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Mobileye CEO clowns on Nvidia for allegedly copying self-driving car safety scheme

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Intel, Mobileye, nvidia, Robotics, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

While creating self-driving car systems, it’s natural that different companies might independently arrive at similar methods or results — but the similarities in a recent “first of its kind” Nvidia proposal to work done by Mobileye two years ago were just too much for the latter company’s CEO to take politely.

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Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials

By | Accelerator, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Bill Gates, Gadgets, Hardware, Intellectual Ventures, lasers, Lidar, Lumotive, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry.

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The 9 biggest questions about Google’s Stadia game streaming service

By | Gadgets, game streaming, Gaming, GDC 2019, Google, google stadia, Hardware, list, Mobile, stadia, TC

Google’s Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our 9 biggest questions about the new platform.

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Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO

By | 3D imaging, action camera, Asia, Camcorders, camera+, computing, Funding, Gadgets, GoPro, Hardware, imaging, insta360, Japan, shenzhen, smartphone, Snap, Tencent, Virtual reality

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

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Google scores a custom AMD GPU to power its Stadia cloud gaming hardware

By | Gadgets, game streaming, Gaming, GDC 2019, Google, Hardware, streaming, TC

Google’s new Stadia game streaming service may be great for people who don’t own a powerful PC or console, but those games have to run somewhere — specifically, in a Google datacenter. And the hardware they run on will be largely powered by a custom graphics card from AMD that, on paper at least, puts the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X to shame.

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Xiaomi Q4 sees strong growth in overseas shipment and internet services

By | Asia, China, Gadgets, Hardware, hugo barra, india, meitu, miui, mobile phones, operating system, retail, smartphone, smartphones, Xiaomi

Xiaomi, the Chinese company known for its cheap handsets and a vision to drive revenues by selling internet services, has come in ahead of analysts’ estimates in its fourth-quarter profit although revenues missed expectations. The Hong Kong-listed company more than tripled its net profit to 1.85 billion yuan ($276 million), exceeding the 1.7 billion yuan […]

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Intel and Cray are building a $500 million ‘exascale’ supercomputer for Argonne National Lab

By | cray, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Intel, Science, supercomputers

In a way, I have the equivalent of a supercomputer in my pocket. But in another, more important way, that pocket computer is a joke compared with real supercomputers — and Intel and Cray are putting together one of the biggest ever with a half-billion-dollar contract from the Department of Energy. It’s going to do exaflops!

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