: CNET

Infiniti kicks Western Europe to the curb amid restructuring – Roadshow

The withdrawal will be complete in 2020.
Source: CNET

Nissan is testing its weird Invisible-to-Visible tech in Japan using 5G – Roadshow

And it’s all happening in adorable little vans.
Source: CNET

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