The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the cornerstones of the Internet today. It is, in effect, the “phone book of the Internet.”
However, despite its critical role, it’s also the least appreciated aspect of delivering an online user experience, and the most overlooked chink in an IT enterprise’s armour.
Its importance can’t be understated. It’s actually the first step in how we connect to online brands because it’s the Internet infrastructure that translates human-readable domain names to ro..
Paperspace wants to help developers build artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with a software/hardware development platform powered by GPus and other powerful chips. Today, the Winter 2015 Y Combinator grads announced a $13 million Series A.
Battery Ventures led the round with participation from SineWave Ventures, Intel Capital and Sorenson Ventures. Existing investor Initialized Capital also participated. Today’s investment brings the total amount to $19 million raised.
Dharmesh Thakker, a general partner with Battery Ventures sees Paperspace as being in the right place at the time. As AI and machine learning take off, developers need a set of tools and GPU-fueled hardware to process it all. “Major silicon, systems and Web-scale computing providers need a cloud-based solution and software ‘glue’ to make deep learning truly consumable by data-driven organizations, and Paperspace is helping to provide that,” Thakker said in a statement.
Paperspace provides its own GPU-powered servers to help in this regard, but co-founder and CEO Dillon Erb says they aren’t trying to compete with the big cloud vendors. They offer more than a hardware solution to customers. Last spring, the company released Gradient, a serverless tool to make it easier to deploy and manage AI and machine learning workloads.
By making Gradient a serverless management tool, customers don’t have to think about the underlying infrastructure. Instead, Paperspace handles all of that for them providing the resources as needed. “We do a lot of GPU compute, but the big focus right now and really where the investors are buying into with this fundraise, is the idea that we are in a really unique position to kind of build out a software layer and abstract a lot of that infrastructure away [for our customers],” Erb told TechCrunch.
He says that building some of the infrastructure was an important early step, but they aren’t trying to compete with the cloud vendors. They are trying to pro..
Hacked Facebook users still don’t know which 15 recent searches and 10 latest checkins were exposed in company’s massive breach it detailed last week. The company merely noted that those were amongst the data sets stolen by the attackers. That creates uncertainty about how sensitive or embarrassing the scraped data is, and whether it could possibly by used to blackmail and stalk them.
Much of the scraped data from the 14 million most-impacted users out of 30 million total people hit by the breach was biographical and therefore relatively static, such as their birth date, religion, or hometown. While still problematic because it could be used for unconsented ad targeting, scams, hacking attempts, or social engineering attacks, at least users likely know what was illicitly grabbed.
Thankfully, some of the most sensitive data fields such as sexual orientation were not accessed, Facebook confirms to me. But the exposure of recent searches and checkins could threaten users in different ways.
Facebook breach saw 15M users’ names & contact info stolen, 14M’s bios too
Given the attack was so broad and impacted a wide variety of users, unlike say a targeted attack on the Democratic National Convention, there’s no evidence that blackmailing or stalking individual users was the purpose of the hack. For the average user hit by the breach, the likelihood of this kind of follow-up attack may be low.
But given that public figures including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were victims of the attack, as well as many reporters (myself included), there remains a risk that the perpetrators paw through the data seeking high-profile people to exploit.
Stolen data on “the 15 most recent searches you’ve entered into the Facebook search bar” could contain embarrassing or controversial topics, competitive business research, or potential infidelity. Many users might be mortified if their searches for racy content, niche political viewpoints, or their ex-lovers were..
In this fun video the Boston Dynamics Spot dances, wiggles, and shimmies right into our hearts. This little four-legged robot – a smaller sibling to the massive Big Dog – is surprisingly agile and the team at Boston Robotics have taught the little robot to dance to Bruno Mars which means that robots could soon replace us on the factory floor and on the dance floor. Good luck, meatbags!
As one YouTube commenter noted: if you think Spot is happy now just imagine how it will dance when we’re all gone!
The charmingly outdated media player Winamp is being reinvented as a platform-agnostic audio mobile app that brings together all your music, podcasts, and streaming services to a single location. It’s an ambitious relaunch, but the company behind it says it’s still all about the millions-strong global Winamp community — and as proof, the original desktop app is getting an official update as well.
For those who don’t remember: Winamp was the MP3 player of choice around the turn of the century, but went through a rocky period during Aol ownership (our former parent company) and failed to counter the likes of iTunes and the onslaught of streaming services, and more or less crumbled over the years. The original app, last updated in 2013, still works, but to say it’s long in the tooth would be something of an understatement (the community has worked hard to keep it updated, however). So it’s with pleasure that I can confirm rumors that substantial updates are on the way.
“There will be a completely new version next year, with the legacy of Winamp but a more complete listening experience,” said Alexandre Saboundjan, CEO of Radionomy, the company that bought Winamp (or what remained of it) in 2014. “You can listen to the MP3s you may have at home, but also to the cloud, to podcasts, to streaming radio stations, to a playlist you perhaps have built.”
“People want one single experience,” he concluded. “I think Winamp is the perfect player to bring that to everybody. And we want people to have it on every device.”
