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Don't blame technology boom for job loss: IT biggies - Times of India

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GURUGRAM: Maintaining a positive outlook towards the advent of new technologies in the IT industry, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) president R Chandrashekhar said automation should be looked on as an opportunity and not as a challenge. Speaking at Nasscom's annual technology conference held in Gurgaon on Friday, Chandrashekhar said, "We've real-life examples of how digitisation and automation pose an opportunity and not a challenge for enterprises in India. Artificial intelligence and analytics can transform every aspect of business, from algorithm economy to intelligent talent management." Multiple organisations participated in the event and brainstormed around the theme'prepare to disrupt'. Chandrashekhar has repeatedly rubbished the claims of Indian IT industry losing jobs to technology.


AI assistants are the next computing revolution

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Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby is built into its latest smartphones. Smartphones have dominated the last 10 years of computing, but we're on the cusp of the next big platform: voice-activated virtual assistants, powered by artificial intelligence. While the smartphone isn't going away, you'll soon be able to interact with many more devices thanks to assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. All the big technology companies – Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft – are building assistant platforms. But perhaps the most promising is Samsung, which just announced a new AI version of its Bixby assistant.


Google Home and Amazon Echo hit by big bad Bluetooth flaws

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Video: Google's tech to woo Bluetooth device makers Google and Amazon have rolled out patches for their respective smart home speakers, Home and Echo, to plug the widespread Bluetooth flaws known as BlueBorne. BlueBorne, a set of eight Bluetooth flaws, was already known to affect billions of phones and computers running iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. The flaws were discovered by security vendor Armis, which now warns that the flaws in Home and Echo could be used as an entry point to attacking other devices with malware. An attacker would need to be in Bluetooth range but can use the flaws to attack any device with Bluetooth enabled without pairing with it. According to Armis, Amazon has provided an update to around 15 million Echo devices and Google has patched five million Google Home devices.


What life will be like when the computers disappear

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Want to try Alexa in your home? The Dot is on sale right now! (Photo: Amazon) What happens when the computers around you all but disappear? Tiny sensors built into walls, household products, what you're wearing, and perhaps your own body will make computers invisible to the eye, but responsive to a gesture, voice, and perhaps your movement as you walk into a room. It is still very early, but the era of ambient computing is slowly taking shape, whether in the form of the voice-driven smart speaker on your kitchen countertop, or via the IoT (Internet of Things) devices and appliances that are designed to blend into the background. It's a vision fused by advances in artificial intelligence, speech recognition, natural language processing, machine learning and cloud computing.


Where Major Chip Companies Are Investing In AI, AR/VR, And IoT

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We dug into the private market bets made by major computer chip companies, including GPU makers. Our analysis encompasses the venture arms of NVIDIA, Intel, Samsung, AMD, and more. Recent developments in the semiconductor industry have been sending mixed signals. Stories about Moore's Law slowing have grown common, but analysts affirm that the latest crop of chips (specifically Intel's newest 10-nanometer technology) prove Moore's Law is still alive and well. Meanwhile, the vast application of graphics hardware in AI has propelled GPU (graphics processing unit) maker NVIDIA into tech juggernaut status: the company's shares were the best-performing stock over the past year.


Samsung joins forces with the US military to develop 5G

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Ultra-fast mobile broadband could soon be with us, thanks to a prototype 5G network currently under development. The system uses small antennae to send data between two micro signal towers, either based on the ground or in the air, at high speed. This could overcome one of the key hurdles of 5G technology, by avoiding the need for huge masts to transmit signals above buildings and other obstacles. Ultra-fast mobile broadband could soon be with us, thanks to a prototype 5G network currently under development. The Samsung-US network relies on small multi-directional antennas for line-of-sight connections.


Our week on Facebook: ICYMI – Anson McCade – Medium

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What do you imagine when you hear the term'smart city'? Many will think flying cars, and high tech holograms helping out civilians. Unfortunately, it is not quite like that. Many cities all over the world are classified as'smart', with London and Bristol being marked 80 out of 100 in terms of smart capabilities. So, what are some of the features of a smart city?


Kakao AI speaker begins official sales

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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.


LG's PJ9 Bluetooth Speaker Features Levitating Technology, 360 Audio

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While Samsung and Apple are busy preparing their Amazon Echo rivals, LG has launched a new Bluetooth speaker that banks on levitating technology to capture the attention of consumers. The LG PJ9 is a portable speaker that utilizes magnetic technology to keep it floating in the air for hours, and it is now available in the electronics company's home country. On Tuesday, LG officially launched the PJ9 Bluetooth speaker in South Korea, just two months after the product made its debut in the U.K. back in August. The company proudly shared that what makes its speaker noteworthy is the 360 degrees audio it provides thanks to its unique design and floating technology. LG says the PJ9 is capable of delivering good sound quality because the speaker itself is floating above the Woofer Station, as per Korea Herald.


Apple COO Jeff Williams says AI will change the world, with healthcare 'ripe for change'

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Apple's chief operating officer Jeff Williams attended the 30th anniversary celebrations of A-series chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and took the opportunity to say a few words about the importance of AI in general – and the phone as an AI tool in particular. I think we're at an inflection point, with on-device computing, coupled with the potential of AI, to really change the world. Reuters reports that he said that AI could be used to transform the healthcare sector, an industry he described as'ripe' for change. He said that the phone was a major AI platform. We think that the frameworks that we've got, the'neural engines' we've put in the phone, in the watch … we do view that as a huge piece of the future, we believe these frameworks will allow developers to create apps that will do more and more in this space, so we think the phone is a major platform.