Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

Mozilla proposes combined WebXR standard for virtual and mixed reality in the browser

 Although we may disagree on the usefulness of VR and AR today, it’s hard to argue with the idea that it should be easier to develop for and deploy — especially on the web. That’s why Mozilla is working on a combined framework that gives developers standardized, well-documented tools with which to access the user’s chosen mixed reality platform. Read More

Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape

Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape

 When Apple announced its partnership with GE this week, it would have been easy to dismiss it as another random collaboration from a company people don’t generally associate with the enterprise. After all, Apple killed off their enterprise server product years ago. You might rightly ask, what exactly do they have to do with the enterprise these days? But if you consider the notion of… Read More

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

 A detailed blog posting in the company’s machine learning journal makes public the technical effort that went into its “Hey Siri” feature — a capability so banal that I’d almost believe Apple was trying to make a point with highbrow mockery. Even so, it’s worth taking the opportunity to explore exactly how much effort goes into the features that do, for… Read More

Adobe brings visual search to its Typekit font service

Adobe brings visual search to its Typekit font service

 Say you have a photo of a billboard or poster that you like and you want to find the font the designer used. Typically, that involves a lot of trial and error, but Adobe Typekit is launching a new feature that should make this process easier. With visual search in Typekit, you can now upload an image and the company’s Sensei AI platform will try to match it to an existing font in its… Read More

Apple and GE announce deep partnership

Apple and GE announce deep partnership

 While Apple has had its share of enterprise partners in recent years including IBM, Cisco and SAP, today’s announcement that it will be working directly with GE feels a bit different with the two companies more closely intertwined than in previous deals. Apple and GE have committed to build a set of development tools and to develop apps together using Apple’s design sensibility… Read More

Intel to ship new Nervana Neural Network Processor by end of 2017

Intel to ship new Nervana Neural Network Processor by end of 2017

 This morning at the WSJ’s D.Live event, Intel formally unveiled its Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP) family of chips designed for machine learning use cases. Intel has previously alluded to these chips using the pre-launch name Lake Crest. The technology underlying the chips is heavily tied to Nervana Systems, a deep learning hardware startup Intel purchased last August for… Read More

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices

 Born out of a frustration with recruiting within the peninsula-trapped City of San Francisco, Terminal is a platform allowing companies to tap into talent abroad. Starting with campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Vancouver, the startup aims to plant physical flags in as many of the world’s global talent centers as possible. Terminal is being run by… Read More

User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection

User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collection

 Earlier this week, it was revealed that independent phone maker OnePlus was collecting all manner of information from phones running its OxygenOS — without telling users, of course. Caught red-handed, the company is backing off from the opt-out data collection program, giving users a choice up front instead of buried in the options. Read More




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