Elon Musk Could Learn a Thing or Two from Jack Dorsey

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey have a lot in common. Both are genius tech entrepreneurs and both are at the helm of multiple companies – Twitter and Square for Dorsey and Tesla, The Boring Company, and SpaceX for Musk. But only two out of three publicly traded companies named are beating the S&P 500, while […]

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Only an Idiot Would Believe Sony’s PS5 Will Cost $1,000

The long-anticipated Sony PlayStation 5 took a step closer to launch this week when a Swedish retailer began taking PS5 preorders. However, the announcement left gamers speechless for another reason: the device’s insane SEK9,999 (~$1,050) price tag. However, with all due respect to the Twitter outrage machine, you’d have to be an idiot to believe […]

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Intel, Sequretek, Eclypsium and Perception Point Advance Threat Detection Solutions

security 2x1What’s New: Next week at Black Hat 2019 in Las Vegas, hardware and firmware security will be a central topic of conference trainings and briefings. Intel and a growing number of companies in the industry continue to advance technologies that improve security at the lower layers of the computing stack with Intel® Threat Detection Technology (Intel® TDT) that complement built-in capabilities of our Intel® Xeon Scalable platforms for data-center infrastructure and Intel® Core processors for client computing.

“In today’s cybersecurity landscape, the attackers consistently discover novel attack vectors, exploiting any possible vulnerabilities – in software, firmware or hardware. To support the defense in-depth approach of our customers, Intel has enhanced threat detection at the foundation of the system stack. Our Threat Detection Technology provides security companies with a toolset to augment software-only solutions with hardware-level detectors.”
–Jim Gordon, Intel general manager of Platform Security

Why It Matters: The threat landscape is constantly evolving, and the rate and pace of security research for software and hardware products continues to accelerate. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), there were 13% more vulnerabilities reported in 2018 than in 2017.

Security solutions need to keep pace with the latest attacks, as well as infinite variations of known attack methods. All of this needs to be done with minimal impact on the customer experience. Intel’s hardware-based security technologies deliver two powerful capabilities: accelerated memory scanning and advanced platform telemetry.

How New Intel Customers Use the Technology:

Accelerated memory scanning is an industry enabler: Sequretek * is the latest company to work with Intel to integrate accelerated memory scanning in its endpoint detection, protection and response (EDPR) solution. With plans to release this solution in September 2019, early testing indicates significant performance improvement along with integration of Intel’s accelerated memory scanning stack.

Accelerated memory scanning in Intel TDT enables memory scanning that was rarely used due to its effect on system performance and power consumption. Intel offloaded the scanning for memory-based malware from CPU to the Intel integrated graphics processor (IGP). This change allows security solutions to use memory scanning broadly without introducing latency in the customer experience. Today, Intel TDT powers various innovative security technologies allowing detection of polymorphic malware, file-less threats and crypto miners.

Hardware indicators for advanced threat detection: Eclypsium*, an Intel Capital portfolio company and developer of the industry’s first firmware protection platform, announced its plans to work with Intel to advance firmware attack detection with Intel TDT Advanced Platform Telemetry, and deliver a new layer of security that helps defend the enterprise from its computing foundation up. » More from Eclypsium

Advanced platform telemetry addresses the challenge security software faces to help ensure reliable data feeds detect anomalies or specific behavior below the operating system. Everything that runs on Intel processors generates data from the CPU that can be applied to help detect threats. Intel CPUs can arm security providers with new levels of platform telemetry across PCs and servers to feed machine learning algorithms and improve the detection of advanced threats, while reducing false positives and minimizing performance impact.

Threat detection telemetry creates a framework for continuous innovation: Intel TDT doesn’t stop with providing detection techniques. The technology offers a framework to enable security companies to collect various telemetry and indicators from the hardware and create new and differentiated detection solutions.

Perception Point* identified the opportunity to leverage part of this framework in order to dramatically increase visibility into attacks. Its unique detonation environment specifically leverages Intel® Processor Trace (Intel PT), a data source originally developed for debugging as it exposes an accurate trace of activity with filtering capabilities that isolate the trace that matters. Perception Point utilizes Intel PT to record the full execution flow and identify anomalies in the code execution. This is a significant improvement over legacy sandboxes, which lack visibility due to operating at the application level, have latency issues and are limited in scale. Accessing the platform-level data exposed by Intel PT helps enable innovative security companies to better overcome these limitations. » More from Perception Point

More Context: Media Alert: Intel at Black Hat 2019 and DEF CON 27 | Security News at Intel

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S&P Sharply Drops but It’s Safe to Re-Enter After Retracement: Analyst

On July 31, the U.S. Federal Reserve and its chairman Jerome Powell officially announced a 25-basis point cut. The U.S. stock market and the S&P 500 reacted with a sharp correction, indicating that the rate cut has been priced into the equities markets. Kathryn Rooney Vera, chief markets strategist at Bulltick Capital Markets, said in […]

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NVIDIA Studio Takes Left, Right and Center Stage at SIGGRAPH with 50 RTX Studio Laptops Powering Demos Across the Show Floor

Innovators in computer graphics from around the globe descended this week on the annual SIGGRAPH conference to catch a glimpse of the future. As the Los Angeles Convention Center’s doors flung open, a sea of NVIDIA green rose up. Across the show floor, dozens of software and computer makers are demoing the latest applications — Read article >

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NVIDIA Studio Takes Left, Right and Center Stage at SIGGRAPH with 50 RTX Studio Laptops Powering Demos Across the Show Floor

Innovators in computer graphics from around the globe descended this week on the annual SIGGRAPH conference to catch a glimpse of the future.

