Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers, To Focus On Products That Return More Profit

Apple has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers in a move that further sharpens the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, Bloomberg reports. From the article:Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV. Apple hasn’t refreshed its routers since 2013 following years of frequent updates to match new standards from the wireless industry. The decision to disband the team indicates the company isn’t currently pushing forward with new versions of its routers. Routers are access points that connect laptops, iPhones and other devices to the web without a cable. Apple currently sells three wireless routers, the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time capsule. The Time capsule doubles as a backup storage hard drive for Mac computers.

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Fear and Machine Learning: AI and Legal Practice

In late September leaders from legal, business and technology gathered in New Orleans at Clio Con, also know as the Clio Cloud Conference.* Andrew Arruda, ‎CEO and Co-Founder of ROSS Intelligence, delivered a talk called, “Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Science Fiction or Science Fact?”
Arruda sets out to clarify some of the misconceptions that surround artificial intelligence and demonstrate how AI is currently being used. He provides examples of AI inside and outside of the legal environment and concludes that if it’s working elsewhere it can work for law too. He then talks about the fear piece and the “dangers of technophobia.” And he’s happy to report that he has so far been unable to find that “army of robot lawyers that are supposedly going to come and take our jobs.”
AI is a broad term, he explains, that encompasses the more specific process known as “machine learning” as well as


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Oracle Buys Dyn DNS Provider

Oracle announced today it is buying DNS provider Dyn, a company that was in the press lately after it was hit by a large-scale DDoS attack in October that resulted in many popular websites becoming inaccessible. From a TechCrunch report:Oracle plans to add Dyn’s DNS solution to its bigger cloud computing platform, which already sells/provides a variety of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) products. Oracle and Dyn didn’t disclose the price of the deal but we are trying to find out. Dan Primack reports that it’s around $600 million. We’ve also asked for a comment from Oracle about Dyn’s recent breach, and whether the wheels were set in motion for this deal before or after the Mirai botnet attack in October.

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Show HN: Generate Google Slides from markdown

README.md

Generate Google Slides from markdown & HTML. Run from the command line or embed in another
application.

This project was developed as an example of how to use the
Slides API.

While it does not yet produce stunningly beautiful decks, you are encouraged to use
this tool for quickly prototyping presentations.

Contributions are welcome.

Installation and usage

For command line use, install md2gslides globally:

$ npm install -g md2gslides

After installing, import your slides by running:

$ md2gslides slides.md

The first time the command is run you will be prompted for authorization. Credentials
will be stored locally in a file named ~/.credentials/md2gslides.json.

Supported markdown rules

md2gslides uses a subset of the CommonMark and
Github Flavored Markdown rules for
markdown.

Slides

Each slide is typically represented by a header, followed by zero or more block elements.

Begin a new slide with a horizontal rule (—). The separator
may be omitted for the first slide.

The following examples show how to create slides of various layouts:

Title slide

# This


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Build serverless real-time apps with AWS IoT MQTT

README.md

This module implements a client to connect to AWS IoT MQTT broker using WebSockets.
It can be used to create serverless realtime applications that elastically scale with demand.
AWS MQTT Client can be used in browser as well as in node.js environment.

Up until now an implementation of a realtime in-browser application required the use of either an external service
(e.g Pusher, PubNub)
or roll your own servers (e.g. using socket.io) that maintain connections with browsers and need scaling to respond to the changes in number of active users.
Using AWS IoT MQTT broker as the realtime backend provides a low cost automatically scaled service for your application.

Disclaimer

AWS documentation does not explicitly promote the use of IoT MQTT broker as a general purpose pub/sub broker.
Only the use case of IoT devices communication is explicitly described. While technically there is nothing preventing
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Walmart Tests Blockchain For Use In Food Recalls

An anonymous reader quotes a Bloomberg article about Walmart:
Like most merchants, the world’s largest retailer struggles to identify and remove food that’s been recalled. When a customer becomes ill, it can take days to identify the product, shipment and vendor. With the blockchain, Wal-Mart will be able to obtain crucial data from a single receipt, including suppliers, details on how and where food was grown and who inspected it… “If there’s an issue with an outbreak of E. coli, this gives them an ability to immediately find where it came from. That’s the difference between days and minutes,” says Marshal Cohen, an analyst at researcher NPD Group Inc….”

In October, Wal-Mart started tracking two products using blockchain: a packaged produce item in the U.S., and pork in China. While only two items were included, the test involved thousands of packages shipped to multiple stores… If Wal-Mart adopts the blockchain to


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Goldman Sachs Drops Out of R3 Blockchain Group

Nov. 21, 2016 7:21 a.m. ET

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has dropped out of the R3 CEV LLC blockchain group. The investment bank was one of nine original members of R3, founded in 2014 to explore the use of the distributed database technology in Wall Street infrastructure. The technology, best known for underpinning the system that trades the virtual currency bitcoin, has garnered increasing attention as a way banks can save billions of dollars and make old-fashioned processes faster and more efficient. But not all blockchain firms are the same, with different banks backing different ventures to exploit the technology. As of Oct. 31, Goldman let its membership lapse in R3, one of the higher profile efforts, but the firm will continue to work with blockchain technology, a spokeswoman for the investment bank said. The online distributed ledger is best known for supporting bitcoin


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