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Google Black Friday 2017 Deals: Get Google Pixel, Google Home, Chromebooks On Sale

International Business Times

Friday marks one of the best days of the year to score a deal on any of those gadgets you've been to buy. Everything from clothes to kitchen appliances will be on sale for the day after Thanksgiving sale. If you're hoping to get a Google product, you shouldn't have to look very hard to find it at the right price. Everything from the Google Pixel 2 to the Google Chromebooks will be on sale for the pre-holiday shopping day. Google home products will be one of the many on sale for Black Friday.

Apple reveals first details of its driverless car system

Daily Mail

While Apple hasn't hid its self-driving car ambitions, until now, little has been known about the mysterious project. But now, computer scientists at the firm have posted a paper online, shedding light on how the self-driving cars could work. The paper reveals that Apple's self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians using laser sensors, in a new software approach called'VoxelNet.' While Apple hasn't hid its self-driving car ambitions, until now, little has been known about the mysterious project. Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing'LiDAR' units to recognize the world around them.

Tech-savvy Chinese farmers use drones to spray pesticide

Daily Mail

Farmers in China have caught up with the country's booming drone trend and started using unmanned aircraft to spray pesticide onto the fields. Not only that, a team of villagers in central China recently bought 30 of these bug-zapping vehicles in hope of turning it into a new business. Zhu Xiwang and his neighbours said they hoped their squad of agri-drones to could help them start a pest-killing service, according to, an affiliation to People's Daily Online. This £24.8K flat pack folding home takes just SIX HOURS to build Pictures show the 30 drones lining up on a field, ready to take off. The unmanned aircraft, known by its model name MG-1S, is produced by Shenzhen-based Da Jiang Innovation, one of the largest drone manufacturers in China.

2017 Baidu World Conference: Baidu Brings AI to Life


BEIJING, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) held its annual conference "Baidu World" in Beijing today with the theme "Bring AI to Life", highlighting Baidu's efforts to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to everyday life and expand products and services empowered with intelligent technology to better understand and serve users. "Many people think that the world will become more and more complicated. With the arrival of the AI era, Baidu believes that we can bring changes to everything through technology," said Robin Li, Baidu's Chairman and CEO. "Baidu hopes to use AI technologies to make a complex world simper, because today, Baidu knows you better than you know yourself." During the Baidu World morning keynotes, Baidu released Mobile Baidu 10.0, the latest iteration of its flagship mobile search app, and its first AI-powered hardware, the Raven series.

Machine Learning Is No Longer Just for Experts


If you're not using deep learning already, you should be. That was the message from legendary Google engineer Jeff Dean at the end of his keynote earlier this year at a conference on web search and data mining. Dean was referring to the rapid increase in machine learning algorithms' accuracy, driven by recent progress in deep learning, and the still untapped potential of these improved algorithms to change the world we live in and the products we build. But breakthroughs in deep learning aren't the only reason this is a big moment for machine learning. Just as important is that over the last five years, machine learning has become far more accessible to nonexperts, opening up access to a vast group of people.

Machine learning and AI with .NET


Watch this session from Connect(); 2017 by Ankit Asthana to learn about innovations in the machine learning and artificial intelligence space across the .NET stack with a new library: Tensor. Learn how the Tensor provides a good exchange type for multidimensional machine learning data.

Everything You Have To Know About Semantic SEO


The Semantic Web is here. Those that are taking advantage of Semantic Technologies to build a Semantic SEO strategy are benefiting from staggering results. From a research paper put together with the team at WordLift, presented at SEMANTiCS 2017, we documented that structured data is compelling from the digital marketing standpoint. In other words, many still think of Semantic Technologies belonging to the future, when in reality quite a few players in the digital marketing space are taking advantage of them already. Semantic SEO is a new and powerful way to make your content strategy more effective.

AI won't peak at human intelligence


Over the past few years, AI has dominated news cycles and captured the imagination of entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers alike. We can see the potential: self-driving transportation on-demand, robotic assistants in the home, and Amazon Echo version 14.0 to do things the human mind could never even contemplate. That future isn't far off -- a decade or so, maybe. But as much as we talk and read about AI, many of us still think about it in the wrong way. People compare artificial intelligence to human intelligence too much and often see human intellect as the end goal for AI.

Samsung plans new research center to keep pace in the AI wars


Samsung, jumping on a trend adopted by pretty much every tech outfit, is creating its own consumer-focused artificial intelligence research center. In a fairly vague statement released today, the company announced its plans to more thoroughly pursue AI endeavors with a dedicated project within its mobile and consumer electronics businesses, although it didn't say where the center will be located. Earlier this year the company made its AI intentions known when it opened a lab in Canada focusing on self-driving cars and image recognition. However, this latest announcement comes buried in a wider statement revealing minor changes to the role of Samsung's chief strategy officer Young Sohn, which has been expanded to explore new business opportunities -- a move designed to "quickly respond to market changes", according to the company. Samsung has a habit of getting ahead of itself, announcing its ambitions before it's close to creating a tangible output (see its ambiguous plans for a folding smartphone and Bixby's roll-out fiasco) so what will come of the company's AI research plans remains to be seen -- at least it's finally establishing itself in the AI club other tech players joined long ago.

UPS is trialling electric bike trailers in London


In a bid to lower emissions in the capital and reduce the footprint of its vehicles on the road, global delivery firm UPS has begun trialling a new electric-powered bike trailer on the streets of London. The concept, built as part of the Low Impact City Logistics project, attaches to the back of a pedal cycle and utilises a "net-neutral" technology. This then allows couriers to transport up to 200 kilograms without requiring any additional effort on their part. The project was formalised following a pitch process back in 2016. Innovate UK, the quango behind numerous self-driving car projects across Britain, stumped up £10 million for a new collaborative research and development project and five organizations answered the call.