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Google launches smart displays with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony

We've been waiting for Google to bring its Assistant to devices with a screen. After all, voice assistants are great -- until you need some visual information..

Google is introducing a new Smart Display platform

Google can show you answers when you ask for them.

Sony’s new Aibo robot just melted the hearts of a room full of jaded tech bloggers

Sony’s CES press conference was a big ole bag of nothing, even by Sony CES press conference standards. But one little bit toward the end did manage to..

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with Spectre fix for Safari

Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update highlights security improvements and Apple “recommends for all users.”

Google launches a new directory to help you discover Assistant actions

Google says you can now perform more than a million actions with the Google Assistant. Those range from looking up photos with Google Photos to starting a..

Google Assistant wants to be everywhere you are in 2018

Look out, Alexa.

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Facebook is Shutting Down M, Its Personal Assistant Service That Combined Humans and AI - Slashdot

The human-enhanced version of M, which was available through a bot on Facebook Messenger, only ever became available to about 2,000 people living in California. The final day of the will be January 19th, Facebook said, and contractors who worked on it will be offered other jobs at the company. First introduced in August 2015, aspects of the service will live on through M suggestions, which offers fully automated suggestions for payments, making plans, and sending stickers through Messenger. When it launched, Facebook described M as a "beta" and suggested the human-powered assistant would come to more users over time. But it never did. Upon shutting down the human-powered M, Facebook described it as an "experiment."

Welcome to CES 2018 also known as Microsoft Cortana's funeral | ZDNet

PC makers start adding Amazon's Alexa to their systems. If Microsoft's Cortana can't win on a Windows PC it's unlikely to reach other touch points in the smart home and office.


Here's how to watch the Monday press conferences from CES 2018

The doors of CES 2018 don't officially open until Tuesday, but there's plenty to keep us busy tomorrow on the show's second and largest Press Day. CNET will be attending a full slate of press conferences, many of which we'll be streaming live so you can follow along from home. We'll be livestreaming all day -- from 8 a.m. PT when things kick off with LG, straight through the end of the Intel keynote at 7:30 a.m. PT.

New Sequoia China investment values Australian design company Canva at $1 billion

Perkins says that Canva sees itself as providing graphic design tools for folks who aren’t graphic designers. Adobe, the monster in the design market, has a suite of incredibly powerful, but incredibly difficult to master, software tools, says Perkins, and Canva is hoping to simplify the process of creating visual assets for folks who can’t devote their lives to learning the ins and outs of Adobe’s software.

Limited Apple Watch controls for select Whirlpool appliances coming in 2018

Whirlpool will add Apple Watch support to its app in 2018, allowing users of the wearable to control more than 20 compatible appliances when the technology is fully deployed. Announced at the Las Vegas 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, users with compatible appliances will be able to check or change oven temperature during a cook cycle, change the type of wash cycle while a clothes washer is in use, or see if a cycle has started or how much time remains on a a cycle. It doesn't appear at this time that the appliance can be turned on remotely by the Apple Watch, though. Appliances listed as compatible with the technology include the Smart Cabrio washer and dryer, the Smart Front Load washer and dryer. At present, it isn't clear which ovens will work with the technology. The Whirlpool app for the iPhone already exists. Apple Watch compatibility will arrive "later this year" according to Cnet .

Intel and Mobileye partner with China’s SAIC on self-driving

Intel is making strides with its China business in the automotive and autonomous driving industry, with new partnerships announced today at CES 2018 with Chinese automaker SAIC, and also with the leading navigational map player in China, called Navinfo to integrate and localize REM data.

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Here's how to watch the Monday press conferences from CES 2018

The doors of CES 2018 don't officially open until Tuesday, but there's plenty to keep us busy tomorrow on the show's second and largest Press Day. CNET will be attending a full slate of press conferences, many of which we'll be streaming live so you can follow along from home. We'll be livestreaming all day -- from 8 a.m. PT when things kick off with LG, straight through the end of the Intel keynote at 7:30 a.m. PT.

