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Lexus teases new ES sedan for Beijing – Roadshow

It’s not a huge surprise, given the current model’s age.
Source: CNET

Some senators just don’t get Facebook – CNET

Tuesday’s five-hour hearing highlighted one thing: Relatively few senators understand Facebook’s business.
Source: CNET

Can Facebook's new hires take on troll farms and data privacy? – CNET

CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises the social network will hire 10,000 new security and content moderation employees this year. Can they make changes users want?
Source: CNET

HP targets gamers on a budget with new Pavilion notebooks, desktops, and more

HP introduced a new family of notebooks, desktops, and even a 32-inch display under its Pavilion Gaming brand. The new family relies on eighth-generation Intel “U” and “H” processors, second-gen Ryzen CPUs from AMD, and more.

The post HP targets gamers on a budget with new Pavilion notebooks, desktops, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

HP’s mainstream Pavilion PCs refreshed with latest AMD Ryzen, Intel Core CPUs

HP refreshed its entire family of Pavilion-branded devices spanning its 2-in-1s, laptops, and tower desktops. The devices now support new eighth-generation Intel Core and second-generation AMD Ryzen processors.

The post HP’s mainstream Pavilion PCs refreshed with latest AMD Ryzen, Intel Core CPUs appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Zuckerberg faces more Cambridge Analytica questions from Congress – CNET

The Facebook co-founder and CEO weathered intense and sometimes inane questions from the US Senate. Now he needs to rebuild trust.
Source: CNET

RAVPower Power Bank Exclusive Deal

A WIRED deal on an outstanding battery pack, Air Force-grade smartwatch, and other gadgets galore.
Source: Wired

TravelTriangle raises $12M to digitize India’s travel bookings

TravelTriangle, a startup that is digitizing travel agencies and travel bookings in India, has raised a $12 million Series C round led by Fundamentum.

The startup operates like a travel booking platform to allow holidaymakers to choose and secure their travel plans online. It also works with offline travel agents to help them offer services, such as tailoring a trip, to customers as they do when they walk into their offices in person. The company also offers a suite of back-office services designed for agencies to help bring them on to its platform and generate additional revenue.

The deal marks the first investment from Fundamentum, a new $100 million fund established by Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder and the former CEO of $33 billion IT services giant Infosys, and Helion Ventures partner Sanjeev Aggarwal .

When the fund launched last July, Nilekani told TechCrunch it is aimed at turning promising Indian startups into unicorns. Notably, Nilekani confirmed that Fundamentum has looked over some 50 deals before electing to back TravelTriangle.

Fundamentum led the round — and may perhaps hog the limelight a little given the circumstances — but the firm was joined by existing TravelTriangle backers SAIF Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and RB investments who also took part.

TravelTriangle closed a $10 million Series B in February 2017, since then it has seen its site traffic jump from two million to 2.5 million per month, while it has grown the number of active travel agents on its platform to “close to 700.”

Sankalp Agarwal, TravelTriangle’s CEO and one of three co-founders behind the business, told TechCrunch that the money will be spent on product R&D. In particular, he said, a recommendation engine is being developed that will help customers get holiday ideas based both on their own history and the type of trips and destinations that other customers who are similar to them have taken.

On that front, TravelTriangle is also working to broaden its selection of destinations that it offers from the current total of 65. That means finding new partners outside of India.

Agarwal said, too, that a chunk of the new capital will towards marketing campaigns aimed at growing Travel Triangle’s brand and generating awareness among consumers.

He said there’s no immediate plan to focus on expanding the business overseas. He did acknowledge, though that already the service has picked up some overseas customers — particularly in Sri Lanka — and that, as an online platform, it would be possible to replicate overseas.

Most likely, international expansion would be something that is two to three years away, he added, as Travel Triangle is aiming to reach double-figures of market share within India’s travel industry. Outbound tourism alone is tipped to reach $45 billion by 2022, according to research, while in-country travel accounts for the majority of trips.


Source: TechCrunch

The 'Despacito' YouTube Hack Was Probably Pretty Simple to Pull Off

The removal of YouTube’s most popular video this week was likely the result of a low-cost phishing scam rather than sophisticated hacking.
Source: Wired

Qualcomm launches its new vision intelligence platform for IoT devices

Qualcomm’s chips already power virtually every Android smartphone on the market, but the company has long set its sights beyond this core market and is increasingly looking at IoT as one of its next major growth areas. Earlier this year it launched its new embedded platform for IoT developers; today, it’s introducing two new systems-on-a-chip for IoT, the QCS605 and QCS603, that combine a multicore ARM processor with the company’s AI engine and an image signal processor.

The standard use for these chips is in smart security cameras for both consumers and industry, as well as sports cameras, wearable cameras, VR, robotics and smart displays — anywhere you need a good amount of computing power at the edge, as well as the ability to interpret images and run pre-trained machine learning models.

Qualcomm’s IoT journey started a few years ago. Early on, this was mostly about re-purposing the company’s Snapdragon mobile chips for this market. As Qualcomm’s VP of product management Seshu Madhavapeddy told me, the company now believes that it has reached a critical mass of business in IoT — and thanks to that, it now also has a far better understanding of the market’s needs. Instead of just reusing and tweaking existing systems, Qualcomm is now looking to create purpose-built chipsets that still leverage the building blocks of its smartphone tech but also feature custom designs.

For these new chips, that custom design focuses mostly on the AI engine. That part of the chip can handle 2.1 trillion operations per second for neural network inferencing. That’s only a little bit slower than the promised performance of a Mobileeye EyeQ4 chip. As Madhavapeddy stressed, it’s far more efficient to bring inference to the edge, both in terms of latency and bandwidth. There’s no need for the data to make a roundtrip to the data center, after all. “We anticipated that trend, we have seen that trend, and we are catering to that,” he said.

Developers and data scientists can create their models using any of the standard machine learning frameworks, and Qualcomm will offer an SDK to port those over to its chips.

All of that AI power is only useful when you have good data to work with, so the team also focused strongly on the actual image processing part of the chips. “The camera tech uses the best of the camera tech we have at Qualcomm,” Madhavapeddy said. But while the underlying tech is similar, the kind of use cases the team anticipates don’t quite match the expectations of smartphone users. You want to have great low-light video performance in both IoT and consumer cameras, for example, but in an IoT device like a security camera, your focus isn’t on aesthetics. Similarly, the image stabilization algorithms of a sports camera that you’ll attach to your mountain bike need to be tuned differently from those of a smartphone.

Once you have all of those building blocks in place, you also need to offer developers the ability to run their software on them, of course. “Regardless of what product you are building, our customers add a lot of different software to differentiate the product they are building,” said Madhavapeddy. For a VR camera, that’s the software that combines the images from all the cameras, for example.

To help developers and OEMs build on top of these new SoCs, Qualcomm also today announced a new VR camera reference design in cooperation with Altek based on the QCS605, as well as an industrial security camera reference design based on the QCS603.

Both systems are sampling now and we’ll likely see the first products based on them in the second quarter of this year.


Source: TechCrunch

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