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From: BeenRetired11/14/2016 10:52:24 AM
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“Transform the Customer Experience by Unlocking the Value of IoT Data”....................................

This is just the start…of IoE bonanza.


Oracle Service Cloud Enables Brands to Transform the Customer Experience by Unlocking the Value of Internet of Things Data

Mon November 14, 2016 8:00 AM|PR Newswire|About: ORCL

PR Newswire

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Oracle today announced an innovative new solution that enables brands to quickly and efficiently leverage insights from the Internet (HHH) of Things (IoT) to power smart and connected customer service experiences. Powered by a packaged integration between Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud, the new solution helps brands enhance the customer experience, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs by using IoT data to predict customer needs and proactively address customer service issues.

The explosive growth of the Internet of Things gives organizations the opportunity to deliver innovative new services faster and reduce risk by connecting, analyzing and integrating data-driven insights from connected "things" into business processes and applications. To help brands capitalize on this opportunity to drive next-generation customer service experiences, Oracle (ORCL) has introduced a new packaged integration between Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud. The new IoT Accelerator is an open source integration that also includes implementation documentation to easily configure, extend and deploy.

"The Internet of Things is fundamentally changing the way consumers interact with brands and in the process, it is creating volumes of data that organizations can leverage to transform the customer experience," said Meeten Bhavsar, senior vice president, Oracle Service Cloud. "By delivering a packaged integration between Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud, we are able to accelerate the time to value, while lowering the complexity of IoT projects. For brands, this also means they can easily take advantage of IoT data and make it actionable across engagement channels to deliver exceptional customer service experiences."

Oracle Service Cloud helps brands seamlessly integrate IoT device data into existing omni-channel operations. For example, Denon + Marantz, a leading provider of premium branded equipment, is leveraging customer insights from more than 200,000 connected devices globally to deliver personalized, positive and consistent customer experiences worldwide.

"Denon and Marantz products have always provided a high quality, immersive musical experience and with IoT data, we now have the opportunity to extend that first-class experience to our customer service team," said Scott Strickland, CIO, Denon + Marantz. "Leveraging Oracle Service Cloud's IoT integration capabilities, we have been able to improve our customers' experience and increase our internal efficiency and knowledge base. In addition, we can leverage IoT information via the Oracle Marketing Cloud to target campaigns based on how a consumer actually uses the product and not how we think they use it."

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From: BeenRetired11/15/2016 12:01:02 PM
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June convection oven with Tegra processor...............................................................

Everything will get brainer and more connected...bit intense.

Power in a subtle design June, the company that makes the oven of the same name, was founded by two tech industry vets: CEO Matt Van Horn, who co-founded Zimride (now Lyft), and CTO Nikhil Bhogal, who previously worked at Apple. The Silicon Valley background is evident when you look at the guts of the June oven. The appliance runs on an Nvidia Tegra processor, which companies commonly use in mobile devices. It connects to your home's Wi-Fi so you can control the June remotely from your iOS device and see a live stream of your food as it cooks. A high-definition camera built into the top of the oven makes the live stream possible.

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From: BeenRetired11/15/2016 12:08:02 PM
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shill outlet cnbc: AI & Big Data huge... Duh....................................

Today, 2 shill parrots.

Years late. This isn't news. This is ancient history.
toooo busy providing forum for shills' contort n distort (presented as "news").

same old krapp.
different day.
with the best government (regulation) money can buy.

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From: BeenRetired11/15/2016 12:29:42 PM
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NVDA: "World’s Most Efficient SuperComputer Powered by Pascal GP100".......................

NVIDIA Unveils DGX SATURNV – World’s Most Efficient SuperComputer Powered by Pascal GP100, Delivers 9.46 Gigaflops/Watt

NVIDIA has announced their latest DGX SATURNV Supercomputer that is designed to build smarter cars and next generation GPUs. The DGX SATURNV is termed as the most efficient supercomputer and utilizes NVIDIA Pascal GPUs.

