Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features


Microsoft Teams is moving ahead in its gradual replacement of Skype for Business, which was once Microsoft's go-to solution for collaborating via video or text. On Tuesday Microsoft announced several new collaborative features that lean toward business use, especially for those who work in collaborative environments at an office. One of the flagship features--background blurring for remote or home workers--has been beefed up with the ability to select a custom background. Other improvements include better whiteboarding, in both virtual spaces and the real world. When Microsoft Teams launched two years ago this week, Microsoft pitched it as a collaborative messaging environment that would compete with Slack.

Google to start offering alternative browsers and search engines to Android users in the EU


Android users in the EU will soon be offered a choice of browsers and alternative search engines on their devices, Google announced on Tuesday. The announcement is unsurprising, given the European Commission (EC) slapped Google with a record $5 billion fine in July 2018 for stifling browser and search engine competition in the EU. SEE ALSO: Google's Emma Haruka Iwao breaks Pi world record In a blog post, Google's SVP of Global Affairs Kent Walker said the company will "do more to ensure that Android phone owners know about the wide choice of browsers and search engines available to download to their phones." Specifically, owners of both existing and new Android devices will be asked which browser and search apps they want to use. Walker points out that Android users have "always been able to install any search engine or browser," but there's a difference between having Google's search engine and Chrome browser pre-installed as default and just letting users find alternatives on their own, and actively providing customers with a choice.

Big Oil Has Finally Joined The Digital Revolution


The oil price crash of 2014 and the global'digitalization and disruption' drive coincided in a rather bizarre way to push the oil industry to seek cost cuts through innovation and new technologies. Big Tech was only too pleased to help Big Oil, seeing a new revenue stream in an industry long thought to be of the'dinosaur' type that was too slow to embrace new ways of doing things. Many oil and gas firms, especially the world's biggest, are already using data analytics, cloud computing, digital oil fields, digital twins, robotics, automation, predictive maintenance, machine learning, and even AI. The technology giants have seized the opportunity to sell such services to Big Oil, and top managers at Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and ABB Group, to name a few, flocked to this week's top energy industry event CERAWeek by IHS Markit in Houston to pitch their solutions to a wider audience. "A great wave of innovation and technology is transforming the industry and reshaping the energy future," said Daniel Yergin, conference chair and vice chairman of IHS Markit.

Facebook Releases a Trio of New AI Hardware Designs


It's been a busy 24 hours for Facebook, which in a blog post this afternoon announced a trio of new AI-related application-specific hardware designs. Zion is the company's next-generation, large-memory unified training platform; Kings Canyon is an integrated circuit optimized for AI inference; and Mount Shasta is a specialized ASIC for video transcoding. Facebook has added the new infrastructure solutions to the Open Compute Project, a collaborative community the company formed in 2010 devoted to redesigning hardware technology. Facebook is raising the stakes on AI hardware development. In January at CES 2019, the social media giant revealed it is partnering with Intel to develop an inference chip, the NNP-I.

3 Ways Search Marketers Can Leverage AI for SEO & PPC Today


Keeping up with AI-driven developments in the search industry is the new normal for search marketers. Technological breakthroughs, such as advancements in voice recognition and the creation of powerful machine learning algorithms, greatly impact how people search – and consequently how we do search engine optimization. The idea of artificial intelligence taking over the digital landscape can be daunting to some marketers who view it as a risk to their professional careers. But while there is still a lot of guesswork involving the topic, there is likewise ample knowledge available for marketers who want to get up to speed on AI as it relates to search. On August 22, I moderated a Best of SEJ Summit webinar presented by Purna Virji, Senior Manager of Global Engagement at Bing Ads, Microsoft.

Top 5 Machine Learning Solutions in 2019 Analytics Insight


In the present hyper-rapid cloud computing period, AI solutions drive exponential advancement in improving frameworks. ML's capacity to use Big Data analytics and recognize patterns offers a critical upper hand to current organizations. These mind-boggling frameworks may live in a private cloud or public cloud. Regardless, the progression of time supports ML: as more information is added to a task and analyzed after some time, Machine Learning delivers increasingly precise the outcomes. The worldwide ML market totalled $1.4 billion of 2017, as indicated by BCC Research.

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CarveNiche Technologies on Friday announced a collaboration with tech major Microsoft for a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Math learning programme to supplement classroom learning for school students. Called beGalileo, the programme uses AI to collect and analyse performance information and customise learning to serve each student. Meant for students from class 1 to 10, the programme supports beginners and offers them challenging questions as they advance. "Our product'beGalileo' is a highly personalised Math learning programme for K12 education, and our motto has been to help every child fall in love with Math," Avneet Makkar, CEO, CarveNiche Technologies Pvt Ltd said in a statement. "This association would help us reach a wider network and would be an ideal combination of Microsoft's advanced cloud infrastructure and CarveNiche's rich academic content and technology," Makkar added.

Cardiologist Eric Topol explains how artificial intelligence can make doctors more humane


Many doctors take a very conservative view when it comes to new technology. But Eric Topol, a cardiologist and author, is a self-described "digital geek," a long-time proponent of using the latest gadgets in medicine. He even upgraded his black bag to include wearables and connected medical devices, rather than the old analog blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes. So for technology companies like Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft, Topol is an important ally as they get deeper into the medical sector. It can't hurt that he's one of the most influential doctors on social media, with over 150,000 Twitter followers.

How machine learning, drones, and robotics will transform the NHS and healthcare


The UK's National Health Service continues to suffer the longest funding squeeze since it was established 71 years ago. That financial pressure has resulted in the service missing targets for how soon cancer patients should be referred for treatment for the past three years and waiting times in Accident and Emergency departments being at record levels. Such is the financial and staffing pressure on the service, that talking about how recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could be applied to the NHS might seem fanciful. Yet Professor Tony Young, national clinical director for innovation at NHS England, believes healthcare is at an inflection point, where machine-learning technology could fuel huge advances in what's possible. "I think that healthcare is heading for one of those giant-leap moments in the next five to 10 years and AI is going to be a key tool in enabling us to take that giant leap," he said, speaking at an event in London organized by The King's Fund and IBM Watson Health.

Commuters to pay for train fare with their face in China: Report


Those catching a train in Shenzhen may soon be able to pay for their fare through facial recognition, with a trial of the technology reportedly under way. It is one of the various technologies backed by the ultra-fast 5G network being tested by the local Shenzhen subway operator, according to the South China Morning Post. The initiative under way at Futian Station sees commuters scan their faces on a tablet-sized screen mounted on the entrance gate. The fare is then automatically deducted from a linked account. According to the report, there are currently 5 million rides per day on the city's network.