Month: January 2018

After the speaker wars, Google rivals Amazon with Assistant-powered smart displays

Although Google found itself beaten hollow by Amazon in the race to bring voice-activated assistants into people’s homes in the form of smart speakers last year, the company is soldiering on with its AI-powered bot – this time, with smart displays. Google announced today that it’s partnering with JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony to develop …

The only thing that matters at CES is this self-driving Pizza Hut delivery van

Toyota and Pizza Hut teamed up to announce a partnership that could have the latter delivering hot and fresh pizza to your door without a driver. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today, Toyota revealed its autonomous concept vehicle, the e-Palette, a vehicle that may one day not only deliver, but cook Pizza Hut offerings en …

Samsung will put AI in all of its devices and appliances by 2020

Samsung today announced a new consumer product strategy based in artificial intelligence technology during its keynote speech at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. What is it? Head of Samsung’s research H.S. Kim today announced every product the company makes would connect to the IoT cloud and have baked-in artificial intelligence by 2020. The company previously …

Hands-on: HTC moves to the front of the VR line with new Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adapter

Virtual reality still isn’t ready for mainstream attention. But it’s getting closer. Today at CES, HTC unveiled arguably the biggest leap in the space since the originally hype-worthy headset, Oculus Rift. The higher-resolution upgrade offers not only a clearer picture and more detail, but immersive sound through attached speakers and a new jumping off point …

Ex-Google anti-diversity manifesto author files class action discrimination suit

In a twist of irony, James Damore, the former Google employee fired over the infamous anti-diversity memo last year, is suing the company for discrimination. The lawsuit is not explicitly about Damore’s memo. Instead, Damore and another former engineer are suing the tech giant for not sufficiently protecting its employees. Specifically, the two believe the …