Archivo mensual: enero 2019

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS to Arrive on February 7 with New Components from Ubuntu 18.10

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS to Arrive on February 7 with New Components from Ubuntu 18.10
The second point release of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series is set to arrive as early as next week as a refreshed media to help users easily deploy the Linux OS on new computers. Dubbed “Bionic Beaver,” Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) series of the widely used Linux-based operating system, supported by Canonical for at least 5 years, until April 2023, with maintenance and security updates, though Mark Shuttleworth promised a 10-year support for the Bionic Beaver…

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS to Arrive on February 7 with New Components from Ubuntu 18.10
May include a new kernel and an updated graphics stack

China planea lanzar al menos 50 naves al espacio a lo largo de 2019

China planea lanzar al menos 50 naves al espacio a lo largo de 2019
Se sabe que China le ha estado apostando fuertemente al desarrollo espacial. De eso podemos darnos cuenta solamente con el primer hito científico del año, que son las primeras semillas que hicieron brotar en la Luna, a pesar de que solo duraron vivas un par de días. Al parecer esta tendencia continuaría, pues el gigante asiático tendría muchos planes para este año. Así lo confirmó la agencia de noticias estatal Xinhua después de unas declaraciones que dio la Corporación China de Ciencia Aeroespacial y Tecnología (CASC). Según el reporte, China estaría planeando enviar más de 50 naves al espacio durante el 2019. Esto, en al menos 30 lanzamientos…

China planea lanzar al menos 50 naves al espacio a lo largo de 2019
La Corporación China de Ciencia Aeroespacial y Tecnología (CASC) compartió los ambiciosos planes del gigante asiático para el espacio en este año.

AMD Shares Surge as Chipmaker Gives Rosy 2019 Sales Forecast

AMD Shares Surge as Chipmaker Gives Rosy 2019 Sales Forecast
Report on fourth-quarter results relieves concerns that the chipmaker would fare worse than its rivals’ disappointing results…

AMD Shares Surge as Chipmaker Gives Rosy 2019 Sales Forecast
Report on fourth-quarter results relieves concerns that the chipmaker would fare worse than its rivals’ disappointing results.

HPE Proliant DL325: Rack Server Overview and Insight

HPE Proliant DL325: Rack Server Overview and Insight
The big selling point of the DL325 is that it delivers two-processor performance with one-processor economics. This boast is backed up by single socket virtualization performance leadership in key virtualization benchmark. As such, this unit goes head to head with two processor Intel Xeon servers, matching or closely matching them on performance. For similar configurations, it offers a lower price point. The DL325 is particularly strong on virtualization, data intensive, and software-defined storage (SDS) workloads. And with the option of up to ten low latency NVMe drives, it is sure to tempt plenty of users away from competitive two-processor units. It can’t compete with the Lenovo SR950, which is five times the cost, but it is as good as it gets in 1-processor X86 performance servers…

HPE Proliant DL325: Rack Server Overview and Insight
DL325 delivers two-processor performance with one-processor economics, a claim backed up by single socket performance leadership in a key virtualization benchmark.

Vivió en la Antártida! Descubren un extraño pariente de los dinosaurios

Vivió en la Antártida! Descubren un extraño pariente de los dinosaurios
Hace 250 millones de años, la Antártida era bastante diferente a lo que hoy vemos. Estaba cubierta de bosques y ríos, y la temperatura rara vez descendía a temperaturas bajo cero. Y no solo eso, vivían animales primitivos que podrían considerarse parientes de los dinosaurios…

¡Vivió en la Antártida! Descubren un extraño pariente de los dinosaurios
Los restos de la milenaria especie son una pieza clave en la evolución de los dinosaurios.

What are neural processors?

What are neural processors?
Google, Intel, and IBM have them. Even the Apple Watch has one. So you may be wondering: what the heck is a neural processor? Here’s what you need to know…

What are neural processors? | ZDNet
Google, Intel, and IBM have them. Even the Apple Watch has one. So you may be wondering: what the heck is a neural processor? Here’s what you need to know.

Zillow awards $1 million to data scientists for improving its Zestimate algorithm

Zillow awards $1 million to data scientists for improving its Zestimate algorithm
The winners of the company’s Zillow Prize AI contest created an algorithm that’s 13 percent more accurate than Zillow’s current model…

Zillow awards $1 million to data scientists for improving its Zestimate algorithm | ZDNet
The winners of the company’s Zillow Prize AI contest created an algorithm that’s 13 percent more accurate than Zillow’s current model.

