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A 'media meltdown'? Disney remark on TV viewing sends industry into tailspin

A 'media meltdown'? Disney remark on TV viewing sends industry into tailspin | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
It's been two days of harsh reckoning for the entertainment industry as long-simmering concerns about declining pay-TV subscriptions boiled up in quarterly earnings reports, leading investors to dump shares of media stocks amid worries that a key...
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"Television is where movies go when they die" — Bob Hope, 1953
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Les nouvelles technologies : vers une évolution culturelle et cognitive - Cité de la Réussite à La Sorbonne

Les nouvelles technologies : vers une évolution culturelle et cognitive - Cité de la Réussite à La Sorbonne | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Voici la vidéo du débat sur "Les nouvelles technologies : vers une évolution culturelle et cognitive" auquel je représentais Leonard à la Sorbonne dans le cadre de la Cité de la Réussite aux côtés d'Anne Lalou (Web School Factory) et Sophie Stanton (IBM), modérés par Annabelle Laurent d'Uzbek & Rica

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Merci à l’auditoire de l’Amphi Richelieu de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne d’avoir porté ce débat à la Cité de la réussite 2017 avec Anne LALOU-SCHNEIDER et Sophie Stanton ! Bravo aux étudiants pour la préparation des questions et à Annabelle Laurent pour sa patiente modération.

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Secure Messaging Apps Comparison

Secure Messaging Apps Comparison | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This site compares secure messaging apps from a security & privacy point of view. These include Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Skype, Signal, Google Allo, Threema, Riot, Wire, Telegram, and Wickr. The best secure messaging app?

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In the midst of #WhatsAppGate, @Telegram announced 25 million new registrations in the past 72 hours, and more than half a billion active users.

 

Beyond simplistic comparisons buzzing through the #Kommentariat, the offer is much more abundant. Besides, Skype or Viber were not born out of the last rain.

 

While solutions seems to focus on #privacy enforcement, the question of interoperability is another possible avenue : after all, a large number of these apps are based on the open source #XMPP protocol from Jabber (and therefore Orange). Why not enforce some level of interconnection ?

 

Simplicity is the other issue, and there WhatsApp has a huge advantage, given how easy it is to set up a group, whether for a family, project, or circumstantial powwow, and share photos and comments.

 

But simplicity also means not having to remember the application I was using in my last conversation with you !

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 13, 1:38 AM

En plein #WhatsAppGate, Telegram annonce 25 millions de nouveaux inscrits en 72h et franchit la barre du demi-milliard d'utilisateurs actifs.

Au delà des comparaisons simplistes qui ont fait le buzz dans le Kommentariat, laissant accroire qu'il n'y aurait que l'alternative iMessage, Telegram ou Signal, l'offre est nettement plus abondante. D'ailleurs Skype ou Viber ne sont pas nés de la dernière pluie.

D'autres acteurs ne figurent pas encore dans ce tableau, comme #FireChat (qui fonctionne de proche en proche en mode décentralisé), le français Skred de Pierre Bellanger, Olvid, ou encore la messagerie sécurisée #Tchap développée sur base Riot par les pouvoirs publics.

Au delà du #RGPD se pose la vraie question de l'interopérabilité : après tout, une grande partie de ces apps sont parties du protocole open source #XMPPissu de Jabber (et donc d'Orange).

La simplicité est l'autre enjeu, et WhatsApp garde ici un avantage énorme tant il est facile de monter un groupe qu'il soit familial, projet, ou circonstanciel et d'y partager photos et propos.

Mais la simplicité c'est aussi ne pas avoir à se souvenir de l'application sur laquelle avait lieu ma dernière conversation avec vous !

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 16, 8:50 AM

WhatsApp and Facebook bend the knee following customer backlash. #WhatsAppGate

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/whatsapp-delays-new-data-sharing-policy-enforcement-to-may-15/

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Mankind "weighs" 300 Million Tons and Produced so far 1.1 "Anthropogenic" Teratons

Mankind "weighs" 300 Million Tons and Produced so far 1.1 "Anthropogenic" Teratons | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Mankind "weighs" 300 million tons. It produced so far 1.1 "anthropogenic" teratons. Global human-made mass now exceeds all living biomass.

This recent "paper" in Nature sheds some light on how to define, evaluate, and make sense of non commensurable data.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Global human-made mass now exceeds all living biomass.

