↳ VRScout

Google Acquires HTC Smartphone Operations for $1.1 Billion

HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go.

Announced late Wednesday night, Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google.

Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending the announcement.

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↳ Microsoft's Blog

Invoking Azure ML Web Services from Excel, Using Power Query

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Studio lets data scientists build machine learning models for a variety of problems that require predictive analytics capabilities. The Studio publishes these models as web services which can then be invoked via REST APIs, i.e. to send it data and get back predictions.

For business analysts who spend a lot of time manipulating and visualizing data in spreadsheets, it would very useful to be able to invoke an Azure ML web service from right within that environment, by passing in appropriate parameters and have the results populated back into the spreadsheet.

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↳ VentureBeat

Siri on iOS 11 still has a long way to go

What has Apple really done to improve Siri? To be honest, I’m not sure. After testing it for an entire day since Tuesday’s iOS 11 release, mostly on an iPad 9.7-inch and an iPhone 7 Plus, it’s obvious Siri is not a major priority for the company, even if some of the features are improved.

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↳ NVIDIA's Blog

How GPU-Powered Cellular Analysis Could Help Avoid Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Biopsies

Some 1.3 million men in North America each year undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer. While these are ordered only after multiple tests indicate the possible presence of cancer, many are ultimately proven to have been unnecessary.

Researchers at the University of Alberta hope to change that with a new testing method that relies on GPU computing — and which could prevent up to half of those biopsies from happening.

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↳ TechCrunch

Tesla said to be working on its own self-driving AI chip with AMD

Tesla is reportedly developing its own processor for artificial intelligence, intended for use with its self-driving systems, in partnership with AMD. Tesla has an existing relationship with Nvidia, whose GPUs power its Autopilot system, but this new in-house chip reported by CNBC could potentially reduce its reliance on third-party AI processing hardware.

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↳ Cinema Blend

Battle Of The Sexes: Releasing Tomorrow

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↳ VentureBeat

AI will simplify talent acquisition

Recruiters vet thousands of applications and conduct hundreds of interviews each year. This process generates an absurd amount of data that can be difficult for the average human to handle. Modern recruiters are very talented, but they inevitably miss employee placements due to human error in data collection and processing.

Almost half of recruiters — 46 percent — say the most challenging part of their job is identifying the right candidates from a large applicant pool.

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↳ MIT News

New leadership for MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

Antonio Torralba has been named MIT director of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab effective immediately, announced Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, today.

An expert in computer vision, machine learning, and human visual perception, Torralba is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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↳ Singularity Weblog

Unexpected Futurist: Mark Twain, Tesla, and a Worldwide Visual Telephone System

This episode features an individual who, while certainly a leading figure of his day, was no scientist: Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. Twain experienced his glimpses into the future largely as a scientific layman. While Franklin envisioned a world that would be rapidly evolving, by Twain’s time that rapid evolution had arrived. Twain was fascinated with scientific discoveries, with the new and controversial theory of evolution, and with the consumer products that resulted from new technology.

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↳ VentureBeat

Artificial intelligence still requires intelligence

In the world of business and design, we have started using terms like “algorithm” and “machine learning” as magic calculations for problems we would like to gloss over. These terms often become blockers for deeper problem solving and can stall even the most worthwhile projects.

“We’ll figure it out with an algorithm” used generally is similar to the fantastic conversations my daughter and I had when she was six.

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↳ Chatbots Magazine

Artificial Intelligence & Artificial Trust

Artificial Intelligence systems now understand and influence people. This requires that as builders of these systems we consider the values of the user — and their trust.

I’m going to tell you about Andi. She’s a conversational avatar, and in this picture, she’s talking with our friend Michael of Skype using their Bot Platform.

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↳ Chatbots Magazine

How About A Chatbot That Helps You Save Some Bucks Every Month?

As described in our earlier blog on “Here’s all that you need to know about Chatbots”, ChatBots are software programs that are present in our messaging apps to perform different tasks. How about having a Bot that tracks our daily expenses and prevents unnecessary spending? It sounds amazing, right? Fintech companies have already started their path towards this trend.

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↳ Chatbots Magazine

How we got a 98% success rate for our bot for Zalando — A UX case study

Zalando, one of the largest e-commerce companies in Europe, was holding their inaugural Vizions event to announce their new platform. They approached us at avocado to create a new chatbot for the event to improve communication with their attendees while showing the world that they are leaders in technology.

We took a UX-driven approach to research, define and create a successful bot on Slack.

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↳ Cinema Blend

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

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↳ Kenfolios.com

How Talking About His Female Relatives Helped This Guy Sell A ‘Tabooed’ Product

In a world were we whisper about periods, a 29-year-old boy is creating awareness in the rural areas of Jharkhand on this ‘tabooed’ issue. Talking about periods or sexuality makes people in India uncomfortable, and as a result our society lacks awareness, especially in rural areas. Ladies in the village of Jharkhand are dealing with menstruation in an traditional ways like using ash, husk, grass, or even sand during their menstrual cycle.

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↳ Tripoto.com

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: The Perfect Place To Spot The Greater Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros

Situated in the floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the densest population of the greater one-horned rhinoceros, in the world. Located in the Morigaon district of the state of Assam, the sanctuary is just an hour and a half’s drive away from Guwahati.

Nestled in the grasslands of Assam, landlocked by Assamese villages, the terrain of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is breathtaking to experience.

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↳ TechCrunch

Uber says Waymo wants $2.6 billion for one allegedly stolen trade secret

 During a tense exchange, Judge William Alsup allowed an Uber lawyer to disclose that Alphabet’s Waymo is seeking $2.6 billion for a single allegedly stolen trade secret. There are currently nine trade secrets in question that were allegedly compromised by Anthony Levandowski. Waymo’s lawyers, who took time to consider whether to attempt to keep the number private, asserted that… Read More

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