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For Sale – Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080 8GB

Selling Gigabyte G1 Gaming 8GB GPU

Upgrading to a Ti this weekend so this is now available. Had it from new (around 16months). Has original box but not sure if I have any extra bits (although I will look).
Never overclocked, I always stick with out of the box settings.
I’ll take it out of the PC tomorrow.

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Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG/BT
Location: Farnborough, Hants
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Updated with currency and color recognition, Seeing AI is available in 35 countries

iPhone with Seeing AI app

Since we first made Seeing AI available, there’s been 100,000 downloads of the app and it has assisted users with over 3 million tasks. We have never been more humbled by your feedback and are encouraged to do more! When we first released this, we launched with features such as the ability to hear what a product is via audibly locating the barcode, describing images, text and faces of friends and family as they come into view. Today, we’re excited to announce new features coming to the app that will build on these early results, provide new user experiences and allow us to continue to learn and innovate. These new features, such as currency, handwriting and color recognition, as well as light detection, are now available in the app in 35 countries, including the European Union.

Some of the new features now available in Seeing AI include:

  • Color recognition: Getting dressed in the morning just got easier with this new feature, which describes the color of objects, like garments in your closet.
  • Currency recognition: Seeing AI can now recognize the currency of US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds and Euros. Checking how much change is in your pocket or leaving a cash tip at a restaurant is much easier.
  • Musical light detector: The app alerts you with a corresponding audible tone when you aim the phone’s camera at light in the environment. A newly convenient tool so you don’t have to touch hot bulbs to know that a light is switched off, or the battery pack’s LED is on.
  • Handwriting recognition: Expanding on the ability of the app to read printed text, such as on menus or signs, the newly improved ability to read handwriting means you can read personal notes in a greeting card, as well as printed stylized text not usually readable by optical character recognition.
  • Reading documents: Seeing AI can read you the document aloud without voiceover, with synchronized word highlighting. Also, it includes the ability to change the text size on the Document channel.
  • Ability to choose voices and speed: Personalization is key, and when you’re not using VoiceOver, this feature lets you choose between the voice that is used and how fast it talks.

With each of these new features, we make sure to protect personal data while ensuring the technology operates effectively and provides users the best experiences with our products. If you have questions, the Microsoft Privacy Statement explains how Microsoft collects, stores and uses personal information.

We continue to hear from you how Seeing AI is bringing value to your life. It’s more than humbling. Cameron Roles, a university lecturer at the Australian National University College of Law, believes there’s never been a better time in history to be a blind person.

“I absolutely love Seeing AI. If my children hand me a note from school or if I pick up a book, I can use Seeing AI to quickly capture that text and just give me a very brief instant overview of what’s on the document,” said Roles of the important capability the app has for reading text and handwriting. “I can quickly be right on top of it.”

“For me, I think we’re coming into a really exciting time,” said Roles. “The growth in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, self-driving cars… I feel that it’s a great time for all of us in society.”

“Technology can be such an enabler of good and such an enabler for people to shrink the world, for the world to come closer together, and for people to be able to achieve so much more than they ever could without it,” said Roles.

We’re excited to share these features and look forward to hearing from you who Seeing AI is making your world more inclusive. Its available in Apple’s App Store in 35 countries and when a new version is released, you will be shown the list of new features when you next launch the app.

Please if you have feedback, we want to hear it! This started as a prototype just a year ago, and while we’ve been thrilled with the progress, we know we have a long way to go. Please send your thoughts, feedback or questions to seeingai@microsoft.com.

If you have further questions or feedback, please contact the Disability Answer Desk. The Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat, and in the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss (+1 503-427-1234).

Wanted – Alienware Alpha

OK, the only thing that is going to fit into the space available for me is an Alpha, so I’m on the look out for one.

R1 or R2, one with a GPU Amp would be nice, or someone selling one of those separately would be of interest also.

Need to get this Christmas money spent!

Total budget a strict £500

Location: Selby

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Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is generally available

The Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is now available with the same great support you’ve come to know and expect from Azure IoT services. The Device Provisioning Service enables customers to configure zero-touch device provisioning to Azure IoT Hub, and it brings the scalability of the cloud to what was once a laborious one-at-a-time process. The Device Provisioning Process was designed with the challenges of the supply chain in mind, providing the infrastructure needed to provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner.

