We’re entering the AI twilight zone between narrow and general AI

With recent advances, the tech industry is leaving the confines of narrow artificial intelligence (AI) and entering a twilight zone, an ill-defined area between narrow and general AI. To date, all the capabilities attributed to machine learning and AI have been in the category of narrow AI. No matter how sophisticated – from insurance rating […]

Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale review — Culinary chaos in VR

Resolution Games, the creators of virtual reality experiences with millions of downloads, is launching its virtual reality game Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale today on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest VR headsets. The game has you building sandwiches for hungry animals in a kitchen with up to four line cooks. Despite the stress of the […]

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Says He’s Got Election Stuff Under Control

It’s the evening of November 3rd. Election Day 2020. The polls have closed, and in-person vote totals are being reported, but millions of mail-in ballots, which skew heavily Democratic, won’t be counted for days or weeks. Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, doesn’t care to wait for that to happen. He’s leading the in-person vote in the decisive […]

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 review — Skateboarding is gaming’s soulmate

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater never should’ve gone away. These are some of the defining games of the PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Xbox eras. And publisher Activision only had to put the franchise to bed because it so thoroughly pillaged its riches with annual releases and then a pair of careless attempts to revive it. Now, in […]

Fast and predictable performance with serverless compilation using Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed cloud data warehouse that makes it simple and cost-effective to analyze all your data using standard SQL and your existing business intelligence (BI) tools. Customers tell us that they want extremely fast query response times so they can make equally fast decisions. This post presents the recently launched, […]

GAO audit finds pervasive problems with U.S. airport facial recognition program

In partnership with airlines, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has employed facial recognition at major airports to verify travelers’ identities as part of its Biometric Entry-Exit Program. But while the agency purports to have taken steps to incorporate privacy principles, it hasn’t consistently provided information to passengers about how the program works. That’s according […]

Graphic: ASOS, AO World and Ocado winners as online sales surge during UK lockdown

By Elizabeth Howcroft LONDON (Reuters) – A rapid shift to online shopping in Britain due to COVID-19 has boosted retailers’ sales and share prices, even though footfall in high street shops remains well below pre-pandemic levels. The half-a-trillion dollar retail industry suffered a near-fatal blow in March, when the United Kingdom enforced a lockdown to […]

If only one iPhone 12 model has mmWave 5G, that’s fine — until 2022

I would love to tell you that buying a 5G smartphone will be simple this holiday season — that your late 2020 investment will have everything you need for the typical phone’s three-year lifespan. But as the iPhone 12 family launch is only a month away, it’s becoming clear that Apple will create two tiers […]

Survey: Early VSM adopters reaping benefits

In the software development industry, value stream management (VSM) is a relatively new concept. While it’s been used in physical manufacturing for decades, it’s application within software development poses unique challenges, in that the product is always changing and — in a more esoteric sense — software development is not linear. So it’s not surprising […]

Power data analytics, monitoring, and search use cases with the Open Distro for Elasticsearch SQL Engine on Amazon ES

Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES) is a popular choice for log analytics, search, real-time application monitoring, clickstream analysis, and more. One commonality among these use cases is the need to write and run queries to obtain search results at lightning speed. However, doing so requires expertise in the JSON-based Elasticsearch query domain-specific language (Query DSL). […]