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ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful

Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that […]

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ProBeat: Dating is Facebook’s first Instagram integration

Facebook Dating launched in the U.S. this week. That’s a big deal in and of itself, but for the company as a whole, one detail is much more significant than it might seem at first swipe. The real news here is the addition of Instagram integration. The U.S. is a massive market, of course, and […]

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ProBeat: Google may want to save Huawei’s Mate 30 launch

Huawei is expected to launch its Mate 30 smartphones, successors to the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, on September 18 in Munich, Germany. The unveiling will not be just another smartphone event. The launch will directly test the unintended consequences of the U.S. government’s ban on Huawei products. There are three possibilities here. Huawei […]

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ProBeat: Breakthrough or BS, Amazon’s Rekognition is dangerous

Like all tech giants, Amazon is regularly criticized for various policies and practices. But no issue has been as contentious this year as selling its facial recognition tech Rekognition to law enforcement. Never mind that a growing chorus of AI experts are calling for facial recognition systems to be regulated. Amazon is eagerly developing surveillance […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft and Samsung move like molasses

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t say anything significant at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked this week. You could argue he didn’t have to. The CEO of a $1 trillion company showing up to your event is enough to make a statement. And the statement is that Microsoft and Samsung are strengthening their partnership in a variety of […]

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ProBeat: Google and Samsung aren’t listening to smartphone buyers

In addition to the news that the market is still declining, there were two notable developments in smartphone land this week. First, Google detailed more Pixel 4 features, including Face Unlock and Motion Sense. Second, Samsung saw even more leaks of the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note+, including the dongle. What do these tidbits have […]

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ProBeat: Poor Galaxy Fold sales will still be a success for Samsung

Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold in February, only to delay its release a week ahead of its planned April launch. Delaying the phone that opens into a tablet was the right call — launching with multiple screen issues or canceling outright would have both been disasters. This week, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold would ship […]

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ProBeat: Netflix’s abysmal Q2 2019 was no blip

Netflix reported a horrible second quarter this week. You may have seen some of the numbers or headlines. The company is spinning the quarter as an anomaly, but Q2 2019 could be a sign of things to come. Netflix predicted it would add 5 million subscribers this past quarter. Instead, the streaming giant added 2.7 […]

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ProBeat: Apple’s Drive.ai acquisition proves nothing new

This week was another whirlwind in AI news. But one story particularly stood out to me: the collapse of self-driving car startup Drive.ai. In the span of just a few hours, we learned Drive.ai will be ceasing all operations, laying off 90 employees … and was acquired by Apple. This is big news, no doubt. […]

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ProBeat: Tablets were always doomed

This week we learned that Google was giving up on tablets. The company will instead focus on Chrome OS laptops like the Pixelbook. Anyone paying attention to Google’s tablet business should not be surprised. Plus, tablets are dying a slow death anyway. Tablets did not end up delivering as promised. The form factor never took […]

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ProBeat: Google finally admits single camera defeat with Pixel 4

New Pixel phones always leak long before they are announced in October. Last year, the Pixel 3 leaked more than any flagship in recent memory. So this time, after the first Pixel 4 leaks began, Google tweeted an official image of the Pixel 4’s back. “Well, since there seems to be some interest, here you […]

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ProBeat: YouTube is no better than Facebook or Twitter

What a whirlwind week of YouTube news. On Monday, the spotlight shone on YouTube’s pedophilia problem. On Tuesday, YouTube decided that homophobic slurs don’t violate its policies. And then on Wednesday, YouTube banned videos promoting groups that claim superiority to justify discrimination and videos that deny factual catastrophes. Also on Wednesday, YouTube decided that it […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft’s modern OS is too good to be true

Microsoft hosted a keynote at Computex 2019 this week. As always, the company talked up the latest Windows 10 hardware. But then Nick Parker, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of consumer and device sales, started to describe a “modern OS.” He wasn’t talking about Windows 10. The keynote wasn’t livestreamed, but Parker kindly summarized it all […]

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