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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Over the rolling, scrub-spotted hills of the Southern California coast, where defense contractors once tested rockets and lasers for President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” missile defense program, what looked like a big, mechanical insect stalked a white pickup truck. Half a mile away, 28-year-old Palmer Luckey, one of the tech industry’s […]

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Amazon begins shifting Alexa’s cloud AI to its own silicon

Amazon engineers discuss the migration of 80 percent of Alexa’s workload to Inferentia ASICs in this three-minute clip. On Thursday, an Amazon AWS blogpost announced that the company has moved most of the cloud processing for its Alexa personal assistant off of Nvidia GPUs and onto its own Inferentia Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). Amazon dev Sebastien […]

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Report: The first Apple Silicon Macs will be the MacBook Pro and Air

Enlarge / The first Mac with Apple Silicon, technically: the developer transition kit. The consumer products will likely differ. Sam Machkovech Apple will start the Mac’s transition to ARM-based Apple Silicon CPUs with three laptops—both 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and the 13-inch MacBook Air—according to a report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has built up […]