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Facebook will bring AR ads to the News Feed fall 2019

Would you interact with a digital ad featuring polls, games, augmented reality (AR), or some Frankensteinian combination of the three? Facebook seems to think so. The social network this morning announced it will broadly launch three new ad units on its platform, starting with polls and playable ads in the mobile News Feed and followed […]

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Skillprint studies how you play games to unlock your hidden skills

Play games, unlock your inner superpowers, and win at life. That’s the idea behind Skillprint, a startup that uses advanced analytics to study how you play games and uses that information to discern your personality and what kind of jobs might be right for you. Skillprint plans to use entertaining mobile games to help people […]

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Huawei unveils Mate 30 series with no mention of Google or Android

It’s a curious time for Huawei, which only weeks ago announced new products as the U.S. contemplated lifting trade restrictions on it and its subsidiaries. Escalating tensions with China threaten to put the kibosh on easement plans in the near term, and Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei estimates the resulting ost revenue at $30 […]

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Xcode reveals Apple S5 chip is a rebadged S4, iPhone 11s have 4GB RAM

Apple’s new device marketing tends to be aggressive every year in marketing system-on-chip improvements, which made this year’s silence on the Apple Watch Series 5’s S5 processor noteworthy: The company said little more than that it exists. Now its development tool Xcode is spilling the details on chip-level improvements to the new Apple Watch, iPad, […]

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All the privacy issues Apple didn’t talk about at its annual event, and why they matter

A watch that actually tells time, all the time. Portrait mode for pets. Slofies. Apple’s annual shiny-new-toys event last week was packed with glitzy news from Apple as usual. These features are fun, but something’s been troubling me for the last few days since those announcements: something that was almost completely ignored for the entire […]

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Uber begins mapping public roads in Dallas for its self-driving systems

Uber’s self-driving cars are heading south for the winter, in a manner of speaking. The ride-hailing giant today revealed that its Advanced Technologies Group will kick off manual driving in Dallas, Texas this November, with the goal of developing high-definition maps and capturing scenerios that can be recreated in simulation and on test tracks. It’s […]

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Amazon open-sources its Topical Chat data set of over 4.7 million words

Way back in April, Amazon announced its intention to publish a data set — the Topical Chat data set — of crowdsourced human conversations to teams competing in the annual Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge competition. It finally made good on that promise today with the release on Github of more than 235,000 utterances containing […]

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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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GitLab raises $268 million at a $2.7 billion valuation

DevOps powerhouse GitLab has raised $268 million in a series E round of funding led by Goldman Sachs and Iconiq Capital, with participation from both new and existing investors including Y Combinator Continuity Fund, in what is likely to be the company’s final fundraising effort before going public next year. Additionally, GitLab said it is […]

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Google schedules Pixel 4 hardware event for October 15

Google today sent out invites for an October 15 hardware event in New York City. The company will almost certainly detail its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones at the annual Made by Google event. We say “detail” because Google has already shown off the devices in response to the first Pixel 4 leaks. […]

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New AI technique targets Alexa’s contextual understanding

Dialogue state tracking, or estimating and keeping tabs on a person’s goals throughout a multiturn conversation, is one of the ways Alexa figures out what’s being requested of it. By combining conversation history with the most recent command, Amazon’s intelligent assistant can better map slot names — the price of a hotel or its star […]

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What Japanese American history can teach us about diversity and immigrants in the workplace

More than 75 years ago, amid the hysteria of World War II, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in detention centers across the U.S. GuideSpark CEO Keith Kitani became intimately familiar with that history, as it affected his own parents and extended family. They were held against their will in one of the greatest […]

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How software testing firm Testlio transitioned to its new CEO

Back in 2017, Kristel Kruustük told us her inspiring story about starting her software testing company, Testlio. Kruustük and her husband Marko Kruustük started Testlio in 2012, and within five years they had built it up into a global testing company with more than a thousand freelance testers. But in the past year the company […]

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AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that’s specific to their business. It’s a great win for them internally, but not exactly the most compelling news in and […]

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Voyage raises $31 million to commercialize community-focused autonomous taxis

Voyage, a self-driving car startup that spun-out of online education giant Udacity back in 2017, has raised $31 million in a series B round of funding led by Franklin Templeton, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. Voyage is one of many companies working to bring autonomous vehicles […]

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Video: Publishing indie games the Devolver Digital way

This video is made possible by Intel’s GameDev BOOST program — dedicated to helping indie game developers everywhere achieve their dreams. In the last decade, Devolver Digital has redefined what it means to be an indie publisher. It has an eclectic portfolio that spans every game genre imaginable. And the company credits its success to one […]

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iOS 13 reveals iPhone-tethered Apple AR glasses with a controller

Regardless of whatever other augmented reality hardware solutions Apple might have been working on, the company’s immediate path forward appears to be iPhone-dependent AR glasses with a handheld controller, rather than a standalone platform. That’s the biggest surprise developers Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have discovered in newly-released versions of iOS 13 and XCode 11, which […]

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Google’s VideoBERT predicts what will happen next in videos

Recognizing activities and anticipating which might come next is easy enough for humans, who make such predictions subconsciously all the time. But machines have a tougher go of it, particularly where there’s a relative dearth of labeled data. (Action-classifying AI systems typically train on annotations paired with video samples.) That’s why a team of Google […]

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Apple’s By Innovation Only event established Samsung as the trailblazer

While Apple’s media events are always polished, Samsung’s can be downright hard to watch — awkward pacing and confusion are practically givens every time. Yet even as a long-time Apple user, I must concede that the companies’ respective events have firmly established Samsung as the consumer electronics innovator to watch in 2020, thanks largely to […]

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