• Microsoft's AI tech to aid humanitarian efforts

      Microsoft's AI tech to aid humanitarian efforts

      Microsoft launched a new $40m programme aimed at harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for disaster recovery, helping children, protecting refugees and displaced people and promoting respect for human rights. Over the next five years, tech giant aims to execute the so-called AI for Humanitarian Action program by working deeply with select non-governmental and humanitarian organisations through grants, investment of technology, as well as through technology licenses, training and other resources.

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    • Alibaba is stepping up its game

      Alibaba is stepping up its game

      Alibaba AI Labs, an artificial intelligence (AI) division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., announced yesterday that it will launch service robots for the hospitality sector in the coming October to raise its stakes in the booming AI industry. According to the official announcement that was made at “The Computing Conference 2018” in Hangzhou, the site of Alibaba’s headquarters, the labs’ service robots will be able to handle tasks from delivering meals to taking laundry to guests.

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    • Google allows developers to collect your Gmail data

      Google allows developers to collect your Gmail data

      The search giant Google, whose Gmail is used by around 1.4bn people, admitted on Thursday that it continues to allow third party developers to create apps aimed at accessing and scanning users’ email account messages  to collect information. Among the data these app developers seek is the name of products you buy, which friends and co-workers you communicate with the most, and the name of places where you travel. Yet, it remains unclear how many developers have been caught violating its email-scanning rules and whether the marketing companies are taking advantage of consumers' accounts.

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    • Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Can you imagine a microwave with a virtual assistant built-in? Well, by 2019 such a crazy idea may become reality as Amazon is gearing up to release up to eight new Alexa devices which will invade home appliances space before the end of this year. Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget." They would reportedly have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection). 

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    • AI, robotics to create more jobs than destroy by 2022

      AI, robotics to create more jobs than destroy by 2022

      Machines and automated software will overtake humans in terms of performing tasks at the workplace, by handling fully half of them within the next 7 years, a new report from the World Economic Forum forecasts. The group however points out that the sharp increase could also see a net gain in "new roles" for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the way they would have to work with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and precision medicines.

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    • What Apple announced during it's 'Gather round' event

      What Apple announced during it's 'Gather round' event

      The trillion-dollar tech company Apple unwrapped on Wednesday a bunch of market-leading technology from its Steve Jobs Centre, providing improved performance and new features. Among the slew of new products it presented at its big annual event was the fourth generation of the Apple Watch, but most importantly – three new handsets.

       

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    • Facebook creates AI to identify offensive memes

      Facebook creates AI to identify offensive memes

      It is impossible for Facebook’s moderators to possibly look through every single image that gets posted on the enormous platform to keep its community safe from "inappropriate or harmful content." The social media, however, may have found how to handle such monumental task. In a blog post published today, three company employees explain that Facebook has already begun testing in the wild a new sophisticated artificial intelligence tool: Rosetta.

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    • Samsung releases tracker with LTE support

      Samsung releases tracker with LTE support

      Let's be real, keeping track of all your belongings can be a real challenge sometimes. Well, Samsung's new device aims to help you out. Company's SmartThings Tracker is a small, white puck that can help you monitor the location of whatever you want - keys, phone, bag, pets, kids – anything you can attach it to. Residing inside is a GPS tracker, battery, and an LTE-based cellular network.

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    • Bulgarian forum gathers Amazon, Alibaba, Google in one place

      Bulgarian forum gathers Amazon, Alibaba, Google in one place

      The leaders of over 80 world-class companies, holding investment portfolios of more than $100m, such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Space X, Alibaba, Salesforce, Amazon, Ebay, Yandex, Dell, Twitter, LinkedIn, Oracle, Vimeo, Booking, Space X and venture capital funds, will share their experience, inspirations and business development ideas at the Innowave Summit 2018 in Varna. The forum, which has earned its reputation as one of the best and largest high-tech conferences in Southeastern Europe, will be held in the Palace of Culture and Sports in Bulgaria’s 'Black Sea capital'on 19-20 October.

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    • Ambulance drone wins major award

      Ambulance drone wins major award

      A prestigious $20,000 prize has been won by Italian engineer for the design the of a futuristic ‘drone ambulance’. The 34-year-old Vincenzo Navanteri was awarded the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Grant at the 2nd FAI International Drones Conference and Expo held in Lausanne on 1 September 2018.

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