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IBM Researcher: Fears Over Artificial Intelligence Are ‘Overblown’

The debate over artificial intelligence has divided some of Silicon Valley’s brightest minds.<p>Companies like Google (goog), Microsoft (msft), and …

Insane iPhone 7 concept is too awesome to be real

If you could design your own iPhone 7, without compromises and limitations, it would probably look a little something like this insane concept. It doesn’t just look amazing; it’s also packing out-of-this-world features that make your existing model look like a relic.<p>Every iPhone concept we see is …

Walmart tests two-day shipping to compete with Amazon Prime (updated)

A key advantage that Amazon has over other online retailers is the free two-day shipping included with a Prime subscription. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, retail giant Walmart wants in on the e-commerce and quick shipping game as well. The company was already testing the concept with its …

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The Marvel headset is an early attempt at a VR operating system for your phone

You can do a lot of things in virtual reality, but so far, there's no commonly accepted VR operating system — a full interface that offers all the same options as a desktop or mobile system. On tethered headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, you can use a program like Virtual Desktop, which …

Malware in $81m hack has 'same unique characteristics' as Sony attack

Investigators looking into the hacks on the Bangladesh Bank and wider SWIFT network of financial institutions have said that some of the evidence found so far suggests that some software found in the Sony hack investigation was also found on the bank’s systems.<p>According to Reuters, security …

Samsung patent gives a glimpse into future smartwatch interfaces

Smartwatches and wearables may be the future, but in the present their clunky interfaces and small screens keep them from imagining their full potential. A new Samsung patent wants to change that.<p>The patent features technology that projects a virtual user interface (via laser) onto the wearers …

Hyundai is building a real-life Iron Man suit, minus boot jets and hand repulsors

You're not going to be able to pick one up off the rack at Macy's and head out to fight the Mandarin in it, but Iron Man-style wearable robot suits are coming.<p>Korean car company Hyundai this week showed off photos of a dark blue robotic exoskeleton. No date was given for the suit's release, and in …

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A new app makes your iPhone photos searchable

A vertical shot of a fiery Portugal sunset is the best photo Florian Meissner took this week—at least that’s what his phone says. The image pops up at the top of Meissner’s screen when he opens The Roll, an app that organizes iPhone photos and makes them searchable by category or 20,000 auto-tagged …

Tesla Hires Audi Veteran to Head Vehicle Production

Tesla has hired longtime Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production, filling a critical position as the automaker …

Billionaires Warren Buffett, Dan Gilbert Said To Bid For Yahoo

The Yahoo auction just got a few new wealthy bidders.<p>On Friday afternoon, Reuters reported that the world’s third-richest man, Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett is behind a consortium of investors bidding for some of Yahoo’s internet assets. Also on board: Quicken Loans founder and …

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Arizona governor sticks up for Airbnb in new law

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1350 today, which will prevent cities in the state from banning short-term rental services like Airbnb or HoweAway. According to an earlier report from <i>Forbes</i>, Governor Ducey's end goal is to turn Arizona into The Sharing Economy State, which is a little …

Only Amazon can open a college bookstore with no books

Amazon@Penn probably doesn't look like any store you've ever visited. The brightly lit space includes no shelves, no standing inventory and no checkout. It's likely debatable the location is even a "store" at all.<p>Yet this 3,500-square-foot space, which hosted a grand opening Friday at the …

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10 Key Takeaways From The Microsoft & 451 Research Hosting And Cloud Study, 2016

• 59% of enterprises predict cloud-based software & applications will be their most significant investment over the next 5 years to reach business goals.<br>• 40% of all globally-based enterprises (over 5K employees) spend $10K+ a month on primary hosting/Cloud service providers.<br>• Increasing revenue (24%), …

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How to stay digital after you die

<b>Every day we generate huge amounts of data - emails, messages, social network updates, photographs, information about our health, diet, activity... the list goes on.</b><p>Unlike us, that data is here to stay - so what should our loved ones do with it in the event of our deaths?<p>Iain Twigg was 33 when he …

Former head of Google’s Project Ara on leaving to start Airbus’ new Silicon Valley lab

At this point in Silicon Valley’s history, it’s nearly impossible to walk down the street without tripping over some incubator or accelerator created by a major corporation hoping to magically capture a little bit of the region’s innovative pixie dust.<p>Most of these efforts don’t amount to much more …

