The Trump administration has issued a new 90-day extension allowing U.S. companies to continue doing business with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as U.S. regulators continue crafting rules on telecommunications firms that pose national security risks. After adding Huawei to an economic blacklist in May citing national security concerns, the U.S. Commerce Department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a series of 90-day license extensions that it says aim to minimize disruption for its customers, many of which operate networks in rural America. Reuters on Sunday reported the planned 90-day extension after the Trump administration initially planned a short-term two-week reprieve, but ran into bureaucratic issues and opted instead to issue another 90-day extension. "The Temporary General License extension will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would otherwise be left in the dark," said … [Read more...] about Huawei gets ’90-day’ lifeline from the US
(Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash) When sending rovers and robots to traverse rough terrain, from the surface of Mars to the bottom of the ocean, communicating with these devices from afar can be a dicey affair. One false move and million-dollar gadgets turn into bricks and valuable data is toast. Glendale, California-based Beyond Limits wants to make sure that never happens. Its software adds "human-like reasoning" to technology that solves complex problems in high-risk environments. As CEO AJ Abdallat explains, these "bio-inspired algorithms...imitate the functions of a human brain." After one year of exclusivity with BP, which also invested $20 million in the company, Beyond Limits has signed a $25 million contract with Xcell to build the world's first power plant guided by cognitive AI in West Africa. PCMag spoke with Abdallat ahead of his keynote at the at the Phi Science Institute AI Summit in Jordan. Here are edited and condensed excerpts of our conversation. PCMag: Beyond … [Read more...] about Beyond Limits Brings Space-Tested AI to Earth’s Harshest Terrains
Background: Sega hasn’t put out a successful home console is nearly three decades. The Sega Genesis did well against the Super Nintendo in the early 90s but add-ons like the Sega CD and the 32X came up short, as did the standalone Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast. The Game Gear doesn’t really count because it is a handheld and it was grossly outsold by the Nintendo Game Boy. Sega’s next global console release, its first in close to 20 years, could reverse the company’s misfortunes. Ironically enough, it’s a miniature version of the system that put Sega on the map in 1989, the Sega Genesis (known as the Mega Drive outside of North America). How odd – 30 years later and the two top contenders in a new category of mini consoles are the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, just as they were back in the day. Or at least that appears to be the trajectory we are currently on. The SNES Classic has already proven itself as the best-selling miniature console in … [Read more...] about Sega Genesis Mini review round-up: The best miniature console yet?
Back in April, Nintendo confirmed it was discontinuing the NES Classic Edition just six months after launch, disappointing the many fans who were unable to get hold of one. But the Japanese firm has just announced that the retro games machine will return to stores with new shipments arriving next summer. That’s not the only good news for Nintendo lovers; shipments for the NES classic’s successor - the upcoming Super NES Classic Edition – were due to stop at the end of the year, but huge demand for the console means it’ll continue to be shipped throughout 2018. Nintendo had said that NES classic edition shipments were ending “for this year,” revealing that its discontinuation was only temporary. “When manufacturing resumes, we will provide information at another time on this homepage,” the company said at the time. We now know that the 8-bit device will return sometime during “summer” 2018 in the US and Europe. We’re … [Read more...] about Nintendo will bring back the NES classic next summer
Nintendo on Thursday confirmed that it is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition just six months after launch. What makes the decision so incredibly baffling isn’t just Nintendo’s mismanagement of inventory but the fact that demand remains sky high. A representative for Nintendo told IGN that throughout April, [retailers in] North America will receive the last shipments of the NES Classic Edition "for this year" (a clue?). The rep acknowledged (and apologized for) the difficultly that many consumers have had in finding a system, suggesting that anyone interested in the system get with retail outlets regarding availability. The NES Classic Controller is also being discontinued. Nintendo added that the NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product but due to high demand, they did add extra shipments to the original plans. While I get the whole “limited edition” approach, I don’t have to agree with it (and you shouldn't … [Read more...] about Nintendo discontinues the NES Classic Edition, ensuring you’ll never get one