Google said to be preparing its own chips for use in Pixel phones and Chromebooks

Google said to be preparing its own chips for use in Pixel phones and ChromebooksGoogle is reportedly on the verge of stepping up their hardware game in a way that follows the example set by Apple, with custom-designed silicon powering future smartphones. Axios reports that Google is readying its own in-house processors for use in future Pixel devices, including both phones and eventually Chromebooks, too.

Google’s efforts around its own first-party hardware have been somewhat of a mixed success, with some generations of Pixel smartphone earning high praise, including for its work around camera software and photo processing. But it has used standard Qualcomm processors to date, whereas Apple has long designed its own custom processor (the A-series) for its iPhone, providing the Mac-maker an edge when it comes to performance tailor-made for its OS and applications …

Ready, text, go: typing speeds on mobiles rival keyboard users


Global test finds those using two-thumb technique can hit a blistering 38 words per minute

Think of it as an upside to spending hours on a smartphone. Thanks to all that dextrous thumb work, people can now type nearly as fast on a screen as they can on a keyboard.

Researchers made the discovery during a study of typing skills in which more than 37,000 volunteers from 160 countries took a speed and accuracy test on their mobile phones.

People who tapped out messages with a single finger managed on average only 29 words per minute (wpm), but those who mastered the two-thumb technique hit a blistering 38wpm, only 25% slower than an average typer on a full-sized Qwerty keyboard.

‘No source code for evil’: Developers pressure Chef Software to cut ties with ICE

Chef developers and executives fought over the company’s contract with US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Faced with this, Chef Software’s management first resisted, but it has now given in to demands to start severing ties with ICE.

With thousands of immigrant children separated from their parents under President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has made many enemies. At the same time, software companies like Chef Software, the DevOps company, work with ICE. So, when open-source developer Seth Vargo discovered his open-source project, Chef Sugar, was being used by Chef, he pulled his code. And then he and Chef Software both discovered just how much Chef, the program, relied on his library…

Computer scientist Richard Stallman, who defended Jeffrey Epstein, resigns from MIT CSAIL and the Free Software Foundation

Computer scientist and open software advocate Richard Stallman said he has resigned from his position as a visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) after describing a victim of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein as “entirely willing” in emails sent to a department list. Stallman has also stepped down from his roles as president and board director at the Free Software Foundation, the nonprofit he founded in 1985.

Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Stallman had also called for the legalization of child pornography and abolishment of age of consent laws on his personal blog in multiple posts published over the course of 15 years.

In his MIT CSAIL resignation, also posted to his personal blog, Stallman wrote: “To the MIT Community, I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings.”

MIT has been under scrutiny for its ties to Epstein, whom a New Yorker investigation found had secured $7.5 million in donations for the MIT Media Lab, far more than what was previously disclosed. As a result, its director, Joi Ito, resigned last week and MIT ordered an investigation into the Media Lab’s ties to Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell last month while awaiting federal trial on sex trafficking charges…

オーストリア政観、9月26日に都内でワークショップ開催 : Travel Journal Online

 オーストリア政府観光局は9月26日、都内で旅行業界向けのスーパーワークショップを開催する。19年は日本オーストリア友好150周年にあたり、日本各地で特別展覧会やイベントが多数開催されている。オーストリアへの日本人客数(1~7月)も宿泊数12.9%増、到着数16.0%増と好調に推移している。ワークショップにはオーストリアの観光業界を代表する12社が来日し、来場者にはプレゼントなども用意されているという。

Brave Browser Announces Development of Crypto Wallet for ETH and BAT

Blockchain-based web browser Brave has unveiled a cryptocurrency wallet for Ethereum tokens that is currently in development.

Incompatible with Brave Rewards
Brave discussed their work so far in a blog post on Aug. 27. According to the announcement, the in-browser wallet supports Brave’s native ERC-20 Basic Attention Token (BAT), alongside other Ethereum-based tokens and collectibles and Ether (ETH) itself. Additionally, the wallet supports interaction with decentralized applications — also known as DApps — which reportedly makes Brave a Web3 browser.

However, the wallet cannot interact with Brave Rewards. This means that users cannot transfer any BAT between Brave Rewards and Crypto Wallets — the name of Brave’s wallet in development. Users are currently responsible for managing keys themselves, and Brave recommends that users “stick to small amounts and keep regular backups” if they want to try out the trial version of Crypto Wallets.

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Edge Computing

あらゆるモノやコトがインターネットにつながるIoT(Internet of Things)時代が到来し、膨大なデータ量が流通することで、従来のクラウドコンピューティングでデータを集約・処理するだけではなく、利用者に近いエリアのエッジ側でデータを処理する「エッジコンピューティング」に注目が集まっている。では、エッジコンピューティングは我々にどのようなメリットをもたらすのだろうか。その背景を紐解いてみよう。

エッジコンピューティングとは何か?

 エッジコンピューティングとは、利用者のスマートフォンなどのインターネットにつながるIoT機器において情報を処理したり、利用者に近いエリアのネットワークにサーバを分散配置して処理を行ったりするコンピューティングモデルである。

 米調査会社のガートナーでは、エッジコンピューティングについて、「データの生成元、または、その近くでのデータ処理を容易にするソリューション」と定義している。

 クラウドコンピューティングが、サーバを集約して集中して処理する集中処理型に対して、エッジコンピューティングは、ネットワークにおける端末機器において情報を処理したり、ネットワークにサーバを分散配置して処理を行ったりする分散処理型となる。

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AWSが大規模障害から復旧、原因は冷却装置の故障

 米アマゾン ウェブ サービス(Amazon Web Services)は2019年8月23日昼ごろからクラウドサービス「Amazon Web Services(AWS)」の東京リージョンで発生した大規模障害に関して、同日午後10時19分付けでリレーショナルデータベースサービス「Amazon RDS」を復旧させたとのコメントを発表した。それに先立って同日午後6時39分に仮想マシン「EC2」の大部分を復旧させたとのコメントを出しており、今回の大規模障害への対応をほぼ終えた。

 AWSによると、大規模障害は東京リージョンを構成する4つのアベイラビリティーゾーン(独立性の高いデータセンター群)のうち1つで発生した。仮想マシン(EC2)の障害やディスクの性能低下、リレーショナルデータベース(RDS)の接続性の問題が起きたという。これによりユニクロ、楽天、PayPay、東急ハンズなどAWSを利用する多数の企業がシステムトラブルに見舞われた。

Scientists can now manipulate brain cells using smartphone

A team of scientists in Korea and the United States have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone.

Researchers, publishing in Nature Biomedical Engineering, believe the device can speed up efforts to uncover brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression, and pain.

The device, using Lego-like replaceable drug cartridges and powerful bluetooth low-energy, can target specific neurons of interest using drug and light for prolonged periods.

“The wireless neural device enables chronic chemical and optical neuromodulation that has never been achieved before,” said lead author Raza Qazi, a researcher with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and University of Colorado Boulder …