Tech's leaps, limps and likes: The 7 trends that defined 2017


With 2017 almost in the record books, it's worth a review of the main topics as well as what we learned from them. Here's a look at the seven trends identified by ZDNet editors and a crib sheet to the broader video discussion. ZDNet takes a look back at very best tech stories and features of 2015. From the year's tech turkeys to products and services that get business done, we round up top gadgets, cloud highs, security lows -- and much more. At CES 2017, Amazon's Alexa platform dominated the headlines as the voice assistant was embedded in more devices.


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People used to dream about robot secretaries. Futurists imagined a world where computers obeyed our every command. When the Amazon Echo hit the market, that dream became a reality: Alexa was obedient, personable and all-knowing. She could carry out a myriad of basic tasks, with a personality as professional and unflappable as a human assistant. This year, Echo is more popular than ever, and despite competition from Google, Amazon still dominates 75 percent of the virtual assistant market.

8 Stats About AI in Customer Service and What They Mean for Your Business


Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of machines or computers to emulate human thinking or decision-making. After years of speculation into the technology and its possibilities, AI is starting to deliver on its promise. Here are eight stats that prove natural language processing, machine learning and cognitive computing are helping businesses to deliver excellent customer service. Google recently pivoted from a'mobile-first' approach to'AI-first', and it's a real game-changer. Over the last decade, the biggest tech companies have concentrated their efforts on making smartphones the gateway to our digital lives.

Artificial intelligence disrupts assisted living facilities


In the past a healthcare worker would made a twice or four-times a day visit for those in care; coming in is a room equipped with sensors and cameras; elderly people wearing monitoring wristbands; the deployment of biomimetic companion robots, each sending vital signs to a data hub which is interpreted by artificial intelligence. One example of an artificial intelligence driven assisted living platform is CarePredict's Tempo, a collaborative product between the companies CarePredict and LifeWell Senior Living. Tempo is a care coordination platform designed for senior living communities, combining Artificial Intelligence and smart location technology to measure activity and behavioral patterns of seniors. Remote reporting The Tempo system allows for remote reporting to care home staff and family members, measuring important in the daily activities of people in care like sleeping patterns, toileting, movement, hydration, eating, and socialization. Through monitoring care home staff can be proactive in providing early interventions and also avoiding unnecessary'false alarms'.

Will The iPhone X Be A Hit Beyond Apple Diehards? 3 Questions Answered

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Editor's note: As consumers eager to get their hands on Apple's 10th anniversary phone line up online to be among the first to buy one, a few questions remain. Known as the iPhone X, the device starts at about US$1,000 and only gets more expensive from there. Some have warned that the high price tag will limit demand. John Jordan, an expert in supply chain management and information systems, believes answering that and other lingering questions requires a closer look at information economics, supply chain theory and encryption. Apple stores have become like meccas of consumerism and among most valuable retail spaces in the world.

27% of millennials say they would consider dating a robot

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As robots become an ever increasing part of our daily lives, humans could soon find love with the machines, according to a new report. The report suggests that over a quarter of 18-34 year-olds will feel it's normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future instead of humans. And it seems that men are more likely to embrace the bots, with the report indicating that males are three times more likely to form a relationship with a robot than women. A new report suggests that over a quarter of 18-34 year-olds will feel it's normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future (stock image) The report was created by Paris-based Havas, and examined the future of artificial intelligence, and people's attitudes to the future of technology. The findings were based on a survey of 12,000 people of mixed ages worldwide.

Qualcomm, Baidu form AI partnership to optimize DuerOS for Snapdragon


Qualcomm and Baidu have formed a strategic collaboration to optimize Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system and create a better AI voice and smart assistant solution for smartphones and IoT devices, the duo announced Thursday. AI has become one of the great, meaningless buzzwords of our time. In this video, the Chief Data Scientist of Dun and Bradstreet explains AI in clear business terms. Details of the collaboration were shared at Qualcomm's Technology Summit in Hawaii. The partnership with Baidu, the Beijing-based search engine giant that develops the Chinese version of Google, will give OEMs capabilities "to deliver AI voice solutions on their devices with improved user experience and faster time-to-market," Qualcomm explained.

I Finally Found the Droids I Was Looking For -- But Are They Right For My Kids?


Every Christmas in the '80s, I wanted the same thing as many other pint-sized Star Wars fans: a robot sidekick to call my own. And not just any old droid would do: It had to be an R2-D2, specifically one that could drop its third leg down and cruise around the world at my side. Growing up in the Death Star era, our entire generation thought it had "The Force." But eventually we realized that moving objects with our thoughts and duping people with Jedi mind tricks were all in our imaginations. But droids--they were real, or at least they could be, one day.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 will bring speed, security and smarts to high-end phones


On Wednesday, Qualcomm revealed its first concrete details of the Snapdragon 845, the next-generation mobile chip that stands a good chance of being in your next smartphone. The 845 will ship in early 2018, and appear in phones sometime after that. Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 845 a chip to improve both artificial intelligence and immersion, blending the future of smart devices with the past. At its heart lies the Kryo 385, the semi-custom, upgraded CPU. It's still an eight-core device, with four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and four energy-efficient cores running at 1.8GHz.

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 845 with improved photos, AI processing


Qualcomm on Wednesday announced the Snapdragon 845, its next-generation mobile processor headed to 2018 high-end flagship smartphones. New features including 4K HDR video capture, better battery life, and improved AI processing were revealed by Qualcomm at its second annual tech summit in Hawaii. Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon 845 is made up of the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, Wi-Fi, Hexagon 685 DSP, Aqstic Audio, Adreno 630 GPU, Spectra 280 image signal processing, Kryo 385 CPU, hardware-based security, and memory. This will lead to 30 percent faster graphics, 30 percent better power efficiency, and 2.5x faster display throughput, compared to the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm said. The Hexagon 685 DSP will allow for faster machine learning and AI features, and is paired with the Aqstic Audio for better recognition of wake words like "Ok, Google."