Nvidia partners with Uber, Volkswagen in self-driving technology

With Volkswagen, Nvidia said it was infusing its artificial intelligence technology into the German automakers’ future lineup, using their new Drive IX platform. The technology will enable so-called “intelligent co-pilot” capabilities based on processing sensor data inside and outside the car.

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GoPro quits the drone business

In its earnings report today, the company said that although the Karma “reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market.” (Translation: it’s tough to make money selling drones, especially when you’re selling hardly any.) The company also blamed new regulations being mooted in Europe and the US that it claimed would “reduce the total addressable market in the years ahead.”

Toyota teams up with Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut and more on mobility services

Toyota has partnered with a number of companies to form the “e-Palette Alliance,” which is a group intended to help guide its transformation as a mobility services company, and determine how it makes use of its new e-Palette vehicle platform, which is a modular, driverless vehicle intended to suit a number of purposes at once.

Investors push Apple to develop tools to respond to smartphone addiction in youth

Apple’s market capitalization is nearly $900 billion , so the $2 billion stake is relatively small, making up some 0.2 percent. Still, ethical and responsible investment and the longterm payout of that is something big banks like UBS and Goldman Sachs and other investors are betting on. The Journal reports that Apple has shown willingness to use software to address the potentially negative consequences of using its phones. The investors want an easier way to impose usage limits. “Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do,” the letter states. “The potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility.”

Why Google's Fuschia won't replace Android and Chrome OS

I don't believe Google had any idea what Fuchsia was when it was first being developed—beyond proof of concept. At this stage, I think it's obvious Fuchsia is to be their upcoming IoT darling. We know that IoT (in all of its incarnations) continues to grow in demand. With Android being far from the ideal platform to power such devices, Google probably sees the writing on the wall, all spelled out in fuchsia-colored marker. With that in mind, I imagine within the next year or so, we'll start seeing Fuchsia-powered IoT devices produced and sold by Google on the market. These devices will seamlessly integrate with Android to make for a remarkable ecosystem. Imagine your Android mobile device serving as a smart hub for your home, business, and auto—each of which will be made "smart" with the help of Fuchsia.

Samsung at CES 2018: Everything the tech giant announced

Samsung did things a little differently this year. Instead of focusing on product after product, it detailed its vision for what it calls the "Intelligence of Things."

Toyota and Pizza Hut are teaming up to make self-driving cars that could deliver pizza

"We are focused on technology-based solutions that enable our team members and drivers to deliver even better customer experiences," Pizza Hut US president Artie Starrs said in a statement. "With Toyota, we are excited to be partnering with an undisputed leader in human mobility with a reputation for innovation, reliability and efficiency, as we define the pizza delivery experience of the future."

Our first look at Samsung's massive 146-inch 4K MicroLED TV

Last night, Samsung unveiled its vision for the future of the living room: The Wall , a 146-inch 4K TV made up of MicroLED panels. Yes, Samsung is skipping OLED entirely as it moves beyond its "QLED" LCD technology. The company claims The Wall has all of the benefits of OLED, without any of the downsides, like the potential for burn-in and worries about shortened lifespans. Since each pixel is self-emitting, there's no backlight like there is with LCDs, and that means it can deliver brighter whites and pure blacks like OLED.


Intel partners with car makers from Ferrari to Nissan for autonomous driving gear

In the opening keynote for CES 2018, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off some futuristic tech and announced autonomous driving partnerships with BMW, Nissan, Volkswagen, and Ferrari. Krzanich also announced Intel Studios to make immersive media in partnership with Paramount Pictures.

Want Google Assistant in your headphones? JBL is making it affordable

Finally, JBL's sister's brand AKG also has a new pair of in-ear headphones launching at the show. The £999.99 AKG N5005s are unlikely to sit within too many people's budgets, but its five-driver configuration and support for hi-res audio should be enough to pique the interests of most audiophiles. 

