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CNN says the ‘future of media’ is all male, and the internet responds

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The Hollywood Reporter is out with a new issue feting CNN. And a CNN producer declared it the “future of media.” 

What’s wrong with this picture? Yet again, it is 100 percent male and mostly white. 

The future of media looks like this

Proud to be part of this team@CaseyNeistat @Bourdain @jaketapper @wkamaubell and @CNN chief Zucker pic.twitter.com/B7enhLXqYd

— Josiah Daniel Ryan (@JosiahRyan) March 1, 2017

We’ve been through this approximately 1 million times before. So the internet was ready: 

The Future of Media pic.twitter.com/tLDoAhkYWC

— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) March 1, 2017

The future of media looks like thispic.twitter.com/o4FPOGuNUD

— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) March 1, 2017 Read more…

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Cloud companies are eyeing cell services, Nokia CEO says

BARCELONA — Enterprises and cloud companies will start trying their hands at cellular this year, Nokia president and CEO Rajeev Suri predicts.

“Enhanced reality” and events such as concerts may be where cloud giants first get into mobile services, Suri said at a Nokia event here on the eve of Mobile World Congress.

“The first webscale players will enter the wireless access domain with mainstream technologies,” Suri said. Webscale usually refers to operators of big clouds, like Google, Facebook, and Alibaba. Suri didn’t name any names.

For enterprises, an emerging technique called network slicing will allow them to virtually run their own private services on mobile operator networks. Meanwhile, systems that bring LTE to unlicensed or shared frequencies, like LAA (Licensed Assisted Access), will also help open doors to private cellular networks. Nokia is already working with some energy utilities on these kinds of deployments, and at MWC it will join Qualcomm in demonstrating a private LTE network, Suri said.

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Google’s smart speaker will be cheaper than the Amazon Echo, report says

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Amazon might be getting a little worried.

Pricing details for Google’s upcoming smart speaker, the Amazon Echo-like Google Home, may have just been leaked and they suggest that Google’s speaker will be a lot cheaper than Amazon’s.

The speaker will sell for $ 129 when it goes on sale later this year, according to a report in Android Police. Google Home, which the company first introduced at its I/O developer conference in May, is a speaker that also has Google Assistant built in. (You can preview the assistant in the company’s new messaging app, Allo.) It can also control smart home devices, complete searches and help you manage tasks like managing your grocery list. Read more…

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Oracle employee says she was sacked for refusing to fiddle cloud accounts

A senior finance manager in Oracle’s cloud business has complained to a federal court that she was terminated from her job because she refused to go along with, and threatened to blow the whistle on accounting principles that she considered to be unlawful.

In a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Svetlana Blackburn has stated that her superiors instructed her “to add millions of dollars in accruals to financial reports, with no concrete or foreseeable billing to support the numbers, an act that Plaintiff warned was improper and suspect accounting.” The former employee is said to have warned her supervisor that she would blow the whistle if ordered to proceed further in the same manner.

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This week in patents: Google ads, Facebook says “hello” and more

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This week, the US patent office issued 5,436 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all five thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting patents.

Apple’s multi-function device

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image1Apple filed a patent for an all-in-one device that can work as a PDA, an iPod, an iPad, an iPhone or a camera.

The multi-functional hand-held device has a few physical buttons, keys, or switches so that its display size can be substantially increased.  The device incorporates a user-configurable GUI for each of the functions of the devices.

UI for improving single hand device use

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image2Apple developed an ergonomic mode that allows single-handed operation of devices.

In the ergonomic mode, the graphical user interface (GUI) of the application is displayed in a bottom area of the display screen to allow the user to more easily interact with objects.

Further, during the ergonomic mode of the keyboard, the keyboard is shifted towards a vertical edge of the display screen to allow a user to more easily reach keys of the keyboard that were previously unreachable without the user switching to two handed operation of the device or repositioning the electronic device in the user’s hand.

3D prints with ID

US 20160067927image3Disney discloses technology to 3D print a model of an identification element to limit unauthorized copying.

This technology involves operating the 3D printer to print the layers of an object along with an integrally formed ID element, embedded within.

Voice generation with emotion

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image4Computer speech synthesis is increasingly becoming prevalent in the modem computing devices. For example, smartphones are expected to offer an intelligent personal assistant interface for a user of the smartphone, providing services such as answering user questions and providing reminders or other useful information.

In the existing speech synthesis systems, the emotional content is absent from the speech rendering of an underlying text.

