Best media streaming device


Whether you've just gotten rid of cable or want to supplement your TV package with online video, now's an excellent time to buy a media streaming device. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire TV tend to have bigger app selections, faster performance, and more features. And with so much competition between device makers, the hardware is becoming faster, more capable, and more affordable. We constantly test all the latest devices, including Roku players, Fire TV devices, Android TV devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. We review each new generation of hardware and constantly revisit the software and app selection so we can help you determine which platform is right for you.

Apple's Making Its Own GPU to Control Its Own Destiny


For years, a company called Imagination Technologies gave Apple the tech behind your iPhone's Retina-ready graphics and eye-popping image processing. From here on out, according to an Imagination Technologies release, Apple will design its own underlying technology for GPUs. The reason is simple: They're officially too important to entrust to someone else. Losing such a major customer has cratered Imagination Technologies stock; about half the company's annual revenue came from Apple. But that doesn't mean Apple's sudden yen for graphics independence should come as a surprise.

An introduction to AI-powered ecommerce merchandising


Amazon has been using algorithms to try to sell you extra stuff for years. But the technology to personalise merchandising, much further than recommendations, is advancing rapidly across ecommerce. Companies such as Sentient and Apptus and their AI-powered systems are changing site search functionality, product lists, facets and more, to try to generate more sales. I caught up with Sören Meelby, VP Marketing at Apptus, to get an introduction to the technology (Apptus eSales), and to pose some questions about the user experience in online retail. Sören Meelby: Each and every sort order typically follows a logic or business rules and'most popular' is fairly straight forward.

Samsung Galaxy 8 Event: Analyst Quick Take


Infinity Display and design: Ten years ago, designers did mockups of what phones would look in the distant future as one slab of glass. The S8 is the closest phone yet that represents that vision. The 5.8" and 6.2" are not only large display, but have incredibly-high resolutions of 2960x1440 (Quad HD) with 570 and 529 PPI (pixels per inch). The Infinity Display is stunning and I'm looking forward to seeing how this performs with the GearVR where PPI is paramount to the experience. DeX docking: There have been many attempts at smartphone-to-PC modularity and each one gets better.

Samsung Unpacked Is Tomorrow And The Galaxy S8 Will Bring Something Special


Samsung's Unpacked 2017 event in New York City is set to kick off tomorrow and it's no mystery at this point that the big unveil will be Samsung's "next Galaxy," the Galaxy S8 and potentially the Galaxy S8 Plus. So much has leaked about the device(s) that much may be already known about Samsung's next flagship Android handset that is poised to take on the iPhone for smartphone domination. We've heard about display sizes, with the Galaxy S8 standard device measuring in at 5.7-inches (or maybe 5.8) and the Galaxy S8 offering gargantuan phablet proportions at 6.2-inches. However, those displays also come with very minimal bezel, as Samsung reportedly is going to take a page from Dell with something called an "Infinity Display" that will surely keep the two new Galaxy's footprints down significantly, similar to what LG delivered with the wonderfully-designed G6. Regardless, even with all these design updates -- and Samsung's new Bixby AI virtual assistant that claims to learn the human, rather than requiring the human to learn it – there's still one more unconfirmed major advancement I expect with Samsung's new pocket super computers and it lies under the hood.

Intel's PC chief talks about 5G, changes in chip design


Intel surprised many observers when the company hired outsider Venkata Renduchintala to lead the company's PC, Internet of Things, and Systems Architecture groups. With more than a year under his belt, he's spearheading a cultural change inside the company, getting employees to think beyond PCs and talk about technologies like 5G and IoT. There's been a lot of chatter about changes in the company's chip development strategy, with the recent announcement of the 8th Generation Core processors, an unprecedented fourth chip architecture on the 14-nanometer process. The chip industry veteran sat down with the IDG News Service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about what spurred the move and also his thoughts on 5G. Renduchintala: I'm noticing there are a hell of a lot more people interested in 5G.

Future iPhones to get 4K with new PowerVR graphics architecture


A new PowerVR graphics architecture from Imagination Technologies will give a serious graphics boost to Apple's future iPhones, including 4K graphics. Imagination is announcing Furian, the first major graphics architecture upgrade since Rogue, which was announced in 2010. Apple's iPhone 7 currently has graphics based on the Rogue architecture. The Furian architecture also sets up future iPhones for graphics-intensive applications like virtual reality. Furian will be used in new PowerVR GPUs like the Series8XT, according to Imagination.

Artificial intelligence used to identify skin cancer Stanford News


Computer scientists at Stanford have created an artificially intelligent diagnosis algorithm for skin cancer that matched the performance of board-certified dermatologists. During testing, the researchers used only high-quality, biopsy-confirmed images provided by the University of Edinburgh and the International Skin Imaging Collaboration Project that represented the most common and deadliest skin cancers – malignant carcinomas and malignant melanomas. The algorithm's performance was measured through the creation of a sensitivity-specificity curve, where sensitivity represented its ability to correctly identify malignant lesions and specificity represented its ability to correctly identify benign lesions. "Advances in computer-aided classification of benign versus malignant skin lesions could greatly assist dermatologists in improved diagnosis for challenging lesions and provide better management options for patients," said Susan Swetter, professor of dermatology and director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program at the Stanford Cancer Institute, and co-author of the paper.

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Your Marketing in 2017


What if we told you that we could create something the world has never seen before by combining the creative, data-driven mind (you guys) with artificial intelligence, visual search, and machine learning? In a world where there are billions of visual touchpoints with customers -- social marketing, e-commerce, advertising, PR, brand design initiatives -- you need to get those interactions right. Thousands of photo and video decisions are made every day in brand design, e-commerce, advertising, strategy, digital marketing, social, and sales. Today's smartest marketers will jump on Creative AI, leaving others in a trail of sparkling metallic dust.

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