HTC shows off the Vive Pro, a high-res headset targeted at ‘premium’ VR users

The Taiwanese company has had a bit of a rough time contending with its larger competitors who don’t have to focus on hardware margins as they build VR products that sell their platform. Aggressive price cuts from Facebook’s Oculus have backed HTC into an awful standing where it has to pitch its comparable headset as a “luxury” alternative to the Rift.

Learning Python: Best free books, tutorials and videos

But where to get started if you want to learn Python? Thankfully there's a wealth of free resources out there, including books, sites, videos, and even courses.

AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones: WSJ

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, has backed off from a deal to sell smartphones made by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

iOS 10.3.3 Compatible Jailbreak Tweaks on Cydia

So you can not only install the jailbreak apps and tweaks, but they should also work. Installing an incompatible jailbreak tweak can create issues on your device, and in some cases, may put your device into a continuous boot loop and force you to restore to the latest iOS firmware to fix the problem.

Ring debuts new indoor/outdoor security cameras and LED lighting

Ring has a few new products on display at CES 2018, including a new version of its Stick Up Cam security camera, and a Stick Up Cam Elite with upgraded features. There’s also new smart lighting it’s offering following the acquisition of Mr. Beams, a company dedicated to creating connected LED lights for use on pathways, as spotlights and in other outdoor capacities.

CES 2018: Garmin Forerunner 645 finally launches with integrated music | ZDNet

Wearables continue to evolve and many runners are looking to leave the phone behind. Garmin just announced its first watch that supports offline music so you get the best of a full GPS sports watch with music to motivate you.

Elgato's new Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock looks ideal for travelers

Elgato’s new Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock looks like a must-have for MacBook owners on the move. The compact and lightweight device boasts a data throughput speed of 40 Gbps and has enough ports to connect all your favorite devices.

L’Oreal’s Ingenious Nail Art Detects Harmful UV Rays

[Photo: L’Oréal] Developed by L’Oreal in conjunction with the wearable tech company MC10 and the design studio Fuseproject, the UV Sense sticks onto a nail like a nail applique, and it measures the UV rays that your body is being subjected to at any given moment. To read this exposure  data, you sync the Sense with your smartphone to via NFC (near field communication) technology, the same thing used for those tap-and-go smartphone payments. The product’s digital interface will be shown at another data.

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

Apple has released three new security updates aimed at protecting Safari and WebKit from the Spectre attack. The three updates make changes to iOS , macOS , and Safari itself , but in each case, the stated goal is protecting Safari and the underlying browser engine against attacks exploiting the recently published Spectre vulnerability.

First Look: Muji’s Debut Hotel (And Restaurant!)

[Photo: Muji] The 79-room hotel is designed around wellness–walking when possible, eating well, sleeping well, and staying fit. The theme positions Muji as a company that’s dedicated to helping you achieve a holistic, healthy lifestyle. That translates into the rooms themselves, which are chock full of–you guessed it–Muji furniture and home goods, often made from simple, natural materials. With offerings of single and double beds, the rooms still do look like a stripped-down version of your average hotel suite, sans the bad patterned carpet, the branded notebooks, and the cliched art. Instead, the floors are wood, the color palette is light, and there’s little branding to be found– true to Muji’s reputation . It’s meant to be a space in which you can relax and rejuvenate without being inundated by too much information or hotel logos.

Improving URLs for AMP pages

. Based on this web standard AMP navigations from Google Search can take advantage of privacy-preserving preloading and the performance of Google’s servers, while URLs remain as the publisher intended and the primary security context of the web, the origin, remains intact. We have built a prototype based on the Chrome Browser and an experimental version of Google Search to make sure it actually does deliver on both the desired UX and performance in real use cases. This step gives us confidence that we have a promising solution to this hard problem and that it will soon become the way that users will encounter AMP content on the web.

