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Google discontinues Nest Secure alarm system

Mashable

Google has discontinued its Nest Secure Alarm System, though it will continue to support it for existing customers. As Android Police first reported, the bundle's listing on the Google Store now says "No longer available." It first arrived in 2017 and included several products: an "all-in-one security base" called Nest Guard with an alarm, keypad, and motion sensor; a separate sensor called Nest Detect that could be placed on a window or door to keep tabs on whether it's open or closed, along with the motion in a room; and Nest Tag, a fob that attached to your keychain, letting you arm and disarm the alarm system without a passcode. In PCMag's review, we concluded that Nest Secure was "a good, albeit pricey, choice for homeowners who have already invested in the Nest ecosystem with devices like the Learning Thermostat, Protect smoke alarm, and one or more Nest Cams." The product received a 3.5 rating, getting dinged on price ($399), the lack of support for Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, and the inability to trigger other devices. Last year, Nest Secure gained access to Google Assistant, but Assistant requires a microphone to work, and Google never disclosed that Nest Secure had one built-in to the Nest Guard.


Amazon's Echo Loop discreetly wraps Alexa around your finger

ZDNet

The debut of the Always Home Cam proved that Amazon is still willing to fly in the face of convention as well as potential home intruders. However, as I noted when I wrote about the home security drone last month, Amazon's 2020 device launch provided a stark contrast to previous years' events when Alexa's steward pushed boundaries into novel products like clocks and eyeglasses. Indeed, Amazon recently began shipping Day 1 Editions of one of these products: The Echo Loop ring, a $130 black titanium chunk of an extremity accessory that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth. It allows users to issue Alexa commands by pressing a button prior to speaking closely into it as well as hear responses by holding its back up to one's ear. It can thus act as an impractical Bluetooth headset.


MNCs and AI

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be defined as the field of study of Intelligent Agents, or a system's ability to correctly interpret external data, to learn from such data, and to use those learnings to achieve specific goals and tasks through flexible adaptation, or something that enables machines to learn, think, execute and problem solve like a human being or more colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is often used to describe machines (or computers) that mimic cognitive functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as learning and problem solving. A quip in Tesler's Theorem says "AI is whatever hasn't been done yet". Artificial intelligence was founded as an academic discipline in 1955. The field was founded on the assumption that human intelligence "can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it". Smart machines think alike human beings and have necessary memory built in so that, it can outsmart human beings. So it would seem that AI is a very powerful technology, and like other powerful technologies would like to be used by big corporations to boost productivity, make their products more user friendly or intelligent and in-turn gain customers.


Google antitrust: Just how much do you actually use it? Way more than you think

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google's influence in our lives is overwhelming, which is perhaps one of the reasons the Department of Justice and several state attorney generals banded together to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the company. But just how wide is Google's reach? We decided to take a look, and the results may surprise you. Start with the fact that Google ads are all over the Internet, and despite the initial stated goal of "organizing the world's information," the Alphabet unit is designed to have more ads appear, to keep the earnings up. In its most recent earnings, Alphabet reported $38.30 billion for Google.


Pinaki Laskar posted on LinkedIn

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AI collects, processes and generates coded "representations", #data, numbers, symbols or signals, as programmable #cognitive functions, sensation, perception, learning, reasoning, self-knowing, understanding, decision making and acting. Coding is inputting a collection of data as instructions into a programming language to convert into low level instructions that machines understand, as #machine language/code. Algorithms as automated data instructions can be simple or complex, depending on how many layers deep the initial algorithm goes. It is rather data models, schemata or global ontology with the mental models of reality, world views, common sense knowledge, science, domain ontologies, theories of mind, etc. what makes all the difference. Artificial Intelligence is an informational entity, a composite of information and information processing by advanced software that can self-learn and self-improve and self-code.


The Growing Role Of Artificial Intelligence In Business

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the semiconductor equivalent of software -- pervasive, intangible, and capable of transforming the fiber of society and business. It is integrated into a growing number of applications and systems today in a manner that is both seamless and transformational. From Amazon's Alexa to self-driving vehicles, the development of AI has been revolutionary to the point that it seems to mimic human features, intelligence, and behavior. Although experts and scientists have warned against the dangers and hazards associated with highly mature AI machines, the market is expected to expand rapidly. According to Forbes, AI is a strategic priority of 83% of businesses today and is expected to drive global sales from nearly $8 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion by 2020.


Google's Nest Hub video displays offering more recommendations

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google's Nest Hub video displays are getting a new look today, adding more recommendation features to help people with their day. Most use cases for the display units revolve around people using them to play music via voice commands or operate their smart home. Google execs say they wanted to showcase different things people could do by showcasing them in discovery, and to offer more personalized recommendations on music to listen to, videos to watch and news to read. Beyond the Google Nest Hub and Hub Max, the Google Assistant lives on other displays made by others, including the Lenovo Smart Display. The display units had always had a "Your Day" feature which showed you scheduled appointments and the like in the morning.


How Home Depot Is Enhancing The Ecommerce Experience With AI

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The retail experience is certainly changing in the face of the global pandemic. A Rip Van Winkle who might have fallen asleep in January 2020 and woken up in September 2020 would find their retail experience to be a surreal experience with shoppers wearing masks, markings on the floor separating folks from one another by six feet, and plexiglass screens by registers in checkout aisles. The online shopping experience has changed in many ways as well, with some items that had previously been taken for granted such as toilet paper, inflatable pools, and other commodities now being scarce commodities. Online retail is changing in other profound ways as consumers change their buying patterns and behaviors, with the shift to work-from-home and school-at-home changing the way people live, work, and socialize. Retail establishments that had previously counted on big Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations, back-to-school specials, large social gatherings, and practically the whole travel and hospitality industry have had to throw out their usual sales, marketing, and supply chain practices and rethink their fundamental business strategies.


4 AI Stocks That Will Surge in 2021 as Artificial Intelligence Takes Hold

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is creeping into our everyday lives, often without us realizing it. Today, AI can be found in the digital assistants we use such as Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri and Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa to check our schedules and search for things on the internet; in the cars we own that now park themselves as they are able to recognize space around the vehicle; and in the small robots we use to clean our houses, such as the Roomba vacuum. Artificial intelligence is becoming more a part of our lives all the time, and will only grow in importance in coming years. In the not too distant future, AI will influence everything from how we shop for groceries to how diseases are diagnosed and treated by doctors. It all adds up to a fast growing market.


AI Insider: What is AI and How Does AI Works?

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Ai is everywhere, it has incorporated into every aspect of our life, unknowingly. It changed the way we live by simplifying things we do in our routine, like shopping, traveling, man-machine interaction. AI almost gained control of our actions. It decides what we shop, by showing ads and recommendations while you are shopping, AI trip advisors suggest you a travel destination and the best vacation packages for your budget. AI helping Businesses and financial institutions to serve their customers better with the automated question and answer chatbots. AI also defines our social media feeds, how many of your Facebook friends have not been showing up on your wall, even they active in social media? Because AI knows what and who you are interested in.