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Intel, Surprising No One, Joins Partnership On AI

You know how sitcom characters often pair up, keep their relationship secret, then reveal its existence to a close friend who immediately says everyone knew all along? Well, that’s kind of how we felt when Intel announced that it joined Partnership on AI, an organization devoted to exploring how artificial intelligence can “benefit people and society.” Anyone who didn’t expect Intel to join a group like this simply hasn’t been paying attention.

Just look at some of the most recent stories in its newsroom: “Intel Presents Autonomous Driving Workshop,” “Microsoft Outlines Hardware Architecture for Deep Learning on Intel FPGAs,” “Intel Unveils Latest Autonomous Driving Lab in Silicon Valley”… the list goes on. Intel has made it quite clear that it wants its processors and other components to provide the sheer computing power other companies need to build their AI software.

Not that Intel’s the only processor company hoping for a slice of the AI pie. (PAI? Sorry.) Nvidia recently announced its next-gen Volta architecture with a Tesla V100 chip made specifically for machine learning performance, Google created its own Tensor Processing Unit, and AMD created the Radeon Instinct product line to get in on the action. Basically any company that’s ever thought about making a processor is looking into AI.

One of those companies–Google–is also a founding partner of the Partnership on AI. Other partners include Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and more. It makes sense for Intel to join forces with the group; doing so could help it find out exactly what people want from AI. This would help it compete with the likes of Nvidia, with which it’s had just a bit of friendly competition, while strengthening its ties with the AI community.

Here’s what Intel said about its joining the Partnership on AI:

[Dr. Yinyin Liu] and the broader data science team have been working with the AIPG data science team applying advanced deep learning methods such as natural language processing and computer vision to solve AI problems, helping customers to build solutions across numerous vertical industries.

As Intel has successfully done in previous waves of computational trends including personal and cloud computing, the company is rallying the industry around a set of standards for AI that promise to ultimately bring down costs and make AI more accessible to more people.

The company will help the Partnership on AI realize its plan to “develop and share best practices,” “advance public understanding,” “provide an open and inclusive platform for discussion and engagement,” and “identify and foster aspirational efforts in AI for socially beneficial purposes.” You can learn more about the organization’s plans for AI, its work, and its partners on the Partnership on AI website.

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Lian Li's PC-T70 Offers Open-Air Or Closed-Air Test Bench

Lian Li launched its latest enclosure, the PC-T70, which was initially revealed during CES. The PC-T70 is an open-air test bench with a special twist: An additional kit may be installed to turn the PC-T70 into a closed-air case.

The Lian Li PC-T70 looks exactly how you might imagine a test bench. It offers open-air clearance to make swapping components easy, plus the back panel can be removed for even less obstruction. The motherboard mounts support E-ATX, ATX, and Micro-ATX boards. Surrounding the mounts are six pass-throughs for routing cables to your PSU and drive mounts. The floor panel in the bottom chamber supports PSUs up to 13 inches long; a 360mm radiator; and either one 3.5” drive plus five 2.5” drives, or two 3.5” drives and one 2.5” drive.

The PC-T70 can be transformed into a closed-air case via an optional T70-1 upgrade kit, which includes two additional side panels, a different rear panel, and an acrylic cover. The two side panels feature cutouts to mount either a 240mm or 280mm radiator on each panel. The bottom floor panel can also support enough reservoirs and pumps should you choose to mount two radiators on the side panels and one radiator on the bottom. With the acrylic panel attached, CPU coolers up to 7.09 inches high are supported.

The Lian Li PC-T70 is available now for $190 and comes in black or white. The T70-1 kit is offered separately, but pricing hasn’t been revealed. Lian Li also offers the PC-T70FX, which offers both the PC-T70 and T70-1 kit in a single package.

Dimensions 17 x 16.26 x 12.44 inches (WxDxH)
Colors Black or White
Drive Bays -3.5” + 2.5” x 5
-3.5” x 2 + 2.5”
Expansion Slots 8
Motherboards -E-ATX
I/O Port -USB 3.0 x 2
-HD Audio
Fan Support 120mm or 140mm
Radiator Support -360mm radiator
-240mm x 2 or 280mm x 2 radiators with T70-1 kit
Clearance -CPU cooler height: 7.09 inches (when enclosed)
-GPU length: 13 inches
-PSU length: 13 inches
Price $190

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Ubisoft Plans To Release New 'Assassin's Creed,' 'Far Cry' Games In Coming Fiscal Year

As part of the company’s fiscal year earnings presentation, Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot announced the return of three franchises in the coming fiscal year, which ends March 2018. In addition to the announcement, Ubisoft UK’s Twitter account also showed off title cards for three upcoming games.

Last year, there wasn’t a new Assassin’s Creed title because the company said it needed to re-examine the franchise, which would involve looking at new gameplay mechanics and (more importantly) user feedback on how to make the series better. After a year of reflection, it seems that a new Assassin’s Creed title is on the way. However, details on the game, including a potential subtitle to the usual moniker, wasn’t revealed.

