Microsoft partners with Sputnik to develop edge computing

The popularization of edge computing technology makes complex computing load no longer centralized, even small devices can share it, making artificial satellite edge computing feasible. Microsoft (Microsoft) recently announced a partnership with satellite company Loft to develop satellite cloud computing services.

Microsoft has been actively developing the Azure Space satellite service in recent years. This time, it has cooperated with Loft Orbital to allow customers to develop, test and verify space systems in Azure, and then deploy them to satellites through the Loft Orbital platform. The goal is to launch a satellite test in 2023. Using the Airbus ARROW satellite platform makes it easier for customers to quickly deploy and operate payloads on efficient satellites while reducing costs.

In addition to Microsoft, AWS has also developed aerospace and satellite businesses, and has AWS ground base station support to control satellites and read data, as part of GSaaS (Ground Base Station as a Service). In recent years, satellite applications have once again become the focus of the technology industry. In addition to satellite networks such as Starlink, it is believed that orbital edge computing is also a new market worth noting.

Mlytics Joins AWS Global ISV Accelerator Program to Help Expand Global Business

Mlytics, a provider of data-driven CDN traffic management and monitoring solutions, announced on the 24th that it has successfully joined AWS (Amazon Web Services, Amazon Cloud Computing Services) Global ISV Accelerator Program (AWS ISV Accelerator Program), Mlytics was able to obtain AWS co-sale support to accelerate the sales cycle of core solutions. In the future, Mlytics can also list its products on AWS Marketplace, giving priority to reaching millions of AWS customers around the world.

Traditional converged Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers are unable to provide solutions that are easy for customers to use, and have poor failover performance, and deployment is time-consuming and inelastic.

Mlytics became an AWS Technology Partner in 2021, and continues to leverage AWS cloud technology to optimize its software solutions and improve product competitiveness. Mlytics breaks through traditional technologies and combines AWS Global Accelerator, which can improve Internet availability and performance, to develop the world’s first Multi-CDN Accelerator (Global Multi-CDN Accelerator, GMA), allowing customers to configure and operate through a single interface Multiple CDNs. The solution also feeds data from more than 310 globally distributed points of connection (PoPs) in the AWS Cloudfront automation network, reducing latency. Leveraging AI load balancing algorithms, Mlytics can automatically detect the best performing CDNs in various locations to keep customer websites running efficiently.

In addition, Mlytics has developed the world’s first cloud-based Origin Shield firewall solution based on GMA’s core business. By deploying more than 2,300 CDN nodes around the world, and integrating AWS Shield services to resist DDoS attacks, comprehensive protection Customers’ cloud-based digital assets greatly improve the security of information compliance.

Driven by the digital wave, many independent software vendors (ISVs) are faced with the need to develop solutions, continuously optimize and improve performance, and expand their markets. In view of this, AWS has launched a number of programs to help ISVs transform and innovate, including the ISV Acceleration Program, hoping to use its top cloud service technology and support to help ISVs develop solutions according to customer needs and achieve cloud transformation and breakthroughs. On the business side, AWS will also provide market expansion channels and incentive mechanisms such as AWS Marketplace, conduct joint sales with ISVs to expand business opportunities, and solve the pain points of the global distribution of Taiwanese ISVs.

Amazon’s internal communication program, a large number of banned words list public

E-commerce platform Amazon (Amazon), which employs a large number of employees, is planning to launch an internal communication program in order to facilitate their internal communication. The foreign website The Intercept recently reported that, according to internal documents they obtained, Amazon will add a filter function to the communication program to prohibit employees from discussing certain topics.

The Intercept refers to Amazon’s plans to add automatic word monitoring to the messaging app, adding words that criticize the work environment like Slave Labor, Prison and Plantation (slave labor, prisons and plantations), and even Restrooms (toilet) to a banned list. It was reported earlier that Amazon was urinating in bottles instead of going to the toilet to avoid penalties. Other banned words include Living Wage, Diversity, Vaccine (living wage, diversity, vaccine), while Union, Pay Rise, Compensation (union, labor, compensation) are also on the list.

A person familiar with the matter said that Amazon executives met in November last year to study the establishment of an internal community platform. In response to foreign media inquiries, an Amazon spokesperson said that the team is always looking for new ways to help employees communicate, but the communication program project is currently not approved and may have major changes or will not be launched in the end.

