Apple’s new MacBook Pro, Datadog reveals machine learning feature, and IBM and Slack bring Watson to developers—SD Times news digest: Oct. 28, 2016

Apple’s launch event introduced the company’s new MacBook Pro, which comes with a new Touch Bar (a multi-touch glass strip built into the keyboard for instant access of tools). For the first time, Touch ID is available on the Mac. The new model includes high-performance processors, better storage, and better graphics. Speakers have been redesigned … continue reading

Apple acquires AI startup, the DAPRA Cyber Grand Challenge winner, Pokémon GO’s revenue, and Delta’s global computer outage—SD Times news digest: August 8, 2016

According to multiple reports, Apple has acquired artificial intelligence startup Turi for roughly US$200 million. Apple uses AI technology for Siri, but lately the company has been ramping up its efforts in AI, which makes purchasing the Seattle-based company Turi a helpful move, according to Market Watch. Turi aims to help developers and data scientists build intelligent apps … continue reading

NVIDIA launches deep learning supercomputer to keep up with AI

As a way to meet the demands of artificial intelligence, NVIDIA developed the first deep learning supercomputer called NVIDIA DGX-1, giving researchers and data scientists a new class of intelligent machines that could learn and perceive the world as humans do. The DGX-1, which was launched today at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, is the first … continue reading

Microsoft deletes AI chatbot after racist, homophobic tweets, according to report

Microsoft created a new artificial intelligence chatbot, which the company developed as a way for her to respond to users’ questions and progressively become a smarter AI. While the goal was to learn how the bot understood conversation, it didn’t really go as planned. The bot, named “Tay,” had some unexpected responses as it tweeted … continue reading

Former Intel CEO dies at 79, Node.js for Google App Engine goes beta, and Swift 2.2—SD Times digest: March 22, 2016

Intel announced that the company’s former CEO and chairman Andrew S. Grove died yesterday at the age of 79. “Andy” Grove became Intel’s president in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as the company’s chairman from 1997 until 2005. He is considered by the company to be one of the most influential figures in … continue reading

Cryptography pioneers receive Turing Award

The ACM Turing Award, presented by the Association for Computing Machinery, is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” Today, Whitfield Diffie, former chief security officer at Sun Microsystems, and Martin E. Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University, were recipients of the 2015 award for their contributions to modern cryptography. … continue reading

Google launches new service, the U.S. tells Google computer system can count as a driver, and Microsoft employees raise $125 million for nonprofits—SD Times news digest: Feb. 10, 2016

Google has quietly launched a service called Google Cloud Functions. It allows developers to set up functions that get triggered in response to certain events. Google claimed that it’s similar to the Lambda service from Amazon Web Services. According to Cloud Functions documents, “Google Cloud Functions is a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution that allows … continue reading

The Kano Screen Kit, Google’s plan for a messaging app, and Oracle acquires StackEngine—SD Times news digest: Dec. 23, 2015

Kids can build their own computer this holiday. Kano, a computer and coding kit for children ages 6 and up, released the new Kano Screen Kit in time for the holidays. Kids can use the kit to build a computer with plug-and-play pieces, make music, create games, code with Minecraft, and they can also learn … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Computer scientists remember their very first computer

When camera crews prep their interviewees for sound, they ask them a question. The crew at Computerphile, a popular YouTube account, asked guests what their first computer was. The video below shows a mash-up of interviewed computer scientists as they take a trip down memory lane and remember their very first computer. Computers they mention … continue reading

Honoring Gene Amdahl, who developed the System/360 mainframe at IBM

With computers and devices faster than they’ve ever been, it’s hard to imagine life before today’s technology advancements. But thanks to development pioneers, their creations and talent has led to pieces of technology and software that makes the world what it is today. Gene M. Amdahl was one of these individuals. He died Tuesday at … continue reading

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