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NAB 2017: How AI is remaking HollywoodNAB 2017: How AI is remaking Hollywood

GoogleBlog - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:00

Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees take over the Las Vegas Convention Center, representing a dozen industries including TV, movies, radio—and now, virtual reality.

And everybody here agrees. This is a big year for media.

Media/entertainment and cloud technologies are coming together. This changes the economics of the business, the ways people make and distribute content and how they relate to their audience. As the NAB put it introducing this year’s show, “It’s redesigning the very nature of how we live, work and play.”

Large-scale computing systems, next gen software and ubiquitous networks simplify and enable the recording, editing and transmission of content to billions of personal devices. Companies now broadcast more content than ever, in a direct relationship with each audience member. The quality of this relationship relies heavily on the seamlessness and personalization of the experience. The cost benefits and ease of use of the cloud-based model is driving change in all aspects of the business.

As president of the customer team at Google Cloud, this is a familiar and exciting story. In media, our customers are seeing cost and time to market reductions of 90 percent or better, with substantial performance improvements, by taking advantage of Google Cloud. Spotify, has seen up to 35x improvement in analytic performance, allowing them to greatly improve their personalization experience. For example, on-premises, their algorithms to identify top tracks took five hours; on BigQuery in Google Cloud it takes eight minutes.

Scripps Networks Interactive saw its livestream TV Everywhere video plays grow by 844 percent in 2016. 

They use the cloud to not only run their multiscreen video experiences on mobile and connected devices, but also deliver personalized ads targeted to each and every user.

What excites me most is not simply that our customers have new ways to create, personalize or monetize their content, or that they have a new level of agility in their business, with storage and network charges below what they're paying just for the real estate where they keep their own servers.

These are both important, but most exciting is the way their digital assets are, like all data-rich businesses, coming into the age of artificial intelligence, particularly through machine learning.

In the case of media, machine learning allows customers to greatly scale activities that have historically been time-consuming and hard — for example, high quality translation and captioning to make content accessible to more audiences everywhere. It also enables completely new experiences — for example, companies can automatically create and deliver highlight reels of multi-hour sports matches for consumption on mobile devices, and build recommendation systems to ensure that their vast unmonetized long tail of content gets discovered by eager fans.    

This isn't science fiction or a long-term research project. It's here now. Those examples are just a few of the ways our customers already use machine learning.

We look forward to doing much, much more, and hope you'll join us on the journey.

Categories: Technology

NAB 2017: How AI is remaking HollywoodNAB 2017: How AI is remaking Hollywood

GoogleBlog - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:00

Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees take over the Las Vegas Convention Center, representing a dozen industries including TV, movies, radio—and now, virtual reality.

And everybody here agrees. This is a big year for media.

Media/entertainment and cloud technologies are coming together. This changes the economics of the business, the ways people make and distribute content and how they relate to their audience. As the NAB put it introducing this year’s show, “It’s redesigning the very nature of how we live, work and play.”

Large-scale computing systems, next gen software and ubiquitous networks simplify and enable the recording, editing and transmission of content to billions of personal devices. Companies now broadcast more content than ever, in a direct relationship with each audience member. The quality of this relationship relies heavily on the seamlessness and personalization of the experience. The cost benefits and ease of use of the cloud-based model is driving change in all aspects of the business.

As president of the customer team at Google Cloud, this is a familiar and exciting story. In media, our customers are seeing cost and time to market reductions of 90 percent or better, with substantial performance improvements, by taking advantage of Google Cloud. Spotify, has seen up to 35x improvement in analytic performance, allowing them to greatly improve their personalization experience. For example, on-premises, their algorithms to identify top tracks took five hours; on BigQuery in Google Cloud it takes eight minutes.

Scripps Networks Interactive saw its livestream TV Everywhere video plays grow by 844 percent in 2016. 

They use the cloud to not only run their multiscreen video experiences on mobile and connected devices, but also deliver personalized ads targeted to each and every user.

