Google AI to calculate NCAA Final Four team performance during live games

first_imgGoogle has revealed that it’s going to be putting its data science technology to use during the season’s biggest sporting event: the NCAA Final Four games. The Google Cloud division will be using AI and machine learning to calculate the teams’ performances, however the twist is that the tech will be crunching its numbers based on the first half of the game as it’s played, generating predictions during halftime. The search giant says it’s been working with the NCAA throughout this year’s tournament, focusing on game statistics and data analysis and how they could be utilized by Google Cloud platforms. “We assembled a team of technicians, data scientists and basketball enthusiasts who built a data-processing workflow using Google Cloud Platform technologies like BigQuery and Cloud Datalab,” the company explained.Among the insights Google was able to identify include who blocked the most shots per minute, as well as “whether teams with a certain type of animal mascot cause more March Madness upsets.” But the team wants to see how their AI and analysis tools perform during a live game, so they’re going to calculate halftime predictions for each of this weekend’s games, highlighting things like the pace of the second half or the number of shots and possessions.This experiment will be interesting to watch for viewers at home as well, as once halftime begins, Google will crunch its data to come up with a prediction, and then produce a TV commercial that will air before the second half begins. “This is likely the first time a company has used its own real-time predictive analytics to create ads during a live televised sporting event,” Google noted.UPDATE: This article has been edited to clarify that Google isn’t just predicting winners, but instead analyzing influences on team performance to provide deeper context about the match.SOURCE Google Story TimelineGoogle Cloud gets a big boost with new data centers and undersea cablesGoogle Cloud AutoML lets business play with AI without codingGoogle Flights prediction AI can beat airlines in announcing delaysGoogle just offered its magical machine learning chips to alllast_img read more

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Windows 10 version 1809 may have yet another filedeleting bug

Story TimelineWindows 10 October 2018 update reportedly deleting users’ filesWindows 10 October 2018 Update pulled – here’s what you should doWindows 10 file-deleting October 2018 update re-released as Microsoft reaction wows It’s not Halloween yet but Windows 10 version 1809, a.k.a. the October 2018 update, is already starting to fill with horror stories from users. It won’t be long before the update becomes a scary anecdote in Microsoft’s history again. After it had pulled the problematic update for deleting the files of a few users, some Insiders are reporting that the supposedly fixed version of the update is again riddled with frightening errors. One that won’t directly delete your files but won’t tell you that it deleted them either. The previous version 1809 bug resulted in data loss for what Microsoft says is 1 in every 10,000 users. This was due to how the update moved default folders, just as Documents or Pictures, to another location without actually moving the files in them. Microsoft pulled the update and gave it another round of testing among the brave souls that make up its testers. Sadly, bravery is indeed needed in this case yet again.gHacks reports that quite a number of users are complaining about how the new Windows 10 is mishandling files contained in compressed (ZIP) archives. Like any other file operation, Windows would ask the user’s permission before overwriting a file in case conflicts between source and destination folders arise. According to affected users, version 1809 no longer does so and just overwrites the file as if they agreed.It gets worse. Sometimes, the file operation never succeeds and Windows won’t even tell you. If the file from a compressed archive is being moved, it would silently fail and won’t even write the file, which, in effect, deletes the file from the archive and from all existence. It may not be as mysterious or random as the earlier bug but a bug that deletes files without user consent it still a critical bug, no matter how you try to sugarcoat it.Windows 10 version 1809 is quickly turning out to be the worst update since Windows 10 first launched. Some news outlets are already calling out Microsoft not just for its broken updates but for its poor software development practices in general. Given how it has made Windows 10 updates practically inescapable, it should take extra care not to sacrifice quality and stability for the sake of speed. read more

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Samsung acquires Corephotonics as Apple court case continues

