Intel’s Compute Stick was actually surprisingly cool when it launched, but now the company is taking Stick-based computing to the next level. Intel just launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, a USB stick that promises to give deep neural network processing capabilities to any PC you plug it into. The Compute stick houses a Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit or VPU, the same one used in the DJI Phantom 4 and other small devices, which provides more than 100 gigaflops while using only 1 watt of power. You can even get a USB hub and plug in multiple sticks to give your laptop or raspberry pi or whatever enough brainpower to finally start achieving its lifelong dream of killing all humans and setting up an AI apocalypse. Make dreams come true. The Movidial brain thinking stick. Buy now.
Late last year, Google shut down Project Ara, its initiative to built a modular phone, crushing the dreams of many who hoped to one day assemble smartphones like lego. Including me. But it looks like Facebook might be picking up where Google left off. The social media giant just filed a patent for a type of modular device that could potentially serve as a phone and smart speaker. The device is reportedly being developed at Facebook’s Building 8, an incubator for cutting-edge tech projects, the leader of which is Regina Dugan, the former director of both DARPA and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, or ATAP, WHICH, developed Project Ara. I’m sounding a bit like a conspiracy theorist, but the evidence is ALL THERE. The dream of modular phones being kept alive is great, but… let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out like Facebook’s first phone.
Some Verizon Wireless users have been reporting throttled internet speeds while using Netflix and YouTube. Reddit posts pointed to speeds on the two video services being limited to 10 megabits per second on Verizon networks, while regular speed tests using Ookla showed full speeds. When asked for comment by Ars Technica, Verizon said the results are likely due to the company’s network testing to optimize video performance, and that 10 megabits per second is actually enough to stream 1080p video. That’s true, but as some publications are pointing out, 4K video quality would suffer and there was no warning to customers of the cap. But, Verizon appears to be within their rights to do this, as ISPs throttling certain services is permissible for testing purposes under the current net neutrality rules, which the FCC is attempting to roll back. We’ll have to see where this story goes, but for now, let’s take a moment to consider a future where we’re all capped at 10 megabits… I didn’t like that.
Seems like everybody wouldn’t shut up about wearables a year or two ago, and now Intel has shut down their division focused on wearable tech. Smartwatches are now dumb, I’m the worst.
In other Intel news, the company is accusing Qualcomm of abusing its monopoly on mobile processors with anti-competitive tactics, which made it hard for Intel to stay in that market. Which is funny, because Intel was fined 1.4 billion for doing the same thing to AMD in 2014. Heh.
Delta Airlines will now accept fingerprints in place of a boarding pass at the Reagan Washington National Airport, which isn’t scary at all!
Nor are LG’s robots at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea which will guide you to the proper terminal and clean the floor. Why is this thing so much bigger than a Roomba. It’s hiding something.
Images of the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme have appeared on the web, the first X399 motherboard for AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. It sure does look like a motherboard. And a fancy one.
An exploit was discovered in the Source game engine that could allow hackers to take control of your computer by killing you in a Source-powered game like Counter Strike GO or Team Fortress 2. But after being informed of the exploit, Valve patched it within a day, so while they might not be working hard on Half Life 3, at least they’re doing something. Doesn’t make me feel better though.
Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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