Nvidia introduces its eighth-generation ‘Turing’ design, but not in gaming cards

nvidia reveals turing gpu design for quadro rtx card

Nvidia introduced its latest graphics chip design, called “Turing,” during the SIGGRAPH 2018 conference. Rumored to be the foundation of Nvidia’s next family of GeForce cards for gamers, the company instead showcased its new eighth-generation design in Quadro RTX-branded cards for professionals: the Quadro RTX 8000, the RTX 6000 and the RTX 5000.

The new GPU architecture introduces RT Cores designed to accelerate ray tracing, a technique in graphics rendering that traces the path of light in the scene so that objects are shaded correctly, light reflects naturally, and shadows fall in their correct locations. Typically this job requires huge amounts of computational power for each frame, taking lots of time to render a photorealistic scene. But Nvidia promises real-time ray tracing, meaning there’s no wait time for the cores to render the lighting of each frame.

For PC gaming, that’s a dramatic leap in visual fidelity. The current rendering method requires a technique called rasterization, which converts the 3D scene into 2D data that’s accepted by the connected monitor. To re-create the 3D environment, the program uses “shaders” to handle the different levels of light, darkness, and color.

“The Turing architecture dramatically improves raster performance over the previous Pascal generation with an enhanced graphics pipeline and new programmable shading technologies,” the company says. “These technologies include variable-rate shading, texture-space shading, and multi-view rendering, which provide for more fluid interactivity with large models and scenes and improved VR experiences.”

According to Nvidia, Turing is the next big leap since the introduction of CUDA. If you’re not familiar with CUDA, graphics cards and discrete GPUs once merely accelerated games for better visual fidelity. But in 2006, Nvidia introduced the integrated CUDA platform that allows its chips to handle general computing as well. In essence, it can work in parallel with a PC’s main processor to handle larger loads at a faster pace. As Nvidia states, Turing promises to be another transition point in computing.

In addition to the RT Cores dedicated to ray tracing, Turing also relies on Tensor Cores to accelerate artificial intelligence. This will accelerate video re-timing, resolution scaling and more for creating “applications with powerful new capabilities.” Turing also includes a new streaming multiprocessor architecture capable of 16 trillion floating point operations along with 16 trillion integer operations each second.

The new Quadro RTX 8000 consists of 4,608 CUDA cores and 576 Tensor cores capable of rendering 10 GigaRays per second, which is a measurement of how many rays can be rendered per pixel each second at a specific frame rate. The card also includes 48GB of onboard memory but capable of using 96GB through NVLink.

Meanwhile, the RTX 6000 is similar save for the memory: 24GB of onboard memory and 48GB through NVLink. The RTX 5000 consists of 3,072 cores, 384 Tensor cores and 16GB of onboard memory (32GB via NVLink). It’s capable of six GigaRays per second.

Companies already on the Quadro RTX bandwagon include Adobe, Autodesk, Dell, Epic Games, HP, Lenovo, Pixar and more.

For gamers, Nvidia’s next big Turing-based reveal is expected to be the GeForce RTX 2080 — not the previously rumored GTX 1180 — during its pre-show Gamescom press event on the 20th of August. Clever.

Samsung rebrands Gear app as ‘Galaxy Wearables,’ now supports Android 9.0 Pie

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In early August, Digital Trend reported that Samsung Gear owners were experiencing issues pairing their Gear S3 with their smartphone after downloading Android 9.o Pie. Since then, Samsung has responded with a solution. First spotted by Android Central, the company has officially rolled out an update for its Gear wearables.

Samsung was aware of the problem Gear S3 users were having — a spokesperson had even responded to related comments in Play Store reviews. The company made it clear that an update would be released for Android Pie as soon as possible.

The fix is part of the v2.2.21.18080361 update, and can be downloaded via the Google Play Store. Users will notice that in addition to releasing an update, the company also rebranded its Samsung Gear app to Galaxy Wearable — which is more in line with Galaxy Watch branding. For those who already have the app, make sure you’ve updated it to the latest version.

According to a thread on Reddit, one user wasn’t running into any issues until they tried to pair and use their Samsung Gear S3 with a Pixel after upgrading to Android Pie. Apparently, the Samsung Gear app will not connect to the wearable once the phone is running the new OS.

