Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant, launched in the US on Wednesday after delays due to trouble with syntax and grammar. A Korean version of the assistant has been available for several months, while a pilot English program was released in the US last month.
Microsoft has added Cortana voice support to its new smart thermostat, dubbed GLAS. The device uses a Windows platform optimized for the internet of things and can check temperature, energy use and air quality.
The consumer electronics industry is expected to see $321 billion in revenue this year, a CTA report states, with consumer demand driving the growth. CTA CEO Gary Shapiro says, "Not only are breakthrough technologies changing our lives for the better [...] tech is also a key driver of the U.S. economy, outpacing GDP growth, and reinforcing America's role as a global leader in innovation."
A Reddit-based discussion by Android engineers on the subject of version 8.0 yielded some notes of interest to users. Among other things, users can look forward to better Bluetooth audio on the Pixel.
The Federal Trade Commission will address the gray area between outright promotional emails and transactional message as it reviews its CAN-SPAM Rule protecting consumers from spam. Supporters say a change is needed because the nature of commercial email communications has changed considerably over the past few years.
Tinder is enhancing the app's visual experience and making it easier to switch between photos and text in user profiles. All that's required to access either images or text is a tap on the screen.
Google has revamped its smart glasses project, Google Glass, by boosting the battery life and increasing long-term wear comfort to appeal to professionals. Project lead Jay Kothari wrote, "Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy."
Estonia-based firm Thinnect has already seen success with its internet of things technology that controls heating, cooling and electricity for companies. The company gained $1.7 million in funding a few months ago, some of it from Silicon Valley's Band of Angels.
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