AWT News Update: December 26, 2016

AWT News Update: December 26, 2016

Apple is on a break this week, so it's like to be a very slow week for news. We'll have plenty of reviews and feature articles for you, though, and of course we'll scour what little news does appear in order to bring you the News Update:

  • Apple's AI team publishes its first public paper regarding the subject of Generative Adversarial Networks to improve synthetic training images
  • Apple may not have "lucky bags" at Japanese Apple Stores this year, but they will have sales of some sort on January 2nd, 2017
  • The Nokia vs. Apple war escalates, with connected-self manufacturer Withings becoming an unwilling casualty
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Siri's creator to demo new AI product this week

Siri's creator to demo new AI product this week

While Siri is able to answer a lot of questions and provide iOS users with a tremendous amount of information and assistance, it's not really "intelligent" in that it can't put data together unless it was specifically programmed to do a task. The co-founder of Siri, Dag Kittlaus, will be demonstrating a new artificial intelligence product at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 later this week, and that product -- Viv -- melds data sources with AI algorithms to give you answers about just about anything.

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AWT News Update: March 24, 2016

AWT News Update: March 24, 2016

There's an eclectic mix of news today from the world of Apple and tech in general:

  • Apple is working with Will.I.Am and two veteran TV producers on a series about the app economy
  • The "little" iPhone SE scores big in the Wall Street Journal's tests of battery life on new smartphones
  • Microsoft's "Tay" AI learns a lot of bad habits from Twitter users and is pulled offline
  • The news that Apple Pay may be integrated into shopping websites caused PayPal's stock to suffer a bit in morning trading
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