Phone firms turn to artificial intelligence at top mobile fair

Phone makers will seek to seduce new buyers with artificial intelligence functions and other innovations at the world’s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain. Along with launches of new smartphones from major players like Huawei and LG, two former giants — Nokia and Blackberry — will attempt to make a comeback with new devices. Nokia is reportedly set to […]

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Beware of Google Chrome scam that could inject malware into your computer

A Google Chrome scam that could infect your computer with malware continues to pose a threat to users, according to cybersecurity experts. Last month security company Proofpoint warned that hackers can inject script into poorly-protected web pages. The script, which targets the Chrome browser on Windows, rewrites the compromised website on the victim’s browser to make the page unreadable and […]

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Disney develops room with ‘ubiquitous wireless’ charging

Disney Research is taking wireless charging to a whole new level. The scientific and tech arm of the entertainment giant has built a prototype room with “ubiquitous wireless power delivery” that allows several devices to be charged wirelessly in much the way we get internet access through Wi-Fi. By tapping quasistatic cavity resonance, researchers discovered they could generate magnetic fields […]

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Send Money With Transferwise

International money transfer service TransferWise Ltd. has announced an integration with Facebook Inc.’s Messenger that will let people set up foreign exchange transactions over the chat service. London-based TransferWise launched the technology as a bot — a piece of automation software that understands natural language — baked within Messenger. The bot, which is free to use and doesn’t affect prices […]

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China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

Each winter, hundreds of AI researchers from around the world convene at the annual meeting of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Last year, a minor crisis erupted over the schedule, when AAAI announced that 2017’s meeting would take place in New Orleans in late January. The location was fine. The dates happened to conflict with Chinese New […]

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Google adds voice-activated shopping, taking on Amazon

Google announced Thursday it was launching voice-activated shopping from its artificial intelligence-powered Home speaker, in a direct challenge to Amazon’s Alexa devices. Users can simply tell the speaker to order items — diapers, paper towels, or trash bags, for example, and get delivery from any of dozens of participating retailers. “If picking up paper towels or stocking up on coffee […]

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Facebook is coming to your TV

Facebook wants to be a bigger part of your living room. On Tuesday, the social network said it’s launching an app for set-top boxes, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. The app will let you watch all the videos you’d normally watch on Facebook on a bigger screen. That includes Facebook Live videos, as well as […]

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