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6/15/2018

Apple's next laptops may receive a boost from the company's self-designed chips, which are among the fastest mobile processors in the world. In September, Apple introduced the A10X processor, saying it was faster than 80% of Windows notebooks sold in the previous year, and the technology may be used in its future line of laptops.

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6/15/2018

Google has set about clearing up some confusion over its continuing rollout of mobile-first indexing. Posting on Twitter, Google clarified that separate mobile URLs will be shown on mobile devices and noted mobile-friendliness is not necessarily required for the indexing process.

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Search Engine Land
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Google, Twitter
6/15/2018

The majority of consumers considering buying a smart device, 75%, report that the device's ability to connect seamlessly with other products in their network is critical, a Parks Associates study has found. It also noted that smart home penetration is spreading, as 32% of US broadband users have at least one connected device.

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Retail Dive
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Parks Associates
6/15/2018

A new speech-recognition task for producing text is part of Apple's upgraded ResearchKit 2.0 for iOS 12. That's just one of the new features Apple is touting for the kit, which will also include a navigable PDF viewer and a task to assess background noise.

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9to5Mac
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Apple
6/15/2018

An Amazon Alexa unit recorded a conversation in which an Oregon woman participated and sent it to a phone contact without the woman's knowledge, the woman says. Now, two members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking answers from Amazon about how such an event could occur.

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VentureBeat
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Amazon, Alexa
6/14/2018

A simple weekly email can prompt half of app users to open the app again, according to a study by Leanplum. Push notifications enhance the effect while boosting retention rates by 21%.

6/14/2018

Unlike other tech leaders, Apple is directing its efforts in artificial intelligence toward incorporating the technology into its hardware. The strategy is a fit for Apple but may turn away app developers who prefer to take advantage of the capabilities afforded by cloud-based AI, Jordan Novet writes.

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CNBC
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Apple, AI, Jordan Novet
6/14/2018

Since April, everyday Alexa users have been able to create their own skills for the device without any coding knowledge using Alexa Skill Blueprints. Now, Amazon is allowing them to share their creations through a variety of platforms.

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VentureBeat
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Alexa, Amazon
6/14/2018

Ring will release a security starter pack; it will include a contact sensor, a base station, a keypad, a motion detector and a range extender for $199. The kit will be available from Best Buy, Home Depot, Ring.com and Amazon, with shipments starting July 4.

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ZDNet
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Best Buy, Home Depot, Amazon
6/14/2018

Within and Mozilla have worked together to develop a virtual reality interface that works directly off a browser. WebVR offers the ability to serve high-quality VR content to a variety of headsets, with no need to download a specific app.

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VentureBeat
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Mozilla, WebVR