What excites me most is not simply that our customers have new ways to create, personalize or monetize their content, or that they have a new level of agility in their business, with storage and network charges below what they're paying just for the real estate where they keep their own servers.

These are both important, but most exciting is the way their digital assets are, like all data-rich businesses, coming into the age of artificial intelligence, particularly through machine learning.

In the case of media, machine learning allows customers to greatly scale activities that have historically been time-consuming and hard — for example, high quality translation and captioning to make content accessible to more audiences everywhere. It also enables completely new experiences — for example, companies can automatically create and deliver highlight reels of multi-hour sports matches for consumption on mobile devices, and build recommendation systems to ensure that their vast unmonetized long tail of content gets discovered by eager fans.    

This isn't science fiction or a long-term research project. It's here now. Those examples are just a few of the ways our customers already use machine learning.

We look forward to doing much, much more, and hope you'll join us on the journey.

Categories: Technology

Darwin 0.1 and Rhapsody DR 2 booted

OSNews.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:40
So the recently recovered source code to Darwin 0.1 corresponds with the release of the PowerPC only OS X Server 1.0. However as we all found out, Darwin will still built and maintained on Intel, as it was a very secretive plan B, in case something went wrong with the PowerPC platform. Being portable had saved NeXT before, and now it would save Apple. So with this little background, and a lot of stumbling around in the dark, I came up with some steps, that have permitted me to build the Darwin 0.1 kernel under DR2. This is beyond awesome.

Lyrebird Claims It Can Recreate Anyone's Voice Based On Just a 1 Minute Sample

Slashdot.org - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:40
Artem Tashkinov writes: Today, a Canadian artificial intelligence startup named Lyrebird unveiled its voice imitation deep learning algorithm that can mimic a person's voice and have it read any text with a given emotion, based on the analysis of just a few dozen seconds of audio recording. The website features samples using the recreated voices of Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. A similar technology was created by Adobe around a year ago but it requires over 20 minutes of recorded speech. The company sets to open its APIs to the public, while the computing for the task will be performed in the cloud.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Is it time to break up the major tech companies?

OSNews.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:36
The original headline (I changed it) is clickbaity, but the article raises good points. In just 10 years, the world's five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place. They're all tech companies, and each dominates its corner of the industry: Google has an 88 percent market share in search advertising, Facebook (and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger) owns 77 percent of mobile social traffic and Amazon has a 74 percent share in the e-book market. In classic economic terms, all three are monopolies. We have been transported back to the early 20th century, when arguments about "the curse of bigness" were advanced by President Woodrow Wilson's counselor, Louis Brandeis, before Wilson appointed him to the Supreme Court. Brandeis wanted to eliminate monopolies, because (in the words of his biographer Melvin Urofsky) "in a democratic society the existence of large centers of private power is dangerous to the continuing vitality of a free people." We need look no further than the conduct of the largest banks in the 2008 financial crisis or the role that Facebook and Google play in the "fake news" business to know that Brandeis was right. Any entity which becomes a threat to the well-being of our society, our planet, or the people on it must be dealt with. I'm not quite sure if e.g. Google or Apple qualify for that, and if they do, how to deal with that, but I sure as hell do not wish to live in a society where any one corporation is more powerful than the people.

John Deere: only corporations can own property

OSNews.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:17
John Deere has turned itself into the poster-child for the DMCA, fighting farmers who say they want to fix their own tractors and access their data by saying that doing so violates the 1998 law's prohibition on bypassing copyright locks. Deere's just reiterated that position to a US Copyright Office inquiry on the future of the law, joined by auto manufacturers (but not Tesla) and many other giant corporations, all of them arguing that since the gadgets you buy have software, and since that software is licensed, not sold, you don't really own any of that stuff. You are a licensee, and you have to use the gadget according to the license terms, which spell out where you have to buy your service, parts, consumables, apps, and so on. This is finally a moment where without a doubt I can be all smug and entirely unhelpful by saying I do not use any stuff made by John Deere.

