Google's Pixel 3 is underlining the usefulness of artificial intelligence in smartphones, as the phone itself seems designed to serve AI functions, write Khari Johnson and Kyle Wiggers. Meanwhile, Brian Heater delves into the hardware changes for the new device, including a larger 5.5-inch screen, dual-facing front cameras and wireless charging.
Restaurant chains take different approaches to landing the "hungry searcher" who goes online to seek a specific cuisine, executives said during a recent panel discussion. Pei Wei depends on positive customer reviews to get its name into top search results, while Curry Up Now gets its brand name out through online messaging about school- and community-related events.
Responding to internal dissent, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos defended his and other tech companies' work with the Pentagon as a service to the country. "If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble," Bezos said at the WIRED25 summit.
Levitron has announced its Intellect controls platform, which allows users to control smart bulbs. Intellect is the company's fifth brand, on top of its Birchwood, Intense, ConTech and JCC.
Smartfrog has invested $25 million in smart security startup Canary, which gives the company a controlling interest in the firm. Former Canary CEO Adam Sager will take on an advisory role, while Smartfrog CEO Charles Fraenkl will lead both companies.
Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Allen retired from Microsoft in 1982 and led cable company Charter Communications until stepping down as chairman in 2009.
Microsoft has applied for a patent for a "P S Smart Ring" device; it will have its own storage, battery, processor, wireless communications system, sensors and more. The hardware indicates that the device works through gesture-based applications and operating systems.
Amazon ranks first among digital retailers, but Best Buy and Home Depot aren't far behind, as they and other chains continue to meld their in-store and online retail efforts, states a report from Gartner and L2. The report bestows "Genius Status" on the two chains and dubs Walmart, Target and Wayfair as "Gifted."
Wendy's has won over 970,000 new followers on Twitter since an exchange helped a fan win a year's worth of chicken nuggets last year. The trick to the chain's social success is cutting out layers of approvals and trusting the five-member, in-house social media team, marketing chief Kurt Kane said.
Uber Eats aims to create 400 virtual restaurant concepts in the UK this year to help existing eateries expand their businesses with delivery offers through the app. Rival Deliveroo started a similar concept earlier this year.
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