Tech

StdLib just raised $2 million to connect businesses via APIs

 Keith Horwood wants to be known in tech circles as an agent for good, and he seems to be working toward that end with StdLib, his roughly two-year-old startup that abstracts away infrastructure using “serverless” architecture, allowing developers to write everything from simple functions to complex business logic, then deploy their code as scalable, fully­ documented web APIs. Read More

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Volvo and Autoliv aim to sell self-driving cars with Nvidia AI tech by 2021

 Volvo is forming a new joint partnership with Autoliv, called Zenuity, with a focus on developing self-driving automotive software. The plan is to eventually get to the point where they can field self-driving cars for sale, based on Nvidia’s Drive PX in-car AI computing platform, by the not-so-distant target year of 2021. That’s a tall order, but Nvidia’s Drive PX is… Read More

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Volvo will use NVIDIA’s supercomputer to power its self-driving cars in 2021 (NVDA)

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Nvidia announced its third automotive partnership this year as it looks to beat competitors like Intel in the race to power self-driving cars.

Nvidia will install its Drive PX supercomputer system in Volvo cars by 2021, Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang said during Automobil Elektronik Kongress, a conference in Germany, Monday night pacific time. The company also boasts partnerships with Audi, Baidu, Tesla, and Toyota.

The move further positions Nvidia to take on Intel, which is co-developing the autonomous drive platform for BMW. Intel bought autonomous-drive company Mobileye for $15.3 billion in March.

Nvidia came to prominence two decades ago as a supplier of 3D graphics processing chips for the video game industry.

But the company has slowly worked its way into the auto industry, first by powering the graphics for in-vehicle display systems, like Tesla’s massive 17-inch touchscreen. Nvidia is now considered a key player developing the “brains” of self-driving cars.

The Drive PX uses artificial intelligence to process massive amounts of data so self-driving cars can react to difficult driving scenarios in a fraction of a second.

“The ability for our systems to now be able to sense what’s going on around car, to interpret it, to understand it, and take action in a 30th of a second is what is enabling autonomous vehicles on the road today,” Danny Shapiro, Nvidia’s senior director of automotive, previously told Business Insider.

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Volvo has used Nvidia’s supercomputer for its Drive Me program — a 2017 trial that allows 100 people in Sweden to test self-driving, Volvo XC90 SUVs. Now Volvo will use the Drive PX in commercial vehicles in 2021.

Volvo is also working with Autoliv, a Swedish manufacturer of auto safety systems, to develop its autonomous driving platform.

Nvidia also announced partnerships with Audi and Toyota this year.

Tesla currently uses the Drive PX 2, Nvidia’s next-generation computing system, in its Model S and Model X vehicles.

The Drive PX 2, which will also power Tesla’s Model 3 when it launches in July, is the brain running Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. It will also power the self-driving capabilities in Tesla vehicles in the future.

German auto supplier ZF said at CES that it will run its ProAI self-driving system on Nvidia’s PX 2 platform in commercial vehicles in 2020.

“I think what’s significant about this announcement is we see a full range of self-driving systems driven from the Nvidia drive architecture,” Shapiro said on a Monday call with journalists. “The full power of Drive PX is being brought to bear across all segments of the autonomous vehicle market.”

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Travel

10 of the best narrow-gauge railway journeys in Britain

Hop aboard one of these fantastic British railway adventures – with the chance to see wildlife and wonderful scenery along the route

The Ffestiniog winds its way from Porthmadog through more than 13 miles of stunning countryside. Waterfalls cascade and streams froth down mossy rock sides. Swathes of deep green grass soar on one side while valleys dip spectacularly on the other, affording the chance to look down on treetops far below. Sharp bends in the line offer splendid views of the engine as it chugs onward and upward to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where there’s a chance to travel on an even smaller train into a former slate mine. The slate-waste landscape at the top of the line makes a fascinating contrast with the natural beauties below.
Adult rover ticket £24, one child under 16 travels free with each adult, under-3 free. Dogs and bicycles welcome, festrail.co.uk

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Entertainment

Luis Manzano Got Jessy Mendiola the Best Anniversary Gift

Take notes from Luis Manzano on how to make your anniversary superb. Over the weekend, he and Jessy Mendiola celebrated the special occasion. It seemed pretty run of the mill with the usual cheesy posts on their respective Instagram accounts. Happy Anniversary to you Wowow 🙂 thank you for leaving a smile on my face […]

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Architecture

Innovative weed pipe has a built-in cereal bowl. Whhhaaaaa?

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Smoking weed and eating cereal go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not do both at the same time?

Cannabis technology has boomed since recent legalization, but among the various
THC extraction processes and fancy vapes, there is a new bowl that can do something all others can’t: hold food like a food bowl.

Yes, some genius decided to combine a glass weed pipe, commonly called a bowl, with a food bowl, creating a very important mythical stoner invention. Here you have it: the Breakfast Bowl Wake ‘n’ Bake Pipe.

The pipe has been somewhat of an internet legend for many years, but wasn’t actually available to purchase anywhere, so creator Ryan Hart decided to make his own and sell it to the world for $89Read more…

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Architecture

LOOK: Beyoncè and Jay-Z Rent Out Luxe Home for the Twins

When you’re an international superstar who is constantly considered a deity, you seek refuge from giving birth to twins in a villa that costs $400,000 in monthly rental. That’s just how the world works. Apparently, Beyoncé along with Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, and the twins are currently calling the La Villa Contenta in Malibu their home. […]

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Business

3 big-name journalists leave CNN over retracted story

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Three CNN journalists have resigned after the network retracted a thinly sourced scoop. 

The story’s author, Thomas Frank; an editor in CNN’s new investigative unit, Eric Lichtblau; and head editor of the unit Lex Haris are no longer with the company as of Monday, a spokesperson confirmed.

The piece, which cited a single anonymous source, claimed a congressional committee was investigating a Russian investment fund’s ties to a former member of Donald Trump’s administration. 

A day after its publication, CNN scrubbed the story from its site and replaced it with an editor’s note. The network never reported the news on air. Read more…

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Entertainment

What is Tony Stark even wearing in those new ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ set photos?

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If you’ve ever seen Robert Downey Jr. in person, you know the man does not suffer a fool’s fashion gladly.

Always dashing, futuristic, cosmopolitan — chunky sunglasses you can sorta see through, structured collars and footwear that’s probably worth your salary — the real-life Tony Stark likes to dress like the on-screen Tony Stark. Which is to say, expensively.

So when photos from the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War went online Monday, we had questions. Something wasn’t quite right about this: Read more…

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Business

Hey glassholes: Apple just bought an eye-tracking company

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Apple’s attempts to hide the development of secret new products by using shell companies usually works, but some clever sleuthing by one site has revealed what may be a key component of Apple’s future with augmented reality

Documents have been uncovered by MacRumors that indicate Apple has quietly acquired eye-tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments. In addition to tracking down acquisition documents linked to Apple attorney Gene Levoff, the site also spoke to an anonymous tipster in contact with an Apple employee who confirmed the acquisition.  Read more…

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