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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here: Should you upgrade now?

ZDNet

Windows 10 after two years: Was the upgrade worth it? After a little more than two years, Microsoft has finally settled into a rhythm with its new, fast-paced development cadence for Windows 10. Check Settings System About to see full details about the current Windows 10 installation. What Microsoft's marketers are calling the Fall Creators Update (officially version 1709) begins arriving on desktop PCs today via Windows Update and will soon be available for download at all the usual places. The final build number for this release is 16299.


Pixel 2 and 2 XL review: Google's best phones get even better

Engadget

Google's first Pixel smartphones weren't just smartphones; they were a proclamation that Google was more than just a software giant. They were proof that it could craft first-class devices that showed off what Android was really capable of. The new Pixel 2 and 2 XL continue that new tradition and offer some major changes to the Pixel formula. They're also among the first devices to highlight what's new and notable in Android 8.0 Oreo. While they don't get absolutely everything right, Google's new phones have still managed to further the Pixel's reputation for Android excellence.


digital-diagnosis-ai-in-healthcare

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She consults an app on her phone, which asks an increasingly sophisticated series of diagnostic questions. The app also takes in data from Janet's fitness trackers that monitor heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. The app decides that Janet's symptoms look serious, and it arranges a video chat with a human doctor to discuss options so that potentially bad news can be presented in a more "human" way. The doctor has access to Janet's data remotely, along with access to a more sophisticated diagnostic, Artificial Intelligence. During that consultation, Janet is booked into a clinic for medical imaging scans to aid in further diagnosis.


'App Gap' Crisis? Big Data Visionary Urges Test Automation Rethink In IoT Age

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No, I'm not talking about the 1975 Supertramp album, but research from a global leader in the test automation space demonstrating the "acute pressure" facing businesses to deliver apps in the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital era. It reveals that half of companies in the US and the UK admit to releasing apps before completing "quality testing." And, enterprises are being urged by the British CEO spearheading the test automation firm's endeavours to rethink test automation to avoid the "app scrapheap." But are matters getting to a crisis in the apps space? In the survey commissioned by Testplant, a UK headquartered firm with a R&D presence in Boulder, Colorado, which provides what is touted as user-centric, digital automation intelligence solutions to enhance the quality and performance of the digital experience, canvassed 750 development team leaders in Britain and the United States to derive its findings.


Meet the Mate 10, Huawei's New AI-Powered Flagship Phone

WIRED

I spent some time with the new Mate 10, and the function where I could most clearly spot some intelligent behavior is the Translate app, which offers offline translation between different languages. Huawei previously partnered with Leica to make the mobile camera hardware for the Mate handsets. There's also a smaller version (called simply Mate 10) with a 5.9-inch LCD display that has a fingerprint sensor placed directly beneath it. Other differentiating features: the Mate 10 comes with 64 GB of internal storage, 4 gigs of RAM and a microSD slot, while the Mate 10 Pro offers 128 GB of memory, 6 gigs of RAM, and no expansion slot.


Best media streaming device

PCWorld

We constantly test all the latest devices, including Roku players, Fire TV devices, Android TV devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Compared to other 4K HDR streaming devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and Chromecast Ultra, the Roku Premiere ($100) supports more sources of 4K and 4K HDR content. If you're willing to spend a little more, the $130 Roku Ultra adds voice search, USB storage, and a remote-finding feature, but it's not a must-have upgrade. Ecosystem tie-ins: Apple apps and services are only available through Apple TV, while Fire TV devices are the most convenient way to watch Amazon Prime video, and Google's video and music services are generally best-accessed via Chromecast or Android TV.


Roku Streaming Stick and Stick review: A new remote makes a big difference

PCWorld

The company's popular set-top boxes and sticks never included TV volume or power controls, so you typically had to keep another remote handy or buy a universal remote. With or without 4K HDR, the biggest improvement to the new Roku Streaming Sticks is in their remotes, which now include volume buttons and a power button for TV controls. Being able to quickly look up specific movies or shows by name is helpful--and Roku's latest software brings some new features, such as genre search and filtering by streaming service--but Roku's voice search is still far behind other platforms in several ways. Beyond just technical issues, Roku doesn't support the kinds of sophisticated queries that Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV do.


Restaurants Tackle Mobile-Ordering Problems

Wall Street Journal

New signs in the store direct customers who placed online orders to the pickup area, and employees were given extra training that includes guiding to-go customers to the right area. Now, during peak traffic periods at certain cafes, a barista uses one machine to make drinks for mobile customers while another uses the second to make drinks for in-store guests. Some companies that have offered digital ordering for years, like Domino's Pizza Inc., are facing new challenges as technology evolves. "If it's a local coupon that's only available in one or two stores, the voice assistant has a hard time figuring out which coupon you're talking about," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's chief digital officer.



Artificial intelligence nutritionists on tap

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HealthifyMe, a five-year-old start-up backed by Dubai-based NB Ventures, has unveiled a new health and fitness app, by which a user can talk to a nutritionist created by artificial intelligence. "There are three million users and 100 million exercises on the app," Mr. Vashisht said. It is probably the world's first completely artificial intelligent nutritionist." App users can track their food and calories, and get detailed nutritional feedback.