The RX 580 on Linux, locked stock and overclock - PC Perspective

Linux News - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:08

PC Perspective

The RX 580 on Linux, locked stock and overclock
PC Perspective
Phoronix have had a chance to test out the refreshed Polaris RX 580 on the Linux 4.11 kernel and Mesa 17.1-devel, initially the AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 driver update was not included thanks to interesting timing. The performance deltas are as you would expect ...

Categories: Linux

Boostnote A Note Taking and Markdown Editor Made for Coders

LinuxToday.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00

FOSSmint: Boostnote is an Open Source Markdown note-taking editor app designed for programmers.

Categories: Linux

Verizon's $70 Gigabit Internet Is Half the Price of Older 750Mbps Tier

Slashdot.org - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon is now selling what it calls "FiOS Gigabit Connection" for $69.99 a month in a change that boosts top broadband speeds and makes lower prices available to many Internet subscribers. Actual bandwidth will be a bit lower than a gigabit per second, with "downloads as fast as 940Mbps and uploads as fast as 880Mbps," Verizon's announcement today said. The gigabit service is available in most of Verizon's FiOS territory, specifically to "over 8 million homes in parts of the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., Hampton Roads, Va., Boston, Providence and Washington, D.C. areas," Verizon said. Just three months ago, Verizon boosted its top speeds from 500Mbps to 750Mbps. The standalone 750Mbps Internet service cost $150 a month, more than twice the price of the new gigabit tier. Existing customers who bought that 750Mbps plan "will automatically receive FiOS Gigabit Connection and will see their bills lowered," Verizon said. It's not clear whether they will get their price lowered all the way to $70. It's important to note that the $70 price is only available to new customers, and it's a promotional rate that will "increase after promo period." Additionally, Verizon will charge you a $10 per month router charge unless you pay $150 for the Verizon router, plus other taxes and fees.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mentor tips Azure IoT support and Linux-driven self-driving tech - LinuxGizmos

Linux News - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:49

LinuxGizmos

Mentor tips Azure IoT support and Linux-driven self-driving tech
LinuxGizmos
Mentor, which has long offered its Yocto Project based Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) commercial Linux distribution, announced new Microsoft Azure cloud support for MEL, as well as its Nucleus RTOS. Earlier this month, its Mentor Automotive unit unveiled ...

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Delete Destinations from Toyota Navigation System?

AskDaveTaylor - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:46

I hope you enjoyed the Toyota Corolla while your car was being repaired! I’ve driven them and they’re nice little cars and have a lot of amenities, including the Toyota Entune navigational and entertainment system. As a long-time Toyota driver, I’ve been able to watch the generations of the GPS navigational system evolve and Entune Connect is pretty straightforward. Further, the designers anticipated just such a situation when you would want to delete all previous destinations you’d entered into the system.

To accomplish this task, find the Setup button on your dashboard and press it, then press “Nav” or “Navigation“. You should end up here:

Notice the row of buttons below the screen in the above photo, and the “Setup” button on the far right!

From this point you want to tap on “Delete Previous Dest.“, which shows you a list of your previous destinations that have been used with Toyota Entune Connect:

I’ve blurred them out for privacy reasons. Same reason you want to delete yours, actually!

You can sort by date or various other options, pick and choose individual entries or simply tap on “Select All” to proceed. To delete all addresses en masse, simply tap on “Select All”.

They’ll all change color and the “Delete” button becomes a possibility:

Everything should now be a brighter, lighter blue, indicating that it’s been selected. Ready to proceed? Tap on “Delete” on your Toyota Entune Connect screen.

A confirmation will pop up:

Tap on “Yes” if you’re sure you want to delete them all, or “No” to cancel. Particularly since you’re clearing out a loaner car, you’ll want to get rid of them all, so tap on “Yes“.

