By Bhanu Kapoor Is power-aware simulation-based verification necessary? This question has been frequently asked by the designers and becomes even more important in the context of potentially increased costs for simulation, with or without the recessionary environment. Those contending that it is not a must-have point to: –Power-managed designs were being done even when there was no power-aware simulation. The use of rule-based checking addressed most of power related issues and could be custom developed for a design methodology. –The use of power format brings in a new variable and associated design methodology challenges. –You could modify the design in a way to see the effects of power shutdowns in a regular simulation context. –You could modify the design library for simulation to include the effects of power shutdowns. For example, the simulation definition of an AND gate would also include the supply variable VCC and could model the AND gate … [Read more...] about Is Power-Aware Simulation A Must-Have?
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On Wednesday, DeepMind released a set of tools for researching and building artificial intelligence (AI) using StarCraft II as a learning environment. Blizzard first revealed DeepMind’s plans to use the popular sci-fi strategy game at the end of 2016, and said it was currently creating a rich application programming interface (API) just for training AI “agents” within the game.The new StarCraft II-based toolset includes Blizzard’s Machine Learning API, a data set containing game replays performed by up to 500,000 anonymous users, and an open-source version of DeepMind’s PySC2 toolset. The kit also includes mini-games for developers to test their AI for specific tasks, and a joint paper listing baseline results along with an outline of the environment.The lure of StarCraft II is that the game makes players really think. It’s all about strategy and defeating a single opponent by managing troops, resources, building equipment and bases, and … [Read more...] about Want to teach an AI to Zerg Rush? Blizzard and DeepMind have the tool for you
Boston-based cybersecurity company Cybereason has released a real-time ransomware detection and response program called RansomFree for consumers. The free software for Windows 7 to 10, the company claims, can spot most strains of ransomware before it starts encrypting files, alerting the user to take action.RansomFree uses “behavioral and proprietary deception techniques” to detect ransomware strains in action. Users receive a pop-up notification when ransomware has been found on their computer and is trying to encrypt files. The user can then decide to take action.“When ransomware is detected, RansomFree presents the user with a list of any files that may have been encrypted,” said Uri Sternfield, senior security researcher.“RansomFree relies on the common denominator of all ransomware, no matter their distribution or method of operation — they all need to search for target files on the local drives and encrypt them. By anticipating these common … [Read more...] about RansomFree by Cybereason is a free ransomware alert tool for Windows PCs
A desktop is a fine spot for browsing the world's spoken-word media, and the Chrome browser is a fine tool to do it with.This week's All Things Appy takes a look at the top must-have, free apps for the Chrome browser environment. We include some for Internet radio, some for podcasts and one for quickly grabbing a podcast feed.About the Ecosystem: Google's Chrome apps and extensions for its browser are obtained in the Chrome Web Store. Select a new tab in the browser, then choose the Chrome Web Store link in the lower right corner of the page. Use the on-page search box to find the app you'd like to use.Within Google's Chrome Web, apps are generally self-contained whereas extensions can provide pop-up functions or interact with the Web page.Stitcher has 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5 from 61 reviewers in the Chrome Web Store. The app has 19,386 users.This Stitcher Chrome app syncs with the mobile version and consequently provides seamless sources across devices without having to manage … [Read more...] about WHICH APPS DO I NEED? All Things Appy: Top 5 Chrome Tools for Podcasts and the Spoken Word
It’s Wednesday July 29th, the official launch day for Windows 10. The new operating system is a free upgrade for windows 7 and 8 users, but don’t expect to just start downloading and installing it right away. Microsoft is making this a hands off process, meaning most users will have to wait until the installation software has downloaded in the background to their device. If you don’t see the pop up notification, you may have to get your computer ready with a few updates to your current operating system. Here is a guide on how to get ready for Windows 10.Major record labels are threatening to pull their music from YouTube, claiming that the video site is one of the music industry’s worst distribution partners. Unnamed executives from Universal, Sony, and Warner say it pays creators very little revenue, and lacks transparency, which could force a major lock down of the content. While you shouldn’t expect labels to pull their artists’ music … [Read more...] about DT Daily: How long do I have to wait for Windows 10?
When it comes to showing others what you’re up to on your Windows or Mac computer, taking and sending screenshots is one route you can go. However, there are a multitude of feature-filled programs out there that do a much better job in this area.Using screencasting tools can be a great way to create comprehensive video tutorials, demonstrate how to use software and/or specific features, as well as live stream and share content. Most run relatively quickly, flawlessly recording whatever audio and video plays through your speakers and shows up on your monitor’s screen, respectively. Plus, they also offer additional functions that allow you to edit, transcribe, and export the video you broadcast as FLV, AVI, MOV, and other file types.Here’s our selection of the best screencasting and recording tools available for Windows, Mac OS X. This also includes web-based tools that users of either OS can take advantage of.Alternatively, feel free to check out our guides on how to … [Read more...] about Best screencasting programs for Windows and Mac
Keyloggers are designed to record each keystroke performed on the computers on which they are installed. Some keyloggers even automatically record which programs are running, and send information to whoever installed it without the user’s knowledge, creating a simple and discrete method for monitoring activity.Keep in mind that commercial keyloggers aren’t necessarily illegal, as long as you’re the owner of the computer on which the software is installed. You may encounter some moral, and possibly legal issues if you’re not.Here are our top picks for the best free keyloggers for Windows and Mac. Also, feel free to check out our favorite picks for the best parental control software, along with our step-by-step guide for blocking an unwanted website. Kidlogger (Windows/Mac OS X)As one of the most in-depth free keyloggers out there, Kidlogger does more than just provide parents with keystroke info. Kidlogger captures … [Read more...] about Typing trackers: the five best free keylogging tools for Windows and Mac
In this week's All Things Appy, we take a look at the five best, must-have free apps for communicating in Windows 8 and taking advantage of the tile-based layout that's native to the ecosystem.About the Platform: Windows apps can be found in the Windows 8 Store, which is available from within Windows 8. Click or touch the Start page's Store tile, and then search by placing your mouse pointer or finger in the bottom-right corner of the screen and choosing the Search charm's icon.Voxofon's app has an average rating of 3.7 stars out of a possible 5 with 233 ratings in the Windows 8 Store.Voxofon's Voice-over-Internet-Protocol app lets you text and call. It works by placing the call for you and then ringing your phone to complete the call. A bit convoluted, but great prices at 2.6 US cents for voice and 0.9 cents for texts in the U.S. and lower-than Google Voice rates for many overseas cellphones.The app provides free messaging when the other person is a Voxofon user too.Watch out for any … [Read more...] about WHICH APPS DO I NEED? All Things Appy: 5 Best Communication Apps for Windows 8
Xandros, which makes intuitive Linux solutions and tools to manage mixed environments, announced two new products that will make it easier for Windows systems administrators to manage Linux platforms in their IT environment.One is the Xandros BridgeWays Management Console for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The other is Opsi4xandros, an all-in-one solution developed jointly with Opsi.org, which provides Linux-based tools for maintaining Windows workstations.The two were announced at CeBIT 2008, being held in Hannover, Germany.The products will prove useful as Linux increasingly penetrates the enterprise, the company said."Generally speaking, people who administer Windows environments aren't as comfortable working at the text file level, which is more characteristic of Linux, and giving them a graphical interface to manage Linux is a huge win," open source expert Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica, told LinuxInsider. "It makes it easier for those organizations to adopt Linux."The Xandros … [Read more...] about Bridging the Linux Gap for Windows Admins