Girl with robotic hand will throw out first pitch during World Series

Los Angeles Times

Hailey Dawson is 7 years old and has already thrown out the first pitch before many Major League Baseball games. By using a robotic hand made with a 3-D printer, she has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for several MLB teams, including the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers. The Las Vegas native first threw out a ceremonial pitch before a UNLV game in 2014, then set her sights on doing so at major league stadiums. More than 20 of the league's teams, including the Dodgers and Angels, reached out to Dawson through that tweet.

Apple & The Rock TEAM UP!

FOX News

Known as "The Rock x Siri Dominate The Day," the ad sees Johnson call up a Lyft car, fly a plane to Rome, appear at a fashion show and more, all using the iPhone 7. In June, it announced Siri would be part of its new HomePod speaker, slated for release later this year. As part of iOS 11, Apple is adding more functionality to Siri as well, including translating languages and finding news articles on Apple News to topics you searched for on Safari, Apple's mobile web browser. By calling it a movie (and later reversing himself), Johnson may have revealed more about Apple's plans for original content, according to analysts.

Press Association wins Google grant to run news service written by computers

The Guardian

Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human journalists and funded by a Google grant. The national news agency, which supplies copy to news outlets in the UK and Ireland, has teamed up with data-driven news start-up Urbs Media for the project, which aims to create "a stream of compelling local stories for hundreds of media outlets". PA and Urbs Media will set up Radar – Reporters And Data And Robots – to produce thousands of stories each month. It is recruiting a team of five journalists to spot stories, create templates for them and edit the data-driven content.

Siri's Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore


Amazon's shopping app, already a top destination, now becomes a Trojan Horse for Amazon's most promising product in years. That puts iPhone and iPad owners just two taps away--one to open the Amazon app, the next to activate the microphone--from a voice assistant that doesn't just rival Siri, but surpasses it in significant ways. Amazon's shopping app, already a top destination, now becomes a Trojan Horse for Amazon's most promising product in years. "Getting on smartphones has always been the biggest roadblock to Alexa becoming really useful as a personal assistant, because a personal assistant that can't leave the house isn't much good when you're out and about," says Jan Dawson, founder of Jackdaw Research.

Alexa, clean my house!

FOX News

Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot announced updates for the iRobot HOME App on both iOS and Android to continue integrating its line of Roomba-connected vacuums to the smart home, integrating Amazon Alexa and its voice control into the app. In addition to adding voice control, the HOME App is getting new Clean Map reports that provide details about cleaning performance, including what part of the floor is the dirtiest, how much space was cleaned, time taken and more. Inside the iRobot HOME App, customers can start, stop and pause a cleaning job, using just their voice. The Alexa skill for Roomba vacuums will be available in the second quarter of 2017 to U.S. customers and is compatible with all connected Roomba vacuums, including the 900 series.

Google set to launch branded smartphones


The launch of a new phone under its own name, which is expected at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, marks its most direct attack on the high end of the smartphone market dominated by Apple's iPhone and Samsung's top-of-the-range Android devices. While the Nexus is sold online as part of a new direct sales model, the new Google phone is expected to include partnerships with mobile carriers to reach a wider market. Other hardware expected this week includes Home, which is designed to tap into the new market pioneered by Amazon's Echo. Though the Echo has an early lead in the new category of smart home devices, Google "should have a big advantage over Amazon in search and machine learning", said Mr Blaber.

Google Work Apps Gain New Powers, But Microsoft Still Rules


To increase its enterprise stake, Google's leveraging one of its key strengths: "G Suite," as Apps for Work are now called, is infused with a bushel of new machine-intelligence perks. Yes, Microsoft still dominates enterprise apps. "[Google's G Suite] is still much smaller than Microsoft Office, and the Microsoft Office suite is still far more capable overall," Dawson says. Not to mention, Microsoft infuses its products with machine learning too.

Google Home Is Cool, But Catching Up to Amazon Echo Won't Be Easy


Google Home makes one heck of a first impression: An adorable little Bluetooth speaker, with a hyper-advanced personal assistant that promises to do things Amazon's Echo can't even dream of. Which is to say, the world of Google services into which Echo can tap, and a voice assistant that could make Echo's Alexa look downright remedial. "At Amazon, Alexa is making its way to other devices, now including some of the Fire TV devices, and with Google this is part of a broader rollout of its new Assistant strategy," says Dawson, who also invokes the chamfered elephant in the room. "Apple obviously already has Siri, which exists on iOS devices and Apple TV today, but could easily be extended to other devices in future too."

Microsoft may have just killed its Lumia line. Good riddance


Remember, Microsoft bought Nokia's mobile devices business for 7.2 billion (yes, billion) in 2014. The company said it would continue to support existing Lumia phones, the Windows Mobile 10 software and its partner devices. The Surface Pro hybrid tablet line is a success, and the company's work with artificial intelligence and chatbots has promise. The flagship Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL both offer the ability to work as a full Windows 10 PC when hooked up to a monitor, yet that marquee ability hasn't done much to win over new customers.

Google CEO: 'Devices' will be things of the past


Training a software program to play an ancient Chinese board game helped Google's DeepMind move artificial intelligence forward.Video provided by Newsy Newslook SAN FRANCISCO -- Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the next big evolution for technology is artificial intelligence. "Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the'device' to fade away," Pichai wrote in the technology giant's annual founders' letter to shareholders. This marks the first time anyone other than founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin has penned the annual letter outlining Google's mission. Page and Brin wrote their first founders' letter in 2004 in which they famously warned: "Google is not a conventional company.