While attention was drawn to the issue the same day as Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in Brooklyn, New York, one of our readers, known as “techiekeki,” pointed out the connectivity problems have existed for a while now. According to a thread on XDA-Developer’s forum, a user who goes by the name “skersh” reported the problem on July 7 after signing up for the Android P beta program.

A user on Reddit experienced the same issue — explaining that there weren’t any issues with the Gear S3 until after having upgraded to Android Pie. The Samsung Gear app wouldn’t connect to the wearable once the phone was running the new OS.

The app would open and begin to load, but would then crash a little while later. Even if your device was already connected prior to the update, Android P reportedly broke the connection.

Google launched Android 9.0 Pie on August 9. For now, the new operating system is only available on the Pixel, Pixel 2, and the Essential Phone, but will be released on additional devices in the near future. The OS comes with a slew of new features from improvements to Do Not Disturb to new gesture features, and more.

In addition to products like the Galaxy Note 9, Wireless Charger Duo, and more, Samsung also announced its Galaxy Watch at the event. The new smartwatch happens to be the successor to the Gear S3 and Gear Sport.

Updated August 14: Samsung rolls out a fix for its Gear wearables. 

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These Treblab earbuds could give the Apple AirPods some competition — and they’re 55% off

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You’ve got to hand it to Apple. Despite not being the first company to introduce truly wireless listening, the release of the AirPods prompted a massive wave of Bluetooth earphones in the market and led legions of people to cut the cord. They also normalized the once stigmatized wireless Bluetooth “look.” You know, where people look like they have Q-tips sticking straight out of their ears.

But not everyone has an extra $159 lying around to spend on earphones. Some of us have like, bills to pay. Fortunately, the AirPods aren’t the be-all and end-all of wireless tech. The Treblab X2 True Wireless Earbuds are a suitable — some may even say better — alternative.

After spending years on research and development, Treblab has come up with the X2: revolutionary Bluetooth audio that doesn’t compromise on sound quality, connectivity, or ergonomics. Slip them on and relish in the unparalleled sonics. And unlike most wireless earphones, these are designed for perfect Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity to eliminate crackling and popping noises. Plus, the CVC 6.0 noise cancellation allows you to enjoy your favorite tunes without the distraction of workplace chatter or the wailing toddler seated next to you on the plane.

The X2 also lets you connect to multiple devices, so you don’t have to constantly unpair and repair every time you switch gadgets. Plus, these babies last up to 10 hours on a single charge (the AirPods only last five) and take only two hours to power up.

Get these elite earphones now in your choice of color — white or black — for $66.99 — which is 55% off the usual price of $149.97. Upon purchase, you get three different sizes of ear tips to ensure a custom fit. 

Alphabet invests $375 million in Oscar Health

Google parent Alphabet has invested $375 million in next-gen health insurance company, Oscar Health. Google has been a longtime supporter of the six-year-old New York company, having previously invested in Oscar through its Capital G investment wing and Verily health and life sciences research wing.

Alphabet has invested in Oscar over many years and has seen the company and its team up close. We’re thrilled to invest further to help Oscar in its next phase of growth,” an Alphabet spokesperson told TechCrunch.

That $165 million round raised back in March valued the health startup at around $3 billion. The new round maintains a similar valuation, while giving Alphabet a 10 percent share in Oscar. The deal also has longtime Google employee and former CEO Salar Kamangar joining Oscar’s board.

Oscar co-founder and CEO Mario Schlosser announced the news in an interview with Wired, telling the site, “We can hire more engineers, we can hire more data scientists, more product designers, more smart clinicians who can think about health care a different way. It’s the acceleration of that product roadmap that fascinates us the most. The second, more tangible piece, is that we’re launching new product lines.”

Part of that product expansion includes getting into Medicare Advantage in 2020, which is a deviation from the current offerings in the individual and employer insurance markets. Oscar started out by offering insurance for individuals, growing rapidly during the launch of the Affordable Care Act and then rolling into small business offerings with its product Oscar for Business. Medicare represents a new vertical for the company, adding to its existing focus on both the individual and employer insurance markets.