 

On average, for each person on the globe, anthropogenic mass equal to more than his or her bodyweight is produced every week

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Huawei's 5G Tech Advantage Has Roots In The '40s and a Turkish Man Who Conquered Noise

Huawei's 5G Tech Advantage Has Roots In The '40s and a Turkish Man Who Conquered Noise | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The US ban on Chinese tech giant Huawei and its 5G technology has sparked a heated debate on the future of information flows and their control.

Until now, however, that debate has largely overlooked how Huawei arrived at its position of tech prowess.

The Five Eyes intelligence group (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) insist that Huawei 5G technology represents a huge intelligence risk.

Huawei flatly denies the accusation. Meanwhile, trillions of dollars in 5G revenue are at stake. Shutting down Huawei also has an extra benefit for the US — it temporarily halts Chinese progress in this extremely lucrative sector.

But how did Huawei get so far ahead in the first place? Well, according to a piece in Wired and carried by androidcentral, it all comes down to a theory crafted in 1948 and recently revived by a Turkish professor.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Fascinating story about signal theory, IP acquisition, and how Qualcomm and the US missed an opportunity that now vastly benefits Huawei as a 5G Equipment leader.

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Deutsche Telekom tests mobile antenna in the stratosphere

Deutsche Telekom tests mobile antenna in the stratosphere | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The German telecoms group and its partner, British startup Stratospheric Platforms, said that a remotely piloted aircraft flying at 14,000 metres (45,000 feet) had successfully connected with its terrestrial 4G network from an on-board antenna.

The airborne base station, which can cover an area up to 140 km (87 miles) across, handled voice and video calls, data downloads and web browsing from a smartphone user on the ground during trial flights this month.

“We won’t stop until everyone is connected,” Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges told a video presentation on the project, which has been in development for the past five years.

“A stratospheric network can help reach areas that have been difficult to supply up to now.”

Hosting base stations in the stratosphere promises the fast reaction times that next-generation 5G networks will need to support innovations such as self-driving cars.

But, while aerial antennas offer a speed and cost advantage over satellites, keeping them aloft poses a design challenge.

Alphabet's GOOGL.O rival Loon venture uses high-altitude balloons to run wireless networks and Facebook FB.O grounded an experimental solar-powered internet drone two years ago after concluding it was not feasible.

Deutsche Telekom’s test flights were staged over the state of Bavaria in southern Gemrany using an adapted H3Grob 520 propeller plane because Stratospheric Platforms is still developing its own pilotless aircraft.

The UK startup says its lightweight “platform” will have a wingspan of 60 metres - as big as a Boeing 747 - but weigh only 3.5 tonnes and be able to stay aloft for nine days.

It will use an emission-free hydrogen fuel-cell system, which can generate far more power than solar cells. The on-board antenna, weighing 140 kg, will be capable of doing the job of 200 terrestrial towers.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

La promesse d'une station de base (antenne) embarquée "remplaçant" 200 tours de télécommunications est séduisante. Deutsche Telekom aurait-il trouvé une solution là ou Google et Facebook ont échoué ?

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Watch a Robot AI Beat a World Class Curling Competitor

On the ice, a machine-learning system often triumphed over high-level South Korean players

Artificial intelligence still needs to bridge the “sim-to-real” gap. Deep-learning techniques that are all the rage in AI log superlative performances in mastering cerebral games, including chess and Go, both of which can be played on a computer. But translating simulations to the physical world remains a bigger challenge.

A robot named Curly that uses “deep reinforcement learning”—making improvements as it corrects its own errors—came out on top in three of four games against top-ranked human opponents from South Korean teams that included a women’s team and a reserve squad for the national wheelchair team. (No brooms were used).

One crucial finding was that the AI system demonstrated its ability to adapt to changing ice conditions. “These results indicate that the gap between physics-based simulators and the real world can be narrowed,” the joint South Korean-German research team wrote in Science Robotics on September 23.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Curling, in its human version, is all about cooperation. How will broom holders cooperate with a robotic launcher as it seems it doesn't need help anymore ? It this still curling after all ?

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Why FTP Could Soon Disappear from the Internet

Why FTP Could Soon Disappear from the Internet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here’s a small piece of news you may have missed while you were trying to rebuild your entire life to fit inside your tiny apartment at the beginning of the COVID crisis: Because of the way that the virus shook up just about everything, Google skipped the release of Chrome version 82.

Who cares, you think? Well, users of FTP, or the File Transfer Protocol. During the pandemic, Google delayed its plan to kill FTP, and now that things have settled to some degree, Google recently announced that it is going back for the kill with Chrome version 86, which deprecates the support once again, and will kill it for good in Chrome 88. (Mozilla announced similar plans for Firefox, citing security reasons and the age of the underlying code.)

