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Apple commercial reminds us why Siri needs The Rock more than The Rock needs Siri

Mashable

I gotta give it up to Apple for pairing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson with Siri -- yes, the iPhone's digital assistant -- for its latest TV commercial. This fall, Siri turns six, and while Apple has expanded the digital assistant's features over the years -- it now supports 21 languages, can control smart home devices, is built into macOS and Apple TV, etc. Bixby's spectacular failure at launch is good evidence that despite Siri's seemingly stunted evolution, taking things slow may not be the worst strategy. Make no mistake, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Siri's mini film is a huge publicity stunt -- a reminder that, hey, Siri is still a thing and it does more now.


Drones and phones are the next frontier for AI breakthroughs

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"Machine learning and artificial intelligence not only makes devices more autonomous and valuable but also allows them to be more personal depending on what a customer likes or needs," says Vadim Budaev, software development team leader at Scorch AI. Much of the work in the area is being led by tech's biggest companies, which are adding basic AI and machine learning applications to products as they develop them. If phones can't process data quickly enough, AI systems will run down their batteries. Google's Tensor Processing Units powers its translate and search systems, while UK startup Graphcore has developed its own machine learning chips.


Amazon's Phone-Charging Robot Will Spare You The Indignity Of Talking To Strangers

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But the string of good news came to an abrupt halt last week when Reuters reported that the top Democrat on the House antitrust subcommittee, David Civilline, has voiced concerns about Amazon's $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market and requested in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee a hearing to examine the deal's potential impact on consumers – the first stirrings of what could metastasize into an anti-trust probe. Adding to the antitrust concerns, Reuters reported Thursday that the FTC is investigating the company for allegedly misleading customers about its pricing discounts, citing a source close to the probe. The patent, first filed in 2015, revealed the company's plans to build a robot that, using the company's massive data-mining apparatus, would be able to track down desperate mobile-device users in crowed public spaces like an airport or concert venue and present them with the greatest gift of all: an opportunity to charge their phones. This is especially true if the user does not have an available charging adapter for the device," the patent reads.


How AI Is Reshaping The Accounting Industry

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Yet what really amazes me isn't just the benefits bots and AI are bringing to the accounting scene -- it's how these benefits are being brought to it. Bots are now able to determine and categorize all information into different accounts by themselves, which means artificial intelligence is already delivering solo performances in the field. For instance, bots can tell and organize data coming from the same source into different categories, so if you have a monthly subscription phone bill and a purchased phone bill coming from the same phone carrier, the bots will automatically understand that they have different natures and will set them under different chart of accounts. As it stands right now, administrative jobs are slowly becoming scarcer, and even some operational tasks traditionally performed by accountants, such as dedicated accounts payable and accounts receivable ones, are already being performed by AI.


Essential Phone PH-1 will be launching later this year

Daily Mail

Executives from the California company met with UK operators, including EE, last week to thrash out a deal. Executives from the California company met with UK operators, including EE, last week to thrash out a deal. It also boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Essential claims is'one of the world's best phone cameras' But almost 50 days later customers who pre-ordered are still waiting, with no word from Essential on when they can expect them to arrive. Alongside the Essential phone, Andy Rubin has unveiled a new home assistant to rival Apple's upcoming Siri Speaker.


Google is using machine learning to sort good apps from bad on the Play Store

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With machine learning, Google can use peer grouping to scan apps that are being loaded on to the Play Store en masse. In its most recent annual Android security review, the percentage of users who had installed harmful apps from the official Play Store fell from 0.15 percent in 2015 to 0.05 percent in 2016. Many users -- particularly those in China -- install Android apps from alternative app stores, which the company doesn't have control over. And when taking these into account, the number of individuals installing bad apps actually rose slightly, from 0.5 percent in 2015 to 0.7 percent in 2016.


What happened to Fling, Amazon's Chromecast clone on Fire TV?

PCWorld

Yet most of the streaming companies I talked to either missed the memo about Fling or aren't interested: I also reached out to NexPlayer, a company that sells video player tools to streaming services, and added Amazon Fling to its developer toolkit last year. With hands-free voice commands, users can launch videos on a nearby Chromecast from streaming services like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, and YouTube. While Amazon's Echo speaker does support voice commands on some TV devices, such as Dish Hopper DVRs, this is a different kind of integration that requires each device maker to develop its own Alexa skill, and right now no such controls exist for Fire TV devices. For instance, it will soon be able to show supplemental information on televisions in response to Google Home voice commands, and the audio version of Chromecast now enables whole-home audio across multiple Google Home speakers.


Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Coral Blue: Where To Buy, Discounts & More

International Business Times

Samsung has tapped Best Buy to sell the blue colored Android flagship phones. From July 21 until July 29, Best Buy is slashing $400 off the retail price of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 AT&T handsets provided the customer is qualified to make the purchase. Samsung.com will also have a limited time promo that will slash $150 off the retail price of the Coral Blue and Midnight Black color variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 . Samsung's Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 units are coming to the U.S. later this week.


Drones and phones are the next frontier for AI breakthroughs

#artificialintelligence

"Machine learning and artificial intelligence not only makes devices more autonomous and valuable but also allows them to be more personal depending on what a customer likes or needs," says Vadim Budaev, software development team leader at Scorch AI. Much of the work in the area is being led by tech's biggest companies, which are adding basic AI and machine learning applications to products as they develop them. If phones can't process data quickly enough, AI systems will run down their batteries. Google's Tensor Processing Units powers its translate and search systems, while UK startup Graphcore has developed its own machine learning chips.


The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer to Total Domination

WIRED

At home, Alexa can control the lights, set timers, play your local NPR station, and generally achieve that Jarvis-level assistance that feels so much like the future. Despite the lags, Alexa does excel at doing Alexa Things, like controlling the music, playing flash briefings, and making to-do lists. You can't play music from any service other than Amazon, set timers, or hook into Amazon's new Echo messaging service. You can buy things on Amazon, but Alexa won't show them to you in the Amazon app before you buy.