After a moment or two they’re all gone and you’re dropped here:

Here notice that you can’t select “Delete Previous Dest.” because there aren’t any destinations in memory! That’s what you want. Done. While you’re at it, though, don’t forget to unpair your bluetooth smartphone too, so that there aren’t any call logs or other information that might end up lurking in the car’s entertainment system.

The post Delete Destinations from Toyota Navigation System? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor.

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Project for aavaliani by jiahongweng

Freelancer.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:36
Hi aavaliani, I noticed your profile and would like to offer you my project. We can discuss any details over chat. (Budget: $200 USD, Jobs: eCommerce, ERP, Hire me, Java, Javascript, Linux)
Categories: Freelance, Linux

Microsoft's Nadella Banks On LinkedIn Data To Challenge Salesforce

Slashdot.org - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:20
Microsoft is rolling out upgrades to its sales software that integrates data from LinkedIn, an initiative that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Reuters was central to the company's long-term strategy for building specialized business software. From the report: The improvements to Dynamics 365, as Microsoft's sales software is called, are a challenge to market leader Salesforce.com and represent the first major product initiative to spring from Microsoft's $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, the business-focused social network. The new features will comb through a salesperson's email, calendar and LinkedIn relationships to help gauge how warm their relationship is with a potential customer. The system will recommend ways to save an at-risk deal, like calling in a co-worker who is connected to the potential customer on LinkedIn. [...] The artificial intelligence, or AI, capabilities of the software would be central, Nadella said. "I want to be able to democratize AI so that any customer using these products is able to, in fact, take their own data and load it into AI for themselves," he said. On Monday, LinkedIn said it has surpassed 500 million members globally, one of the first big milestones for the business social network since its acquisition.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Get a Website Built by tambogedeon

Freelancer.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:03
Good evening, I will if possible someone who can compile install on my server jitsi-meet (https://github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet). (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: HTML, Javascript, Linux, node.js)
Categories: Freelance, Linux

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD's New Processors On the Linux Side - XDA Developers (blog)

Linux News - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:02

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD's New Processors On the Linux Side
XDA Developers (blog)
In 2016 readers wanted to know how AMD's FX processors performed when it came to Linux and Android building – and thanks to the folks at AMD we were happy to find out and share the results with you. The lessons we learned from that article helped us ...

and more »
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Linux Foundation Launches EdgeX Foundry for IoT Edge Interoperability

LinuxToday.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:00

eWEEK: Dell contributes Fuse technology effort to the Linux Foundation, creating a new open-source project to help advance the state Internet of Things interoperability.

Categories: Linux

Apple Cuts Affiliate Commissions on Apps and In-App Purchases

Slashdot.org - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:00
From a report on Mac Stories: Today, Apple announced that it is reducing the commissions it pays on apps and In-App Purchases from 7 percent to 2.5 percent effective May 1st. The iTunes Affiliate Program pays a commission from Apple's portion of the sale of apps and other media when a purchase is made with a link that contains the affiliate credentials of a member of the program. Anyone can join, but the Affiliate Program is used heavily by websites that cover media sold by Apple and app developers.

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Create lamp server by rdcarun

Freelancer.com - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:44
Configure lamp server on Linux (Budget: $250 - $750 USD, Jobs: Linux)
Categories: Freelance, Linux

Linux 4.11 Delayed For a Week

Slashdot.org - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 15:40
Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds said over the weekend that v4.11 version of Linux has hit a speed bump in the form of "NVMe power management that apparently causes problems on some machines." The Register adds: "It's not entirely clear what caused the [NVMe] issue (it wasn't just limited to some NVMe hardware, but also particular platforms), but let's test it." Which sounds like a good idea, given that flash memory on the PCIe bus is increasingly mainstream. That problem and "a couple of really annoying" bugs mean that Torvalds has decided to do an eighth release candidate for Linux 4.11. "I did get fixes for the issues that popped up, so I could have released 4.11 as-is," Torvalds wrote, "but it just doesn't feel right."

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