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Facebook Releases Open Source Speech Recognition Platform

Facebook has announced that it will be making its wav2letter@anywhere online speech recognition framework more readily available as an open source platform. The framework was developed by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), which claims that it has created the fastest open source automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform currently on the market.

“The system has almost three times the throughput of a well-tuned hybrid ASR baseline while also having lower latency and a better word error rate,” wrote a group of eight FAIR researchers in a recent paper.

[Source: Mobile ID World]

Top NLP Open Source Projects For Developers In 2020

The year 2019 was an excellent year for the developers, as almost all industry leaders open-sourced their machine learning tool kits. Open-sourcing not only help the users but also helps the tool itself as developers can contribute and add customisations that serve few complex applications. The benefit is mutual and also helps in accelerating the democratisation of ML. Take a look at few open-source NLP projects that would be exciting both for the developers as well as the users…

[Source: Analytics India Magazine]

There Is Finally Open-Source Accelerated NVIDIA Turing Graphics Support

Here is another big feature coming for Linux 5.6: the Nouveau driver will have initial accelerated support for NVIDIA “Turing” GPUs! This is coming at long-last with NVIDIA set to release publicly the Turing firmware images needed for hardware initialization.

As of writing, NVIDIA hasn’t yet volleyed the signed firmware needed for Turing hardware initialization, but it appears advanced copies went out to Nouveau DRM maintainer Ben Skeggs of Red Hat. With the firmware bits and some DRM driver hacking, Skeggs now has the Turing GPUs lighting up with the open-source driver.

[Source: Phoronix]

PinePhone Braveheart Linux smartphone begins shipping January 17th

The PinePhone is an inexpensive smartphone designed to run Linux-based operating systems. Developed by the folks at Pine64, the $150 smartphone was first announced about a year ago — and this week the first units will ship.

Pine64 says it will begin shipping the PinePhone Braveheart Edition on January 17th — although it could take a few weeks for customers to receive their phones. This Braveheart edition phone is aimed at early adopters willing to tinker and test the hardware and try out various software environments.

[Source: Liliputing]

A New Desktop Theme Is Coming For Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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With Ubuntu 20.04 to see installation on many desktops (and servers) given its Long-Term Support status, Canonical and the Yaru community team have begun working on a successor to the Yaru theme for this Linux distribution release due out in April.

Yaru has been the default Ubuntu theme since 18.10 but now a year and a half later is time for some refinements. The Yaru design team was recently at Canonical’s London offices to work on the new theme.

[Source: Phoronix]

Linux Developers Start Poaching Microsoft Users After Windows 7 End of Support

Windows 7 has officially reached the end of support, so users running it have three options to choose from: stick with Windows 7 and face the obvious security risks, upgrade to newer Windows, or migrate to a non-Windows platform. As far as the last option goes, Linux distro makers know how big this opportunity really is, so they started poaching Windows 7 users in an attempt to increase their install base.

After Canonical tried to lure Windows 7 users to install Ubuntu, a number of Korean companies developing their own custom Linux distros have launched similar campaigns specifically supposed to convince Microsoft customers to make the switch.

[Source: Softpedia]

Google open-sources tool to boost 2FA adoption in npm

Google has open-sourced an npm publishing tool for heightened security across organizations’ client libraries. The tool, Wombat Dressing Room, aims to reduce the security risks associated with the automation of npm publishing.

“On my team, a small number of developers manage over 75 Node.js libraries,” Benjamin Coe, developer engineer at Google, said in an announcement on Friday (January 10).

[Source: The Daily Swig]

Top Open Source Machine Learning Tools

Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and other tech giants including renowned developers have already taken a nimble step towards the Machine learning and Artificial intelligence to make the dream of human beings of creating a highly intelligent machine. And to armed others to partake in this journey of building a conscious machine for the future, there are quite a good number of open source tools avail by tech giants to integrate artificial intelligence into applications.

Yet, the artificial intelligence and machine learning are at very early stage, so don’t expect something like some sci-fi movie, however developers those are into AI and ML can use the open-source software we are going to discuss for writing apps for better speech recognition, Image recognization, Voice assistance, developing a neural network and more… Take a look at some of the most popular open-source solutions.

[Source: H2S Media]

Microsoft and IBM: Here’s why we back Google in Oracle Java API copyright case

IBM, Microsoft and other tech companies have filed court documents in support of Google ahead of the Supreme Court of the US hearing over whether copyright applies to software application programming interfaces.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Google vs Oracle case in March, after the court last year agreed to reconsider a favorable decision towards Oracle by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2014. The court reversed a federal court jury decision that Google’s use of Java API packages in its Android operating system constituted “fair use”.

[Source: ZDNet]

Wind River acquires Star Lab to improve its Linux security

Once upon a time Wind River was best known as a leading embedded operating system (VxWorks) and Linux (Wind River Linux) company. It still is. But things have changed. Now its customers want their devices to work in the world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and that requires much better security. That’s one reason why Wind River just acquired the Linux security company Star Lab.

Star Lab brings its Titanium Security Suite to Wind River’s table. It uses a threat model that assumes an attacker will gain root (admin) access to your system, but makes it harder for them to do your system any harm.

[Source: ZDNet]