NVIDIA’s DGX SATURNV SuperComputer Is The World’s Most Efficient – Utilizes Tesla P100 GPUsThe DGX SATURNV is ranked 28th on the Top500 list of Supercomputers and is also the most efficient of them all. The Supercomputer houses several DGX-1 units, which is NVIDIA’s custom designed server rack based on their Tesla P100 graphics chips. Right now, the most efficient machine on the Top500 list is rated at 6.67 Giga Flops/Watt. The NVIDIA designed DGX SATURNV delivers an incredible 9.46 GigaFlops/Watt which is a 42% improvement.

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From: BeenRetired11/15/2016 1:43:25 PM
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"Weebit ReRAM".................................................................................................

...while the slime street shills contort n distort about 20th HDD hotbox PCs...............

Weebit ReRAM technology transferred to Leti

Weebit Nano, the ReRAM start-up, has transferred its SiOx ReRAM from Rice University’s facilities in Houston, Texas, to Leti’s pre-industrialisation facility in Grenoble, France.

By David Manners 15th November 2016

Weebit Nano was founded in 2014 to develop a memory technology invented by Professor James Tour of Rice University with the potential to be 1000 times faster, more reliable, more energy-efficient and cheaper than flash.

Initial SiOx experiments at Leti’s pre-industrialisation facility confirm that Weebit’s nano-porous SiOx process is reproducible.

The next step is the development of a 1,000 bit array, followed by the development of a 1-million-bit array, which Weebit expects will demonstrate the ability to produce memory components for mass-storage applications.

Leti is expected to release a detailed report on the development process and optimisation of the technology in Q1 2017.

The report will outline plans to continue the development of the SiOx technology towards the creation of a 40nm ReRAM cell, which is expected in late 2017.

Weebit believes that achieving this milestone will open discussions with leading players in the semiconductor industry and pave the way towards commercialisation.

Once commercialised, Weebit’s technology will enable devices such as smartphones to have capacities of more than 1 terabyte (TB). The aim is to replace Flash.

Weebit Nano re-listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in August after completing its reverse takeover of iron ore company Radar Iron and raising A$5.04 million in a capital raise.

The money Is going towards R&D and fabrication of the Weebit technology, sales and marketing, business development, and expenses associated with the acquisition of Radar Iron.

The company’s executives are based in Tel Aviv, Israel, as are its internal R&D team.

David Perlmutter, formerly of Intel, is Chairman of Weebit

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From: BeenRetired11/15/2016 2:07:06 PM
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"XiP memory...ultimate solution for intelligent IoT".................................................

IoE stuff will simply explode in the 21st.
This is just the start....of the bit intense Age.
The EUV/ArF Age.

EcoXiP – System Accelerating NVM
OverviewDesigned from the ground-up to solve the challenges of XiP memory designs, Adesto’s new EcoXiP (ATXP Series) is the ultimate solution for intelligent IoT systems.

EcoXiP non-volatile memory replaces expensive, energy-inefficient architectures, making power and performance trade-offs unnecessary in a wide range of connected devices. EcoXiP more than doubles processor performance, lowers system power consumption and reduces system cost.

EcoXiP also offers users a range of power management features that provide the best standby power available in a XiP memory solution and features enhanced security with One-Time Programmable security registers.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 6:39:34 AM
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Google big machine learning, AI push by adding GPUs.....................................................................

"It will be able to run more efficiently thanks to the addition of GPUs to the CPUs."
Bit intensity....on steroids.
Nuff said.

