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Amazon's own TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Engadget

Amazon's first in-house TVs may be showcases for Alexa, but that isn't precluding the company from supporting someone else's ecosystem. According to The Verge, Amazon has unveiled plans to add support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to both higher-end Omni and budget 4-series Fire TV sets now that they're available. You can use AirPlay 2 to cast content from your iPhone, iPad or Mac, but the HomeKit integration may be the most notable -- yes, you can use Siri to control an Amazon TV as part of your wider smart home network. Amazon would only say the support was coming "soon." The TVs themselves start at $370 for the 4-series, which provide the usual Fire TV integrations along with 4K and HDR support in sizes ranging from 43 inches to 55 inches.


Podcast: How pricing algorithms learn to collude

MIT Technology Review

Algorithms now determine how much things cost. It's called dynamic pricing and it adjusts according to current market conditions in order to increase profits. The rise of e-commerce has propelled pricing algorithms into an everyday occurrence--whether you're shopping on Amazon, booking a flight, hotel or ordering an Uber. In this continuation of our series on automation and your wallet, we explore what happens when a machine determines the price you pay. This episode was reported by Anthony Green and produced by Jennifer Strong and Emma Cillekens. We're edited by Mat Honan and our mix engineer is Garret Lang, with sound design and music by Jacob Gorski. Jennifer: Alright so I'm in an airport just outside New York City and just looking at the departures board here seeing all these flights going different places… It makes me think about how we decide how much something should cost… like a ticket for one of these flights. Because where the plane is going is just part of the puzzle. The price of airfare is highly personalized.


An Introduction to Federated Learning

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We all have experienced the benefits of crowdsourcing. In mobile apps such as Waze, clients using the platform can report all sorts of driving conditions such as car crashes, traffic jams, police speed traps, cars parked on the side of the road, etc. In turn, other users of the platform can take advantage of such collaboration to make better driving decisions. As a simple example, if there is an intense traffic jam on a given road, Waze might choose a different route to reach my destination. Similarly, when looking for a hotel to stay the next family holiday, we usually read multiple reviews from previous customers.


Crowdsensing 2.0

Communications of the ACM

Mobile crowdsensing (MCS) presents a new sensing paradigm based on the power of user-companioned devices.11,12 It allows "the increasing number of smartphone users to share local knowledge acquired by their sensor-enhanced devices, and the information can be further aggregated in the cloud for large-scale sensing."4 The mobility of large-scale mobile users makes MCS a versatile platform that can often replace static sensing infrastructures. A broad range of applications are thus enabled, including traffic planning, environment monitoring, urban management, and so on. During the past decade, MCS has become a surging research topic in China.


The Practice of Applying AI to Benefit Visually Impaired People in China

Communications of the ACM

According to the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF), there are now 17 million visually impaired people in China, among which three million are totally blind, while the others are low-visioned. In the past two decades, China has experienced tremendous development of information technology. Traditional industries are incorporating information technology, with services delivered to users through websites and mobile applications. It is positive technical progress that visually impaired people can access various services without leaving home; for example, they can order food delivery online or schedule a taxi from an app-based transportation service. However, the development of technology has also brought challenges to the visually impaired in China.


Natural Interactive Techniques for the Detection and Assessment of Neurological Diseases

Communications of the ACM

Neurological diseases, such as cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease, have become the leading cause of death in China. Neurological function evaluation is crucial for the diagnosis and intervention of neurological diseases. Clinically, neurological function is evaluated by various scales, tests, and questionnaires. However, these methods rely on costly professional equipment and medical personnel. They cannot be used as a means of daily evaluation of neurological diseases.


APPLICATIONS OF AI IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD: TOP 10 USE OF AI AT HOME

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You might think that artificial intelligence is only something the tech giants are focused on and that it doesn't have any impact on your household or everyday life. But the reality is different. Whether you realize it or not, Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. The application of AI is not only for big sectors or finance or manufacturing, it is also impacting our daily lives. So, let's find out about the applications of AI in your daily life.


Google Pixel 6 is the new workhorse to the Pixel 6 Pro thoroughbred

ZDNet

Something new has happened to the Pixel line with the release of the 6 series phones, and it is not just the new custom Tensor chip that powers the devices, there is a genuine hardware difference between the two phones on offer. Are you balking at the prices of the latest Apple and Samsung flagships? Consider one of these affordable alternatives. Previously, besides the obvious bigger screen and bigger battery that came with a larger device, the standard Pixel and its XL variant were fundamentally the same phone, just sized differently. With the 6 series, the new Pro option has a couple of additions -- it can handle millimetre wave 5G, has an additional 48-megapixel telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom, and packs more memory and storage.


Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro review: Solid phones, great software, perfect pricing

Engadget

The Pixel 6 is the most intriguing phone Google has made in years. Not only is it a return to premium design with eye-catching colors and up to a 120Hz screen, it's also powered by the company's first mobile processor -- Tensor. With it, Google is promising serious improvements in AI performance and photography, including better voice recognition and Assistant features. Google also finally upgraded the Pixel's camera hardware instead of just relying on its processing smarts. That's not to say it's overlooked software this year.


Pixel 6 and 6 Pro review: The 'Google phone' that makes convenience fun

Mashable

Google's latest Pixel 6 phones are fun. Just look at their design, both within and without: There's the two-tone color scheme on back that seems as if it were pulled from an inspiration board filled with Starburst fruit chew hues. There's that eye-catching rear camera module, now so fanciful and conspicuous as to be immediately iconic, which was likely the intended point. Their Gorilla Glass-sandwiched bodies are free from blemishes in the form of unsightly fingerprint sensors and front-facing notches. They're impossibly thin yet rounded and smooth, and feel appropriately soft and light in hand as phones should be.