Laugh if you want but I laugh back
Now, I’m a Winamp user myself. And while I’ve been saddened by the drama through which the iconic MP3 player and the team that created it have gone (at the hands of TechCrunch’s former parent company, Aol), I can’t say I’ve been affected by it in any real way. Winamp 2 and 5 have taken me all the way from Windows 98 SE to 10 with nary a hiccup, and the player is docked just to the right of this browser window as I type this. (..
The Domain Name System (DNS) is one of the cornerstones of the Internet today. It is, in effect, the “phone book of the Internet.”
Microsoft has fixed a couple of problems that affect the October 2018 Update, namely an Intel audio driver issue, and the scarier Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) flaw which affected some HP machines.
The HP problem was with a keyboard driver, which caused the dreaded blue error screen to pop up, with some PCs becoming unresponsive, or even failing to boot, as we recently reported. This issue was actually caused by a cumulative update for the October 2018 Update, as opposed to the upgrade itself (and..
Internet security is a big-deal these days, and if you're serious about protecting your data, you may well be using the Do Not Track tool in your browser. However, according to a recent article by Gizmodo, the extra layer of security used by a quarter of Americans (and millions worldwide) while browsing the Internet does nothing to protect you at all.
Created around ten years ago, Do Not Track (DNT) is supposed to function like a 'no call list' for the Internet, sending a message..
When you’re editing video and audio files, you need software that will make it as quick and effortless as possible. VideoProc, a brand-new video processing suite from Digiarty Software, lets you convert, edit, resize, adjust, download and record all kinds of video files in the blink of an eye.
Generally speaking, VideoProc accepts almost all media files, including 4K, 8K and 3D videos, high-speed and slow-motion recordings by GoPro, DJI Drone, iPhone and other devices, audios and clips downloade..
Donald Trump's daughter deleted her post after she was mocked, then tried again.
A full quarter of a century into the era of the modern consumer internet and many are still grappling with the fundamental problem that is “digital transformation”. One reason businesses are still faced with this challenge is because it can’t be solved the way most transformations are – with money and management consultants. Instead, it requires the expertise of a new breed of corporate leaders – software developers.
As our global economy increasingly comes to run on technology-enabled rails, th..
A somber new study estimates that it could take several million years for mammal diversity to recover from humanity’s impact.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Racing to the Future with Lucas Di Grassi (Roborace)
Hear from Roborace’s new CEO and former F1 driver Lucas Di Grassi on how Roborace is merging human driving and artificial intelligence to build a better racing series. Including a sneak peak at their latest vehicle! Main Stage @ 9:05AM
A New Start with Anne Kjaer-Riechert (ReDI School of Digital Integration), Aline Sara (NaTakallam)
The world has been shocked by the plight of refugees from both war zones and natural disasters in the last few years. But the tech world has stepped up to the plate to assist refugees and NGOs, in this case with ReDI School’s hugely successful code school for refugees and NaTakallam’s global platform for refugees to teach languages. Main Stage @ 9:25AM
In The Money with Pieter van der Does (Adyen)
Payments company Adyen has achieved that rare thing all startups hope for but many do not achieve: it went public as a profitable company with a huge IPO pop. Hear how a startup quietly built up a payments empire under the radar, out of Amsterdam. Main Stage @ 9:45AM
Regaining Momentum in Europe with Saul Klein (LocalGlobe)
Saul Klein has long had an outsized imprint on Europe’s tech scene, as an operator, founder and investor, as well as the mastermind behind the global meet up concept OpenCoffee and the “YC of Europe,” Seedcamp. We’ll talk with Klein about creating a sustainable ecosystem, as well as how Europe now competes against faster-growing markets, including in China. Main Stage @ 10:05AM
The hottest startups compete for the Disrupt Cup, $50,000 USD, and eternal glory. Mai..
JobUFO, the Berlin-based startup that has built a video focussed app to help facilitate better job applications, has raised €2 million in seed funding. Leading the round is IBB and Hevella Capital, with the investment to be used for growth.
Claiming to re-invent the way companies handle the application process, JobUFO has developed an online/mobile application form that focuses on the personality of the candidate. This includes being asked to created a CV in a specific format and the ability to record or upload a personal application video. The JobUFO application form can be embedded anywhere online, such as a company’s career page or job ad, so that it becomes the preferred way to receive applications.
“The HR market is overloaded with too many information and recruiting tools,” JobUFO co-founder and CEO Thomas Paucker tells me when asked to describe the problem being tackled. “This makes it very hard to find the best process of applying to a job. That’s why everybody is writing the same motivational letters. You still need a laptop and there is no real first impression of yourself when you apply. Recruiters do not read motivational letters because someone else could have written it. The longer a recruiting process is, the higher the average dropout rate of an applicant”.
To remedy this, the JobUFO mobile app or web-version enables applicants to quickly create a “DIN-correct” CV in combination with a guided video of up to thirty seconds. Paucker says the idea is to be able to give a good first impression at the very moment the application is received. JobUFO powered applications are pushed directly into a company’s application tracking system via the JobUFO API.
“Recruiters get more and reliable applications without changing their daily routine,” he says. “Applicants get recommendations based on big data and are guided nearly fully automatically during their whole work life. Additionally we automate the communication between those two groups to focus on the mai..
Or ignoring them altogether.