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This Month's Must-Have Gear, From Phones to Turntables

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The S8 offers a lot to talk about: There's Bixby, Samsung's attempt to hang with Alexa and Siri and Google Assistant as the software platform you thread through your entire life. There's iris scanning and face recognition, so you can unlock your phone like an MI6 agent. There's a big battery everyone hopes won't explode, an improved camera, and new chips. But the real seller here is that screen--5.8


Tom Hanks and Jack Dorsey Tumble Into The Circle's Endless Irony

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During a brief break in the online broadcast, Tom Hanks leaned toward Jack Dorsey. "So, has this been good for Twitter or bad?" he asked. Hanks was only semi-serious, but the Twitter CEO didn't have an answer.


Amazon's 'Echo Look' Could Snoop a Lot More Than Just Your Clothes

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The new Amazon Echo Look seems like a logical enough extension of Alexa, the company's AI-powered digital assistant. Previously, Alexa lived inside speakers. Now, it's in a camera. That progression belies just how much more the Echo Look could know about you than other Alexa hardware does--especially if Amazon ever unleashes the full power of its machine learnings smarts.


Transcribing Audio Sucks--So Make the Machines Do It

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A new voice-transcription technology can tell you not only what's being said, but who is saying it.




The Hidden Laborers Training AI to Keep Ads Off Hateful YouTube Videos

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Every day across the nation, people doing work for Google log in to their computers and start watching YouTube. They look for violence in videos. They seek out hateful language in video titles. They decide whether to classify clips as "offensive" or "sensitive." They are Google's so-called "ads quality raters," temporary workers hired by outside agencies to render judgments machines still can't make all on their own. And right now, Google appears to need these humans' help--urgently.


A Seemingly Simple Tweak Unlocks Google Home's Full Potential

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Voice-powered speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home have carved out a place on kitchen counters and nightstands in countless homes. What makes their immense popularity all the more remarkable is that they've achieved it without a key feature: Knowing exactly who's talking.


How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of Robots Turning People Into Pets

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Steve Wozniak is one half of Silicon Valley's most prototypical founder's myth. But whereas Steve Jobs went on to define what it meant to be a modern founder--the turtleneck uniform, the keynote showmanship, the scorn for formal education and steamrolling managerial style--Woz just became a wealthier version of his former self. That is, a gigantic nerd.


Meet the Cute, Wobbly Robot That Started the AI Revolution

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Have you ever relied on your smartphone's maps to get around? Asked Siri, Alexa, or Google Home to find you the best dim sum? Let a Tesla ferry you in Autopilot mode? Then you owe Shakey some thanks.