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Facebook to launch 'Aloha' big screen video chat device

Daily Mail

The patent (pictured) is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone The patent is for a'modular electromechanical device' that includes a speaker, microphone, GPS and might also function as a phone. It is not clear what this new device could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. It is not clear what the device described in the patent could be used for, although inside reports suggest the secretive Building 8 team are focusing on high tech cameras and machine learning. In September Google'suspended' work on Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build modular smartphone with interchangeable components'Each module is associated with a different functionality', the patent read.


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International Business Times

Development on the Vega speaker was reportedly held up by delays in Samsung's proprietary Bixby virtual assistant, which is expected to power the device. Issues for Bixby included the difficulty translating Bixby into languages besides English and the program's lack of accumulated user experience compared to older assistant programs like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. While Bixby suffered a delayed rollout and only formally launched earlier this summer, the assistant is slated to roll out globally soon. The Vega speaker has yet to get a set release date, but with companies and consumers becoming increasingly familiar with smart home technology, Samsung likely wants to get a presence within this growing market.


Google May Be Working on Smart Headphones to Rival Apple's AirPods

TIME

The search giant may be working on smart headphones that work with the Google Assistant, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The tech news blog discovered code within an app uploaded to the Google Play Store that seemingly refers to headphones that can run Google's virtual helper. Other phrases found within the code suggest that Google's hardware partners would design and build the headphones, while Google would handle the software and backend. Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola and as well as audio-focused companies like Bragi and Doppler Labs have all offered smart headphones that offer different levels of intelligence.


The Cloud Computing Era Could Be Nearing Its End

WIRED

Today the $247 billion cloud computing industry funnels everything through massive centralized data centers operated by giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Theoretically, data would only need to travel a few miles between customers and the nearest cell tower or central office, instead of hundreds of miles to reach a cloud data center. Austin-based Vapor IO has already begun building its own micro data centers alongside existing cell towers. That enables Vapor IO to take advantage of Crown Castle's existing network of 40,000 cell towers and 60,000 miles of fiber optic lines in metropolitan areas.


Huawei's betting big on AI, will show off its achievements on September 2 - AIVAnet

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Huawei has big plans for artificial intelligence, something it has made very clear several times over the past year, and on September 2 it's going to reveal the first product built around its AI technology. Does this mean Huawei's own voice assistant is here, ready to challenge Siri, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung's Bixby? The September 2 date coincides with Huawei's keynote presentation at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, which has the title, "On device intelligence: Mobile AI is on the way." It's clear Huawei has grand plans for artificial intelligence.


Qualcomm buys Dutch research outfit to bolster artificial intelligence expertise

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Qualcomm announced that it has purchased Dutch artificial intelligence research company Scyfer to boost its expertise in machine learning. As part of the Scyfer acquisition announcement, Qualcomm laid out its research focus for artificial intelligence and machine learning, which is expected to play a larger role in upcoming generations of gadgets. Qualcomm already delivers artificial intelligence features on its latest smartphone chips, including technologies that help smartphone cameras recognize objects and detect surroundings to aid in better photo composition. Here are three things Snap must show in its next earnings report to satisfy investors:(August 11, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) Here are three things Snap must show in its next earnings report to satisfy investors:(August 11, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) Miko Branch was deep asleep when her sister Titi woke her up to celebrate.


Samsung adds voice commands to virtual assistant Bixby

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Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby has added voice commands for UK users for the first time. Similar to other smart assistant's including Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, Bixby understands and responds to voice commands on scheduling, news updates and weather reports, as well as launching apps on a user's smartphone. Bixby also contains a feature called Quick Commands, which enable users to create a single voice command to replace a sequence of actions. UK users can access the new voice commands features by opening the Bixby app and carrying out a software update when prompted.


I built a chatbot in 2 hours and this is what I learned

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While browsing my only aim was to guess and rationalize the developer's decision to choose the bot platform over the app platform to solve their problem. The bot industry is in its infancy right now and they are all competing for the same thing -- to find the next killer app that makes chatbots mainstream. After listing through some problems, I finally chose to make a chatbot that correctly calculates dates from natural language strings. With Facebook's Messenger Platform and Telegram's Bot Platform, abilities offered by api.ai, wit.ai, and recast.ai It was a very liberating exercise to learn something methodically and then go on ahead and make a working proof of concept.


Predictive analytics improve customer experience journey

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Azumi Mobile joined ranks with DeviceBits, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that merges artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics to help businesses provide customer service through chatbots and interactive content that enables customers to help themselves. "From those questions, we are providing back predictive customer journeys that lead to successful outcomes." DeviceBits helps Azumi Mobile create a successful customer experience journey in two ways. Taking advantage of artificial intelligence technology to go predictive, get in front of issues and sense how to support customers enables systems to go exponentially farther and faster for a positive customer experience, explained William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group.


Smartphones set to become 'superphones'

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Keynote addresses at the world's biggest consumer electronics show routinely attract a full house, but in the country that gave the world Apple, the international press corps seemed fixated on the touted "epic" capabilities of the Honor Magic, the latest model in the budget smartphone brand by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Ahead of the anticipated launch of the iPhone 8, Apple is reportedly working on an AI chip of its own – tentatively called the Apple Neural Engine. "We predict that by 2019, 20 per cent of all smartphone interactions will be done via a virtual personal assistant [VPA]," Cozza says. Huawei sees upcoming Mate 10 handset spoiling the launch of Apple's new iPhone