How Amazon's AI-powered store might work its magic

From InfoWorld: Amazon Go sounds like the ultimate retail experience: No checkout lines, no registers. Just walk in, grab what you want, and leave.

But what’s most eye-opening about the retail and cloud giant’s first foray into a brick-and-mortar presence is Amazon's claim that its “Just Walk Out” store is powered by “the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning.”

YouTube pays music industry $1 billion from ads

From CNET: YouTube, the music industry's enemy No. 1 earlier this year, said Tuesday it has paid more than $1 billion in advertising revenue to artists, labels and publishers in the last 12 months.

The milestone, released in a blog post by business chief Robert Kyncl, is a stab at mending fences by Google's giant video site. Or, at least, it's hoping convince some critics in the music industry that YouTube's massive amount of free, ad-supported music listening is a valuable complement to music subscriptions, the industry's main area of growth right now.

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube will share terror content info

From PC World: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google's YouTube have agreed to share with one another identifying digital information of violent terror content that they find on their platforms.

When they remove "violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images" from their platforms, the companies will include in a shared industry database the hashes, or unique digital fingerprints, of the content.

5G is here from AT&T, for one business customer

From CNET: AT&T said Monday it's offering a trial run of 5G service for a business customer, marking the first time the next-generation cellular network will be used in trials that involve a real customer. Intel will be the customer, using the 5G service in its Austin, Texas offices. The development marks another milestone in a heated race to bring 5G to regular users, even though the official protocols for the new network aren't expected to be finalized until 2020.

AWS looks to take the drudge work out of data analysis

From InfoWorld: Amazon Web Services is looking to make it easier, and more efficient, for enterprises to analyze their data in the cloud.

“Eighty percent of what we call analytics is not analytics at all but just hard work,” said Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon.com, speaking during a keynote speech this morning at the AWS re:Invent cloud conference in Las Vegas.

Google's new Trusted Contacts app puts safety first

From CNET: Google is trying to reinvent the emergency contact form for the smartphone era.

The search giant on Monday unveiled a new app called Trusted Contacts, which aims to keep you safe in dicey situations -- anything from a natural disaster to a walk home on a dark street.

Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus

From PC World: There’s a lot of excitement about Intel’s superfast Optane SSDs, but products won’t be on shelves this year as the chipmaker had earlier promised.

Intel is currently making Optane in a factory in China, and production will “ramp” up next year, said Stacy Smith, executive vice president of manufacturing, operations, and sales at Intel.

Airbnb drops legal fight with NYC over new rental law

From CNET: Airbnb has agreed to drop a lawsuit against New York City over a new law that will fine hosts for listing many common short-term rentals in the company's biggest US market.

The short-term home rental service said late Friday it had settled the lawsuit filed against the city two months ago. The lawsuit challenged legislation signed into law in October that imposes fines of as much as $7,500 on hosts in multi-unit buildings for listing rentals of less than 30 days.

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Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

"Dude, watch Descendants of the Sun," my friend texted me back in March of this year. "It is the most amazing drama ever. Doctor meets soldier. So romantic." Having absolutely no idea what Descendants of the Sun is, like any person in 2016, I pulled up Wikipedia to find out. As it turned out, it was a Korean drama. I kind of chuckled a bit, and told her I will look into it. The reality is it was just a polite way of saying I am not interested, because, frankly, I cannot imagine myself watching a Korean drama. However, there is no denying of my friend's insistence and enthusiasm ("It is the best drama ever", she said. "I watched it five times"), I decided to watch one episode just so I can tell her I have seen it. That said, being as picky as I am for video quality, I had to download it onto my local network using obviously legal means. 1.5GB later, I pulled it up on my computer connected to my TV in my living room, and began to watch. At the end of the hour, something hit me. I actually really liked the drama. After scrambling to obtain the remainder of the episodes, once again, I must emphasize by obviously legal means, I came to another realization: A decade ago, 24GB would have been enough to fill a significant chunk of any storage array. But today, storing 24GB on my network was really nothing at all, considering I have four Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB running in RAID 5. But we all know the demand for more storage does not stop here. With 4K videos topping 20GB per hour nowadays, depending on the compression quality, my 12TB of usable storage may not be as much as I think it is. To keep things available for many more Korean dramas to come, hard drive manufacturers are working hard to keep customers happy. Today, we will take a look at Seagate's IronWolf 10TB NAS HDD. 10TB capacity is epic. But how well will it perform? Read on to find out!

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