How Sony Is Fueling the Computer Vision Boom

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He didn’t know it at the time, but in 1990 Eric Fossum started a revolution. In the early ‘90s, NASA was firing rockets into orbit every other month. And to take images of outer space, each spacecraft was equipped with cameras.

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The problem was, these cameras were absolutely huge—roughly as big as a double-door fridge. Cameras used on spacecraft are similar to digital cameras, except they have to be a lot tougher. And they required tons of heavy wiring to work.

So NASA hired hotshot engineer Eric Fossum straight from Yale, and tasked him with miniaturizing NASA’s cameras. Within two years, Fossum created a “camera-on-a-chip”—a new type of image sensor that was smaller and consumed 100X less power.

Image sensors are tiny computer chips that essentially give cameras a set of “eyes.” They process light from the outside world and transform it

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Shareholders Of Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) Must Be Happy With Their 162% Total Return

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When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For instance, the price of Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) stock is up an impressive 137% over the last five years. On top of that, the share price is up 25% in about a quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 18% in 90 days).

Check out our latest analysis for Microchip Technology

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.


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70% users will access internet in their local languages by Dec 2020: WATConsult report

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WATConsult, the globally awarded hybrid digital agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) India, under its market research division –Recogn, has unveiled its latest report on ‘Digital, Diverse & Multilingual India’. The report maps digital content consumption patterns of Indian users across local and regional languages. It also shares an in-depth analysis of the users’ preferences inside the Indian demography. 

Over the past few years, internet usage behaviour has changed tremendously with more users accessing the internet in their respective languages. Also, whilst most Indians are well-versed in at least two languages, it is observed that they are more comfortable accessing information in their local dialects. Consequently, a variety of digital solutions along with mobile and internet applications have recently been introduced in several local languages to cater to such consumer demands. 

This report, therefore, brings afore the digital content consumption patterns of these users across categories such

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LSU will go cashless with concessions, merchandise in venues for 2020 athletic events | LSU

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The LSU athletic department has announced it will only accept credit card and mobile payments for merchandise and concessions this fall. It is the school’s second move this week to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus at events.

The decision to go cashless in 2020 comes a day after LSU announced it will use mobile ticketing for the football season, a move aimed to create contactless transactions at Tiger Stadium.

Within a news release Thursday, LSU announced fans at its athletic events will be able to purchase concessions and merchandise using all major credit cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay. Tiger Cash can only be used for concessions.

LSU said it is working on a prepaid card purchase option for people who don’t have one of the four payment types available.

“This is all about improving the fan experience and safety at our venues,” LSU senior associate athletic director Robert

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A Crowd of Predictable Businesses in an Unpredictable Industry

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According to research firm Gartner, the global Software-as-a-Service (referred to as “SaaS”) market has delivered a high-teens growth over the past four years, becoming one of the hottest segments within the software industry. The rapid adoption of the cloud-based licensing model is attributable to several benefits on the client’s side, including simplified budget planning, reduction in upfront investment and cost-saving. In terms of the SaaS provider itself, the management can focus more on the core business – software development – and is no longer required to manage offline distributions or hardware systems.

When it comes to investors, we think that the most value lies in the recurring cash flow resulting from the subscription sales, which provides some rare predictability in this highly uncertain tech world. In this regard, the retention rate (or churn rate) of subscribers is the key. We hope to see a high switching cost to lock customers

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Interview: TruKKer, the Uber of trucking world has big plans in Saudi Arabia

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He told how the idea for TruKKer — which recently completed one of the biggest early rounds of capital raising in the region with a $23 million funding from some of its biggest investors — first came to him.

“I was having dinner with a friend who works in fertilizer manufacture. He was very agitated because he was let down by a haulage firm for a delivery the following day. It ruined dinner, but we saw an opportunity,” he related.

Like Uber or Careem, TruKKer users can order their vehicle via an app under the slogan “any truck, any time, anywhere.”

Since it launched in 2016 as the region’s first technology-enabled truck aggregator, it has gained 12,000 drivers and trucks to keep the Middle East’s commercial lifelines moving, even in the trying circumstances of pandemic lockdowns and transport restrictions.

Biswas said he was “inspired” by similar tech-based haulage businesses in

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BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response provides practical guidance, expert opinion for decision makers

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Public and private policymakers are facing difficult questions about using digital tools and data for mitigating the global COVID-19 pandemic, and they are collaborating with the new BKC Policy Practice: Digital Pandemic Response program at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society to work through them. 

The Digital Pandemic Response team works with decision makers as they navigate this uncharted territory. Recently, for instance, members proposed steps governors should take to improve the current testing delays in the U.S. 

“Dealing with the pandemic is not just a medical issue, or a public health issue, or a technological issue. It’s a leadership issue,” said Jonathan Zittrain,  BKC co-founder and Faculty Director. “Many state and local government officials have been working diligently not only to respond locally, but to coordinate nationally. There are many gaps to fill and new institutional relationships to forge for that to happen.” 

Digital Pandemic Response is

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Florida man attempts to buy Rolex watches with a check printed from his home computer

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    WALTON COUNTY, FL (WALA) — A Wewahithcka man walked into a car dealership in Okaloosa County and left in a Porsche after paying with a check printed from his home computer, officials reported Thursday.

Officials say 42-year-old Casey William Kelley was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle and uttering a false banknote after it was reported to Walton County Sheriff’s Office that he attempted to purchase Rolex watches with a bad check.

During the investigation, it was determined Kelley had purchased a Porsche 911 Turbo from a Porsche dealership in Destin by using a fraudulent check written for $139,203.05 on Monday, July 27th. The Porsche was reported stolen to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the next day, Kelley presented a check in the amount of $61,521 dollars to the jeweler in Miramar Beach attempting to purchase

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What Investors Need To Know, In Real Time

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“Super Thursday” is here! On the same day that other Big Tech heavyweights chime in on their second calendar quarter results, Apple will release its own fiscal third quarter earnings report.

Expect Apple’s press release to hit the wires this Thursday, July 30, at around 4:30 p.m. EST. The earnings call is set to start at 5 p.m. EST, and will be broadcast on the company’s investor relations page.

The Apple Maven will follow all the action starting at 4 p.m. EST. But first, let’s do a quick recap of what’s to come, and what I will be paying close attention to today. 

(Otherwise, scroll straight down to the “Live Coverage Starts Here!” section for real time insights).

Previewing Apple’s Fiscal Third Quarter 2020

I have published a series of articles about Apple’s fiscal third quarter. Most recently, I released my final recap 12-minute video that you can watch on

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Dallas sports technology duo created a robotic quarterback. The NFL is catching on

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Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company.

While developing the world’s first robotic quarterback, Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti never anticipated their invention would be sidelined by a pandemic, virtually shutting down practice time.

They are finding that NFL players are using their technology as a way to practice at home while socially distancing.

Karlicic and Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company. After years of development, Monarc released “The Seeker,” a robotic training device with the capabilities of a quarterback.

The Seeker uses a tracking device to “throw” the football, creating realistic drills for wide receivers, Karlicic said.

Click here for a gallery of more photos of the device in action. 

“We say (robotic) quarterback because it allows people to train alone for the first time ever,” Karlicic said.

Current NFL players such as tight ends George

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