Company acquires assets from Twenty Billion Neurons GmbH to bolster its AI Team. Qualcomm Technologies (QTI) is running a series of webinars titled "The Future of...", and the most recent edition is on AI. In this lively session, I hosted a conversation with Ziad Ashgar, QTI VP of Product Management, Alex Katouzian, QTI SVP and GM Mobile Compute and Infrastructure, and Clément Delangue, Co-Founder and CEO of the open source AI model company, Hugging Face, Inc. I've also penned a short Research Note on the company's AI Strategy, which can be found here on Cambrian-AI, where we outline some impressive AI use cases. Qualcomm believes AI is evolving exponentially thanks to billions of smart mobile devices, connected by 5G to the cloud, fueled by a vibrant ecosystem of application developers armed with open-source AI models.
Amazon Echos don't have the most powerful speakers. But you can synch your Amazon Echo with any Bluetooth speaker to have your music play from both your Amazon Echo and your Bluetooth speaker to add some more volume or spread out sound to multiple rooms in your home. The Amazon Echo is a speaker and smart home device that houses Alexa, Amazon's voice-operated virtual assistant. Alexa can do a variety of tasks from reading you the news to reminding you of an appointment and yes, Alexa can play music, even off Spotify. The Echo just isn't that loud, so it's helpful to pair your Echo with a Bluetooth speaker for the best listening experience.
Sony's latest top-of-the-range noise-cancelling earbuds are a cut above the previous generation and the competition. They are the successors to the WF-1000XM3, which were great but huge. Sony has significantly shrunk the case and earbuds for the mark four model without sacrificing performance. The earbuds are fairly heavy, weighing 7.3g each, compared with the 5.4g AirPods Pro, but they don't feel so in the ear, and they are comfortable for hours of listening without a break. They don't have stalks but protrude further than some slimmer rivals.
If you're an Apple user with a 2020 Toshiba or Insignia 4K UHD Smart Fire TV, you'll want to look out for the latest software update for your television set as it adds support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay 2 allows you to stream audio and video content from your iPhone, iPad or Mac to a compatible device. It's also possible to mirror the screen on your iOS device. With HomeKit, meanwhile, you can control your TV using Siri or the Home app on iOS and macOS. Using voice commands, it's possible to turn the TV on and off, as well as adjust the volume and control playback.
American innovation, from smartphones to search engines to gene sequencing, is built on a foundation of impossibly intricate, perfectly etched silicon. But few of those semiconductors are actually made in the US. Only 12 percent of chips sold worldwide were made in the US in 2019, down from 37 percent in 1990. For decades, that wasn't seen as a problem. US companies were world leaders in designing cutting-edge chips, the most valuable and important part of the process.
Qualcomm is looking to boost mmWave 5G adoption across smartphones, infrastructure as well as industrial applications. Building out the infrastructure to support 5G mmWave is going to be critical for everything from industry 4.0 applications to smart cities to keeping unlimited data plans, said Ignacio Contreras, senior director of product marketing at Qualcomm. "As more users go back to normal you'll see more of the difference in what mmWave provides at places like train station, coffee shops, stadiums and trade shows," he said. "Networks need to deliver more capacity to keep unlimited plans affordable." Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G platform for premium tier smartphones rolling out in the second half.
If you think of AI as something futuristic and abstract, start thinking different. We're now witnessing a turning point for artificial intelligence, as more of it comes down from the clouds and into our smartphones and automobiles. While it's fair to say that AI that lives on the "edge" -- where you and I are -- is still far less powerful than its datacenter-based counterpart, it's potentially far more meaningful to our everyday lives. One key example: This fall, Apple's Siri assistant will start processing voice on iPhones. Right now, even your request to set a timer is sent as an audio recording to the cloud, where it is processed, triggering a response that's sent back to the phone.
One key example: This fall, Apple's Siri assistant will start processing voice on iPhones. Right now, even your request to set a timer is sent as an audio recording to the cloud, where it is processed, triggering a response that's sent back to the phone. By processing voice on the phone, says Apple, Siri will respond more quickly. This will only work on the iPhone XS and newer models, which have a compatible built-for-AI processor Apple calls a "neural engine." People might also feel more secure knowing that their voice recordings aren't being sent to unseen computers in faraway places.
Last year Qualcomm started rolling out its first chips for Android phones that supported upgradeable GPU drivers to optimize performance, so now it's doing a similar thing for on-device AI and machine learning. Droid-Life points out that during Google I/O, Google and Qualcomm have announced updatable neural network API drivers, representing a new model that will roll out along with Android 12. While NN API drivers have usually been updated along with major OS updates, now the companies say they can roll out quickly via Google Play Services. Even better, the updates will be available for older chipsets and multiple versions of Android. In an I/O presentation about advancements in machine learning, Google developers said the NN API could boost performance as though the phone had two additional CPU cores, while using less power and creating less heat.
Google's I/O 2021 conference kicks off this week and the focus will be on Android 12, machine learning and perhaps some hardware but there are a few broad developer themes and opportunities worth tracking. While Google's opening keynote is likely to cover a lot of ground including AI advances, a bevy of interface changes with Android 12 and system on a chip development, rest assured that the conference is all about developers. For developers, there will be a lot of sessions on Jetpack Compose, Android new UI toolkit. Google is also likely to push more development tools to enable voice shortcuts in apps including one session on how to voicify your Android app. Other odds and ends will include machine learning tools in Android, addressing multiple screen sizes and integrating augmented reality.