Google to test AI phone theft features in Brazil

Google said Brazilian users will now have access to new anti-theft features. Google said Tuesday it has chosen Brazil, a country where nearly two cellphones are pilfered every minute, to test a new Artificial Intelligence system to automatically block stolen Android smartphones. Brazilian users, the tech giant said in a blog, will now have access […]

Key new features coming to Apple’s iOS18 this fall

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event in Cupertino, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2024. Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Apple announced a slew of new features for iOS 18 at Monday’s developers conference event, many of which are designed to enhance the Siri assistant and bring artificial intelligence tools to iPhone users. The AI-packed […]

Apple leaps into AI with an array of upcoming iPhone features and a ChatGPT deal to smarten up

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, speaks during an announcement of new products at the Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday, June 10, 2024. Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Apple has jumped into the race to bring generative artificial intelligence to the masses, spotlighting a slew of features Monday designed to soup […]

Apple partners with OpenAI as it unveils ‘Apple Intelligence’

Apple has been under pressure over how it will integrete AI into its products. Apple on Monday unveiled “Apple Intelligence,” its suite of new AI features for its coveted devices—including a partnership with OpenAI—as it seeks to catch up to rivals racing ahead on adopting the white-hot technology. For months, pressure has been on Apple […]

Investing in assistive tech is a smart choice for governments, say experts

Credit: CC0 Public Domain You may not be aware of it, but assistive technology (AT) is everywhere. If you’re using glasses to read this article, then you’re using AT. If you used text-to-speech tools at work today, a ramp to get into a building, or subtitles to watch TV, then you have used AT. AT […]

Apple expected to enter AI race with ambitions to overtake the early leaders

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference on Monday is expected to herald the company’s move into generative artificial intelligence, marking its late arrival to a technological frontier that’s expected to be as revolutionary as the invention of the iPhone. The widely anticipated display of AI to be embedded in the iPhone […]

Amazon’s new fees on sellers likened to ‘kick in the gut’

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Amazon.com Inc. merchants have found themselves caught in an economic vice. Earlier this year, the e-commerce giant rolled out changes to the fees its charges them—essentially shifting more of its operating costs onto the small businesses that account for most of the products sold on the site. Making matters worse for […]

Wearable devices can now harvest neural data—urgent privacy reforms needed

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Recent trends show Australians are increasingly buying wearables such as smartwatches and fitness trackers. These electronics track our body movements or vital signs to provide data throughout the day, with or without the help of artificial intelligence (AI). There’s also a newer product category that engages directly with the brain. It’s […]

Apple apologizes for iPad ‘Crush’ ad after backlash

Apple said it won’t air the iPad ‘Crush’ ad on television as planned. Apple apologized on Thursday after an ad for its latest-edition iPad caused an uproar for showing an industrial press crushing objects linked to human creativity, infuriating artists. Social media users immediately criticized the ad, which was posted on X by Apple CEO […]

Microsoft’s Xbox is planning more cuts after studio closings

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The sudden closure of several video-game studios at Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox division was the result of a widespread cost-cutting initiative that still isn’t finished. Xbox has begun offering voluntary severance agreements to producers, quality assurance testers and other staff at ZeniMax, which it purchased in 2020 for $7.5 billion, according to […]

iPad ‘Crush’ ad causes uproar amid AI anxiety

Credit: Apple An ad for the new iPad Pro caused an uproar Wednesday for showing an industrial-sized hydraulic press crushing objects linked to human creativity—such as a record player and trumpet—into a sleek tablet. Social media users immediately criticized the ad, which was posted on X by Apple CEO Tim Cook, as painfully tone-deaf at […]

Research casts new light on bike safety in the age of self-driving cars

Credit: University of Glasgow Equipping self-driving cars with external displays that use colored lights to communicate their next maneuver could help keep cyclists safe on the roads of the future, researchers say. With autonomous vehicles becoming more common, reducing active human involvement in driving in the process, researchers from the University of Glasgow have been […]

Data privacy in the post-Roe era

Distribution of privacy concern levels towards different period tracking practices. Ordered by ‘Very concerned’ Ratings. Credit: Duke University In 2022, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—ending the constitutional right to an abortion—privacy advocates warned women against using smartphone apps to track their periods. The calls came out of concerns that the data […]

A view of a room with VR and AI for the field of interior design

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Bringing together virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to significant advancements in the field of interior design, according to research published in the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology. Such a technological merger could be used to improve the design experience, tailor designs through simulated indoor environments, […]

Meta will let advertisers create campaigns using new generative AI tools

Credit: Julio Lopez from Pexels Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms Inc. is testing new tools that will let advertisers create marketing material, including images and messaging, using generative AI prompts. If an advertiser uploads a photo of their product, Meta’s artificial intelligence tools can now generate new, different images of that product for […]

Nintendo to announce Switch successor in this fiscal year as profits rise

This photo shows a balloon of the Mario character of Mario Bros. during an event in Tokyo, on Feb. 15, 2024. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo said Tuesday, May 7, 2024 that it will make an announcement about a successor to its Switch home console sometime before March 2025. Credit: AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File Japanese video-game […]

What to expect from the next generation of chatbots: OpenAI’s GPT-5 and Meta’s Llama-3

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Recently, there has been a flurry of publicity about the planned upgrades to OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI-powered chatbot and Meta’s Llama system, which powers the company’s chatbots across Facebook and Instagram. The technology behind these systems is known as a large language model (LLM). These are artificial neural networks, a type of […]

Report finds e-bike incentives are worth the investment

Saanich e-bike incentive program participants said the e-bike opened up a new way to explore Saanich and other communities. Photo credit: District of Saanich. Credit: Photo credit: District of Saanich Electric bicycle rebates have exploded in popularity in North America as transportation planners try to get people out of their cars and into healthier, more […]

Study explores how African American English speakers adapt their speech to be understood by voice technology

African American English speakers adjust rate and pitch based on audience. Credit: Michelle Cohn, Zion Mengesha, Michal Lahav, and Courtney Heldreth Interactions with voice technology, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant, can make life easier by increasing efficiency and productivity. However, errors in generating and understanding speech during interactions are common. When […]

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