Update now! Chrome and Firefox patch security flaws

Update now! Chrome and Firefox patch security flaws
It’s 2019’s first browser update week with both Google and Mozilla tidying up security features and patching vulnerabilities in Chrome and Firefox for Mac, Windows, and Linux. But for Chrome security in version 72, it’s more about what’s being taken out than what’s being added…

Update now! Chrome and Firefox patch security flaws
Google and Mozilla are tidying up security features and patching vulnerabilities in Chrome and Firefox for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

14k HIV+ records leaked, Singapore says sorry

14k HIV+ records leaked, Singapore says sorry
For the second time in seven months, Singapore has lost control of its citizens’ private medical records. This time, it’s the records of people diagnosed with HIV. The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday announced that police had alerted the ministry that the HIV status of 14,200 people, plus confidential data of 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of somebody who’s not authorized to have it and who’s published it online…

14k HIV+ records leaked, Singapore says sorry
Singapore’s Ministry of Health said the HIV status of 14,200 people, plus confidential data of 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of somebody who’s not authorized to have it …

Canada doesn’t trust social networks to warn of election interference

Canada doesn’t trust social networks to warn of election interference
Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have set up war rooms and disclosure systems to warn of potential election meddling, but the Canadian government doesn’t believe that’s good enough [ Logical assumption ]….

Canada doesn’t trust social networks to warn of election interference
Canada doesn’t think it’s enough for social networks to warn of election meddling — it’s setting up a panel to alert the public.

Se publican más de 1,6 petabytes de datos astronómicos procedentes de Pan-STARRS

Se publican más de 1,6 petabytes de datos astronómicos procedentes de Pan-STARRS
Tras cuatro años de observaciones, escaneando el cielo 12 veces en cinco filtros, ahora una gran cantidad de datos recopilados por el observatorio Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) se han hecho públicos…

Se publican más de 1,6 petabytes de datos astronómicos procedentes de Pan-STARRS
Tras cuatro años de observaciones, escaneando el cielo 12 veces en cinco filtros, ahora una gran cantidad de datos recopilados por el observatorio Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) se han hecho…

Consiguen por primera vez convertir los pensamientos en palabras

Consiguen por primera vez convertir los pensamientos en palabras
Neurocientíficos norteamericanos ha conseguido por primera vez convertir los pensamientos en palabras, permitiendo que cualquiera pueda descifrar y comprender los pensamientos de otra persona, expresados con voz sintética…

Consiguen por primera vez convertir los pensamientos en palabras
Neurocientíficos norteamericanos ha conseguido por primera vez convertir los pensamientos en palabras, permitiendo que cualquiera pueda descifrar y comprender los pensamientos de otra persona, expresados con voz sintética.

La realidad virtual permite simular el ADN en 3D

La realidad virtual permite simular el ADN en 3D
Una nueva herramienta permite estudiar la estructura del ADN en 3D a través de la realidad virtual. Con ella, los científicos pueden explorar las interacciones y pliegues de las estructuras genéticas, donde algunos errores se traducen en diferentes enfermedades como el cáncer…

La realidad virtual permite simular el ADN en 3D
Una nueva herramienta permite estudiar la estructura del ADN en 3D a través de la realidad virtual. Con ella, los científicos pueden explorar las interacciones y pliegues de las estructuras genéticas, donde algunos errores se traducen en diferentes enfermedades como el cáncer.

[ From Linley Newsletter ] AI Benchmarks Remain Immature

[ From Linley Newsletter ] AI Benchmarks Remain Immature
Several popular benchmark programs evaluate CPU and graphics performance, but even as AI workloads have become more common, comparing AI performance remains a challenge. Many chip vendors quote only peak execution rate in floating-point operations per second or, for integer-only designs, operations per second. But like CPUs, deep-learning accelerators (DLAs) often operate well below their peak theoretical performance owing to bottlenecks in the software, memory, or some other part of the design. Everyone agrees performance should be measured when running real applications, but they disagree on what applications and how to run them.
By Linley Gwennap
To solve this problem, several leading vendors have joined to develop a broad set of benchmarks covering AI training and inference. MLPerf started as a collaboration between academia and industry involving Google, Stanford, Harvard, and Baidu. The list of supporters has since grown to include data-center-processor vendors AMD, Intel, and Nvidia as well as startups such as Cerebras, Esperanto, SambaNova, and Wave; mobile-processor developers Huawei, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Samsung; intellectual-property (IP) vendors Arm, Cadence, and Synopsys; and five of the “Super 7” cloud-service providers. Amazon, Apple, and Ceva are notably absent from the official supporters. The group recently completed its first benchmark suite, which measures the training of large networks; Google, Intel, and Nvidia posted initial results.
Addressing a different aspect of AI, researchers at ETH Zurich — a leading technical university — developed a set of tests to measure AI inference on smartphones. The generically named AI-Benchmark employs small neural networks and is available as an Android app, generating thousands of results. Many of the tests use Android’s Neural Network API (NNAPI, pronounced “nappy”) to take advantage of integrated accelerators for which the processor vendor supplies drivers. Results are available for all popular mobile processors except Apple’s, since the app doesn’t run on iOS.

