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This hack turns your old Kindle into a clock

If you have an old Kindle e-reader lying about then you’d best dig it up. This cool hack can turn your dead e-reader into a living clock that scours hundreds of books for exact times and displays the current time in a quote. It updates once a minute.

The project, available on Instrucables, requires a jailbroken Kindle and little else. The app uses quotes collected by the Guardian for an art project and includes writing from Charles Bukowski to Shakespeare.

Creator Jaap Meijers writes:

My girlfriend is a *very* avid reader. As a teacher and scholar of English literature, she reads eighty books per year on average.

On her wishlist was a clock for our living room. I could have bought a wall clock from the store, but where is the fun in that? Instead, I made her a clock that tells the time by quoting time indications from literary works, using an e-reader as display, because it’s so incredibly appropriate 🙂

Given that our family is apparently on our fifteenth Kindle in the household it only makes sense to repurpose one of these beasts into something useful. Don’t have a Kindle? You can visit a web-based version here.


Source: TechCrunch

New laptops may see more storage as SSD prices expected to fall through 2019

The cost of SSDs could continue to fall through to next year as oversupply of NAND Flash memory reaches new heights. That could lead to greater density storage in a variety of consumer devices, too.

The post New laptops may see more storage as SSD prices expected to fall through 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Google Android 9 Pie: The 5 Best New Features

Here are five key features from Android Pie, which was released today.
Source: Wired

Google Cloud gets support for Nvidia’s Tesla P4 inferencing accelerators

These days, no cloud platform is complete without support for GPUs. There’s no other way to support modern high-performance and machine learning workloads without them, after all. Often, the focus of these offerings is on building machine learning models, but today, Google is launching support for the Nvidia P4 accelerator, which focuses specifically on inferencing to help developers run their existing models faster.

In addition to these machine learning workloads, Google Cloud users can also use the GPUs for running remote display applications that need a fast graphics card. To do this, the GPUs support Nvidia Grid, the company’s system for making server-side graphics more responsive for users who log in to remote desktops.

Since the P4s come with 8GB of DDR5 memory and can handle up to 22 tera-operations per second for integer operations, these cards can handle pretty much anything you throw at them. And since buying one will set you back at least $2,200, if not more, renting them by the hour may not be the worst idea.

On the Google Cloud, the P4 will cost $0.60 per hour with standard pricing and $0.21 per hour if you’re comfortable with running a preemptible GPU. That’s significantly lower than Google’s prices for the P100 and V100 GPUs, though we’re talking about different use cases here, too.

The new GPUs are now available in us-central1 (Iowa), us-east4 (N. Virginia), Montreal (northamerica-northeast1) and europe-west4 (Netherlands), with more regions coming soon.


Source: TechCrunch

MOV.AI raises $3M in seed funding to create an ‘Android for Robotics’

We all know what Android for smartphones is. A free, (almost) open source operating system for smartphones. But right now there is no equivalent of the “Android for robots.” Instead there are many, many proprietary systems. A new startup plans to address this problem in order for the robotics market to really take off, and for it to have a good slice fo the pie.

MOV.AI plans to create an ecosystem where developers, integrators and manufacturers collaborate to develop the first industry-grade O/S for autonomous intelligent collaborative robots. This could potentially produce smarter robots on a large-scale for operation and production lines.

It’s now raised $3M in seed funding in a round led by Israel-based Viola Ventures and SF-based NFX.

MOV.AI describes itself as an ‘ROS compatible operating system’. That means it enables industry-grade deployment of fleets of autonomous robots. The idea is that this will decouple the hardware from the software (a problem in robot-land), and simpler R&D, thus making robot automation affordable for any player, large or small.

This ROS will aim to cover easier mapping, robust and autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, cloud-based software-distribution, compliance with safety and cybersecurity’s best practices and modern end-user interface.

The main target audiences of MOV.AI are manufacturers of material handling equipment, automation integrators, and other collaborative robot manufacturers.

Limor Schweitzer (pictured), founder and CEO of MOV.AI says: “At MOV.AI, we have made it our mission to contribute to a world where intelligent robots perform most of the common physical tasks, which will free humankind to be more creative and productive, and enable faster market scalability. In other words we will be able to transform human operated mobile machines into autonomous robots that work safely together with people and other robots in any environment at all scalable levels”.

Ronen Nir, general partner at Viola Ventures says: “We believe that the impact and potential value of MOV.AI’s ecosystem will gain traction as more large customers, distributors and developers come on board.”

MOV.AI says is currently piloting projects with large automation integrators and industrial operators.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook open sources library to enhance latest Transport Layer Security protocol

For several years, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working to improve the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, which is designed to help developers protect data as it moves around the internet. Facebook created an API library called Fizz to enhance the latest version, TLS 1.3, on Facebook’s networks. Today, it announced it’s open sourcing Fizz and placing it on GitHub for anyone to access and use.

Facebook is currently running more than 50 percent of its traffic through TLS 1.3 and Fizz, which they believe is the largest implementation of TLS 1.3 to date.

