In public cloud, what worked at 1PB won’t work at 100PB

Public cloud has served as a catalyst to nearly every successful enterprise. It brought into being a plethora of startups. For small teams with great ideas the public cloud’s cost model and convenience made it possible to build a business. Public cloud providers unlocked innovations that otherwise would have taken much longer or never would have seen the light of day.

Groq launches the first AI accelerator card capable of 1 PetaOPS

The Groq Tensor Streaming Processor (TSP) demands 300W per core, so luckily, it’s only got one. Even luckier, Groq has turned that from a disadvantage into the TSP’s greatest strength.

Ironbull makes remote-controlled smart tanks that shoot BBs at each other

One of the cooler and stranger booths I saw at the recent CES 2020 tech trade show was Ironbull, which was tucked away in the gaming section of the startup area of the show.

Broadcom inks new $15 billion deal with Apple to supply wireless chips through mid-2023

Broadcom's tech is slowly eating the world, even as many of us are unaware of its presence in many of our favorite gadgets. The company's reach is so powerful that it has US and EU regulators probing every aspect of its business to make sure it doesn't abuse its dominance in key semiconductor markets.

Get ready for a direct-to-consumer shakeup in 2020

You can say that 2019 was the year of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail brand. With a huge influx of new funding and new scaling heights, we saw brands emerge trying to “own” categories ranging from mattresses to luggage to dental to shaving. But with all the hits there were definitely some misses as brands struggled to meet the valuation expectations set by unicorn status funding and failed to focus enough on early profitability. While I don’t foresee the DTC bubble bursting anytime soon, I do predict some shifts in terms of purchasing behavior and approaches to venture funding. Below are six areas where we can expect to see significant changes in the DTC industry in 2020.

Half-Life Alyx AMA: Everything we learned

The developers of Half-Life: Alyx answered questions about the game on Reddit.To save you rummaging through the Reddit thread, we’ve summed up all of the responses in one place.

The RetroBeat: Ghosts’n DJs trades goblins for deadmau5

We may not have had a new Ghosts ‘n Goblins in over a decade, but fans of the franchise do have something to look forward to next month (especially if they love DJs).

U.S.-China trade deal clears way for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

The United States and China have agreed to wind down the foolish trade war that president Donald Trump started in late 2018. Last week, the two countries signed “phase 1” of a trade deal. That agreement includes an increase in U.S. exports to China and some mechanisms for potentially protecting intellectual property in China. But it’s maybe more important to Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo because it gives some assurance that the U.S. won’t enact new tariffs on video game consoles.

Activision Blizzard brings Overwatch League exclusively to YouTube

Activision Blizzard and Google are getting into a far-reaching partnership that covers multiple facets of the publisher’s gaming business. Google Cloud will act as the “preferred partner” for hosting Activision Blizzard games. YouTube, meanwhile, will act as the broadcast home for Activision Blizzard’s live esports. That includes Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone, and more.

AI Weekly: Calls for facial recognition moratorium highlight need for protection from surveillance tech

The debate over whether to ban or place moratoriums on the use of facial recognition started last year in cities like San Francisco, but the debate reignited this week when Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he’s open to a moratorium on facial recognition.