It is one of the oldest protocols the mainstream internet supports—it turns 50 next year—but those mainstream applications are about to leave it behind. Today’s Tedium talks about history of FTP, the networking protocol that has held on longer than pretty much any other.

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The File Transfer Protocol, aka FTP, will turn 50 next year and seem prone to early retirement.

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NASA's new patent for moon travel may help solve dark cosmic mysteries

NASA's new patent for moon travel may help solve dark cosmic mysteries | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
  • NASA patented an efficient new trajectory for sending smaller robotic spacecraft to the moon.
  • The agency says it patents and licenses technologies to ensure they can achieve the "widest distribution" possible.
  • The new trajectory may help a planned spacecraft called the Dark Ages Polarimeter Pathfinder reach lunar orbit and repeatedly fly through a "cone of silence" on the far side of the moon.
  • That spacecraft could detect signals from the first atoms, stars, galaxies, black holes, dark matter, and more, leading to big discoveries about how the universe evolved.
Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Business Insider original title is an insane #clickbait 

 

"NASA patented a faster, cheaper route to the moon. The first spacecraft to use it could make Nobel Prize-winning discoveries about the universe."

 

Yet it remains interesting to learn about patenting trajectories, hiding microwave-oven sized satellites on the other side of the moon, and observing deep space / far time from a "cone of silence"

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Autonomous aviation startup Xwing raises $10M to scale its software for pilotless flights (via TechCrunch)

Autonomous aviation startup Xwing raises $10M to scale its software for pilotless flights (via TechCrunch) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

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https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/20/autonomous-aviation-startup-xwing-raises-10m-to-scale-its-software-for-pilotless-flights/

"Autonomous aviation startup Xwing locked in a $10 million funding round before COVID-19 hit. Now the San Francisco-based startup is using the capital to hire talent and scale the development of its software stack as it aims for commercial operations later this year — pending FAA approvals.

The company announced Wednesday its Series A funding round, which was led by R7 Partners, with participation from early-stage VC Alven, Eniac Ventures and Thales Corporate Ventures. Xwing has already hired several key executives with that fresh injection of capital, including Terrafugia’s former co-founder and COO Anna Dietrich, and Ed Lim, a Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences veteran who more recently led guidance navigation and control for Uber’s autonomous car division as well as Zipline’s AV delivery drone.

Xwing is different from some of the other autonomous aviation startups that have popped up in recent years. The startup isn’t building autonomous helicopters and planes. Instead, it’s focused on the software stack that will enable pilotless flight of small passenger aircraft.

Xwing is also aircraft agnostic. The company’s engineers are focused on the key functions of autonomous flight, such as sensing, reasoning and control. The software stack, which is designed to work across different kinds of aircraft, is integrated into existing aerospace systems. That strategy of retrofitting existing aircraft will speed up deployment, while maintaining safety and keeping costs in check, according to founder and CEO Marc Piette. It also is a straighter path toward regulatory approval.

“It’s more effective for us to not constrain ourselves to a given vehicle and to develop technology that is considered more of an enabler— from a marketing perspective — than going full stack, Piette said when asked if Xwing would ever try to build an autonomous aircraft from the ground up.

Since Xwing’s last funding round — $4 million in summer 2018 — the company has been developing its tech and working with the FAA to receive flight certification for pilotless aircraft. Once approved, the company will seek to commercialize pilotless flights.

The startup hasn’t named any commercial partners yet. And Piette hasn’t provided details about its commercial strategy either, although he said to expect more announcements this year.

Xwing is already working with Bell for NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS in the NAS) program, an initiative meant to mature the key remaining technologies that are needed to integrate unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace. The program plans to hold demonstration flights this summer."

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

On peut approcher le vol autonome en créant un aéronef de toutes pièces, ou réciproquement en rétrofittant des aéronefs existants. Partir d'un drone ou d'un avion ?

 

Thales Corporate Ventures, qui a l'expérience de l'intégration des  systèmes aériens dans lesquels évoluent les avions, mise sur la seconde option en investissant dans Xwing.

 

L'approche a également le mérite d'être purement logicielle, donc moins intensive initialement en capital. Il restera à évaluer les mérites et difficultés du choix d'une intégration horizontale.

 

#aeronautique #newspace #drones #software #VC #corporate 

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There's a Jailbreak Out for all Versions of iOS from 11 to 13.5, the current release.

