Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes AI to the edge

From ComputerWorld: Apple’s AI push into on-device machine learning continues with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season.

The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year.

Apple’s new purchase seems a good one.

The acquisition closely matches Apple’s feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers.

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ROCCAT Kone AIMO Review (Page 1 of 4)

Kids can say the darnedest things. As we saw a last week with Jonathan's Grade 6 kid, they can ask humorously ignorant questions or be brutally honest. Recently, I was reading through a book with a bunch of Grade 3 kids and it asked a question that read, "Have you ever eaten a cookie that looked really good but tasted really bad?" One girl took barely two seconds to which she smiled and said, "Yep! It was from my mom." I was a bit more shocked that she would say it straight out while all the other kids burst into laughter. Trying to give the mom some credit, I asked her if this was the first time she had made cookies before and she shook her head to indicate otherwise. It turns out the real reason for this was because she forgot to put any sugar in the cookies, which would obviously affect the taste as well as its texture. To be fair, I think I too have had my share of good-looking and bad-tasting experiences with food, though more recently it has been the things coming out of my kitchen, haha. Similarly, I think we have seen products come through here that looked amazing to the eye but fell short of its full potential. That is not to say all of our good looking products are like this, but it does happen. Today, we have a new mouse on hand in the form of the ROCCAT Kone AIMO. Equipped with ROCCAT's "intelligent lighting system", I think this mouse looks great to the eyes. However, how does it perform in real life? Will it stand up in our performance testing or crumble like the aforementioned cookie? Let us find out the answers to these questions and more!

Reeven Kiran Review (Page 1 of 4)

Throughout human history, light is one of the most important and interesting topics to look into. Spiritually, following the light of the world allows us to not walk in the darkness. In practice, light is so useful. I cannot imagine what our life would be like without light. Early humans learned how to control fire millions of years ago, and thanks to the light from fire, people can party at night. Millions of years later, people gained some knowledge about electricity, so Edison could patent the first commercially successful light bulb in the year of 1897. Ever since then, we do not need to burn things to get light. With the development of science and technology, the first visible spectrum LED was developed in 1962, and soon engineers found ways to increase the brightness and to reduce the cost of LEDs. In the 90s, sneakers with LEDs on them were invented. I remember when I was a kid I always wanted a pair of these kinds of shoes, but I did not get them since they were much more expensive than the normal ones. Well, I guess it was not always easy to convince my parents that having LEDs on shoes was important to me when I was a small kid. Now we have grown up and with a little bit more money in our pockets, it is possible for us to at least get some LED computer parts. In today’s review, we will take a look at the computer cooling fan with LEDs, the Reeven Kiran RGB fan. Can today’s review unit be considered as a good choice to make our computer case cool again? Let us read on and find out!

The US government is reportedly trying to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment

From The Verge: The US government is attempting to persuade allies to stop using Huawei equipment due to security fears, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Sources claim that US government officials have met with counterparts in Germany, Japan, and Italy, and are reportedly considering offering financial incentives to countries who opt not to use equipment from the Chinese manufacturer.

Airbnb hit with class action lawsuit over delisted West Bank settlements

From CNET: Israeli lawyers reportedly launched a class action lawsuit against Airbnb on Thursday after it took down hundreds of listings in the occupied West bank.

Ma'anit Rabinovich, the lawsuit's petitioner, rents out guest rooms in the West Bank settlement of Kida and accused Airbnb of "offensive and outrageous discrimination," Reuters reported.

Cryptocurrency Mining Firm Files For Bankruptcy Amid Bitcoin Slump

From PC Mag: A US-based cryptocurrency mining firm has filed for bankruptcy amid Bitcoin's declining price.

On Monday, Giga Watt Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a Washington state court, with its shareholders claiming that the company can no longer pay off its debts.

Giga Watt had been offering remote cryptocurrency mining hosting plans at the company's data centers in Washington, with the promise of low fees to customers. In addition, the company had also been selling mining hardware rigs over its website.

Amazon leaks users’ names and emails in ‘technical error’

From The Verge: Amazon has emailed users to tell them that a “technical error” made their names and email addresses visible publicly on its website (via BetaNews). Amazon declined to comment on how many users have been affected, and the only way to know if your email address has been exposed is by receiving one of the company’s surprisingly brief emails.

Latest Netflix iOS App Update Improves Navigation

From PC Mag: Watching content on smaller screens usually works well until you have to interact with the tiny interface and frustrating mis-taps on your touchscreen. Netflix decided to minimize these frustrations in its latest iOS app update by focusing on navigation controls.

Foxconn, Apple's main iPhone manufacturer, reportedly to slash $2.9B

From CNET: iPhone assembler Foxconn intends to slash 20 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) from its costs next year, according to Bloomberg.

The company, which is the primary manufacturer of Apple's phones, predicts that 2019 will be a "very difficult and competitive year," Bloomberg reported Wednesday, citing an internal company memo.


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