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MAGIX Software Photostory Premium VR

Photostory Premium VR from MAGIX Software is its first virtual reality software. The program includes an extensive set of VR functions, the full functionality of Photostory Deluxe and numerous additional effects. Photostory Premium VR costs £109.99. MAGIX has also announced Photostory Premium VR 365 which is a subscription service that allows users to enjoy all of the professional features of Photostory Premium VR for a low monthly fee.

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Nvidia previews next-generation Drive Orin self-driving computer

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed a forthcoming generation of the company’s self-driving Drive PX supercomputers for use in vehicles – the successor to the current Drive Pegasus, which will be called the Drive Orin and which will use essentially two Drive Pegasus computers combined into one, much smaller packages. This should ramp up the self-driving computing capability of vehicles in general, since Pegasus, when revealed in October of last year, contains two Xavier computers and two post-Volta GPUs. The Drive PX Pegasus was reportedly ready to power Level 5 autonomous robotaxis, without any onboard manual controls required onboard the vehicle for human intervention or takeover. No word on when Orin will ship or what it’ll enable. Pegasus is already running post-Volta GPUs and will only soon be shipping samples to customers, so Orin is likely quite a ways out and still essentially a glimpse into Nvidia’s deep roadmap for autonomous driving.

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Skyline AI raises $3M from Sequoia Capital to help real estate investors make better decisions

Skyline AI , an Israeli startup that uses machine learning to help real estate investors identify promising properties, announced today that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from Sequoia Capital. The round will be used to build its tech platform and hire experts in data science and machine learning. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Tel Aviv, Skyline AI predicts future property values and also analyzes the real estate market to help investors make important decisions such as when to raise rents, renovate or sell. Co-founder and chief executive officer Guy Zipori told TechCrunch that Skyline AI’s founding team (who also includes chief technology officer Or Hiltch, chief revenue officer Iri Amirav and executive chairman Amir Leitersdorf) worked together for years at various artificial intelligence-based startups in sectors including security, healthcare and online video. After several of their companies exited, the four were in a position to find investment opportunities. They wanted to explore commercial real estate, but Zipori “were surprised by how limited the technology is in this space.” Though more industries are turning to data science and artificial intelligence to save time while making complex decisions, many veteran investors still depend on Excel spreadsheets, outdated market data and their “gut feelings,” added Zipori. Skyline AI wants to take the guesswork out of investment decisions by training its technology on what it claims is the most comprehensive dataset in the industry, drawing on more than 130 sources and analyzing over 10,000 attributes on each data asset for the last 50 years. Skyline AI’s tech then compiles all information into a data lake and cross-references everything to find discrepancies and figure out what information is the most accurate. “As a side note, we were surprised to learn that asset data sampled from different sources is often dissimilar, meaning that in some cases decisions regarding large deals were made based on bad data,” Zipori said. One benefit of Skyline AI’s system is that it is able to consider variables that would be difficult to include in Excel spreadsheets and other traditional methods for aggregating data, which is important in real estate because there are so many factors that can impact a property’s value and impact its rents, occupancy levels, maintenance costs and future worth. In a statement, Sequoia Capital partner Haim Sadger said “The promise of AI to transform commercial real estate investments cannot be understated. Over the last few years, we’ve seen AI disrupt a number of traditional industries and the real estate market should be no different. The power of Skyline AI technology to understand vast amounts of data that affect real estate transactions, will unlock billions of dollars in untapped value.”

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Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 Review

The Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 is a brand new super-fast standard prime lens for high-resolution Canon DSLR cameras. Read our review of the Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 lens (also known as the Rokinon SP 50mm f/1.2 in the US) mounted on the 50 megapixel Canon EOS 5DS R camera to find out just what it's capable of...

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Upgrade Your Pentax K-1 to the K-1 Mark II for $550 / £450

Ricoh USA/Europe have announced a rather unique upgrade service for owners of the original Pentax K-1 DSLR - they will replace the camera's main circuit board and the logo on the front, and voila, you have yourself a K-1 Mark II.  Could this be the future of high-end cameras, where the body remains the same and the "brain" is swapped out for a more capable version? Or is it merely indicative of the small number of changes that Pentax have made in the 2 years since the original K-1 was launched (the more cynical view)? The upgrade service will cost $550USD / $690 CAD / £450 and be done for a limited time from May 21, 2018 – September 30, 2018.

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The best SD card readers

By Justin Krajeski This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wo...

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