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Amazon Announces No-Line Retail Shopping Experience With Amazon Go

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There is a point where we will blankly stare at our Amazon Alexa devices and wish that it wasn't so easy to order groceries and other retail goods. There has got to be some sort of alternative right? That alternative is Amazon Go, a new retail experience that proves that even Amazon knows that brick and mortar isn't dead yet. If you prefer not to stand in the middle of Walmart, softly crying to yourself at the muddled masses of humanity, but still like to physically go shopping then Amazon Go is the future you are waiting for. Amazon Go is a literal brick and mortar store, announced today.


Amazon to launch 'home assistant' service that can clean your house and unpack the shopping

Daily Mail

Now Amazon can clean your house and unpack the shopping too: Firm set to launch'home assistant' service According to to the ad, workers will be'working with customers each day with tidying up around the home, laundry, and helping put groceries and essentials like toilet paper and paper towels away.' Amazon.com reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as expenses rose and the company provided a disappointing fourth-quarter revenue forecast. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. By posting your comment you agree to our house rules.


AWS Announces Availability of P2 Instances for Amazon EC2

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With up to 16 NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs, P2 instances are the most powerful GPU instances available in the cloud. "The massive parallel floating point performance of Amazon EC2 P2 instances, combined with up to 64 vCPUs and 732 GB host memory, will enable customers to realize results faster and process larger datasets than was previously possible." P2 instances allow customers to build and deploy compute-intensive applications using the CUDA parallel computing platform or the OpenCL framework without up-front capital investments. To offer the best performance for these high performance computing applications, the largest P2 instance offers 16 GPUs with a combined 192 Gigabytes (GB) of video memory, 40,000 parallel processing cores, 70 teraflops of single precision floating point performance, over 23 teraflops of double precision floating point performance, and GPUDirect technology for higher bandwidth and lower latency peer-to-peer communication between GPUs. P2 instances also feature up to 732 GB of host memory, up to 64 vCPUs using custom Intel Xeon E5-2686 v4 (Broadwell) processors, dedicated network capacity for I/O operation, and enhanced networking through the Amazon EC2 Elastic Network Adaptor.


Will UPS beat Amazon to drone delivery? Firm spotted testing craft for urgent medical deliveries over Massachusetts

Daily Mail

United Parcel Service (UPS) is newest competitor in the race to unleash the first fleet of delivery drones. The firm began testing the use of drones this week with a focus of bringing packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations. A mock delivery of urgent medical supplies was delivered from Beverly, Massachusetts to Children's Island as a test, which is the first drone delivery to be made by a major delivery firm in the US. United Parcel Service (UPS) is newest competitor in the race to unleash the first fleet of delivery drones. UPS announced today that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works.


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This week, Intel announced the acquisition of machine learning startups Nervana Systems for a rumored 400M. This move is intended to improve Intel's artificial intelligence(AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities in its next generation architecture. The acquisition follows the news of Apple's acquisition of Seattle-based AI startup Turi for about 200M. These series of M&A events are signaling that we are entering a time of consolidation in the AI and ML markets.


Amazon hires Carnegie Mellon machine-learning expert as Google expands its own AI initiatives

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Both Amazon and Google are advancing their efforts in machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that lets computers learn without being explicitly programmed. "We will strive to turn the state of the art in machine-learning research into the state of the art in industry." For its part, Google announced today that it will create a European machine-learning research group, to be headquartered in its Zurich engineering offices, already the largest outside the U.S. Efforts there will center on machine intelligence, natural-language processing and machine perception, Google said. Google's Zurich offices developed the technology behind Knowledge Graph -- a behind-the-scenes enhancement to Google's search function introduced in 2012 -- and created the speech-recognition portion of Google's Allo messaging app, announced in May.


Apple opens up Siri to app developers

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Apple announced today that it will be opening up Siri to third-party developers through an API, giving outside apps the ability to activate from Siri's voice commands, and potentially endowing Siri with a wide range of new skills and datasets. The move follows similar announcements by Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, all of which are betting that voice commands and chatbots will be one of the next big computing paradigms. Unlike the Amazon Echo, which now integrates with 1,000 different third-party services, Siri has remained a fairly closed-off service since its launch. While it was basically a non-entity in the space until last year, Amazon's Echo has emerged as a massive hit, and has already racked up over 1,000 third-party integrations and skills.


Apple brings Siri to Macs and lets it talk to apps - BBC News

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Apple has announced that it is bringing its virtual assistant Siri to the next Mac operating system. It can be used to find information on its computers, carry out web searches and send messages to acquaintances. The move lets the firm catch up with Microsoft, which offers a similar facility - Cortana - on Windows 10. Apple also announced it would be opening up Siri on its iOS mobile operating system to third-party apps. The firm's software chief Craig Federighi said that meant iPhone and iPad users would soon be able to send Whatsapp messages or book Uber cars via voice commands.


Meet The New Digital Conglomerates: Google, Facebook, Amazon … And Apple?

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Consider: Facebook snapped up shopping search engine TheFind this spring and virtual reality startups Pebbles Interfaces and Surreal Vision last year, building on the social networking leader's 2014 purchase of Oculus VR. E-commerce giant Amazon nabbed cloud computing startups Amiato, 2lemetry, Elemental Technologies and Italy's Nice, as well as chipmaker Annapurna Labs, which brought it new data center technology. Google and its parent Alphabet acquired at least 15 small companies last year, many with mobile technologies. By the 1980s, many were dismantled. Some tech pundits fret that Google, Amazon and Facebook could stray too far from their core businesses as well.


IBM, Weather Co. bring Watson AI to ads

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IBM Watson has talked tennis with Serena Williams and music with Bob Dylan. Now it wants to talk to you -- via online ads. The Weather Company, acquired by IBM in January, will begin bringing Watson-enhanced interactive advertisements to The Weather Channel and Weather Underground apps on Android and iOS and to weather.com and wunderground.com The ads, powered by Watson's artificial intelligence, will prompt consumers to ask questions such as "What would be good to cook for dinner?" or "Is this medicine safe for my child?" The first companies with Watson-enabled ads will be Campbell Soup, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Unilever.