Mobile


Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

PCWorld

You might say 2017 is the year of Assistant. While Google's AI chatbot launched last year, it's really come into form over the past few months, with an array of third-party actions, support for all Marshmallow and Nougat phones, Android Wear integration, and most recently, the ability to access millions of recipes. But now it's ready to take the biggest leap of all.


The rise of artificial intelligence has given birth to something beyond smartphones

Mashable

Phones are no longer simply "smart" -- they are equipped with everything you need to navigate modern life. And they're only getting smarter -- the artificial intelligence (AI) that we interact with every day is making the move to become a fully fledged, reliable personal assistant.



Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your next night in

Engadget

Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartphone. According to a blog post that went up today, Home will be able to read back more than 5 million recipes from sites like All Recipes, Food Network, Bon Appetit, the New York Times and more. First, though, you'll need to find the recipe you want on your phone using either the Google Assistant on Android or Google search on your iPhone.


This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your mind

Engadget

Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A new technique where the robotic arm clicks directly to the bone, however, is showing promise. Johan Baggerman is the first patient in the Netherlands to get a click-on prosthetic arm that he can control with his mind.



How To Get Siri To Read Out Your WhatsApp Messages

International Business Times

A new update for WhatsApp on iOS will make iPhone users' life easier -- users with iOS 10.3 on their iPhone can get Siri to read out their WhatsApp messages.


Samsung Admits Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Technology Is Not Secure For Mobile Payments

International Business Times

Samsung has now admitted that its Galaxy S8's facial recognition technology is not fit for carrying out mobile payments. The feature is said to be not as secure as fingerprint and iris recognition, and it would take time before it could be used in authenticating Samsung Pay transactions.


Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update review: The future is increasingly uncertain

PCWorld

Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update rides the coattails of the desktop OS, heavily leaning on improvements in Cortana and Edge to nudge Microsoft's nearly comatose mobile platform further ahead.