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Amazon's 'Echo Show' Is A Tablet With A Stand You Do Not Need

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Amazon's new product, the Echo Show, hit the tech blogs with a thud today -- the $229.99 block of plastic looks like a less friendly Chumby that can do more things. The biggest selling point is a video call element that (if the video below is anything to go by) looks about a billion times clearer than any video call I have ever seen. In short, I can't wait to see this puppy in the wild and read the reviews, because I am not sold. I am sold that people have less time and like to multi-task. As a non-parent who knows lots of parents, this device would certainly help them, but the rest of the world?


Hackers, Empathy And Neuroscience: A Conversation With Moran Cerf

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How does one become a hacker, neuroscientist, pilot, radio host and storyteller? "A random sequence of events with no planning, that you try to weave into a story in hindsight." Thus does neuroscientist and Kellogg School of Management Marketing professor Moran Cerf describe his life's path. It's an observation that many successful people will appreciate. Rather than strategy driving implementation, strategy often emerges from actions, experiments and unexpected events -- and if we're smart, a lot of awareness and learning along the way.


Amazon Announces Alexa With Video: Echo Show Launches For $229 In June

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Amazon's all-new Echo will have video calling and give even more options to smarthomes. Rumours last week suggested that Amazon would announce a new Echo device with a screen. Today the company has unveiled Echo Show, an all-new Alexa-powered device that features a touchscreen and brings video calling to Amazon's voice assistant platform. The key feature, naturally, will be Amazon's video calling and messaging. Users will be able to use a couple of different modes here, but there's standard video calling, which will allow you to ask Alexa to video call someone with an Echo Show.


This Camera Free Motion Capture Smartsuit Pro Is Insanely Cool

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Each time I move my arm, the frog on screen extends his. I drop into a low splits and the frog follows suit, even mirroring me when I transition into a handstand. Yes, his hands float a little over the ground, but that's because he's been calibrated as someone six inches taller than me. Finally, I take my headset off, and the frog reacts like I've decapitated it, head hanging backward, reminiscent of Shakespeare's Macbeth. But even in its death throes, it's still uncannily accurate, following my every move perfectly -- with zero cameras involved in this motion capture.


Tuesday Tech Wrap: Amazon, Uber, Facebook

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Amazon is reportedly planning to release a new version of its smart speaker Echo on Tuesday that includes a screen for making video calls. The original Echo is a digital assistant that can play spoken song requests, answer questions about a sports score, report the weather or read the news. Amazon is expected to announce a new Echo smart home speaker on Tuesday. The big difference: it'll come with a screen that allows users to make video calls, The Wall Street Journal reports. The 7-inch touch screen will also display answers to spoken questions with Google-like search results, the Journal adds.


5 Ways Intelligent Agents Are Revolutionizing CPQ

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These and other insights are based on The Forrester Wave: Configure-Price-Quote Solutions, Q1 2017 by John Bruno published February 7, 2017 (17 pp., PDF; client access). A variety of CPQ vendors including Apttus, CallidusCloud, FPX, Oracle, PROS and others have licensed the report and provide a free downloadable copy in exchange for contact information. Please see page 14 of the study for a description of the methodology. The Forrester Wave is the latest in a series of studies that confirm Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) is one of the hottest enterprise apps today. The rapid development and launch of intelligent agents by Apttus, Infor, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, and others are creating a new era of intelligent selling.


Anywhere: The Travel Experts Aiming To Redesign A $166 Billion Industry

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Global travel has grown to become a $166 billion industry that powers over 190,000 businesses, while global tourism generates over $2 trillion in annual revenue, fueling more than 2 million businesses worldwide. For today's generation of mobile millennials, representing the most diverse demographic in U.S. history, traveling has become a popular alternative to obsessively scrolling social feeds and frequenting local hot spots. What curious young people crave more than making connections are memorable experiences, feeding a growing hunger for exploring different parts of the world to expand their perspective. A 2016 Topdeck Travel survey, pooling over 31,000 millennials from 13 different countries, revealed 88% traveled abroad between one and three times a year, with 30% choosing to travel alone. Additionally, 76% credited peer recommendations, social media, and targeted online ads as their primary drivers for making travel decisions.


How To Choose The Right Smart Speaker For You

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Amid reports that Amazon controls 70-plus percent of the voice-controlled smart speaker market with its Echo devices, a new product from Harman Kardon offers the Microsoft Cortana AI, and there are rumors that Apple is working on a Siri-enabled device. It wasn't that long ago that this niche device didn't even exist, and when Amazon first introduced the Echo there was some cynicism about whether anyone would even want such a device. I mean, most people already have a smartphone--which means they already have access to voice-assisted AI through Siri, Cortana, OK Google, or some other means. The question was whether or not anyone would even be interested in a standalone device that pretty much just listens to everything you say so you can interact with it. Apparently, the answer was, "Yes."


Uber Creates Canadian AI Tech Hub To Speed Self-Driving Vehicle Development

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Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, has joined Uber as the head of its new Canadian research team focused on artificial intelligence and software development for self-driving vehicles. Uber has created a new research unit in Toronto with plans to employ dozens of engineers there to focus on developing artificial intelligence for driverless vehicles, as its legal fight with Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo over the alleged theft of Google technology drags on. The Canadian team will be led by Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and its Canada Research Chair in machine learning and computer science. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in a blog post on Monday described Urtasun as "one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of machine perception and artificial intelligence." The Toronto team will focus on creating object-recognition software that's necessary for driverless cars to operate as safely as possible.


How Machine Learning Will Impact Online Security This Year

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A visitor at Intel's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Day walks past a signboard during the event in the Indian city of Bangalore on April 4, 2017. Every month, the media reported another major breach, many of which had an impact at the corporate and even state level. We're all familiar with Yahoo!'s security issues, which were partially caused by long-standing compromises of their networks that no one within the company had any knowledge of. At our company, we see the aftermath of this type of vulnerability all the time. Our clients are directly affected -- many of the publishers and e-commerce merchants who use our infrastructure use Cloudflare.