Google is making a big machine learning and AI push in cloud services

Today, Diane Greene, the SVP for Google Cloud, announced a new push in Machine Learning and AI. There’s a new group under her division that will unify some of the disparate teams that had previously been doing machine learning work across Google’s cloud. Two women will take charge of the new team: Fei-Fei Li, who was director of AI at Stanford, and Jia Li, who was previously head of research at Snap, Inc. As Business Insider notes, Fei-Fei Li was one of the minds behind the Snapchat feature that lets you attach emoji to real-world objects in your snaps.The news came at the top of a slew of more announcements about the product roadmap for Google’s cloud services and how they’re expanding their use of machine learning. The announcements were all aimed at showing how Google’s cloud services include more than just renting time on a server — that it can provide services to its enterprise customers that are based on its machine learning algorithms. Those services include easier translation, computer vision, and even hiring.

For example, Google is talking up how it’s improving the infrastructure for Google Cloud. It will be able to run more efficiently thanks to the addition of GPUs to the CPUs its system already uses. Graphical processors are especially good at training machine learning systems more quickly. Google has also added some security layers to the GPU, something it claims isn’t necessarily common on other cloud platforms. So, Google says, there won’t be any data from a previous customer sitting in any of the GPU’s caches when the next customer starts spinning it up for their tasks. They’ll be available in 2017.

Google is also unifying its “cloud vision” API so the same system will be able to identify logos, landmarks, labels, faces, and text for OCR — making it simpler to implement. These systems will run on “Tensor Processing Units,” new hardware that’s optimized for Google’s TensorFlow platform. Google had previously unveiled the TPUs, but the new news today is that it’s cutting the price for “large scale deployments” by 80 percent.

Its natural language API is now globally available. It will be able to detect more “granular sentiment” in English, Spanish, and Japanese and also more “entity types” than it had in beta. Google’s natural language analysis will be able to handle morphology and syntax analysis. There’s also a new “premium translation” service.

Finally, Google is also introducing a new machine learning-based "Jobs API," which will apparently assist companies in doing massive "burst hiring" of hundreds of new employees. It allows computers to match up job openings with potential hires. Career Builder and Dice are signed up to use it, as is FedEx, Google says.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 6:48:07 AM
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Google PhotoScan...............................................................................

This is just the start...of The Mother of All Paradigm Shifts.
It will be very, very bit intense.

On the surface, Google Photos has a simple mission: to store all your pictures. Specifically, Google says it wants the service to be a home for all of your photos, and today that mission expanded to encompass the old photos you took on a point-and-shoot back in the '90s. A new app called PhotoScan was just released for iOS and Android, and it promises to make preserving the memories in your old printed photos much easier. That's not all — Google also released a number of updates and refinements to the core Photos app as well. PhotoScan is definitely the star of the show, though. According to engineers from Google who showed the app to the press earlier today, PhotoScan improves on the old "photo of a photo" technique that many now use to quickly get a digital copy of old prints; it's also a lot cheaper than sending pictures out to be scanned by a professional and a lot more convenient and faster than using a flatbed scanner.

When you open up the PhotoScan app, you're prompted to line up your picture within a border. Once you have the picture aligned, pressing the scan button will activate your phone's flash and start the process of getting a high-quality representation of the photo. Four white circles will appear in four different quadrants of the image; you'll be prompted to move your phone over each dot until it turns blue — once all four dots are scanned, the app pulls together the final image.

When moving the phone to scan each dot, the app is taking multiple images of the picture from different angles to effectively eliminate light glare — something Google cited as the biggest culprit that ruins digital pictures of photo prints. In practice, in Google's tightly controlled settings, it worked perfectly. It was easy to see how the lights in the room cast glare on the photo print and equally obvious how the app managed to eliminate it in the final scan. It's a bit of an abstract process to describe, but it worked like a charm. We'll need to test it further outside of Google's demo area, but early results were definitely encouraging.

The app also offers you the ability to adjust the crop to remove any hint of the background surface peeking into the photo, but it's otherwise a pretty minimal experience. Once you're done scanning, the app prompts you to save your scans. They're saved directly to your phone's storage; you can then upload them to Google Photos or the backup service of your choice. Google specifically said that it wanted this app to exist outside of Google Photos so that people could scan images and use whatever service they want to back them up.