There's a Jailbreak Out for all Versions of iOS from 11 to 13.5, the current release. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over the years, Apple has made it prohibitively difficult to install unapproved software on its locked-down devices. But on Saturday, a hacker group called Unc0ver released a tool that will "jailbreak" all versions of iOS from 11 to 13.5. It's been years since a jailbreak has been available for a current version of iOS for more than a few days—making this yet another knock on Apple's faltering security image.

Unc0ver says that its jailbreak, which you can install using the longtime jailbreaking platforms AltStore and Cydia (but maybe don't unless you're absolutely sure you know what you're doing), is stable and doesn't drain battery life or prevent use of Apple services like iCloud, Apple Pay, or iMessage. And the group claims that it preserves Apple's user data protections and doesn't undermine iOS' sandbox security, which keeps programs running separately so they can't access data they shouldn't.

"This jailbreak basically just adds exceptions to the existing rules," Unc0ver's lead developer, who goes by Pwn20wnd, told WIRED. "It only enables reading new jailbreak files and parts of the file system that contain no user data."

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

The cat and mouse game around Apple's iOS closed garden has resumed and this time it means something again.

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 26, 2020 3:31 PM

Impressive exploit given Apple's increased fortress walls thickness. Yet (why) should you jailbreak ?

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Sony IMX500 - The World’s First AI Image Sensor Announced

Sony IMX500 - The World’s First AI Image Sensor Announced | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The announcement describes two new Intelligent Vision CMOS chip models, the Sony IMX500 and IMX501. From what I can tell these are the same base chip, except that the 500 is the bare chip product, whilst the 501 is a packaged product.

They are both 1/2.3” type chips with 12.3 effective megapixels. It seems clear that the one of the primary markets for the new chip is for security and system cameras. However having AI processes on the chip offers up some exciting new possibilities for future video cameras, particularly those mounted on drones or in action cameras like a GoPro or Insta 360.

 

One prominent ability of the new chip lies in functions such as object or person identification. This could be via tracking such objects, or in fact actually identifying them. Output from the new chip doesn’t have to be in image form either. Metadata can be output so that it can simply send a description of what it sees without the accompanying visual image. This can reduce the data storage requirement by up to 10,000 times.

For security or system camera purposes, a camera equipped with the new chip could count the number of people passing by it, or identifying low stock on a shop shelf. It could even be programmed to identify customer behaviour by way of heat maps.

 

For traditional cameras it could make autofocus systems better by being able to much more precisely identifying and tracking subjects. With AI systems like this, it could make autofocus systems more intelligent by identifying areas of a picture that you are likely to be focussing on. For example if you wanted to take a photograph of a flower, the AF system would know to focus on that rather than, say, the tree branch behind it. Facial recognition would also become much faster and more reliable.

Autofocus systems today are becoming incredibly good already, but if they were backed up by ultra fast on-chip object identification they could be even better. For 360 cameras, too, the ability to have more reliable object tracking metadata will help with post reframing.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Sony announces in-sensor #AI image processing

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 23, 2020 7:58 AM

Capturing both pixels and "meaning".

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Microsoft's Kushagra Vaid joins OCP Board and Google takes a board seat — Open Compute Summit

Microsoft's Kushagra Vaid joins OCP Board and Google takes a board seat — Open Compute Summit | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Open Compute Project (OCP), the open source hardware group created by Facebook to share designs for hyperscale hardware to the data center community, has announced that Google has taken a seat on the board.

Google first joined the OCP in 2016, and has helped develop OCP technology designs, including the Open Rack standard, designed to deploy high density servers in a smaller footprint. OCP announced at its virtual Summit yesterday, that Google is now an Executive Member, which grants it a seat on the board of directors, to be occupied by Parthasarathy (Partha) Ranganathan.

Microsoft's Kushagra Vaid also joins the OCP board.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Avec Open Compute, l'ensemble des designs de composants matériels d'un data center sont disponibles, sans licence, et certifiés. Depuis 7 ans.

Mais qui sont les constructeurs / opérateurs de Data Center européens membres d'OCP ?

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French startup Qarnot bags €6 million Series B for sustainable cloud computing technology that heats buildings and water

French startup Qarnot bags €6 million Series B for sustainable cloud computing technology that heats buildings and water | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Qarnot Computing, a French company developing sustainable high performance computing (HPC), has raised a €6 million Series B round from Banque des Territoires, Caisse des Dépôts, Engie Rassembleur d’Énergies, A/O PropTech, and Groupe Casino. A combination of climate tech and cloud computing, Qarnot sells cloud computing capacity to clients. When its computer servers generate heat, …

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Still wondering how they manage server upgrades

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Secure Messaging Apps Comparison

Secure Messaging Apps Comparison | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This site compares secure messaging apps from a security & privacy point of view. These include Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Skype, Signal, Google Allo, Threema, Riot, Wire, Telegram, and Wickr. The best secure messaging app?


