Detective Pikachu, the first live-action film inspired by the classic Nintendo game Pokémon, hits theaters on May 10. So it’s timely that a new paper has just appeared in Nature Human Behavior, concluding that people who avidly played the game as children have developed a unique cluster of brain cells devoted to recognizing the hundreds of different Pokémon species.
It’s well known that human beings are remarkably adept at visually recognizing faces, words, numbers, places, colors, and so forth thanks to a constellation of regions—small clusters of neurons about the size of a pea—in the temporal lobe, located just behind the ears. Those regions show up in the same place in most people, despite differences in age, sex, or race. There’s even a so-called “Jennifer Aniston neuron,” (aka the “grandmother cell”) discovered by a UCLA neuroscientist in 2005, whose primary purpose seems to be to recognize images of the famous actress. Similar neurons have also been found for other celebrities like Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, and Kobe Bryant…
A power outage fried hardware within one of Amazon Web Services’ data centers during America’s Labor Day weekend, causing some customer data to be lost.
When the power went out, and backup generators subsequently failed, some virtual server instances evaporated – and some cloud-hosted volumes were destroyed and had to be restored from backups, where possible, we’re told.
A Register reader today tipped us off that on Saturday morning, Amazon’s cloud biz started suffering a breakdown within its US-East-1 region.
Our tipster told us they had more than 1TB of data in Amazon’s cloud-hosted Elastic Block Store (EBS), which disappeared during the outage: they were told “the underlying hardware related to your EBS volume has failed, and the data associated with the volume is unrecoverable.” …
On October 13th, 2018, two men walked into a Great Midwest Bank in a suburban strip mall outside Milwaukee. They were the first two customers when the bank opened, barely recognizable behind sunglasses and heavy beards — but it soon became clear what they were after. One man jumped onto the teller counter and pulled out a handgun, throwing down a garbage bag for the tellers to fill with money. They left the bank at 9:09AM, just seven minutes after they entered, carrying the bag full of cash, three drawers from the vault and teller station, and the keys to the bank vault itself.
In the months since, police and federal agents have struggled to track down the bank robbers. Local media sent out pictures from the bank’s security cameras, but it produced no leads. Finally, police hit on a more aggressive strategy: ask Google to track down the bank robbers’ phones …
The MacBook Pro has combination USB-C and Thunderbolt ports. USB4 marries the two technologies.
USB4 is done, the group developing the next version of the immensely successful USB connector technology said Tuesday. USB4 doubles speeds compared to today’s fastest USB 3.2 by incorporating Intel’s speedy Thunderbolt technology that you already see on high-end laptops and peripherals. The USB Implementers Forum announced the completion of the technical specification Tuesday, a move that frees hardware and software engineers to get cracking building the actual products to support it.
- New York’s MTA is considering a public service announcement that would ask passengers not to remove Apple AirPods while getting on or off the subway.
- The MTA has seen an increase in AirPod rescues after people drop them on the tracks.
- Rescues can be dangerous and lead to train delays.
New York’s MTA is considering a public service announcement that would ask subway riders not to remove Apple AirPods while getting on or off the subway, according to The Wall Street Journal.
In the report, The Wall Street Journal quoted MTA maintenance supervisor Steven Dluginski, who said the MTA uses a “picker-upper thing” to rescue lost AirPods. But, given the summer heat and increased sweat, Dluginski said he has found an uptick in the number of AirPods that have fallen on the tracks…
The OpenPOWER Foundation recognizes how increased collaboration across the open source ecosystem will advance open hardware technology and accelerate opportunity.
Six years ago, IBM setup the OpenPOWER Foundation to widen the reach of their POWER technology. The goal from the start was to support Instruction Set Architecture and contributed Source Design Implementations required for data-driven HPC workloads like modelling and simulation, cloud services and also Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Today, with 350+ members, OpenPOWER focuses on both hardware and software technologies, providing industry specifications across the open ecosystem, helping members collaborate, as well as providing training and promotion of a POWER architecture. Under The Linux Foundation OpenPOWER’s efforts will increase the breadth and depth of data-driven architectures for developers across the industry and globe and execute on a standard open governance model.
So what exactly will this mean for the developers and engineers working within the stacks? With an open infrastructure from the hardware components to firmware to the operating system and the solutions running on top, developers can now access reviews and improvements to any element in the stack, at any time. Being able to engage globally with developers, engineers and decision makers will fundamentally shape the future of open hardware technologies and help enterprises see faster applications and cheaper cloud services.
This news is a huge deal. What’s so exciting is that it impacts the entire stack and it mirrors The Linux Foundation’s original mission – to bring open hardware, open standards and open code to developers. With this will come so much innovation from the top all the way down the stack and we’re excited to see how this will revolutionize experiences for customers in hybrid cloud architectures and AI environments.
Check out more details on the news from today’s keynote and our official release here: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/press-release/2019/08/the-linux-foundation-announces-new-open-hardware-technologies-and-collaboration/