Unlike Assassin’s Creed, the Far Cry franchise did have a new game in 2016, but it strayed from previous titles in the series by setting Far Cry Primal in the past, in 10,000 B.C. With the announcement of Far Cry 5, however, it seems that the upcoming game will return to present times, although the actual setting and features have yet to be announced.

If you’re looking for another racing game, you might want to pay attention to Ubisoft in the next few months, as well. Development is underway for a sequel to the 2014 game The Crew. The company’s upcoming South Park title, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, was delayed to a Q1 2017 release, but it seems that it’s pushed back even further to a date sometime in the coming fiscal year, as well.

With this latest announcement, we now have a clearer picture as to what Ubisoft will show at E3. As usual, the company will hold its annual UbiE3 show the Monday before the massive gaming convention opens its doors. The presentation starts at 1pm PT and takes place at the Orpheum Theater.

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MindMaze’s MindMotion Pro System Uses VR To Treat Stroke-Related Impairments

MindMaze is putting its expertise and seed funding to good use. The company announced that it’s bringing its MindMotion Pro system to America to help treat stroke-related ambulatory impairment and other brain trauma injuries, following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

MindMaze first launched the MindMotion Pro upper-limb neurorehabilitation platform in 2013 in Europe. Since then, “hundreds of patients” have received successful treatment. Now, American stroke patients have access to the same treatment. The FDA granted MindMaze 510(k) clearance for MindMotion Pro, which allows the company to now offer the technology to American hospitals.

The MindMotion Pro system allows patients to start their recovery in as few as four days after suffering a traumatic stroke. MindMaze uses VR games to help patients engage in their therapy and kickstart their recovery. The MindMotion system maps the patient’s movements to a virtual avatar and presents them with various interactive exercises “that are based on standardized neurorehabilitation principles.”

MindMaze said that research derived from data collected by Clinique Romande De Readaption/EDFL in Sion, Switzerland indicated that MindMaze Pro helped encourage chronic stroke sufferers to do their rehab exercises and promoted higher intensity training. MindMaze said that Lausanne University Hospital-CHUV “reported 100% of patients forgot they were in a hospital.”

MindMaze’s MindMotion technology could have dramatic effects on the well-being of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. According to Strokecenter.org, 600,000 Americans suffer a stroke for the first time every year, and 185,000 suffer a recurring attack. That’s nearly 800,000 people each year who could benefit from the MindMotion treatment system. The system could also have a positive effect on treatment costs.

“Our work at the forefront of neuroscience and virtual reality allows patients to recover faster and return more fully to the life they lived before injury,” explained Dr. Tej Tadi, CEO, and founder of MindMaze. “Over the last decade, we’ve honed this therapy to be cost-effective for both patients and healthcare providers.”

In addition to launching MindMotion Pro in America, MindMaze announced the launch of MindMotion Go in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. The MindMotion Go platform is an extension of the MindMotion Pro treatment platform meant for chronic stroke patients. The MindMotion Go system can be used in a hospital or clinical environment, as well as inpatient and outpatient situations. 

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RavPower AC Power Bank Charger 27,000mAh

Think about a battery charger and what usually comes to mind is a cheap plastic box with a USB port that charges your phone. The RavPower AC Power Bank Charger 27,000mAh (model number RP-PB055) couldn’t be further from that stereotype.

For starters, this charger comes with an AC outlet, one that can support devices rated at up to 100W, which is enough to power a 55-inch television, not to mention most laptops and even some desktop PCs.

And although it is not as powerful as say the MaxOak K2 (with its massive 50,000mAh capacity), this effort has some useful features that make it worth considering, especially if you’re after a charging companion to take on frequent trips abroad.

This PowerStation series 27,000mAh charger comes in a stylish semi-rigid casing that holds, other than the battery charger, two microUSB cables, a user guide, a travel pouch, travel adaptor and a power adaptor.

The latter offers a modicum of flexibility (it is fully reversible) but also hides the power LED that indicates whether the socket is active – ouch! Why RavPower didn’t simply integrate the universal power adaptor in the first place boggles the mind.

The Power Bank feels like a hardcover book you’d slip in your handbag. It’s about the size of an A5 notepad but with a thickness of nearly 40mm and a weight approaching 870g (exceeding 1kg once you add the accessories).

RavPower has used an anthracite rubber finish with eight status LEDs and the company’s insignia on top. Cooling air vents and the power input are on one side, and on the other side there’s a Type-C output, two USB ports, a power button and the AC outlet behind a flap.

An LCD screen might have been useful in order to get a more granular reading of remaining battery capacity, and a couple of extra ports certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss (as well as high-capacity output USB Type-C ports for compatible laptops or tablets).

The battery is rated at 27,000mAh/99.9Whr with the AC output delivering a maximum of 100W, but rated at a more sustainable 85W. The two USB ports can deliver 12W each (5V, 2.4A) while the Type-C connector hits 15W (5V, 3A).

