NVIDIA's EGX supercomputer tech can crunch 1.6 terabytes a second

As an example, NVIDIA said Walmart deployed its EGX tech in its Levittown, NY retail lab to improve in-store shopping. It can apparently tell employees to retrieve shopping carts, restock produce and meat, open up checkout lanes and stock shelves. In that application, “Walmart is able to compute in real time more than 1.6 terabytes of data generated each second,” NVIDIA said.

Samsung is using the app to help it design and manufacture semiconductors, while BMW is crunching data from cameras and other sensors to automate vehicle inspection. NVIDIA offers a variety of apps for the product, including NVIDIA Metropolis, used by cities to streamline traffic and pedestrian flow, among other jobs. In another application, EGX can be used to speed up 5G radio network deployments while making them more flexible with new services like AR, VR and gaming.

None of this is very consumer friendly, but you could feel the effects of it when you go about your daily business. NVIDIA said it’s already being used by over 100 tech companies around the world.

Adobe is reportedly bringing Illustrator to the iPad in 2020

Last fall, Adobe announced that “real Photoshop” would be coming to the iPad sometime this year. We’re still waiting for that to happen — the app is in beta testing at the moment — but it seems Adobe is charging ahead with plans to bring more of its Creative Cloud software to Apple’s tablet, as Bloomberg now reports the next Adobe CC app for the iPad will be Illustrator.

According to the report, Adobe may preview Illustrator for iPad at its Adobe Max conference in early November and plans to launch the full version some time in 2020. The app is expected to “mirror” many features from the desktop version of Illustrator, Bloomberg says, which sounds a lot like what Adobe said it would be doing with Photoshop.

However, Photoshop for iPad may not be all that was promised when it finally launches, as last week, Bloomberg reported that betas of Photoshop for iPad are apparently missing some features and other key functions from the desktop version. Adobe’s Scott Belsky, chief product officer of the company’s Creative Cloud group, told the publication that Adobe would “expand the capabilities” of Photoshop on iPad over time.

Today, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber wrote that “multiple reliable sources” say Adobe is “genuinely all-in” on Photoshop for iPad and that the team plans to “add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule. So perhaps features missing at launch will show up in the app soon after, as Belsky promised.

Bloomberg reported last week that Adobe may provide an update on Photoshop for iPad at its Max conference, so we likely won’t have to wait much longer to learn more about Adobe’s plans.

Production of the iPhone SE 2 will begin in early 2020, report says

Rumors about a follow-up to the iPhone SE have been circulating for some time, and now we may have a few more details about the so-called “iPhone SE 2.” According to a report from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, the device will have an improved antenna design, and may go into production in early 2020.

The new antenna design is called a liquid crystal polymer antenna, and it’s aimed at offering a better signal — so hopefully the device won’t suffer from call-dropping issues. According to Kuo, Career Technologies and Murata Manufacturing will be supplying antennas for the new device starting in early 2020 — hinting at a release date for the phone.

Kuo has been able to provide other details about the phone in the past. For starters, he has said that the phone will look like the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor under that display. The device will reportedly also offer an Apple A13 Bionic processor, 3GB of RAM, and options for either 64GB and 128GB of storage. It reportedly won’t have 3D Touch, and will start at $399.

That the device will come with an A13 Bionic chip is pretty notable. While in some respects, the phone will be a little dated, when it comes to raw performance, it should offer just as much power as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. That helps ensure that it’ll last for years to come, which is important considering the fact that those buying the device may not be able to afford to buy a new phone every few years.

Of course, there are things we still don’t know about the upcoming phone, though not many. Perhaps the biggest question mark right now is what the phone will be called. Some rumors suggest that the device might be called the iPhone 8s or the iPhone 9. But Apple might simply stick with the iPhone SE branding and call the new device the iPhone SE 2.

The original iPhone SE was released in March 2016, and it’s possible we’ll see the follow-up around that time in 2020.

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Sunday Riley settles with FTC over fraudulent skincare reviews

The settlement unsurprisingly bars Sunday Riley from posting fake reviews, but also requires that it clearly identify endorsers (and their connections), and asks it to “instruct” staff on their own disclosure responsibilities.

Not everyone is pleased with the proposed settlement, however. The two dissenting FTC commissioners, Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, pointed out that Sunday Riley avoided both a fine and having to admit guilt. The cosmetics firm is really just being asked not to do it again. This “does little to address the epidemic of fake reviews online,” the commissioners said. They worried that other companies would continue posting fake reviews believing the FTC would only slap them on the wrist.

