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Amazon re:MARS heads to the desert to talk AI, automation, and space

Amazon re:MARS heads to the desert to talk AI, automation, and space

Amazon has announced that it'll be heading to Las Vegas later this year to host a new conference centered around AI, automation, and space. The event, which has been dubbed re:MARS, will run for four days in June and Amazon claims it will "bring together innovative minds with diverse skill sets." Those who are excited for the future of AI might want to consider registering for the event, even if attending means heading into the desert in the middle of summer.

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Alexa gets professional newscaster voice for reading news briefs

Alexa gets professional newscaster voice for reading news briefs

Back in November, word surfaced that Amazon was working on a proper newscaster voice for Alexa, which it would be used when reading the news. Unlike the assistant's regular voice, the newscaster voice features the same intonation and emphasis used by professionals when delivering the news. As of today, Alexa users in the US can now access that newscaster voice.

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Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Tipped this morning in a report from South Korea is a new element in the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup called Life Pattern. This Life Pattern feature will appear in the most expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 model, the Samsung Galaxy S10 X. That model will also feature 5G connectivity - where available, and more importantly, WHEN available. We've begun narrowing down the Galaxy S10 X release date range as well.

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AI and drones give farmers an edge as SeeTree takes off

AI and drones give farmers an edge as SeeTree takes off

The smart farmer may want to park a drone next to their tractor, with startup SeeTree promising to use AI and sensor-packed UAVs to bring big data to agriculture. Hovering out of stealth mode today, SeeTree is promising to make a new "intelligence network" for trees, as a way to squeeze more efficiency out of food production.

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US Army considers using AI to speed up weapons systems

US Army considers using AI to speed up weapons systems

The U.S. Army is considering the use of artificial intelligence for some weapons, its acquisitions assistant secretary revealed late last week. Officials are cautioning against policies that restrict its ability to use AI for these systems, arguing that such limitations will prevent it from developing weapons that can adequately compete against potential threats from advanced foreign powers.

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Livio AI hearing aids get fall detection, heart rate monitoring, voice assistant

Livio AI hearing aids get fall detection, heart rate monitoring, voice assistant

The Livio AI hearing aid from Starkey Hearing Technologies has received an update that adds fall detection, heart rate measurement, a new assistant built on Google Assistant, and other new features. The abilities put Livio AI hearing aids nearly on par with smartwatches and activity trackers, bringing advanced features and functionality not available on competing hearing aid products.

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OBSBOT Tail AI camera tracks your unforgettable dances and stunts

OBSBOT Tail AI camera tracks your unforgettable dances and stunts

Smartphone cameras are getting more sophisticated and more powerful these days and their AI-powered features and autofocus capabilities are becoming even more reliable. But no matter how good a smartphone camera may be, it still requires someone to hold it if you want to film your award-winning performances or death-defying stunts. Sometimes, the best smartphone camera for the job is not a smartphone camera. It’s really a job for Remo’s OBSBOT Tail, dubbed the world’s first Auto-Director AI Camera.

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Intel tech powers Reslove’s TrailGuard AI camera to stop poachers

Intel tech powers Reslove’s TrailGuard AI camera to stop poachers

One of the big dangers facing some protected and endangered species in Africa is poachers. To help detect and stop poachers before they kill animals, a company called Resolve has unveiled a new Trailguard AI camera. That camera uses Intel-powered AI technology that allows the detection of poachers entering wildlife reserves in Africa.

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Google Assistant can now directly donate to major charities

Google Assistant can now directly donate to major charities

Google now provides its users with another way to make donations to major charities: Google Assistant. As of now, Google Assistant users can use their voice to donate to a supported charity. The new feature follows the launch of a donation hub within the Google Play Store earlier this year, further simplifying things with the option to simply say, "Hey Google, donate to charity."

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Lily smart speaker is a personal Chinese language AI tutor

Lily smart speaker is a personal Chinese language AI tutor

A crowdfunded smart speaker called Lily is a personal Chinese language tutor, according to the team behind it. This is the first smart speaker designed to teach language learners how to speak Chinese, doing so in a natural way that includes interactive conversations and vocabulary-based language games. The team behind the speaker anticipates launching Lily in March.

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Google Assistant was the smartest AI in 2018, but others are catching up

Google Assistant was the smartest AI in 2018, but others are catching up

Loup Ventures has published its annual smart speaker IQ test results, revealing how the four big personal assistant AIs performed when asked 800 questions each. Compared to the previous year, three products saw the biggest gain in IQ points and were able to answer a substantially higher percentage of questions versus 2017. However, Google Assistant still beat them all across the board.

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Android 9 Pie and Bixby 2.0 for Galaxy S9, S8 and Note 8 release dated

Android 9 Pie and Bixby 2.0 for Galaxy S9, S8 and Note 8 release dated

Samsung is preparing to roll out the latest iteration of Android and its Bixby AI to more devices, with the contentious smart assistant being added to handsets like the Galaxy S9. The company launched the upgraded Bixby as a headline feature of the Galaxy Note 9 earlier this year, and is likely to be just as vital a component in the Galaxy S10 smartphone expected to launch early in 2019.

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