What to Expect From Apple’s Neural Engine in the A11 Bionic SoC

Apple is talking up the machine learning and AI capabilities of its next-gen smartphone, but what can the A11 Bionic actually do — and why are so many companies focusing on developing these types of solutions?

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New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market


Federal agencies already under the gun to modernize their information technology capabilities have a new set of standards to meet as a result of an executive order President Donald Trump issued this spring. The directive not only will affect agency managers in their IT operations and acquisition activities, but also will have a significant effect on IT vendors. The Trump initiative “adds another important piece to the U.S. federal IT modernization puzzle,” said Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner.

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Samsung's Siri-killer is finally available on the Galaxy S8

Prior to the phone’s launch, Samsung promised to roll out Bixby’s voice capabilities in the US ‘later this spring.’ Now, the capability has finally arrived.

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Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?

Xbox One X

Can you build a PC — or upgrade one — to match the Xbox One X’s capabilities? It’s going to depend on what hardware you have already, but we step through the options and what’s available today.

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Intel Will Rebrand Xeons, Preps Gold, Platinum Workstation Processors

Intel Xeon E7 Ivy Bridge-EX die (15 core)

Intel’s shaking up its Xeon branding with a new branding scheme. New chip introductions and capabilities may not be far behind.

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AMD unveils Ryzen brand for Zen processors, base clocks, and additional performance details

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AMD is announcing its new branding for Zen today. Meet Ryzen — and take a look at its capabilities, features, and expected clock speeds inside.

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IBM's Watson Smartens Up iOS Enterprise Apps


IBM on Tuesday announced that it will incorporate its IBM Watson cognitive capabilities into the MobileFirst for iOS ecosystem to help boost the productivity of the global workforce. It was a little more than two years ago that the company entered a groundbreaking partnership with Apple to enhance the mobile enterprise space. IBM executives positioned the move as part of an overall rollout of enhancements to IBM Watson technology, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to support human interactions.

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Google Plugs More AI Into G Suite Office Apps


Google last week unveiled new capabilities across its G Suite, formerly known as “Apps for Work.”
The company added some new apps infused with artificial intelligence to the mix. Quick Access in Google Drive on Android, for example, makes the files most relevant to a user’s work accessible when Drive is opened. It cuts the time spent finding a file by about half, noted Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president for apps at Google Cloud Research. Machine intelligence also is incorporated into Google Calendar.

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Intel Snaps Up Nervana to Jump-Start AI


Intel last week announced the acquisition of startup Nervana, in a bid to enhance the company’s capabilities in artificial intelligence and deep learning. Nervana jumped out of the gate at its 2014 launch with a robust platform for deep learning, a framework called “Nervana Neon,” and the Nervana Engine — a groundbreaking ASIC chip. Nervana’s IP and expertise in accelerating deep learning algorithms will expand Intel’s capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence, according to Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group.

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The 4 Fundamental Attributes of Customer Loyalty, Part 1


As I see it, there are four basic capabilities, or attributes, needed to build better customer loyalty. I learned about them from two McKinsey researchers. Those attributes, according to David C. Edelman and Marc Singer — and I agree — are the following: automation, proactive personalization, contextual interaction and journey mapping. What strikes me immediately is that only two of them are purely or largely technological — No. 1 and No. 4 — while the others are organized as human-mediated processes.

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New Features Boost Sharing via Facebook Live


Facebook on Wednesday announced enhanced Facebook Live video capabilities with additional features to allow members to share live video with friends and family by broadcasting events or sharing video in groups. Users can go live in Facebook groups so that a group of users or friends or family members can be sent specific video feeds. The feature has an interactive quality, with the ability to post live reactions from viewers, where emojis express instant feedback to a live event and then disappear.

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Bug or conscious change? Apple Pencil for iPad Pro gets gimped by iOS 9.3 betas

Article Image The first two beta releases of iOS 9.3 have severely limited the navigation capabilities of the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. Whether this was an intentional readjustment of the accessory’s functionality to make it less stylus-like, or simply a bug in pre-release software, remains to be seen.

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tvOS 9.2 beta 1 adds support for app folders, Bluetooth keyboards

Article Image The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV adds a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry.

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Apple Stores show off 3D Touch on iPhone 6s with interactive LCD display tables

Article Image To expose a wider audience to the new 3D Touch capabilities of iPhone 6s, Apple installed massive display tables outfitted with interactive screen surfaces at two flagship U.S. Apple Stores this week.

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The best watchOS 2-compatible apps now available for Apple Watch

Article Image This week’s launch of watchOS 2 brings a whole slew of new features and capabilities for developers, some of which are already being taken advantage of by new Apple Watch apps. Here’s a rundown of some of the best and most interesting watchOS 2 apps that can showcase the versatility of your Apple Watch.

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Rumor: Apple working on 'smart bands' for Apple Watch to add new health tracking functions

A new rumor claims that Apple will add capabilities to the Apple Watch, and sell upgrades without the need to buy an entirely new watch, in the form of “smart bands” that could launch as early as 2016.

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iOS 9 hardware keyboard shortcuts bring Apple's iPad world closer to the Mac

New hardware keyboard capabilities for the iPad in iOS 9 make it easier than ever to switch apps and access shortcuts, pushing Apple’s tablet to become more like a traditional computer than ever before.



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Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality to HomeKit with Event Triggers

With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple is getting ready to add new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful –?including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.



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Apple Watch found to be compliant with Qi wireless charging standard

The inductive charging capabilities of the Apple Watch are based on the established Qi open standard, as shown by the fact that the Apple Watch charger works with the competing Moto 360 smartwatch.



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