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Apple iPhone AR, VR Could Improve After Eye-Tracking Company SMI Acquisition

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Apple has acquired German eye tracking company SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), MacRumors reported Monday. In the report, MacRumors cited the power of attorney signed by German law firm Hiking Kühn Lüer Wojtek giving power to Delaware-based shell company Vineyard Capital Corporation to represent it in all business related to the acquisition. SMI has been working in the arena of eye-tracking hardware and software for close to three decades in the segments of augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in-car systems, clinical research, cognitive training, linguistics, neuroscience, physical training and biomechanics, and psychology. The tech giant recently announced its ARkit to help developers create augmented reality experiences.


Why Net Neutrality Matters

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Under the current net neutrality rules, broadband providers like Comcast and Charter, and wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon, can't block or slow down your access to lawful content, nor can they create so-called "fast lanes" for content providers who are will to pay extra. In other words, your internet provider can't slow your Amazon Prime Video stream to a crawl so you'll keep your Comcast cable plan, and your mobile carrier can't stop you from using Microsoft's Skype instead of your own Verizon cell phone minutes. Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and a handful of other services may dominate the online video market, but without net neutrality, broadband providers might try to make it more expensive to access popular streaming sites in an attempt to keep customers paying for expensive television packages. Lewis also points out that there are a few other consumer friendly protections in the FCC's net neutrality rules.


Is Artificial Intelligence Finally Coming into Its Own?

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In March the company bought a startup cofounded by Geoffrey Hinton, a University of Toronto computer science professor who was part of the team that won the Merck contest. Extending deep learning into applications beyond speech and image recognition will require more conceptual and software breakthroughs, not to mention many more advances in processing power. Programmers would train a neural network to detect an object or phoneme by blitzing the network with digitized versions of images containing those objects or sound waves containing those phonemes. A team led by Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng and Google Fellow Jeff Dean showed the system images from 10 million randomly selected YouTube videos.


Samsung's Bixby finally gets a voice -- sort of

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One of the most anticipated new features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 prior to the phone's launch in March was an artificial intelligence assistant named Bixby that you were supposed to be able to control by voice. Unfortunately while some of Bixby's capabilities made into onto the phones, the voice-based commands that would make Bixby respond more like the Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa was delayed, at least in the U.S. (Bixby is fully operational in South Korea, where Samsung is based). On Friday, Samsung Electronics America announced it will give "select" Galaxy S8 and S8 users early access to Bixby's vocal capabilities as part of what it still considered an early preview test. Indeed, Samsung thinks of Bixby as an intelligent user assistant that relies on other senses.


Alexa, Siri, Apple TV: Are Amazon And Apple Putting Their Rivalry Aside?

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Apple announced the Amazon video app will finally come to the Apple TV worldwide this year. Amazon's Prime Video app will be available to those who own generation two, three and four of the Apple TV, Amazon said on Twitter. Apple and Amazon's virtual assistants, Siri and Alexa, could work together in the future, David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices, suggested recently. Limp said the online retailer is willing to work with Apple or Google to ensure Siri and Alexa are compatible.


Alexa is coming to Amazon Fire tablets

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Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is rolling out to your Amazon Fire tablet, allowing you to get similar functionality of the Amazon Echo speaker but on your tablet instead. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is rolling out to your Amazon Fire tablet, allowing you to get similar functionality of the Amazon Echo speaker but on your tablet instead.


How Machine Learning is Changing the Future of Digital Businesses - Dataconomy

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A major part of the strategy should include machine learning (ML) solutions. Both types of devices provide an interactive experience for the users due to Natural Language Processing technology. The immense volume of support tickets makes the task lengthy and time consuming. If automated via ML, the HR can let the machine predict candidate suitability by providing it with a job description and the candidate's CV.


Six years in, consumers still mixed about Siri

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Consumers are still mixed about Siri, but according to an exclusive new poll for USA TODAY, they like her more than other personal assistants.


Apple Inc. works on a devoted AI chip

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Nevertheless, later Amazon's Echo and Google Home drew enormous attention. Improvement in Apple's Siri voice assistant will give it an extra edge in the competition. While Siri gave Apple an early advantage in voice-recognition, competitors have since been more aggressive in deploying AI across their product lines, including Amazon's Echo and Google's Home digital assistants. However, regarding the Apple Neural Engine, Apple Inc. abstained from commenting.


Twitter Introduces The Use Of Chatbots To Advertises In Promotion Of Their Businesses

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If well designed, the advertisements should be able to offer personalized experiences to consumers who are within Direct Messaging the likes of chatbots. Interactions will be carried out through a "Direct Message Card," which is new but has a provision of customization either by an image or video. Apparently, Twitter's cards are not comparable to Facebook chatbots. Nonetheless, Twitter is yet to establish whether or not its Chatbots are anything many brands would want to adopt.