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Samsung To Commercialize AI Chips For S8, Note 8 After Bixby Launch

International Business Times

"(Samsung) is in the middle of developing several types of chips that will be capable of processing massive data from AI applications on devices, eliminating the need to communicate with cloud surveys," a source from Samsung's partners said. At present, AI devices store data produced from voice recognition and machine learning operations in the cloud as a database. Chinese manufacturer Huawei has already been given that credit when it announced that its Mate 10 flagship phone will be debuting next month along with the tech industry's first AI phone chip, called the Kirin 970. This new information on Samsung's plans surfaced following the launch of the South Korean tech giant's new flagship smartphones, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.


Samsung opens AI lab in Canada

ZDNet

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has opened an AI Lab at the University of Montreal in Canada, Samsung Electronics said. The lab, which was opened in August, will focus on developing core algorithms for use in robotics, autonomous driving, translations, and voice and visual recognition. SAIT, a research arm of Samsung Electronics, focuses on researching technology for the long-term that maybe commercially applicable in the next five to 10 years. Earlier this month, Facebook also announced that it was opening an AI lab in Montreal.


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Engadget

In exchange for $1.1 billion in cash, HTC will hand over 2,000 employees to the search giant. But for this to make sense, you need to remember that the company bundled the U11 with a voice assistant: Amazon's Alexa. So, Google bought Motorola and, with patent leverage on its side, hassled Samsung to row back on TouchWiz and generally fall back in love with Android. Samsung has launched its own smart assistant platform, Bixby, and has even added a hardware button to trigger it on its Galaxy S8 flagship.


What does Google want with HTC's smartphone business?

The Guardian

The Pixel and Pixel XL were premium smartphones aimed directly at Apple's iPhone and were manufactured by HTC for Google, with no branding or mention of HTC on the product or packaging. Thomas Husson, Vice President and principal analyst for Forrester, said: "Two weeks ahead of the likely announcement of new Pixel smartphones and other emerging hardware devices, HTC's acquisition illustrates Google's commitment to the consumer device space. Faced with the potential for a changing landscape where Android is no longer as effective a delivery system for Google services, the decision to produce its own hardware starts to make sense. That requires deeper involvement in hardware" Whether it's a speaker, a smartphone or a computer, in an increasingly competitive landscape, Google needs much better integration between hardware and software if its services are to continue to thrive.


Spoiler alert: Google's Pixel event will still be more exciting than Apple's iPhone X reveal

PCWorld

As expected, Google will be announcing several new products at its event: Google Home Mini, an updated Daydream View VR headset, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and a new Chromebook Pixel that will apparently be rechristened Pixelbook. After all, Google's own teaser for the phone presents some pretty big questions it's supposed to answer, alluding to things like improved image stabilization, long-lasting battery life, and auto updates. It's all but confirmed that HTC is manufacturing the smaller Pixel anyway (complete with its side-squeezing Edge Sense feature). With Google Home, the Pixel phones, Chromecast, and Daydream, Google has a numerous product lines to nurture.


Samsung finally lets customers disable the Bixby button

Daily Mail

Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. To do so, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything' To disable the button, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything.' Bixby is a smart assistant that operates through'Quick Commands' – a feature that allows users to create custom voice commands Bixby was initially available in South Korea with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in May, and was then launched in the US on 19 July, before launching worldwide last month.


Samsung Bixby App Opening? How To Disable Frustrating Galaxy Phone Window

International Business Times

Samsung has put a lot of effort into launching its Bixby virtual assistant, but the company is finally making a concession to Samsung Galaxy users who've been frustrated with the program's hardware. The company's newest update will allow users to prevent the Galaxy S8's Bixby button from opening its Bixby Home app, according to Sammobile. The S8 features a dedicated physical Bixby button on the phone's side that previously opened up Samsung's Google Now-like Bixby Home app, which displayed weather, daily reminders and other situational notifications. While the Galaxy S8 series launched this spring, voice control on Bixby didn't arrive until several months later.


Galaxy S8 owners can finally disable the Bixby button

Engadget

Now, Samsung will let you disable the dedicated Bixby key, making it much harder to summon the helper by accident, as Sammobile noticed. As for what purpose that key can serve after you disable Bixby, the answer, for now, seems to be... nothing. Bixby is all the more galling considering that my phone already has Google Assistant, which, along with Alexa, is about the best AI helper out there. Sammobile notes that Bixby key de-activation hasn't arrived for everyone.


The world's biggest smartphone maker is investing $300 million in autonomous car tech

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First, the company known for a variety of electronics, but especially smartphones, revealed that they have launched a $300 million fund (Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund) to back startups and other ventures helping shape the future of the industry. Last year, Samsung acquired Harman, a company that creates auto and audio products, and now, they've revealed that they'll be putting that acquisition to use through an initiative to develop connected auto tech. A huge electronics company like Samsung investing so heavily in automotive ventures may come as a surprise to some, but it's becoming increasingly common for tech companies to put money into the future of this industry. Many huge automotive companies are investing in tech companies.


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"It's time to communicate our intent to enter the autonomous driving market," Young Sohn, the company's president and chief strategy officer, told Reuters. Harman, best known for its consumer audio speakers, derives 65 percent of sales from its automotive business, supplying navigation services, on-board entertainment systems and vehicle networks that put it at the intersection of connected cars and mobile networks. In recent months, Samsung has secured licenses for autonomous driving pilot projects in South Korea and California. Over the next two to three years, the new Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will invest in a range of connected car areas including sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, cloud services, mobile connectivity, automotive-grade safety and security, the company said.