“Oscar will accelerate the pursuit of its mission: to make our health care system work for consumers,” Schlosser said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. “We will continue to build a member experience that lowers costs and improves care, and to bring Oscar to more people — deepening our expansion into the individual and small business markets while entering a new business segment, Medicare Advantage, in 2020.”

Sprint and LG will release a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019

Sprint has announced that it will work with LG to release a 5G smartphone for Sprint’s nascent next-gen network sometime in the first half of 2019.

There are no concrete details for the device other than the vague release date and the fact that LG will be making it. But since the company plans to launch its 5G network (at least in part) in 2019, it makes sense that it would put deals in place for the devices that will support it when it rolls out.

Sprint’s press release highlights its use of Massive MIMO technology as part of the 5G strategy that the new, unnamed LG phone will support. It’s something that the company is already building out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC as a precursor to 5G. There’s no mention of other technologies, like mmWave frequencies, although the technology does exist to build support for that into a smartphone, too.

Sprint isn’t the only network starting to lay the groundwork for 5G, either. Motorola has already promised a 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 that will support Verizon’s next-gen network sometime in 2019 as well.

This bipedal robot has a flying head

Making a bipedal robot is hard. You have to make sure maintain exquisite balance at all times and, even with the amazing things Atlas can do, there is still a chance that your crazy robot will fall over and bop its electronic head. But what if that head is a quadcopter?

University of Tokyo have done just that with their wild Aerial-Biped. The robot isn’t completely bipedal but it’s designed instead to act like a bipedal robot without the tricky issue of being truly bipedal. Think of the these legs as more a sort of fun bit of puppetry that mimics walking but doesn’t really walk.

“The goal is to develop a robot that has the ability to display the appearance of bipedal walking with dynamic mobility, and to provide a new visual experience. The robot enables walking motion with very slender legs like those of a flamingo without impairing dynamic mobility. This approach enables casual users to choreograph biped robot walking without expertise. In addition, it is much cheaper compared to a conventional bipedal walking robot,” the team told IEEE.

The robot is similar to the bizaree-looking Ballu, a blimp robot with a floating head and spindly legs. The new robot learned how to walk convincingly through machine learning, a feat that gives it a realistic gait even though it is really an aerial system. It’s definitely a clever little project and could be interesting at a theme park or in an environment where a massive bipedal robot falling over on someone might be discouraged.

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Tinder founders sue parent companies Match and IAC for at least $2B

A group of Tinder founders and executives has filed a lawsuit against parent company Match Group and its controlling shareholder IAC.

The plaintiffs in the suit include Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, Justin Mateen and Jonathan Badeen — Badeen still works at Tinder, as do plaintiffs James Kim (the company’s vice president of finance) and Rosette Pambakian (its vice president of marketing and communications).

We’ve reached out to IAC for comment, as well as Pambakian, who’s served as our main contact at Tinder. We’ll update the post if we hear back.

The suit alleges that IAC and Match Group manipulated financial data in order to create “a fake lowball valuation” (to quote the plaintiffs’ press release), then stripped Rad, Mateen, Badeen and others of their stock options. It points to the removal of Rad as CEO, as well as other management changes, as moves designed “to allow Defendants to control the valuation of Tinder and deprive Tinder optionholders of their right to participate in the company’s future success.”

The lawsuit also alleges that Greg Blatt, the Match CEO who became CEO of Tinder as well, groped and sexually harassed Pambakian at the company’s 2016 holiday party, supposedly leading the company to “whitewash” his actions long enough for him to complete the valuation of Tinder and its merger with Match Group, then announce his departure.

In response, the plaintiffs are asking for “compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at trial, but not less than $2,000,000,000.”

“We were always concerned about IAC’s reputation for ignoring their contractual commitments and acting like the rules don’t apply to them,” Rad said in the release. “But we never imagined the lengths they would go to cheat all the people who built Tinder. The Tinder team — especially the plaintiffs who are currently senior leaders at the company — have shown tremendous strength in exposing IAC/Match’s systematic violation of employees’ rights.”

