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Microsoft Boosts AI Startups With Competition

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Microsoft Boosts AI Startups With Competition

Microsoft Ventures, the venture fund of the Windows maker, announces a search for promising startups working in the field of artificial intelligence through a global competition, Innovate.AI.

Launched in collaboration with Madrona Ventures, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures Israel, the competition awards $1 million in funding and $500000 in Azure credits to one startup in three regions, namely N. America, EU and Israel. In addition, a 4th "AI for Good" prize consisting in $500000 in funding and $500000 in Azure Credits goes to the applicant that "best leverages AI to better society."

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Dell Invests in IoT

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Dell Invests in IoT

Dell sets sights on the Internet of Things (IoT) as it opens a division focusing on the technology, together with specific products, labs, partner programs and consumption models.

The Dell IoT Division is lead by VMware CTO Ray O'Farrell, and will tie together IoT developments from across the company. Over the next 3 years it will also receive a $1bn investment for the development of products, solutions, labs, partner programs and ecosystem. For instance, the company names "Project Nautilus" (a piece of Dell EMC software to handle the data streams from IoT gateways in real-time), "Project Fire" (a hyperconverged platform aimed at faster IoT rollouts with consistent infrastructure from edge to core to cloud) and "Project IRIS" (an RSA Labs development to extend security analytics capabilities to the IoT).

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

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Intel Unveils Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

Intel launches the 8th generation of Coffee Lake desktop processors-- a CPU family built using a 14nm process aimed at "content creators and overclockers who require premium performance."

The Coffee Lake family ranges from Core i3 to i7 and, in company firsts, includes a 6-core Core i5 desktop processor and the 4-core i3 desktop processor. For maximum performance Chipzilla offers unlocked "K" processors with per-core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery and updated Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Extreme Memory Profile.

In further performance enhancements, Intel promises 32% faster (when compared to the previous generation) 4K 360-degree video editing, or up to 65% faster editing compared to a 3-year old PC. All processors also support Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

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Avedon Buys VisionsConnected and Viju

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Avedon Buys VisionsConnected and Viju

Avedon Capital Partners creates a combined leading global visual communications company through the acquisition and merger of specialists VisionsConnected and Viju.

Financial details of the deal are not available.

According to the owner, the new combined company will be a specialist in the design, servicing and support of physical and virtual meeting room environments for customers with a need for videoconferencing, collaboration and AV solutions. It will have an HQ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will service customers in over 120 countries across EMEA, USA and APAC.

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And the Buyer of the Toshiba Memory Unit is...

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And the Buyer of the Toshiba Memory Unit is...

Toshiba appears to have decided on a buyer for its memory chip unit-- the consortium formed by Bain Capital and SK Hynix, together with some financial backing from Apple.

However, Reuters reports, Toshiba is still "not ruling out a deal with other bidders," making the lengthy process to sell the unit even more, well, lengthy. Reuters also says the decision to choose the Bain-led group comes after failure to bridge disagreements with the other main rival suitor, Western Digital.

“We are disappointed that Toshiba would take this action,” a WD statement reads. “Our goal has been — and remains — to reach a mutually beneficial outcome that satisfies the needs of Toshiba and its stakeholders.”

WD has complicated the sale of the deal, since it has a joint investment in a key Toshiba NAND production plant-- leading to a lawsuit from Toshiba over what it deems as interference.

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The HP AiO PC With Replaceable Parts

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The HP AiO PC With Replaceable Parts

HP adds an unusual feature to its latest All-in-One (AiO) PC-- the EliteOne 1000 features construction customers can open to replace storage, RAM, networking and even the display.

Most of the components making the EliteOne 1000 sit inside a wedge-shaped base one can open without a screwdriver. Thus, customers can easily repair it or replace parts. One has to keep in mind the processor or graphics card cannot be replaced, but the upgradeable networking might make it attractive for enterprise applications.

The AiO carries up to an Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core CPU, up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM (with two SODIMM slots), and storage options including hard drives, SSDs, and PCIe NVMe solid state storage. Ports include x2 USB-C, x4 USB-A, x1 HDMI, x1 DisplayPort in/out jacks, and x1 ethernet, and a webcam and IR sensor come integrated in the display.

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PCs Drive HP Q3 2017 Results

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PCs Drive HP Q3 2017 Results

HP beats Wall Street expectations as it reports Q3 2017 revenues of $13.1 billion, a 10% Y-o-Y increase. However profits are down, slipping from $783 million in Q3 2016 to $696m.

That said, the company remains bullish about the results, particularly since the Personal Systems business sees "incredible" 12% Y-o-Y growth, bringing in revenues of $8.4bn. Commercial revenues are up by 11%, while consumer revenues increase by 14%. In addition, the company reports total shipments are up by 7%, driven by a 12% increase in notebook shipments.

Desktop and workstation shipments are down by -3% Y-o-Y.

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