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Google’s Pixel 3a’s specs, price, features have near perfect timing given 4G to 5G transition

Google’s move to launch the Pixel 3a for $399 is a package that offers solid specifications and camera for an affordable price, timely Android updates and Google Assistant and other staples. But biggest Pixel 3a attribute is near perfect timing. Timing? The Pixel 3a has some good timing. If you haven’t noticed the smartphone market is getting pricey for premium… Read more →

Google I/O: From "AI first" to AI working for everyone

Thanks to advances in AI, Google is moving beyond its core mission of “organizing the world’s information,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday. “We are moving from a company that helps you find answers to a company that helps you get things done,” Pichai said in his Google I/O keynote address. “We want our products to work harder for you… Read more →

Google says it will address AI, machine learning model bias with technology called TCAV

Algorithms will need transparency governance to avoid unintended consequences and risk ZDNet’s Larry Dignan caught up with Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar to talk about his book, “A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence” and his arguments for transparency and regulation for algorithms and artificial intelligence and what companies need to do to avoid unintended consequences. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the… Read more →

Workday Unifies Approach to Machine Learning, Analytics and Planning

The tenth annual Workday Innovation Summit, held April 22-24 in Sausalito, CA, brought more than the sweeping San Francisco skyline into focus. Workday shared its vision for providing machine learning (ML) and analytics across its platform while also broadening planning capabilities accelerated by last year’s acquisition of Adaptive Insights. Workday is known first and foremost for its human capital management… Read more →

Google sees next-gen Duplex, Assistant as next step in taking over your tasks

Google on Tuesday announced it’s extending Duplex, a version of its AI-powered Google Assistant to tasks on the Web. Google also announced a next-generation version of Google Assistant that, thanks to advances in deep learning, functions with nearly zero latency The new virtual assistant functionality was announced at Google I/O, the annual developer conference held in Google’s home town of… Read more →

Apple CEO Tim Cook touts enterprise augmented reality as Apple, SAP further integrate

Apple CEO Tim Cook and SAP CEO Bill McDermott Apple CEO Tim Cook touted use of augmented reality in manufacturing, retail and other industries as part of an expanded partnership with SAP. “AR and ML will be key to delivering the right information to the right person at the right time,” said Cook. Cook took the stage with SAP CEO… Read more →

Cloud computing and AI: Can IBM finally catch the wave this time around?

Quantum computing: IBM Q network gets new partners in academia IBM is laying down the groundwork for quantum advances and ensuring there are people able to work in the field. It’s easy to see that IBM’s current annual revenues of $79.95bn have put it back where it was in 1998, when its revenues were $81.67bn: the numbers are on the… Read more →

Linux 5.1 arrives

What’s holding the Linux desktop back? Linus Torvalds looks to Chromebooks and Android for the future of the Linux desktop, while Linux Mint developers aren’t happy with each other. Linux 5.1, wrote Linux Torvalds, “looks very normal with just over 13k commits (plus another 1k+ if you count merges). Which is pretty much our normal size these days.” Normal is… Read more →

Rio de Janeiro metro enables contactless payments

Rio de Janeiro’s underground system has rolled out contactless payments in a partnership with Visa and other local and international providers. The technology is in place across all of Metro Rio’s 41 stations. The offering is underpinned by Visa’s Secure Access Module platform, which allows acceptance of any card, mobile phone or near field communication (NFC)-enabled device and eliminated the… Read more →

Hell freezing over? Microsoft readies its own Linux for Windows

Microsoft Build 2019: Azure, Microsoft Graph, IoT and IE mode highlights ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley handicaps Microsoft’s vision to lead with its three core clouds: Azure, Microsoft 365 and gaming. Here’s the plan and other goodies developers will get. Read more: Believe it or not, Jack Hammons, Microsoft Program Manager, just wrote, “Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer,… Read more →

Facebook wipes out more Russian political activity, ‘inauthentic’ accounts

Facebook’s safety overhaul begins with new features for Messenger Facebook debuts some of the intimate yet robust sharing experiences that will put Messenger at the center of Facebook’s more privacy-focused future. Facebook has taken down multiple Russian Pages, accounts, and Groups that are being used to manipulate political discussions relating to military activity in Ukraine. On Monday, the social networking… Read more →

Chinese hackers were using NSA malware a year before Shadow Brokers leak

A Chinese cyber-espionage group had used NSA malware more than a year before the Shadow Brokers leaked the same exploits online, exposing them to the whole world, according to US cyber-security firm Symantec. The group –tracked by cyber-security vendors under names such as Buckeye, APT3, Gothic Panda, TG-011, and UPS– is infamous after US authorities charged three hackers in late… Read more →