Google strengthens Android relationship with Intel in IoT

From PC World: Intel may have cut ties with Android on smartphones and tablets, but the company's partnership with Google on Android for the internet of things is growing stronger.

Google's Android Things, a slimmed down version of Android for smart devices, will be coming to Intel's Joule 570x computer board.

The combination will allow makers to cook up Android-based gadgets or smart devices for use in home, retail, or industrial settings.

Walmart kills its Amazon Prime copycat

From CNET: Walmart waited a decade to introduce a membership shipping service to compete against Amazon's hugely successful Prime program. Less than two years later, it's killing off the new program and changing tactics.

The big-box retailer said Tuesday it got rid of ShippingPass, which offered unlimited two-day shipments on for $49 annually. In its place, Walmart cut the minimum for free shipping and sped up those deliveries.

TensorFlow 1.0 unlocks machine learning on smartphones

From InfoWorld: TensorFlow, Google's open source deep learning framework, has announced a release candidate for a full-blown version 1.0.

Version 1.0 not only brings improvements to the framework's gallery of machine learning functions, but also eases TensorFlow development to Python and Java users and improves debugging. A new compiler that optimizes TensorFlow computations opens the door to a new class of machine learning apps that can run on smartphone-grade hardware.

Fitbit cuts 6 percent of employees amid missed 2016 goals

From CNET: Fitbit announced Monday that it will be conducting a "reduction in force, that will impact approximately 110 employees." That's about 6 percent of the company's workforce.

The decision comes after a disappointing fourth quarter for the wearables giant. Fitbit's 2016 Q4 revenue expectations were as high as $750 million, but it now estimates an earned range between $572 million and $580 million.

Leaked images reveal the LG Watch Style, Google's first Android Wear 2.0 device

From PC World: Next week Google is due to release Android Wear 2.0, finally bringing its wearable OS to the masses after several months of delays, but it won’t be the most exciting release of the day. Also rumored to be unveiled on Feb. 9 is Google’s first foray into wearable hardware, in the form of a watch co-developed with LG. We may have just gotten our first clear look at the device (and its price).

Apple joins AI research group

From CNET: Apple has joined the Partnership on AI, a nonprofit group researching the uses of artificial intelligence, the group said on Friday.

The Partnership's members are a Who's Who of tech heavyweights that includes Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. It also includes IBM, the creator of the Watson supercomputer system that won the TV game show "Jeopardy!"

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Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB Review (Page 1 of 10)

About a year ago, a man of African descent came to our church. Since our church consists of mainly Chinese people, it was not hard to spot him. In the part of the service acknowledging newcomers, the chairperson on stage greeted the man of African descent. "Where are you from?" he asked from the pulpit. While the rest of us clearly heard the man answer "Calgary", the chairperson enthusiastically responded, "Africa? I have been to Africa. I have been to Libya, Egypt, and a few other countries!" Needless to say, everyone facepalmed so hard, we almost fell over our chairs. I think the chairperson's rather enthusiastic but erroneous response can mostly be explained by his incorrect preconceptions. Because he already presumed the man came from Africa even before he asked the question, when the chairperson heard a three syllable response, it only confirmed his prior bias. In any case, I think if we make wrong initial assumptions, it will bring us to the wrong conclusions. On the other hand, if we come with the correct knowledge, then we can arrive at the right conclusions. If you are buying a hard drive expecting cutting edge performance, or a solid state drive expecting a swimming pool of storage, then you will be sorely disappointed. This does not mean solid state drives cannot come in generous capacities, or hard drives have to be slow, but you just have to come with the right mindset and expectations for each product. Today, we will take a look at the Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST10000DM0004 10TB hard drive. Seagate's BarraCuda Pro is the company's latest performance lineup, meaning it promises up to a whopping 10TB of storage with good data throughput. Of course, by "good", we can expect cutting edge performance among its peers; obviously not relative to SSDs. With that knowledge in place, how will the ST10000DM0004 stack up against the competition? Read on to find out!


In last week's article of the Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Kwan showed to us the importance of hearing clearly and contextually. Listening in general is an important part of communicating with others, but if what you hear is actually not what is said, this can lead to unexpected results, or misunderstandings to say the least. Of course, these types of mistakes happen to everyone, including Yours Truly. A few weeks ago, I was having hot pot, when one of my friends asked a couple how long they had been together for. "Five minutes," we all heard from the guy, leaving us to stop and stare hard at him. Even the significant other looked over and gave him a look, despite them sitting next to each other. "That hot pot must have been really hot?" I thought to myself. It was not until we all actually questioned him when he responded laughingly, "Five months, not minutes". As you can see, listening plays an important role in our lives, and if it is not clear, misinformation can be spread. Today's review unit, the TUNAI CLIP, is a Bluetooth wireless receiver, allowing you to transform wired headsets into wireless ones. With the number of mobile devices dropping support of the 3.5mm audio jack, this makes a lot of sense. However, despite going to wireless, I still fully expect the audio, whether music or voice, to be transmitted clearly. Can the TUNAI CLIP can hold true to this fact, or will we have another misunderstanding in the making? Read on to find out!

Amazon Cloud Directory shakes up databases

From InfoWorld: Nobody thinks of directory services like LDAP or Active Directory as fonts of innovation. But to Amazon, they are a starting point for building something new.

A new public offering from Amazon called Cloud Directory aims to take the ho-hum idea behind a directory service—a hierarchical database—and endow it with features that make it useful to a far wider range of applications.


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