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Karnataka approves nine IT projects to generate more jobs

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Monday cleared nine IT projects with a combined investment of Rs.3,097 crore, including a proposal by global chip maker Intel’s Indian subsidiary.

The state high-level clearance committee, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, cleared four major IT projects, with combined investment of Rs.2,957 cores, while the single window clearance cell, chaired by IT Minister S.R. Patil, cleared five projects with the combined investment of Rs.140 crore,

Intel will invest Rs.1,100 crore to set up its second computer software development centre and hardware design services facility in the city’s southeast suburb with job potential for 3,000 engineers.

Velankani Electronics Ltd will invest Rs.1,130 crore in the electronics city to expand its capacity to make electronic products and generate jobs for 2,400 people.

Saltire Developers Ltd to invest Rs.463 crore for setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) for IT/IT-enabled services with job potential for 25,000 people.

Amin Properties will invest Rs.265 crore to set up a SEZ at Devanahalli near the city’s airport for IT/IT-enabled services with job potential for 8,000 people.

The five other IT projects are from Alisa Agency (Rs.14 crore), Regen Environ Management Services (Rs.7 crore), Itwine Technologies (Rs.7.5 crore), Sol Biz Consulting Ltd (Rs.16.5 crore) and Hical Technologies (Rs.95 crore) with a combined job potential for 1,355 people.

The approvals come two days ahead of the global investors meet (GIM) from Wednesday in the city to attract global investments in diverse sectors.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Intel-Microsoft Collaborated Project Turns Malware into Images

Intel and Microsoft joined hands to work on the study

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Intel-Microsoft joint project to turn malware into images. Pixabay

Researchers from Intel and Microsoft have joined forces to study the use of deep learning for malware threat detection in a project that first converts malware into images.

The basis for this study is the observation that if malware samples are turned into grayscale images, the textural and structural patterns can be used to effectively classify them as either benign or malicious, as well as cluster malicious samples into respective threat families, Microsoft said.

The researchers used an approach that they called static malware-as-image network analysis (STAMINA), Jugal Parikh and Marc Marino from Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team wrote in a blog post.

For the first part of the collaboration, the researchers built on Intel’s prior work on deep transfer learning for static malware classification and used a real-world dataset from Microsoft to ascertain the practical value of approaching the malware classification problem as a computer vision task.

Using the dataset from Microsoft, the study showed that the STAMINA approach achieves high accuracy in detecting malware with low false positives.

The results were detailed in a paper titled “STAMINA: Scalable deep learning approach for malware classification”.

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The researchers used an approach that they called static malware-as-image network analysis (STAMINA). Wikimedia Commons

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To establish the practicality of the STAMINA approach, which posits that malware can be classified at scale by performing static analysis on malware codes represented as images, the study covered three main steps: image conversion, transfer learning, and evaluation.

The study was performed on a dataset of 2.2 million PE file hashes provided by Microsoft. This dataset was temporally split into 60:20:20 segments for training, validation, and test sets, respectively.

The joint research encourages the use of deep transfer learning for the purpose of malware classification. (IANS)

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Chip-Making Giant Intel introduces World’s Fastest Gaming Processors For Desktops

The chip allows more tuning control, faster multitasking and smoother gameplay, Intel said

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Intel is committed to enabling the future of powerful desktop gaming by continuously pushing the performance boundary to deliver an amazing PC gaming experience. Pixabay

Chip-making giant Intel on Thursday introduced the 10th Gen desktop processors including the flagship Core i9-10900K line up, termed the “worlds fastest gaming processor”.

The 10th Gen Intel Core S-series processors are expected to be available globally through normal retail channels and in desktops sold worldwide by original equipment manufacturers and channel system integrators, starting in May, the company said.

With speeds reaching up to a maximum of 5.3 gigahertz with Intel Thermal Velocity Boost2 out of the box, the 10th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are designed to deliver real-world performance for a new level of experience in gaming.

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“Intel is committed to enabling the future of powerful desktop gaming by continuously pushing the performance boundary to deliver an amazing PC gaming experience,” Brandt Guttridge, Intel Senior Director of the Desktop Products Group, said in a statement.

“The 10th Gen Intel Core S-series for desktops, and the Intel Core i9-10900K processor, the world’s fastest gaming processor reinforces our commitment to the gaming and enthusiast communities,” Guttridge said. The flagship Core i9-10900K features up to 10 cores, 20 threads and DDR4-2933 memory speeds.

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Chip-making giant Intel on Thursday introduced the 10th Gen desktop processors including the flagship Core i9-10900K line up, termed the “worlds fastest gaming processor”. Wikimedia Commons

The chip allows more tuning control, faster multitasking and smoother gameplay, Intel said. Intel said its Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 provides automatic performance boosts on lightly threaded applications, while per-core hyperthreading control allows experienced overclockers to decide which threads to turn on or off on a per-core basis.

Improvements in this generation include up to 187 frames per second for in-game performance while streaming and recording, and up to 63 per cent more frames per second in gaming compared with a 3-year-old PC. Other improvements include up to 12 per cent faster video editing compared with the previous generation, and up to 15 per cent faster video editing compared with a 3-year-old PC.

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This is in addition to up 18 per cent faster 4K video editing compared with the previous generation, and up to 35 per cent faster 4K video editing compared with a 3-year-old PC, Intel said. (IANS)

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Intel Pledges To Donate $50 Million To Combat Novel Coronavirus

Intel is also collaborating with India's IT industry body Nasscom to build an application ecosystem and multicloud back end to enable population-scale COVID-19 diagnostics, to predict outbreaks and to improve medical care management and administration

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The Intel COVID-19 Response and Readiness initiative will provide funding to accelerate customer and partner advances in diagnosis, treatment and vaccine development, leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing and edge-to-cloud service delivery. Wikimedia Commons

Global chip-making giant Intel on Tuesday pledged an additional $50 million to combat the novel coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students.

Much of the money, about $40 million, will fund the Intel COVID-19 Response and Readiness and Online Learning initiatives. The Intel COVID-19 Response and Readiness initiative will provide funding to accelerate customer and partner advances in diagnosis, treatment and vaccine development, leveraging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing and edge-to-cloud service delivery.

The Intel Online Learning initiative will support education-focused nonprofit organisations and business partners to provide students without access to technology with devices and online learning resources, the company said. In close partnership with public school districts, the initiative will enable PC donations, online virtual resources, study-at-home guides and device connectivity assistance.

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“The world faces an enormous challenge in fighting COVID-19. Intel is committed to accelerating access to technology that can combat the current pandemic and enable new technology and scientific discovery that better prepares society for future crises,” Intel CEO Bob Swan said in a statement.

“We hope that by sharing our expertise, resources and technology, we can help to accelerate work that saves lives and expands access to critical services around the world during this challenging time,” Swan added.

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Global chip-making giant Intel on Tuesday pledged an additional $50 million to combat the novel coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students. Wikimedia Commons

The company has also allocated up to $10 million for an innovation fund that supports requests from external partners and employee-led relief projects, addressing critical needs in their communities.

For example, Intel is working with India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, to deploy Intel client and server solutions to help achieve faster and less expensive COVID-19 testing and coronavirus genome sequencing to understand epidemiology and AI-based risk stratification for patients with comorbidities.

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Intel is also collaborating with India’s IT industry body Nasscom to build an application ecosystem and multicloud back end to enable population-scale COVID-19 diagnostics, to predict outbreaks and to improve medical care management and administration.

This is in addition to prior announcements of $10 million in donations that are supporting local communities during this critical time. (IANS)