Eric De Grasse
Chief Technology Officer
26 September 2016 (Tel Aviv) - So what do you think about Snap's first hardware product - their newly announced Spectacles? Maybe you're thinking about Google Glass, the spectacularly failed hardware project that took the world by storm for not much more than a minute?
Well, it's not about your (or my) opinion, but whether Snapchat's userbase is going to like it. Those users also happen to be younger people than most people who read this blog, or are interested in tech journalism in general.
The newly christenend Snap Inc. isn't making it a secret they're going after teens - just check out their commercial. It features a bunch of teens, having fun on their skateboards, capturing every moment with their... Read more
Alphabet is set to reveal its foray into conversational computing in the coming weeks
Courtesy of the Financial Times
21 September 2016 - Google’s big bet on computers that can teach themselves is about to face its most significant examination.
“Machine learning” has brought artificial intelligence (AI) back into the technology mainstream which, for Google, means using its computing resources to analyse mountains of data to identify patterns and make predictions, from calculating the adverts users are likely to find most relevant to whether a digital image shows a cat or a dog. Quoting Jeff Dean, the engineer who has spearheaded Google’s efforts since it began to focus on the area nearly five years ago:
“It’s now solving problems... Read more
19 September 2016 - Google has created a travel app that organizes flight, hotel, car and restaurant reservations with offline accessibility a main highlight. Says Google:
"Google Trips is a personalized tour guide in your pocket. Each trip contains key categories of information, including day plans, reservations, things to do, food & drink, and more, so you have everything you need at your fingertips."
Expanding its travel-related services even further, Google is reportedly also today rolling out its Destinations product worldwide (previously restricted to U.S.) and offering desktop functionality (previously restricted to mobile). You can read more about Google Trips by clicking here and watching the following... Read more
16 September 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University are saying blurred or pixelated images are not as safe as they may seem. As machine learning technology improves, the methods used to hide sensitive information become less secure. Quartz reports:
Using simple deep learning tools, the three-person team was able to identify obfuscated faces and numbers with alarming accuracy. On an industry standard dataset where humans had 0.19% chance of identifying a face, the algorithm had 71% accuracy (or 83% if allowed to guess five times). The algorithm doesn't produce a deblurred image -- it simply identifies what it sees in the obscured photo, based on information it already knows. The approach works with blurred and pixelated images, as well as P3, a type of JPEG encryption pitched as a secure way to hide information. The... Read more
16 September 2016 - Less than two weeks after Apple unveiled its headphone jack-less iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company is already exploring the idea of doing the same on its flagship computing lineup. A note on The Next Web:
Apple might be going all-in with the wireless revolution as the company is now allegedly considering killing the headphone jack on the MacBook Pro. Users are reporting that as of recently Apple has been asking them to fill in a survey about the way they use their MacBook Pro and one of the questions pertains particularly to the headphone jack. Shared by Blake A. via Twitter, the question reads "Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?", suggesting Apple is exploring going jackless with its laptops in the future. Given the... Read more