Google gamifies machine learning with Emoji Scavenger Hunt

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Emoji game Scavenger Hunt turns powerful machine learning and image recognition technology into a game for your phone.
Emoji Scavenger Hunt turns powerful machine learning and image recognition technology into a game for your phone.
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Emoji are many things to many people. Depending who you ask, they’re fun, flirty, confusing, a whole new language, or the demise of language itself.

Google’s Emoji Scavenger Hunt adds one more to the many meanings of emoji: a way to play with machine learning.

IBM and Apple combine their AI powers to make apps smarter

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Apple and IBM are working together to make artificial intelligence apps more impressive.
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Apple has been ramping up its interest in artificial intelligence for the past few years — and its continuing business-focused partnership with IBM is going to help.

Late Monday, one-time rivals Apple and IBM announced that business apps running on Apple devices will soon be able to take advantage of the ability to combine IBM Watson technology with Apple Core ML to create more intelligent apps.

Top tech trends of 2017

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2017 was a great year for consumer technology.
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Cult of Mac's 2017 Apple year in review2017 was an exciting year for consumer technology. It brought us big advancements in areas like machine learning and biometric security, as well as a big boost for augmented reality, and some not-so-satisfying changes to smartphone price tags.

Here are the top technology trends of 2017.

Quick tip: How to make Face ID more accurate

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The laser in the iPhone X's Face ID could one day transform the speed of broadband.
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What do you do when Face ID doesn’t recognize your face? Do you reposition your face? Reposition the iPhone? Stare a little harder at the camera, to tell it you really mean business?

Stop! Instead of acquiescing to your iPhone X’s silent demands, you should use this as a teaching moment (and show your phone who’s boss at the same time). Face ID learns how your face changes over time, but you can also teach it to recognize you better. Here’s how.

Apple is turning to India to recruit its next AI whiz kids

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Gain great A.I. graduates and grow your market in India? That's what's called a win-win.
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To help with its machine learning and artificial intelligence research, Apple is reportedly scouting for possible new employees straight out of an engineering college in India.

It’s a move which not only helps further Apple’s A.I. ambitions, but also shows its continued focus on India, a market which Apple is desperate to expand into.

No, Apple’s not building a massive archive of bra pictures

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The internet is upset at one of Apple's machine learning applications.
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Is Apple building up a massive centralized archive of bra pictures belonging to its female users? To invoke Betteridge’s law about attention-grabbing headlines that end with a question mark, no, it’s not.

The internet went crazy yesterday after a tweet from one internet user pointed out that typing “brassiere” into the Photos app search bar of her iPhone brought up what appeared to be a folder showing various images of her in a state of undress. As it turns out, though, that’s not exactly the case.

Apple reveals AI magic behind ‘Hey Siri’

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Apple puts a lot of AI tech into Siri.
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Apple’s machine learning team published an all-new research paper today that dives deep into how Apple uses AI to power one of the most basic Siri commands.

In order to keep the ‘Hey Siri’ command from running on the main processor all day, Apple’s new publication reveals that the company uses a tiny, low-power auxiliary processor that’s embedded in the Motion Coprocessor just to listen to the phrase.

Apple dives deeper into AI with latest acquisition

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Regaind could give iOS Photos an AI boost.
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Apple has quietly made another acquisition of a little-known startup that could bring some big benefits to iPhone and iPad users in the future.

A small France startup called Regaind was reportedly acquired by Apple. The company specializes in using machine learning to recognize what’s in a photo, which could boost some features Apple already created in its photos app.