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On-device machine learning is suddenly a highlight feature for smartphones, and unsurprisingly there are rumors Apple is going to improve the iPhone’s capabilities in that area. Google and Qualcomm have a bit of a head start in AI, but we’ve already seen the folks in Cupertino whip up dedicated hardware to boost things like motion tracking and wireless audio. It’s unclear how soon the “Apple Neural Engine” could arrive, but we’ll be looking for more information at WWDC.
Given how much data Google probably has accumulated about you, there’s no surprise that its latest search option is all about one person. If you take a look at the Personal search (currently available on the web for most), it will pull up results from your Gmail, Google Photos and other linked sources. It could be more convenient than switching tabs, or just when you want an NSA-level view on everything you’ve shared with big G.
Another day, another restaurant’s credit card systems have been hacked. This time Chipotle is up, and if you ate at one of its locations during March or April, your card information might have been exposed.
The latest set of rumors around Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s dirigible project suggests that when completed, it will be the largest flying object in the world. At 200m long, it should be easy to see when Brin takes it out for a test drive, or in normal operation splitting time between deliveries of humanitarian supplies and luxury air yacht trips for the exec’s family.
Using AI to create nuanced and challenging virtual rivals could make games more realistic than ever — but have we considered all the possible downsides?
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