Beyond PhotoScan are some noteworthy additions to the proper Google Photos app. The biggest change here is that there are a host of new photo-editing options on board. The Google+ app actually used to have a pretty robust set of editing options, but when Photos was liberated as a standalone app, the editing features were significantly culled.

As of today, Google Photos for both iOS and Android now has a entirely redesigned set of editing tools and filters. The "auto enhance" feature, which tweaks brightness, contrast, saturation and other characteristics of your photo has been improved thanks to the machine learning technology that is at the core of nearly all of Google's products. It can look at a photo and recognize what a photo editor might do to try and improve the image. Auto Enhance has long been a pretty solid feature, so seeing it continue to get smarter and better is definitely a good thing.

If you want to make further adjustments, the simple "light," "color" and "pop" sliders that were in the previous Google Photos app have been greatly expanded. Now, you can tap a triangle next to "light" or "color" to see a view with a host of more granular editing tools like exposure, contrast highlights, saturation, warmth and so on. Those tools aren't right in your face, so people who don't want to dive in can still make adjustments — but those who really want to go deep on editing their pictures will surely appreciate the option. I used to be a big fan of the Google+ photo editing tools so seeing these features come back is very welcome.

Google called out two of those adjustments in particular as things that only it can do with its vast store of photographic information. A new slider called "deep blue" saturates blues in an image like the sky or water to make them more vibrant, and it knows to specifically target those hues while leaving others unchanged. There's also a skin tone filter that can adjust saturation specifically on a subject's skin without altering the rest of the image. Other editing programs have similar filters, but Google says that this one is particularly accurate because of the millions of photos it has analyzed — it just has a better sense of what is skin and what isn't than other editors.

Lastly, Google added 12 new filters (of course it did) that take advantage of machine learning to be a little smarter than the average option. Rather than always slapping a default set of adjustments on a picture, Google Photos will make subtle improvements to the image first — it sounds like a combination of auto enhance as well as a filter. But those enhancements will be optimized to work well with the filter you're adding. It sounds nice, and the filters looked good on the images Google was showing off, but we'll need to spend some time playing around with it to see if they're really any better than what Instagram already offers.

Editing is the main addition to Google Photos, but there are a few other improvements here as well. If you're invited to a shared album, the app will prompt you with suggestions from your own photos to add. It's another place where Google's machine learning comes into play. And the movie maker, which can automatically select related photos and set them to a soundtrack, will be gaining some new event-focused options in the coming months.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 6:53:45 AM
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"The Future Is Now: Five Awesome Uses Of Virtual Reality In Marketing"

Just the start.


The Future Is Now: Five Awesome Uses Of Virtual Reality In Marketing

Augmented and virtual reality is technology that is becoming far more important to the societal landscape than just gaming. It’s found its way into the marketing arena as a heavyweight implementation tool as well. I’ve written extensively on how Pokemon GO provided small businesses with opportunities to leverage the augmented reality game for their marketing. But this is just the start of a massive influx of virtual and augmented reality into our every day lives.
In fact, if you’re a marketing professional, it’s time to take notice because the future is now for the use of virtual and augmented reality as a marketing tool. Just consider the following five excellent examples that have already been put into space.