As the Los Angeles Convention Center’s doors flung open, a sea of NVIDIA green rose up. Across the show floor, dozens of software and computer makers are demoing the latest applications — featuring real-time ray tracing and advanced AI — on NVIDIA RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations.

More than 35 partners are running over 50 RTX Studio devices. An array of the world’s leading computer graphics companies are showcasing their applications, including: Adobe, Ansys, Autodesk, BinaryVR, Blackmagic Design, Blender, Boris FX, Chaos Group, Colorfront, Epic Games, Foundry, Luxion, Maxon, Noitom, OTOY, Pixar, PTC, Reallusion, Redshift, Siemens and Unity.

In the NVIDIA booth alone, attendees can get hands-on with and learn more about 14 demos featuring:

  • 8K video editing with REDCINE-X PRO as well as Adobe Premiere Pro on a Razer Blade 15
  • VFX with Boris FX and After Effects on a Razer Blade 15
  • Product design with real-time ray tracing using McNeel Rhino with Luxion KeyShot on a Lenovo P53
  • RTX-powered ray tracing with Modo and Modo Renderer on a Lenovo P5
  • Architectural visualization in Autodesk Revit with Enscape on an MSI WS65
  • Mechanical visualizations with RTX-powered ray tracing and AI de-noising in SOLIDWORKS Visualize on a MSI WS65
  • Layout and set dressing with real-time ray tracing in Isotropix Clarisse on an Acer ConceptD 7
  • Concept design with RTX-powered ray tracing in Adobe Dimension on an Acer ConceptD 7
  • Interactive ray tracing with cloud boost using Chaos Group V-Ray and Project Lavina on an HP ZBook 17
  • 3D painting with RTX bakers using Substance Painter on the ASUS StudioBook W500
  • RTX-powered ray tracing with OTOY OctaneRender on the ASUS StudioBook W500
  • 3D animation and ray tracing using Maxon Cinema 4D and Redshift on a GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED
  • 3D animation and ray tracing powered by RTX in Blender 2.8 and Blender Cycles on a GIGABYTE AERO 15
  • AI-enhanced video editing and color grading in Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve on a Dell Precision 7740

Our partners are spread across the show floor, highlighting the impact of RTX on creative workflows:

  • A tech demo of the NVIDIA RTX GPU rendering capabilities of Adobe Dimension is on display in the NVIDIA booth (#1303). Follow the GPU Rendering section on the Adobe Dimension Feedback Portal to stay informed on when the RTX renderer becomes available.
  • Blackmagic Design is hosting free DaVinci Resolve training at in their booth (#903) at SIGGRAPH, exclusively on RTX Studio laptops from Lenovo. Attendees can learn more about DaVinci Resolve 16 and Fusion 16 during training sessions on VFX compositing, motion graphics, Resolve Color correction, GPU-accelerated AI and other features. The free DaVinci Resolve training is provided daily but space is limited.
  • Unveiled in March, the Autodesk Arnold GPU public beta introduced a first taste of GPU rendering. On display this week, Arnold GPU 5.4 adds support for OSL, OpenVDB, reduced noise in indirect lighting and much more. Arnold GPU 5.4 is still in beta, so look for a full release later this year.
  • Chaos Group is providing the first public demonstration of V-Ray with RTX ray-tracing support, yielding dramatic speedups. They’re also showing a demo of Project Lavina, a real-time rendering environment, built from the ground up with DXR, to enable real-time interactivity of scenes built in V-Ray.
  • Maxon’s press conference featured an RTX Studio laptop showcasing a demo of Redshift 3 with RTX-powered ray tracing and Cinema 4D R21. Attendees can check out the demo in the Maxon booth (#1227).

And there’s much more on the show floor from Epic Games (#1319), Foundry (#925), OTOY (#1141), Unity (#1241) and countless others.

At SIGGRAPH 2019, the world’s top ISVs have turned “RTX On,” displayed for everyone to see on RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations.

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Bitcoin Cash Clash: Craig Wright Whiffs in Suit Against Ex-Pal Roger Ver

Craig Wright’s legal campaign continues to experience turbulence, with a UK court dealing a devastating blow to the self-declared Bitcoin creator’s quest to use the strong arm of the law to unsully his less-than-stellar-reputation. The self-proclaimed “Satoshi Nakamoto” launched a libel lawsuit against Roger Ver after Ver taunted him by calling him a “fraud” – a […]

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Developer’s Hitman 3 Reveal Proves Gamers Embrace Episodic Nature

So it appears that gamers may be getting a new Hitman installment at some point. Following the success of developer IO Interactive’s Hitman 2 in 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, a statement from IO Interactive’s Hakan Abrak suggests that a Hitman 3 lies ahead. In a documentary by Noclip called “The Fall […]

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