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With general availability support comes expanded protocol support. Automatic device provisioning with the Device Provisioning Service now supports all protocols that IoT Hub supports including HTTP, AMQP, MQTT, AMQP over websockets, and MQTT over websockets. This release also corresponds to expanded SDK language support for both the device and client side. We now support SDKs in the following languages including C, C#, Java, Node (service for now, device coming soon), and Python (device for now, service coming soon). Get started with the Device Provisioning Service with the quick start tutorials.

The Device Provisioning Service works in a wide variety of scenarios:

  • Zero-touch provisioning to a single IoT solution without requiring hardcoded IoT Hub connection information in the factory (initial setup).
  • Automatically configuring devices based on solution-specific needs.
  • Load balancing devices across multiple hubs.
  • Connecting devices to their owner’s IoT solution based on sales transaction data (multitenancy).
  • Connecting devices to a specific IoT solution depending on use-case (solution isolation).
  • Connecting a device to the IoT hub with the nearest geo-location.
  • Re-provisioning based on a change in the device, such as a change in ownership or location.

The Device Provisioning Service is flexible enough to support all those scenarios using the same basic flow:

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We’ve made it easier than ever to use hardware-based security with the Device Provisioning Service device SDKs. We offer in-box support for different kinds of hardware security modules (HSMs), and we have partnerships with several hardware manufacturers to help our customers be as secure as possible. You can learn more about the hardware partnerships by reading the blog post Provisioning for true zero-touch secure identity management for IoT, and you can learn more about HSMs by reading the blog post Azure IoT supports new security hardware to strengthen IoT security. The SDKs are extensible to support other HSMs, and you can learn more about how to use your own custom HSM with the device SDKs. While using an HSM is not required to use the Device Provisioning Service, we strongly recommend using one in your devices. The SDKs provide a TPM simulator and a DICE simulator (for X.509 certs) for development and testing purposes. Learn more about all the technical concepts involved in device provisioning.

Azure IoT is committed to offering you services which take the pain out of deploying and managing an IoT solution in a secure, reliable way. To learn more please watch the videos What is the Device Provisioning Service and Provisioning a real device. You can create your own Device Provisioning Service on the Azure portal, and you can check out the device SDKs on GitHub. Learn all about the Device Provisioning Service and how to use it in the documentation center. We would love to get your feedback on secure device registration, so please continue to submit your suggestions through the Azure IoT User Voice forum.

To sum things up with a limerick:

Come join us in our celebration
Of IoT auto-registration
It’s generally available
Full-featured and capable
For your devices’ automation

For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

UPDATE

Sold subject to RMA return –
5930k
Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –

NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: GLASTONBURY
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For Sale – X99 Mobo, CPU, DDR4, NZXT AIO

Due to an upgrade I have the following available –

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Sold subject to RMA return –
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Asus X99-A II Intel X99 (Socket 2011)
4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 corsair dominator plat ram

For Sale –

NZXT X52 – bought from overclockers 12th August for a threadripper build – £100

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Cloud-hosted apps catching on to meet user demand

With a variety of available services, now’s a good time for IT administrators to consider whether cloud-hosted apps are a good option.

Offerings such as Citrix XenApp Essentials and Amazon Web Services (AWS) AppStream allow IT to stream desktop applications from the cloud to users’ endpoints. Workflow and automation provider IndependenceIT also has a new offering, AppServices, based on Google Cloud Platform. Organizations adopt these types of services to get benefits around centralized management, scalability and more.

More organizations are considering cloud-hosted apps, because IT needs to become a service provider to meet the growing application demands of both external customers and internal users, said Agatha Poon, research director at 451 Research.

“You get requirements from different teams, and all want to have quicker ways to get applications, quicker ways to deploy services,” Poon said. “So, then, you need some sort of mechanism … to support that.”

What application hosting services offer

Application streaming services are an alternative to on-premises application virtualization, in which organizations host applications in their own data centers.

XenApp Essentials and AppStream place an application in the cloud and let the IT admins assign a group of users to it. But just delivering applications through the cloud is not enough, and the app hosting service should also provide a way to manage the lifecycle of the app publishing. Thus, IT is left with connecting data assets to the app and has to set controls for where users are allowed to move the data.  

Some app streaming services require organizations to use another set of tools for those management tasks. For example, in the case of AWS, IT must manually configure storage using the Amazon Simple Storage Service and connect it back to AppStream if they want additional storage.  

