Baidu and Xiaomi are working together on internet of things and artificial intelligence

Baidu and Xiaomi are working together on internet of things and artificial intelligence

 Baidu, China’s answer to Google, and Xiaomi, which has modeled itself on the success of the America’s most successful technology manufacturer in Apple, have announced a strategic partnership to tackle two emerging technologies, internet of things and artificial...
Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

 Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, Search inside iOS (formerly called Spotlight) and Spotlight in Safari on the Mac. So, for instance, if Siri falls back to a web search on iOS when you ask it a question, you’re now going to get...
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...
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 with the launch of the Galaxy S8,...
Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

 Apple continues to be locked out of China’s massive mobile payments space. The latest reminder came this week when Beijing’s transportation system opened up to smartphone payments… via an Android app. Already Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Alibaba’s Alipay services...
iOS 11 stops apps like Uber and Waze from accessing user location data at all times

iOS 11 stops apps like Uber and Waze from accessing user location data at all times

 Apple put a heavy focus on improving iOS at its WWDC this week with introductions such as file management, more visible iMessage features, QR code scanning and more, but there are a number of notable features in iOS 11 that weren’t explicitly announced. One of those,...