There is more substantial action coming from the FTC, at least. Devumi, the company that reportedly sold fake followers to stars, has agreed to settlement of its own. In addition to correcting behavior, the deal fines founder German Calas $250,000 with the threat of a total $2.5 million penalty if the FTC finds out that he misrepresented his financial situation. Fake online influence does prompt punishment — at the FTC — it’s just that the response could be considered inconsistent.

UPS and CVS plan to deliver prescriptions via drone

The courier firm already has some experience delivering medical products thanks to its WakeMed partnership, which sees it delivering medical samples across WakeMed’s campus. This is far more ambitious, of course. UPS would be flying over residential areas and deliver a much wider range of products.

There’s a strong incentive to move quickly. Wing’s deal could give FedEx an early edge in the fledgling courier drone space — this prevents a rival from gaining too much technological ground. CVS no doubt wants to counter Walgreens as well. And then there’s pure bragging rights. This positions both UPS and CVS as tech-savvy companies, even if it could take a long time before a robotic aircraft delivers your medication.

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’

India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing “unimaginable disruption” to democracy.

In a legal document filed with the country’s apex Supreme Court, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it would formulate the rules to regulate intermediaries by January 15, 2020.

In the legal filing, the government department said the internet had “emerged as a potent tool to cause unimaginable disruption to the democratic polity.” Oversight of intermediaries, the ministry said, would help in addressing the “ever growing threats to individual rights and nation’s integrity, sovereignty and security.”

The Indian government published a draft of guidelines for consultation late last year. The proposed rules, which revise the 2011 laws, identified any service — social media or otherwise — that have more than 5 million users as intermediaries.

Government officials said at the time that modern rules were needed, otherwise circulation of false information and other misuse of internet platforms would continue to flourish.

The Monday filing comes as a response to an ongoing case in India filed by Facebook to prevent the government from forcing WhatsApp to introduce a system that would enable revealing the source of messages exchanged on the popular instant messaging platform, which counts India as its biggest market with more than 400 million users.

Some have suggested that social media platforms should require their users in India to link their accounts with Aadhaar — a government-issued, 12-digit biometric ID. More than 1.2 billion people in India have been enrolled in the system.

Facebook executives have argued that meeting such demands would require breaking the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp users enjoy globally. The company executives have said that taking away the encryption would compromise the safety and privacy of its users. The Supreme Court will hear Facebook’s case on Tuesday.

India’s online population has ballooned in recent years. More than 600 million users in India are online today, according to industry estimates. The proliferation of low-cost Android handsets and access to low-cost mobile data in the nation have seen “more and more people in India become part of the internet and social media platforms.”

“On the one hand, technology has led to economic growth and societal development, on the other hand there has been an exponential rise in hate speech, fake news, public order, anti-national activities, defamatory postings, and other unlawful activities using Internet/social media platforms,” a lower court told the apex court earlier.

TikTok removed dozens of accounts that were posting ISIS propaganda

Video sharing app TikTok has reportedly removed around two dozen accounts from its platform after they posted extremist propaganda in the app, specifically promoting the work of ISIS.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the videos in question showed armed ISIS militants, dead bodies, and women who spoke in the videos claiming to be “jihadist and proud.” The posts were presumably made as a way to recruit additional followers and to bolster additional support for the organization.

The news comes just a week after the company’s owner, Bytedance, was accused by lawmakers of censoring content on the platform on the behalf of the Chinese government.

While TikTok’s terms of service prevent content being posted by criminal organizations, enforcing such rules can be hard to do.

According to The Journal, a number of the accounts had more than 1,000 followers on the Platform before TikTok’s monitors found them and were able to shut them down. While TikTok does employ a number of people who are responsible for monitoring content that has been added to the platform, in the case of these videos, those monitors were not fast enough.

ISIS content isn’t the only thing that has gotten TikTok in hot water in recent months. In July TikTok was also investigated by the U.K. government for how it collects, handles, and uses the personal information of children that are using the platform.

Lawmakers in the U.K. took issue specifically with the open messaging system on the platform that would allow adults to contact children. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had similar concerns that the platform was not getting the correct consent prior to allowing children under 13 to use it.

Even in the midst of these controversies, last month TikTok started testing a new reverse-image search feature in China that would allow you to search for videos using people’s faces as well as items like clothing or other products. For instance, you might look for other people wearing a shirt you like, our look for other videos uploaded with a person you enjoy.