Swizznet, a hosting provider for accounting applications, adopted Independence IT’s AppServices in September 2016 to deliver apps internally and to customers. The company moved away from XenApp Essentials because IndependenceIT provided more native management capabilities, said Mike Callan, CEO of Swizznet, based in Seattle.

We wanted the ability to automatically scale and spin additional servers.
Mike CallanCEO, Swizznet

“We wanted the ability to automatically scale and spin additional servers, where we could essentially have that capability automated instead of paying engineers to do that,” Callan said.

Citrix’s business problems over the past few years were also a factor in making the switch, Callan said.

“Citrix is, unfortunately, just a company more or less in disarray, so they haven’t been able to keep up with the value proposition that they once had,” he added.

Application streaming services can also help organizations deliver apps that they don’t have the resources to host on-premises. Cornell University has used Amazon AppStream 2.0 since early 2017 and took advantage of the new GPU-powered features that aim to reduce the cost of delivering graphics-intensive apps.

These features have opened up more kinds of software that Cornell can deliver to students, said Marty Sullivan, a DevOps cloud engineer at the university in Ithaca, N.Y. Software such as ANSYS, Dassault Systemes Solidworks, and Autodesk AutoCAD and Inventor help students and faculty run simulations and design mechanical parts, but they only perform well when a GPU is available.

“[Departments] will be able to deliver these specialized pieces of software without having to redevelop them for another platform,” Sullivan said.

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The different services within Google Cloud Platform

Cloud market pushes app hosting forward

When it comes to cloud infrastructure services, Google ranked third behind AWS and Microsoft in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant. But Google Cloud Platform made the deployment of AppServices easy, Callan said. He was able to go through the auto-deployment quick-start guide and set it up himself in just a couple days.

The increasing reliance on cloud services and the rise of workers using multiple devices to get their jobs done are driving the app streaming trend. Providing company-approved cloud-hosted apps for such employees makes deployment and management easier. IT admins don’t have to physically load any apps on the machines, nor do the employees with the machines need to be present for IT to keep tabs on the usage and security of those apps.

Microsoft Translator accelerates use of Neural Networks across its offerings

Exactly one year ago, Microsoft Translator made a new AI-powered technology available to everyone: neural machine translation (NMT) . Since then, the team has been working hard to expand the use of NMT to improve translations in the Microsoft Translator Text and Speech APIs, as well as in all of Microsoft Translator’s supported products.  

Today, the Microsoft Translator team is announcing several developments in NMT technology, making advanced AI translations more accessible, no matter how you use them:  

  • 10 new languages are now available for NMT in both the API and the apps 
  • All of the API traffic for Chinese and Hindi is now powered by NMT, developers do not need to do anything to use it 
  • New “hybrid” translation is available for API and apps users alike, bringing benefits of neural translations to languages not yet available on NMT 
  • Speech translation is now powered end to end with LSTM technology with the release of speech recognition LSTM systems in the speech API  
  • NMT is now also available as an on premises service 

NMT technology has transformed machine translation, providing major advances in translation quality over the existing industry-standard statistical machine translation (SMT) technology. NMT better captures the context of full sentences before translating them, providing much higher quality translation and more human-sounding output. Learn more about how NMT works on the Microsoft Translator website, and watch the video below to see how NMT is integrated into Microsoft Translator’s speech translation.

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You can try out the new NMT powered translation today in Translator for Bing, the Microsoft Translator apps, Edge, the Translator PowerPoint add in, and of course, the Microsoft Translator Text and Speech APIs. 

Introducing 10 New NMT-Powered Languages 

Microsoft Translator adds 10 new languages to its list of NMT systems—now at 21 languages and growing! NMT now powers translations in the following languages (new languages in bold). 

Arabic 

Bulgarian 

Chinese 

Czech 

Danish 

Dutch 

English 

French 

German 

Hindi 

Italian 

Japanese 

Korean 

Norwegian 

Polish 

Portuguese 

Romanian 

Russian 

Spanish 

Swedish 

Turkish 

 

100% of Chinese and Hindi translations moved to NMT  

Microsoft is making NTM more easily available to developers. Specifically, all Chinese simplified and Hindi translations to and from English are now using our new NMT systems by default.  This means that developers do not need to call the “generalnn” category in their apps to benefit from these new systems. For the other languages this category is still needed, but additional languages will be switched to 100% NMT in the coming weeks and months.  

