Hasty raises $3.7M in funding to speed up computer vision AI training

Artificial intelligence startup Hasty GmbH said today it has nabbed $3.7 million in seed funding as it looks to speed up the development of its next-generation annotation tool for computer vision.

Shasta Ventures led the seed funding round, together with participation from coparion and iRobot Ventures.

Hasty has built an annotation tool that’s used to train vision AI models that are used by computers to understand what they’re seeing when presented with an image or video. In order for a computer to know what it’s seeing, the content of the image or video needs to be labeled, so it can “see” different objects or human faces and read text, for example.

But data labeling is a laborious task, and it’s hindered by the fact that most vision AI models don’t train and update themselves during this process. Indeed, Hasty says that around 80% of a data scientist’s time is spent

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Google’s Project Taara to deliver fast speed internet to Africans

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Google’s latest attempt to power internet connectivity in Africa will involve invisible light beams transmitted at high altitudes.

Through “Project Taara,” Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is kicking off plans to provide high-speed internet over long distances using beams of light. Essentially, the project’s technology will allow for high-speed data transmission through invisible light beams between Taara terminals mounted on high up on existing towers or rooftops. Each link between terminals is projected to be able to transmit bandwidth of up to 20 gigabits per second and cover distances of up to 20 kilometers.

As part of a pan-African roll-out which will start in Kenya, Project Taara has partnered with telecoms operator Econet to equip its towers with Taara terminals to transmit beams and create links. The project has also been trialed in India and Mexico.

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Project Taara

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Gigabit speed internet is coming for all of Fort Collins

Fort Collins Connexion is committed to delivering affordable, reliable, high-speed internet to every home and business within city limits, and we are well under way in providing gigabit service to the entire community. Every week we are turning up new neighborhoods and signing up customers.

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Colman Keane

The design-and-build plan for the community-owned, 100% fiber-optic network allows us to deliver service in an efficient and timely manner. To adhere to the city’s history of undergrounding utility lines to improve reliability and maintain community aesthetics, Connexion fiber will be installed underground.


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Phase one is the design of a subset of homes, also referred to as a Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH). Phase two is the construction of the FDH.

Once the design of an FDH is complete, it moves to construction allowing for more than one FDH to be under construction at the

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Page speed is a big deal

30-second summary:

  • Consumers expect ≈ and apps to respond quickly. Each second of delay can cost $100K in lost revenue for brands.
  • There are tools to help understand a page’s overall speed. Looking at the relationship between page speed and SEO ranking shows that having a faster performing site/page does impact ranking in a positive way, albeit slightly.
  • As marketers look for additional data points about why they should prioritize page speed, Jason Tabeling highlights the data and how it fits into an overall SEO strategy.

The saying is, “Speed Kills.” However, when it comes to digital speed, it’s really, “Slow speed kills.” According to a study by Google and Deloitte for every 0.1 seconds that your page speed improves can increase your conversion rates by 8%. That data point creates a pretty powerful business case to improve the performance of your site. Think about this data point from your

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Car company that claimed speed record will do it over

SSC North America, a small American carmaker that recently claimed a production car speed record on a highway near Las Vegas, announced it’s going to do it all over again after questions were raised regarding video of the event.

a car parked on the side of a road: The SSC Tuatara.

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The SSC Tuatara.

The vehicle, which was tested on a closed-off seven-mile stretch of a Nevada highway on October 10, reached 331.15 miles per hour — the highest speed ever achieved on a public road, according to the company. The claimed official top speed of a combined average of 316.11 mph was the result of two runs in opposite directions, to account for wind and road variations.


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A number of automotive journalists and bloggers analyzed video that purported to show the 331 mph run and noticed discrepancies in the speeds shown in the video and the times in which the car

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Internet speed in PH improved 80% in past 2.5 years – Globe’s Cu

Internet speed in the Philippines has improved by more than 80 percent in the past two and a half years, while the cost of prepaid mobile Internet in the country is now one of the most affordable in Southeast Asia, according to a telecom executive.

Globe Telecom Inc. presented the data to refute a World Bank report claiming that 2G remains the dominant technology in the country and that the Philippines is on the wrong side of the regional “digital divide.”

Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu

As a panelist in the joint public launch of the Philippines Digital Economy Report 2020 entitled “Better Normal under COVID-19: Digitalizing the Philippine Economy Now ”, Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu echoed the reactions of the representatives from the Department of Information Communication and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, the Anti-Red Tape Authority, and the Union Bank of the Philippines.


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The Need for Internet Speed- How COVID-19 has created new demand for investment in 5G technology

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The race towards 5G internet technology adoption has shifted as the need for faster internet speed has surged during the COVID-19 panndemic. With more employees working remotely according to WHO guidelines and a drastic increase of daily video conferencing along with students relying on virtual learning realities, Communication Service Providers are working overtime. Performance demands are placing 5G in the position to reach more markets than ever before. 

Preparing for early adoption

The groundwork for the early adoption of 5G is being prepared on a global scale as governments make the necessary economic and infrastructural changes to accommodate the promising new technology. 

In the US , amid the surging demands for streaming and bandwitch, the FCC has temporarily increased broadband capacities for the next 60 days to accommodate surges in consumption.

FCC Chairman Ajit Paid has also announced a $9 billion dollar fund in Decemer

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Vi Had the Fastest 4G Internet In Q3 2020; India Behind Pakistan in Terms of Internet Speed: Ookla

Vi Had the Fastest 4G Internet In Q3 2020; India Behind Pakistan in Terms of Internet Speed: Ookla

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Vi Had the Fastest 4G Internet In Q3 2020; India Behind Pakistan in Terms of Internet Speed: Ookla

Vi (erstwhile Vodafone Idea) provided for the fastest 4G speeds in India during Q3 2020, according to a report by internet speed test analyst firm Ookla. While Vi had the fastest 4G internet, Reliance Jio led the list in terms of 4G availability. Further, Hyderabad reported the fastest 4G speeds among big Indian cities, and the country trailed behind neighbouring country Pakistan in terms of 4G speeds, the Ookla report said. The report also said that India leads in terms of 4G availability, with 93.7 percent of the tested locations having 4G connectivity.

According to the report by Ookla, Vi saw 13.74mbps average download speeds and 6.19mbps average upload speeds in Q3 2020. Vi was followed by Airtel, which registered 13.58mbps average download speeds, and 4.15mbps average upload

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Upgrade Your Business WiFi To The Latest Standard And Give Your Clients More Security And Speed

There’s little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the hospitality industry hard. Some restaurants, hotels and bars may not reopen. Others will remain in business but will have to work much harder and implement new services to lure customers back once the pandemic is under control. One way that the hospitality sector can retool for the post-Covid-era is to look at what customers want and to give it to them. 

There can be little doubt that in the future, more people work remotely from hotels and cafés, especially when their work involves travel. Getting customers to come through

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Why is my PC so slow? 7 ways to speed up a lagging computer

  • Your computer likely runs slower now than when you first bought it due to a combination of age and software.
  • Seven of the most common issues have relatively quick and effective resolutions that can help speed up a lagging PC.
  • To figure out why your PC is slow, try eliminating startup programs, using fewer browser tabs, and changing the way you schedule anti-malware scans and OneDrive syncing.

If it seems like your PC is running more slowly than when it was new, it might not be your imagination. Computers really can slow down with age, but not because the hardware itself gets older or wears out – it’s the software that bogs things down over time. Older computers can struggle to run newer programs that are optimized for efficiency on more recent computer models.

How to speed up your slow PC

While you can’t magically make what’s old new again,

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