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WhatsApp and Facebook bend the knee following customer backlash. #WhatsAppGate

https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/15/whatsapp-delays-new-data-sharing-policy-enforcement-to-may-15/

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 13, 1:37 AM

In the midst of #WhatsAppGate, @Telegram announced 25 million new registrations in the past 72 hours, and more than half a billion active users.

 

Beyond simplistic comparisons buzzing through the #Kommentariat, the offer is much more abundant. Besides, Skype or Viber were not born out of the last rain.

 

While solutions seems to focus on #privacy enforcement, the question of interoperability is another possible avenue : after all, a large number of these apps are based on the open source #XMPP protocol from Jabber (and therefore Orange). Why not enforce some level of interconnection ?

 

Simplicity is the other issue, and there WhatsApp has a huge advantage, given how easy it is to set up a group, whether for a family, project, or circumstantial powwow, and share photos and comments.

 

But simplicity also means not having to remember the application I was using in my last conversation with you !

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 13, 1:38 AM

En plein #WhatsAppGate, Telegram annonce 25 millions de nouveaux inscrits en 72h et franchit la barre du demi-milliard d'utilisateurs actifs.

Au delà des comparaisons simplistes qui ont fait le buzz dans le Kommentariat, laissant accroire qu'il n'y aurait que l'alternative iMessage, Telegram ou Signal, l'offre est nettement plus abondante. D'ailleurs Skype ou Viber ne sont pas nés de la dernière pluie.

D'autres acteurs ne figurent pas encore dans ce tableau, comme #FireChat (qui fonctionne de proche en proche en mode décentralisé), le français Skred de Pierre Bellanger, Olvid, ou encore la messagerie sécurisée #Tchap développée sur base Riot par les pouvoirs publics.

Au delà du #RGPD se pose la vraie question de l'interopérabilité : après tout, une grande partie de ces apps sont parties du protocole open source #XMPPissu de Jabber (et donc d'Orange).

La simplicité est l'autre enjeu, et WhatsApp garde ici un avantage énorme tant il est facile de monter un groupe qu'il soit familial, projet, ou circonstanciel et d'y partager photos et propos.

Mais la simplicité c'est aussi ne pas avoir à se souvenir de l'application sur laquelle avait lieu ma dernière conversation avec vous !

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MassMutual Joins the Bitcoin Club With $100 Million Purchase

MassMutual Joins the Bitcoin Club With $100 Million Purchase | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Insurance company MassMutual just invested $100 mn in bitcoin to get:
- exposure to a new asset class
- investment portfolio diversification
- a (limited) hedge against sovereign debt hiccups
- the benefit of a digital gold store of value
- some hope to get decent investment yield in the current zero-interest trap
- a protection against decreasing fiat currencies (under current quantitative easings)
- a better understanding of this new asset that institutional investors want to invest in
This is coming after listed companies like Microstrategy or Square already made the move to protect their company reserves.
Other financial companies will soon follow suit. those lagging behind will have to invest after the next price peak.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

FOMO ?

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, December 19, 2020 5:48 AM

Bitcoin devient à la fois un outil de couverture de risque financier (le quantitative easing pourrait impacter les monnaies fiat) et une classe d'actifs permettant de diversifier les portefeuilles.


Tout ceci alimente certes la hausse spectaculaire de la plus ancienne des cryptomonnaies, mais la nouveauté vient de la nature des investisseurs.

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After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

After five years of offering unlimited free photo backups at “high quality,” Google Photos will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used. The change will happen on June 1st, 2021, and it comes with other Google Drive policy changes like counting Google Workspace documents and spreadsheets against the same cap. Google is also introducing a new policy of deleting data from inactive accounts that haven’t been logged in to for at least two years.

 

All photos and documents uploaded before June 1st will not count against that 15GB cap, so you have plenty of time to decide whether to continue using Google Photos or switching to another cloud storage provider for your photos. Only photos uploaded after June 1st will begin counting against the cap.

 

Google already counts “original quality” photo uploads against a storage cap in Google Photos. However, taking away unlimited backup for “high quality” photos and video (which are automatically compressed for more efficient storage) also takes away one of the service’s biggest selling points. It was the photo service where you just didn’t have to worry about how much storage you had.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Chaque semaine, 28 milliards de photos et vidéos sont ajoutées à Google Photos. Soit l'équivalent de 4 selfies par habitant de notre planète.

