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Habana Labs launches its Gaudi AI training processor

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Habana Labs, a Tel Aviv-based AI processor startup, today announced its Gaudi AI training processor, which promises to easily beat GPU-based systems by a factor of four. While the individual Gaudi chips beat GPUs in raw performance, it’s the company’s networking technology that gives it the extra boost to reach its full potential.Gaudi will be available as a standard PCIe card that supports eight ports of 100Gb Ethernet, as well as a mezzanine card that is compliant with the relatively new Open Compute Project accelerator module specs. This card supports either the same ten 100GB Ethernet ports or 20 ports of 50Gb Ethernet. The company is also launching a system with eight of these mezzanine cards.Last year, Habana Labs previously launched its Goya inferencing solution. With Gaudi, it now offers a complete solution for businesses that want to use its hardware over GPUs with chips from the likes of Nvidia. Thanks to its specialized hardware, Gaudi easily beats an Nvidia T4 accelerator …

Amazon’s IMDb Freedive rebrands to IMDb TV, adds new content and plans European expansion

Amazon-owned free streaming service, IMDb Freedive, is getting a new name, more content and is soon expanding to Europe, the company announced this morning. Originally launched in January, the service will now be known as IMDb TV — a name that’s a bit more catchy, but doesn’t convey the fact that the service includes both movies and TV shows.It’s also not an alternative to live TV streaming services like Sling TV, YouTube TV, or Hulu with Live TV, for example, despite what the name may imply.Instead, IMDb is most similar to something like Vudu’s Movies on Us or Roku’s free streaming hub, The Roku Channel, as it offers a selection of ad-supported free streaming content, too.IMDb hasn’t confirmed how many titles are in its collection, but says the content selection has now been tripled thanks to new deals with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, and MGM Studios. This brings movies like Captain Fantastic and La La Land (July 1) to the service — the latter, marking the first time t…

The Hunger Games is getting a prequel next year, set 64 years before the first book

MIT develops a system to give robots more human senses

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed a new system that could equip robots with something we take for granted: the ability to link multiple senses together.The new system created by CSAIL involves a predictive AI that’s able to learn how to see using its ‘sense’ of touch, and vice versa. That might sound confusing, but it’s really mimicking something people do every day, which is look at a surface, object or material and anticipate what that thing will feel like once touched, ie. whether it’ll be soft, rough, squishy, etc.The system can also take tactile, touch-based input and translate that into a prediction about what it looks like – kind of like those kids’ discovery museums where you put your hands into random boxes and try to get at the objects you find within.These examples probably don’t help in terms of articulating why this is actually useful to build, but an example provided by CSAIL should make that more apparent. The r…

Become a Certified Ethical Hacker with These Training Bundles

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Learn how to become an expert security hacker with these lectures.The post Become a Certified Ethical Hacker with These Training Bundles appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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With the VCS, Atari Wants to Build a Raspberry Pi for the Living Room

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The Atari VCS finally has a release date, but it's not clear it has a role to play. 'Raspberry Pi of the living room' is a tough target to hit.The post With the VCS, Atari Wants to Build a Raspberry Pi for the Living Room appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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India’s Bounce raises $72 million to grow its electric scooters business

Bounce, a Bangalore-based startup that offers more than 5,000 electric scooters for rent in India, has raised $72 million to accelerate its bid to impact how people navigate India’s traffic-clogged urban areas.The Series C funding round for the five-year-old startup was led by B Capital — the VC firm founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin — and Falcon Edge Capital. Chiratae Ventures, Maverick Ventures, Omidyar Network India, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors Sequoia Capital India and Accel Partners India also participated in the round.This new money means that the startup has raised $92 million to date. The current round valued it at more than $200 million, a person familiar with the matter said.Bounce, formerly known as Metro Bikes, operates in Bangalore. Its app allows users to pick up a scooter and, when their ride is finished, drop it off at any parking spot. It charges customers based on the time and model of electric scooter they choose. An hour-long ride could c…