Apple’s $1 Billion Bet On Didi Chuxing & 12 Big Questions About What’s Next For Cars

A billion-dollar bet is big, but this transition is just getting rolling.<p>Apple‘s announcement last night that it is investing $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-sharing company, is just the latest signal that the future of cars will be radically different from anything we have …

Apple pulled $40 million worth of gold from old devices

Apple’s annual environmental report gives us a tidy insight on how much raw material it gets when recycling our old phones and tablets. As it turns out, we’re almost worth our weight in gold (and steel… and glass).<p>If you’re curious, Apple pulled about 2,204 pounds of gold from recycled iStuff (and …

Report: Apple reaches $2.6 billion agreement for Samsung to supply OLED panels starting in 2017

According to a new report from the Korean Herald, Samsung and Apple have reached a deal in which Samsung will supply around 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017. The report comes as several other sources have stated that Apple plans to make the switch to OLED panels beginning …

The same guy who built the Amazon Echo just built the $700 magic juicer

Malachy Moynihan's interests in farming and Internet-connected devices led him to the startup Juicero.<p>Malachy Moynihan already has one surprise consumer electronics hit under his belt. For the last 18 months, he has quietly been working on what he thinks can be No. 2.<p>Moynihan, a Silicon Valley …

PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in March

Sony’s console continues its sales streak.<p>PlayStation 4 was the top-selling new gaming console at United States retailers last month, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group that Sony Interactive Entertainment provided to GamesBeat. PS4 has outsold the competition for 13 of the …

HomeToGo, the metasearch engine for holiday rentals, raises $20M

HomeToGo, the Berlin-headquartered metasearch engine for holiday rentals, has closed $20 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy for a European startup, the round is being led by New York-based VC Insight Venture Partners, along with participation from the company’s previous backers DN Capital, and …

Siri on Apple TV gains new ‘Live Tune-In’ feature for Disney, ESPN & more

Earlier this week Apple TV added CBS and the newly launched Starz app to its growing list of universal search channels, which lets you use Siri or the Search app to find movies and TV shows across multiple channels in a single search. Now Siri has learned another new skill called Live Tune-In, …

New LG Rolly Keyboard 2 has five rows of keys

The old LG Rolly Keyboard had only four rows of keys. We can't even believe we lived through such primitive times. Because of math, the old keyboard rolled up into a square, but the new keyboard rolls up into a pentagon. Finally we can live all our cyberpunk fantasies of having five rows of keys in …

Super-thin electronic skin lights up a digital display on your hand

One more step toward leaving smartwatches and fitness trackers behind<p>Imagine having a fitness tracker that doubles as a temporary tattoo. Or a monitoring device that doctors can paste straight onto an ailing organ. Or a watch so unobtrusive that it looks like it's built right into your wrist. These …

Amazon might buy an airport in Germany

Amazon has held talks with Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, a money-losing airport that is for sale, according to the German-language daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which was picked up by logistics-industry website Lloyd's Loading List.<p>The report did not say what the discussions were about or how recently they …

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Verizon reportedly plans FiOS overhaul with new internet-based set-top box

Verizon is planning on releasing a new set-top box model later this year that could substantially change how it delivers cable and internet services to Fios customers, according to a report from <i>Variety</i> today. The new device, codenamed "Mallard," is said to incorporate technology from OnCue, an …

YouTube reaches more Millenials than any TV network, research shows

LOS ANGELES — Sorry cable TV: A new report suggests that YouTube reaches more people on mobile than than any broadcast or cable network.<p>The new round …

Artificial intelligence and racism

Replicants. Cylons. Skynet. Hal 9000. These are the classic pop-culture references the average person might conjure when they hear the term “artificial intelligence.” Yet, while some see AI as a novelty still guised in the trappings of the far-flung future, others realize the dawn of AI is much …

Kayak expanding metasearch coverage areas to include restaurants and tourist attractions

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Industry Insider" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Travel search engine Kayak is officially expanding its coverage areas outside of booking flights and hotels, reports Skift.<p>Beginning in May, users will be able to …

Mobile app development gains steam in the enterprise

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Mobile Industry Insider subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Budget allocations for mobile apps solutions for the enterprise are continuing to grow alongside the use of mobile devices in the workplace, according to a global study …