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The Morning After: Qualcomm wins a round vs. Apple

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While we take a look back at some highlight stories this week out of SXSW, there's a trial result in Apple v. Qualcomm, and a presidential candidate's past is quite relevant to our interests. Oh, and we rode in the Model Y. Almost forgot about that. That's one way to do it.Fan While you wouldn't mistake it for an official remaster, using AI Gigapixel's neural networks on old Deep Space 9 video provides a considerably cleaner, sharper look than the 480p original without introducing visual artifacts. This is just one of several cases going on between the two companies.Jury decides Apple violated three Qualcomm patents in iPhones Following a two-week trial, a jury has determined that Apple violated three Qualcomm patents in some iPhones.


Verizon will soon offer 5G in select cities for $10 extra

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Verizon's move into new cities is an attempt to entice wireless customers with the ultrafast speeds and low latency connections that 5G promises. The technology has been touted as a major breakthrough that will allow for more seamless streaming of videos and lightning-fast response times from self-driving cars. But while innovations in 5G technology are happening in several places in the United States, there isn't an existing network that's widespread enough to benefit the majority of wireless customers right away. The transition from 4G to 5G networks in the United States won't be widespread until 2020, and will involve infrastructure upgrades that cost companies billions of dollars. It will also require lots of testing.


AI-powered smartphone cameras are changing the way we see reality

New Scientist

THE phrase "the camera never lies" has never been so wrong. Artificially intelligent smartphones are now editing pictures in real time to create images that can't be produced by conventional cameras. These enhancements, known as computational photography, are changing the way we view the world. The goal of digital photography was once to approximate what our eyes see. "All digital cameras, including ones on smartphones, have always had some sort of processing to modify contrast …


Vaak AI Spots Shoplifters Before They Steal

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Retail stores guard against theft by installing security cameras, training staff to spot a shoplifter, and employing security guards to patrol each store. Japanese startup Vaak believes it can instead predict shoplifting before it happens using artificial intelligence. As Bloomberg reports, Vaak's software works by tapping into the live security camera feeds a retail store has installed. It then monitors customers looking specifically at their body language. If there are signs that someone is overly nervous, looking around a lot, fidgeting, or generally restless, the system contacts staff via a smartphone app.


AI-powered Oral-B device learns your brushing habits

Daily Mail

Oral-B has built a smart toothbrush that hopes to use artificial intelligence to improve the hygiene of its users. The brush connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone app and uses artificial intelligence and a combination of sensors to know where you are brushing and how to improve your technique. Dubbed the Genius X, it can provide customers with precise data as to which teeth are being neglected and when you are pushing down too hard. Prototypes were unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and pricing has yet to be announced. It was featured at the technology showcase alongside a range of developments in 5G and foldable phones.


This $20 app can help stop the robocalls taking over your phone

Mashable

While the threat of robots taking over the world is something that always looms large, the more alarming enemies are already within our midst, and they come in the form of aggressive phone calls. A recent report found that 26.3 billion robocalls were made to U.S. numbers last year, a whopping 46% spike from 18 billion in 2017. It's gotten so bad that it's become the Federal Communications Commission's biggest headache. Even blocking and filtering efforts by carriers are rendered futile due to the gravitas of the problem. There is still hope, though.


MWC 2019: Spotlight on AI & Robotics Innovations

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Spotlight on AI & Robotics Innovations at MWC 2019 Every year as the calendar turns from February to March, the world's leading electronics and telecommunications companies, startups, inventors, and a herd of tech journalists and analysts head to the Mobile World Congress. MWC 2019 kicked off February 25 in Barcelona, Spain, and the leading congress of its type has already produced a plethora of news and products built on AI and robotics. MWC 2019: Intel's'network in a box' for smart cities Intel is targeting smart cities deployments by looking into providing a network-in-a-box offering that integrates its Movidius artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator, multi-access edge computing, and a 5G mobile network all into a single offering. "It's essentially a solution that can go into smart city where it sits like a beacon up on a wall," Intel GM of 5G Advanced Technologies Rob Topol told ZDNet at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona. MWC 2019: Huawei Showcases Its 5G, SoftCOM AI Solutions Huawei is presenting its end-to-end 5G products and solutions at MWC 2019, such as simplified 5G sites, architecture, protocols, and operations & maintenance (O&M).


Better UI and UX Experiences - ReadWrite

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It is said that a successful product is a reflection of who we are. Usually, our unique perspective is what leads to the initial discovery. As the product acquires feedback, our keen desire to respond is what drives further innovation. Time and time again I see technology products starting on the right footing only to deteriorate as companies push them to scale. The internet now is quite mature, so this is becoming to stop using emojis finally experience.


The Rise of Open Access Networks – SingularityNET

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"There is no spoon," says the little boy in The Matrix. "… you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, but only yourself." Armed with that nugget of wisdom, Neo begins his journey to change the nature of reality, by changing himself. When people have tried to explain the concept of blockchain, they have often stated that it allows for the decentralization of organizations and that it has the technological power to remove the centralized party. In other words, in blockchain-enabled networks: there is no decision-maker, no one to lead, no one to request access from, no one to control and no one to steer the evolution of these networks.


Mate X, Galaxy Fold buzz: How foldables eclipsed 5G at MWC

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Now that it's here, all anyone can talk about are foldable phones. The next-generation network technology promises blazing speeds, smooth and stable connections and new possibilities for VR, self-driving cars and robotics. This being the big new thing for the mobile industry, all the players -- from phone makers and infrastructure vendors to chipmakers and wireless carriers -- have been desperate to demonstrate how ready they are. But at Mobile World Congress, there was far more buzz about the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X than about the early 5G devices being shown off. The lack of attention paid to all the 5G phones makes you wonder whether all the racing and chest-beating was truly necessary, and serves as a reminder that the next-generation wireless technology is still in its early days.