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Logitech Scribe is an AI-powered whiteboard for online meetings and hybrid learning

Logitech Scribe is an AI-powered whiteboard for online meetings and hybrid learning

Logitech has announced a new product created specifically to produce a more equitable meeting experience for remote participants both at work and in the classroom. The product is called Logitech Scribe and is compatible with Microsoft Teams and Zoom with the ability to broadcast whiteboard content into video meetings with clarity. Logitech says that Scribe can virtually transport everyone into the same room.

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XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector Review – Smart Entertainment

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector Review – Smart Entertainment

COVID-19 countermeasures last year has seen a surge in purchases of consumer electronics and home entertainment products, from laptops to gaming console to large TVs. Not everyone, however, might have the luxury of a large living room or large area to set up such a TV or, perhaps, they value flexibility and portability just as much as picture quality. Fortunately, consumers today don't have to make a choice between the two and opt for something like the new XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector that adds just a pinch of smartness to take away the drudgery of having to set up and position the projector perfectly every time you move it around.

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Google Assistant will be smarter about names and contexts

Google Assistant will be smarter about names and contexts

Smart assistants sound almost magical in what they're able to do at our command but they are all powered by computers and code behind the scenes. Unfortunately, computers can actually be quite dumb sometimes, especially with things we take for granted because they come so naturally to us humans. That's especially true with the names we give to our friends and acquaintances. Unsurprisingly, that has also been one of Google Assistant's weaknesses but Google will soon let you fix that by teaching it how those names really sound.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Google Play Store app install optimization rolls out

Google Play Store app install optimization rolls out

Google has always been banking on AI and machine learning to help improve its process in lieu of manpower. Machine learning, however, always requires more data to learn from, and there is perhaps no better source of millions of pieces of data than the millions of Android users out there. One such example is in optimizing how apps are downloaded and installed, a federated learning feature that Google has now started rolling out to Android users.

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Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Anker’s new AI smart webcam is made for working from home

Old-school webcams don't cut it when you're working from home in a job that requires frequent face-to-face communications. The latest company to get in on the smart webcam market is Anker with its newly announced AnkerWork-brand PowerConfC300 AI webcam and PowerConfS500 portable conference speaker. Among other things, users can expect smart video framing and three different FOV options.

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Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens has long been a handy tool that demonstrates the strength of Google's various computer vision and AI capabilities. It has, however, mostly been limited to its smartphone incarnation where it admittedly has the most opportunities to be used. Google Lens, however, also has some features that can be useful even when not used in real-time, like when looking at images already stored on your computer. Thankfully, Google is slowly bringing those features to the desktop via Google Photos on a desktop web browser.

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Arm v9 sets its sights on AI and specialized computing

Arm v9 sets its sights on AI and specialized computing

Some people, especially those keeping tabs on the tech world, might be more familiar with chips under names like Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung Exynos, Huawei HiSilicon Kirin, or the newest kid on the block, Apple Silicon M1. Underlying all those, however, is the Arm (formerly ARM) computing architecture, a.k.a. CPU instruction set, that practically runs all of the world's mobile phones, many embedded computers like those in IoT and networking products, and quite a few supercomputers. The latest Arm version, Armv8 (ARMv8), has been around for nearly a decade but now the company has announced its successor that, thanks to recent trends in the market, is putting a bigger focus on security, AI, and what it calls specialized computing.

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Google Assistant to improve its hearing through federated learning

Google Assistant to improve its hearing through federated learning

Smart assistants like Siri have once been the butt of jokes when it comes to mishearing their activation hotwords. Users eventually realized, however, how those mistakes can cost them, especially when it came to potential privacy problems and embarrassing situations. The companies behind these smart assistants are always trying to improve how they properly detect hotwords and Google is now trying to practically crowdsource the data Google Assistant needs to learn from but without going through the potentially messy and controversial route of the cloud.

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DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA Air Combat Evolution program is on track for live flights this year

DARPA has a collaborative air combat autonomy program that has made significant strides in recent months. The program is called Air Combat Evolution (ACE), and DARPA has announced that it's halfway through phase 1. During its progress so far, ACE has eclipsed several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aerial dogfights in phase 2 later this year.

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Microsoft Garage Group Transcribe tries to make meeting notes obsolete

Microsoft Garage Group Transcribe tries to make meeting notes obsolete

AI-powered transcription services have been around for quite some time now but the transition to online meetings of late have almost made them less useful. More and more businesses, however, are moving back to in-person meetings but with safeguards in place, like masks and physical distancing. That can make automatic transcription harder, forcing some to take notes and lose the flow of the conversation. Microsoft Garage's latest project, however, tries to address that with seemingly magical AI, as long as everyone in the meeting has an iPhone and the Group Transcribe app installed.

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MediaTek MT9638 smart TV chip promises to bring 4K, AI chops

MediaTek MT9638 smart TV chip promises to bring 4K, AI chops

There are dozens of smart or Internet-connected TVs around that bring smartphone-like conveniences to living rooms. Unlike smartphones, most smart TV manufacturers focus on talking about software platforms, image and audio enhancement technologies, or AI-powered feats. All of these are, of course, made possible by a processor hiding deep inside the TV and MediaTek is making sure that everyone knows that its new MT9638 chip will be powering some of the 4K smart TVs that may be gracing your house in the near future.

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