TikTok will also offer e-commerce links in the case of products, so if you do find a shirt on the platform you like, you’ll be able to buy it.

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Google got wireless charging right on the Pixel 4

Google sort of botched wireless charging on the Pixel 3 last year. Only customers who bought the company’s own Pixel Stand accessory and a very small selection of third-party chargers were able to juice up the Pixel 3 at the fastest possible wireless charging speeds. Everyone else using their existing mats and charging stands were limited to a much slower 5-watt charge. But Google has righted this mistake with the Pixel 4.

According to Mishaal Rahman of XDADevelopers, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL support 11-watt wireless charging. This is confirmed on a page for the device at the Wireless Power Consortium, and has also been further verified through direct testing.

Any Qi-compatible charger that can output 11W or more should be able to recharge the Pixel 4 at that maximum power level — no Pixel Stand or expensive, made-for-Pixel certification required.

As Rahman notes, Google never mentioned or highlighted the Pixel 4’s ability to charge faster on a wider array of charging pads in the run-up to launch. Maybe the company just decided to quietly get rid of its weirdly strict approach and bring the new Pixel closer in line with other Android flagships that offer fast wireless charging. The Pixel 4 might strike some people as overpriced, but at least you can save on a charger if you’re sold on Google’s latest phone.

TikTok is the latest platform to pull ISIS propaganda videos

According to WSJ, the videos showed things like corpses being paraded through the streets, ISIS fighters and women who call themselves “jihadist and proud.” Some videos were set to catchy songs, and some used TikTok filters with stars and hearts. They were shared by nearly two dozen accounts.

The videos have been removed, and in a statement provided to Engadget, a TikTok spokesperson said:

“Content promoting terrorist organizations has absolutely no place on TikTok. We permanently ban any such accounts and associated devices as soon as identified, and we continuously develop ever-stronger controls to proactively detect suspicious activity. This is an industry-wide challenge complicated by bad actors who actively seek to circumvent protective measures, but we have a team dedicated to aggressively protecting against malicious behavior on TikTok.”

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have fought their own battles against terrorist content, and now that TikTok has become one of the most popular apps in the US, it will likely face similar challenges. The company has hired thousands of content moderators and its policies prohibit terrorist and criminal organizations from using the app. As we’ve seen on other platforms, keeping terrorist propaganda at bay requires constant and evolving vigilance.

Nike will drop exclusive, limited-edition sneakers inside ‘NBA 2K20’

So how, exactly, can you get access to these gems? Well, for starters, there’s going to be Nike MyPlayer Nation, a new mode that lets you pick your favorite team and play online against others in a mirrored version of the NBA’s 2019-2020 season game schedule. In it, depending on how well you play, you can start unlocking the ability to buy Nike’s Gamer Exclusives by reaching specified milestones — which will change throughout the NBA season. Nine of these GE models will be unlocked and redeemed that way in NBA 2K20 and, after you link your Nike and 2K memberships in the SNKRS app, you can buy them from there.

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Nike and NBA 2K20 are dropping the LeBron 17 “‘Bron 2K” on October 29th.

The remaining GE is a new color of LeBron James’ latest Nike signature shoes, dubbed the LeBron 17 ‘Bron 2K, which will drop in a different way than the others. For this particular design, Nike will be using its SNKRS Cam feature, one that will require you to have your smartphone ready, find a relevant graphic in the game and then scan it with the SNKRS app to unlock and buy a pair. But first, you’ll need to get your NBA 2K20 MyPlayer’s rating to 98 or 99 (higher than James’ 97), and then win a MyPlayer Nation game during the NBA season. From there, you’ll have to act fast: Even if you manage to access a GE, they will be only be available while supplies last.

If you recall, that SNKRS Cam experience is similar to when Nike launched an Air Jordan 1 in Fortnite, an idea that was created for both gamers and sneakerheads. This merging of digital and physical worlds to sell hyped sneakers is something that Nike has been experimenting with for the past couple of years, as it looks to technologies like augmented reality to offer something new for consumers. At the same time, these kind of drops can help the company fight bots, aka automated systems that resellers use to try to buy basically any product that’s launched in limited fashion.

Nike told Engadget the partnership with 2K Sports is only for this year’s game, NBA 2K20, although don’t be surprised to see its Gamer Exclusives come back in the future if they turn out to be popular. The MyPlayer Nation mode will be live on 2K20 starting October 22nd.