Hentsu Tech News Round-up #11

With each passing week, we are seeing some hot stories and major events happening on the modern technology scene. Feel free to dig into Hentsu’s latest tech news round-up. 


Microsoft just had a Stellar Three Months Thanks to Azure, Surface, and Xbox   

Turns out MS is having a good year, especially the last three months. Judging from the latest reports, the company’s growth and success for the last three months is attributed to their Azure, Surface, and Xbox products; with the COVID-19 pandemic having little to no impact on Microsoft’s financial performance.  

“The last five months have made it clear that tech intensity is the key to business resilience. Organizations that build their own digital capability will recover faster and emerge from this crisis stronger,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. He goes on to say Microsoft is in the unique position of being able to “help every organization transform and reimagine how they meet customer needs,” in other words support remote work in the new reality. 

Read the full story at TheVerge 


AI Now Learning Unsupervised at the Speed of Light 

Let’s not forget that AI and machine learning is a fast-growing areaThe technology surrounding AI has also brought massive benefits for cloud computing, as we have seen recently. This time around, scientists indicate an epic breakthrough in terms of how fast AI can learn. In fact, according to a recent paper, Artificial Intelligence is using light as opposed to electricity to perform computations. 

What this signifies is a colossal improvement in terms of speed and efficiency of machine learning neural networks.  

“We found that integrated photonic platforms that integrate efficient optical memory can obtain the same operations as a tensor processing unit, but they consume a fraction of the power and have higher throughput,” reveals Mario Miscuglio, one of the paper’s authors. 

“When opportunely trained, [the platforms] can be used for performing interference at the speed of light,” he added.  

Read the full story at Intependent.co.uk 


Alphabet Earnings: Google Cloud Revenue Run Rate Tops $12B 

The cloud space appears to be expanding more than ever, as industry leaders mark the continued success of their cloud platforms, and cloud-related solutions. Google parent company, Alphabet, noted a cloud revenue growth of 43percent, contributing to the annual revenue run rate for Google Cloud, which is now $12.03 billion.  

Here’s the word: “Google Cloud’s revenue — which includes sales from Google Cloud Platform (GCP), the G Suite productivity tools and other enterprise cloud services — reached just more than $3 billion in the three months that ended June 30, up from $2.1 billion in last year’s second quarter and $2.77 billion in this year’s first quarter. The annual revenue run rate for Google Cloud – the third largest cloud computing provider behind No. 1 Amazon Web Services and No. 2 Microsoft Azure – is now approximately $12.03 billion after exceeding $11.08 billion in the first quarter.” 

Read the full story at CRN