Apple pushes Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV with ‘What’s New’ screen, paid Twitter ads

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Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter "promoted" tweets noting it as well.
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Google Assistant gets ‘trending’ and ‘new’ sections, additional subcategories, and more

Finding Assistant services can be a pain. Unless you’re constantly scrolling through all the available options, you’re going to miss things. Google is rolling out a number of changes to Assistant that will make it easier to find apps and services. Developers will also have a few new tools at their disposal to build Assistant apps. 

Of primary importance on the user side, the Assistant menu will now have better discovery features.

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Google’s AI Is A “New Paradigm” That Unites Humans and Machines

Google’s AI Investment

Google is fully aware of artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential — DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI is one of today’s most well-known examples of its capabilities — and in an earnings call this week, the company made it clear they believe the future of technology lies with AI.

During the call, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), praised the company’s decision to invest in AI early, highlighting the concept’s trajectory from “a research project to something that can solve new problems for a billion people a day,” according to an Inverse report.

Pichai went on to note how Google’s AI research is already producing products that utilize machine learning, such as the Google Clips camera that debuted earlier this month. “Even though we are in the early days of AI, we are already rethinking how to build products around machine learning,” said Pichai. “It’s a new paradigm compared to mobile-first software, and I’m thrilled how Google is leading the way.”

Pichai went on to note the performance of Google Assistant since its implementation. While the AI powering it may not be smarter than a fifth grader, it continues to learn and help people “get things done in the real world,” said the CEO. Work done by DeepMind this year to add imagination and teach AI to manage real-world tasks has almost certainly been a factor in Google Assistant’s success.

Last month, Google Cloud Chief Scientist Fei-Fei Li said that AI needs to be more human-centered, noting that making that shift would lead to better communication and collaboration between humans and AI. Li’s words may have impacted the way Google’s AI is used to improve services, such as Google Photos and Google Maps.

“500 million people now use the machine learning smarts of Google Photos to manage and share their memories,” said Pichai. “The billion-plus people using Google Maps now get thoughtfully contextual information like how to find parking where they are going.”

AI’s Future

Consumers aren’t the only ones benefiting from artificial intelligence. According to Pichai, businesses are also starting to learn how to use AI and machine learning to grow and remain relevant in a world that’s embracing more powerful technology.

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Google isn’t exempt from this, either. The company has created an AI that’s better at making AI systems than human engineers are. It’s an exciting development, to be sure, though it and AlphaGo Zero, which has self-learning capabilities, may cause some concerns, such as those held by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Artificial intelligence is here to stay, and Pichai’s comments both highlight the technology’s current capabilities while also acknowledging its future. AI’s effect on jobs and the ethics of the tech still need to be addressed, but provided we can control it, AI is poised to lift humanity to new heights and radically change the world for the better.

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A ‘new’ version of iTunes brings back apps and ringtones

Still need a way to manage your applications and ringtones in addition to your music, movies and other media on your iPhone? Well, there's an app for that. Following iTunes' massive overhaul (version 12.7 if you're keeping track at home), the company…
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Tim Cook Jumps to No. 3 in Vanity Fair’s ‘New Establishment List’

Earlier this week, Vanity Fair released its annual ‘New Establishment List’ for 2017. Known as the publication’s self-styled list of the top 100 most notable “Silicon Valley hotshots, Hollywood moguls, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons,” the exposé is a thoughtful tribute to the most noteworthy faces (and a nod to their most noteworthy accomplishments) of the year.

Vanity Fair has been publishing its New Establishment List each year since 1994 as a way to shed light on those who are out there “setting the global agenda and leading the Age of Innovation,” according to its editors, and two of Apple’s top executives made the cut (again).

First up we have Cupertino’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook, who climbed to the No. 3 spot on this year’s list — up considerably from his place at No. 11 on last year’s list. Cook’s accomplishments speak for themselves.

    With a market cap north of $ 800 billion, Apple is on track to be a trillion-dollar company.
    As consumers reject the new MacBook Pro and Apple arrives late to the game with HomePod, an Echo wannabe, the company is clinging to the iPhone for more than half of its revenue—an inauspicious strategy, since phone sales are predicted to decline.
    Cook showed up at Trump Tower in December to kiss the ring, then went to the White House in June to try to convince Trump of the importance of coding in schools.

Next up we have Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, who as the manager of iTunes, iCloud, the App Store and more dropped to No. 73 on this year’s list from his previous ranking at No. 54.

    Launching HomePod, Apple’s voice-activated virtual assistant. The product, a competitor to Amazon’s Echo, may be the new hit Apple so desperately needs as interest in the iPhone wanes.
    Planet of the Apps, Apple’s foray into original programming under Cue, “feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party,” according to one review.

Other Notable Figures of 2017

Climbing from her previous ranking at No. 73 to No. 44 on this year’s list is Laurene Powell Jobs — the widow of Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, and herself co-founder of the educational and philanthropic organization, Emerson Collective. Powell-Jobs’ achievements for 2017 include her acquisition of a majority stake in The Atlantic this past July, as well as her investment in an entity called Monumental Sports and Entertainment — owners of several Washington, D.C.-area sports franchises including the NBA’s Wizards and the D.C. Capitals.

Finally, among the myriad of Hollywood heavyweights to make this year’s list is everyone’s favorite wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who earlier this year starred in Apple’s hilarious Siri-inspired advertisement.

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