 

Voici ce que révèle la notification envoyée par Google à l'ensemble des utilisateurs de son service d'hébergement Google Drive.

 

On y relève également toutes les possibilités proposées à l'utilisateur pour récupérer de la place, comme la détection des photos floues, ou encore des photos de slides. L'idée, élégante de prime abord, repose sur des capacités de traitement et d'analyse d'images tout à fait intéressantes. Pourquoi ne pas imaginer de reconstituer des éléments de Google Slides par exemple ?

 

Un dernier élément — de portée symbolique — est la dénomination de "politique" qui dit quelque chose en creux de la représentation de puissance de Google & co.

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, December 14, 2020 1:20 AM

4 selfies per human per week #4selfies : today more than 4 trillion photos are stored in Google Photos, and every week 28 billion new photos and videos are uploaded...

 

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Apple emprunte à son tour la "Verticale du Fou" et abandonne Intel.

Apple emprunte à son tour la "Verticale du Fou" et abandonne Intel. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple emprunte à son tour la "Verticale du Fou" et abandonne Intel. 3 fois plus performant par Watt dissipé, le processeur "maison" #M1 — annoncé le 10 Novembre dernier — semble confirmer à quel point l'architecture #ARM a réussi à rattraper puis à dépasser l'architecture #X86 du géant de Santa Clara.

Les 16 milliards de transistors du M1 sont en effet gravés en 5 nanomètres, là où Intel ne parvient toujours pas à maîtriser ni 10 ni 7 nanos.

Un excellent article de Tom's #Hardware montre l'étendue de la menace qui pèse désormais sur Intel ; ce n'est pas tant la part de marché du Mac (à peine 9%) que celle de ses développeurs (30%) qui vont de plus en plus exclusivement basculer dans l'architecture ARM.

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L'intégration verticale est la tendance "Tech" du moment...

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Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on the moon

Got any signal up here? Nokia to build mobile network on the moon | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Struggling to get a phone signal at home on planet Earth? Perhaps you’ll have better luck on the moon.

Nokia has been selected by NASA to build the first cellular network on the moon, the Finnish company said on Monday, as the U.S. space agency plans for a future where humans return there and establish lunar settlements.

NASA aims to return humans to the moon by 2024 and dig in for a long-term presence there under its Artemis programme.

Nokia said the first wireless broadband communications system in space would be built on the lunar surface in late 2022, before humans make it back there.

It will partner with a Texas-based private space craft design company, Intuitive Machines, to deliver the equipment to the moon on their lunar lander. The network will configure itself and establish a 4G/LTE communications system on the moon, Nokia said, though the aim would be to eventually switch to 5G

The network will give astronauts voice and video communications capabilities, and allow telemetry and biometric data exchange, as well as the deployment and remote control of lunar rovers and other robotic devices, according to the company.

The network will be designed to withstand the extreme conditions of the launch and lunar landing, and to operate in space. It will have to be sent to the moon in an extremely compact form to meet the stringent size, weight and power constraints of space payloads.

Nokia said the network would be using 4G/LTE, in use worldwide for the last decade, instead of the latest 5G technology, because the former was a more known quantity with proven reliability. The company would also “pursue space applications of LTE’s successor technology, 5G”.

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Houston, we have a 4G license.

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Exotec raises $90 million to bring robotics and automation to more warehouses

Exotec raises $90 million to bring robotics and automation to more warehouses | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

French robotics startup Exotec has raised $90 million in a round of funding led by London-based VC firm 83North.

 

Founded out of Lille in 2015, Exotec develops autonomous industrial robots called Skypods that can move horizontally and vertically, and travel at speeds of up to 9mph. The robots constitute part of a “goods-to-person” picking system designed to improve productivity and reduce strain and physical exertion in human warehouse workers.

 

Ecommerce has boomed in 2020 due in large part to COVID-19, with online merchants seeing a 42% year-on-year increase in sales last month in the U.S. alone — data suggests that the global pandemic has led to an extra $107 billion in online sales since March. This surge in demand is good news for companies such as Exotec, which specialize in equipping large warehouses with the tools to pick and pack orders at scale.

 

The Skypod system comprises four core components. The battery-powered robots use laser scanners to detect obstacles, and can move horizontally along the ground and vertically, enabling them to reach goods stored high up. The storage racks themselves are also part of Exotec’s system, designed to house inventory at up to 32 feet high.

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Interestingly, Exotec differentiates from Kiva as it operates in 3D, and is deployed through a system approach.