All of this is referring to how traffic moves around the internet and how servers communicate with one another in a secure way. This is particularly important because as Facebook points out, in modern internet server architecture, it’s not uncommon to have different key pieces of the process spread out across the world. This raises challenges around reducing latency as data moves from server to server.

One of the major issues involved writing data to a huge chunk of memory, which increased resource overhead and reduced speed. To get around this issue, Facebook decided to divide the data into smaller chunks as it moved into memory and then encrypt it in place, a process called scatter/gather I/O. This provides a more efficient way of processing data in memory, reducing the overhead required to process it, while increasing the processing speed.

Instead of encrypting a single of chunk of data, using Scatter/Gather Fizz breaks it into discrete pieces and encrypts each one. Diagram: Facebook.

TLS 1.3 introduced a concept called “early data” (also known as zero round trip data or 0-RTT data), which has helped reduce latency. According to ITEF, it does this by “allowing a client to send data to a server in the first round trip of a connection, without waiting for the TLS handshake to complete if the client has spoken to the same server recently.” The problem is that this concept can be insecure, so Fizz includes APIs that support this concept and builds on it by reducing the known vulnerabilities.

The company has been working with IETF because it has unique needs due to the sheer number of transactions it processes on a daily basis. According to Facebook, TLS 1.3, “incorporates several new features that make internet traffic more secure, including encrypting handshake messages to keep certificates private, redesigning the way secret keys are derived, and a zero round-trip connection setup, which makes certain requests faster than TLS 1.2.”

As for Fizz, “In addition to the enhancements that come with TLS 1.3, Fizz offers an improved solution for middlebox handshake failures, supports asynchronous I/O by default, and can handle scatter/gather I/O to eliminate the need for extra copies of data,” Facebook wrote in the blog post announcing it was open sourcing the library.

Fizz improves the newest version of the Transport Layer Security protocol, and by making it open source, Facebook is sharing this technology with the community at large where others can take advantage of and build upon the work Facebook has done.


Source: TechCrunch

DJI teams up with Line Friends for a drone of cuteness – CNET

It can take your selfie with a hand gesture.
Source: CNET

Facebook: We're making life hard on trolls trying to influence you – CNET

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, tells CNET about the challenges of stopping the coordinated efforts to influence US politics.
Source: CNET

FloodFlash insurance startup raises £1.9M via LocalGlobe, Pentech Ventures, InsurTech Gateway

The flood underinsurance problem is arguably the largest unsolved problem in insurance. Over the last ten years, an average of $41bn per year of flood damage has gone uncovered by insurance, leaving people, businesses and governments to pay the bill. It’s estimated that there are $50bn of losses caused by floods around the world. Currently, only $9bn of these are covered by insurance.

FloodFlash, an insurtech startup that offers a way for customers to insure their property for flood risk, even in high risk areas, by employing an internet-connected water-sensor has raised £1.9m in seed funding from LocalGlobe, Pentech Ventures and InsurTech Gateway. They previously secured a pre-seed/Angel round in 2017 (Hambro Perks Insurtech Gateway and one private investor).

When a flood happens, it triggers an internet-connected water-sensor and the payment is made immediately to the policy holder. A FloodFlash policy pays out a pre-agreed, fixed sum as soon as a pre-defined level of flooding occurs. A slice of the premium goes to FloodFlash in return for installing the sensor, plus automated underwriting and claims services.

Founders, Adam Rimmer and Ian Bartholomew, created the company after looking at “parametric catastrophe bonds”. These are typically used by large corporations or governments to recover large sums in the event of a catastrophe, but many of the benefits they confer were previously unavailable to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Rimmer says: “Every year tens of thousands of business owners lose their livelihoods because they have been unable to take out an affordable policy that protects their business. In the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic flood, people care less about dollar-for-dollar reimbursement for damages and more about whether their business will survive at all. We believe FloodFlash’s event-based insurance is absolutely the best way for insurers to cover higher-risk areas.”

FloodFlash is regulated by the FCA and is currently carrying out a live pilot for its policies with a select group of SMEs in parts of the UK with significant flood risk, including Carlisle.

Insurance capacity for FloodFlash policies is provided by Everest Re through their syndicate at Lloyd’s of London.

The startup has been working as part of the InsurTech Gateway, the InsurTech focused incubator since mid 2017.

Tara Reeves, partner at LocalGlobe, said: “Climate change is leading to more extreme weather events, but these are often hard to insure. Parametric insurance dramatically reduces underwriting and loss adjustment costs, and those savings can be passed on to the consumer. Adam and Ian’s background in risk modelling and hydrology is uniquely suited to this challenge.”

Eddie Anderson, partner at Pentech Ventures, said: “FloodFlash is a business that has global potential. There is no country on the planet where severe or freak weather does not cause havoc, whether it is flood or hurricane. We think markets around the world will welcome this innovative, cost-effective way to sell insurance that has been adapted to take into account the way we live today.”


Source: TechCrunch

Import tariffs could do some bad things to Subaru in the US – Roadshow

Only about half of its cars sold in the US last year were produced here.
Source: CNET

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