As-filed complaint.pdf by TechCrunch on Scribd

Uber hires NSA veteran to head up its security team

Matt Olsen, the former general counsel of the National Security Agency and director of the National Counterterrorism Center, has been selected to head up Uber’s troubled security team, the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced on Tuesday.

Olsen was hired to replace Uber’s chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, who was removed in the wake of revelations regarding a massive data breach that exposed personal information belonging to tens of millions of drivers and customers. Olsen’s official title will be “chief trust and security officer,” according to Khosrowshahi.

Olsen was first brought on by Uber to handle the fallout from the cyberattack, which occurred in October 2016 but was covered up by the company until November 2017. Olsen was most recently the president and chief revenue officer at IronNet Cybersecurity, a consultancy he co-founded with Gen. Keith Alexander, the agency’s former director.

The 2016 breach exposed the private data of 57 million drivers and customers. Uber allegedly paid a 20-year-old hacker a $100,000 ransom to delete the data and not disclose what had happened to the media and public. Khosrowshahi called the coverup a “failure,” while noting it preceded his tenure as CEO.

Olsen is joining Uber at a time when its reputation is still fragile in the wake of multiple scandals over the last year and a half. He told The New York Times that his top priorities would be to unify the company’s security team, which is split between groups focused on online threats and real-world threats against riders and drivers, and increasing transparency.

“I think they understand the need to be transparent and ethical, and vigilant in complying not just with the laws and regulations that apply, but the norms and standards that Uber customers and stakeholders expect of the company,” Olsen told the Times.

Farsight Security COO Alexa Raad: ‘Be Your Own Champion’

Alexa Raad is chief operating officer of Farsight Security, based in San Mateo, California. Farsight Security is a provider of real-time actionable Internet threat intelligence solutions.

In this exclusive interview, Raad discusses methods of curbing cybercrime by tracking bad actors through the trails they leave in the domain name system. She also offers some encouraging advice to women and girls interested in breaking into the cybersecurity field.

Farsight Security COO Alexa Raad

Alexa Raad

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TechNewsWorld: What is Farsight Security’s mission?

Alexa Raad: We believe that everyone is entitled to a safer Internet, and so everything we do starts out with that mission in mind. What we do is provide Internet defenders with very valuable data that they can use to get some context around nefarious acts.

As an example, if you think about Internet threats like phishing and botnets and malware — all of those start with a DNS — a domain name system. And so every kind of nefarious act leaves footprints and fingerprints in the DNS. That’s something that cannot be faked. We provide information that is contextual.

To give an example, a lot of the new domain names that are registered are typically registered with bad intent, meaning criminals are going to use them to commit some sort of act, like phishing attacks, etc. When a domain name is registered, it’s fine, but when traffic starts going to those sites, it becomes much more dangerous.

When people start actually going to a phishing site, it raises the threat level. We have a global sensor network that picks up these resolutions. We collect this data, but without any personally-identifiable information, which is important.

That information allows people to see what’s actually got some traction, and we also add additional information for guilt by association. If a phishing site is actually hosted where there are lots of other bad actors or bad sites, that provides you with some context. You start to follow that and get a better picture of that attack than you would otherwise.

We provide real-time and historical information, and both are contextual. The real-time data is important, because you have to fight these battles in near real time. The historical information is important because you want to know if this was the first time we ever saw this URL or domain name. A lot of these patterns repeat themselves. It is unlikely that a site was bad six months ago and all of a sudden it’s reformed. Having that contextual information is important.

TNW: Why do you have a passion for cybersecurity? Why do you think it’s an important and vital field?

Raad: I believe in the mission of cybersecurity. I want to leave our kids with a safer Internet. The Internet is such a utility — we all rely on it, and we have to have some modicum of expectation that the Internet is safe.

The DNS is a fabric that’s equalizing. Regardless of where you are on the Internet, you have a voice. We’re learning that if Internet is not taken care of, there will be unintended consequences.

TNW: What are some of the key cybersecurity issues today? What are some prevalent or common problems that we face?

Raad: There’s an increasing number of attacks with the Internet of things. The number of Internet-enabled devices is increasing, and all of these connected devices provide vectors for cybersecurity attacks. The race is on for cheaper devices, but the race isn’t necessarily on to create more secure devices.

