Google finally gives more Android phones their own Assistant


Google is rolling out its personal AI Google Assistant to users with phones running older versions of its Android OS, finally giving more people the voice-controlled smart features that are becoming a hallmark of the platform. The company announced the AI will soon be available to users running the 5.0 Lollipop version of Android OS. Tablet owners will get in on the action if they're on 7.0 Nougat or 6.0 Marshmallow. Lollipop phone users have already begun to see the update in the U.S. and other countries if English or Spanish is their default language, and the feature is also rolling out in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. Eligible English language tablet users in the U.S. will begin receiving the update "over the coming week."

Google wants to solve new AI problems: Jeffrey Dean


Tokyo: Jeffrey (Jeff) Dean is a Google senior fellow in a research group at Google where he leads the company's artificial intelligence (AI) project called Google Brain. Along with his team, Dean, who joined Google in 1999, is currently implementing the company's vision as articulated by chief executive Sundar Pichai--to build an "AI-first" world. In an interview on the sidelines of a "Google #MadewithAI" event, held recently in Tokyo, Dean explains what this vision encompasses and the challenges involved in implementing it. What are the major steps involved in this process of implementing the Google strategy of building an AI-first world? The steps involve making products that are useful, help others innovate and solve humanity's big challenges.

Microsoft Wants to Take on Google by Making its Search Engine Smarter


Google may be the household name when it comes to search, but Microsoft is hoping it can make its Bing search engine the smartest. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has announced a handful of new features that it says are powered by artificial intelligence. The updates will start rolling out on Wednesday and will continue over the coming week. The biggest changes enable Bing to be smarter about the information it chooses to display above search results in response to a query. The search engine will now be able to pull information from multiple sources, rather than just one.

Google launches Assistant on Android tablets, more phones


Google on Wednesday announced Google Assistant is now available for Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. Assistant was previously only available on some Android phones, Android Wear, Google Home, and an iOS app. Google also said its virtual personal assistant is expanding to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google Assistant enables users to search the internet, schedule events and alarms, adjust hardware settings, show information from their Google account, and more, with their voice. Android tablet users with their language set to English in the US will see Google Assistant hit their tablet in the coming weeks, Google said.

Google Assistant lands on older Android phones


Google Assistant has been available on recent Android phones for a while. However, that still puts it out out of reach of many Android users when a whopping 46.5 percent of active Android users are running a version older than Marshmallow. To help address this, Google is making Assistant available on devices running Android Lollipop. If you're still rocking an older phone, you'll get the same AI helper as a shiny new handset. The update is starting to reach phones with English language settings in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore.

AI and augmented reality could make fixing your router a little more bearable


When something goes wrong with the appliances in your home, what do you do to fix them? Then you dig out a manual or look one up online. If none of that helps, you might call the company who made the thing, and then spend an age on the phone trying to explain what's gone wrong. But what if you didn't have to explain -- what if you could just show someone the problem, and have it explained to you? That's the proposition from Israeli company TechSee, which is building a customer support platform using two of 2017's most overused buzzwords: augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Reading a Neural Network's "Mind"


Neural models have become ubiquitous in automatic speech recognition systems. While neural networks are typically used as acoustic models in more complex systems, recent studies have explored end-to-end speech recognition systems based on neural networks, which can be trained to directly predict text from input acoustic features. Although such systems are conceptually elegant and simpler than traditional systems, it is less obvious how to interpret the trained models. In this work, we analyze the speech representations learned by a deep end-to-end model that is based on convolutional and recurrent layers, and trained with a connectionist temporal classification (CTC) loss. We use a pre-trained model to generate frame-level features which are given to a classifier that is trained on frame classification into phones.

How AI Can Enhance Your Content Marketing Strategy


An interview with Alexavier Guzman, senior full stack developer at Forbes, who is responsible for developing BrandVoice special features and internal tools and solutions to support various departments across the organization. Artificial intelligence is driving market gains, revolutionizing industry – and, some argue, gearing up to destroy humanity once and for all. If we're still around, it will also drive innovations in branded content. Here, courtesy of Forbes techie Guzman, are three AI-enabled applications that could transform content marketing. What it is: Guzman asks us to imagine a male college student standing next to a sensor-equipped bus-stop LED screen one morning.

Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?

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Scan your eyes over Apple's just-published list of the year's most popular iPhone apps, and there's one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it's been a while since the song-identifying software squeezed its way into the iOS App Store's top 10. So, why has Apple confirmed it is "combining" its business with that of the smaller London company? It has not revealed the price it is paying, but the sum is rumoured to be as much as $400m (£300m), which would make it one of Apple's most expensive takeovers to date. The US technology giant also hasn't disclosed its motivations beyond saying that it has "exciting plans in store".

These are the 4 best tech deals on Amazon right now


If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Amazon's 12 Days of Deals continues on with a slew of offers for "music lovers, avid readers, and film buffs" and we've cherry-picked the best offers on the best products from the lineup. For the person you want to splurge on, tech is just the ticket. And whether they're the type who always has music playing, prefers reading to TV, or is obsessed with the latest technology, one of these things is sure to be the perfect fit.