first_imgUsable features in a smartphone component are important – and nowhere more universally important to consumers than in the device’s camera. The camera hardware and software must work together to bring the magic – at all points, in all conditions. As such, Samsung’s acquired the company called Corephotonics, a company that suggests it’s able to create in-focus and sharp photos no matter the amount of zoom. Story TimelineXiaomi double folding phone could steal Samsung’s thunderGalaxy S10 event: All the Samsung devices we expectSamsung goes green with sustainable gadget packagingSamsung Galaxy M10 and M20 deliver waterdrop notches on a budget The group Corephotonics was first founded in the year 2012 – so it’s not particularly old, but most certainly at the point at which it’s needing to produce some real-world results. Over the past 7 years, the company’s raised a large amount of money from investors of all sorts. One of these major investors was Samsung Ventures. Now, Samsung proper will acquire the business.Much like several dual-lens camera systems suggest they’re able, the Corephotonics setup takes high-quality photos in a wide variety of environments. They suggest that they’re able to take two photos with two lenses at different focal lengths, then combine the resulting two photos. One final image is presented with more quality than either of the original images. Back in April of 2018, OPPO signed a “strategic license” with Corephotonics to bring on “next generation mobile handset cameras.” We’ve already likely seen the results on the market over the last several quarters. Watch the video below to learn about Corephotonics action.AdChoices广告Check back to January of 2015 to see an ASUS phone that might’ve used Corephotonics tech. In November of 2017, the company attempted to sue Apple for iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 dual camera patents. This case was still in play as of October 1st, 2018, at which point Judge Lucy H Coh dismissed the defendant’s motion to dismiss. (Having considered the parties’ briefs, the record in the case, and the relevant law, the Court DENIES Apple’s motions to dismiss Corephotonics’ willful infringement claims.) On December 14th, 2018, Koh ordered a stay in the case until further notice. It’s possible, however unlikely, that Samsung’s acquisition of Corephotonics had something to do with the order as such. No mention of Samsung was made in the most recent court filings proper. last_img read more

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Mercedes autonomous valet garage No tips required

first_img Fahrerloses Parken im realen Verkehr: Weltpremiere im Parkhaus des Mercedes-Benz Museums. Per Smartphone-Befehl fahren Autos fahrerlos in einen zugewiesenen Stellplatz, ohne dass der Fahrer das Manöver noch überwachen muss. Möglich wird das fahrerlose Parken mithilfe einer intelligenten Parkhaus-Infrastruktur von Bosch im Zusammenspiel mit der Fahrzeugtechnik von Mercedes-Benz. Driverless parking in real-life traffic: World premiere in the multi-storey car park of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Cars proceed without a driver to an assigned parking space in response to a command issued by smartphone, without any need for the driver to supervise the manoeuvre. Driverless parking is made possible by an intelligent multi-storey car park infrastructure from Bosch in conjunction with the vehicle technology from Mercedes-Benz. The building has been outfitted with various sensors to monitor how the garage is being used, including where there are free spaces. That’s then communicated to the car, which is responsible for navigating itself safely according to the commands from the parking garage infrastructure. It also uses its own sensors – the same ones which help you avoid scraping the bumper or reversing into a pedestrian – in case an unexpected hazard pops out. Mercedes and Bosch have fitted a fleet of new cars with updated software to use the vehicle’s sensors. That means you can’t just show up with your own car and expect it to be driven off to a free space. Instead, users will be able to reserve a car with a smartphone app, and summon it to the pick-up area autonomously. Once they return, and leave the car in the drop-off zone, they use the same app to hand the vehicle back over to the valet. That remotely starts the Mercedes up and whisks it off to the nearest empty space. The hope is that the trial convinces the TÜV Rheinland technical inspection authority that driverless parking garages are not only practical but safe. It’s the gatekeeper to final approval, which will be required if Mercedes’ next intended phase of the program can go ahead. The goal is to turn automated valet parking on for everyone who uses the museum’s parking garage from the start of 2018. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an automated parking system like this attempted, mind. Volvo showed off a concept of its own back in 2013, also using existing semi-autonomous driver aids to pilot the vehicle without someone at the wheel. It, too, depended on infrastructure upgrades to the garage itself, and Volvo never commercialized the system. NOW READ: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 first driveMercedes’ push for autonomous vehicles is two-pronged. On the one hand, the company has Level 2 self-driving integrated into its current car line-up, most recently with the 2018 S-Class luxury sedan. Although driver involvement is still required, it promises to ease some of the headache on extended journeys with a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.However at the same time the automaker is also exploring Level 4 and 5 autonomy, for what would be considered fully self-driving vehicles. Those are unlikely to go on sale until 2020-2025, the company warns, and will likely first go to taxi-style services where the huge initial investment would be more rapidly offset by service fees. Mercedes is also looking at so-called pontooning, where multiple trucks could form a road train allowing human drivers to rest while the AI handled monotonous highway navigation. Unlike in a science-fiction movie, mind, that valet isn’t a robot who physically clambers behind the wheel. Instead, the car drives itself, using the same semi-autonomous driver assistance aids like adaptive cruise control and steering assistance that offset owner involvement on the highway. At the same time, the car is communicating with the parking structure itself. center_img Mercedes-Benz’s cars could already pull themselves in or out of a parking spot; now, they can completely autonomously park themselves in a garage structure. The driverless parking system has been installed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, as a trial for the new convenience technology. Built in collaboration between Mercedes and Bosch, it allows drivers to hand over their car to an automated valet to be parked. last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 release split decision

