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News highlights – 19 April

News highlights – 19 April

Written by on April 20, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights for 19 April Amazon serious about the race for voice controlled software SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s chief technology officer is working toward a day when people can control almost any piece of software with their voice. The company on Wednesday rolled out the technology powering Alexa, its voice assistant that competes with […]

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Facebook gives a sneak peak inside brain to text initiative

Facebook gives a sneak peak inside brain to text initiative

Written by on April 20, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc on Wednesday pulled aside the curtain on a secretive unit headed by a former chief of the Pentagon’s research arm, disclosing that the social media company is studying ways for people to communicate by thought and touch. Facebook launched the research shop, called Building 8, last year to […]

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Privacy wars, a twist: Bose sued for the headphones that listen

Privacy wars, a twist: Bose sued for the headphones that listen

Written by on April 20, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction […]

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News highlights – 18 April

News highlights – 18 April

Written by on April 19, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights for 18 April Facebook tries for the lead in augmented reality SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is trying to seize on the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday. […]

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IBM revenue decline, shares fall, turnaround taking longer than expected

IBM revenue decline, shares fall, turnaround taking longer than expected

Written by on April 19, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp reported a bigger-than-expected decline in revenue for the first time in five quarters due to weak demand in its IT services business, a sign that the company’s turnaround could take longer than expected. Shares of IBM, whose revenue has now fallen for 20 quarters in a row, tumbled 4.7 […]

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Wells Fargo is testing a chatbot on Facebook’s messaging platform

Wells Fargo is testing a chatbot on Facebook’s messaging platform

Written by on April 19, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Company is testing a “chatbot”, an automated program that can communicate with the bank’s customers on Facebook’s messaging platform to give them information on their accounts and help them reset their passwords. The U.S. bank said on Tuesday that it is piloting the virtual assistant with several hundred […]

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News highlights – 17 April

News highlights – 17 April

Written by on April 18, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

News highlights for 17 April Ant Financial sweetens bid for MoneyGram to clinch deal BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Ant Financial has sweetened its bid for MoneyGram International Inc by over a third, beating a rival offer to gain approval from the U.S. electronic payment firm’s board, although it still faces regulatory hurdles. Read more… Berkshire Hathaway […]

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Netflix shares head for new high as subscriber forecast shines

Netflix shares head for new high as subscriber forecast shines

Written by on April 18, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc made a bullish forecast for subscriber additions by mid-year, a positive sign for its push to expand around the world that sent its shares toward an all-time high. The streaming video company pushed back the next season of its smash-hit “House of Cards,” and other programing to the second quarter, meaning […]

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Apple and Foxconn teaming up to buy Toshiba chip business?

Apple and Foxconn teaming up to buy Toshiba chip business?

Written by on April 18, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

TOKYO (Reuters) – Apple Inc is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday – the latest twist in the sale of the world’s second-biggest flash memory chipmaker. The U.S. technology giant is considering investing at least several billion dollars to take […]

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3D printed chocolate and a short Easter break

3D printed chocolate and a short Easter break

Written by on April 13, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

This year so far has seen continued interest in the areas of the IoT, 3D printing, AI, VR and a host of other areas. The hype, though, has now been matched by wake up calls across the board. How advanced is AI? How far away is 5G? What are the real applications for VR? All of […]

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