Quantum computing services expand to London region with AWS’ new quantum processing unit Lucy

AWS (Amazon Web Services, Amazon cloud computing service) new quantum processing unit (quantum processing unit, QPU) Lucy has been activated, named after the pioneer of quantum physicist Lucy Mensing, is an eight quantum bit technology based on superconducting qubit technology. Bit quantum processing unit. Lucy is provided by Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), and it is also the first publicly available quantum processing unit of OQC.

In the past, the availability of quantum hardware has limited the use of quantum computing technology by academic and industrial researchers. At present, quantum computing technology is still in the initial stage of development. In order to solve the challenges in computing in the future, such as finance, energy, pharmaceuticals, and logistics, it is very important to experimentally develop quantum computing. Customers around the world are now conducting experiments on OQC’s quantum hardware based on Coaxmon’s qubit technology through a pay-as-you-go payment method. For the first time, researchers can use Amazon Braket to compare and contrast the performance of their quantum computing programs on different superconducting, gated devices.

In fact, Amazon Braket continues to work on providing AWS customers with a single point of access to choose from different quantum hardware, allowing them to experiment with multiple quantum processing units through a single interface.

In addition to the new quantum hardware, Amazon Braket’s services have also been further expanded to the London region (Europe West 2), and others that have opened Amazon Braket include the US East (Northern Virginia) region and the US West (Northern California) region. Region, US West (Oregon) Region. Amazon Braket customers facing data residency obligations in the UK and Europe can use the new quantum processing unit and achieve compliance more easily. Considering the ease of use for customers in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Lucy will be open on weekdays from Monday to Friday, 3 hours a day from 10am GMT.

In addition, three quantum computing simulators managed by Amazon Braket – State Vector Simulator (SV1), Density Matrix Simulator (DM1), and Tensor Network Simulator (TN1) are also officially launched in Europe West 2. . These simulators are fully managed on AWS and available 24/7, and customers can use the simulators to simulate before executing on quantum hardware.

Although quantum computers have not yet had a significant impact on actual production work, hybrid quantum-classical algorithms that combine quantum computers with traditional classical hardware, such as variational quantum solvers, quantum adiabatic optimization, and quantum machine learning algorithms, are Development directions for developing quantum computing applications. Amazon Braket recently introduced a new feature, Hybrid Jobs, that fully manages the traditional and quantum infrastructure required for such algorithms, providing customers with priority access to quantum computers throughout the run. In particular, Hybrid Jobs fully supports OQC’s Lucy, and customers can use Lucy as a quantum backend for mixed workloads and get priority access to devices.

Pure electric Jeep Jeep Magneto released, zero-to-hundred acceleration in just 2 seconds and a six-speed manual

Fans who love to explore the outdoors finally waited for the electric Jeep Magneto, which is not only a pure electric car, but also extremely powerful. It only takes 2 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 horsepower, but is there really a way to Off-Road?

Jeep released the pure electric concept car Wrangler Magneto last year, which made fans look forward to it. This week, the Magneto 2.0 was launched, which seamlessly combines the pure electric power system with the Jeep off-road style, and also shows the ability of electric vehicles to conquer all terrains.

Compared with last year’s first-generation concept car, Magneto’s 2.0 horsepower has been greatly upgraded, with a maximum output of 625 horsepower and a torque of up to 1,151 Newton meters. More specifically, Jeep emphasizes that the new electric system can maintain a maximum current of 600 amps for up to 10 seconds. , Magneto can accelerate from zero to 100 in just 2 seconds, keeping pace with Tesla Model S Plaid.

In order to perfectly inherit the Wrangler driving experience, Jeep also added a six-speed electric manual (e-manual) to the pure electric jeep. The official has not yet explained the operation of the transmission system in detail, but emphasized that this is the design closest to the existing off-road vehicle driving style. , hoping to attract fans of off-road vehicles.

The manual system allows car owners to use more torque and achieve higher climbing ability. Benefiting from the transmission space saved by the electric system, Jeep did not fill the extra space with batteries, but installed more off-road kits, including 3 inch lift kit, 40-inch off-road tires are mounted on 20-inch rims, the front axle is Dynatrac 60 Pro-Rock, the rear axle is Dynatrac 80 version, as well as front and rear axle stabilizers, plus off-road special suspension, to make off-road fans Give full play to your own path and open your own spirit.