first_imgThe Galaxy Note 10 is undergoing a significant change this year behind the scenes at Samsung. Samsung is “considering more than one release strategy” for the Note 10, according to one source familiar with the matter who wished to remain anonymous. “More than one [Galaxy Note 10] could be released at one time.” It would seem that Samsung’s relative success with an ever-expanding Galaxy S phone lineup might at last reach over to the tail end of the season with the stylus-toting Galaxy Note. Multiple versions of the Galaxy S10 are under consideration, starting with separate releases of 4G LTE and 5G model phones. The release of separate models depends at least in part on the speed with which 5G coverage makes its way across the United States and the rest of the world.If certain requisite coverage is not met, there’ll likely be a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Note 10 and a version with 5G that’ll have a small release. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was released earlier this year, but only in smaller markets where 5G coverage is realistically rolled out and solid. In other words, it’s out in Asia.However large the release, the Galaxy Note 10 will likely have a Samsung Exynos 9820 processor inside with Exynos 5100 5G modem. There’ll also be a Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 inside, with the possibility of a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G. Qualcomm previously announced that it’d be Samsung that’ll launch the first smartphone with an SoC with integrated modem – but we’ve not yet gotten confirmation of which model this will be. While it’s possible it’ll be the Galaxy Note 10, it’s still pretty unlikely.Considerations are also underway with different display sizes and models for the Galaxy Note 10 family. One model has a display similar in size to the Galaxy Note 9, with 6.4-inches diagonally. A smaller, more “Essential” version of the Galaxy Note 10 is in the mix with a 6.28-inch display – as is a larger version with a 6.75-inch display. Can’t let the Galaxy S10 5G have all the fun!Pixel density of the Galaxy S10 will vary (obviously, depending on panel size), but at 1440 x 3040 it’ll stick to what’s worked over the past several years, give or take a couple hundred pixels across. Cameras on the Galaxy Note 10 likely line up according to display size. The smallest of the bunch will likely have a set that matches the Galaxy S10, while the largest 5G model will likely match up with the Galaxy S10 5G. That means the following will likely be at the top of the ladder:Tipped Wide, Telephoto, Ultrawide, 3D cameras on Note 10:• 12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm, 1/2.55″, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF• 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, OIS, 1.0µm pixel size, AF, 2x optical zoom• 16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm• TOF 3D scanner cameraThat TOF 3D scanner camera (that means Time of Flight) will become more and more important as the mobile smartphone market continues to push the future of 3D scanning and augmented reality. It’ll also largely depend on how big Apple goes with their first backside 3D-scanning-enabled camera setup later this year. The images you’re seeing above come from patents of the Galaxy Note series from Samsung over the past several years. Once we’ve got reliable imagery of the Galaxy Note 10, we’ll post that too. The image at the head of this article shows the Galaxy S10 5G with an S Pen from a Galaxy Note 9. Pricing for the Galaxy Note 10 will depend entirely on the plan of release attack initiated by Samsung. If they continue with one model, the price will likely be increased over last year in an incremental manner – not shockingly so, but still. If Samsung releases multiple phones, they’ll be comparable to those of the Galaxy S10’s various release prices, while the Galaxy S10 models will be bumped down (so they don’t cost the same as their S Pen-toting cousins). The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will quite likely reveal their Galaxy Note 10 event to be set for Thursday, August 8th, 2019. If that plan remains solid, the release date for the Galaxy Note 10 will not be a shocker if plopped right on top of August 23rd, 2019, for the 4G LTE edition. Expect the 5G version (if separated from the 4G LTE version) not long after. Story TimelineGalaxy Note 10 tipped to have a smaller version for EuropeGalaxy Note 10 to put four cameras in larger modelGalaxy Note 10 : A new variety of optionslast_img read more

