John Giannandrea used to be in charge of Google’s artificial intelligence division, but now he works for Apple. He’s leading the drive to make the company’s Siri voice assistant smarter, a goal many would agree is overdue. This is the most high-profile move yet in a ongoing drive to hire more talent for the Siri […]
Apple wants to hire 142 people for Siri-related jobs, almost twice as many as this time last year. Clearly, the company is serious about turning around its troubled voice-driven digital assistant. Siri has been a sore spot for Apple lately. Voice access is a weak point in the otherwise-stellar HomePod, while rival smart speakers using […]
Files Go is one of the few “Go” apps that Google has not restricted to phones running the Go Edition of Android. You can install it on any phone, and there are a few new features available today. We saw at least one of these features in the recent beta release, but Files Go now officially has file search and more options when removing unneeded items.
Here’s the changelog from the Play Store.
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Apple has just announced that WWDC 2018 will kick off on June 4th, where it is widely expected to unveil iOS 12, the next major iOS update. Continue reading
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Humans don't all look, talk, or walk the same, with us shifting our weight and style in order to save much energy as possible. This adaptability is a problem for researchers who want to build assistive devices for folks with mobility issues, however….
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Today is a big day for G Suite customers. Not only did Hangouts Chat finally launch, but Google is adding some new features to other core programs in its office productivity suite. This is all, of course, to help teams respond to their business needs faster by giving them better, easier ways to manage projects.
The first piece is Hangouts Chat, Google’s internal team chat Slack competitor. We already posted about it earlier, so I won’t rehash what’s been said, but G Suite users will be able to move seamlessly between Chat and Meet.
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If an engineer ends up leaving a company, on their own, or for any other reason, the company work is going to have to quickly work to change all of their keys for their credentials and keys application components. That’s a huge hassle, because often times it’s hard to know where they are stored, who can access what, and how to change everything at a massive scale — especially… Read More
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At Bosch Connected World, I spoke with Toby Meene of Bayer about weed-killing technology the agriculture giant was developing with Bosch. The technology would compete with the Blue River tech that John Deere acquired last year. However, the Bayer/Bosch weed killer is designed to fit on existing equipment, and covers a field at the current European standard of 12 kilometers an hour.
The machine attaches to the existing sprayer arm and uses a camera with weed and crop detection technology. It also contains a delivery system for three different types of herbicide that can be mixed with water as it’s applied. The system is less granular than the Blue River machine that handles weeds on an almost individual basis.
What struck me about the creation of two products aimed at solving the same problem is that one is offered by a traditional agricultural equipment vendor, while the other is offered by a supplier of seeds and herbicides. Yet both are looking to provide what is essentially improved crop production as a service. Which means that what was once a longer supply chain will flatten, and former partners or neutral vendors in the same supply chain may end up as competitors. Business is going to get tough.
Max Rhodes was walking around that weird little parklet in Hayes Valley in San Francisco after taking a break from a five-year stint at Square to figure out what he wanted to do next — and he kept seeing Square registers everywhere. It was spotting them over and over again in smaller retail shops dotted throughout the city that made him think about the connections between the average… Read More
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