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Huawei to Launch Smartphones Without Google Android

Huawei to Launch Smartphones Without Google Android | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Huawei Technologies will begin selling smartphones capable of running its self-designed operating system next year, as it seeks to keep its consumer business going without Google Android and other U.S. suppliers.
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Avoir son propre (design de) processeur semble indispensable pour les acteurs de la #Tech chinois et américains. Il semble que le système d'exploitation soit la prochaine étape.

A la table des négociations l'Europe serait-elle réduite à figurer au menu ? Thierry Breton nous sauvera-t-il ? L'open source est-elle une piste avec RISC-V International ou Open Compute Project Foundation ? Aurions-nous raté une marche depuis l'apparition d'un chapitre "Souveraineté" dans le rapport trop vite enterré de la Mission Lemoine ?

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eXotrail, leader de la propulsion électrique pour satellites, lève 11 M€

eXotrail, leader de la propulsion électrique pour satellites, lève 11 M€ | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Exotrail défie la gravité et s'affirme comme un leader français et européen du #NewSpace

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

A l'heure où on gémit parfois de notre #souveraineté technologique et numérique perdues (ou bien s'agit-il d'innocence ?), réjouissons-nous de l'écosystème de formation, de recherche, et d'investissement mis en place en 2011 avec le Secretary general for investment, le Groupe Caisse des Dépôtset sa filiale Bpifrance, et qui porte ses fruits : la souveraineté est aussi une souveraineté de compétences ...

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Sharing intelligence - Maximator, a 1976 European spy pact to rival the Five Eyes, comes to light

Sharing intelligence - Maximator, a 1976 European spy pact to rival the Five Eyes, comes to light | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A DANE, A Swede, a German and a Dutchman walk into a bar. It is 1979 and spooks from the four countries are conferring in Munich over dark and malty lagers. For years, they had co-operated in the business of signals intelligence, or SIGINT—intercepting messages and cracking codes—and wanted a name for their budding spy pact. “They looked at their glasses, filled with Doppelbock beer of the local brand Maximator,” writes Bart Jacobs, a Dutch computer-science professor, “and reached a decision”.

 

In a paper published last month, Mr Jacobs publicly revealed the existence of the Maximator alliance for the first time, to the considerable irritation of those who had kept it under wraps for decades. The group was formed in 1976, when Denmark joined forces with Germany and Sweden to intercept and decipher messages sent by satellites, a burgeoning method of communication. The Netherlands joined two years later, bringing its intercept stations in the Carribean to the table, and France in 1985. The group is alive and well today.

 

Maximator’s history is a fine illustration of the layers of chicanery involved in good cryptology. As well as plucking signals out of the ether, the group would swap details of weaknesses in cipher machines which encrypted diplomatic and military messages. Luckily for them, says Mr Jacobs, the companies that made those machines “were mostly controlled by Western intelligence organisations.” Crypto AG, a Swiss firm that dominated the global market, turns out to have been jointly owned by the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND. They would sell rigged machines to friends and enemies alike, including several NATO countries.

 
Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Depuis 1976, un pacte d'espionnage lie 5 pays européens, qui porte le nom d'une bière munichoise.

 

Un fascinant article de The Economist dévoilant ce pacte qui fut créé en réponse aux "Five Eyes" anglo-saxon

 

On y découvre les liens étranges entre le Suisse CryptoAG, fabriquant des "Enigma" modernes et deux de ses actionnaires curieux de déchiffrer les messages "à la source"

 

#Cryptographie #Espionnage #Renseignement #Souveraineté #CIA

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 27, 2020 1:58 AM

There is a European Five Eyes Raven and it is named after a German Beer

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Vivo’s next flagship has a giant gimbal-style camera lens

Vivo’s next flagship has a giant gimbal-style camera lens | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Vivo has started teasing its next flagship phone, the X50. A video posted to Weibo shows off the camera module, which includes a periscope telephoto, two normal-looking lenses, and one much larger module that is presumably for the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal, suggesting the key feature here is image stabilization.

One of the big inclusions in Vivo’s Apex 2020 concept phone, which we weren’t able to see in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was “gimbal-like” stabilization on a 48-megapixel camera. Vivo said the design was inspired by chameleons’ eyes and is 200 percent more effective than typical OIS, allowing for longer nighttime exposures and smoother video. It looks like the X50 will be the first commercial deployment of this idea; another teaser videotouts the camera’s low-light ability.

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The smartphone has recently and definitely morphed into a high end digital camera with phone capabilities. 16-135 mm focal lens in such a flat form factor is an achievement per se.

