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Apple is dropping Bing in favor of Google in Siri, Spotlight on Mac

ZDNet

Apple announced today that it is switching from Bing to Google as the Web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac. Apple officials did say they will continue to use Bing Web image search results in Siri, noted TechCrunch, citing an Apple statement sent to the outlet. In 2013, Microsoft and Apple struck a deal to make Bing the backup Web search engine in Siri. In 2014, Microsoft and Apple struck a related deal to make Bing the default Web search engine for Spotlight on the Mac and iOS 8.


Amazon's Alexa to chat up Microsoft's Cortana

Daily Mail

Alexa customers will be able to access Cortana's unique work-related features like booking meetings, accessing work calendars, and reading work emails. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together Amazon and Microsoft have been coordinating behind the scenes to make their voice assistants communicate for over a year. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana could work together. Bezos raised the idea with Nadella in May 2016 at Microsoft's annual CEO summit in Seattle, then initiating it further by forwarding Nadella a draft of a news release describing how Alexa and Cortana would work together.


HomePod Release Date: Apple May Have Shortages At Launch, Report Says

International Business Times

During an earnings conference call Monday, HomePod supplier Inventec Appliances gave further details about the new Apple device's launch schedule. Priced at $349, the home speaker features a combination of high-fidelity audio and Siri-powered connectivity designed to be an alternative to similar smart home speakers from companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Amazon's Alexa, which debuted in 2014, has become a juggernaut for the online retailer thanks to the Echo series of smart home devices and Alexa's adoption by manufacturers for products ranging from TVs to home appliances. Due to Amazon's success, numerous competitors have entered the smart home speaker market in recent months.


AI Startups Take The Money And Run As Big Tech Comes Acquiring - Crunchbase News

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To elucidate the increased pace of AI acquisition further, from 2007 to 2012, acquisitions of AI startups experienced a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent. Meanwhile, from 2013 to 2016, the compounded annual growth rate of AI startup acquisition nearly doubled to 49 percent. Assuming the pace of acquisition remains steady, a total of 99 AI startups will be acquired by the end of the year, bringing our estimated compound annual growth down to 43 percent. The company has made over one-third of the total number of acquisitions made by the top five AI acquirers in our chart.


Your Robot Vacuum Cleaner Will Soon Collect And Sell Data About You And Your Home

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That vision has its fans, from investors to the likes of Amazon, Apple and Alphabet, who are all pushing artificially intelligent voice assistants as smart home interfaces... Angle told Reuters that iRobot, which made Roomba compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant in March, could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years. Especially in the cell phone era when every step you take is collected, tracked, monetized and sold by cellular companies, app makers, and every advertising and metric company in between. But there's an awful lot of data these robots collect that you may not particularly want shared, and our proud tradition of overlong, convoluted terms of service traditionally won't make that clear.


Microsoft Launches Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

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Microsoft Corp. MSFT recently announced the launch of Microsoft Research AI lab. It will focus on obstacles faced in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Zacks Rank Currently, Microsoft holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.


Google acquires Bangalore-based AI firm Halli Labs - ETtech

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American technology giant Google has acquired Bangalore-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Halli Labs for an undisclosed sum. "We will be joining Google's Next Billion Users team to help get more technology and information into more people's hands around the world. A Google spokesperson said, "We are excited that the Halli Labs team is joining Google. Some of the acquisitions by Google in AI include firms such deep learning and neural network startup DNNresearch from the computer science department at the University of Toronto in 2013; British company DeepMind Technologies in 2014 for $600 million; visual search startup Moodstock, and bot platform Api.ai last year.


Google acquires Bangalore-based artificial intelligence firm Halli Labs

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NEW DELHI: American technology giant Google has acquired Bangalore-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Halli Labs for an undisclosed sum. "We will be joining Google's Next Billion Users team to help get more technology and information into more people's hands around the world. A Google spokesperson said, "We are excited that the Halli Labs team is joining Google. Some of the acquisitions by Google in AI include firms such deep learning and neural network startup DNNresearch from the computer science department at the University of Toronto in 2013; British company DeepMind Technologies in 2014 for $600 million; visual search startup Moodstock, and bot platform Api.ai last year.


Apple just got deeper into AR with purchase of eye-tracking tech firm

USATODAY

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple wants to make AR a reality. Three weeks after it unveiled ARKit, a new augmented reality developer kit that would help Apple app developers integrate this technology that overlays digital images on the physical world, and Apple CEO Tim Cook singed its praises, the company has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German developer of eye-tracking movement technology. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the company said in an email statement. Longtime Apple analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, believes the company could leverage AR for use in the home improvement and real estate industries.


Apple's Seattle job listings reveal desire to attract AI talent to work on Siri in the land of Amazon's Alexa

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When Apple announced plans earlier this year to expand its engineering operation in Seattle, the company said it would be looking for "the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning." Job listings on the tech giant's website reveal just who Apple hopes to attract on its Siri Advanced Development team. You will be working in the Siri Advanced Development team, at Apple. Computer scientist Carlos Guestrin, who is Apple's director of machine learning, told GeekWire in February about the hopes and plans for Apple's team in Seattle, which was moving into two floors in Two Union Square.