Here is a great roundup of AI tools for interactive storytellers and developers.

Luckily, wonderful people are thinking creatively about how we can bring everyone into the process of working with complex technologies. It is our responsibility towards one another. I hope this piece will encourage more people to join the conversation and diversify the voices that manufacture our reality. In the last two years, more accessible platforms have been developed; therefore, we find it necessary to update this list. If I missed something, or you have suggestions, please contact me at shirinanlen@gmail.com.

iFixit breaks down the new Surface Duo – literally.

We first found out about Microsoft’s interest in building a dual-screen foldable device way back in 2009, when they revealed their Microsoft Courier concept device. Almost 10 years later, that dual-screen foldable is a reality. The Microsoft Surface Duo has Dual AMOLED screens and a 360 degree hinge system that can transform the device into a variety of form factors. 2020 has been a major year for fold-able devices and they’ve been all over the place with repairability. This is a novel idea, even among fellow foldables, so we’re excited to crack this thing open and see how Microsoft finally realized this ambitious dream of theirs.

Read the written teardown for beautiful photos and some more analysis: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Microsoft+Surface+Duo+Teardown/136576

There are changes coming to the Azure IoT TLS certificates that may require updates to your IoT device firmware.

In this episode of the IoT show, learn the basics of TLS, the current Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for Azure IoT generally, and IoT Hub and DPS specifically before detailing upcoming immediate changes to this PKI, and the future of PKI for Azure IoT.

Learn more at https://aka.ms/iotshow/iot-ca-updates

Microsoft has announced it is open sourcing its extension of TensorFlow for Windows. The source code for TensorFlow-DirectML is now available on GitHub.

“TensorFlow-DirectML broadens the reach of TensorFlow beyond its traditional Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) support, by enabling high-performance training and inferencing of machine learning models on any Windows devices with a DirectX 12-capable GPU through DirectML, a hardware accelerated deep learning API on Windows,” wrote Microsoft’s senior program manager Clarke Rahrig, senior software engineer Justin Stoecker, and principal software engineer lead Chai Chaoweeraprasit.

GPUs were first developed and marketed to gamers.

In the last half decade or so, GPUs have proven themselves quite useful in deep learning applications.

Why is that?

In the term ‘Graphics Processing Unit’, ‘Graphics’ refers to rendering an image at specified coordinates on a 2d or 3d space. A viewport or viewpoint is a viewer’s perspective of looking to an object depending upon the type of projection used. Rasterisation and Ray-tracing are some of the ways of rendering 3d scenes, both of these concepts are based on a type of a projection called as perspective projection. What is perspective projection?

This video is about Bell’s Theorem, one of the most fascinating results in 20th century physics.

Even though Albert Einstein (together with collaborators in the EPR Paradox paper) wanted to show that quantum mechanics must be incomplete because it was nonlocal (he didn’t like “spooky action at a distance”), John Bell managed to prove that any local real hidden variable theory would have to satisfy certain simple statistical properties that quantum mechanical experiments (and the theory that describes them) violate.

Since then, GHZ and others have managed to extend the theoretical work, and Alain Aspect performed the first Bell test experiment in the late 1980s.

Florin Pop challenged himself to create 10 Projects in 10 Hours using Vanilla JavaScript, CSS and HTML.

The session was recorded in a Live Stream on Twitch (https://twitch.com/florinpop17).  

Video index:

  • 0:00:00 – Intro
  • 0:01:12 – Countdown Timer
  • 0:32:15 – Quiz App
  • 1:23:20 – Recipe App
  • 3:19:57 – Notes App
  • 4:10:35 – ToDo App
  • 4:46:14 – Movies App
  • 5:39:55 – GitHub Profiles
  • 6:33:30 – Drawing App
  • 7:19:40 – Password Generator
  • 8:10:05 – Weather App