iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of Android (since 2015) combined

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.



Amazon has combined the leadership of Prime Now and Amazon Fresh under one rising-star executive

VP Stephenie Landry has been running Prime Now since its 2014 launch.

Stephenie Landry, an Amazon vice president who launched and runs the company’s Prime Now express delivery service, has taken on the oversight of two additional Amazon delivery businesses, Recode has learned.

Landry recently became the business leader for Amazon Fresh, the company’s oldest grocery delivery offering, as well as Amazon Restaurants, its restaurant-delivery service.

“If you look around this facility, you’re going to see a lot of everyday items — food and consumables,” Landry told Recode in a short interview at Amazon’s Prime Now delivery hub in New York City on Thursday morning. “Amazon Fresh sells the same types of products but a much greater variety. And so both of them have a lot of synergies and it makes sense to think about them jointly.”

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Stephenie Landry

At the same time, Landry appeared to throw cold water on the idea that this consolidation in leadership might signal Amazon’s plans to fold the Fresh business into Prime Now or vice versa — an idea that floated around grocery industry circles after Amazon recently scaled back its Amazon Fresh business in some markets.

“If you think about the physical world, there are lots of different ways that consumers shop for products,” she said, providing reasoning for running multiple, separate delivery businesses that include selections of groceries and food.

“And so I actually think that we’re going to have lots of different ways to get food to customers,” she added. “But behind the scenes it makes sense to develop as many efficiencies as possible.”

Landry joined Amazon in 2004 and was a founding team member of Amazon Fresh, which first launched in 2007. That service costs $ 14.99 a month on top of Prime’s $ 99 annual fee and offers a large selection of perishable and packaged foods for delivery within a day of ordering.

Landry later served as technical adviser — or “shadow” — to Jeff Wilke, the CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business.

Since overseeing its launch three years ago, Landry has led the expansion of the Prime Now service to more than 30 U.S. cities and more than 50 markets in total globally. Prime Now lets Prime members buy from a limited selection of goods from Amazon and local retailers and get orders delivered for free within two hours, or for $ 7.99 for one-hour delivery.

Ian Freed, the vice president previously responsible for the Amazon Restaurants business, left the company earlier this year. It’s not clear what Ben Hartman, the Amazon vice president who previously oversaw Amazon Fresh, is up to now.

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Baidu and Xiaomi partner to use combined powers of AI and IoT to offer smart user experience

Chinese web services company Baidu has partnered with Chinese electronics and software company Xiaomi to establish in-depth cooperation that will amplify their strengths and capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). The partnership will bring to table a more compelling user experience in consumer electronics and smart devices.

Lei Jun, founder, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, said: "Xiaomi has achieved significant breakthroughs in core artificial intelligence technologies and products, and Baidu has deep experience in artificial intelligence technologies, including solid capabilities in voice, images, natural language processing and deep learning. We are delighted to reach a strategic partnership in artificial intelligence with Baidu. This powerful collaboration between the two companies will enable more people to experience the excitement of using AI technologies."

Qi Lu, Baidu vice chairman, group president and COO, said: "The two companies have joined forces in forming a strong partnership to make users' experience more compelling, moving on to the next stage in AI development. Xiaomi has accumulated solid experience in smart hardware, big data and established a smart device ecosystem. It is the world's leading company in the IoT industry. Baidu has strong technological fundamentals in AI, and with Baidu's conversational AI system DuerOS, we are using our world-leading AI technologies and information ecosystems to support the development of the IoT industry.”

The duo will start in-depth cooperation in voice, computer vision, natural language processing, knowledge graph, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality. In the future, the two companies seek to offer an enhanced experience to users by gaining a better understanding of real scenarios, users and their needs by integrating AI with IoT. Latest from the homepage

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sale amassed $25.3 billion, doubling 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined

A decade ago, November 11th was a tongue-in-cheek cultural “celebration” of single people in China. In 2009, retailer Alibaba turned the day into the country’s version of Black Friday — and eight years later, sales from the Chinese e-commerce’s one-day event has nearly doubled those from Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US combined.

Alibaba reported that sales from Singles’ Day amounted to $ 25.3 billion, a 40 percent jump from last year’s figures. (The number did not take into account some sales that began earlier in the week in honor of the event.) Additionally, the retailer hit a record $ 18 billion in just 13 hours on Saturday, eclipsing last year’s record of $ 17.8 billion in 24…

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