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Amazon revamps Fire HD 10 tablet, improves specs; adds Alexa-powered hands free mode starting at $149


Amazon launched a new Fire HD 10 tablet that will run you $149.99 and come with an Alexa hands-free mode. The hands-free mode, the first time Amazon has added it to a Fire tablet, allows you to ask Alexa to play or pause a video, set timers, play music and give smart home commands. This Fire HD 10 update is really about boosting Alexa's footprint in the home. TechRepublic: Walmart taps Google Assistant for voice shopping, setting stage for future of commerce Amazon AI: The smart person's guide How to become an Alexa developer: The smart person's guide Analysts have been noting Amazon's Alexa and smart home lead.

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To ensure the perplexity of each row of \(P\), \(Perp(P_i)\), is equal to our desired perplexity, we simply perform a binary search over each \(\sigma_i\) until \(Perp(P_i) \) our desired perplexity. It takes a matrix of negative euclidean distances and a target perplexity. Let's also define a p_joint function that takes our data matrix \(\textbf{X}\) and returns the matrix of joint probabilities \(P\), estimating the required \(\sigma_i\)'s and conditional probabilities matrix along the way: So we have our joint distributions \(p\) and \(q\). The only real difference is how we define the joint probability distribution matrix \(Q\), which has entries \(q_{ij}\).

Amazon's updated Fire HD 10 is a fast, powerful iPad competitor for $150


In the world of consumer-level 10-inch tablets, there are basically two to buy: At the high end, there's Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, and at the lower end, Amazon's Fire HD 10. Amazon's fresh 10-inch Fire HD tablet ($150 and up on Amazon) is a huge improvement over the prior generation in nearly every way. The Amazon Fire HD 10 comes in black, blue, and red. The Fire HD 10 tablets comes in black, blue, and red, and are already available for pre-order.

Your Google Home will now help you find dates


Plenty of Fish announced on Tuesday that it's launched an integration with Google Home, which will read your messages aloud to you and allow you to compose and send replies. So why the sudden rush to add home assistant integration among these dating apps? They've positioned themselves as "the leader in conversations," and they recently launched Spark, a feature which lets you start a chat based on a specific element of someone's profile. SEE ALSO: Unlucky-in-love penguin joins'Plenty of Fish' The company's CEO, Hesam Hosseini, explained in a statement, "We've found that a good conversation is the number one indicator of a great date, so both Spark and the Google Assistant integration were created to help people easily connect and get the conversation started."

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The Coca Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company selling more than 500 brands of soft drink to customers in over 200 countries. Fruits of this research were unveiled earlier this year when it was announced that the decision to launch Cherry Sprite as a new flavor was based on monitoring data collected from the latest generation of self-service soft drinks fountains, which allow customers to mix their own drinks. The company combines weather data, satellite images, information on crop yields, pricing factors and acidity and sweetness ratings, to ensure that orange crops are grown in an optimum way, and maintain a consistent taste. Speaking at Mobile World Congress this year, global senior digital director Mariano Bosaz said "content creation is something that we have been doing for a very long time – we brief creative agencies and then they come up with stories … what I want to start experimenting with is automated narratives."

The Key to Reducing Doctors' Misdiagnoses


"Knowledge from systematically analyzing missed opportunities in correct or timely diagnosis will inform improvements and create a learning health system for diagnosis," Dr. Singh says. The network, known as Pride, short for Primary Care Research in Diagnostic Errors, plans to identify, analyze and classify diagnostic errors and delays with the help of electronic medical records, to develop and share interventions that can overcome diagnostic errors and delays, especially in primary care. It also plans to help doctors avoid ordering unnecessary and wasteful tests by developing "principles of conservative diagnosis," says Gordon Schiff, associate director of Brigham and Women's division of general internal medicine and quality and safety director at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care. In response, the project plans to develop and test "loop-closing" tools for electronically tracking doctors' recommendations of tests and procedures that aren't carried out.

iOS 11: the eight best new features for your iPhone and iPad

The Guardian

Apple's iOS 11 will be available to download on iPhones and iPads everywhere from today, adding various new features including the ability to customise Control Centre for the first time. Control Centre, the widget-filled settings screen that is found by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, has been redesigned to fit more on screen at once. Siri gets a few new features under iOS 11, including the ability to translate phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. The ad industry calls it "sabotaging the economic model for the internet"; Apple calls it protecting user privacy.


Daily Mail

After months of anticipation, Apple will finally release its new iOS 11 today, designed to work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod. But one major omission will be the Apple Pay Cash person-to-person money transfer system included in previous beta versions. Among the headline features will be a completely redesigned App Store, a more expressive voice for Siri, map updates, including a'Do not disturb while driving mode', animated emoji, shared Wi-fi and the ability to see what your friends are listening to in Music. The iOS 11 GM code has revealed that the new operating will come with 3D animated emoji, called'Animoji' Apple is adding High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC video), offering more efficient compression.

Gene-editing technology developer Feng Zhang awarded $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

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Feng Zhang, a pioneer of the revolutionary CRISPR gene-editing technology, TAL effector proteins, and optogenics, is the recipient of the 2017 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the largest cash prize for invention in the United States. Prior to harnessing CRISPR-Cas9, Zhang engineered microbial TAL effectors (TALEs) for use in mammalian cells, working with colleagues at Harvard University, authoring multiple publications on the subject and becoming a co-inventor on several patents on TALE-based technologies. Zhang was also a key member of the team at Stanford University that harnessed microbial opsins for developing optogenetics, which uses light signals and light-sensitive proteins to monitor and control activity in brain cells. Zhang's numerous scientific discoveries and inventions, as well as his commitment to mentorship and collaboration, earned him the Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors outstanding mid-career inventors who improve the world through technological invention and demonstrate a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Augment raises $5 million to help customer service agents with AI


Augment today announced it has raised $5 million for an AI platform that assists customer service agents at large companies. The company joins competitors like Mattersight, DigitalGenius, LivePerson, and others in its efforts to train AI using conversations between customers and businesses in order to better guide customer service agents. The money will be used to bolster the Augment AI platform, which is trained by an aggregated dataset made up of 100 million conversational interactions at large companies, including Dyson. Call center agents are often slowed down in their work by the need to sift through documents, product information, or knowledge bases to find information for customers.