For developers that want to keep using SMT systems for the time being, for instance if they have built customs systems using the Hub, the category “SMT” can be used when calling the API. 

 

“Hybrid” Neural/Statistical translation 

With hybrid translation, when only one of the two languages you are translating to or from is NMT-powered, you will still see an increase in translation quality.  

Because of the scarcity of available training data between languages and the exponential complexity of building and running dedicated systems for each language pair, machine translation systems use English as a “pivot language” to translate from one language to the other. This means that each time you ask a machine translations system to translate from, say, Chinese to Spanish, the translation system usually translates Chinese to English, then translates the English to Spanish.  

With hybrid translations, when at least one of the two languages has an available NMT system, Microsoft Translator will automatically use NMT for that section of the translation. This portion of the translation will improve, making the entire translation better. View our article on the Microsoft support forum to learn more about hybrid translation. 

 

End to end LSTM neural network powered speech translation to dramatically improve speech translation quality 

Speech recognition is moving to advanced LSTM neural network architecture. Combined with an increase in available speech data, LSTM speech recognition improves quality (measured by the industry standard “word error rate”) up to 29%, depending on the language. This has a direct impact on the quality of the machine translation, since the more accurate the speech recognition is, the more accurate the resulting translation will be.  

Microsoft Translator’s NMT uses LSTM technology speech translation is therefore now using  LSTM technology from end to end. Try out end to end LSTM speech translation capabilities with Microsoft Translator live feature in the Translator PowerPoint add in, on http://translate.it and the Microsoft Translator apps, or in the Translator Speech API. 

On premises neural networks  

For organizations that require additional data security, neural network translation is now also available as an on premises service, using the organization’s own servers rather than the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Learn more about Microsoft Translator’s on premises offering. 

Learn more in the blogs from Microsoft Research and Cognitive Services.

Announcing General Availability of Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs)

Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) are generally available for customers worldwide, effective today. Azure RIs enable you to reserve Virtual Machines on a one- or three-year term, and provide up to 72% cost savings versus pay-as-you-go prices.

Azure RIs give you price predictability and help improve your budgeting and forecasting. Azure RIs also provide unprecedented flexibility should your business needs change. We’ve made it easy to exchange your RIs and make changes such as region or VM family, and unlike other cloud providers, you can cancel Azure RIs at any time and get a refund.

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Azure is the most cost-effective cloud for Windows Server workloads

If you are a Windows Server customer with Software Assurance, you can combine Azure RIs with Azure Hybrid Benefits and save up to 82% compared to pay-as-you-go prices, and up to 67%* compared to AWS RIs for Windows VMs. In addition, with Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server, customers with Software Assurance will be able to save even more.

With Azure RIs and Azure Hybrid Benefit, Azure is the most cost-effective public cloud to run your Windows Server workloads!

Azure offers better than per-second billing and free cost management tools

Azure bills you per-second rounded down to the last minute, saving you money and simplifying your bill. For example, a VM that runs for 345 seconds is billed at 300 seconds. And, Azure offers you built-in, easy-to-use controls to schedule VM auto-shutdown. This means that you can save money by shutting down VMs when you don’t need them. Examples include Dev/Test environments, Big Data analysis, and other batch operations.

Additionally, with free Azure Cost Management, you can further optimize your cloud resources, manage departmental budgets, and allocate costs.  Today, you can already right-size virtual machines based on real-time usage reports. You’ll soon be able to visualize the cost benefits of purchasing RIs compared to pay-as-you-go and understand the utilization of your existing RIs and other instances over time, as shown in the screenshot below:

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The combination of these capabilities, our price-match commitment, and product innovations like Burstable VMs and Archival Storage, means that Azure offers the best deal for moving to and innovating in the cloud.

Learn more at azure.microsoft.com/pricing.

*Based on comparing 3-year Azure D8_v3 RI prices with Azure Hybrid Benefit in US West 2 to AWS m4.2xlarge 3-year Standard RIs in US West (Oregon). Actual savings may vary based on region, instance type, usage or software license costs.

The uphill battle of beating back weaponized AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t just for the law-abiding. Machine learning algorithms are as freely available to cybercriminals and state-sponsored actors as they are to financial institutions, retailers and insurance companies.