The ports use RavPower’s proprietary iSmart technology which detects and delivers the power needed for any connected devices minimising the risk of overcharging. With the capacity here, you will be able to charge your Galaxy S8 or your iPhone 7 between seven times (for the former) and almost a dozen times (for the latter).

However, it’s a shame that there’s no cable for the latter out of the box, although this Power Bank does automatically charge any supported device once connected. The charger will automatically turn off when not in use, and you turn it on by pressing on the power button for three seconds or more.

It’s good to note that 99.9Whr is below the 100Wh threshold imposed by most airlines for batteries – you won’t be able to put the RavPower charger in your checked luggage, only in your hand luggage.

Note that the charger comes with an 18 month warranty by default, but this can be extended by another 12 months by registering the product for free online.

Another point to note – we’d love to have proper extruding rubber feet, but like the MaxOak, we have had to resort to gel ones. Also worth noting is the fact that you can’t charge the device other than using the bundled 30.5W (19V, 1.6A) power supply unit, for which you will need another adaptor if you’re travelling elsewhere.

A word about the cost. With a suggested retail price of £180 (around $230, AU$310) – but often available for around £150 from Amazon ($170 from Amazon.com in the US) – the RavPower charger is expensive, but then again it’s no ordinary power bank.

RavPower has a slightly cheaper and more compact 20,100mAh model that might be better suited for some, and other firms, such as Chargetech, Xcellon and Goal Zero Sherpa, provide models with similar features.

Early verdict

We liked this portable charger: it is stylish, comes with a decent amount of connectors and delivers what it promises. Although it’s true enough that there are a few things that might be improved in the next iteration (number of ports, additional power adaptor, plus the LED lights).

One thing that is unlikely to be changed is the capacity of the device. 100WHr will remain the uppermost capacity for most battery chargers going forward, which means that innovation for portable chargers looking for a wider travel-friendly audience will need to come from more than simply just adding extra capacity.

Clearly, though, a plug gives it far more flexibility than the rest of the competition, but if you’re mostly interested in a portable battery charger for your laptop, tablet, smartphone or anything that requires a 5V power supply (like a projector or a computer), then there are far cheaper and more capable models out there.

The Aukey PB-T11 power bank with its 30,000mAh capacity and two Quick Charge compatible ports will suffice for those looking for a smartphone and tablet charger, while laptop users may opt for the aforementioned MaxOak K2 50,000mAh charger or the Sandberg Powerbank 20,000mAh for laptops.

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French Data Protection Authority Fines Facebook For Collecting Data Without Consent

The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), France’s data protection watchdog, announced that it’s going to impose a 150,000 euro fine on Facebook. The agency will fine Facebook over its use of the “datr” cookie, which enabled the company to collect information on French and other European citizens without their knowledge.

“Datr” Cookie

The so-called “datr” cookie is what Facebook has been using since at least 2010 to track users across the web, even if they are logged out of Facebook, and even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The company does this through the “Like” button used by millions of websites.

It wasn’t Facebook that first told its users and the public about it, but a Dutch researcher who discovered in late 2010 that Facebook’s Like button would transmit user data even if those users didn’t click on it. Facebook called this issue a bug and said it would issue a fix.

However, in September, 2011, another Australian researcher found that the Like button was also tracking users online when they weren’t logged in to Facebook. The company also called this a bug, and said that it would be fixed.

Later the same year, Facebook said that it wouldn’t use that data for advertising purposes anyway. Fast forward three more years, to 2014, when Facebook announced that it would commence using the the data gathered by the Like button and other widgets to better target ads to its users.

When the Belgium data protection authority sued Facebook in 2015, the company claimed that the datr cookie is used as a security feature to stop spam, fake accounts, botnets, and so on. The company was arguing that the cookie was necessary for its users’ protection and that the Belgium agency shouldn’t ban its use.

CNIL Fines Facebook

CNIL has joined four other countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany) in a European investigation of Facebook’s data practices. CNIL’s own investigation has uncovered several compliance failures on Facebook’s part.

The first failure is Facebook’s collection of internet users’ data across the web, without their consent, through the datr cookie. Under the European Union’s data protection legislation, companies must ask for consent before gathering most types of data from users.

Facebook’s second failure, according to CNIL, is that the company has compiled this massive collection of data for advertising purposes without a proper legal basis. CNIL’s argument is that, unlike Facebook users, the non-users, whose data has also been collected, can’t control how the advertising is displayed because they don’t have Facebook accounts in the first place.

The French agency also accused Facebook of not telling users how their data will be used on registration forms, of not allowing users to block datr cookies (as per the old “EU cookie law”), and of not demonstrating a real need to indefinitely keep user’s IP addresses for the life of the account.

As a result of all of these violations, the agency decided to sanction Facebook with a 150,000 euro fine, which was the limit for such violations when the investigation started. Since then, the European Union has passed a new General Data Protection Regulation, which now allows national data protection authorities to issue significantly higher sanctions for privacy violations.

Facebook and WhatsApp are also under a different EU investigation over their sudden change in policy to start sharing user data despite initially promising not to do so.

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