Having said that, the Magneto 2.0 battery pack has a capacity of only 70kWh, and it is very limited to cope with a super motor with a power of 460kW.

Jeep has followed the strategy of its parent company Stellantis in the past two years, aiming to achieve the all-electric goal in 2030. Therefore, it has successively launched pure electric vehicles, mainly SUVs. The purpose of releasing Magneto 2.0 this time is to let old fans know that they will not be in the market. Off-Road is abandoned in the era of electric vehicles, but when it is actually launched, what products will be produced and how the price will be positioned will test Jeep’s cost control and the pocket depth of car fans.

Rectify the Google Play platform, outdated apps are not allowed to download and use

Google is preparing to remove outdated and unsuitable apps from the Google Play platform, hide apps that haven’t been updated within 2 years of the latest Android version, and prevent them from being downloaded to users’ mobile devices again, starting November 1, 2022 Effective; this also means that Android users who continue to use the latest software, or just bought a new device, will no longer be able to find or download outdated and inappropriate apps.

Developers are required to update their apps to meet Google Play’s target API level requirements within 1 year of the Android release. By setting your app to specify the latest API level, you can improve your user’s security, privacy, and performance experience while continuing to make your app work on older Android devices.

Therefore, taking the official version of Android 12 as an example, with the release in October last year, developers must accelerate App updates before October 2022; if it exceeds October 2023, apps that have not been updated will be hidden by Google Play , is not discovered by the user, and the user cannot download it again.

To help developers transition through this period, Google has published a technical guide and documentation that includes an exact timeline to help apps reach the target API level. If developers need more time, they can apply for a 6-month extension in the future through the form

Since those outdated and unsuitable apps have not been completely removed from Google Play, Android users still have a chance to find them, so it is not equivalent to the Apple App Store announcement a few years ago that tens of thousands of outdated, abandoned, and no longer updated apps were removed. However, Google’s intentions are actually similar to Apple’s, because outdated and unsuitable apps not only do not continuously improve the user experience, but also may pose security risks.

In addition, to further protect Android users, Google has recently removed apps from Google Play that covertly collect user data, such as QRcode scanners, highway speed cameras, and other apps that have been removed from millions of devices because of malicious code. Android devices steal user data.

Toyota, Tesla collaborate on self-driving research, target general lenses to replace lidar

Autopilot technology requires the cooperation of sensors and software. At present, the technology needs to install a lot of high-priced lidars. Toyota and Tesla have cooperated and hope to replace lidars with ordinary lenses, so as to improve autopilot technology more efficiently and reduce costs.

According to “Reuters”, this time, Woven Planet, a Toyota subsidiary, joined Tesla’s development team to jointly develop autonomous driving technology with lower-cost lenses. Now autonomous driving requires a huge fleet to collect data. If the fleet uses high-priced lidar, it will cost a lot of money. The cooperation between the two companies aims to research lower-cost lenses, effectively collect data and train autonomous driving systems, reduce costs and improve technology. Save up to 90% on the cost of light delivery with ordinary lenses.

Michael Benisch, vice president of engineering at Woven Planet, pointed out that autonomous driving requires a lot of data, and it is still not enough to collect data in small batches of high-cost fleets. The development team hopes to develop general lens technology to catch up with lidar. Before development, Toyota still uses LiDAR self-driving cars to collect data for safety reasons.

Apple: Spotify, Netflix are more popular than Apple Music / TV+, no need to open sideloading

Apple released an App Store research report on the 7th, explaining that Apple’s apps are not completely monopolized and trying to resolve regulatory pressure. The report, commissioned by Analysis Group economists, highlights how successful third-party developers are on the App Store.

Apple was facing antitrust regulatory lawsuits and concerns over the App Store’s app prioritization and abuse of dominance at the time of the study’s publication. Due to regulatory pressure, Apple opened the subscription license for external links, which can bypass the system commission. But the bigger concern should be the government’s requirement to open up the iOS system, allowing for app sideloading and optional alternatives to third-party app stores.

Apple emphasizes:

Many third-party apps are the only option for consumers in this category, including social networking, dating, travel planning, and dining.
Different countries have different strong apps, and in many regions, such apps even outperform similar products in the global market.
In most regions, iPhone users prefer third-party bulk apps, including music streaming, TV and movie streaming, reading, communication, and mapping apps.
Apple also cites the following U.S. data:

  • Spotify usage is 1.6 times that of Apple Music.
  • Netflix is ​​17 times better than Apple TV+.
  • Wattpad is 5.5 times taller than Apple Books.
  • Kindle is 4.5 times bigger than Apple Books.

