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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all done it — and now Baidu’s doing it, too. The Chinese tech giant has open sourced one of its key machine learning tools, PaddlePaddle, offering the software up to the global community of AI researchers. Baidu’s big claim for PaddlePaddle is that it’s easier to use than rival programs. Like Amazon’s DSSTNE and Microsoft’s CNTK, PaddlePaddle offers a toolkit for deep learning, but Baidu says comparable software is designed to work in too many different situations, making it less approachable to newcomers. Xu Wei, the leader of Baidu’s PaddlePaddle development, tells The Verge that a machine translation program written with Baidu’s software needs only a quarter of the amount of code demanded by other deep learning tools. Baidu is hoping this ease of use will make PaddlePaddle more attractive to computer scientists, and draw attention away from machine learning tools released by Google and Facebook. Baidu says PaddlePaddle is already being used by more than 30 of its offline and online products and services, covering sectors from search to finance to health. Xu said that if one of its machine learning tools became too monopolistic, it would be like “trying to use one programming language to code all applications.” Xu doesn’t believe that any one company will dominate this area. “Different tools have different strengths,” he said. “The deep learning ecosystem will end up having different tools optimized for different uses. Just like no programming language truly dominates software development.”
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Hopefully Apple packs a larger battery inside its rumored headphone jack-free next iPhone, because there’s about to be another power suck: headphones. Libratone, the company famed for adding a handle to a Bluetooth speaker, has struck on another obvious innovation by killing the battery pack and powering its new Q Adapt In-Ear headphones with active noise cancellation from an iPhone or iPad’s Lightning connector.
Noise cancellation isn’t everybody’s favorite thing, but thankfully Libratone has made the feature adjustable with its “CityMix” feature, letting you set exactly how much noise you want cancelled on a scale of 1 to 5.
Libratone is also announcing a pair of Q Adapt On-Ear wireless headphones that…
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