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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.


Apple's HomePod gets its new intercom feature today

Engadget

Apple has rolled out HomePod Software 14.1, adding intercom functionality and a handful of other updates to its devices a month before the launch of the HomePod Mini. The 14.1 update allows the speakers to work as an intercom system, sending announcements to other HomePods in the house. Messages can be sent to specific rooms or zones on your network. Today's update also brings new Siri features to HomePod, including the ability to stop alarms, timers and media across devices. Siri suggestions will now appear in Maps after asking HomePod about a location, and search results can be sent from the HomePod to your iPhone. Podcasts are getting voice recognition support for multiple users as well.


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.


Seven principles for AI: BMW Group sets out code of ethics for the use of artificial intelligence.

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The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is a central element of the digital transformation process at the BMW Group. The BMW Group already uses AI throughout the value chain to generate added value for customers, products, employees and processes. Michael Würtenberger, Head of "Project AI": "Artificial intelligence is the key technology in the process of digital transformation. But for us the focus remains on people. AI supports our employees and improves the customer experience. We are proceeding purposefully and with caution in the expansion of AI applications within the company. The seven principles for AI at the BMW Group provide the basis for our approach."


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.


Need Datasets for Natural Language Processing? Look no further !

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A concept that aims to understand the mechanism behind programming computers to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data, tends to yield a massive field of research. Exploring such a diverse area tends to not only be a challenging situation for those navigating through it but also sometimes it's difficult to even know how to take the first step into the search for data. So, In hopes of easing you into the world of natural language processing, we've combined a list of online Datasets for Natural Language Processing-NLP that cover a wide arrange of topics. Let's see a list of NLP Datasets that can help you decipher the plethora of information available online. Stanford Sentiment Treebank – home to over 10,000 clips from Rotten Tomatoes, Stanford's dataset is to help identify sentiment in longer phrases i.e. get the system accustomed to detailed data.


3Diligent Expands ProdEX and Shopsight Applications

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Its Shopsight application provides users access to project opportunities from ProdEX and enables remote assessment, quoting, and project management. Both systems incorporate 3Diligent's Connect interface which enables customers and manufacturers to communicate directly using a secure online portal and Zoom video conferencing tools. Operating similarly to traditional search engine marketing, manufacturers can create text ads that will display based on a customer's material and technology requirements. However, unlike traditional search engines, Connect is driven by RFQ inputs rather than generic keyword searches. As a result, manufacturers can customize their bids and visibility on dimensions such as material, technology, and program size to drive higher ROI.


Deploying your Language Model with Google Cloud

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Note: Ensure your model is saved in a folder alongside all necessary files (.pkl) needed during inference. In the code snippet above, we can see the # digit comment. This represents the step in which we'll analyze the code: In the code above, the route "/" is used to load the page to render our interface, and the "/translate" route is used to accept the incoming text and also return the translated text. The class Translate is used to create the Rest API. In this class, we defined a method get that contains the code to obtain the text from the web interface and then pass it into the translate function.


U.S. government agencies to use AI to cull and cut outdated regulations

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Friday that federal agencies will use artificial intelligence to eliminate outdated, obsolete, and inconsistent requirements across tens of thousands of pages of government regulations. A 2019 pilot project used machine learning algorithms and natural language processing at the Department of Health and Human Services. The test run found hundreds of technical errors and outdated requirements in agency rulebooks, including requests to submit materials by fax. OMB said all federal agencies are being encouraged to update regulations using AI and several agencies have already agreed to do so. Over the last four years, the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations has remained at about 185,000.


"How AI will power the next-gen applications in Connected Industries (CI)"

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Hiroshige Seko, the minister of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan introduced a new concept for their roadmap to realize'Society 5.0' the future urbanism as the next big thing in industries. He mentioned that we require another industrial revolution using advanced technological innovations including, AI, IoT, and Big Data; this would be'Connected Industries.' This was the inception of'Connected Industries' as introduced by Hiroshige with the impact on future lives. Artificial Intelligence or AI will be on a next-level role in this development, with a more significant impact on each ecosystem entity. Before moving ahead to understand the role of AI in the'Connected Industries', let's first understand AI and its applications.