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Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning: Here's What to Expect Next in Biometrics on Your Phone

MIT Technology Review

Apple says its version of the technology, called Face ID and available when the phone ships in November, uses a suite of sensors to map your face in 3-D. An infrared light illuminates your face, and a projector projects an array of infrared dots at it. Anil Jain, a Michigan State University professor who studies biometric recognition and computer vision, notes that it uses an existing tactic called structured light to capture your visage in three dimensions--something he employed for object recognition back in the 1980s. Beyond the work the company has done to keep the wrong people out of the phone, Apple claims that Face ID will let the right person in even in the dark, while wearing glasses or a hat, and after growing a beard. Jain says it's conceivable that smartphones will eventually include sensors for face, iris, and fingerprint recognition--a rarity now.


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USATODAY

Apple's new Control Center lets you mix and match your favorite shortcuts in iOS11 (Photo: Apple) MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif -- You don't have to go out and spend $700 on a swanky new iPhone. The latest mobile operating system upgrade, iOS 11, was released Tuesday, and it has "hundreds" of new features, according to Apple. If you go to Settings, Control Center, you can choose what shortcuts you'd like to be in there. The iOS11 operating system upgrade lets you mark up screen shots.


Pixel 2 Leaks: Google Code Reveals Squeezable Edges, New Search Bar

International Business Times

In a breakdown of Google's latest beta for its official app, 9to5Google found several mentions of features that line up with past rumors around the Pixel 2. Most significantly, the app has mentions of an Active Edge squeeze feature that would allow users to trigger actions like activating Google Assistant. In the app's code, it mentions how users can customize what settings or actions the phone's squeeze gesture could trigger. Google Assistant mentions in the app include alternative voices and custom activation keywords, along with enhanced smart home device control.


Google's Pixel 2 revealed ahead of unveiling next month

Daily Mail

Rumours have been swirling for months about Google's next Pixel smartphones and the tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube earlier this month, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The rumours follow leaked images earlier in August, which claim to show Google's Pixel 2 handset. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


Does Siri sound different today? Here's why

#artificialintelligence

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Basically you took a big library of voice sounds -- "ah," "ess," etc. That speech was then segmented into tiny pieces called half-phones; phones are the smallest sounds that make up speech, but of course they can be said in different ways -- rising, falling, quicker, slower, with more or less aspiration, that kind of thing. All these tiny sound pieces were run through a machine learning model that figures out more or less which piece makes sense in which situation.


Google to take on Amazon with $49 mini smart speaker

Daily Mail

The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. The tech firm uploaded a short 35 second teaser to YouTube today, offering eager fans the chance to sign up to receive more information. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens. Reports suggest Google is investing $880 million (£709 million) in LG's flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for their Pixel 2 handset (pictured is first-generation Pixel handsets) In March, the head of hardware at Google first confirmed that the firm is developing a second-generation Pixel for the'premium smartphone market'.


6 AI-Powered Tools All Entrepreneurs Need to Run Their Business

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AI-powered solutions can help entrepreneurs automate their business communication, generate insights from phone calls, sales and marketing data, create intelligent social media and content strategies, and much more. It is an online application powered by machine learning algorithms that recognize stylistic and semantic errors, wrong sentence structure and other nuanced language features that only a professional editor would help you fix. Powered by NLP and deep learning, Legal Robot creates high-level legal models from large corpora of contracts that cover a broad range of business cases and scenarios. As an entrepreneur, you may opt for a Business plan ($99) that includes unlimited calling, unlimited AI-based notes and 50 cents/minute for the full transcription of your calls.


Galaxy S8 owners can finally disable the Bixby button

Engadget

Now, Samsung will let you disable the dedicated Bixby key, making it much harder to summon the helper by accident, as Sammobile noticed. As for what purpose that key can serve after you disable Bixby, the answer, for now, seems to be... nothing. Bixby is all the more galling considering that my phone already has Google Assistant, which, along with Alexa, is about the best AI helper out there. Sammobile notes that Bixby key de-activation hasn't arrived for everyone.


Freaked out about artificial intelligence? Remember what's in your pocket

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When the iPhone X was unveiled this week, its facial recognition feature immediately made headlines. Social networks, auto-fill forms and browsing histories build up a profile of our personalities without anyone necessarily needing to look us in the eye. We put our debit card details into our phones to make buying concert tickets easier. Facial recognition software has long since been a hindrance for activists and protestors – new artifical intelligence programs can recognise protestors' faces even if they're covered.


Whiskey, Alexa, and me: A night alone in the woods with digital assistants

Mashable

It was just me, a bottle of moderately priced whiskey, a tiny cabin filled with tchotchkes, and my robot friends Google Home and Amazon Echo. Alexa and Google Assistant -- the digital brain that powers Google Home -- answered question after question with something like, "My apologies, I don't understand." I found smart speaker games are best when they incorporate voice actors, sound effects, and music -- like radio you can interact with. Digital assistants are the future, and they're absolutely great at accessing media, controlling smart devices, and making phone and video calls.