Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) has finally launched its DeepLens deep learning camera for all developers in the U.S. DeepLens, for the uninitiated, is a 4-megapixel (1080-pixel video) camera that sports 8GB of memory, a 2D microphone array, Intel Atom processor, and bunch of USB, micro SD, and micro HDMI ports. Running on Ubuntu, the camera is designed as an easy route for developers to build their own deep learning applications, with support for AWS Greengrass, the Gluon machine learning library, and the recently launched SageMaker, which helps developers deploy custom machine learning models. Above: DeepLens Ultimately, DeepLens is all about teaching the basics of deep learning, with example projects available and pre-trained computer vision models that can detect faces, objects, and dozens of activities such as guitar-playing and teeth-brushing. AWS first unveiled DeepLens last November, and it was originally scheduled to ship some time in April. … [Read more...] about Amazon’s $249 DeepLens deep learning camera goes on sale in the U.S.
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The Microsoft Lumia 640 launched in the U.S. today and is now available from Cricket for $129.99. That price is for the whole kit and kaboodle. The phone is expected to soon be available at AT&T and T-Mobile. With the handset now available in the states, Microsoft has produced a series of four 15 second ads for the device that not only feature the Lumia 640, but also star Windows Phone personal assistant Cortana.One ad shows how Cortana can give you a timely reminder so that you don't look foolish in front of investors looking to fund your start-up company. Another spot shows what could happen without Cortana giving a reminder to a forgetful husband. The virtual voice activated personal assistant can also make sure that there is cake for your kid's birthday party so that she doesn't have to blow out candles on an oven-cooked ham. Cortana says that she will nudge you about picking up a birthday cake when you go past any bakery. The last ad features a late arriving weatherman showing … [Read more...] about Microsoft Lumia 640 U.S. ads star Cortana
One of the first things we ever heard that put the NSA on the radar of anyone with a cell phone was that the government organization was collecting metadata from various wireless carriers, including records from U.S. citizens. There has been quite a lot more info to come out since then, and a lot of uproar about the overreaching of the NSA, but today President Obama has said that he is going to overhaul what happens. The president said today that the government will no longer collect American phone data, and that the current stores of information collected would be moved out of the government. It is unclear where the data will be housed though. Under the new directive, individual searches will be limited, and any governmental intelligence officials will need to obtain an order from a secret national-security court in order to search phone data. President Obama said: As far as non-American phone data, not much will change, except that there will no longer be any spying … [Read more...] about Obama ending U.S. phone data collection inside the government
By Megan Specia2015-01-01 14:42:59 UTC The flu has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. this season according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics released this week, show that the influenza virus outbreak reached the epidemic threshold during the week ending Dec. 20. See also: Study: Ginseng Extract Could Help Fight Off the Flu "At this time, all of CDC's influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated flu activity, indicating that we are in the midst of this season's flu epidemic," said Erin Burns of the CDC told USA Today. According to the CDC, a total of 15 influenza related pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014-2015 season across the U.S. The deaths were reported in nine different states: Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3), and Virginia (1). #Flu activity continues to increase in the U.S. and is high in about half of the country. More in http://t.co/dX279rigYg — CDC … [Read more...] about CDC: Flu has reached epidemic level, 15 child deaths in U.S.
U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death.The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine. The agency plans to target products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those marketed for children or for serious diseases.But under the government’s framework, the vast majority of low-risk products would remain on the market. Popular homeopathic brands include Zicam Allergy Relief and Cold-Eeze.Long regarded by scientists as a form of modern-day snake oil, homeopathic products are treated as drugs under law, but not supported by modern science. Most remedies contain heavily diluted drugs, vitamins and minerals.“People may be putting their trust and money in therapies that bring little or no … [Read more...] about U.S. Health Officials to Target High-Risk Alternative Remedies