Is Alexa always listening? New study examines accidental triggers of digital assistants

maandag 24 februari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

The listening capacity of digital assistants like Alexa and Siri has become a major privacy sticking point in the last year. A group of researchers out of Northeastern University and Imperial University of London have been studying smart speakers fo…

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Microsoft Surface revenue falls short of expectations after Earbuds delay, as AirPods lift Apple results

donderdag 30 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Microsoft’s Surface hardware business reached an all-time high of nearly $2 billion in revenue for the December quarter, but the company indicated that the result would have been higher if not for unspecified “execution challenges” in the consumer s…

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Report: After acquisition, Apple nixed Xnor.ai’s work on Pentagon’s Project Maven

woensdag 29 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

The Information reports that Seattle-based Xnor.ai played a role in the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven, but that Apple ended Xnor.ai’s involvement in the project after acquiring the startup. Project Maven is aimed at using artificial intelli…

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More privacy, better battery life, AI everywhere: What Apple’s Xnor.ai deal says about its ambitions

dinsdag 21 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Speaking on stage last year about the rise of artificial intelligence on devices, Arm Holdings CEO Simon Segars touted the capabilities of the chip giant’s Cortex-M4 processor to help identify objects using image recognition technology. But the circ…

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GeekWire Podcast: Apple acquires Xnor.ai; Microsoft’s bold climate plan; Seattle startup trivia

zaterdag 18 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Apple doubled down on artificial intelligence and boosted its presence in Seattle with the acquisition of Xnor.ai, an Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence spinout with roots at the University of Washington, …

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Seattle AI startup drew interest from Amazon, Microsoft, Intel before selling to Apple

donderdag 16 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Apple wasn’t the only tech giant eyeing Xnor.ai. GeekWire broke the news on Wednesday that Apple acquired Seattle startup Xnor.ai, paying around $200 million for the three-year-old company that specializes in low-power, edge-based artificial intelli…

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Why Amazon got smacked by Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes jab at Apple over labor practices

maandag 6 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

With Apple CEO Tim Cook in the audience and a recent report on labor violations in the news, it’s no surprise that Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais took a swing at the company during his opening monologue, but he didn’t stop at one tech giant. “Appl…

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The decade when tech turned dark: Learning from the mistakes of the past 10 years

woensdag 1 januari 2020 in GeekWire (Tech News)

The arrival of 2020 is a chance to look back on the past decade and what it has meant for the world of technology. Recent security problems with security cameras sum up where we are today: technology designed to protect us has made us vulnerable ins…

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How Apple’s new $2.5B housing initiative stacks up vs. Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants

maandag 4 november 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

For years, fast-growing tech companies have drawn criticism for housing crises that have swelled in Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area, alongside booming technology industries. Big tech companies are responding with philanthropic initiatives de…

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Apple Prime? Tech giant takes big step toward subscriptions with new Apple Card-iPhone perk

donderdag 31 oktober 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Apple is inching closer to embracing a so-called “Apple Prime” subscription program that investors have speculated about for years, potentially taking a page out of Amazon’s playbook. As part of the company’s fourth quarter financial update, Apple C…

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Apple TV app finally arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

donderdag 24 oktober 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

For the first time ever, the Apple TV app is available for owners of Amazon Fire TV devices, a sign that the streaming rivalry between the tech giants continues to cool. Starting today, Amazon says Apple TV on Fire TV will be available in more than …

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Everything Apple announced today, including the new iPhone 11, Apple TV+, Apple Watch, and more

dinsdag 10 september 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Apple held its annual iPhone unveiling event today in Cupertino, Calif., where it showed off the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro along with a bevy of other products and services. The iPhone 11 will start at $699, which is $50 cheaper than the iPhone…

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Apple says Siri will no longer retain audio by default, one-upping Amazon and Google on privacy

woensdag 28 augustus 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Siri won’t be so sneaky about snooping anymore. That’s the gist of a new policy announcement and accompanying apology from Apple this morning. It’s a move that could pressure its fellow tech giants Amazon and Google to follow suit. Apple says it wil…

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Earmuffs, Alexa! Amazon to let users opt out of human review of voice recordings, amid scrutiny

zaterdag 3 augustus 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Amazon became the latest tech giant to let users of its voice assistant opt out of human review of their voice recordings, after similar announcements from Apple and Google. The move Friday afternoon followed revelations from Bloomberg and others ab…

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‘Mac vs. PC’ is back: New Microsoft ad touts Surface Laptop 2, roasts Apple’s MacBook

woensdag 31 juli 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Mac vs. PC is alive. The geeky advertising rivalry between Microsoft and Apple reignited Wednesday after Microsoft put out a new ad that uses a guy named Mackenzie Book — a.k.a. Mac Book — to talk about why the company’s Surface Pro 2 laptop is bett…

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Apple stock rises after tech giant snaps declining revenue streak, posts $53.8B in its Q3

dinsdag 30 juli 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Apple snapped a streak of sliding revenue in its third quarter driven by continued growth in services. However, revenue from Apple’s flagship hardware division declined year-over-year as the tech giant prepares for its next iPhone release. Apple bes…

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Geared Up: New Nintendo Switch Consoles, Apple Kills the MacBook, & Galaxy Note 10 Crazy Battery

zaterdag 20 juli 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

On this week’s Geared Up, we talk about the two new Nintendo Switch consoles that were announced this past week – the Nintendo Switch Lite and the Nintendo Switch with refreshed battery. In the case of the Switch Lite, we are getting a new handheld-…

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Geared Up: The death of the Xbox, Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumors

zaterdag 6 juli 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

On this week’s Geared Up, we talk about the upcoming Amazon Prime Day, celebrating Amazon’s 25th anniversary. I bring you my tips on finding the best Prime Day deals, while naming a couple of my favorite Prime Day launch deals (which you can find ri…

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Apple goes big in Seattle: New campus escalates rivalry with Amazon, Microsoft and Google

zondag 30 juni 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

Apple’s new campus in Seattle, unveiled this week, will accommodate as many as 2,000 workers, doubling the company’s previous commitment to expand its engineering operations in the city. But beyond the sheer numbers, the expansion positions the comp…

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Geared Up: Microsoft’s mystery foldable Surface tablet; updated Nintendo Switch Mini; and Apple vs. Spotify intensifies

zaterdag 29 juni 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

This week on Geared Up, we talk about the latest rumors saying that Microsoft is working on a new secret new foldable Surface tablet device that will be able to run Android apps and iCloud services, with a stripped-down Windows Core OS. This will li…

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Hey Siri, meet Alexa: Rival AI assistants become neighbors as Apple doubles down on Seattle

dinsdag 25 juni 2019 in GeekWire (Tech News)

For years, fixtures in the Bay Area tech industry have been migrating to Seattle in search of comparable jobs with a lower cost of living. But as far as we know, this is the first time an AI personality has made that move. Apple doubles down on Seat…

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