Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

 As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert...
Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving

Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving

 Apple has a new paper published in Cornell’s arXiv open directory of scientific research, describing a method for using machine learning to translate the raw point cloud data gathered by LiDAR arrays into results that include detection of 3D objects, including...
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 mockery. Even so, it’s worth...
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 next month. ...
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...