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Fujifilm resurrects BW film as millennials turn from digital to analog

first_imgStory TimelineFujifilm X-T30 brings mirrorless X-T3 features to a compact bodyFujifilm FinePix XP140 rugged, waterproof camera arrives this monthFujifilm GFX100 is a 102MP photographer’s mirrorless dream Fujifilm is joining Kodak in the slow process of resurrecting some of its analog film products. The company credits millennials and generation Z consumers with the renewed interest in analog photography, a market that previously dwindled to near eradication under the growth of the digital medium. The company plans to resume production of a black and white film product. On Monday, Fujifilm announced plans to launch the Neopan 100 Arcos II black and white film product. This 100 ISO film will be offered in 120 and 35mm formats, but the launch will happen gradually with the film hitting shelves in Japan first. Based on the demand it sees, Fujifilm says it will introduce the film in other markets, as well.Fujifilm’s decision to resurrect its black and white film comes a little over a year after the company announced the end of its last B&W film and photo paper items, highlighting the rapid uptick in analog photography demand. The original Neopan 100 Acros film was killed in April 2018; the revived version will arrive some time this fall.According to Fujifilm, the Neopan 100 Acros II film will feature a fine grain and sharpness, as well as ‘unsurpassed resolution’ and ‘exceptional detail.’ The film will be suitable for use in a variety of scenarios at different exposures, the company says.When compared to the original Neopan 100 Acros, Fujifilm says the new version will offers ‘exceptional three-dimensional gradation even in bright highlights.’ The news follows Kodak’s slow return to analog photography with the relaunch of its Ektachrome film, which is itself a response to the growing demand for film, not digital, cameras.last_img read more

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Teslas production chief just joined EV rival Lucid Motors

first_imgLucid Motors has grabbed Tesla’s former vice president of production, with the electric car startup adding Peter Hochholdinger as its new VP of manufacturing. The former Tesla exec joined Elon Musk’s EV business a little over three years ago, having spent 24 years prior to that with Audi. Hochholdinger has spent his automotive career focused on production. From areas like dashboard assembly and testing in the mid-90s, through to completely directing the manufacturing of mainstays of Audi’s range in the early 2010s, he was a high-profile grab for Tesla at a time when many questioned the electric automaker’s production credentials. Even with Hochholdinger as VP of Production, it has been a tough few years for Tesla when it comes to perfecting manufacturing. Ramping up Model 3 was a process CEO Elon Musk described as “production hell” as it tried to hit the aggressive weekly targets he had promised to investors and buyers. Hochholdinger’s role evolved to encompass not only the Model S and Model X lines, but the far busier Model 3 facility that notoriously expanded to a tent outside the main facility. Lucid Motors, meanwhile, finds itself at a very different period. Production of its first model, the Lucid Air luxury sedan, isn’t expected to begin until 2020 in the automaker’s Arizona plant. Announced in late 2016, the sedan focuses less on challenging all-electric vehicles like the Model S, with the company hoping instead to coax drivers out of their traditional Audi, BMW, and Mercedes internal combustion cars. AdChoices广告For that to succeed, Lucid needs to not only deliver cars but ensure they live up to the expectations of owners familiar with – and unwilling to compromise around – luxury models. The challenge is arguably even tougher than that Tesla faced when it began Model S production back in 2012, as auto industry stalwarts are finally starting to get into EV production themselves. When the Lucid Air arrives, for example, it’ll face competition like the all-electric Porsche Taycan. “Peter’s extensive experience and proven leadership in premium-vehicle manufacturing will prove invaluable as we continue our progress towards the launch of Lucid Air and future models,” Peter Rawlinson, Lucid CEO and CTO, said today. “In joining Lucid, Peter is empowered to create an industry-leading manufacturing process that will deliver the quality products our discerning customers demand and deserve.”Lucid certainly has some deep pockets backing the auto startup. The Arizona facility is expected to cost $700 million, paid for after a $1 billion investment from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Story TimelineLucid Motors’ Air price confirmed as EV maker puts BMW on noticeLucid Motors Air EV hits 235 mph in must-watch speed testLucid Motors just got an ultra-fast EV charging networklast_img read more

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Obama Administration And Insurers To Unveil New Plan To Crack Down On

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Obama Administration And Insurers To Unveil New Plan To Crack Down On Health Care Fraud The New York Times: Obama And Insurers Join To Cut Health Care FraudPresident Obama and health insurance executives plan to announce a new joint effort on Thursday to crack down on health care fraud by sharing and comparing claims data, administration officials say (Pear, 7/25).last_img

