Sunday, October 09, 2016

AI: Uber + Microsoft Azure cognitive services

Uber now requires drivers to take selfies for added security - The Verge
"Uber announced ... that it’ll require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests. The new feature, called Real-Time ID Check, is described as a way to prevent fraud ... then use Microsoft’s Cognitive Services to instantly compare this photo to the one corresponding with the account on file,

Microsoft Cognitive Services

Azure VMs prices cut

Microsoft cuts prices on several of its Azure virtual machines | ZDNet

"Microsoft is lowering prices on what officials say are "many of (its) most popular virtual machines" running on Azure, effective October 1. Prices of the Dv2 series VMs will be reduced by up to 15 percent . Prices of the A1 and A2 Basic VMs will be cut by up to 50 percent. Prices of the F series will be reduced up to 11 percent."

"In November 2016, will introduce new A series virtual machines (Av2), with prices up to 36% lower than the A series Standard VM prices available today."

Pricing - Windows Virtual Machines | Microsoft Azure