As ADA turns 30, tech is just getting started helping people with disabilities

Source: As ADA turns 30, tech is just getting started helping people with disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 paved the way for decades of incremental changes to the way buildings, businesses, and laws accommodate people with a wide variety of disabilities. At 30 years old this week, the law’s effect on tech has been profound, but there’s still a lot of work to do. The ADA originally applied mainly to things like buildings and government resources, but over the years (and with improvements and amendments) came to be much broader than that. As home computers, the web, ...

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Logitech’s new Mac-specific mouse and keyboards are the new best choices for Mac input devices

Source: Logitech’s new Mac-specific mouse and keyboards are the new best choices for Mac input devices Logitech has released new versions of its MX peripherals in Mac-friendly finishes, as well as a new K380 wireless Bluetooth keyboard designed for Apple devices. These aren’t dramatically different devices from the existing versions that Logitech offers – but that’s a good thing in this case, and it elevates what were already amazing peripherals to no-brainer default choices for Mac users. MX Master 3 for Mac Image Credits: Darrell Etherington The MX Master 3 for Mac is a very slightly altered twist on the ...

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Microsoft launches Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service for building autonomous systems

Source: Microsoft launches Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service for building autonomous systems At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that Project Bonsai, its new machine teaching service, is now in public preview. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you remember that Microsoft acquired Bonsai, a company that focuses on machine teaching, back in 2018. Bonsai combined simulation tools with different machine learning techniques to build a general-purpose deep reinforcement learning platform, with a focus on industrial control systems. It’s maybe no surprise then that Project Bonsai, too, has a similar focus on helping businesses teach ...

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Azure Cognitive Services learns more languages

Source: Azure Cognitive Services learns more languages It wouldn’t be a Microsoft Build without a bunch of new capabilities for Azure Cognitive Services, Microsoft’s cloud-based AI tools for developers. The first new feature is what Microsoft calls the “personalized apprentice mode,” which allows the existing Personalizer API to learn about user preferences in real time and in parallel with existing apps, all without being exposed to the user until it reaches pre-set performance goals. With this update, the Cognitive Services Speech Service, the unified Azure API for speech-to-text, text-to-speech and translation, is coming to 27 new locales and the company ...

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Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI to build a massive AI supercomputer in Azure

Source: Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI to build a massive AI supercomputer in Azure At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that it has teamed up with OpenAI, the startup trying to build a general artificial intelligence with — among other things — a $1 billion investment from Microsoft, to create one of the world’s fastest supercomputers on top of Azure’s infrastructure. Microsoft says that the 285,000-core machine would have ranked in the top five of the TOP500 supercomputer rankings. Since Microsoft doesn’t actually tell us much more than that, except for a few more specs that say it ...

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