Multiple emotionally diverse candidate speech segments associated with a given semantic content are generated.

The table in the figure shows four candidate speech segments, which offer a diversity of emotional content corresponding to the specified semantic content, where each candidate speech segment has text content and heuristic characteristics that will provide the listener with a perceived emotional content distinct from the other candidate speech segments.

Ranked according a predetermined criteria, the highest ranked speech segment is converted into audio form and played to the user.

Velocity based content delivery

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image5Google patented a velocity based advertisement delivery system.  The system determines position, speed and direction of movement of the user device and then selects an advertisement to provide to the user device based on its position and velocity.

The system allows advertisers to narrowly target advertisements to interested users.  For example, the system uses the user device’s position and velocity and the time of travel to select a potentially relevant advertisement for the user device’s user. 

Facebook improves its Hello app

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image6Last year, Facebook released an app called Hello, which was similar to a popular app called Truecaller – that finds contact details globally given name or telephone number, and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality and social media integration to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays.

Hello app performs many of the functions performed by Truecaller. This week Facebook filed a patent for an improved version. The patented all-termination triggered social interface leverages information associated with an incoming phone number for display to a user of a mobile device post-call and permits the user to conveniently issue commands to the mobile device or social networking system to take specific actions for the number or entity associated with the number on the social network. 

Read next: Let these apps illuminate the words that you could not find


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Google says its voice search system is now more accurate, especially in noisy places

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If you’ve noticed Google doing a better job of understanding what you say using speech recognition on your smartphone lately, you’re not crazy. Google’s voice search has indeed become more accurate, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, the tech company announced today.

“Today, we’re happy to announce we built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques,” Google Speech Team members Haşim Sak, Andrew Senior, Kanishka Rao, Françoise Beaufays and Johan Schalkwyk wrote in a blog post today. “These models are a special extension of recurrent neural networks (RNNs) that are more accurate, especially in noisy environments, and they are blazingly fast!”

The new models are working in the Google app for iOS and Android, as well as dictation on Android, which works inside of some third-party apps, the team members wrote.

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Google has reported improvements in voice search not once but twice this year. Clearly the company has been investing in the underlying technology. RNNs are one increasingly popular approach to doing deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence, and Google is widely thought to have a deep bench in deep learning.

But Apple and Microsoft, among others, have also been working to improve their voice recognition capabilities. Meanwhile, Facebook is also doing more in the area, having acquired a speech recognition company, Wit.ai, some months ago.

Speech could become more important as an input to searching the Web in the years to come. Baidu’s Andrew Ng, who is known for his work on the so-called Google Brain, last year predicted that within five years “50 percent of queries will be on speech or images.”

“In addition to requiring much lower computational resources, the new models are more accurate, robust to noise, and faster to respond to voice search queries — so give it a try, and happy (voice) searching!” wrote Sak, Senior, Rao, Beaufays, and Schalkwyk.

Read the full blog post for more detail on how the team managed to get the new performance gains.

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Samsung says new U.S. offices are its ‘biggest investment in Silicon Valley’ to date

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Samsung officially opened the doors to its new 1.1-million-square-foot Silicon Valley offices Thursday, more than 30 years after its arrival in the San Jose tech corridor in 1983.

The building will house various research labs dedicated to semiconductors, LEDs and displays, staff in sales and marketing, and other support areas, the company said.

“[We are] laying the groundwork for a more aggressive pace of growth over the next several decades,” said Samsung’s chief executive, Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon, at the grand opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, the company’s president of its U.S.-based device solutions operations, Jaesoo Han, said that the move “represents a major milestone as we open our most strategically important Samsung facility in the U.S., and also our biggest investment in Silicon Valley.”

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Samsung also announced that it has established a $ 1 million STEM College Education Scholarship Fund. In its own words:

Deserving university students who are currently enrolled in STEM-focused programs at a California State or University of California school will benefit from this program, beginning with a $ 50,000 gift to San Jose State University this year. Each scholarship will cover tuition and living expenses for one year.

But the announcement of the new office has been largely overshadowed by news in virtual reality today: We reported that the Samsung Gear VR will launch as a consumer product this November for $ 99. (You can read our full roundup from today’s Oculus event here.)

Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled its new fonts-inspired Serif TVs, and shared more about how it relies on startups to stay ahead on technological innovation.

If you happen to be passing through the area, Samsung’s new building certainly looks worth checking out.

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