In today’s edition of Deals & Steals, we have the Beats Powerbeats3 wireless earphones for half off. We also found a refurbished Google Nexus 9 tablet for $30 off and the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-ear Headphones for almost $70 off. Note: On some of these deals, Cult of Mac might earn a small commission through an affiliate link. However, deals are picked strictly on their potential value to our readers. March 15, 2018 9:23 am PDT Milo Kahney Snag a pair of Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones for half off Dick’s Sporting Goods is having a flash sale on these Beats earphones. They are sweat-resistant and great for workouts. Included earhooks are flexible and provide a stable, secure fit. These earphones deliver up to 12 hours of battery life, and the Fast Fuel feature gives you an hour of playback with just five minutes of charge. They normally run for around $200, but Dick’s is selling them for just $99.99. Buy from: Dick’s Sporting Goods … [Read more...] about Grab a pair of Powerbeats3 wireless earphones for half off [Deals & Steals]
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In the early ’90s, Elizabeth Behrman, a physics professor at Wichita State University, began working to combine quantum physics with artificial intelligence—in particular, the then-maverick technology of neural networks. Most people thought she was mixing oil and water. “I had a heck of a time getting published,” she recalled. “The neural-network journals would say, ‘What is this quantum mechanics?’ and the physics journals would say, ‘What is this neural-network garbage?’” Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. Today the mashup of the two seems the most natural thing in the world. Neural networks and other machine-learning systems have become the most … [Read more...] about Job One for Quantum Computers: Boost Artificial Intelligence
Argued February 26 and 27, 2001 Decided June 28, 2001 No. 00-5212 United States of America, Appellee v. Microsoft Corporation, Appellant Consolidated with 00-5213 Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 98cv01232) (No. 98cv01233) Richard J. Urowsky and Steven L. Holley argued the causes for appellant. With them on the briefs were John L. Warden, Richard C. Pepperman, II, William H. Neukom, Thomas W. Burt, David A. Heiner, Jr., Charles F. Rule, Robert A. Long, Jr., and Carter G. Phillips. Christopher J. Meyers entered an appearance. Lars H. Liebeler, Griffin B. Bell, Lloyd N. Cutler, Louis R. Cohen, C. Boyden Gray, William J. Kolasky, William F. Adkinson, Jr., Jeffrey D. Ayer, and Jay V. Prabhu were on the brief of amici curiae … [Read more...] about MS appeal ruling: Full text
Updated: Everything you need to know from A to Zigbee, and plenty in between... From using your mobile phone on a plane to surfing the net while you down a pint in the pub, wireless is revolutionising the way we do business. But it's no longer just a question of untethering your PC from its peripherals or logging on at a coffee shop between meetings - new use cases for wireless technologies are making broadband available over distances of many miles and even, perhaps one day, on the London Underground. As one of the fastest evolving spheres of technology, keeping on top of wireless developments is no easy matter - where to start? Bluetooth or WiMax, Zigbee or NFC? There are so many different flavours of wireless standards and devices out there that it can be really hard to keep track - so let silicon.com be your guide to the unwired world. We've put together this handy guide that will give you wireless from A right through to Z, to keep you up to speed on the tech. So check out our … [Read more...] about The A to Z of wireless
The competition between flash and hard disk-based storage systems will continue to drive developments in both. Flash has the upper hand in performance and benefits from Moore's Law improvements in cost per bit, but has increasing limitations in lifecycle and reliability. Finding well-engineered solutions to these will define its progress. Hard disk storage, on the other hand, has cost and capacity on its side. Maintaining those advantages is the primary driver in its roadmap. Hard disks Hard disk developments continue to wring a mixture of increased capacity and either stable or increased performance at lower cost. For example, Seagate introduced a 6TB disk in early 2014 which finessed existing techniques, but subsequently announced an 8TB disk at the end of the year based on Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR). This works by allowing tracks on the disk to overlap each other, eliminating the fallow area previously used to separate them. The greater density this allows is offset by the … [Read more...] about The future of storage: 2015 and beyond
As the first new non-volatile, mass-marketed storage technology since NAND flash, 3D XPoint made a huge splash when it was first announced in 2015 by development partners Intel and Micron. It was touted as being 1,000 times faster than NAND flash with up to 1,000 times the endurance. In reality, the performance claims were only true on paper; 3D XPoint turned out to be about 10 times faster than NAND, which requires existing data to be erased before new data is written. The new solid-state memory, however, is likely to find a place in the data center since it is about half the price of DRAM (though still costlier than NAND). That's because it works with conventional memory technologies to boost performance. With the growth of transactional data, cloud computing, data analytics and next-generation workloads will require higher performance storage. Enter, 3D XPoint. "This is an important technology that is going to have big implications for data center usage and to a lesser … [Read more...] about FAQ: 3D XPoint memory – NAND flash killer or DRAM replacement?
As the first new non-volatile, mass-marketed storage technology since NAND flash, 3D XPoint made a huge splash when it was first announced in 2015 by development partners Intel and Micron. It was touted as being 1,000 times faster than NAND flash with up to 1,000 times the endurance.In reality, the performance claims were only true on paper; 3D XPoint turned out to be about 10 times faster than NAND, which requires existing data to be erased before new data is written.The new solid-state memory, however, is likely to find a place in the data center since it is about half the price of DRAM (though still costlier than NAND). That's because it works with conventional memory technologies to boost performance.With the growth of transactional data, cloud computing, data analytics and next-generation workloads will require higher performance storage.Enter, 3D XPoint."This is an important technology that is going to have big implications for data center usage and to a lesser degree … [Read more...] about 3D XPoint memory: NAND flash killer or DRAM replacement?
It doesn't take a genius to catch on to the fact that in IT, innovation is a mandate. Push the envelope of what's possible, or find yourself relegated to wayside. But, to borrow a favored David St. Hubbins Spinal Tap aphorism, there's a fine line between clever and crackpot when it comes to making good on technological breakthroughs in the enterprise. It is in that spirit that we revisit last year's level-headed look at crackpot technologies that could transform the enterprise, putting the screws to a new rack of could-be enterprise contenders. But before you write off nanotech or direct brain interfaces as the next big enterprise thing, consider this: [ For an in-depth look at last year's crackpot tech assessments, see: 12 crackpot tech ideas that could transform the enterprise ] Of the dozen technologies we examined last year, several made significant enterprise-minded strides since we first assessed their IT prospects. Desktop Web apps, for one, lent credence to the … [Read more...] about Crackpot technologies that could shake up IT
Growing up in the 1970's, one of my favorite TV shows was The Incredible Hulk. I was fascinated by the opening monologue, which detailed how Dr. Banner attempted to tap into the hidden strengths of humans by using gamma radiation. Banner's focus was on the use of science to unleash human potential, and part of the attraction was how far-fetched the concept seemed almost 40 years ago. Science fiction, right?Not anymore. Figure AI recently heard about a new wearable called Thync, which was featured at CES 2015. Thync utilizes electrical neurostimulation using the brain's natural language to set the user's mood via a preprogrammed set of neurosignals called a "vibe." Currently Thync focuses on two vibes: "calm" and "energy." "Calm" promotes relaxation and euphoria whereas "energy" boosts attention and focus. These vibes are delivered to the wearer via the cranial nerves, which route the applied signals into the brain. While Dr. Banner's experiment went awry and turned him into … [Read more...] about Tapping into the power of Thync