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Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

Engadget

While Amazon's popular Alexa Echo devices are arguably the king of digital assistants, it's easy to forget the the retailer had a string of failures before that, especially the Fire Phone. It could be controlled by Alexa-enabled Echo products, and show the video feed on Amazon's Echo Show screen (above). Adding merit to the FT report (which hasn't been confirmed by Amazon), Google Glass founder Babak Parviz, hired away by Amazon in 2014, has been reportedly heavily involved with the Alexa glasses project. The eyeglasses and security products are supposedly coming by the end of the year, presumably in time for Christmas.


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'.


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'.


Facial recognition is here. The iPhone X is just the beginning Clare Garvie

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I'm a privacy lawyer who researches the risks of face recognition technology – and I will be buying the new iPhone. But as we grow accustomed to fast and accurate face recognition, we cannot become complacent to the serious privacy risks it often poses – or think that all its applications are alike. Social media applications increasingly integrate face recognition into their user experience; one application in Russia allows strangers to find out who you are just by taking your photo. At the festival in London late last month, the real-time face recognition system reportedly led to 35 misidentifications and only one "correct" match – an innocent person who was not wanted by the police after all.


TGI Fridays' quest to reinvent happy hour (and itself) with chatbots and IoT

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The TGI Fridays CIO and vice president for strategy and brand initiatives is testing those technologies and more in a mock restaurant that serves as a launching pad for digital tools that could redefine casual dining in a world where more millennials cook at home or order from quick-service chains. As AI and ML technologies improve, brands will "push" offers at consumers rather than require them to "pull" services by initiating requests via text or voice. In tapping emerging technologies and services, Mityas is peering around the corners, intent on predicting what services will drum up interest among fickle consumers' and ultimately improve business outcomes. As the president and CEO of Hollywood Video parent Movie Gallery from 2008 to 2010, Mityas had a front-row seat as Netflix, and, later, other streaming video services such as Amazon Instant Video and Hulu pushed Movie Gallery and Blockbuster out of business.


Researchers Develop Machine Learning Air Quality Detector

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One new development to come to light this month has done so through the help of a group of UCLA researchers as they've developed a mobile device to measure the air quality that's cost-effective and could potentially save the lives of millions across the world. The way in which this new device works by detecting pollutants and figuring out their exact size and concentration using a smartphone with a mobile microscope attached to it. There's also a machine learning algorithm that analyzes the images of the pollutants automatically. Connecting to a smartphone the device uses a machine learning algorithm to size and analyze the concentration of the particle from the image.


Why 500 Million People in China Are Talking to This AI

MIT Technology Review

Some also use it to send text messages through voice commands while driving, or to communicate with a speaker of another Chinese dialect. But while some impressive progress in voice recognition and instant translation has enabled Xu to talk with his Canadian tenant, language understanding and translation for machines remains an incredibly challenging task (see "AI's Language Problem"). In August, iFlytek launched a voice assistant for drivers called Xiaofeiyu (Little Flying Fish). Min Chu, the vice president of AISpeech, another Chinese company working on voice-based human-computer interaction technologies, says voice assistants for drivers are in some ways more promising than smart speakers and virtual assistants embedded in smartphones.


China Challenge for the iPhone X: Ending Apple's Long Sales Slide

Wall Street Journal

Even the two lower-priced models Apple is rolling out--the 5,888 yuan iPhone 8 and larger-screened 6,688 iPhone 8 Plus--are beyond reach of many Chinese consumers. To win back Chinese market share, Apple tailored a number of features on its latest operating system to Chinese consumers--including a built-in ability to scan the country's ubiquitous QR codes, used to shop and send money across China. Users can also ask Siri to pull up their WeChat QR codes, used to connect with friends on the app. Apple Pay operates in China, but the mobile-payment market is dominated by domestic systems Alipay and WeChat Pay.


Can Apple Unlock Promise of Facial Recognition?

Wall Street Journal

When users hold the device to their faces, the technology verifies the mathematical model before unlocking the phone in an instant. But the technology that has been rolled out so far has faltered in security tests, said Marc Rogers, who previously discovered flaws in Apple's Touch ID system and now heads information security at Cloudflare Inc. Google warns users that with its face-recognition system, called Trusted Face, "Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone." Fingerprint readers faced similar security questions because they were considered unreliable until Apple improved on the technology with its Touch ID fingerprint reader in 2013, Mr. Rogers said. That compares with one in 50,000 for Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor iPhones now use, which sits on a home button that Apple is eliminating for the iPhone X. Mr. Rogers of Cloudflare said the three-dimensional verification system of Face ID should defeat the "flat image attack" with photos that foiled other facial-recognition systems.


The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) - Information Age

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This digital computer, adapted for the control of manufacturing processes for General Motors, provided a means to generate and transmit digital information, so that hardware devices could digitally communicate with other interfaces and no longer had to work in isolation. Traditionally this had always required some kind of central computer to hold a rule set and act as a command and control server. In the oil and gas industry IoT sensors have transformed efficiencies around the complex process of natural resource extraction by monitoring the health and efficiency of hard to access equipment installations in remote areas with limited connectivity. By embracing near edge processing technology instead of the cloud, the resource industry can now process a significant amount of the data that is generated from the sensors they use in low power, small computers close to the physical location of the sensors themselves.