Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom

AI Weekly: Why Google still needs the cloud even with on-device ML

Google held its big annual hardware event Tuesday in New York to unveil the Pixel 4, Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wifi, and Pixel Buds. It was mostly predictable because details about virtually every piece of hardware the company revealed at the event were leaked months in advance, but if Google’s biggest hardware event of […]

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Modern cloud communications platforms are changing how work gets done

Presented by Dialpad There’s a new workplace reality, and it demands the kind of digital transformation too many businesses are dragging their feet in addressing. Work has become agnostic in device and location, with employees increasingly working remotely or embracing the ability to tap into their files and tasks from anywhere they are in the […]

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Pod is a new social network that wants you to meet in person

Have you ever wondered if someone nearby has the same hobbies? Pod is a new social network designed to help its members meet offline. Instead of just connecting online, Pod wants you to meet potential contacts and friends in person. Coming out of stealth today and launching on Android and iOS, Pod hopes its AI […]

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Deutsche Telekom, Covestro, and UID create artistic 5G mmWave antennas

One of the biggest challenges faced by cellular carriers in the 5G era has been winning public approval for the numerous “small cells” required by ultra-high speed millimeter wave networks — the cells often look like plastic pizza boxes or backpacks, and often need to be placed every 600 feet in urban surroundings. Now T-Mobile’s […]

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Zoom rolls out AI-powered transcripts, note-taking features, and more

Conferencing solution company Zoom announced a slew of new features this week at its Zoomtopia 2019 conference in San Jose, California — 300 in total, to be exact. Among the highlights are AI-powered transcripts and meeting notes in Zoom Meetings, in addition to a Zoom Rooms people counter informed by facial recognition. On the Zoom […]

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Google debuts Nest Mini with wall mount and dedicated ML chip

Google Nest today introduced the second-generation version of Nest Mini, its smallest and most popular smart speaker. The Nest Home Mini comes with a wall mount, better bass, and a dedicated machine learning chip so machine learning can run locally on device. The speaker will cost $49 and goes on sale October 22 in 23 […]

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Google unveils Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point with Google Assistant

If you’re in the market for a new router, good news: Google just announced a replacement for its long-in-the-tooth Google Wifi. The new Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point, which debuted at an event in New York City this morning, are a mesh-capable wireless router and beacon set meant to compete with Amazon’s Eero, […]

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Google unveils Pixelbook Go for $649

Google announced the Pixelbook Go this morning at the Made by Google event in New York City, a follow-up to the original Pixelbook that’s improved in nearly every respect. Among the highlights are an all-metal body with a premium finish and Intel processors under the hood, plus a screen up to 4K in resolution complemented […]

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Herow closes $18.6 million round for developers and marketers to serve contextual messages in mobile apps

Herow, a French startup that helps marketers and app developers engage with mobile users with contextual messaging, has said that it closed a $18.6 million series B round of funding from Xerys Fund, Siparex, and Calao Finance. In truth, Herow has only raised a fresh $8 million in funding, given that it apparently closed its […]

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YouPorn’s new Private Sign In feature lets users create anonymous accounts

Adult entertainment giant YouPorn is introducing a new feature called Private Sign In, which allows users to enjoy the benefits of a signed-in experience without having to register any personal information. While users can already access myriad online adult entertainment hubs without registering, they are unable to access key functionality such as personalized recommendations and […]

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Amazon Sidewalk’s success is anything but assured

Amazon unveiled a metric ton of new products this week during an event in Seattle, including a beefed-up Echo and a pair of Alexa-imbued smart glasses. But the practical implications of perhaps the most intriguing reveal — that of Amazon Sidewalk — won’t be borne out for months, and possibly years. If ever. Amazon SVP […]

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OnePlus unveils 55-inch QLED smart TV, launching in India starting at $985

OnePlus has officially unveiled its much-anticipated smart TV, representing the Chinese company’s first proper foray into non-smartphone hardware. The announcement came at the company’s OnePlus 7T smartphone launch in India. OnePlus first revealed plans to launch a TV in September last year, and at the time it asked the public to suggest names for the […]

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Amazon will allow Alexa users to automatically delete voice recordings

Starting today, Alexa Privacy Hub will allow users of the AI assistant to opt-in to have their voice recordings deleted on a 3-month or 18-month basis. New voice commands are also coming soon, like “Alexa, tell me what you heard” to review recordings and “Alexa, why did you do that?” to get an explanation for […]

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Qualcomm shares a practical, compelling vision for 5G’s first 5 years

Qualcomm executives and engineering teams offered countless details at a day-long “Future of 5G” event yesterday, but there was one overarching theme: As the first year of 5G comes to an end, the second year will be all about expansion, and exciting plans are already in place for the following few years. In other words, […]

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AWS launches G4 instances with Nvidia Tesla T4 chips

Back in March, Amazon’s eponymous Amazon Web Services division announced that it would tap Nvidia’s Tesla T4 graphics chips for AI inference, and it said it’d make up to eight of them available per customer via G4 instances in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Today, it made good on that promise with the launch […]

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Google to spend $3 billion on European datacenters

(Reuters) – Google will make an additional investment of 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) over the next two years to expand its European data centers, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in Finland. The investment plan includes an additional 600 million euros investment in the Hamina data center in Finland, bringing total investment in the site […]

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Facebook’s Portal TV lets you watch shows during video calls

The Portal team at Facebook is today introducing its latest generation of devices for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger video calls, augmented reality experiences, and Amazon Alexa interactions with the debut of Portal TV, the 8-inch Portal Mini smart display, and the 10-inch redesigned Portal smart display. With Portal TV, you can watch streaming video together […]

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SoftBank reportedly accelerates Japan’s 5G network plans by 2 years

While carriers in other countries quickly sped up their 5G network rollouts to take advantage of early ratification of the international 5G standard, Japan largely stood still on its plan for a 2020 initial deployment timed to coincide with next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. But Japanese carriers are now beginning to move up their […]

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Qualcomm pays TDK $3.1 billion to fully own 5G RF front-end venture

One of Qualcomm’s important but under-appreciated 5G business areas, RF front-end (RFFE) development, is about to come fully in-house thanks to a multi-billion-dollar deal announced this morning. The San Diego company says that it’s paying $3.1 billion to buy TDK’s remaining interest in an RFFE-focused joint venture called RF360 Holdings, a deal that will enable […]

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You can now answer questions that stump Alexa

In December 2018, Amazon launched Alexa Answers, a service that allows people to share information which might then be distributed to the millions of Alexa users around the world. Amazon describes it as a way for people to address questions that haven’t yet been answered (like nuanced factual queries and those that lack a clear […]

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