TNW: What advice would you give to girls and women wanting to get into the cybersecurity field?

Raad: It’s the ideal field for women. To be really good in cybersecurity, you have to have an inquisitive mind, be a problem-solver, and see things holistically.

For a problem that’s complex, you need to think holistically, you can’t compartmentalize. You have to think, how would a criminal look at your DNS architecture? Women tend to think holistically, and if you do, you will excel in this field.

The other piece of advice I would give is that you have got to be your own champion. Don’t wait for anyone to propose something to you or to give you the promotion that you deserve. You have to speak up. You have to be your own advocate, and you have to lay out the business case.

If you want to be promoted, for instance, you have to say, this is what I’ve done, this is what I’ve accomplished, this is what I can do more of, and this is why it’s in your own best interest to promote me. There is an imbalance in the number of women in power, and it’s also at the executive level. Very few women are CEOs or in the c-suite or on the board, and there is a lot that women can offer and do.

Whether it’s because companies recognize the need to hire more women or they have a policy to do so, the opportunities for women are there. The security industry is growing. There aren’t enough people to fill the jobs available, and a lot of them are high-paying, with good benefits. You just need to be your own champion.

TNW: What new cyberthreats are emerging, and how can businesses prepare themselves to face them?

Raad: You see a lot of ransomware. Just a few weeks ago I was at my dentist, and he told me that he had just been the victim of a ransomware attack, and he ended up paying it. You wouldn’t have thought he would be the victim of an attack like that, but someone in his organization had clicked on a link, and all of his patient records were frozen until he paid the ransom.

You will see more of this because it pays well, and it targets people who aren’t well-versed in security hygiene. We’ll see more and more of the security issues and attacks that come because of insecure devices like wearables and Internet-connected devices.

There isn’t an incentive for manufacturers to create more security. The economic incentive is more toward creating devices that are cheaper and more affordable than more security, but it really has to be both. It requires both better engineering and better policy.


Vivian Wagner has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. Her main areas of focus are technology, business, CRM, e-commerce, privacy, security, arts, culture and diversity. She has extensive experience reporting on business and technology for a variety
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If you want Apple Pencil support on the iPhone, 2018 could be your year

For the 2018 iPhones, it appears it will be all about the notch.
For the 2018 iPhones, it appears it will be all about the notch.

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The latest rumor about Apple‘s 2018 iPhones is that the lineup will have the first iPhone models to support the Apple Pencil. The precise pricing is also coming into better focus.

TrendForce, a market analysis company, is reporting the rumored “budget” LCD iPhone will cost around $699 with Face ID. The more feature-filled OLED models will supposedly start at $999 with better displays and hardware. 

This latest report reaffirms that this 6.1-inch LCD model will have an iPhone X-like design with a front-facing TrueDepth camera. It will also stick with two storage sizes that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer: 64GB or 256GB. TrendForce says this model will be Apple’s main phone for the masses and should help to compete with Android phones.

The predicted lineup shows that Apple is sticking with the iPhone X design language.

The predicted lineup shows that Apple is sticking with the iPhone X design language.

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With the OLED iPhones, Apple wants to pack more features in for the higher price. Apple is seemingly taking a page from the Note 9 with a 512GB storage option as well as 64GB and 256GB models. Of course, the OLED iPhones (said to be  5.8- and 6.5-inch) will also have the TrueDepth camera for Face ID — hopefully with a smaller notch. The larger OLED model will likely have dual-SIM card slots in select markets.

If you have been waiting for an iPhone to support the Apple Pencil, 2018 might be the year. Both OLED models should support it, but the Pencil, which is almost 7 inches long, might feel a little weird to use with the iPhone. (You’ll also have to endure constant teases of, “Hey, Samsung!”).

The new OLED phones would signal the end of the product cycle for 2017’s iPhone X. Discontinuing the previous model would be a new strategy for Apple, as that model typically sticks around as a more affordable option.

For now, keep the bets placed on three iPhones for 2018; a 6.1-inch LCD, a 5.8-inch OLED, and a 6.5-inch OLED, all with Face ID. However, guessing the naming strategy is an entirely different story.

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