10 Questions This Former Apple Recruiter Asks Before Hiring Leaders

Rettig suggests going LinkedIn-free for a while as you assemble this map of organizations and affiliations. “When you jump right into LinkedIn, you get sucked into a very defined and closed universe, and it can constrain your thinking and what you look for. You might not discover whole professional organizations or academic programs that could yield candidates,” she says. “Make sure you don’t miss anything, and give yourself a LinkedIn detox for a week during your research phase. Google. Go down rabbit holes. See where breadcrumb trails lead. You might end up talking to someone you never would have otherwise, who introduces you to the exact right candidates.”

HP, ASUS, Acer bringing Amazon Alexa integration to laptops and desktops

"Voice is a natural interface for interacting with technology and can make everyday tasks simpler," Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in the release. "We're delighted that ASUS will bring the Alexa experience to its laptop models - providing hands-free voice capabilities, and tens of thousands of skills, to PC customers at their desks and on-the-go."

5 ransomware detection programs that prevent data loss

Planning a proactive defense against ransomware is easier than attempting to recover after it strikes. Learn about security utilities for detecting and preventing a ransomware attack.

4 Stupidly Simple Habit Changes To Lower Your Work Stress This Year

I noticed my own bedtime getting later over the past year because I simply wasn’t getting tired until almost right when it was time to hit the hay. If I hadn’t already brushed my teeth, changed into my PJs, and straightened out the house, that meant I was getting to bed about 30 minutes past the time I’d wanted to. So I set a “get ready for bed” alarm to go off on Sunday through Thursday nights. I know myself and that I’ll want to ignore it to finish up whatever I’m working on. I have it set for 60 minutes before I want to get into bed, this way I can ignore it for about 20–30 minutes and still end up with my head hitting the pillow at the right time.

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Amazon is making a major play for Windows PCs

Some of these new PCs — like those in Acer's lineup — will come with special hardware that will let Alexa respond to commands more quickly and hear you better over loud music, similar to Amazon's Echo devices. But they all will use a new Alexa app for Windows 10 that's expected later this year.

After Iceland and Germany, now France declares war on the gender wage gap

France says it wants to make good on at least one-third of its motto of “liberté, egalité, and fraternité,” by ensuring pay equality. The French government announced it is devising a “tough, concrete” plan to make the gender pay gap as much a thing of the past as Madame DeFarge’s knitting habit. Per the Associated Press, France’s plan for pay equity is still a work in progress. However, legislators may require companies to release the average salaries of their male and female employees and analyze them for disparities .


Use Google Wifi to upgrade the Wi-Fi on older PCs and Macs | ZDNet

Just about a year ago, I ditched my trusty Netgear router for an Asus OnHub device . By the time I bought my OnHub, its firmware had been updated to make it into a Google Wifi device, just in a taller package that looks a lot like a tiny nuclear plant cooling tower. Google Wifi devices are little white disks about the size of two hockey pucks glued on top of each other. I started sprinkling these around the house to boost my signal in Wi-Fi dead zones.

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It’s no secret that @amazon wants to crush the voice assistant competition, but now we have a better idea how it plans to do it. 

Sony embraces Dolby Vision with its latest Ultra HD Blu-ray player

Sony has had an odd relationship with Ultra HD Blu-ray over the past couple of years. While the likes of Samsung and Panasonic dived headlong into supporting the new 4K disc standard, Sony held back, a decision made a little surprising given its history with physical media. 

Hackers target Winter Olympics with new custom-built fileless malware | ZDNet

The campaign targets a number of organisations involved with the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. It uses a previously unseen form of malware designed to hand control of the victim's machine over to the attackers.

Now you can talk to your radio on Facebook

iHeartRadio announced the launch of its first bot, available on Facebook Messenger. People can ask the iHeartRadio bot to hear music based on a specific genre or geographic location. They can also ask for iHeartRadio recommendations to hear a randomly chosen selection from one of iHeartRadio's top 10 most popular stations. iHeartRadio, which has 7 million followers on Facebook, said more more capabilities are en route, like asking the iHeartRadio bot to create custom radio stations based on an artist.

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