Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

 A detailed blog posting in the company’s machine learning journal makes public the technical effort that went into its “Hey Siri” feature — a capability so banal that I’d almost believe Apple was trying to make a point with highbrow...
Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

 Apple has now responded to a letter from Senator Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into its top-of-the-range iPhone X, due to go on sale early...
Apple ‘acqui-hired’ the team from messaging assistant Init.ai to work on Siri

Apple ‘acqui-hired’ the team from messaging assistant Init.ai to work on Siri

Earlier this week, a small startup called Init.ai announced that it soon would be discontinuing its service — a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the...
iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

 Offering to gate the smorgasbord of personal content that lives on a mobile device behind a face biometric inevitably raises lots of security questions, even as always on face-scanning tech being housed in a smartphone raises privacy concerns… Read...
Moleskine’s next paper planner will automatically sync with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCal

Moleskine’s next paper planner will automatically sync with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCal

 I use a Hobonichi Techo Weeks as a daily planner. Like John found when reviewing planners, it’s the perfect size and has just enough space for my to-do list, appointments and a bit of journaling. But it doesn’t sync to my Google Calendar like...
Samsung’s Bixby assistant is now available for Galaxy S8 owners worldwide

Samsung’s Bixby assistant is now available for Galaxy S8 owners worldwide

 Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant is now global after it expanded into over 200 countries today. Bixby is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and other virtual assistants. It got off to a bumpy start when it didn’t ship...