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Apple Plans To Launch an ‘All-New’ 16-inch MacBook Pro and 32-inch 6K Monitor This Year, Says Report

Apple is planning an “all-new” MacBook Pro design for this year, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said. From a report: The lineup is reportedly led by a model with a screen of between 16 and 16.5 inches, which would make it the biggest screen in a Mac notebook since the 17-inch models stopped being sold in 2012. Kuo says the lineup may also include a 13-inch model with support for 32GB of RAM; right now only the 15-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with that amount of memory.

[…] More interestingly, Kuo has the first credible details of the external monitor that will mark Apple’s return to the pro display market. It’s said to be a 31.6-inch 6K display with a “Mini LED-like backlight design.” Apple discontinued its last monitor, the Thunderbolt Display, back in 2016; right now the best option for owners of more modern Macs is the Apple-sanctioned but imperfect 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K.

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Banks praised for their internal cyber defence capabilities

With concerns over where the responsibility of attribution should lie. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

When Cyberattacks Pack a Physical Punch

Physical security goes hand in hand with cyberdefense. What happens when – as we see all too often – the physical side is overlooked? …read more

Source:: Threatpost

Facebook reportedly suspends Russia-backed pages targeting millennials – CNET

Pages on current affairs and history collected tens of millions of views in the past few months, CNN reports. …read more

Source:: CNet

Deep Learning May Need a New Programming Language That’s More Flexible Than Python, Facebook’s Chief AI Scientist Says

Deep learning may need a new programming language that’s more flexible and easier to work with than Python, Facebook AI Research director Yann LeCun said today. From an interview: It’s not yet clear if such a language is necessary, but the possibility runs against very entrenched desires from researchers and engineers, he said. LeCun has worked with neural networks since the 1980s. “There are several projects at Google, Facebook, and other places to kind of design such a compiled language that can be efficient for deep learning, but it’s not clear at all that the community will follow, because people just want to use Python,” LeCun said in a phone call with VentureBeat. “The question now is, is that a valid approach?” Further reading: Facebook joins Amazon and Google in AI chip race.

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Travelling The Oregon Trail With An Apple II Robot

For one reason or another, we’re going with a retro-futuristic 80s aesthetic in this case, [Mike] decided to turn an Apple IIe into a robot. If you have to ask why, you’ll never know, but this project does have some interesting things going for it. There’s a voice synthesizer, a brand spankin’ new power supply, and it rolls around on the floor thanks to Apple BASIC.

Since this is a mobile robot, there needs to be a power supply in there somewhere. The Apple II had a fantastic switching power supply, but it ran off mains voltage. To make this Apple run off a 14.8 V LiPO battery, [Mike] needed to re-engineer this power supply to give +5, +12, -5, and -12 Volts. The easiest is the positive voltage, and for that, he used a big ‘ol LM1084 linear regulator for the +5 V line. This outputs a ton of heat and probably isn’t the best solution, but it is a solution that works. The +12 line was again another linear regulator, an LM7812CV. Since this is dropping 14.8 V down to 12, the efficiency isn’t that bad, and since there’s no floppy drive it’s not pulling much current anyway. The negative voltages are a MAX764 / MAX765 inverting switching regulators. This completely replaces the original power supply in the Apple II, and is a decent reference design for anyone who wants to make a luggable Apple II laptop.

To move this thing around, the motors run on their own 11.1 V LiPO, with a bunch of Pololu gear tying everything together. The BASIC code was written on an emulator, transferred over with the Floppy Emu. Movement is controlled through the output pins on the joystick port, and there’s a text to speech module that was obviously needed and ties this project together wonderfully. You can check out the video demo of the build below.

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Source:: Hackaday

IBM to launch AI research center in Brazil

The facility will be the first Latin American institution of the AI Horizons Network and will receive a $20 million investment. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Facebook’s Yann LeCun says ‘internal activity’ proceeds on AI chips

Yann LeCun, the leader of Facebook’s AI Research unit, said the company is proceeding with internal activity on machine learning chips, though he is confident industry will come up with many new solutions to push forward processing of deep learning in specialized silicon. …read more

Source:: ZDNet

Netflix Cancels The Punisher and Jessica Jones, Ending its Marvel Shows

An anonymous reader shares a report: Netflix is officially no longer producing Marvel’s live-action shows. The streaming service has canceled both The Punisher and Jessica Jones, according to Deadline, with the latter’s third season set to debut as the last batch of Marvel live-action episodes on Netflix. “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning,” a Netflix representative told Deadline. Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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From the Oscars to Sundance, we’re obsessed with true stories – CNET

Documentaries and fictionalised drama expose hard truths from the Oscars to Sundance. …read more

Source:: CNet

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