Artificial Intelligence

LG 2018 TV lineup boasts OLED, Super UHD LCD, ThinQ AI

LG 2018 TV lineup boasts OLED, Super UHD LCD, ThinQ AI

Hot on the heels of Samsung’s announcement of its 2018 QLED roster, LG is also making its own team to take on the TV market. But while Samsung is fully committed to its QLED display technology, almost to the exclusion of others, LG is embracing both OLED and LCD in all their forms. But more than just touting image quality, LG’s 2018 TV models are embracing the smart home generation with LG’s newly rebranded ThinQ AI platform.

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The next big thing in tech is Trust

The next big thing in tech is Trust

When Apple introduced the iPhone, they rightly assumed that the next generation would be willing to carry their identity in their pocket. In the very near future, companies like Google and Amazon will profit from their assumption that we're willing to go one step further. In the very near future, users will trust their entire identity to the cloud. Not only this, but they'll trust a company to tell them information they'd have otherwise had to have researched themselves.

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Bragi nanoAI brings headphone company closer to true goals

Bragi nanoAI brings headphone company closer to true goals

AI and machine learning is everywhere but, as far as end users are concerned, majority of them are in phones or smart speakers. Some, like Sony, have tried to put AI assistants in earbuds. Bragi, most popular for its intelligent DASH wireless earbuds, are going beyond that. It has announced its new nanoAI, but more than just creating yet another smart assistant or even smart earbuds, Bragi is building a platform for other businesses to build theirs around Bragi’s audio technologies instead.

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Xiaomi Cortana smart speaker in works amid Microsoft AI deal

Xiaomi Cortana smart speaker in works amid Microsoft AI deal

With smart speakers featuring Alexa, Google Assistant, and now even Siri on shelves, it's certainly felt like it was only a matter of time before we'd see one featuring Cortana. Though Microsoft's smart assistant is limited to the Cortana app on smartphones, she's a rather central part of the Windows 10 experience for most people, so a speaker boasting her capabilities would make sense. A new partnership between Xiaomi and Microsoft might bring about such a speaker, with a larger focus on AI services in general for the two companies.

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Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

Huawei gets weird and dangerous for auto AI at MWC

The folks at Huawei have either lost their minds or are on to something pretty fantastic. They've gone and given one of their smartphones the keys to a vehicle. This smartphone's processor needed to be able to use the device's camera to see obstacles in front of it to know when to turn to avoid said obstacles. If the smartphone failed, the dog would be destroyed.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro AI controls self-driving car, avoids dogs

Huawei Mate 10 Pro AI controls self-driving car, avoids dogs

Huawei has been touting the AI capabilities of its new Kirin 970, first seen in the Huawei Mate 10 series. With a built-in neural processing unit, the Mate 10’s AI feature was designed to identify objects and scenes to automatically adjust camera settings. But in order to prove just how accurate that AI is, Huawei has taken things to the extreme. It hooked up a Mate 10 Pro to a modified Porsche Panamera not only to identify objects on the road but to also steer the makeshift self-driving car to avoid them.

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Lighthouse AI security camera takes on Nest

Lighthouse AI security camera takes on Nest

Google's Nest and Amazon aren't the only companies working on smart security cameras, with Lighthouse's AI-packing camera finally available to buy. Like the Essential Phone, it's another product out of Andy Rubin's Playground accelerator, aiming to take advantage of artificial intelligence to spot potential intruders while ignoring pets and changes in lighting.

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Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung Bixby coming to TVs, washing machines, appliances

Samsung is never one to make a U-turn on something new product or feature it has put out, no matter how useless or derided it may have become. It took years for it to finally sunset S Voice, for example, or slim down and rename TouchWiz. Of course, persistence may also pay off in giving something new and imperfect a chance to grow and potentially become better. Samsung is taking that chance with its AI assistant Bixby, which it will be pushing to anyone who buys a Smart TV or smart washing from the company this year.

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2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

2018 LG V30 smartphone AI takes a page from Samsung Bixby

LG might be sitting MWC 2018 in terms of announcing its 2018 flagship, but that doesn’t mean it will be coming to Barcelona empty-handed. Yes, it will be presenting a “refreshed” LG V30 called, not the V30s but the 2018 LG V30. And, yes, it will be featuring some AI functionality. Don’t worry, though, because LG happily hasn’t gone overboard the way its rival has. But the new smartphone AI features will be adding to the 2018 V30 and other phones will easily be compared to what Samsung’s Bixby has been promising to offer.

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Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Bixby Vision real-time text translation tipped with Google Translate

Samsung's Bixby AI will be getting some new capabilities in the future, and rumor has it that real-time translates are among them. The assistant already offers translations of written text via Bixby Vision, but Samsung is gearing up to add real-time translation, sources claim. The AI may soon also be equipped with better recognition of landmarks and other notable destinations.

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Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google just offered its magical machine learning chips to all

Google is no longer hoarding its artificial intelligence chips to itself, offering its Cloud TPUs for users wanting smarter processing in the cloud. Dubbed machine learning accelerators, the Cloud TPUs are custom hardware chipsets of Google's own creation, used for everything from recognizing the same people across a host of different photos, though to making safe driving inferences from autonomous car data.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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