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  • Dec 28, 2016
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Apple publishes its first artificial intelligence research paper, with findings useful for computer vision technology

  By: Gregory P. Bufithis   28 December 2016 – When Apple said it would publish its artificial intelligence research, it raised at least a couple of big questions. When would we see the first paper? And would the public data be important, or would the company keep potential trade secrets close to the vest? At […]


  • Dec 23, 2016
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NIST asks for help securing data in quantum computing era … because the cybersecurity world is scared sh****ss

  “I don’t really know what a quantum computer is … but at this point I’m afraid to ask”  By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   23 December 2016 (Paris, France) – With functional, quantum computers on the (not too distant?) horizon, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking the public for help […]


The built-in microphone and speakers of an iPhone can be used for far more than just talking.

Eric De Grasse Chief Technology Officer 21 November 2016 – I was at a MIT Media Lab workshop last week and learned a very funky thing: controlling an app via sonar, generated by the phone’s original hardware. This is made possible by software built by Wei Wang and Alex X. Liu from the Department of […]


  • Nov 4, 2016
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Future iPhones could fold in half

  4 November 2016 –  Apple has just received a patent, titled “electronic devices with carbon nanotube printing circuits,” that suggests future iPhones may be foldable — at least to some degree. Getting rid of the headphone jack isn’t really an innovation, and it doesn’t actually require courage to do it. But an iPhone that […]


  • Oct 25, 2016
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The iPhone 7 product cycle: here is the problem when you use 2 chips

  25 October 2016 – For years, Apple has had its modem chips supplied solely by Qualcomm. This isn’t a unique method of procuring components for Apple, which has generally preferred to stick with one supplier per component type when it can. Business reasons for such a decision are obvious: with one supplier, Apple can better […]


  • Oct 18, 2016
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Taming our technologies

Humanoid robot iCub is used for research into cognition and artificial intelligence   18 October 2016 – I am attending a rather off-beat workshop, “The Weaponization of Social Media in International Politics”, as a precursor to the next chapter in my artificial intelligence series. For the last two months I have been running through the […]


Google releases an open source font that supports 800 languages

  11 October 2016 – Google has been working on the project over the past five years in collaboration with Monotype in hopes of eradicating so-called “tofu” — the blank boxes you see when a PC or website can’t display a particular text — from the web. Noto, or No more tofu, is Google’s answer, and it’s […]


Think Snapchat’s Spectacles are weird? Then you’re old. And DON’T think Google Glass. It’s where mobile is going.

  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 […]


  • Sep 21, 2016
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Google’s Assistant: the tech giant’s big bet on artificial intelligence

  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, […]


  • Sep 19, 2016
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Google “Trips” launches, “Destinations” expands, as Alphabet focuses on travel [with VIDEO]

  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, […]