Apple’s AI director on advances in machine learning for its self-driving car project

Apple’s secretive autonomous car project has shifted focus over the years, but this year, it seems to be picking up speed. In April, the company received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, while in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that they were working on software that could allow cars — and maybe other things — to drive themselves. During a talk on Friday, Apple’s director of artificial intelligence research, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, spoke about some of the company’s recent advances in machine learning that would be useful for such a project.

Wired reports that Salakhutdinov spoke before a group of AI experts at the end of this year’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California….

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Xiaomi’s ‘Mi Pad’ Trademark Blocked for Copying Apple’s iPad

Apple has successfully prevented Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering the name “Mi Pad” as a trademark in the European Union, according to a new report.

The General Court, the EU’s second-highest, ruled that Xiaomi could not trademark Mi Pad as the name for its lineup of tablets on account of it being too similar to Apple’s existing iPad device. The Court added that consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity between the two names, adding that the addition of the “letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ‘Mi Pad’” wasn’t a sufficient enough difference, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Xiaomi first filed the trademark application in 2014, a full four years after Apple first released the original iPad in 2010. Apple subsequently lodged a complaint with the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on the grounds that consumers would think Mi Pad was a variation of Apple’s own tablet. The EUIPO upheld Apple’s complaint in 2016.

The court agreed with the EUIPO decision, adding that English-speaking buyers were likely to read “Mi Pad” as “my pad” instead of the correct pronunciation of “me pad” — therefore pronouncing the “i” the same way as iPad.

Xiaomi is one of the largest smartphone makers in the world and has consistently stayed in the top 5 in its home region of Asia (typically behind Samsung, Huawei and Oppo). Currently, the company is in talks with investment banks about going public, with a proposed initial public offering (IPO) valuation of $ 50 billion, according to the Business Times.

The Chinese OEM also has long had a reputation for blatantly ripping off Apple’s devices, designs and aesthetics, from its flagship iPhone to its MacBook Air. Xiaomi even stole Apple’s famous “one more thing” for a keynote event in 2014.

From here, Xiaomi can appeal the General Court’s ruling at the highest court in the EU: the Court of Justice of the European Union. Whether it will remains to be seen — particularly with two legal decisions already levied against its case.

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Apple’s design team director Jony Ive regains his position after 2 years

Jonathan Ive; the man responsible for the design of many of the company’s most popular products has regained back his position of direct management of product design teams after two years. Jony Ive was named as the Apple’s chief design officer in 2015.  He was later handed off some day-to-day responsibilities while Apple was building its new Apple … Continue reading “Apple’s design team director Jony Ive regains his position after 2 years”
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Apple’s Jony Ive will return to his design management role

Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, is picking his old management duties back up again, 9to5Mac reports. Back in 2015, Ive was upgraded to chief design officer from senior VP and day-to-day management was taken over by Alan Dye and Richard Howart…
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Jony Ive is retaking control of Apple’s design team after two years in hands-off role

Jony Ive, technically Apple’s design chief since 2015, is once again assuming management control of the iPhone maker’s design team after two years in a largely hands-off role, according to a report from Bloomberg. Ive, responsible for the look and feel of Apple hardware throughout a majority of former CEO Steve Jobs’ revolutionary second run at the helm of the company in the late ‘90s and 2000s, was freed from much of his day-to-day management responsibilities in 2015, when he took on the chief design officer title. He still oversaw design, but other executives and employees on the team no longer reported to him.

At the time, the move was viewed as Ive, who is 50 years old, laying the groundwork to retire from his intensive position at…

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