Sunday, December 03, 2017

TechTalk November 28, 2017

Cool tech, cool talk and just cool stuff!

Andrew joins the show every week at this time and we talk about the cool stuff that is happening in the world of tech.


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The Notes!

Black Friday, did you buy anything?


It was all about online


Some top-selling items included the Nintendo Switch, Hatchimals & Colleggtibles toys, PJ Masks, L.O.L. Surprise Dolls, Ride On Cars (all brands), as well as Chromecast and Roku streaming devices.
Some more numbers, from Salesforce:
Revenue Growth - 24%
Traffic Growth - 19%
Mobile Traffic Share - 60%
Mobile Order Share - 42%
Social Traffic Share - 4.70%
Average Order Value - $122
Discount Rate - 28%
Free Shipping - 85%
% of Shoppers That Engaged with AI-Powered Product Recommendations - 6%
% of Revenue Driven by AI-Powered Product Recommendations - 30%
Adobe predicts roughly $6.6 billion in online sales on Cyber Monday, an increase over last year that proves consistent with the Black Friday numbers.



The future of AI


Tech executive and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday night to say the future potential of robots will be surprising and potentially scary, so lawmakers need to regulate artificial intelligence.
In response to a Twitter post of a humanoid robot made by Boston Robotics jumping up on raised surfaces with the caption, "we dead," Musk responded with a warning:
"This is nothing. In a few years, that bot will move so fast you'll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams…"


Microsoft AI App for ios to learn chinese, interesting!
Language-learning apps are nothing new, with offerings from MIT and Duolingo ready to teach you a new way to communicate right on your phone. Now Microsoft is looking to teach you Chinese with a free new AI-powered iOS app.
The idea here is to provide users with a way to practice the Chinese language in the absence of real-life communicative partners. "You think you know Chinese, but if you meet a Chinese person and you want to speak Chinese, there is no way you can do it if you have not practiced," said Microsoft's Yan Xia in a blog post. "Our application addresses this issue by leveraging our speech and natural language processing technology." There's no word on plans to expand to other languages, but it's not hard to see such an app helping you learn to converse in different tongues, too.
The app uses various AI tools like deep neural networks that are able to figure out what you're trying to say and then evaluate your pronunciation. The AI has been trained on data from native Chinese speakers as well as Microsoft's text-to-speech technology. As you use the app, you'll get scored on your speaking ability and highlighted words that you need to work on, plus sample audio to hear how the words are actually pronounced. So far, the app has separate systems for beginners and intermediate learners to better help you move forward from your level of expertise. "The app will work with you as a language learning partner," Xia said in the post. "It will chat with you and give you feedback based on what you are saying."
Anyone still doing Pokeman go?
The two researchers gathered accident data from the county between March 1, 2015, and November 30, 2016. Pokémon GO was released on July 6, 2016, and had racked up over 100 million downloads by the end of that month. Analysis of the data found that accidents increased across the entire county, but the likelihood of an accident occurring within 100 meters of a Pokéstop was 26.5 percent higher. Numerous factors like school breaks and population fluctuations were taken into account in the researchers model, and each time, the data showed an increase in accidents over the previous year in locations that gained a Pokéstop.

Huawei Mate 10 2099 lowest seen on Souq

Apple foldable phone
If the tech for the iPhone X's facial recognition is still a bit too advanced for you to grasp, we've got bad news: Apple's already brainstorming The Next Big Thing.
On Monday Fast Company reported that Apple received a patent for a foldable smartphone. The patent, which was filed for on Sept. 22, 2016, outlines an electronic device with "a flexible display" and the capacity to fold.



-smooth with Oreo
-3d photos
-love the camera and the interface it is so easy
-very easy to use and easy to transfer contents of another phone.
-just a really nice rig!

-Playing with an Xperia Touch! Touch projector 5799

-Moleskin, via the app to work on Microsoft office this is a cool story!

Microsoft has long sold its Surface devices on the idea that they can double as digital notebooks; laptops one minute, journals the next thanks to their detachable displays and styli. (Heck, the Surface Book has a "Clipboard" mode.) With today's Moleskine partnership, however, the company seems ready to admit that some people still prefer paper and pen. The pair have announced a Windows 10 app for Moleskine's 'Smart Writing System,' a quill (based on the Kickstarter-funded Neo smartpen) with a tiny camera that tracks your scribbles on specially marked paper. A digital version of the note is then transferred over Bluetooth for easy reference and sharing.



The new app is a little special, however, because it will convert your charts, ramblings and doodles into a Word document. For Office fiends, that should make it easier to actually use your notes as part of larger projects.


But at $200 (and an extra $30 every time you run out of paper), it was an expensive convenience. That's still the case, though the new Windows 10 app — which joins iCloud, Google Drive, Evernote and Adobe sharing through the Moleskine iOS and Android app — does increase the value somewhat.


-New snapchat feature recognises food and pets!
Interesting that the images trigger the filters!
Ahead of its imminent redesign, Snapchat is rolling out new filters that recognize what's in your snaps to provide contextually-aware graphics. Snap quietly began doling out the new feature (which lives inside its filter carousel) to users last week, the company confirmed to Mashable. You can trigger the filters by capturing images and video of select items -- including food, pets, and sports equipment -- and objects at locations, such as concerts and beaches.



Phone fidgit thing!
The Substitute Phone is a weighted plastic block that comes with rollable beads in the middle. You're encouraged to swipe your thumb across them, as you would to unlock your phone or scroll up and down the screen — a gesture most of us do hundreds, if not thousands of times a day.

Android phones are spying!

Android Phones Have Been Tracking You More Closely Than You Might Like

And there’s nothing you could’ve done about it. An investigation by Quartz reveals that Android devices currently send positioning data to Google servers even when location services are turned off, apps aren’t being used, and there isn’t even a carrier’s SIM inserted into the device. Google confirmed to Quartz that the practice has been in place since the start of 2017, and users can’t opt out of it.
The location data is obtained by triangulating a phone in relation to nearby cell towers. That could reveal a person’s location within a quarter-mile—more than enough to worry privacy advocates, and the kind of accuracy that could lead to damaging intrusions if the information entered the wrong hands. The data appears to have been used to improve the way push notifications are delivered to smartphones, and it was never stored. Even so, Google tells Quartz that it will stop the practice by the end of November.

Uber data breach!

Some real deals!

Moto!

Kunkun body sniffer

Google translate is 11 years old!
Last year Google Translate switched from phrase-based translation to Google Neural Machine Translation, which means that the tool now translates whole sentences at a time, rather than just piece by piece. It uses this broader context to figure out the most relevant translation, which it then rearranges and adjusts to be more like a human speaking with proper grammar.

Using this updated version of Google Translate, the English, Spanish and French translations of the song were close to flawless. The translations will also continue to improve, as the system learns from the more people using it.

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