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In case you've been asleep at the wheel, it's looking like autonomous driving is going to be a huge part of our future. Tesla cares a lot about it. Even NVIDIA does. And of course, few companies have been as committed to it as Google. I'd wager that it was actually Google that first proved to the masses that autonomous driving could in fact become a reality. But is Google going to be the first out the door with a marketable car? Probably not if Baidu's latest message holds true. The Chinese-based search engine company has said that it'll make use of its partnership with BMW to release a self-driving... Read more...
We've heard of benchmarking scandals before, but usually they involve gaming benchmarks and tweaked drivers that run afoul of the rules to gain a competitive advantage. This time, however, it's Chinese search engine Baidu that's in hot water after it was discovered that its supercomputer cheated in a major artificial intelligence competition.Prior to being caught, Dr. Ren Wu, head of the Baidu Heterogeneous Computing team, had boasted that his company was the top dog in computer intelligence. "We have great power in our hands -- much greater than our competitors," Dr. Wu said. The competitors he... Read more...
Driverless, autonomous car technology is quickly proliferating as multiple companies have stated publicly that they’re planning to roll them out within the next several years. Other companies such as Intel are working hard on technology to go in autonomous cars, too. But it’s not just American and European companies diving in--China’s Baidu says that it’s developing its own (mostly) self-driving vehicle, too. Baidu, you may note, is not a car company; it’s a tech company, similar in many respects to Google, and it’s unclear who Baidu would partner with on the... Read more...
Baidu is China’s version of Google--a search company that built its own mobile operating system and is evolving into a services company with branded hardware--is taking another step. Baidu VP of engineering and head of mobile Wang Jin told Reuters that the company will be embarking on a smartphone partnership and new version of the Baidu Yi OS, which will be dubbed “Baidu Cloud”. Wang was vague on the details, but he did indicate that Baidu was in talks with several global handset makers and had a few partnerships in the works (such as its collaboration with Dell on the Streak... Read more...
Back in September, we learned that Dell was looking at using Baidu Yi (an Android-based mobile platform developed by China’s Baidu) on an upcoming smartphone. The two companies have indeed teamed up and have released the Dell Streak Pro D43 in China. The 3G phone features a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 chip, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (with Corning Gorilla glass), 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, 8GB of flash storage, 1GB of SDRAM, and WiFi. China Unicom will apparently be the mobile operator providing service. Of course, the Streak Pro D43 will have a healthy dose... Read more...
What do an American PC maker and a Chinese search engine have in common? They both want to take a piece of the mobile pie away from their competitors in China. Dell and Baidu are planning to work together to develop smartphones and tablets, presumably to break into the vast Chinese mobile market. We already know that Dell has been knocking on China’s door in the mobile space, and joining up with an established, dominant online Chinese entity such as Baidu makes sense and could help it snag some market share from the likes of Apple and Alibaba. Baidu, for its part, is clearly headed toward... Read more...
When Google announced it had been the victim of government-sponsored hacking attempts last January, it also declared it would no longer censor search results on Google.cn. Now, the company is at least modifying that position, as it doesn't wish to lose its Internet Content Provider (ICP) license. Back in January, Dave Drummond wrote: We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize... Read more...