Category Archives: Tech Buzz

Google gives everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0

By | February 17, 2017

As powerful as TensorFlow is, constructing a complex model directly in its API takes quite a bit of knowledge, and some careful programming. This is especially true of sophisticated models like recurrent neural networks and their fancy cousins, LSTMs (Long Short Term Memory models). The Keras programming interface provides a more user-friendly layer on top… Read More »

Intel adds official support for Vulkan, but only for certain GPUs

By | February 15, 2017

Skylake and Kaby Lake have different multimedia features but the same GPU architecture. Usually, at this point, I’d link to some benchmarks of Intel’s GPU performance in DX11 versus DX12, since Vulkan and DirectX 12 are conceptually extremely similar and (so far as I’m aware) essentially match one another across major features and capabilities. Unfortunately,… Read More »

Toshiba facing bankruptcy, total disintegration thanks to bad bets on nuclear power

By | February 14, 2017

The AP1000 reactor being installed at Sanmen China. Toshiba also announced today that it would take a $3.4 billion loss (estimated) due to cost overruns at multiple key nuclear projects, and that it would review all of its agreements with existing power companies to expand nuclear capability across the globe. Toshiba plans to pivot towards… Read More »

Apple suspends 5K LG panel sales following hardware problems, will ship new displays in 5-6 weeks

By | February 14, 2017

Unfortunately, anyone hoping that Apple might step in and convince LG to support its existing devices better is probably going to be waiting a while longer. Text from Apple’s support page reads: Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in… Read More »

Report: Intel’s 8th gen chips will still use 14nm, will arrive earlier than expected

By | February 13, 2017

Analyst Ashraf Eassa claims to have confirmed with Intel that upcoming 8th generation Core processors will use an updated/enhanced variant of 14nm technology yet again — call it 14nm++. Intel was able to squeeze some gains out of Kaby Lake in this fashion compared with Skylake, but they weren’t huge leaps. Image by Ars Technica… Read More »