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Apple iPhone X early adopters: We love everything about the phone, except Siri

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Video: Apple dominates smartphone industry profits with iPhone X. A new survey of iPhone X owners has found extremely high levels of satisfaction with every single key feature of the device, but just 20 percent satisfaction with Siri. Although Siri's poor performance in the survey might not be a major surprise, the result for Apple's virtual assistant is a huge deviation from the finding by tech analyst Creative Strategies that overall 97 percent of customers are satisfied with the device. The company also found that 85 percent of iPhone X owners are "very satisfied" with their device, meaning a large portion of the overall satisfied number are not just satisfied but very satisfied. Creative Strategies' principal analyst Ben Bajarin said this result is one of the highest'very satisfied' rankings he's even seen with a tech product.


Did you know that Google Search on Android is a podcast player?

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Whether you're listening to the newest installment of a daily podcast you're subscribed to or binging the latest true crime series, being able to pause a podcast on one device and pick it back up on another is a useful feature. And according to Pacific Content, it's a feature that Google offers right now. If you start an episode on your Android phone, for example, you can finish it with your Google Home, and Zack Reneau-Wedeen, Google's podcasts product manager, says this "device interoperability" will eventually expand to everything on which you use Google. We asked Google about the feature and were told that it's "not new" but it's unclear how long the ability has been around. Though Apple launched its podcast app in 2012, Google still doesn't have a dedicated app for podcasts.


Apple's Shazam takeover investigated by EU competition regulators

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The EU has launched a formal investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of UK music-recognition app Shazam. The European commission announced its in-depth investigation into the deal over concerns that it would harm consumer choice and give Apple an unfair advantage through access to user data, which could aid in poaching customers from rivals. Shazam has been downloaded 1bn times and is used 20m times a day. It is the world's leading music recognition system, able to listen to and identify tracks via a smartphone and then link those tracks to multiple music subscription services, which means it could therefore hold commercially sensitive data on Apple's competitors and their consumers. Noting that Apple Music has become the second-largest music streaming service in Europe, the EC said: "Access to such data could allow Apple to directly target its competitors' customers and encourage them to switch to Apple Music.


Why Your Security Strategy Needs Artificial Intelligence - Solutions Blog

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Next-generation firewalls and other advanced security tools can be a double-edged sword. They're great at ferreting out and thwarting attacks that get past older technologies. But they also generate far more alerts and logs, which overload IT staff. No wonder one of the first things IT departments do after deploying next-gen security tools is minimize alerts. That avoids alert fatigue and the need to hire additional staff -- while undermining the tools' return on investment and increasing the risk that hackers will get through because an alarm didn't sound.


Artificial Intelligence - An unbeatable way to Enhanced UX on Mobile Apps

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Mobile apps downloading crossed all the figures to date. App Annie reports a 10% increase in mobile apps download and 22% increase in money spent on app development. In this scenario, imagine Artificial Intelligence being leveraged to accelerate the process. It establishes the idea of rising trend of mobile app development. Today, there will be hardly a B2B company without custom mobile application.


A Data Scientist's Guide to Happiness: Findings From the Happy Experiences of 10,000 Humans

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Modern life throws a lot at us. We often find ourself struggling to manage anxiety, wrangle responsibilities, adapt to new conditions, and maintain a happy state of mind. But happiness is a noisy space these days. Self help books, articles, blogs, and meditation apps can't help everyone, and often increase the mental burden needed to stay content. So, as mental health becomes increasingly vulnerable and solutions become increasingly complex, it's important to anchor oneself to the fundamentals.



How technology and artificial intelligence can improve regulation

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These days, when presidents want to make policy, they often do it through their powers to regulate. The recent move by the Trump administration to relax fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles is one of many recent, high-profile examples. But federal agencies cannot just do whatever they want: There are legal rules that have been in place since the 1940s that require agencies to solicit and consider public input. Unfortunately, those rules have mostly been frozen in the mid-20th century and have not adapted to the new technological environment. For example, opportunities to learn about and comment on regulation abound online, leading to an explosion of public participation.


Spotify will unveil what's next for the newly public streaming service at an event in NYC

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Daniel Ek is a Swedish entrepreneur and a technologist who started the music streaming service Spotify. Just three weeks after it went public, Spotify plans to host an event for the press in New York Tuesday morning, where we'll likely get the first clues to where the music streaming service goes from here. The Swedish company didn't reveal much in its press invitation, other to say that we'd hear what's next for the company's mobile app. That doesn't necessarily rule out a new hardware announcement from Spotify, though it is hard to predict what that product or products could be. One logical guess might be a smart, voice-driven speaker, a market currently dominated by Amazon's Echo speakers with Alexa, and that also includes various Google Homes and the Apple HomePod.


3 lessons your company can draw from AI implementations outside the tech sector

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It's clear: Artificial intelligence has transformed the way we live. According to PwC, 55 percent of consumers would prefer to receive new media recommendations from AI -- a development that illuminates how much we've integrated the technology into our lives. Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are just a few of the obvious innovators embracing bot-powered business functions, but others are also taking notice. Artificial intelligence's ability to synthesize and analyze data can easily improve business operations for many industries, including hospitality, restaurants, and travel. Such markets experience success when they revise their customer experience or marketing strategies with machine learning and chatbots.