Google Assistant has added four new features in the past few weeks: location-based reminders, scheduling via Routines, business card scanning, and plant and animal identification through Lens. The Lens feature uses artificial intelligence to give information on a variety of subjects via photo recognition.
Microsoft has removed the block on security updates for Windows 10 PCs that did not have approved antivirus software, a feature that was added as a protection against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. "Our recent work with our antivirus (AV) partners on compatibility with Windows updates has now reached a sustained level of broad ecosystem compatibility," the company said.
IBM unveiled two products aimed at improving its data science offerings with its Cloud Private for Data and its Data Science Elite Team. Cloud Private for Data offers users integrated data science tools, while consultants in the Data Science Elite Team help companies solve data science problems and make use of artificial intelligence.
Worldwide, 10% of consumers own an artificial intelligence device for their home and 32% plan to get one -- but 58% say they have no interest in purchasing one, per the PwC 2018 Global Consumer Insights Survey of 22,000 consumers. The survey also reveals men in the 18-to-34 age range are the most likely to purchase such devices, and China leads the world in percentage of AI adoption so far.
Dunkin' Donuts is forging ahead digitally, advancing from mobile and in-car orders to voice options for ordering through Google Assistant for Android and iOS devices. The overall goal is to reduce the time that consumers need to spend in DD locations, writes Ilyse Liffreing.
Google's Sidewalk Labs has outlined its plans for its future smart neighborhood in Toronto in a 200-page document. The company plans to create "a truly complete community" by launching multiple smart initiatives, including crafting buildings from eco-friendly materials, creating transportation options to eliminate the need for private cars and installing adaptive traffic lights.
Hackers in China have been spying on the US maritime industry since last summer, and activity has increased over the past two months, a FireEye report states. Espionage group "Leviathan" has primarily targeted maritime and engineering-focused organizations, the report notes.
Facebook has suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica after it kept millions of users' data that were collected through a third-party app. However, Facebook executives say that while the data company violated policy, its actions are not being classified as a data breach.
Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, have written to House Appropriations Committee leaders in support of $237 million in fiscal 2019 funding for a Homeland Security Department cybersecurity program. The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program was launched in 2012 to improve security of federal networks.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
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