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9 reasons you should buy an iPhone 8 instead of an iPhone X

The Independent

All of these phones are powered by Apple's new A11 Bionic chip, a neural engine, and the M11 motion coprocessor. The only difference is how the phones use these features: The iPhone X uses the A11 chip and neural engine for its new face-detection system Face ID, which the iPhone 8 does not have. On paper, the FaceTime HD cameras of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are functionally identical to the front-facing camera inside the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system. The iPhone X has completely different dimensions from past iPhones, so your old cases won't work with this phone -- one more expense to consider when buying this already-expensive phone.


The latest iPhones show why A.I. is the new electricity

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The "Neural Engine" is designed to work with Apple's Core ML developer tools, which exist for app developers to gain easy access to the power of machine learning. If you were to list the emerging technologies that will define the coming few decades, these might include augmented and virtual reality, self-driving cars, gene therapy and many others.


Doctor Hazel, an AI aimed at skin cancer detection, is latest in a long line

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Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Apps, mobile platforms, and camera devices designed to evaluate moles and estimate skin cancer risk have a long history filled with successes and failures. That same year, University of Michigan Health System physicians launched UMSkinCheck featuring reminders and instructions for patients to self-examine their moles and skin lesions over time. The FTC alleged that the marketers of both mole photography-based apps "deceptively claimed the apps accurately analyzed melanoma risk," and that the marketers had insufficient evidence to make these claims.


Amazon is working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

Daily Mail

Until now, the AI powered assistant could only be summoned on Amazon tablets and other mobile devices when a wake button was pressed or the Alexa app launched. Babak Parviz the founder of Google's ill-fated Glass, the first major attempt to popularise smart glasses, is rumoured to be directing Amazon's efforts.. Their device is unlikely to replicate the heads up display of the Google Glass and its onboard camera, however. The new Fire HD 10, Amazon's latest tablet, will go on sale on October 11 for £150 ($150) Babak Parviz the founder of Google's ill-fated Glass, the first major attempt to popularise smart glasses, is rumoured to be directing Amazon's efforts. Until now, the AI powered assistant could only be summoned on Amazon tablets and other mobile devices when a wake button was pressed or the Alexa app launched.


4 technologies that will unlock AR's full potential

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For all the discussion on what the future AR/VR user experience will look like and how to get there, four categories stand out which will serve as a point of focus over the next 1-2 years to push the entire industry forward: Displays, expanding network bandwidths, deep learning, and interactive communication. Smartphones are already providing consumers with the level of precision screen specs and computing power required to enjoy AR experiences. Deep learning is essential in fostering real-time image recognition and tracking augmented objects, giving them real positional data and features. While advancements still need to be made across the industry for a truly augmented reality future, great companies and great minds are working together to make our dreams a reality.


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International Business Times

Apple delivered on its promise by upgrading previously purchased Full HD to 4K HDR in the iTunes Store for free, but it didn't mention before that it would only be available for streaming and not for downloading to devices. The Verge did discover over the weekend that it's possible to download and play 1080p full HD movies with HDR on the 2017 iPad Pro models. This might be a bummer for many but at least upgrading previously purchased full HD movies to 4K HDR on iTunes is absolutely free. Ultra HD 4K movies from the iTunes store can only be streamed and not downloaded on the new Apple TV 4K.


Genius new uses for that old iPhone

USATODAY

USA Today contributor Jennifer Jolly shows us some absolutely genius're-uses' for an that old iPhone that you have lying around the house. A Bedside Smartphone Vase turns your old smartphone into a nightstand buddy. For music, your options are endless -- Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Apple Music -- and there's some great third party alarm apps like the Wake Alarm Clock with its big "slap to snooze" button. Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW.


Bose's new headphones come with Google Assistant

Boston Herald

Google goog, like other big tech companies including Apple aapl and Microsoft msft, has been pushing its digital assistant as a new way for people to interact with their smartphones and other devices like the company's web-connected Google Home speaker. Now, people can use their voices to tell Google Assistant to play music--including a specific song--through the new Bose headphones. People will need to connect their headphones to their iPhones or Android-based smartphones via Bluetooth in order to link to Google's Assistant, Google said in a blog post. In this market, Google faces tough competition from Amazon, which is making similar moves with its Alexa digital assistant.


Your Kid Will Play With A.I. Friends And Learn From VR Teachers - The Medical Futurist

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It changes healthcare under the transformation called digital health. In the most wired areas, it is not strange to see small children watching the same cartoon on their parents' laptop or tablet repeatedly for hours or taking silly photos of snails with smartphones. Advanced baby simulators could help future parents prepare for parenthood, even though the experience never replaces the real one. Looking more ahead in the future, the use of VR, AR, artificial intelligence and robotics seems to be inevitable in raising children.


5 hidden Apple iOS 11 features you need to try

Boston Herald

In that time, I've discovered a bunch of hidden functions and neat tools that aren't so apparent when you're using some of the apps built into Apple's AAPL iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system. Arguably the coolest addition to iOS 11 is the ability to actually make the operating system's Control Center app really, really useful. From the Settings pane, you can choose "Control Center" and decide whether you want to add or remove controls. To do so, you'll need to go into the Settings pane and choose Accessibility.