Google Assistant now gives you more control over connected devices


There are further Assistant updates regardless of how connected your home might be. Actions now include more advanced media playback for formats beyond music and podcasts. You can listen to clips from TV shows or a white noise generator, for instance, and get control over it like you would any other media format. You can also subscribe to daily updates and other notifications on your phone if you always want the latest news, and there's now a browsing carousel when you have a plethora of visual choices (clearly, this only works on screen-equipped devices). While all these updates are helpful, Custom Device Actions may hold the most potential.

Artificial Intelligence: It's Only Scary if You Let it Control You


A lot of press about artificial intelligence (AI) focuses on its scary side. Many paint the vision of robots, smart houses (think back to the 1999 Disney movie "Smart House" of a cyborg maid that takes over) and artificial beings crafting our experiences. This fear is not all hype, as Microsoft's AI-powered …

Boosting the Internet of Things with the Power of Artificial Intelligence


With its long-term accumulation in the areas of software-defined processors and heterogeneous computing, multi-core heterogeneous processor platform launched by Wuxi DSP Technologies has advanced performance power ratio with ease to the software development. The experience of multiple company partners shows that in a short period of time, a small-scale R & D team can quickly develop industry-leading innovations, dramatically shorten the product development cycle, reduce project investment risks and improve market response ability.

Almost nine in ten UK businesses to invest in artificial intelligence by 2020 News


Eighty-five per cent of senior executives plan to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) by 2020, according to a new survey of UK digital leaders by Deloitte. The findings come from the first edition of a new regular report from Deloitte, the Digital Disruption Index. The index will track investment in digital technologies and create a detailed picture of their impact on the largest and most influential business and public sector bodies. The first edition includes responses from 51 organisations with a combined market value of £229bn. Over half of survey respondents expect that by 2020, they will invest more than £10 million in digital technologies and ways of working – such as AI, cloud, robotics, blockchain, analytics, the IoT, and virtual and augmented reality.

Data and Technology: Building Blocks for CX


Data plays a crucial role throughout the customer journey, from providing insights to helping tailor the user experience. CMOs can leverage data and emerging technologies to inform creative, improve customer experience, and increase loyalty. Most consumers want more than a great brand--they want a great brand experience. This is a significant departure from the recent past, when consumers often saw value in a brand itself and what it represented--heritage, prestige, or simply name recognition. Many of today's successful brands deliver on all of these.

Last week in tech: Alexa, tell me about all the gadget news I missed

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We're hurtling toward the holiday shopping season, which means companies are putting the finishing touches on their gadgets and getting them ready for the impending crush of consumerism. This week, we met a bundle of new Alexa-based products from Amazon, and Spotify sent everyone on your friends list into a full-on nostalgia bender. Here's what you might have missed last week. Amazon gave the Echo smart speaker lineup a near-total refresh last week. Taking the place of the old $179 Echo are two new devices: an adorably small $99 Echo speaker, and a $150 Echo Plus--which has bigger speakers and more advanced smart home controls.

Press Release - Imec demonstrates self-learning neuromorphic chip that composes music


Antwerp (Belgium) – May 16, 2017 – Today, at the imec technology forum (ITF2017), imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies, demonstrated the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip. The Imec Technology Forum (ITF) is imec's series of internationally acclaimed events with a clear focus on the technologies that will drive groundbreaking innovation in healthcare, smart cities and mobility, ICT, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a "stichting van openbaar nut"), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.) and imec India (Imec India Private Limited), imec Florida (IMEC USA nanoelectronics design center).

Sonos' Quest to Unite the Smart Home With Sweet, Sweet Music


Today, Sonos supports dozens of streaming services, and streaming accounts, and nearly everyone with a Sonos uses it for streaming. "We are focused on the home sound system and filling people's homes with music," he says. It's building an open platform that any speaker, smart home gadget, or voice service can quickly integrate. Music services love Sonos because it provides millions of users and no competition.

10 things you should do now that you've welcomed Alexa into your life


The Echo supports five major music streaming services: Amazon Music, Spotify (premium account required), Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. Install either skill and link your respective Domino's or Pizza Hut account. To order a pie from Pizza Hut, say "Alexa, open Pizza Hut" and then "Alexa, ask Pizza Hut to place an order." For Domino's, say "Alexa, open Domino's and place my Easy Order."