Samsung and Amazon launch HDR10 Plus content


Samsung Electronics and Amazon have launched HDR10 Plus content for the latter's streaming service, the companies announced. Movies and TV series on Amazon Prime Video will be available in HDR10 Plus when viewed in Samsung's UHD TV, including the flagship QLED TVs. Around 100 offerings, including Amazon's self-produced The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle, will be initially available. There will be more to follow going forward, the firms said. Samsung and Amazon announced the partnership in April.

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. Today, many consumers expect value from every aspect of the brand--product, service, and overall customer experience (CX).

Kakao AI speaker begins official sales


Kakao has begun official sales of its Kakao Mini AI speaker, the company said. The speaker goes up for sale on Kakao's gift market, available on its chat app KakaoTalk. The speaker costs 119,000 won ($107), but subscribers to Kakao's music streaming service Melon can get it for 49,000 won ($44). Kakao said Kakao Mini will understand the context to answer queries and will sync with Melon's database to suggest music. The compnay will add other services to the speaker at a later date, including translations, ordering food, and calling cabs -- all of which are all services Kakao provides on mobile.

Interactive fiction for smart speakers is the BBC's latest experiment


Smart home speakers have quickly become the hot gadget people didn't know they wanted. They can answer your movie trivia questions, call a cab, turn your heating on and do your shopping for you. They're gaining new features every day, but are more than just a utility product. These speakers are a ripe platform for all kinds of screen-free entertainment, and I'm not just talking about streaming a Spotify playlist. Earplay is a popular Alexa skill that tells interactive stories, for example, and never one to be late to a fledgling medium, the BBC has taken note.

Our devices are getting smarter. Even our wine dispensers.


At least that was one wine critic's opinion of the new Sumika brand from Marks & Spencer. After all, sometimes you just want to have fun at home. In fact, companies have been developing all kinds of interesting products and services to make the leisurely side of our home lives more connected and more enjoyable. Streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify, as well as multi-room wireless speaker systems like Sonos, for example, allow people to enjoy the pleasures of synchronized whole home audio without the costs and hassles of running wires all over your house. Thanks to recent upgrades from Amazon and Google, households with multiple Echo or Google Home smart speakers can also start to benefit from this surprisingly enjoyable feature--once limited to high-end custom homes.

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

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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. The $129 Echo Spot comes with a small, round screen and a camera for making video calls. You don't need to buy a new Echo to get the speaker's best new feature, though.

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.