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|sl||Google executive Karan Bhatia told the US Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday that the company has terminated Project Dragonfly, which was investigating ways to offer search in China. It had been reported to have ended late last year but Google had not publicly confirmed it.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49015516|
|scott||Nintendo updated its main Switch console with promised battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours vs. the current 2.5 to 6.5 hours. While Nintendo did not announce specs, The Verge points out a recent FCC filing indicates Nintendo planned to update the Switch with a new system on a chip. New models of the Switch with the extra battery life have serial numbers beginning with XKW.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/17/20697601/nintendo-switch-new-model-battery-life-improvements|
|tm||DJI announced a new Ronin gimbal for mirrorless cameras called Ronin-S Compact. At 2.4 pounds it is about 41 percent lighter than the Ronin-S released last year. The Ronin-SC is made of aluminum, magnesium, steel and composite plastic and can be taken apart to fit in a bag. It can carry up to 4.4 pounds and last up to 11 hours. That's a little less than the Ronin-S's 8 pounds and 12 hours. The DJI Ronin-SC is available now for $439 or in a Pro Bundle with accessories for $539.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/17/dji-ronin-sc/|
|sl||Microsoft announced AT&T will use its Azure infrastructure and move most of its 250,000 employees to Microsoft's 365 productivity and security services. Sources tell CNBC the multi-year deal is worth more than $2B. The companies are also joint-developing tools for artificial intelligence and high-speed 5G wireless, and plan to announce additional services later this year.||https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/16/microsoft-wins-multibillion-dollar-cloud-deal-from-att.html|
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|:33||scott||Microsoft unveiled a combination of Azure AI technologies and neural text-to-speech during a keynote at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in Las Vegas that creates a digital version of a speaker whose speech is translated into another language in the original speakers voice. To show it off Microsoft used Julia White, a company executive for Azure, speaking at a keynote and translated her speech into Japanese. You’d need a hololens to see it. You'd need access to a Mixed Reality capture studio with proper lighting and hi-rez cameras to make it, but it's a peek into what's possible.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/17/20697976/microsoft-hololens-hologram-keynote-japanese-translation-microsoft-inspire|
|:36||sl||As expected, the EU Competition Commission formally opened an antitrust investigation into Amazon. The company allows businesses to sell on its marketplace, but Amazon uses that sales data to inform its own offerings which compete against those smaller sellers. In response to a separate German investigation, Amazon will change its terms for sellers starting August 16. Amazon no longer gives itself unlimited rights to terminate accounts without justification and must give 30 days notice. Amazon also will let European disputes be handled in more than just Luxembourg. Restrictions on what sellers can say in public were also reduced. The new terms will apply to Europe, North America and Asia. Austria has dropped its investigation as a result of the changes.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/17/20696214/amazon-european-union-antitrust-investigation-third-party-seller-marketplace|
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|:44||sl||French startup Stonly launched a new service that tries to solve the often frustrating steps of contacting customer support agents when you have issues with a service. Stonly lets small companies easily create modules that surface relevant content so that customers can understand and solve issues themselves. A Stonly module can be embedded on any page or blog, and works like a deck of slides with buttons to jump to the relevant slide relating to an issue. And companies can incorporate guides without writing any custom code.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/17/stonly-lets-you-create-interactive-step-by-step-guides-to-improve-support/|
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|:48||Neuralink, a company founded in 2017 told the New York Times it is working on a technology to improve human brain-computer interfaces. Neuralink is developing fine threads- about a third the diameter of a human hair- which could be implanted with less impact to brain tissue than current sensors. The company intends to begin publishing peer-reviewed papers on its work. Co-founder Max Hodak said near-term uses for the technology include control of prosthetics and reversing hearing and vision loss. The company is pursuing a collaboration with Stanford neurosurgeons to do tests as early as next year. A demonstration of the technology on a rat showed 10 times the data transfer of the best sensors, according to Bloomberg. Co-founder and Neuralink CEO Elon Musk also talked about someday using such technology to achieve symbiosis with artificial intelligence.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/16/elon-musks-neuralink-looks-to-begin-outfitting-human-brains-with-faster-input-and-output-starting-next-year/|
|Netflix reports first net subscriber loss in the U.S., misses global subscriber growth predictions|
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Concerning the short subject on Grammarly, you guys talked about yesterday.
I think you view this app as not necessarily useful because English is your mother tongue.
I’m French (and yes, I was also born ready, we all are) and I discovered this app when I moved to the UK. I learned English by myself and Grammarly help me tremendously to improve my spelling and my grammar. I paid for the pro version for a year which gives very good perks and helped me for some cover letters for example but for personal use, I find it a bit expensive.
The bottom line is, this app helped me discover new words, new ways of expressing myself in a language that is not the first one I learned. I still use it today and I’m very grateful for both this app and towards the person who made me discover it.
I wish it could be available in other languages since I’m learning Portuguese now but sadly I didn’t find any equivalent.
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|I had a thought about Grammarly. I develop training for a large telecommunications equipment provider and can see many uses for Grammarly, or similar software. I deal with a lot of brilliant experts who develop amazing hardware and software. They are not always the best writers, and often English is not their first language. My team spends a lot of time revising technical content to make it easier to read. If the engineers had Grammarly, we would spend a lot less time editing content. It could save a large company a significant amount of money in technical training and technical documentation.|
Keep up the great show,
The crux of the issue with Monaco going with Huawei for 5G is that telecommunications there was nationalized and then later privatized to Monaco Telecom that was granted a monopoly over all landline, mobile, and Internet communications. It is technically illegal to arbitrage, much like situations that have arisen in India.
That creates a bit of a pickle for those of us visiting Monaco who'd rather not have our communications monitored by the government. VoIP is expressly forbidden as arbitrage, but I believe that going consensus is that multi-media sharing such as WebEx or Zoom are not considered competing and therefore not arbitrage. Luckily most of the private yachts coming into port there have satellite Internet much like cruise ships and airplanes, such that any incidental arbitrage occurring while in their waters goes un-monitored.
Yes this is certainly a 1st-world problem, but it does create practical challenges for conducting business securely while in-country. It's an awesome place to visit, but beware that one will be paying Disneyland prices for everything while there.
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