  1. Test Drive: Clearly this is a case where you need to consider your target audience. Volvo introduced a virtual reality test drive for their XC90 SUV. The experience took the user down a breathtaking country backroad with the feeling of being in the leather-preened driver seat of the highly-rated, luxury sports utility vehicle. Would this experience work the same way for a stripped-down Ford Fiesta with cloth seating and 120 hp high revving little engine that could, sort of? Probably not, but for Volvo it makes perfect sense. Not everyone is sure the perceived luxury and performance of their brand is really worth the dollar value. It’s a big obstacle for marketers of luxury products to overcome. Therefore, VR and augmented reality can be used as a great way to overcome this preliminary objection. Just imagine what car manufacturers of even higher levels of luxury could do. Picture yourself perched in the cockpit of a fire red Ferrari or a devilishly attractive Lamborghini, complete with suicide doors and a slightly greater than 120 hp engine, racing down a European motorway at full throttle.
  2. Happy VR: From the high life of luxury automobiles to making the ordinary of fast food into something extraordinary, the VR world of marketing is already working its way through all industries. McDonalds has introduced a Happy Meal box in Sweden that is repurposed as a Google Cardboard VR headset. When Swedish children are done noshing on their cheeseburger, fries, and apple slices, they can strap on the box and play a skiing game called Slope Stars. So much for getting a cheap, plastic Disney character wrapped in a clear plastic bag, eh?
  3. Not Too Sexy for My VR: As early as 2014, VR was making a big impression in the marketing realm of the fashion world when London Fashion Week offered users a front-row view of the runway with a 360 degree panoramic video stream. In many ways, this was a groundbreaker for virtual reality technology. It was a brilliant use for the Oculus Rift headset that showed many industry spectators a good application for how the technology can be used for more than just gaming.
  4. Extreme Hiking without the Hiking: Ever wonder what it would be like to experience the awe-inspiring views and majestic beauty of traversing a dangerous mountainside without that whole threat of death via tragic free-fall thing? Well, that’s exactly what hiking boot manufacturer Merrell did when they created Trailscape, which was a VR marketing campaign that actually allowed users to walk around with their Oculus Rift headset on and gain an even deeper feel of virtual reality. It’s this type of memorable experience that will provide a punch for marketing professionals to utilize going forward that can influence buyers and sway consumer behavior toward their message most effectively.
  5. Beam Me Up … Marriott: Advertising vacation getaways seems an ideal fit for using VR technology in marketing. After all, what better way to advertise a vacation destination like Hawaii or London than by allowing your clients to get a little taste of those locales without ever having to show up at the airport? Marriott Hotels went a little beyond the traditional 360 degree video stream by putting users in telephone booth-like teleportation devices complete with heaters and wind jets for the real feel of a beach destination and more.
Although the preceding list of campaigns is impressive and revolutionary for the current industry standards, marketers have still only scratched the surface of what virtual and augmented reality can accomplish. Just think of some of the areas it can be applied to: space exploration, world history, live music, animation, and more. Now is the future. Now is the time to stay ahead of the curve and start designing your VR or augmented reality marketing campaign. Just be careful not to bump into a Pikachu while you’re at it.

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From: BeenRetired11/16/2016 7:00:06 AM
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"Slack is watching how you work"..................................................................................

Slack is watching how you work

If you use Slack for work, you’ve likely had this overwhelming experience: You come back from a meeting to a dozen slack rooms waiting for you with unread messages. It’s the new-age email inbox, full of stuff from colleagues you may or may not even know.

Slack thinks it has the combination to solve this issue: Learning how you work, and mixing in a little artificial intelligence to pinpoint exactly where you should spend your time.

“What we’re starting to build is what we’re internally calling our work graph,” Noah Weiss, Slack’s head of search and intelligence, said at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

“[This] is basically looking at you and seeing [which] people you seem to care the most about or respond the quickest to or interact with the most. What are the channels that you’re most active in? And then also, what are the topics that you seem to care the most about?”

Weiss continued: “That allows us to then build this layer of intelligence to then understand not just what your organization looks like, but then ... how do we personalize the service based on that.”

In other words: How can Slack make you more productive by watching how you work and whom you work with?

Slack is already doing some of this. The service will already make channel recommendations to some users, and Weiss says it’s starting to test message rankings, too, so that people know who to respond to first when they’re in a time pinch.

That idea may be a little creepy, but Weiss believes Slack can eliminate a lot of the wasted time that people spend trying to locate information or prioritize their time.

“Most knowledge work is a game of telephone,” Weiss said. “Part of our job at Slack is how do we short-circuit that game of telephone more effectively.”

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