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Artificial intelligence and the future of online shopping - Direct Link

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In the United States, more than half of all households are expected to have a digital assistant or smart speaker like Google Home or Amazon Echo by 2022, and many people already today use these devices for shopping. In the Nordic region, however, relatively few consumers have purchased or plan to purchase an AI-based digital assistant. Those Nordic residents who do have one primarily use assistants to play music, do research and manage to-do lists. Yet when it comes to online shopping, the purchasing journey is to a high degree driven by convenience. In the next few years, AI solutions that save customers time and energy are expected to become increasingly common.


This 2-for-1 Echo Dot speaker deal for Amazon Prime Day 2020 is too good to miss

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This smart speaker deal is too good to pass up. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. By now, Amazon lovers the world over know that life with a trusty, voice-controlled, Alexa-enabled smart speaker is just easier: These handy little devices help to keep households organized, informed and entertained. If you've been on the fence about snagging one for your own home or waiting for a price drop to add another to your collection, get thee to your virtual Amazon cart for a two-for-one special on the Echo Dot 3rd generation that's sure to knock your socks off. As part of the retailer's early Prime Day 2020 deals (shop our favorites here), Prime members (sign up for a free 30-day trial now, then pay $12.99 per month) can add two Amazon Echo Dot speakers, normally $49.99 and on sale for $39.99, to their cart and enter coupon code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout to get both speakers for just $39.98.


AI speakers play growing role in daily life of Japan's seniors and disabled

The Japan Times

Smart speakers with artificial intelligence technology are increasingly being employed to help older people or those with disabilities in their daily lives, with their voice-activated functionalities proving especially convenient for those with mobility issues or wanting to connect. The daily routine of Katsunori Endo, a 63-year-old resident of Yamagata Prefecture, includes greeting his AI speaker and asking for the day's weather and news. "It's convenient because it tells me the weather for specific regions," Endo said, adding that it will also tell him what happened on a particular day in history, or alert him to seasonal dates. Developed by e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., Alexa is a smart speaker capable of performing a plethora of tasks in response to voice commands, including providing real-time information and controlling several other smart devices as a home automation system.


Early Prime Day deal drops 3rd-gen Echo Dot to $20 (when you buy two)

Engadget

Amazon announced that it's annual Prime Day shopping event would be on October 13 and 14 this year, but we're already starting to see Prime-exclusive deals available. One of them knocks the 3rd-generation Echo Dot to its lowest price ever -- only $20 -- when you buy two of them and use the code DOTPRIME2PK at checkout. That means you'll spend a total of $40 for two Echo Dots, which is $10 less than the normal price and $2 less than their 2019 Black Friday sale price. Remember -- this is an early Prime Day deal, so you must be an Amazon Prime member to get the savings. The company continues to offer 30-day free trials to new Prime subscribers, so you can sign up and take advantage of this deal as well as be all set for Prime Day when it rolls around in about two weeks. It's also worth calling out that the Echo Dots in this deal are the previous models.


Right-sizing resources and avoiding unnecessary costs in Amazon SageMaker

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Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed service that allows you to build, train, deploy, and monitor machine learning (ML) models. Its modular design allows you to pick and choose the features that suit your use cases at different stages of the ML lifecycle. Amazon SageMaker offers capabilities that abstract the heavy lifting of infrastructure management and provides the agility and scalability you desire for large-scale ML activities with different features and a pay-as-you-use pricing model. In this post, we outline the pricing model for Amazon SageMaker and offer some best practices on how you can optimize your cost of using Amazon SageMaker resources to effectively and efficiently build, train, and deploy your ML models. In addition, the post offers programmatic approaches for automatically stopping or detecting idle resources that are incurring costs, allowing you to avoid unnecessary charges. Machine Learning is an iterative process with different computational needs for prototyping the code and exploring the dataset, processing, training, and hosting the model for real-time and offline predictions. In a traditional paradigm, estimating the right amount of computational resources to support different workloads is difficult, and often leads to over-provisioning resources. The modular design of Amazon SageMaker offers flexibility to optimize the scalability, performance, and costs for your ML workloads depending on each stage of the ML lifecycle.


Visualizing TensorFlow training jobs with TensorBoard

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TensorBoard is an open source toolkit for TensorFlow users that allows you to visualize a wide range of useful information about your model, from model graphs; to loss, accuracy, or custom metrics; to embedding projections, images, and histograms of weights and biases. This post demonstrates how to use TensorBoard with Amazon SageMaker training jobs, write […]


Top 5 Mobile App Development Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

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Mobile Development has become one of the most critical aspects of many companies. This is due to the acquisition of a more organic base of clients. Without a mobile-optimized solution, a company could face the question of lagging behind its competitors. Given that revenue from mobile apps' development has reached a new peak, people are following the trend in app development. Both the users and the developers follow the path of making life more comfortable.


Translating PDF documents using Amazon Translate and Amazon Textract

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In 1993, the Portable Document Format or the PDF was born and released to the world. Since then, companies across various industries have been creating, scanning, and storing large volumes of documents in this digital format. These documents and the content within them are vital to supporting your business. Yet in many cases, the content is text-heavy and often written in a different language. This limits the flow of information and can directly influence your organization's business productivity and global expansion strategy.


Machine Learning for Data Streams: with Practical Examples in MOA (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series): Bifet, Albert, Gavaldà, Ricard, Holmes, Geoff, Pfahringer, Bernhard: 9780262037792: Amazon.com: Books

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It brings a fresh, unique focus on sketches, often overlooked in monographs, as well as its highly practical, hands-on grounding in the open-source MOA system. Not to be missed by anyone with serious interest in Big Data and Data Science.


Amazon.com: Introduction to Algorithms, third edition eBook: Cormen, Thomas H., Leiserson, Charles E., Rivest, Ronald L., Stein, Clifford: Kindle Store

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Introduction to Algorithms, the'bible' of the field, is a comprehensive textbook covering the full spectrum of modern algorithms: from the fastest algorithms and data structures to polynomial-time algorithms for seemingly intractable problems, from classical algorithms in graph theory to special algorithms for string matching, computational geometry, and number theory. The revised third edition notably adds a chapter on van Emde Boas trees, one of the most useful data structures, and on multithreaded algorithms, a topic of increasing importance.