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Microsoft is fixing a simple reason why voice assistants are so bad – Quartz

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

As more and more of us ask the virtual personal assistants that live on our phones what the weather will be tomorrow or the height of the Chrysler Building (1,046 feet), it’s clear that the voice-activated software is currently only really useful for answering simple fact-based questions. Microsoft, whose virtual assistant Cortana operates on Windows and as a cross-platform mobile app, is trying to smarten up our dumb bots by…

Microsoft Announces Project Brainwave To Take On Google’s AI Hardware Lead – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Credit: Microsoft A layout of how multiple the FPGAs chips work together in a large datacenter. Google jumped into the complicated and very expensive business of building its own chips to give itself an edge in artificial intelligence. The chip, called the Tensor Processing Unit, is optimized to run its deep learning algorithms. And to give it a leg up in the its nascent cloud business, the tech giant will start making…

Microsoft, Oracle Jump Into Blockchain On Same Day — And Microsoft Is Clear Leader – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Oracle Oracle president of product development Thomas Kurian surely knows blockchain will be huge–what are his plans? (Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.) CLOUD WARS — Enterprise-tech heavyweights Oracle and Microsoft each…

Astro’s email app packs a virtual assistant you can talk to – Engadget

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Well, mostly: you can’t invoke it with a wake-word like “Ok, Google.” Once installed, you’ll have to long-press the little Astrobot button that lives in your inbox. Then, you just gab away: asking if you have any emails prompts Astrobot to read through your most recent messages out loud, and telling it to archive, snooze or mark as unread worked consistently well. I’ve been testing the feature on iOS and…

Google is said to launch new laptop, smaller Google Home, this fall – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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HP’s first Omen X gaming laptop includes easy access to upgrade parts – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HP returned to the gaming world earlier this year with a new line of Omen products. While we’ve seen HP produce some cheaper gaming laptops and a high-end glowing desktop cube so far, we’ve been waiting for a high-end Omen laptop for enthusiasts. At Gamescom today, HP is launching the Omen X laptop, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a high-end gaming laptop. HP has opted for a…