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Cisco to acquire AI startup MindMeld for $125 million

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Cisco today announced plans to acquire AI startup MindMeld for $125 million. Cisco decided to acquire MindMeld, a company that's been called "Siri on steroids," because many bot experiences today are disappointing, IoT and applications VP Rowan Trollope wrote in a blog post today. "Bringing the MindMeld team to Cisco is a giant leap forward in helping our customers experience the next generation of interactive, conversational interfaces." Cisco collaboration software competition includes other enterprise chat players including Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts Chat, and Slack.


CES 2017: Why your home and car will soon talk to each other

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Your car may already feel like an extension of your home based on the hodgepodge of stuff collecting in the backseat, but it's apparent that technology will soon make the two more connected than ever. No one has proposed blurring the line more than Hyundai -- which unveiled a futuristic concept car last week that literally connects to the home via a hole in the wall. Hyundai envisions the car becoming a lounge-like extension of the living space that provides air conditioning and entertainment, and acts as a back-up generator. "By seamlessly blending features from the car with home and work environments, the user experience is uninterrupted whether socializing, working at home, or on the move," Hak Su Ha, Hyundai's design center director, said in a news release. But even if cars never plug into the home physically, they will digitally.


Bose is building ride-smoothing tech for autonomous cars

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Bose dabbles in a lot of different things, but the most left-field product could could be its ride-smoothing trucker seats. The company is about to demo similar tech for autonomous cars at its "Beyond Sound" CES experience in Las Vegas. Specifically, it'll show off a (simulated) autonomous vehicle equipped with Bose Ride suspension seating that "isolates passengers from road vibrations, shaking and unwanted motion," the company said in a press release. The idea is that if you're going to be driven around by a robot anyway, why not feel like you're in your living room or office, rather than a lurching car? "Our personal suspension technology is already proven, and it can dramatically enhance the passenger experience," Bose Automotive VP Marc Mansell said in a statement, referring to the Bose Ride truck seats that debuted in 2010. Bose actually started dabbling with the tech way back in the 1980s.


NVIDIA : Launches New SHIELD TV, The Most Advanced Streamer 4-Traders

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LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Jan 4, 2017) - CES -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today unveiled the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV -- an Android open-platform media streamer built on bleeding-edge visual computing technology that delivers unmatched experiences in streaming, gaming and AI. Sporting a sleek, new design and now shipping with both a remote and a game controller, SHIELD provides the best, most complete entertainment experience in the living room. "NVIDIA's rich heritage in visual computing and deep learning has enabled us to create this revolutionary device," said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA, who revealed SHIELD during his opening keynote address at CES. "SHIELD TV is the world's most advanced streamer. Its brilliant 4K HDR quality, hallmark NVIDIA gaming performance and broad access to media content will bring families hours of joy. And with SHIELD's new AI home capability, we can control and interact with content through the magic of artificial intelligence from anywhere in the house," he said.


80 Percent of all Marketing Executives Predict Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Marketing by 2020

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Surprisingly, concern with the cost of implementing AI is lower on the list at 42 percent. Overall, there is a lack of general understanding around AI technologies available, and how to begin using them. Further education and hands on experience will be required to ensure the use of AI technology to support marketing is successful. "As someone who has been studying AI for many years, I've recognized the promise of AI and B2B marketing for some time, which makes it really rewarding to see this vision is now shared by marketing executives," said Aman Naimat, SVP of Technology at Demandbase. "This data reveals that in order to be successful, marketing leaders need to lead the charge and present opportunities for AI instruction and experience for their teams, to ensure implementing it into their B2B technology stacks is effective."


Mercedes-Benz delivers integration of the Google Assistant

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Mercedes-Benz is one of the first Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to combine the Google Assistant on Google Home with their vehicles, and signals another step forward in the company's connectivity strategy – seamless and intelligent interaction between the customer's Internet of Things (IoT)/Wearables devices and their Mercedes-Benz Cars. "In the last decade, we've seen a range of benefits when smart technology is combined with transportation," said Sajjad Khan, vice president of digital vehicle & mobility at Daimler. "This newest integration shows just how intelligent the car of the future will be, and we plan to roll out more applications as the year progresses that will make daily life even more accessible and convenient." Arriving in the first months of 2017 Mercedes-Benz customers will be able in specific markets to communicate with their cars through their Google Home. Streamlining the customer's digital lifestyle by connecting the car to the IoT has been a rapid evolution during the last few years.


DataArt Issues Tech Trends Predictions for 2017

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December 14, 2016 – New York & London – DataArt, a leading global technology consultancy, predicts that 2017 will be a year of integration, disruption and transformation due in large part to the digitalization of key industry sectors. Cyber security and data protection will become major board-level concerns as financial institutions realize that failing to protect customer information will be their biggest source of regulatory non-compliance and reputational risk. Organizations will invest heavily in correcting technology vulnerabilities, lax cultures and poor processes. As a result, data management in all its forms will dominate 2017. Rapid digitalization of customer-facing services will be a matter of organizational life and death as e-commerce and fintech elevate expectations for the optimal user experience (UX).


What You Don't Know About Etsy (And Its 2017 Strategy)

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Etsy, the online marketplace where you can buy handmade and unique items, is eleven years old. IPO'ing in 2015 and with millions of products Etsy is shifting more than just crafts though. I wanted to know more about what's going underneath the bonnet of this juggernaut. It turns out Etsy is boasting solid results this year; in the third quarter it reported 33% revenue growth, 19% growth in gross merchandise sales, 50% growth in seller services, and a 110% increase in adjusted EBITDA (with a margin of 14.9%). It also raised its full-year guidance.


Former Googler Launches 'Pandora For Fashion' Site

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Nintendo Reports Second Quarter Losses But 3DS Sales Are Up Thanks To'Pokmon GO' We've all been there – scouring the internet for items of clothing to buy to suit any given occasion, only to feel more than overwhelmed by the volume of choice now available and increasingly frustrated by how hard it is to actually find something we like. Abigail Holtz is out there to try and solve that problem. Hailing from Google where she worked on a multitude of different shopping products, including Boutiques.com The vision is to create a'Pandora for fashion' – a site that uses recommendation technology (based on what Holtz calls a "fashion genome" and her "secret sauce") as well as human input, to suggest looks for shoppers informed by things like style, fit, body shape, even occasion appropriateness. It's got an intuitive UI/UX built around a simple like or dislike (heart or cross) functionality, and a straightforward breakdown of clothing categories based on trends as well as occasions.


Koninklijke Philips : Philips introduces new data-driven intelligent solutions connecting patients, practitioners and processes at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America Meeting 4-Traders

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Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today unveiled a series of intelligent and comprehensive connected radiology solutions at the 2016 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA), beginning November 27 through December 1 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At the Philips booth (#6735), RSNA attendees will experience a new portfolio of digital imaging systems, intelligent software and services to enhance diagnostics, improve patient care and operational efficiencies. Radiology is at the center of the majority of healthcare decisions, driving the timely detection and accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease at its earliest stages. As health organizations continue to move toward value-based care, they need intelligent solutions to meet the challenges they face in improving outcomes, lowering cost of healthcare delivery and enhancing patient satisfaction. "Radiologists are playing a pivotal role in determining the right path to the right treatment," said Robert Cascella, CEO, Diagnosis and Treatment, Philips.