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Apple officially announces March 8th event

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Apple will be holding its next event online on March 8th, the company announced today with an invite featuring the "peek performance" tagline, and multicolored Apple logo that could hint at the colors of new devices. The company didn't disclose further details about what the virtual event will entail, beyond the timing set for 1PM ET / 10AM PT. However, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who is often a reliable source for Apple rumors, speculates Apple may announce a low-cost iPhone SE. The new device, he suggests, will arrive with 5G, a faster A15 CPU chip, and better cameras. It will share the same design as the current iPhone SE, however, which means the new SE may also retain the Touch ID feature.


Class-Incremental Learning for Wireless Device Identification in IoT

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning (DL) has been utilized pervasively in the Internet of Things (IoT). One typical application of DL in IoT is device identification from wireless signals, namely Non-cryptographic Device Identification (NDI). However, learning components in NDI systems have to evolve to adapt to operational variations, such a paradigm is termed as Incremental Learning (IL). Various IL algorithms have been proposed and many of them require dedicated space to store the increasing amount of historical data, and therefore, they are not suitable for IoT or mobile applications. However, conventional IL schemes can not provide satisfying performance when historical data are not available. In this paper, we address the IL problem in NDI from a new perspective, firstly, we provide a new metric to measure the degree of topological maturity of DNN models from the degree of conflict of class-specific fingerprints. We discover that an important cause for performance degradation in IL enabled NDI is owing to the conflict of devices' fingerprints. Second, we also show that the conventional IL schemes can lead to low topological maturity of DNN models in NDI systems. Thirdly, we propose a new Channel Separation Enabled Incremental Learning (CSIL) scheme without using historical data, in which our strategy can automatically separate devices' fingerprints in different learning stages and avoid potential conflict. Finally, We evaluated the effectiveness of the proposed framework using real data from ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), an application of IoT in aviation. The proposed framework has the potential to be applied to accurate identification of IoT devices in a variety of IoT applications and services. Data and code available at IEEE Dataport (DOI: 10.21227/1bxc-ke87) and \url{https://github.com/pcwhy/CSIL}}


ICYMI: More gadget highlights from CES 2021

Engadget

While CES was a bit different this year, we still managed to check out a number of inspiring new devices, apps and services. While we acknowledged the most promising tech in Engadget's Best of CES awards, there remain a bunch of gadgets that didn't make the list that will be worth checking out when they actually hit shelves later this year. Things like HP's new Dragonfly laptops, TCL's 8K TVs and Cowin's two-piece soundbar are all things to look forward to as 2021 progresses (and some are even available already). Here are some of the CES 2021 gadgets you may have missed this week. Cherlynn Low found a lot to like about last year's HP Dragonfly laptop: it was lightweight at 2.2 pounds, had a great battery life and an attractive design.


Cisco unveils revamped Webex experience, including noise cancellation, AI-powered gesture recognition

ZDNet

Cisco announced a bevy of new features within its Webex portfolio on Tuesday, as the company ramps up its efforts to compete with rival collaboration players such as Zoom, Slack, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams. The updates, released as part of Cisco's WebexOne virtual event, come as Webex and other video conferencing and cloud collaboration tools experience huge spikes in usage due to the number of workers staying productive remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic. The new feature updates -- which are designed to position Webex as a key platform for the future of work -- include new capabilities for its meetings, calling, messaging, and contact center services, as well as new devices. All told, Cisco debuted more than 50 product updates aimed at providing seamless collaboration and smart hybrid work experiences. At the center of the updates is what Cisco says is an all new Webex experience.


Amazon refreshes Echo lineup with new custom chip

ZDNet

Amazon on Thursday unveiled a refreshed lineup of Amazon Echo smart speakers, featuring a new, custom chip that will help the AI-powered assistant Alexa respond to commands more quickly. The new devices also include a new design and new features for kids. Amazon also unveiled the Echo Show 10, a smart speaker with a screen that can follow you as you move throughout a room. "In processing, milliseconds matter," Miriam Daniel, VP of Amazon Echo, said during a virtual event hosted by Amazon's Devices and Services team. "Imagine asking Alexa to turn on the light, and there's a slight delay," she explained.


Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) review: Good sound, plus a Zigbee smart-home hub for the win

PCWorld

Amazon released the first Echo Plus smart speaker/smart-home hub in 2017, and this second generation arrived a year later. What makes it "Plus" is simple: A built-in Zigbee radio. That eliminates the need to also have something like a Samsung SmartThings or a Hubitat Elevation on your network--at least to control other smart home devices that use Zigbee. We'll get deeper into that in a bit. The second-generation Echo Plus has one other minor new addition: An ambient temperature sensor, so you can ask Alexa what the temperature in the room is, in addition to getting a weather report that includes the current temperature outside.


Smart PILLOW uses airbags to adjust your head position in your sleep and stop you snoring

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A smart pillow made by lifestyle technology company 10minds wants to end the scourge of snoring once and for all. The Motion Pillow, which was showcased at CES in Las Vegas, is a memory foam pillow that uses multiple different technologies to help alleviate issues that contribute to snoring. Using the company's'Sleep Pressure Monitoring System' - pads inside the pillow that can detect the position of one's head - the Motion Pillow is able to activate airbags inside the product to give sleepers' heads and necks a nudge in the right direction. The pillow technology is coupled with an audio detection system that is capable of hearing snores when they happen. Once the recorder picks up on any heavy breathing, it is able to communicate with the Motion Pillow, which then inflates airbags to reposition a user's head.


Dell reveals its answer to the Nintendo Switch at CES 2020

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The annual convention will see the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG unveil new products, alongside thousands of other firms showing off their latest innovations at the four-day event. Artificial intelligence, 5G and robotics are expected to be among the biggest talking points when the world's largest technology show - CES - begins tomorrow. It opens on Tuesday January 7 in Las Vegas. High-profile figures from Apple and Facebook will also appear together on stage during the show to discuss the tech industry's approach to data privacy - a topic the firms have previously clashed over in the past. CES is a key date in the industry calendar, with more than 170,000 people expected to attend and more than 20,000 new devices set to be unveiled.


Samsung and LG unveil smart fridges that suggest recipes

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Samsung and LG are going head-to-head with their new smart fridges that scan the inside of the fridge and offer meal suggestions at CES 2020 this week. The smart fridges use updated AI technology that not only recognises food inside and sends smartphone updates, but also makes meal suggestions based on the available ingredients. The updates mean Samsung and LG smart fridge users will get a little help with planning what to cook for the week. The technology is another step towards the fully-automated kitchen of the future, where users don't even have to think about mealtimes because the machines do it all for you. Samsung's Family Hub features new AI capabilities that suggest recipes and works out meal plans Samsung's next-generation refrigerator in its Family Hub range uses AI-enhanced cameras to scan the contents of the fridge and suggests recipes based on what you have in stock.


Bosch unveils a transparent LCD screen which acts as a 'Virtual Visor'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Sun visors are essential pieces of automotive equipment for any driver but they often obscure a view of the road as well as blocking the sun's glare. Bosch thinks the traditional feature needs a revamp and is working on an LCD screen dubbed a'Virtual Visor' which would replace the panel with a screen. A camera will detect what is happening on the road in front and block out only a portion of the panel where the sun is streaming through the windscreen. The rest of the panel will remain transparent, giving a fuller view of the road than the existing piece of equipment. Bosch thinks the traditional sun visor needs a revamp and is working on an LCD screen dubbed a'Virtual Visor' which would replace the panel with a screen and darken only the portion where the glare comes from (pictured) The novel approach to improving the design of the visor would use AI to detect what light needs filtering out and provide a glare-free view of the road.