Wrap up: the latest in technology...

By WILLIAM XIE | November 16, 2017

Artificial intelligence accurately detects colorectal cancer

Japanese researchers recently developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can accurately detect colorectal cancer at early stages. Led by Dr. Yuichi Mori from Showa University in Japan, the team of researchers fed the AI thousands of high resolution images of pre-cancerous cells and cancerous cells.

The algorithm successfully identified malignant cells with an 86 percent accuracy in as fast as a second. AI detection can assist medical professionals in diagnosing diseases at early stages. Early detection of colorectal cancer can significantly help with treating malignant cells and preventing malignant cells from spreading.

Free Windows 10 upgrade to expire at the end of 2017

General free upgrades to Windows 10 ended in July 2016 during the Get Windows 10 program. When announcing the termination of the Get Windows 10 program, Microsoft made a point to clarify that the 2016 deadline did not apply to those who use assistive technologies. These are technologies created for use by people with disabilities. Microsoft has now set the deadline for those individuals to December 31, 2017.

Computer company Broadcom offers takeover bid to Qualcomm

Broadcom, a company that produces computer and telecommunication networking products, has just attempted the largest tech takeover deal in the history of the electronics industry. Broadcom shot an unsolicited offer of $105 billion to its rival Qualcomm early this week.

Qualcomm’s CEO Steven Mollenkopf negotiated with Qualcomm shareholders and concluded that the takeover bid valued at $70 per share was undervalued. It is uncertain whether Broadcom will up its bid, but Qualcomm board members are expected to reject the offer as early as Monday.

Intel and AMD team up to develop new chip rivaling Nvidia

Rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have unexpectedly teamed up to create a chip consisting of an Intel Core microprocessor and an AMD graphics core. The chip will be sold in gaming laptops. The new integrated chip is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2018. Intel’s new chip may pave the way for the tech giant to pursue manufacturing dedicated graphics cards.

Officially, Intel first proposed the partnership to co-design the chip, and AMD accepted. Their last partnership was more than two decades ago in the 1980s. AMD’s partnership with Intel challenges rival graphics card manufacturer Nvidia. When asked whether he was worried about AMD’s deal, Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang explained he believes the deal is a loss for AMD due to the negative impact it could have on the perception of AMD’s leadership moving forward.

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