“When we look especially at terrorist groups who are exploiting social media, [and] when we look at state-sponsored efforts to influence and manipulate, they’re using really powerful algorithms that are at everyone’s disposal,” said Yasmin Green, director of research and development at Jigsaw, a technology incubator launched by Google to try to solve geopolitical problems.

Criminals need not develop new algorithms or new AI, Green said at the recent EmTech conference in Cambridge, Mass. They can and are exploiting what is already out there to manipulate public opinion.

The good news about weaponized AI? The tools to combat these nefarious efforts are also advancing. One promising lead, according to Green, is bad actors don’t exhibit the same kinds of online behavior that typical users do. And security experts are hoping to exploit the behavioral “tells” they’re seeing — with the help of machines, of course.

Variations on weaponized AI

Cybercriminals and internet trolls are adept at using AI to simulate human behavior and trick systems or peddle propaganda. The online test used to tell humans from machines, CAPTCHA, is continuously bombarded by bad guys trying to trick it.

In an effort to stay ahead of cybercriminals, CAPTCHA, which stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart, has had to evolve, creating some unanticipated consequences, according to Shuman Ghosemajumder, CTO at Shape Security in Mountain View, Calif. Recent data from Google shows that humans solve CAPTCHAs just 33% of the time. That’s compared to state-of-the-art machine learning optical character recognition technology that has a solve rate of 99.8%.

“This is doing exactly the opposite of what CAPTCHA was originally intended to do,” Ghosemajumder said. “And that has now been weaponized.”

He said advances in computer vision technology have led to weaponized AI services such as Death By CAPTCHA, an API plug-in that promises to solve 1,000 CAPTCHAs for $1.39. “And there are, of course, discounts for gold members of the service.”

A more aggressive attack is credential stuffing, where cybercriminals use stolen usernames and passwords from third-party sources to gain access to accounts.

Sony was the victim of a credential-stuffing attack in 2011. Cybercriminals culled a list of 15 million credentials stolen from other sites and then tested if they worked on Sony’s login page using a botnet. Today, an outfit by the good-guy-sounding name of Sentry MBA — the MBA stands for Modded By Artists — provides cybercriminals with a user interface and automation technology, making it easy to test the veracity of stolen usernames and passwords and to even bypass security features like CAPTCHAs.

“We see these types of attacks responsible for tremendous amounts of traffic on some of the world’s largest websites,” Ghosemajumder said. In the case of one Fortune 100 company, credential-stuffing attacks made up more than 90% of its login activity.

Shuman Ghosemajumder, EmTech, Shape Security, credential-stuffing attacks
Shuman Ghosemajumder shares a snippet of traffic from a Fortune 100 retailer. ‘We see that on a 24/7 basis, more than 90% of the login activity was coming from credential-stuffing attacks,’ he said.

Behavioral tells in weaponized AI

Ghosemajumder’s firm Shape Security is now using AI to detect credential-stuffing efforts. One method is to use machine learning to identify behavioral characteristics that are typical of cybercriminal exploits.

When cybercriminals simulate human interactions, they will, for example, move the mouse from the username field to the password field quickly and efficiently — in an unhumanlike manner. “Human beings are not capable of doing things like moving a mouse in a straight line — no matter how hard they try,” Ghosemajumder said.

Jigsaw’s Green said her team is also looking for “technical markers” that can distinguish truly organic campaigns from coordinated ones. She described state-sponsored actors who peddle propaganda and attempt to spread misinformation through what she called “seed-and-fertilizer campaigns.”

The goal of these state-sponsored campaigns is to plant a seed in social conversations and to have the unwitting masses fertilize that seed for it to actually become an organic conversation.
Yasmin Greendirector of research and development, Jigsaw

“The goal of these state-sponsored campaigns is to plant a seed in social conversations and to have the unwitting masses fertilize that seed for it to actually become an organic conversation,” she said.

“There are a few dimensions that we think are promising to look at. One is the temporal dimension,” she said.

Looking across the internet, Jigsaw began to understand that coordinated attacks tend to move together, last longer than organic campaigns and pause as state-sponsored actors waited for instructions on what to do. “You’ll see a little delay before they act,” she said.

Other dimensions include network shape and semantics. State-sponsored actors tend to be more tightly linked together than communities within organic campaigns, and they tend to use “irregularly similar” language in their messaging.

The big question is can behavioral tells — identified by machines and combined with automated detection — be used to effectively identify state-sponsored campaigns? No doubt, time will tell.