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Samsung's Bixby-Powered HomePod Rival Launching In First Half Of 2018

International Business Times

Samsung isn't going to let Apple hog the smart speaker limelight early next year. A new report reveals the South Korea giant is preparing to introduce its Bixby-powered speaker in the first half of 2018, so it is now expected to go head-to-head with the Cupertino giant's HomePod. On Thursday, Bloomberg learned from people familiar with Samsung's plans that the South Korea tech company is planning to launch its Bixby-powered smart speaker in the first half of the following year. While this may seem like Samsung's entry to the voice-controlled devices market is coming in late, its release would just be enough for it to rival Apple's HomePod, which is already scheduled for launch in the first quarter. Since the Bixby-powered speaker will compete with not only the HomePod but also established smart speakers like Amazon's Echo series and Google's Google Home, Samsung is setting its new product apart from its rivals by promising a device that's strongly focused on audio quality and efficient management of connected home appliances.


Microsoft adds more AI-powered updates to Bing, Cortana, Office 365 ZDNet

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Microsoft is continuing to infuse more AI smarts into its Bing web search, Cortana digital assistant and Office 365 services. At a press and analyst event in San Francisco on December 13, company officials showed off some of the incremental AI-powered updates it is introducing to these services. Microsoft's overriding message was that in addition to providing big-bang AI advances, like its just-unveiled quantum-computing development kit, it also is delivering more "everyday AI" ones, too, by integrating AI-driven tech into its core products and services. At a time when news and other information is under increased scrutiny for bias and intentional fakery, Microsoft is adding multiple viewpoints to Bing search results. Asking Bing "is cholesterol bad?" will result in two different answers to that question.


Patterns in Fruit Fly Brains Could Soon Power Your Netflix Recommendations

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Researchers have identified an incredibly smart method used by fruit flies to categorise odours – and it's so clever it could be applied to powering recommendation algorithms for the likes of Netflix or Spotify. In the same way that YouTube might want to flag up videos similar to the one you've just watched, fruit flies – like many other animals – need to know which smells are similar, for finding food and avoiding poisonous substances. The team from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California has found that fruit flies have an especially clever way of categorising odours which lets them recognise differences with a very fine level of accuracy. "In the natural world, you're not going to encounter exactly the same odour every time; there's going to be some noise and fluctuation," says one of the researchers, Saket Navlakha from Salk. "But if you smell something that you've previously associated with a behaviour, you need to be able to identify that similarity and recall that behaviour."


Smart Business: automated sentiments analysis on top

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The modern world seems really fast and dynamic with a multitude of new products being launched. Marketing agencies are making fortune by monitoring the markets and delivering reports on consumers' opinions. For today, the feedback analysis is a separate area, let's say a growing industry with an array of products and services. And the prices for those services are pretty exorbitant. So, do vendors have a chance to cut down expenses?



Samsung's $200 Bixby speaker go on sale 'early next year'

Daily Mail

Samsung is set to take on Apple, Google and Amazon with a new home speaker using its Bixby AI. The new speaker will go on sale early next year, according to Bloomberg. Samsung has already confirmed it will will'soon' release a smart speaker designed to take on Amazon's Echo, Google's Home and Apple's HomePod. Bloomberg says the speakers will have a'strong focus on audio quality and the management of connected home appliances such as lights and locks.' It will also synchronize with TVs, Galaxy smartphones and other Samsung devices.


Applied AI Digest Review 2016

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Samsung to launch smart speaker in first half of 2018: Report

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Samsung plans to launch a smart speaker to rival Amazon Echo, Google Home, and others, in the first half of 2018, according to Bloomberg. The smart speaker will use Samsung's Bixby voice assistant utilized in the Galaxy smartphone lineup, and aims to connect smart home appliances. It's not clear what Samsung plans to call its smart speaker, however the report said it may be priced at $200 and harp on audio quality. Samsung's focus for the speaker is to be a hub for its SmartThings ecosystem and other Samsung devices including smart refrigerators and Galaxy smartphones. Bixby, like Apple's Siri and Amazon Alexa, allows users to access information like weather, sports scores, news, traffic info, web services, and more with their voice.


Use Neural Networks to Find the Best Words to Title Your eBook

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He enrolled in the NYC Data Science Academy 12-week full time Data Science Bootcamp program taking place between July 5th to September 23rd, 2016. This post is based on their third project - Web Scraping, due on 6th week of the program. The original article can be found here. The eBook business is thriving. The likes of Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, and Google eBookstore all provide a robust variety of channels by which to publish any eBook on any subject you could think of.