Artificial Intelligence

Google Smart Displays release dates and details

Google Smart Displays release dates and details

Google Assistant for Smart Displays was announced this week in further detail than we saw earlier this year. CES 2018 played host to a couple Smart Display devices - now we get to see what they're capable of. The first demonstration focused entirely on watching video - live video - with YouTube TV.

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Google Research becomes Google AI as machine learning obsession grows

Google Research becomes Google AI as machine learning obsession grows

A company as big as Google has the resources to focus on a lot of different endeavors, but for Google, AI is quickly becoming one of the biggest. In addition to things like Search and Android, we've seen AI become a big initiative over at Google in recent years. Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that Google has decided to re-brand its research arm as Google AI.

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The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

The HoloLens 2 secret sauce just got revealed

Microsoft's reboot of Kinect may be giving drones smarter vision and bringing AI to edge computing, but it'll also be at the heart of the next-generation HoloLens 2. Unveiled during Build 2018 this morning, the new Project Kinect for Azure combines an updated version of Microsoft's time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor with new AI talents.

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Microsoft AI for Accessibility is a $25m fund for smart disability tech

Microsoft AI for Accessibility is a $25m fund for smart disability tech

Microsoft is launching AI for Accessibility, a $25m program to fund ways to leverage artificial intelligence to the benefit of those with disabilities. Announced at Build 2018 today, the five year scheme will fund and support projects that use AI to alleviate the impact of being blind, deaf, and more.

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Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft’s AI sensor gift to devs

Project Kinect for Azure is Microsoft’s AI sensor gift to devs

Kinect is back, and it wants to make the Internet of Things smarter and less reliant on the cloud. Microsoft has taken the wraps off Project Kinect for Azure today at Build 2018, its annual developer event, and if you thought uses for the fiendishly clever depth-sensing camera began and ended with Xbox gaming, think again.

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At Build 2018, Microsoft’s vision of AI and the Edge

At Build 2018, Microsoft’s vision of AI and the Edge

"The world is a computer." So says Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft as the company opens its Build 2018 developer conference today. It's an important time for the software giant, buoyed by the growth of the cloud but looking to extend that success as needs both niche and wide-spread get more and more demanding. That means more security, more storage, and more devices.

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Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Google I/O 2018: What to expect from Google this year

Formally, Google I/O is the company annual event to connect with developers as well as partners spanning its entire platform and product range. It is also a time for Google to share its direction not just for specific products but for the company as a whole as well. So while the schedule and topics of talks are public, its grand vision, expressed in keynotes, is still under wraps. Given Google's focus these past months, however, we can pretty much predict what it will be delivering on stage in a few hours.

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Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

After bringing Where’s Waldo to Google Maps last month, Google is back with another fun time waster, this time based on AI and emoji. It's a scavenger hunt that can be played on any phone, and it uses machine learning to identify real world objects and match them with an emoji. To play, just head over to emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com using a phone's browser to play.

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Google Assistant can now buy movie tickets for you

Google Assistant can now buy movie tickets for you

Google wants to help you see your favorite movies with only minimal effort, and so it has updated Assistant with a new feature: the ability to buy movie tickets for you. The company revealed the feature today as part of a thinly veiled Star Wars promo, explaining that anyone can use Google Assistant to get showtime info, then proceed from there.

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LG G7 ThinQ: What you need to know

LG G7 ThinQ: What you need to know

The LG G7 ThinQ was a poorly-kept secret, but the bigger question is how this new Android phone fits in with the rest of LG's range and the smartphone segment as a whole. It's not short on buzzwords, certainly, with LG name-checking AI and promising tech to keep audiophiles, photographers, and even notch-haters satisfied. Read on for what you need to know.

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F8 2018 day 2 puts new Facebook AI in the spotlight

F8 2018 day 2 puts new Facebook AI in the spotlight

Mark Zuckerberg may have spent much of the Facebook F8 2018 opening keynote on handling the social network's privacy fallout, but day two sees the tech - and AI and machine learning - come right to the fore. The second day keynote at the social site's annual developer event is, arguably, always more interesting from a geeky perspective.

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Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google Assistant Investment fund offers cash for AI startups

Google is launching a Google Assistant Investment program, offering financial and technical support to companies wanting to build on its AI platform and in its cloud. Unveiled along with four initial recipients, the new program is part of Google's attempt to encourage more Assistant-powered hardware and Actions, and preferably lure people away from Alexa in the process.

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