Among many app types, Apple’s own apps account for a relatively small proportion of iPhone usage, even though some Apple apps are built in to enable core device functionality.

iPhone users often use a variety of applications in a certain category, especially social, news reading, audio and video, navigation, etc., highlighting that users can easily switch applications and provide more job opportunities for developers.

TSMC grabs Huida’s 4nm GPU order and will monopolize the newly released GPU foundry in 2022

According to foreign media reports, NVIDIA, the world’s largest GPU manufacturer with market share, has decided that the next-generation H100 GPU will be produced by TSMC’s 4-nanometer process. The new GPU will be released in the third quarter of 2022 and is expected to process 40TB of data per second, which is equivalent to 4,200 1.2GB movies. Huida’s RTX 4000 series GPUs are also mass-produced using TSMC’s 5nm process.

South Korean media “BusinessKorea” reported that industry insiders expect Huida’s next-generation H100 GPU to be produced by TSMC’s 4nm process, and TSMC will monopolize all of Huida’s GPU orders in 2022. Previously, Huida cooperated with Samsung to produce RTX 3000 series GPUs, but Samsung’s yield was too low, causing Huida’s RTX 3000 series to continue to be out of stock in the market.

Huida has been outsourcing data center and consumer GPU production to TSMC until 2020, when Huida chose Samsung as the RTX3000 series GPU foundry manufacturing partner, in order to diversify suppliers, reduce production prices and increase product competition force. However, Samsung’s production situation disappointed Huida, so it decided to hand over the foundry orders to TSMC. With Huida holding 80% of the global GPU market share, it is expected that TSMC’s global foundry share will further expand.

Market sources said that it is very painful for Samsung to hand over its foundry customers to TSMC. Not only Huida, but Samsung has also reported that it will lose another major customer, which is Qualcomm, a mobile processor manufacturer. Even though Samsung has obtained orders for Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile processors, the yield rate cannot be improved and cannot meet Qualcomm’s market demand. It is reported that Qualcomm has decided to cooperate with TSMC to produce the next-generation 3nm process mobile processor that is being developed for release in 2023. Qualcomm also handed over the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, an improved version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile processor released in the second half of the year, to TSMC for production, which is equivalent to completely stealing the big order from Qualcomm to Samsung.

After repeated orders transfer, Kyung Gye-hyun, head of Samsung’s foundry business department, said at a regular shareholders’ meeting in mid-March that after initial improvements, foundry production has stabilized, and Samsung is actively cooperating with Qualcomm in the medium and long term.

Eliminate GOS controversy, Samsung will push Galaxy mobile phone exclusive processor

When it comes to Samsung’s own processors in mobile phones, the first thing that comes to mind is the Exynos chip, but in fact, this chip is not only used in Samsung mobile phones, such as the Chinese mobile phone brand vivo The Exynos processor was used. However, when Samsung President Lu Taiwen was recently at the Samsung Town Hall meeting, when faced with questions from employees about how to solve the game optimization service (GOS) application dispute, Lu Taiwen responded directly, and will create a unique application processor (application processor) for Galaxy phones. AP) to address this problem head-on.

Samsung’s GOS controversy is because it was revealed last month that the built-in GOS applications on many of its mobile phones will limit CPU and GPU performance, and not only limit games, but even general applications will be affected by GOS applications. . After this incident broke out, it greatly affected the image of Samsung mobile phones.

And what Lu Taiwen said about “the unique application processor of Galaxy mobile phones” may be to improve the performance of Samsung mobile phones, so as to eliminate the controversy of the previous GOS application.

It’s just that Lu Taiwen did not say whether the application processor unique to this Galaxy phone will continue to be named Exynos, and it is not clear whether the company will continue to use the ARM architecture, or whether Samsung will want to let the previous self-launched The Mongoose Autonomous Architecture core is revived.

In addition, there have been previous rumors that Samsung may use MediaTek chips in the yet-to-be-launched Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23 series phones; however, Samsung has not clearly stated whether the application processor unique to this Galaxy phone will be compatible with MediaTek. Joint venture to build.