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 24, 2020 2:01 PM

Trying to pack a 16-135 mm lens into a smartphone is a real challenge. Adding optical stabilization thanks to a robotic gimbal takes the challenge way further.

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The mastermind of Google’s Pixel camera, Marc Levoy, quietly left the company in March

The mastermind of Google’s Pixel camera, Marc Levoy, quietly left the company in March | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two key Pixel execs, including the computer researcher who led the team that developed the computational photography powering the Pixel’s camera, have left Google in recent months, according to a new report from The Information. The executives who left are distinguished engineer Marc Levoy and former Pixel general manager Mario Queiroz.

 

Queiroz had apparently already moved off the Pixel team two months before the launch of the Pixel 4 into a role that reported directly to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. However, he left in January to join Palo Alto Networks, according to The Information and his LinkedIn. Levoy left Google in March, which is also reflected on his LinkedIn.

Philippe J DEWOSTs insight:

Optical Destabilization is underway at Google

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, May 14, 2020 3:44 AM

Optical Destabilization is underway at Google. I was lucky to meet Marc Levoy 10 yrs ago while I was running #imsense #eye-fidelity, impressive engineer, he will be a great loss.

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Telegram abandons $1.7 billion crypto project

Telegram abandons $1.7 billion crypto project | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In brief

  • Telegram has abandoned TON
  • The SEC delayed the launch of TON and Telegram had to give investors their money back.
  • It won’t support third-party efforts.
 

Telegram, the operator of the 400 million-strong messenger app, today announced that it has given up on its upcoming blockchain network, the Telegram Open Network, following a lengthy, protracted dispute with the SEC.

"Today is a sad day for us here at Telegram. We are announcing the discontinuation of our blockchain project.” wrote Pavel Durov, co-founder of Telegram, in a blog post. “Telegram’s active involvement with TON is over.”

 

Since October, the SEC has alleged that Telegram’s $1.7 billion ICO in 2018 for the cryptocurrency that powers the network, Grams, constituted an illegal securities offering.

Though Telegram denied the charges, the SEC secured one temporary injunction after another, delaying the launch of the network. Due to a clause in the purchasing agreement for Grams, Telegram promised it would return the tokens if the network didn’t launch by April 30. 

The network didn’t launch, so Telegram offered to return investors their money.

The project folded less than two weeks later. 

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Worlds Biggest ICO has just been canceled, with $1,7 Bn needing to be (partially) refunded

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The biggest ICO worldwide will finally not happen

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Stanford 3D computer graphics pioneer Pat Hanrahan wins $1M Turing Award

Stanford 3D computer graphics pioneer Pat Hanrahan wins $1M Turing Award | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

“The announcement came totally out of the blue and I am very proud to accept the Turing Award,” said Hanrahan, who is the Canon Professor in the School of Engineering and a professor of computer science and of electrical engineering at Stanford University. “It is a great honor, but I must give credit to a generation of computer graphics researchers and practitioners whose work and ideas influenced me over the years.”

Hanrahan splits the award and its $1 million prize with one-time mentor and colleague Edward “Ed” Catmull, former president of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios. The pair’s recognition marks only the second time that the award has been given for computer graphics.

“All of us at Stanford are tremendously proud of Pat and his accomplishments, and I am delighted that he and his colleague Ed Catmull are being recognized with the prestigious Turing Award,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “Pat has made pioneering contributions to the field of computer graphics. His work has had a profound impact on filmmaking and has created new artistic possibilities in film, video games, virtual reality and more.”

In the late-1980s, Hanrahan was chief architect at Pixar under Catmull, where he was principally responsible for creating the now-famous RenderMan Interface, the 3D animation application used to make such beloved films as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars and many more. RenderMan is still widely used today. Hanrahan is particularly proud of his work on RenderMan’s Shading Language, which brought dramatic, photorealistic lighting to computer animation for the first time. He has won three Academy Awards for technical achievement.

“Pat Hanrahan’s work is an extraordinary example of the kind of creative research for which Stanford Engineering is known,” said Jennifer Widom, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering and a colleague of Hanrahan’s in the departments of computer science and of electrical engineering. “His work on computer graphics and data visualization have transformed industries and fields, and I am thrilled he is receiving this recognition, which he so richly deserves.”

In a statement, ACM said Hanrahan and Catmull “fundamentally influenced the field of computer graphics through conceptual innovation and contributions to both software and hardware. Their work has had a revolutionary impact on filmmaking, leading to a new genre of entirely computer-animated feature films.”

Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, March 19, 2020 4:35 AM

Brilliant, in any meanings of the word