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Python 3.7.0a4, New updates to Power BI Desktop, AI platform for cybersecurity, photo-centric cryptocurrency, and more in today’s top stories around artificial intelligence, blockchain, and data science news.

1. Python releases early developer preview of Python 3.7

Python org tease the developer preview of Python 3.7 with the release of version 3.7.0a4, the last of four planned alpha releases. Many new features for Python 3.7 are still being planned and written. The major new features and changes so far include:

  • Coercing the legacy C locale to a UTF-8 based locale
  • A New C-API for Thread-Local Storage in CPython
  • UTF-8 mode
  • Deterministic pyc
  • Core support for typing module and generic types
  • Module __getattr__ and __dir__
  • Built-in breakpoint()
  • Data Classes
  • Time functions with nanosecond resolution

The next pre-release of Python 3.7 will be 3.7.0 beta 1, currently scheduled for 29th January. The official documentation of Python 3.7.0a4 can be found here.

2. New updates to Power BI Desktop

Power BI, a powerful suite of business analytics tools, kicked off the new year with new updates to their Power BI Desktop. The updates revolve around 4 categories.

Reporting which includes the ability to show and hide pages, automatic date hierarchy, data label and axis formatting, a relative date slicer, and more.

Analytics, where users are provided with correlation coefficient quick measure

Custom Visuals, which includes PowerApps, TreeViz, Funnel with Source by MAQ Software, Agility Planning Matrix Light, etc.

Data connectivity, with support for Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure SQL Database & Data Warehouse connectors.

The complete list of January updates can be found here.

3. Kodak launches KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency

Kodak, in a licensing partnership with WENN Digital, have launched KODAKOne, an image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency. The KODAKOne image rights management platform provides an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform. KodakOne will use blockchain technology to provide continual web crawling to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system.

They have also launched a new photo-centric cryptocurrency, KODAKCoin, which allows photographers to receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale and sell their work confidently on a secure blockchain platform. Shares in Kodak Co. have more than doubled after the launch the KODAKCoin.

4. CUJO AI announces its AI platform for the cybersecurity ecosystem

CUJO AI has launched an artificial intelligence platform to help ISPs protect customers smart home environments by using threat intelligence, machine learning, and cloud computing to analyze an automated home’s network behavior. CUJO AI algorithms identify all user devices on the network, troubleshoot possible issues, block known threats and inform the user about the status via an app. The CUJI AI Platform has the ability to control devices, access, and security. According to CUJO AI, Using CUJO AI platform, ISPs can enable full internet security protection for home users without having to replace or introduce new hardware reducing costs thereby delivering value to their customers.

More information is available on their official website.

5. Visteon launches DriveCore autonomous driving platform

At the ongoing CES 2018, Visteon corporation unveiled DriveCore, their autonomous driving platform. DriveCore is a complete technology platform for developing machine learning algorithms for autonomous driving applications of Level 3 and above. It consists of the hardware, in-vehicle middleware, and a PC-based software toolset. Using a centralized computing approach, DriveCore will provide automakers a fail-safe domain controller, with a high degree of computing power scalability. In addition, it provides support to perform late sensor fusion of data from multiple cameras, Lidar and radar sensors.

DriveCoreTM consists of three primary components:

Compute is a modular, scalable computing hardware platform designed to deliver 500 gigaflops to 20 teraflops of processing power.

Runtime is in-vehicle middleware that provides a secure framework to enable applications and algorithms to communicate in a real-time environment.

Studio is a PC-based development environment that enables automakers to create and support an ecosystem of algorithm developers, through an open framework for sensor-based AI algorithm development.

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