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Counting Down To Online Insurance Marketplaces

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal reports that consumers should start investigating the health law’s insurance exchange options.   The Wall Street Journal: Prepare For Big Piece Of Health Law It’s time to get ready to buy insurance. The biggest part of the health-care law—online exchanges that offer insurance to individuals—kicks in next year. And beginning this October, states will start selling those health-care plans, which adhere to a new set of standards, though online marketplaces. But there already are many ways that you can start investigating options ahead of the rollout. This summer is prime time to educate yourself about your options, say health-insurance experts (Johnson, 6/8).Meanwhile, news outlets provide health law implementation news from D.C., California and Massachusetts – The Washington Post: D.C. Offers A Peek At The Health Insurance Prices Proposed For New ExchangeIn the first glimpse of what District residents and small business owners can expect to pay for health-care coverage under Obamacare, officials on Friday released a snapshot of the proposed plans from four major insurance companies. … officials say a preliminary look reveals a large range of options at prices consistent with current rates (Vargas, 6/7).Los Angeles Times: Town Hall Explains Healthcare Reform To Los Angeles ResidentsHundreds of L.A. County residents attended a town hall meeting at Cal State L.A. on Friday afternoon to learn about the state’s new insurance exchange, which will begin enrolling people this fall. Peter Lee, executive director of the health exchange called Covered California, explained what health plans were participating, what benefits were covered and how the enrollment would occur before taking dozens of questions from audience members (Gorman, 6/7).Boston Globe: State May Fill Gap In Federal Health Care CoverageA congressional mistake that could cause nearly 4 million people to be ineligible for federal subsidies in President Obama’s health care law has prompted Massachusetts officials to launch a new effort to try to close the gap. Under what has become known as a “glitch” in Obama’s health plan, eligibility for insurance subsidies will be based on how much it costs workers who buy an individual plan, not the far more expensive family plan. … Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has proposed a pilot program to allow workers at small businesses who cannot afford family coverage under their employer-sponsored health plans to qualify for subsidies (Jan, 6/10). In other state news related to the health law – Arizona Republic: Medicaid Expansion Gets Hearing In HouseFacing a looming budget deadline and a bitterly divided Republican caucus, the state House today takes up Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid along with a controversial abortion bill some say is designed to kill the governor’s top legislative priority. The House Appropriations Committee will hold what is expected to be a contentious hearing on the two bills, likely ending with the defeat of Senate Bill 1492, which outlines Brewer’s plan to broaden Medicaid eligibility under the federal health-care overhaul (Reinhart, 6/10). Counting Down To Online Insurance Marketplaces This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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Oncologists Skipping Expensive Cancer Drugs That Offer Little Or No Benefit

first_img Reuters: Cancer Doctors Drop Pricey Drugs With Little Effect Reuters: Discussing Life Expectancy Gives Advanced Cancer Patients Realistic View This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Oncologists Skipping Expensive Cancer Drugs That Offer Little Or No Benefit Meanwhile, news outlets report on other cancer care developments like the impact of life-expectancy questions on patients and what elephant genes could teach researchers about fighting the disease. When doctors discuss prognosis with advanced cancer patients, those patients have more realistic views of their life expectancy and don’t seem to experience a decrease in emotional wellbeing, according to a new study. “That the vast majority of cancer patients who are dying say that they want to know their prognosis seems surprisingly courageous,” said senior author Holly G. Prigerson of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. (Doyle, 10/8) center_img You’ve heard that elephants never forget, but did you know they almost never get cancer either? It turns out just 4.8% of known elephant deaths are related to cancer. For humans, cancer-related deaths are much higher — between 11% and 25%, scientists say. The low cancer rate among elephants is particularly intriguing because all things being equal, elephants should get more cancer than we do. (Netburn, 10/8) Los Angeles Times: What Elephants Can Teach Scientists About Fighting Cancer In Humans U.S. oncologists, aware that patients are paying more of the costs of expensive cancer drugs, are increasingly declining to prescribe medicines that have scant or no effect, even as a last resort. At least half a dozen drugs, including colon cancer treatments Cyramza, from Eli Lilly & Co, and Stivarga, sold by Bayer AG, aren’t worth prices that can exceed $100,000 a year, top cancer specialists said in interviews with Reuters. (Beasley, 10/8) last_img read more

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