The Linley Group
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[ From Linley Newsletter ] Helio P90 Raises Mid-Premium Bar

[ From Linley Newsletter ] Helio P90 Raises Mid-Premium Bar
Although overall smartphone sales are stagnant, vendors are still investing in the growing mid-premium segment. MediaTek’s new Helio P90 does its part by boosting performance across the board — particularly for AI processing, which enables vendors to add more smarts to their phones. By targeting handsets that sell for $300 to $500, the Helio P90 brings some premium features to this lower price tier.
By Tom R. Halfhill
These devices are pricier than higher-volume midrange phones but more affordable than the premium phones whose prices can soar to $1,000 or more. Last year, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 breathed fire into the mid-premium segment by scorching MediaTek’s contemporaneous Helio P60 in almost every metric. The new Helio P90 pours some water on the 710 and raises the standard for this tier.
The Helio P90 easily surpasses the Helio P60 and its slightly enhanced sibling, the Helio P70 — two recent products now demoted to the midrange. The P90 is a veritable forklift upgrade. It cranks up the CPUs, GPU, AI engine, camera interface, video accelerators, LTE baseband, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Only the display output and other I/O interfaces remain the same. Despite the extensive redesign, MediaTek is manufacturing the P90 in the same low-cost 12nm technology as its two predecessors. Slated to ship in phones in 1Q19 or 2Q19 (depending on customer schedules), the P90 sets a new standard in mid-premium features and performance that competitors will be hard pressed to beat this year.

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Earth’s magnetic field nearly died during critical transition – Late formation of the inner core might…

Earth’s magnetic field nearly died during critical transition – Late formation of the inner core might have revived magnetic field.
You’ve almost certainly seen the diagram—the layers of the Earth exposed like a slightly more complicated hard-boiled egg. The crust we live on is actually a thin shell, with the hot (but still solid) mantle forming a thick layer below that. At the center—contra Jules Verne—there are inner and outer core layers composed primarily of iron. The outer core is the only layer that’s liquid, as the inner core is actually solid…

Earth’s magnetic field nearly died during critical transition
Late formation of the inner core might have revived magnetic field.

Scientists Turn Brain Scans Into Intelligible Speech With Neural Network

Scientists Turn Brain Scans Into Intelligible Speech With Neural Network
Stephen Hawking was perhaps the most famous user of “vocoder” speech synthesis hardware, but he was not alone. People all over the world are unable to speak on their own, but science may be approaching a point where they can turn their inner thoughts into speech without tedious typing or clicking. A team from the Neural Acoustic Processing Lab at Columbia University has devised an AI model that can turn brain scans into intelligible speech…

Scientists Turn Brain Scans Into Intelligible Speech With Neural Network – ExtremeTech
Stephen Hawking was perhaps the most famous user of “vocoder” speech synthesis hardware, but he was not alone. People all over the world are unable to speak on their own, but science may be approaching a point where they can turn their inner thoughts into speech without tedious typing or clicking.

InfoWorld’s 2019 Technology of the Year Award winners

InfoWorld’s 2019 Technology of the Year Award winners
InfoWorld editors and reviewers recognize the year’s best software development, cloud computing, big data analytics, and machine learning tools…

The year’s best in software development, cloud, and machine learning
InfoWorld editors and reviewers recognize the year’s best software development, cloud computing, big data analytics, and machine learning tools

Bing: 90% Or More Of Their Core Ranking Algorithm Uses Machine Learning

Bing: 90% Or More Of Their Core Ranking Algorithm Uses Machine Learning
Yesterday at SMX West, I did a panel named Man vs Machine covering algorithms versus guidelines and during the Q&A portion, I asked the Bing reps Frédéric Dubut and Nagu Rangan what percentage of the core ranking algorithm is AI or machine learning based. To my surprise, they guessed over 90%…

Bing Says 90% Or More Of Their Core Ranking Algorithm Uses Machine Learning
Yesterday at SMX West, I did a panel named Man vs Machine covering algorithms versus guidelines and during the Q&A portion, I asked the Bing reps Frédéric Dubut and Nagu Rangan what percentage of th

Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?

Is Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping Soon?
Earth’s north magnetic pole is so out of whack that scientists need to update the global magnetic-field model they released only four years ago. Could that be a sign that the magnetic pole will flip soon? The World Magnetic Model (WMM) — the name of the updated representation of the magnetic field of Earth — is expected to be released no earlier than Jan. 30. That’s about two weeks later than planned, with the delay due to the government shutdown, according to a report in Nature…

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Hubble Spies Doomed Spiral Galaxy Plunging Into Coma Cluster (and Losing Gas, Too)

Hubble Spies Doomed Spiral Galaxy Plunging Into Coma Cluster (and Losing Gas, Too)
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured a stunning new view of a spiral galaxy that wandered too close to the massive Coma galaxy cluster and is being stripped of its gas. The spiral galaxy, named D100, is being pulled by gravity toward the dense center of the Coma cluster, located approximately 330 million light-years from Earth. As the galaxy plunges toward the cluster, it is stripped of its gas, creating a long, thin tail that stretches about 200,000 light-years — nearly the width of two Milky Way galaxies, according to a statement from NASA. ..

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Intel Reportedly in $6B Bid for Mellanox

Intel Reportedly in $6B Bid for Mellanox
The latest rumors and reports around an acquisition of Mellanox focus on Intel, which has reportedly offered a $6 billion bid for the high performance interconnect company, according to Israeli publication Calcalist, a potential deal that industry analysts say could profoundly impact Intel’s high performance interconnect strategies for both systems and storage…

Intel Reportedly in $6B Bid for Mellanox
The latest rumors and reports around an acquisition of Mellanox focus on Intel, which has reportedly offered a $6 billion bid for the high performance